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5 reasons to grow an indoor herb garden

5 reasons to grow an indoor herb garden

Whether you live in a dorm room or tiny apartment, every small space could use a little greenery — especially when winter weather traps you indoors. Why not choose an indoor herb garden, which doubles as both home decor and edible ingredients?

Chives, mint, parsley, thyme, and rosemary are all good beginner herbs.

1. Natural air fresheners

Plants absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale and release fresh oxygen into the air. In other words, they clean the air naturally, according to NASA.

2. Small space, big impact

No matter how small your space, a few potted herbs can make a world of difference. No matter how small your space, a few potted herbs can make a world of difference. (Photo: Franz Peter Rudolph/Shutterstock)

All you need are a few starter plants, a planter (with good drainage) for each one, indoor potting soil, and an area that gets plenty of light. Keep each planter on a saucer to prevent ruining your tabletop or windowsill.

3. A boost on dreary days

A row of herbs in a windowsill A row of herbs in a windowsill (Photo: Sir Travelalot/Shutterstock)

Gray, rainy days or chilly temps can make anyone want to stay in bed. But bringing a bit of nature indoors can brighten things up and add a pop of color to the day.

4. Mix up your meals

Woman chopping in kitchen with herbs Having access to fresh herbs will inspire your home cooking. (Photo: Wittaya Changkaew/Shutterstock)

Chopped basil scattered over pasta or chopped cilantro as a soup garnish can brighten any meal. A quick snip from your kitchen's indoor herb array is both delicious and less expensive than buying fresh herbs at the store.

5. Decorate your drinks

Mix up your smoothie game with fresh herbs. Mix up your smoothie game with fresh herbs. (Photo: Vitalina/iStock)

Whether you're starting the day with an energizing green smoothie or treating yourself to a mint mojito after-hours, herbs add a burst of flavor to your favorite beverage.

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