“I’d love to grow a herb garden, but I just don’t have the space,” is something I hear a lot. But while your inner-city apartment may not offer acres of fertile earth in which to cultivate your own organic greens, I can almost guarantee that you have enough space to start a small therapeutic herb garden – on a balcony, in a courtyard, or even on a window sill. You don’t need much space at all!
The first step is to decide on your herbs. Can’t sleep? Valerian and lemon balm are a good place to start. Or perhaps your skin is being troublesome? A pot of anti-inflammatory calendula will do nicely. Feeling forgetful? Then why not fill a couple of pots with peppermint and brahmi. Got anxiety? Grow Kratom and dry it, then eat it in powder form (though I purchased Kratom online initially - when I realized it worked for me, I started growing it too).
It’s not hard to start your own little balcony apothecary, and grow the greenery to brew your very own home remedies. In my latest video, I show you how to do just that, with the aim of treating one common condition: stress.
Lavender, a great anti-anxiety and mood-lifting herb, is probably one of my all-time favourite herbal medicines. It lends a great flavour to desserts (honey-lavender ice cream, anyone?) or can be easily brewed as a tea. Pick a few flowers, plus a handful from your chamomile plant and a big bunch of lemon balm, and you’ve got the perfect wind-down brew for the end of a long day.
...but I live in a tiny apartment!
No room for apple crates? No worries! There are plenty of other space-saving options. Hanging baskets don’t take up any floor space at all, so why not position a couple by a window in the kitchen, ready to pick your herbs for a fresh leaf tea? Or grab yourself an old wooden pallet and convert it in to a vertical garden? Even a few brightly coloured pots will do for starters – it’s that easy!
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