Growing an Indoor Herb Garden | Boom

Moving the earth, stooping to dig, weed or plant, or even water, can all pose a risk of injury to seniors in the physically demanding activity of outdoor gardening.

The remedy: indoor herb gardening.

It’s good for you

Indoor gardeners can enjoy all of the health benefits of indoor gardening, including reduced stress and even lower blood pressure. Indoor gardens, botanists tell us, can really improve the air quality in your home.

Plants can get rid of harmful chemicals and increase oxygen levels! It may be an indoor garden, but focusing on growing a small, dependent life form also provides a desperately needed ingredient for the lives of the elderly – a goal.

Kiss the grass

It’s hard to place a value on herbs, but common and essential uses include aromatherapy, medicines, and the delicious flavors in food. Oh, and for the drink that might include a healthy alcoholic spirit. Some herbs even provide antioxidants and anti-cancer nutrients. See your doctor first to make sure your herbs don’t interfere with medication.

Essential herbs

Consider these essential herbs for your garden. Oh, holy basil. This magician can help fight bronchitis, earaches and the flu. Give it plenty of water and full sun. Mint is a blessing for the gastrointestinal tract. Italians like to say that two drops of wine is as good as an apple a day to keep the doctor away. The same goes for oregano, which is rich in antioxidants as well as iron, manganese and omega-3. And it smells good. The pungent rosemary has antibacterial properties, and thyme has been shown to relieve respiratory infections and bacterial resistance to drugs.

Even grow lights, essential for mimicking the light produced by the sun to stimulate growth, could have health benefits for older people who spend a lot of time indoors. The body needs sunlight and if you don’t get enough it can affect your mood and health.

Terri S. Tomasini