If you’re like me, you would love to channel your inner sage burning, yogi, spiritual earth child self, at home – all the time! Of course, I’d love to wake up each morning, get an invigorating yoga practice on, make some tea, and start my day. Have my own garden, pickle my own, home-grown vegetables…
Do I necessarily have the time to all this? Not really. Do I want to make time to? Yes.
Let’s start with something simple. Essential herbs! I’ve put together a list of the 5 Best (in my opinion) and Easiest (I’m lazy and forget about my plants sometimes) herbs you should grow for your modern holistic home. They’re generally easy to grow, and they’ve got some great benefits for you and your home!
Healing Benefits: Cleansing, Relaxing, Improves Memory, Lowers Bad Cholesterol
- Growing Sage: This plant, once settled and established is extremely easy to grow and maintain. Grow this plant in full sunlight and soil that is well draining. Well draining. This is important. An ill-draining pot will rot your plant. Don’t forget to water regularly until your sage is fully grown. After it’s fully grown, this little guy is pretty drought friendly. Show it some love every now and then. *Fun fact: This plant also helps repel garden pests!
- Consuming Sage: Sage is also studied to have memory improving qualities in young, healthy adults when consumed. It is said to also lower blood glucose and bad cholesterol.
- Sage Therapy: Sage is a very common aroma therapeutic scent. Sage leaves are said to promote happiness, cleanliness (of the home and the mind), and spiritual purification. As a spiritual and metaphysical aid, burning dried sage promotes cleansing – and is primarily used in the home. It also promotes energy clearing.
- Try at Home: How to Make Sage Oil
Healing Benefits:Uplifting, Invigorating, Eases Gas, Eases Indigestion/Inflammation, Freshens Breath
- Growing Mint: Mint is extremely easy to grow. Literally, plant it, keep the soil moist, and keep that baby in some partial shade. You’re good to go! It might even grow so large it’ll be invasive. Like, get out of my bubble invasive.
- Consuming Mint: Not only does mint help to freshen your breath and your mouth after a meal, but it also is a great digestive aid. Brew some mint in your tea to soothe a stomach ache, or infuse some in your water to get you feeling energized for the morning!
- Mint Therapy: Mint, is proven to be uplifting, energizing, and invigorating. As an oil, rub a tiny bit on the temples, behind the ear, at the base of the neck. As a spray, a few spritzes will make the energy and space around you instantly revitalized!
- Try at Home: Mint Citrus Water
Healing Benefits: Alleviates Headaches, Reduces Anxiety and Emotional Stress, Calming, Improves Eczema and Acne, Improves Mood, Helps Dandruff
- Growing Lavender: Lavender enjoys full sun, adequate drainage. Water this plant sparingly – dampness is the absolute lavender enemy. Make sure that the soil becomes completely dry between waterings, but don’t go so long that the plant becomes dehydrated.
- Consuming Lavender: Lavender has grown to be a common artisanal, hip way to make baked goods and drinks fragrant and delicious. Try lavender in your next macaron recipe, your mocha, anything! Lavender, especially in a hot tea, also helps to reduce anxiety, depression. It’s known to help improve the mood, alleviate headaches, and promote relaxation.
- Lavender Therapy: As one of the most common essential oils, lavender as both a topical oil and a spray promotes mood improvement, relaxation, and stress relief. Lavender has also been proven to help regulate over excretion of sebum – helping to decrease the appearance of acne and calm irritations in the skin.
- Try at Home: How to Treat Dandruff with the Help of Essential Oils
Healing Benefits: Relaxing, Eases Anxiety, Eases Restlessness, Treats Gas
- Growing Chamomile: Chamomile prefers full sun, but partial shade won’t hurt it. Ensure to give this guy some room to grow, as it does begin to get a bit tall in its full growth. Water regularly, but ensure the pot has well-draining soil.
- Consuming Chamomile: Chamomile is an all time favorite for winding down after a long day. Maybe a short day. Just winding down in general – chamomile is your go to. Brew chamomile in your tea for a nice, mild drink. It aids sleep, aids relaxation, eases anxiety, and also eases restlessness. After a hefty meal (especially with dairy), chamomile helps to ease gas and indigestion as well. What a superhero.
- Chamomile Therapy: Chamomile, as an oil is especially relaxing, calming, and aids insomnia. It’s also great for massage, helping to relax muscular pain, swelling, and inflamed joints.
- Try at Home: How to Brew Chamomile Tea With Fresh Flowers
Healing Benefits: Mental Clarity, Alertness, Calms + Clears the Mind, Antioxidant, Protects Brain Cells, Eases Nerve and Muscle Tension, Relieves cold sores.
- Growing Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm – begin this plant indoors, and transplant it outdoors once it starts to get some good growth. Best times to transplant: spring or fall. Lemon balm enjoys full sun/partial shade. Keep soil moist, but well drained.
- Consuming Lemon Balm: Consuming lemon balm first of all can spice up your salad or water with a refreshing zing! But otherwise, it can be consumed to help achieve mental clarity, to detoxify the body, and also ease cramping! Maybe throw some in your mint water for a great morning powerhouse.
- Lemon Balm Therapy: Lemon Balm is known to not only bring mental clarity, but to sharpen the memory and aid problem solving. With a clear head, the possibilities are endless! A popular oil in aromatherapy, lemon balm helps to calm the mind, revitalize the muscles, and even clear and draw toxins from the body. Did you know topically, lemon gbalm can also help heal cold sores?
- Try at Home: Lemon Balm Lip Cream (helps with cold sores!) Thassss it!
Happy planting, eating, and healing and stuff. 🙂