Planting an Herb Garden

| 10/22/2015 10:44:00 AM

Tags: herb garden, herbs, garden planning, Kirsten Lie-Nelson, Maine,

Whether you are a lifelong gardener or just starting out, planting a herb garden is an easy way to get the most out of your space and plants. A herb garden can be any size, from a couple of potted plants on your kitchen window to an acre of rambling bushes. Many varieties of herbs are known to be especially hardy, and can thrive in conditions where other plants might fail.

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One of the best reasons to start a herb garden is the innumerable benefits of so many of these plants. While the species' common in herb gardens often do not bear fruit or vegetables, their leaves and flowers can be included in recipes to add spice and flavor or can be turned into tinctures and salves to help stave off illness and injury.

A few of the common culinary herbs with surprising medicinal benefits include:

Basil – the essential oil in basil can be used to clear up acne, and a few leafs of basil in your tea will help reduce stress. Crushed leaves can be applied topically to ease muscle tension and pain.

Oregano – as a dietary supplement oregano will help ease intestinal and menstrual cramps. Mixed into a salve or crushed and rubbed onto your skin, it will reduce acne and dandruff issues.

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