What kinds of herbs and vegetables do you plant in your garden? Maybe you find yourself planting the same ones each year. Well, why not consider planting herbs and vegetables with specific health benefits? If you're in the mood to consider some new plants for your garden, I have ten ideas that may interest you. Enjoy!
- Lavender: Along with adding beauty to your garden, the fragrance of lavender is calming and can help you relax before going to sleep. Cut a few sprigs from your garden, tie them together with a piece of ribbon, and hang them near your bed to enjoy their soothing scent. You can even hang some sprigs of lavender inside your garden shed so you get a whiff of lovely fragrance whenever you open the door to get your wheelbarrow.
- Thyme: Thyme leaves can help to relieve indigestion and even ward off colds and respiratory issues. Also, a cup of thyme tea can help relax you after a long day.
- Carrots: Carrots contain vitamin A that promotes good eye health, potassium for controlling blood pressure, and vitamin K for healthy bones. They are also delicious roasted or raw!
- Garlic: Are you a fan of garlic? Well, if the answer is yes, growing it in your garden will give you access to a delicious and nutrient-filled vegetable. Garlic can help to fight off colds and reduce blood pressure. Its antioxidants support the health of your immune system as well.
- Sage: Sage is an antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory. It also contains vitamin K, which contributes to the strength of your bones and promotes healthy blood circulation.
- Rosemary: A fragrant gathering of rosemary is a pleasant addition to any garden. This herb can help to relieve joint pain related to arthritis. It has calcium, iron, and vitamin B6 that contribute to a healthy diet. Consider making some garlic rosemary butter to spread on toast, mashed potatoes, biscuits, and more.
- Echinacea: Growing echinacea means you can enjoy a cup of echinacea tea any time you like. This herb is said to soothe cold symptoms, coughs, ear infections, and even bronchitis.
- Oregano: Having a supply of oregano on hand means you can add spice to your spaghetti sauce at a moment's notice. Oregano has antioxidants that help prevent damage to cells. Furthermore, this herb contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, and calcium for a healthy diet.
- Lemon Balm: Lemon balm, aka Melissa, provides your garden with a subtle fragrance of lemon. This herb can benefit your digestive system, strengthen your immune system, and provide you with a general feeling of calm. It also promotes strong, healthy cells in your body.
- Spinach: I imagine you've heard the term "superfoods" thrown around once or twice. Well, spinach is one of those superfoods. Its dark leaves contain vitamin A, fiber, iron, calcium, vitamin C, and magnesium. Eating spinach can lower your risk of cancer, contribute to good bone health, and provide antioxidants that can reduce blood glucose levels. This is especially valuable to someone with diabetes.
Lastly, as an added benefit, most of the herbs and vegetables on my list are easy to grow! Thanks for reading. - Alan