Today many people are taking the leap and growing their own produce. This buzz has gotten underway thanks to in general a distrust within the food industry. Though even if you aren’t too worried about chemicals, waste or other unknown additives, the idea of reaping what you sow has its own charm. Growing your own food is engaging, sustainable and can be fun and very rewarding so it makes sense that many people are trying to get aboard the green train.

 If you really want to get to using your own home-grown ingredients, herbs are a great place to start. Though they may seem like an afterthought for many people, simply a garnish over a main meal, herbs have immense health benefits and just adding a little can really make a huge difference in flavour. Herbs are full of antioxidants, more so than the fruits and ‘superfoods’ you have heard so much about and yet you can easily grow many of these on your kitchen windowsill. Here are some you should try cultivating at home.

Mint

This widely used plant is hardy and can easily become an addition to your back garden. As long as your soil has decent drainage and you plot this stuff somewhere it can get a good dose of sun you shouldn’t have many problems. Mint has many benefits which is why it seems to be a well-used ingredient down almost every aisle. It’s good for your skin, your breath and can even alleviate the symptoms of hay fever and settle your asthma. What’s also great about mint is how it livens up a dish so quickly, add this to your guacamole for a bold new twist on a Mexican favourite.

Rosemary

Rosemary

Strong and woody, this herb is hard to miss when you get a nose full. Rosemary can be grown from cuttings quite successfully and when given the chance will work its way up to a decent sized shrub. The small leaves here pack a lot of punch and as well as supplying you with antioxidants simply smelling this garden favourite has been shown to improve memory retention. Add this to dishes to get a deep rustic flavour that is perfect for cold winters.

Coriander

Often referred to as Cilantro overseas, Coriander prefers a cooler climate than some of the others and needs its soil to be regularly watered. Used in cuisine from the east to the west this multi-use herb is great for digestion and will also look after your skin. It even reduces blood pressure and is therefore something you should eat regularly if you suffer from hypertension.

Basil

This member of the mint family is fairly versatile when it comes to growing conditions. You can plot a little place for this in the corner of your garden or make room in your window for this one. The hearty green leaves alone should indicate that this herb is good for you. Not only has it been proven to help your brain stay young but it’s also good for your bones and eyes. Add this to Italian dishes for an authentic flavour rich with goodness.