Marketing Manager, Urbotanica
The benefits of growing your own herbs are too long to list, particularly when growing them in a controlled indoor setting. We thought it would be interesting to investigate some of our customers favourite herbs, to see what makes them ideal for you to grow besides their awesome flavour profiles for everyday cooking!
The benefits of herbs have been found from a variety of sources, but some are more scientifically proven then others. As always, we recommend the consumption of these herbs be in moderation. Here are some of the benefits that have been found:
Parsley has a high source of Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as many of the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. It is also somewhat different as it’s known as a diuretic. A diuretic can help to reduce gas and bloating. Some believe parsley is also an effective way of reducing bad breath however this remains scientifically unproven.
Lemon balm is high in a number of minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Manganese, and Zinc. Perhaps one of the best benefits Lemon Balm has is in it’s calming properties; having been used in the past as a very mild sedative it can improve sleep and aid in reducing anxiety.
Along with many other herbs Oregano is used as an herbal medicine, which dates back to ancient Greece. Oregano is again a great source of antioxidants and can act as an antibacterial. Two compounds in Oregano have also been found to have strong anti-viral effects.
Heart Health, Respiratory Issues, Eyesight, and the Immune System. What isn’t Thyme good for?..Not much according to some research. Thyme is a source of Vitamins A and C as well as minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, and Iron.
This potent smelling herb, Rosemary, is rich in antioxidants and is most often used in cooking. It’s great for the brain, with research showing it helps neurological protection preventing Alzheimer's, and assisting overall brain function.
Rocket or Arugula is a leafy green perfect for most salads, it’s low calorie, high vitamin and mineral content make it perfect for weight loss. It is also rich in folates which are helpful for expecting mums, as high levels of Vitamin K make it great for bone health.
Like Basil, Coriander is also high in Vitamins A & C and so shares many similar benefits. Coriander is also a great source of antioxidants, and while being great for the body it also helps to prevent spoilage in food.
We hope you are as enamoured with these garden herbs as we are! If you enjoyed this article please feel free to leave a comment, or if you have any questions, and we will be happy to get back to you.