One of the most widely used and popularly prescribed herbs is the laurel herb. It has been in use since Roman times. The herb is a woody perennial plant native to Europe, Asia and Northern America. The Latin name of the plant is “laurea europaea”, which means “grass”. It is a grass like plant that grows in fields or along roads.
The herb plant belongs to the mint family, Labiatae. The plant grows as tall as six feet. It has dark green leaves with fissured tips and small white star-shaped flowers. The flowers usually bloom in the spring. The herb plant prefers fertile, sunny soil with low levels of acidity.
In addition to the many uses of the laurel herb, it has also been used as an ingredient in food, medicine and cosmetics. One of its most famous uses is as an antiseptic. Other uses include treating athlete’s foot, toe and fingernail fungus, ulcers, burns, eczema, chicken pox, colds, indigestion, mouth inflammations, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, warts and other skin lesions. In the field of herbal medicine, bay laurel is used to treat inflammation, headaches, cramps, heartburn, flu and respiratory problems.
For almost two millennia, the herb was cultivated in herb gardens around the Mediterranean world. For the longest time, it was considered a luxury and rare plant. However, in the nineteenth century, an English doctor, Sir Walterious Wharton, began growing and selling what he called the ‘English Rose’ which was actually a hybrid of the laurel and bay laurel plant. This gave rise to the modern day herb gardening, where herbs are grown for their therapeutic value rather than for their attractiveness.
Because growing and harvesting these plants can be quite a task, they are best harvested during the spring or summer when they are closer to being dormant. Even though herbs do better in a colder climate, some grow best when they are in a hot climate. You should keep your herb garden well watered so that they will remain growing and producing fresh leaves and herbs. It is not a good idea to harvest the plant too early, since young roots may not have developed enough to absorb the water. They will still need a lot of water to survive.
Once your herb gardening project is up and running, you will find that your family and friends will want to visit. You can put up a display of herbs right on your kitchen countertop. Others will want to see your herbs beside their favorite recipes. If you grow your own herbs, you won’t have to worry about using chemicals every time someone wants to use one.
Another great reason to start an herb garden is that it can help you save money. You can buy the seeds from a local nursery and grow your herbs from those. You won’t have to pay a lot more for the seeds and the growing costs will be much less. Growing your own herbs can also help you save money because you will grow them yourself instead of buying them at the grocery store. This way you will know exactly how much to buy for each plant.
Now that you understand more about the benefits of herb gardening, you may want to grow some of your own herbs yourself. Start with basil and parsley. Just keep reading and you will soon be harvesting and growing your own herbs in no time.
Start your herb garden by deciding which herbs you would like to grow. Buy the seeds and plant them in pots and then just wait for them to grow. Some herbs will take a bit more work than others but you will eventually get them going. Once they are established you will want to water them a little bit and make sure they get the sunlight they need. They can survive just fine without all the extra sunlight.
If you are a person who doesn’t know too much about herb gardening, you may want to start out with one of the easier herbs. Try parsley. It’s very easy to grow and you don’t have to spend a lot of money on the seeds. Just buy some organic soil and fertilizer. When spring rolls around, you will find that your herb garden will be providing you with fresh herbs all year long.
When you are getting started in herb gardening, it’s important to remember that growing herbs is not very hard work. It’s also not difficult to become an herb gardening master. All it takes is time, patience, and lots of love. Soon you will have an herb garden of your own.