Herbs give flavor to foods while providing significant health benefits.
As with most foods, fresh is better than dried in terms of nutrient retention, color, and flavor.
Sadly, since winter is a tough season for gardeners; unless you live in a very temperate climate, you are very limited as to what you can grow outside—if anything. Because of this, dried herbs are often preferred over the fresh variety.
Growing Herbs Indoors
If you’ve ever heard of hydroponics, then you know that it’s a system of growing plants indoors in water.
To grow vegetables, a lot of space and light are required. For growing herbs, however, a very simple set-up is all you need to have your own organic herb garden all year ‘round, no matter where you live.
Following are some herbs you can grow in water indoors. Unless otherwise noted, full plants can be rooted from whole leaves with the base intact or from trimmed stems. All require bright direct light to thrive.
Here are 10 herbs you can grow in water:
The root of the semi-woody cuttings of rosemary need more time, but the new shoots in the spring grow faster. Keep the plant in a sunny spot.
You should take some sage cuttings in the spring and place them in water. Place the herb on a bright spot in a well-aerated place as it is prone to mildew.
This herb is high in the volatile substance menthol which provides a cooling sensation on the skin or tongue and does not change the temperature. Just put a few fresh cuttings in water, as it is the easiest herbs you can grow in water.
Grow tarragon by taking spring cuttings after fresh growth appears. You should place it on a warm and bright spot. Tarragon is packed with antibacterial properties and it can regulate blood sugar levels and treat metabolic syndrome.
You should take cuttings in the mid-spring or early summer before the parent plants flowers. Keep it moist to prevent drying out. This herb is beneficial as it can lower blood pressure, prevent tooth decay, and cause cancer cell death.
Place some basil cuttings in water before they start to flower and then place the container in a sunny area.
Simply grow spearmint like you would peppermint.
This fragrant staple of Italian cooking is easy to grow indoors and has similar care requirements as basil. Pinch off top leaves as it grows to stimulate new leaves. Oregano oil is a virtual panacea: working as an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant agent.
9. Lemon balm
You should pick several cuttings in spring or fall, and place them in water in a bright spot. After 3-4 weeks, the cuttings will develop roots. Change the water often, or you can keep the plant outdoor if the weather is warm. You can prepare tea from the leaves.
Take some stevia cuttings from actively growing branches and then put them in a container full of water. Keep the container in a sunny place.