This Culinary Secret Could Be Your New Stress Relief Routine

There are lots of benefits associated with growing and nurturing plants. For example, gardening reduces cortisol levels (cortisol is a hormone produced by stress that can lead to physical and mental health issues). Taking care of plants can also help you reconnect with the present moment and help you relax!

But for an added perk, try nurturing an herb garden to both ease your mind and tantalize your taste buds. Whenever you need some elevated flavors, pluck a few of the freshest leaves and add them directly to your dishes. Your sustainable, homegrown herbs might even inspire you to start experimenting in the kitchen.

Top chefs swear by growing their own herbs for a reason. They’re fresher, they minimize waste (ahem, store-bought basil), and they can help you save serious money. Packaged herbs are not only expensive, but they lose flavor, freshness and potency by the minute. The clock is always ticking. 

And you don’t need a green thumb or tons of space outdoors. Herbs can flourish indoors, all year long, and they’re really easy when it comes to care.

Consider growing these:

  • Basil
  • Rosemary 
  • Mint 
  • Thyme
  • Oregano 

They’re some of the most popular herbs to grow at home, they’re among the easiest to care for – and they’re popular across so many cuisines. Yum.