Herbs have been used for many centuries both, for edible and healing purposes. In fact, our inclusion of them as a token on our dinner plates has far greater potential for wellness than many might imagine. Even in these urban quarters, inclusion of an herb garden propels each one of us towards a more healthful lifestyle. Only a small space is required, and involves very low maintenance – crucial for the busy working professional.
To get started, collect the necessary supplies: small 1-4” pots, soil, seeds of choice and ground coffee grinds; egg shells – optional. Fill each pot halfway with soil. Sprinkle seeds and loosely pack soil slightly beneath the pot’s rim. Sprinkle with ground, moist coffee grinds for a healthful fertilizer. Egg shells can be used for similar purposes over time. Generously water, and place in the windowsill, or in a well lit area on an outdoor patio. Be mindful, however, of placing herbs in a spot that succumbs to partial shade during the day to minimize overexposure to heat.
It’s also time efficient to take advantage of the local farmer’s markets, which often include a supply of already germinated herbs for your garden. Other popular healthy stops in this nation’s capitol and its surrounding environs include: General Nutrition Centers, located both, in NW DC and in nearby Arlington, Vitamin World in the Crystal City and Alexandria suburbs, and Yes! Organic Market, in DC’s SE quarter.
Herbs have great ability to help us feel well. They provide interesting taste to our meals, and are a valuable commodity for wellness. Some choice herbs to grow this season might include rosemary, basil, oregano, peppermint, ginger root, and parsley. When we regularly include these varieties in our diets, we permit our bodies a continual supply of good nutrition and an opportunity to cleanse the body of toxins.
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/herbsataglance.htm (downloads are offered for more comprehensive reading)
This article is not meant to serve as medical advice. Be sure to consult a natural healing healthcare professional for the treatment of disease.