Posts Tagged ‘herbs’
BY HALEY PAUL
With every New Year comes new inspiration to create physical and mental renewal that will help us achieve our goals for an active and healthy lifestyle. There’s no better way to improve our health than to eat from the Earth, and preparing healthy food that tastes good is easier than you might think. Below are five easy-to-grow herbs that not only taste good, but nourish the body too.
Herbs are forgiving to the novice gardener and can be grown in a simple, small pot on your windowsill. The following herbs, if grown indoors in a container, require similar growing conditions: mostly full sun, adequate drainage, and sufficient watering, because plants grown in containers tend to dry out faster than those grown in the garden.
BY BETH COCHRAN
Fennel, rainbow carrots, Medjool dates, Tuscan kale, artichokes, blood oranges, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash—sound like the makings for some Top Chef recipes? Indeed they could be, but these are also ingredients that grow throughout Arizona.
When most people think of Arizona agriculture they think lettuce, cotton, and citrus; not heirloom varieties and wildly exotic fruits, vegetables and herbs.
But there’s a bit of a movement currently underway to change public perception and bring more of these little known gems to the community at large. One group working to shift this paradigm and make Arizona produce more accessible is Chow Locally.
Rosemary - a versatile herb that can be used for your home and health. Maya E. Nahra, RD, LD, shares all the different ways to incorporate this sprig into your home, kitchen or on your body!
- Clean with it – Rosemary oil makes a wonderful natural disinfectant that smells better than any chemical cleaning product. Simply mix ½ cup borax into a gallon of hot water, toss in a few sprigs of rosemary and steep for 10 minutes. Store in a spray bottle for all your basic cleaning needs.
- Natural flea repellant – Add ½ cup chopped rosemary to 4 cups of boiling water. Let cool, strain out rosemary, and add to a spray bottle to spray on your pet’s furry coat.
- Natural air freshener – A pot of rosemary in your home isn’t just decoration; it’s the perfect ‘green’ air freshener!
- Repelling mosquitos – When planted outside in pots or in your garden, the natural, yet powerful, oils in the leaves repel unwanted insects.
- Aromatherapy – Add rosemary oil to your bath, or burn a bundle of it in your fire, for a relaxing scent.
- Hair tonic – Boil ½ cup of rosemary in 2 cups of water for a natural hair moisturizing tonic plus dandruff eliminator.
- Tea – Rosmarinic acid is the antioxidant compound, found to be useful in stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation, and improving digestion. Steep fresh rosemary in hot water with lemon and a tab of honey for a fresh tea.
BY DEBORAH NIEMANN
If you live in a condo, you might think that you are stuck with only indoor gardening and a tomato plant on your balcony. But there are plenty of us with big gardens in the yard who also grow herbs indoors. Growing herbs in the garden is great if you want to freeze pounds and pounds of pesto or make enough spearmint tea to last a year, but once the plants reach maturity and start to flower, many people no longer like the flavor as much. And if you want fresh parsley or cilantro in the middle of winter, especially for those living in the colder climates, there is only one way to do it—by growing it in a pot inside the house.
If you think that fresh herbs are cheap enough in the store, consider the fact that you are paying as much as sixteen to fifty dollars a pound for many of them because they are sold by the ounce. Herb seeds, on the other hand, cost pennies. To begin, drop two or three on top of seed-starting mix in a small pot on your windowsill, water, and in a few weeks, you have fresh herbs. As long as you always leave a few leaves on the plant when you harvest, it will continue to grow for months. If you believe that a penny saved is a penny earned, your salary for growing herbs could be more than thirty dollars an hour. It only takes a couple of minutes here and there to grow herbs in containers, and the delicious result is priceless.