In my opinion, the best part of gardening is to be able to grow your own herbs. I use them as both food and medicine. And to make the most delicious teas, of course.

Before we go on, let me stress the fact that I am not a doctor, nutritionist or herbalist. My knowledge is based on my own experience, research, and ancestral wisdom, and is intended for informational purposes only. Discuss with your health professionals before ingesting or using any foods or medicines, natural or otherwise. I cannot be held responsible for your choices, nor their consequences.

Getting started with your own herb garden can be as simple as a few pots on a windowsill. Even the smallest space can accommodate a plant or two, and the benefits are more than worth the effort required. If you’re blessed with an outdoor plot, consider growing extra to share!

Here is a list of the top 5 herbs I would recommend for budding gardeners:

  1. Basil: Excellent to aid in digestion. Good for the kidneys and blood circulation. Also used to help relieve cold symptoms and headaches.
  2. Sage: Wonderful for digestive health. Antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities. Can relieve sore throat. Aids in memory function.
  3. Mint: Powerful anti-nauseant, and relieves gas. Boosts concentration and focus. Lifts the spirit, and helps with symptoms of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
  4. Lemon Balm: Calms the nerves, and helps relieve anxiety and stress. Used as a sleep aid. Contains natural antiviral properties.
  5. Parsley: Used to treat UTIs and kidney ailments. Improves bone and dental health, and acts as a breath sweetener. Good for immune system.

My favourite sources for quality herb seeds are Rainbow Seeds and Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. Both are privately owned businesses, and have always offered me the most excellent customer service.

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