growing anti inflammatory herbs

Anti inflammatory herbs make an excellent addition to your garden and dinner table. These delicious plants are rich in bioflavonoids and polyphenols. Both of these beneficial substances help reduce free-radical production in the body. Anti inflammatory herbs can be added to your diet in several ways. Making herbal tea can be refreshing and comforting. Seasoning cooked meals is always a good option. However, eating freshly picked herbs is most effective in reducing inflammation so consider adding them to your salad. You can also use them raw as a garnish. Adding a fresh leaf of mint to your chocolate dessert won’t turn it into a healthy meal but it’s not a bad place to start. One of the best aspects of growing anti inflammatory herbs is that you do not need a large garden. These hardy plants are easy to grow in container gardens all year long. Let’s take a look at the most popular anti inflammatory herbs.


 anti inflammatory herbs - cilantro

Parsley

Parsley is rich in vitamins E and B6. It can be used to add flavor to any number of meals, including stews and pastas. This sun loving herb prefers at least six hours of full sun. Your parsley will flourish by a sunny window. If your ledge is not wide enough for a planter, consider using a raised container garden. Parsley comes in many varieties so have some fun with two or more different types.





anti inflammatory herbs - rosemary

Rosemary

This popular herb is incredibly heat-tolerant. It can also winter well outdoors. Rosemary is a foodie favorite. It is both aromatic and flavorful and can breathe life into various dishes. Sprigs of rosemary can also be used to add a lovely aromatic fragrance to your home.





anti inflammatory herbs - basil

Basil

Basil is a sun loving herb. It prefers temperatures over 40 degrees Fahrenheit and will flourish outdoors in the summer. Take it indoors over winter but ensure that it gets at least 4 hours of direct sunlight per day. Basil is an excellent addition to your container garden for its companion planting benefits as well.





anti inflammatory herbs - mint

Mint

Just about all gardeners can agree that mint is best suited for container gardens. This anti inflammatory herb will grow wildly and has a tendency to spread if left unbound. Mint can be used to flavor curries. It is also great as a garnish for chocolate desserts. Tea lovers will surely enjoy the refreshing benefits of mint tea. Fresh mint is your best option but it can also be dried or frozen





anti inflammatory herbs - chives

Chives

A must-have for any kitchen, chives are also very easy to grow. They can be grown indoors or outdoors. These hardy herbs can be used to flavor anything from eggs to stews. Remember, like most herbs, the more you cut the more they grow. Chives a herb that keeps on giving.





anti inflammatory herbs

Freshly picked anti inflammatory herbs are not only delicious, they’re full of health benefits. It makes sense to grow them year round if possible. You can grow them just about anywhere although mobile container gardens make it especially easy to move them in and out of the house. If an outdoor garden is your only option, consider drying or freezing your summer harvest of anti inflammatory herbs for use over winter. They won’t be as fresh or beneficial but it’s still better than nothing. Whatever option you choose, these herbs are sure to thrive in your capable hands and will help you thrive in return.


Written by: Tom Korzeniowski
Garden365 | Founder
Tom Korzen
Founder
Tom is an avid urban gardener, an accomplished industrial designer, and the creator of the Garden365 line of premium container gardening products. He loves finding innovative new ways of making the most of his tiny little patio garden. Tom has also recently published the Garden365 Container Gardening Guide.
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  • Gemma Allen

    I hear Basil is a little hard to grow and maintain. Is that so?

    • Hi Gemma. Basil is very easy to grow. Herbs generally require less nutrients than flowers and vegetables so they’re always a great starting point for an aspiring green thumb:)