Fragrant Herbs to Grow in a Garden

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There are many herbs you can grow in a garden in order to increase their fragrance. Make your garden smell better with help from a registered herbalist in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Bob Linde. I'm an herbalist and an herb grower. And today I'm going to talk to you about fragrant herbs that you can grow in the garden. There's so many different herbs that you can choose from. And oftentimes what you are going to choose will depend on what particular area of the country you are, your soil, and your sunlight conditions. A majority of your fragrant herbs actually prefer full sun and well drained soil. So you want to make sure that you don't choose locations that are a depression in your garden somewhere where a lot of water may accumulate. But a few of my favorites since I'm in the southern part of the United States, we can use some wonderful herbs like lemongrass. This is all can grow up to 10 feet. It has a wonderful lemony scent every time you rub the leaves a little bit. And it's also a great insect repellent so oftentimes if I'm coming out to sit around a bonfire at night, I'll take a few leaves and crinkle them up and put them in my hat or in my pocket to help to keep the bugs away. Some of the other ones that are more culinary in their uses is oregano. This is an easy one to grow that you can grow indoors or out. And obviously it's wonderful in your Italian dishes and your pasta dishes. But just running your hands over the leaves will release these wonderful essential oils. These essential oils are often great as an antimicrobial so oftentimes you can make a strong tea out of oregano to help the sore throat. Or when you are starting to catch a cold or flu. Lemon balm is one that most people don't think about. But this is a wonderful type of lemon mint. It grows just like any other mint. And not only is it a wonderful type of tea that's caffeine free it's also great for stress. And it's even used medicinally for the herpes virus to help for prevention and even for an outbreak you can use it. So this is a wonderful and use any way that you would use any kind of mint but also has some great medicinal values. And other ones that you can use that are commonly grown in the garden that have wonderful scents are things like sage, and basil, thyme, and a number of different fragrant herbs that you can use depending on your particular location, would depend on what you like to eat and what your particular soil and light conditions will allow. Remember you can grow them indoors or out. And you can use them in food or you can use them as medicine. So please enjoy your fragrant herbs in your indoor or outdoor garden.


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