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5 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors for Fall

As summer slowly fades, the abundance of many fruits and vegetables have come to an end. Thankfully, we can still enjoy many herbs well into fall and winter. Even if you live in an apartment or condo without any outdoor space, you can grow herbs indoors.  Here are 5 herbs that are easy to grow and perfect for culinary and medicinal uses.

ROSEMARY

The health benefits of rosemary are so broad making this herb one of my favorites to grow. Rosemary can be used medicinally to enhance memory or the oil can be used for cosmetic purposes. It is a bountiful culinary herb that pairs with potatoes and meats. Rosemary requires tons of sun. You should water sparingly and be sure that it well drained.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors
In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors

PARSLEY

Parsley is a workhouse plant. It is unbelievably easy to grow indoors. Place indoor parsley pots in the brightest light possible. It is another herb with great health benefits. Being that it is edible, you can use it as garnish or with a seasonal herbal blend.

THYME

Thyme is a hardy herb that likes to be watered sparingly, bright light, and good drainage as well. It goes well with most baked meals and canned preserves. It particularly love using thyme as a steam in the fall for sinus and allergies. Thyme can be grown with rosemary and lavender.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors

BASIL

Fresh basil compliments your favorite Italian dishes so well and is very rewarding to grow. It lets you know how well its growing. It will wilt when it’s thirsty and be luxuriant when happy. It’s a great teaching herb. You can dry basil, use it for ear infections, or as a topping on pizza, or your favorite pesto recipe.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors

MINT

Mint comes in many varieties that you can as a culinary herb, garnish for a cocktail, or for great smells around the home. It’s fast growing and spreads pretty fast so sharing a pot with another herb is not ideal. It requires as much as natural light as possible, weekly watering, and good drainage.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS

To grow well indoors, herbs need as much natural light as possible. Place them in a sunny spot near a window that faces south and receives at least 6 hours of sun daily. Some herbs that require less light, like mint, parsley, and thyme, can also grow well in west-facing windows. Indoor herbs prefer the same temperatures that most people do—around 65 to 70 degrees F—so if you’re comfortable, they probably are.

Why Do We Keep Our Lives So Hectic?

One thing I’ve learned about maintaining a complicated life is that it’s one of the best ways we have to avoid looking at some of the larger questions. It may not apply to everyone, but I believe it explains a lot about why we’ve been moving so fast. The idea of getting to know ourselves or becoming reacquainted can be intimidating.

As long as we convince ourselves that we’re so busy and our work is more important and that we can’t afford to slow down, then we don’t have to look at our own lives and the personal issues that are so difficult to address . It could be— a marriage that isn’t working, a career that’s draining, friendships that no longer serve us, the creativity we are afraid to explore, childhood traumas that have been crippling us.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares an article of why we keep living hectic lives

As you start to slow down, to cut back your work hours, free yourself from all of the things you said yes to, you’re going to have some time on your hands. You may begin to feel the need to start nourishing your body, catching up on sleep, eat cleanier, spend time in nature, exercise and learn how to enjoy yourself again. Then, you will reach a point where there is nothing left to do but deal with some of your inner issues. Creating the inner strength to move through them will lighten you up.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares article of why do we keep our lives so hectic

An amazing thing happens when we slow down. We start to get flashes of inspiration. We reach a new level of understanding and wisdom. In a quiet moment we can get a insight that can change our entire life and the lives of the people around us in incredible ways.

Living more simply will make it possible to create those quiet moments. Out of those quiet moments miracles happen. Be open to them.

Two Baths to Nourish and Detox Your Body

Taking time to give ourselves a little self care and self love is so important this time of year. Because many of us are ambitious little overachievers, our days are filled with daunting tasks day in and day out and we  tend to forget to slow down and relax.  At the end of your evening, set up a relaxing home spa and treat yourself to a warm and soothing bath. A bath isn't just an act of cleansing the body. A warm tub full of water can also rid you of bad energies and boost your thoughts and emotions. Detox your body of toxins and bad energy with this purifying ginger, epsom salt, and apple cider vinegar bath or nourish yourself and your energy field with an oatmeal and essential oil or herbs bath. 

DETOX BATH

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares two detoxing bath recipes

As many of you know our skin is the largest organ of elimination. Naturally, sweating is the mechanism of getting rid of harmful toxins in our body. The ginger detox bath will be the best way to sweat it all out and simultaneously ease muscle pain, cleanse the colon and increase circulation. 

BE SURE TO... 

+ Run the water as hot as you can possible stand. 

+ Soak for at least 20 to 30 minutes. 

+ Pat dry and wrap yourself with a towel. Be sure to drink water after the bath as you may get a little dehydrated after the sweating. 

NOURISHING BATH 

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares detox bath recipes

Having suffered with eczema since I was 6 weeks old, I have memories of my mother running bath water with oatmeal and milk for as long as I can remember. The oatmeal fights dryness  cleanses and moisturizes, and helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier function. The natural  antioxidants in oats have anti-inflammatory properties. I sometimes alternate between 10-15 drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils in the nourishing bath. Lavender sometimes irritates my skin so I'll substitute it for rosemary. 

BE SURE TO... 

+ Run warm water not too hot.  

+ Either grind the oats into a fine powder or place them in cheesecloth or muslin bag.  

+ Pat dry and wrap yourself with a towel. Be sure to seal the moisture into your skin by rubbing down with olive oil or sesame oil afterwards. 

Hope this helps!!

Edible Flowers and Fruit Ice Cubes

When you have a garden, there are endless possibilities for the use of edible flowers, fruits, and herbs. One of my faves things to do with edible flowers is freeze for parties or just add beautiful details to water or teas. Herbs can be frozen to make decorative ice cubes for party drinks. Here's how to make the easiest detail for your next summer garden party or dinner...

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness  Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes

I gathered my edible flowers and herbs from the garden first. Cucumber flowers make the sweetest and most vibrant edible flowers like ever. I picked cucumber flowers and fresh mint from the garden. I also love the calm fragrance of lavender in vodka cocktails so I pulled a few lavender sprigs as well. Next, I used a store bought berry medley of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to make decorative ice cubes. 

Add the flowers, herbs and fruit to ice cube molds and continue adding water until the mold is filled. Next, place them in the freezer and wait patiently for the ice cubes to freeze. 

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes
In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes
In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes

Using your beverage of choice, simply place the ice cubes in a glass and pour your beverage and enjoy!!!