As we have mentioned in our previous articles, biophilic design is a major interior design trend that will improve our homes for years to come. It consists of connecting the outside with the inside in a natural and refreshing way. In other words, we use different plants, natural materials and light. For example, you can grow succulents, cacti or tropical plants. But when it comes to the gourmet room, there’s no better choice than planting some aromatic herbs in the kitchen. So, here’s our list of the top 10 aromatic herbs that you absolutely must integrate into the gourmet piece!
What aromatic herbs can you grow in the kitchen?
Instead of poisonous tropical plants in your kitchen, choose beneficial herbs that have millions of health benefits. They also bring beautiful shades of green that go perfectly with any other decor. Here is the list of aromatic herbs most commonly used in cooking:
There are two types of parsley: curly-leaved and flat-leafed. The first is called french parsley and it is often used as a garnish. The second is popular as italian parsley† It has a stronger flavor and is more commonly used as an ingredient in salads and cooked dishes. Both are particularly rich in vitamin K and vitamin A, which are good for bones and eyes. It is also a food rich in flavonoids, whose antioxidant properties can fight cancer and extend your life.
Basil is still an essential aromatic herb for your kitchen. Basil is a colorful and flavorful addition to many dishes in Indian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines, but it can also provide serious health benefits. The leaves of this plant contain antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin that fight free radicals in the body that can otherwise lead to cell damage. Basil is also a popular anti-inflammatory aromatic herb that may reduce the risk of arthritis and heart disease and regulate blood sugar levels.
Well, this one is a summer must-have. What is a lemonade without mint? The good news is that you can grow mint in a pot, even without soil. All you need is water. Within a few weeks you will be able to enjoy the well-known benefits. It contains iron, folate, manganese and vitamin A. They are good for eye health and the digestive system. Taking peppermint oil with meals can help relieve stomach upset, indigestion, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Coriander is widely used in dishes such as soups and salsas, especially in Indian, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. It is especially good for curries and masalas. When it comes to the health benefits of the herb, it is really effective in lowering blood sugar, improving memory and managing anxiety. In addition, cilantro contains antimicrobials that can help fight certain infections and foodborne illnesses.
Dill is a strong-tasting herb that is perfect for spring and summer meals. It gives a dose of freshness to yogurt sauces, tarator (traditional Bulgarian cold soup) and fish dishes. In terms of benefits, dill is valued for its power in managing type 2 diabetes. In addition, the grass is rich in vitamins C and A, calcium and iron.
Thyme is used fresh and dried to flavor various meat, egg, pasta, vegetable and bean dishes. In natural medicine, the plant is used to support the immune system. In addition, it is excellent for respiratory and gastrointestinal health.
Oregano can also be used fresh and dried, but also in oil form. Whichever form you choose, they are all said to have significant health benefits. It is popular for its antibacterial and cancer-fighting properties, due to its high antioxidant content. In addition to fighting bacteria, some studies have shown that oregano may also protect against certain viruses.
Rosemary is an important addition to many diets because it contains a wide variety of essential nutrients for health. One of these is manganese, which is important for the functioning of the metabolism. The phytochemicals in rosemary are other compounds that may help improve eye health, regulate liver function and reduce the risk of asthma. Rosemary is also an excellent source of pantothenic acid, niacin, thiamine, folate and riboflavin.
Sage is used for infusions and as a spice for various creamy soups. Here are some of the benefits: It helps boost the body’s defenses, neutralizes free radicals, promotes oral health, relieves menopausal symptoms, and reduces bad LDL cholesterol. In addition, this aromatic spice contains caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, rosmarinic acid, ellagic acid and rutin, all of which play a role in its beneficial health effects.
Chives are related to onions, garlic and wild garlic. It is rich in dietary fiber, which aids the digestion process, provitamin A, vitamin K and flavonoids. It has been used since ancient times to relieve the pain of sunburn and sore throat. This plant can act as a diuretic, detoxifying the body and promoting skin health.
All these varieties can be grown indoors in a pot. But make sure the container is large and deep enough for the roots. Bigger roots mean more plants to harvest. Also keep in mind that aromatic herbs need a lot of sunlight, so place them near a south-facing window. Water them regularly and make sure the pot has drainage holes. It is also an essential part of the care of aromatic herbs. Fertilization is not necessary unless you want to stimulate their growth. In this case, apply a natural fertilizer once a month.
If you want to enjoy all the benefits of these plants, eat them fresh. Once dried, they lose some of their active compounds. But if you have a large harvest or if you want to save part of it for the winter months, choose one of the following storage methods:
- Wash the herbs and let the room temperature water evaporate. To speed up the process, scatter the leaves on a piece of paper or towel. Chop them finely a few hours later so they are ready to use. Place them in a bag or container in the refrigerator and use them right after you take them out.
- If you want to use your herbs for infusions, you need to dry them. So tie their stems together and hang them down. Leave them in a well-ventilated area until the moisture has evaporated. Make sure the bouquets are small. Otherwise, they can develop mold and discolored leaves. When completely dry, store them in an airtight container to retain their aroma, or in the refrigerator. It will also prevent them from catching various insects.
Herbs from your kitchen can be used to replace salt. They add such a tasty flavor to meals that they can completely change your cooking habits. But aside from culinary reasons, dry aromatic herbs can be used as a remedy for various health problems. Plus, it’s very comforting to drink a cup of hot tea in winter, isn’t it?!