Let’s face it, growing herbs can be intimidating. There’s the worry they might die. There’s the feeling like it’s too much work or the classic excuse, “I don’t have a garden.” We get it. But, as a company that creates organic skin care products from fresh fruit, plants and vegetables, we love to champion the benefits of growing your own organic herbs, even if it’s indoors.
Benefits Of Growing Your Own Organic Herbs Indoors
What are the perks of organic herbs, grown in your own home? They’re fresher, taste better, and they boost the vitamin value of your meals. Growing your own also prevents food wastage. Snip off the exact amount you need for your dish instead of allowing leftover herbs to wither away in your refrigerator. Besides their role in cooking, herbs have also long been known for their health benefits and natural healing properties as well as their ability to restore your skin.
So let’s start really simple. We’ll teach you how to grow four herbs that we cultivate ourselves at the Eminence Certified Organic Farm in Hungary. No garden? No problem. This article is designed specifically for growing organic herbs indoors. You’ll just need containers or pots and access to natural light. If you’ve never tried growing organic herbs indoors before, familiarize yourself with the basics first.
4 Organic Herbs to Grow at Home
Lavender is largely known for its soothing aromatherapy properties, adds flavor and color to culinary recipes, and it’s a great way to fill your home with natural fragrance.
If you’re ready to start planting, find the sunniest spot in your home since lavender needs at least three to four hours of direct sunlight. Avoid using a pot or container that’s too large. It should only be one to two inches larger than the plant’s rootball; too much excess soil will become easily waterlogged and lead to root rot. Lavender grows best with generous watering (without going overboard) and letting the soil slightly dry out in between.
While lavender is often used to promote calming and restful sleep, it’s also great for personal skin care. Lavender works well for problem skin, and it also relieves dry skin patches. We add this herb to our Lavender Night Eye Cream to soften the skin, replenish moisture and help diminish visible signs of aging.
If you love the taste of peppermint tea or garnishing your meals with a hint of fresh mint, you’ll enjoy how easy it is to grow this herb indoors. There are many types of mint – the most obvious being peppermint and spearmint – but no matter which variety you choose, they grow perfectly in 12-16 inch wide containers or pots.
Keep your container on the kitchen window sill for quick access to clip off a few leaves for your beverages or meals. If the sun is strong by your window, that’s the best condition for mint as long as you keep the herb well-watered.
Peppermint is a wonderful natural remedy for internal health issues like indigestion or headaches and used externally, it’s effective in keeping the surface of the skin clean. We use it in our Tea Tree Mint Hand Cleanser as an alternative to hand sanitizer and to keep your hands fresh and moisturized.
This highly versatile herb boosts the flavour of salads, pizza and pasta dishes with an aromatic flair. Basil is not a fan of the cold, so be sure to keep it in direct sunlight and plant with moist, well-drained soil.
Once you start to clip sprigs, avoid storing basil clippings in the fridge otherwise they will turn brown. A useful tip is to place the clippings in water at room temperature. This keeps them fresh for up to five days.
Basil is not only tasty, but it’s also an excellent ingredient for skin care. We use basil in our Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque to help soothe red, dry skin and combat the look of irritation.
Of all the herbs we’ve touched on, sage is the biggest sun-lover of them all, needing six to eight hours of full sunlight each day. Every once in a while, turn the plant so that it’s receiving even sunlight from all directions. And when choosing a container for sage, make sure it’s one that has a drainage hole, otherwise over-watering will kill it.
For Eminence Organics, fresh sage is a key ingredient that we add to our Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment. This product is known for toning and revitalizing the appearance of your skin, leaving your complexion looking healthier and smoother.
One of the best things about growing organic herbs indoors is your ability to choose the perfect location for them and controlling the water and soil conditions. You don’t need a lot of space, and herbs grown indoors can inject some life and vitality into your surroundings. As long as you don’t neglect your precious plants, you’ll be reaping healthy rewards in no time.
If you’ve mastered growing organic herbs indoors, and you’re ready for the next step, we encourage you to try growing your own vegetables too. Here’s our top three to start with. What herbs have you had the most success growing indoors? Tell us in the comments or let us know on social media.