Did you know the humble aspirin (salicylic acid) is derived from the bark of the willow tree (Salix babylonica)? And the glorious cure for most of days’ #firstworldproblems – caffeine – is harvested from coffee beans (Coffea arabica) and tea leaves (Camellia sinensis)? Most plants contain properties that are beneficial for our health and wellbeing. Herbs are wonderful examples. Depending on the herb, they may contain medicinal properties which can help with reducing inflammation, lower stress, and aid digestion. Plus, their delightful aromas and flavours can be used for variety of culinary uses, too.
Leafy herbs like mint and oregano can be grown inside, provided they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight. Fruiting and rooting herbs and spices need at least 6-8 hours of full sun and are better grown in pots on the balcony or garden beds.