Revealed: The Top 11 Easiest Medicinal Herb Seeds You Can Grow At Home!

Medicinal Herb Seeds

The Top 11 Easiest Medicinal Herb Seeds You Can Grow At Home!

Here’s a list of the “top” 11 easiest medicinal herb seeds that will grow for you easily at home. Within these lines, you can learn much about the plant’s virtues and gain access to a great source for medicinal herb seeds. Of course, you will want to have an extensive variety of cooking spices in your repertoire as a “chef” and subsequently will end up purchase most of them, as was mentioned in an earlier post on culinary cuisines made with the world’s many different spices.
However, growing your own delectable herbal seasonings offers a certain deep satisfaction within “the knowing” that you often easily harvest loads of fresh, organically grown herbs from your very own residential garden. Even if you are lucky to have even a small space for gardening, like your windowsill, you can benefit from the delight of “urban” ingenuity. Bring nature indoors and extend its reach within your home!
Medicinal herb seeds

1. Basil

Powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, anti-infectious, antibacterial, and soothes the stomach.

Basil is planted in the spring and dies at the first fall frost. It can be grown year-round indoors or in a frost-free climate. Basil also needs daytime temperatures over 70° F and nighttime temps over 50° F. Basil thrives in warmer temperatures.  Sow your seeds outdoors in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Choose a sunny, sheltered spot that is protected from wind and other temperature extremes.  Basil needs at least 6-8 hours of full sun each day, so keep that in mind when choosing a location to start your seeds. Try to space your basil plants about 12 inches apart. There are also dwarf varieties that work well in containers.

When growing basil, as soon as you see flowers start to appear, make sure you pinch or snip them off.  This will help the plant stay focused on producing leaves and will encourage the plant to “branch out” as well.  Once your basil plant is about 6 inches tall, start pinching off the tops to encourage branching.

 

A catalyst for other herbs, useful for arthritis and rheumatism (topically and internally), good for colds, flu viruses, sinus infection and sore throat, useful for headache and fever, aids organs (kidneys, heart, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach, increase thermogenesis for weight loss.

Peppers are easily second only to tomatoes as a home gardener favorite. Try spot planting them around the garden for bursts of beautiful color too.  Pepper roots don’t like to be disturbed, so plant them indoors in seed starting pellets two months before your last frost date, usually three or four seeds to a pellet. Peppers love full sun but don’t plant peppers where tomatoes or eggplants grew previously, because all three are members of the nightshade family and are subject to similar diseases. Keep your soil moist and about 75°F. They need at least 5 hours of sunlight a day.

Once the seedlings are 2 to 3 inches tall, thin them by leaving only the strongest plant. When your pepper plant seedlings are 4 to 6 inches tall, harden them off for about a week. To avoid shocking the plants, make sure the soil temperature is at least 60°F before moving them outside; this usually occurs 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost. Harvest peppers during mild and dry weather by cutting them from the stem. Make sure you wear gloves if you are sensitive to the heat.

Most hot peppers will be mature and ready to eat in 70 to 85 days, but some can take as long as 150 days, depending on when you transplanted them. They’re mature when they are firm, good sized, and have thick walls. Handle carefully, because nicks and bruises can cause them to rot faster.

 

3. Garlic

Helps fight infection, detoxifies the body, enhances immunity, lowers blood fats, assists yeast infections, helps asthma, sinusitis, circulatory problems, and heart conditions.
Garlic can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked, but fall planting is recommended. Bulbs will grow bigger and more flavorful when you plant them in the fall.  Plant 6 to 8 weeks before your first hard frost.  In southern areas, February or March can be a better time to plant. Most people generally plant garlic somewhere between October-February.
Break apart cloves from bulb but keep the papery husk on each individual clove. Ensure soil is well-drained with plenty of organic matter. Plant in Full Sun … 4 inches apart & 2 inches deep, in their upright position (the wide end down and pointed end facing up).
Come springtime, shoots will begin to emerge.
You’ll know it’s time to harvest your garlic when the tops are yellow and they begin to fall over. Harvest the garlic before the tops are completely dry. Gently lift the bulbs with a spade or garden fork.  When you remove them from the soil, carefully brush off the soil and let them cure in an airy, shady spot for two weeks. Try hanging them upside down on a string.   The key to curing them is making sure that they have good air circulation.
Your garlic will be ready to store when the wrappers are dry and papery and the roots are also very dry. The head of the root should be hard and the cloves should come apart easily. Remote all dirt, roots & leaves. Keep the papery wrapper on—but remove any dirty parts. Bulbs should be stored in a cool (40 degrees F), dark, dry place, for several months. The flavor of your garlic will increase as your bulbs are curing and drying.
Remember! Make sure you save a few cloves of garlic from each head to plant again next year.
Helps stress, anxiety, and insomnia, good for indigestion, useful for colitis and most digestive problems, effective blood cleanser and helps increase liver function and supports the pancreas. Improves bile flow from the liver, it is good for healing of the skin that might come from a blistering chemical agent.
Chamomile is sometimes known as “the plant doctor” because it is thought to help the growth and health of many other plants, especially ones that produce essential oils.  It is also thought to increase the production of those oils, making certain herbs, like mints (spearmint, sage, oregano) and basil stronger in scent and flavor. Chamomile can be taken as a herbal tea, two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of tea, which should be steeped for ten to fifteen minutes while covered to avoid evaporation of the volatile oils. Seed plantings take 90 days to maturity.
Assists with burns, antiseptic, used as a stress reliever, good for depression, aids skin health and beauty.

English Lavender is one of the most beautiful herbs you can plant in your garden. The flower and the oil of lavender are used to make medicine. Lavender oil is used for restlessness, insomnia, nervousness, and depression. It is also used for a variety of digestive complaints, loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, and upset stomach. Some people use lavender for painful conditions including migraine headaches, toothaches, sprains, nerve pain, sores, and joint pain. It is also used for acne and cancer, and to promote menstruation.

Lavender is applied to the skin for hair loss and pain, and to repel mosquitoes and other insects. Some people add lavender to bathwater to treat circulation disorders and improve mental well being. By inhalation, lavender is used as aromatherapy for insomnia, pain, and agitation related to dementia. In foods and beverages, lavender is used as a flavor component. Seed plantings take  85 days to maturity.

6. Marjoram

Anti-infectious, antibacterial, dilates blood vessels, regulates blood pressure, soothes muscles.

Oregano-like in flavor, somewhat, nonetheless great taste … It can be used dried or fresh in many dishes including meats, stews, casseroles, poultry, sausages, and sauces. Marjoram is also known for its healing properties with rheumatoid pain, tension headaches, and minor digestive problems. It can be used in potpourri or added to sachets for linen and clothing cupboards. Easy to grow in a small container and matures in about 90 days.

A powerful antibiotic and has been proven to be more effective in neutralizing germs than some chemical antibiotics. It has been effective against germs like Staphylococcus aureus (a Gram-positive, round-shaped bacterium, that is a member of the Firmicutes, and is a usual member of the microbiota of the body frequently found in the upper respiratory tract and on the skin).
Escherichia coli (a Gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic, rod-shaped, coliform bacterium of the genus Escherichia that is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Forms part of the normal gut flora) is also weakened by oregano, as well as Yersinia enterocolitica (a gram-negative bacillus shaped bacterium that causes a zoonotic disease called yersiniosis (The infection is manifested as acute diarrhea, mesenteric adenitis, terminal ileitis, and pseudoappendicitis), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (a leading Gram-negative opportunistic pathogen at most medical centers, carrying a 40-60% mortality rate).

Oregano is a sun and heat-loving plant that does well in areas prone to drought.  It is a wonderful companion plant for beans, basil, and broccoli. Try growing oregano indoors during the winter months for a fresh, steady supply of this fragrant herb. Oregano plants can safely be set out into the garden once the risk of frost has passed. Plants can be started from seeds, divisions or cuttings. Oregano seeds require light to germinate, so just loosen the soil and place seeds directly on top and mist gently when watering.  There’s no need to cover the seeds with soil when planting.

Grow oregano indoors and transplant when temperatures remain above 45 degrees F. Oregano plants should be cut back to the ground and covered with a layer of mulch for overwintering outdoors.  You can also grow them inside if you wish to be able to harvest oregano year-round. Harvest oregano anytime after they have reached 4-6 inches tall. Harvest oregano leaves in the morning hours as soon as the dew has dried for best flavor.  Once harvested, use fresh or store leaves whole, placed in freezer bags and frozen. They can also be dried in a dark, well-ventilated area and stored in airtight containers until ready to use.

Medicinal herb seeds

8. Rosemary

Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Cleansing and detoxes the body. Supports the liver and combats cirrhosis.

Excellent flavor and extremely fragrant.  Use fresh or dried to flavor meats, soups, and sauces. Can also be used for treating headaches and known to improve circulation. Perfect for container planting.
Reaches a height of 36″ and is perennial.  Matures after about 80-90 days.

9. Sage

Used in anxiety, nervous disorders, as astringent, in abdominal disorders, anti-inflammatory. Sage has a strong aroma and earthy flavor, which is why it’s typically used in small amounts. Sage is also used as a natural cleaning agent, pesticide and ritual object in spiritual sage burning or smudging.

To calm the nervous system and assist with bronchial issues. Mint is said to be the easiest to grow out of all herbs. It’s great for beginning gardeners and grows best in zones 4-9.  Use Mint leaves to add flavoring to a wide array of food and beverages. It also serves as a natural pest deterrent around other vegetables.  Chewing on the leaves will freshen your breath and can calm an upset stomach.

Mint is a hardy perennial that can really be started anytime as long as you’re about 2 months before the first fall frost.  It also grows well indoors, year-round.  Start them inside in late winter, for your Spring planting, or wait until the soil warms up and sow the seeds directly outside in your garden. When sowing the seeds, do not cover them. They need light to germinate properly and will sprout within 10-15 days if the soil stays around 68 to 75°F.

They are ready to transplant into the garden when they have their second set of “real” leaves.   If you’re sowing them directly out into your garden, consider placing a row cover over them until they sprout. Pick the leaves as you need them or harvest a large amount from each mint plant up to three times in one growing season.  Cut the stems 1-2 inches from the ground.   You can take cuttings from the plants you already have and root them in a little bit of water and then plant them indoors for fresh leaves throughout the winter. If you want to dry the leaves, it’s best to harvest them before the plant goes to seed.

11. Thyme

Thyme is one of the oldest herbs on record and is another immunity booster and cognitive aid. Thyme can be grown in many climates.  It makes for an attractive and fragrant ground cover and has fragrant, tiny flowers that the bees love. Grow thyme to attract pollinators for your garden.  Try using fresh thyme in meat dishes, incorporated into sausage, stuffing or your favorite soup recipe.  It also does very well in containers, both inside and outdoors. Plant seeds when the ground temperature has warmed to at least 70 degrees. Loosen the soil and then sprinkle seeds on top.  Mist lightly, being careful not to allow the soil to become soggy.

Thyme requires very little care, and will only need to be watered during dry spells.  If you’re growing it as a perennial, make sure you mulch heavily during harsh winters.   If the weather is too harsh, you can bring the plant indoors and grow it throughout winter there.  Always prune back stems in the spring for the new growth to emerge. Harvest thyme throughout the summer.  Try drying the sprigs in a warm, well-ventilated area and then store them in an airtight container.  Thyme also freezes very well.

 

How To Germinate Seeds Using Seedling Trays

To germinate seeds, start by filling a seed tray with a growing medium made specifically for seeds. Then, lightly press the seeds into the growing medium with your fingers and cover them with a thin layer of the medium. After you’ve sown the seeds, put them in a spot that’s between 60 and 80 °F and lightly water them. See these 3 Ways to germinate seeds … Then watch:

How To Prune Herbs

If you want your urban indoor herb garden to grow into its most luscious, abundant self, then you need to know how to prune. Pruning is essentially snipping off leaves and some parts of stems of your plants, which will prompt them to continue to grow. Doing so, you can control the shape of your garden, as well as its size! Here are some tips on pruning your herbs.

How To Dry Herbs

The herbs from your garden are best when used fresh, but there are always more than you can use in one season. Dried herbs from your garden offer the next best thing to fresh. Air drying is not only the easiest and least expensive way to dry fresh herbs, but this slow drying process can also help retain the essential oils of the herbs, which helps to maintain their flavor. Here are what many consider the 3 Best Ways For Drying Herbs to Preserve Color, Freshness, and Aroma.

REMEMBER: Herbs can be extremely potent and this blog does not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use neither of these nor any other plants. Always seek advice from experts in this profession before consuming anything for medicinal purposes.

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Must Have Culinary Spices For Duplicating The World’s Cuisines

Culinary spices

The World’s Culinary Spices

How many of you have seen the spices you use in your foods in the splendor of their natural state before they make it to the stores? Take a look at these photos! Beautiful. Simply beautiful. The intrinsic beauty of nature is impressive. The work of The  Creator, Blessed “It” Be, IS AWESOME! Impeccable is  “Its ” Universe. I get such a wonderful feeling when I really think about my place as part of “Its” creation.  There’s a lot of fun in recognizing with appreciation the  many miracles that happen while being so involved. Of course, the added advantage of being made in “Its” likeness is ridiculously cool, yes? We touched somewhat on this topic in the post Plants May Be Angels.

Be that as it is, there is also a lot of pleasure we get from transforming simple, seemingly small gifts from the Earth into deliciously satisfying treats of so many flavors and character. Each meal we make has the potential for titillating our senses in ways that have us crying out for more. But how often do you ensure this experience?

For theirs as well as our convenience, Kitchn.com has compiled A Quick Guide to Every Herb and Spice You Might Find in the Cupboard.  If they left some out that you think should be listed as well, then please let them know to help them make the list more complete.

We prefer as a rule to use organically grown herbal culinary products rather than allow products which may have been subjected to a wide range of pesticides and other synthetic chemical exposure. I don’t care how many times the FDA and other government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency say that certain amounts of these contaminants are no threat when residues are in the amounts they allow. Here’s their Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Reports and Data should you be interested in examining some of their summaries.

In the long run, what will we really find out? For some strange reason, I cannot imagine the results to be positive. Better safe than sorry!

Another big concern is that toxic environments and people tend to hold us back from living out the best versions of ourselves … Or at the least make achieving the better version quite a bit more difficult. One needs great resolve and fortitude in maintaining divinity in action despite the onslaught of interference. When we are considering the aspects of wholistic health and more complete well-being, there are factors from all angles that need to be considered.

Now is A Present

If you really want to “spice up your life”, consider the totality of it. From where have you come to where you want to go. Be present, consciously in each NOW. LIVE in color with positive emotion as much as you can! Face the things that you need to “season” with “condiments” like attention and personal responsibility to allow circumstances to serve you positively for better and better. It’s all about feeling titillated by life’s experience 😜 No?

Spice up your life with quality!

Organic spices

Once you have your herbal seasonings in your kitchen and on hand for your use, you should know how to care for them to maintain their freshness. For sure you want the maximum flavor possible every time you use them for the full experience they are intended to offer. Otherwise, what’s the point? Who wants stale ingredients in their food?

Must Have Seasonings

The Chef’s Manual of Must Have Spices For Your Kitchen is a fantastic compilation for your review. You’d be well set and ready for most recipes should you stack up on those magic ingredients to tantalize up your kitchen!

There are eight spice ingredients some consider a kitchen insufficient to play the role of a “factory of foods with healthful flavor”, from an India Indian point of view anyway 😊. Indian cuisine strikes a balance of flavors that is predominantly between a combination of salty, spicy, bitter or pungent, sour, tangy and sweet flavors. The spices that feature so heavily in Indian cooking not only give the dishes their unique flavors but also are shown to protect against some cancers, have anti-inflammatory and other healing properties.

Those that rule the Indian kitchen are:

  1. Tumeric
  2. Coriander
  3. Chili
  4. Mustard seeds
  5. Cumin
  6. Fenugreek leaves
  7. Dried Mango powder
  8. Garam Massala

I imagine some of you might ask,”Whats so special about the India Indian diet?” What’s wrong with the standard American diet and the way I eat? Well, the health benefits of an Indian diet are numerous.  To be sure, learn more from this list of the 20 Indian Cuisine Ingredients That Heal from Within without being “bland”.

But theirs is not the only healthy cuisine in the world. There are many. According to The Culture Trip, Chad and some other African countries tops its list of “The 10 Healthiest Cuisines In The World” for having very healthy diets. Who’d have thunk that? But apparently it’s true. Check their list. Of course that’s only their opinion. Others have Japan leading at the top in a list of Five Countries Who Teach Us Something About Good Eating.

I presently eat mostly a Mediterranean diet. While many people think that this zone is only made up of Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Israel. In actuality it also includes Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt! As a result, the spices and seasonings used to flavor the food from this eclectic area are quite diverse. Here are 9 Mediterranean herbs and spices to store in your pantry or grow in your garden. You also might want to check out Carries Experimental Kitchen for some ideas from her experiments.

As far as Japanese food is concerned, here are the 12 Essential Ingredients For Cooking Japanese Food. The diet is rich in fruits and vegetables which are shown to have cancer-fighting properties. Staples such as yams, green tea, seaweed and shiitake mushrooms are all beneficial being rich in iron, calcium, zinc, copper, omega-3, and antioxidants.What I like the most about their food is the seaweed whose health benefits are many. It’s the oceans “medicinal herb”! Here are 7 Surprising Benefits of Eating Seaweed.

Have you tried Thai?  Their ingredients like coriander, lemongrass, ginger and other herbs have shown that they have very strong antioxidant properties that inhibit cancerous growth. The ingredients use very little meat yet herbs and spices full of medicinal properties are plentiful.

The list can go on … Save some for a different post to come. But you get the point. The flavors and health benefits of the world’s cuisines are at your beck and call as long as you are willing to mix and match them at home … Unless such restaurants are luckily nearby in your neighborhood and you can be lazy about it 🤣.

Cook Healthier

Here are 10 Secrets to Cooking Healthier which should also found the basis of your knowledge regarding healthier meal planning. If you are a beginner at cooking with spices and want to learn some of the most basic tips for their use, then check the following video featuring Gordon Ramsay:

All the best for more savory feasts!

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