Used in cooking, cocktails, medicine or just for it’s lovely scent, mint is one versatile herb. There are actually hundreds of mint varieties, but the kinds people most commonly grow in U.S. gardens are spearmint or peppermint Peppermint, which is actually a hybrid of spearmint and watermint, is the most therapeutic of the mint varieties; it can help treat irritable bowel syndrome, and reduce all sorts of not-to-be-mentioned in polite company problems, like gas, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation and cramps. And peppermint’s oils may also help relieve headaches. More
Arugula is one of the easiest greens to grow, if not the easiest of all. In America, arugula somehow got a reputation as an frou-frou, elitist food, which I’ve heard boggles the minds of many in European countries, where the green (also known as ‘rocket’ or ‘roquette’) grows like weeds and, until recently, wasn’t usually cultivated intentionally. Regardless, arugula’s zesty, peppery-tasting leaves have become a popular salad staple and pizza garnish here in recent years. The strong taste of this green is usually one people love or hate: If you fall on my side of that divide, you should really try growing some yourself. Here’s how: More
Rosemary is easy to grow wherever you are, and whatever your gardening skill level. It does well planted directly in outdoor gardens, or grown in containers, indoor or out. Fresh rosemary has a strong, pine-y smell, and can be used in cooking as well as medicinally. More
You probably know that keeping plants about can help purify the air in your home. But did you know that some plants do it better than others? According to The Herb Bible, by Peter McHoy, boston ferns, weeping figs, Areca palms, rubber plants and peace lilies top the list of house-plant air purifiers. More
Exercise your green thumb with this post from Tess Whitehurst at Lemondrop.
Some say that being able to keeping houseplants alive is proof that you’ve finally hit adulthood. Whether or not this is true, houseplants certainly infuse your home with a feeling of energy and freshness like nothing else can. They make it, well, home-y.
What’s more, they oxygenate the environment and clean toxins out of the air. So, if you’re one of those people who shies away from adopting plants for fear you’ll unintentionally send them to plant heaven, here are five houseplants that are as attractive as they are hearty. Along with each, you’ll also find foolproof tips to keeping your new leafy-green friends happy, vibrant, and alive. More
Kick back and relax at home in your living room — just not in a pleather recliner in front of a plasma TV with the A/C blasting. Here are 10 natural selections that will liven up your living room in … More
9 Houseplants under $15: Bringing some green into your home doesn’t have to take the green out of your wallet. Check out LearnVest‘s list of houseplants that won’t break the bank.
Houseplants have many benefits. The not only clean and renew the stale air in our houses, but the exchange the carbon dioxide that we humans exhale and replace it with oxygen, which we need for sustaining life. Most houseplants were … More