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This amazing post was written by Jenn Ryan, a freelance writer and editor who’s passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. You can read more of her work at thegreenwritingdesk.com.

Gardening is hard work! And you want an easy summer, right? Forget about working really hard in the garden this summer with these easy herbs. You can enjoy the benefits of having a garden and better yet, enjoy the health benefits of these herbs while performing minimal maintenance this summer. By minimal maintenance, I mean watering. That’s it!

So water away on your herb garden this summer. These herbs can be planted in pots in your apartment, out on your deck, or in your garden. Whatever you have space for, these herbs make an easy summer tasty and fun!

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Basil

You can either buy basil seeds or a plant and stick it in the ground. Basil seeds do very well, so save yourself some money and buy a pack of these this summer. Plus, little plants are adorable and they make you smile. Smile at your baby basil plants every morning!

Basil generally likes to be watered a lot and also likes full sun, so be sure to give your basil plant a drink every day, especially if in direct sunlight. Even a couple missed waterings can make this herb very unhappy.

Basil is amazing on pizza, pasta, with tomatoes, cheese, and a variety of other foods. Choose any variety and go for it!

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Health benefits: Basil provides vitamin K, vitamin A, antioxidants, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and calcium. Basil can also help protect against cancer!

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is easily maintained and provides a fresh plant for you to smell and enjoy this summer. Lemon balm likes warm temperatures and will grow back very quickly if cut. Consider potting this herb! You can use lemon balm to make tea, soothe bug bites, flavor baking recipes, and more!

Plant lemon balm in a pot to keep around the house, but if you grow in your garden, know that it will spread. So if you know you love lemon balm, go ahead and plant it in the ground. If you’re not sure about this cute plant, pot it first to see how you feel about it. You can always transplant it later!

Health benefits: Lemon balm can help with headaches, stress, anxiety, and even insomnia. Lemon balm can also be used for calming digestive problems.

Rosemary

Rosemary is an amazing, versatile herb that has so many health benefits. This herb also happens to be extremely hardy and will survive year round outside even in extreme temperatures. This herb will also spread, but it’ll do well potted as well as in the ground. Since you can use rosemary for so many different applications, you might want to plant it in the garden so you’ll have lots of it all year! Buy a plant at the store—it’ll take off a lot faster than seeds!

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Use rosemary to make a tea for headaches, muscle aches, and increase circulation. You can use it in many different foods such as potatoes, in soups, on bread; the uses are endless!

Health benefits: Rosemary enhances memory, helps balance mood, relieve stress, and even hormone imbalances! Rosemary can boost your immune system, has antibacterial properties, and can help to soothe digestion, increase circulation, and even help people suffering from chronic pain. This herb is amazing!

Mint

Mint is another versatile herb that’ll grow like crazy if left unchecked. You definitely want to pot this herb! Do not plant this herb in the ground. Mint will do best if outside, but you can also keep it inside or on a windowsill. Oftentimes you can find a sprig of mint in nature to root, but you can either buy seeds or a plant for your garden.

Use mint for tea, to attract honeybees, repel ants, flavor water, food, and desserts! Chew fresh mint to freshen breath on the go.

Health benefits: Mint helps to promote digestion, decrease inflammation, combat nausea, and relieve headaches. Mint can help with respiratory ailments, including asthma, and help with depression and fatigue. Mint can even help improve memory and increase chances of success with weight loss!

Parsley

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Parsley is best bought as a plant and either potted or put in the ground. This is an excellent cooking herb to have fresh on hand! Snap off stems at the base and pick off leaves to use. You can also pick leaves directly off the stem while still on the plant, but this won’t encourage new growth quite the same way.

Parsley is excellent in many, many different foods, from meats to soups to sauces and potatoes.

Health benefits: Parsley can help protect against cancer, provide vitamin C and antioxidants, vitamin A, and folic acid. Parsley can help improve arthritis and promote heart health as well!

Thyme

Thyme is an adorable bushy plant that doesn’t grow very tall, but it will spread if left in a garden. Decide whether or not you want to pot this herb. I’ve planted my thyme in the ground from seeds as well as in a pot. It will do well either way. Water and watch it grow—then use for teas, potatoes, soups, and a variety of other foods and drinks!

Health benefits: Thyme can help increase your percentage of healthy fats in essential membranes of the brain and heart, protect against cancer with its antioxidants, and even lower blood pressure. Love this herb! Find out more about what it’s good for here.

Enjoy your summer even more with these amazing easy-to-care-for herbs. You can choose to grow it potted or in your garden, but either way, some watering will do the trick! Pots are easily transplanted, but some people enjoy herbs more in their garden. When you want a reliable, maintenance-free garden this summer, choose these herbs!

 

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Jenn Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who's passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. She loves running, reading, and playing with her four rescued rabbits.
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