Another variety in the mint family with a milder flavor than peppermint, spearmint is grown the same way. Spearmint has implications for post-menopausal women and those with ovarian cysts due to its anti-androgen effects that balance sex hormones (2).
Now becoming a popular natural sweetener, you have to watch for organic stevia to buy at the store to avoid genetically modified organisms and pesticides. You can easily grow your own instead!
Stevia was found in one study to reduce the desire for nicotine to help stop smoking since there is a link between sugar and nicotine craving. By replacing one with the other, you take a huge step toward kicking the habit. Stevia doesn’t like the cold, so make sure to put it in a consistently warm spot.
A versatile herb in the sunflower and marigold family with a mild flavor, tarragon moderates blood sugar, treats metabolic syndrome, and is a potent antibacterial agent (3, 4). Grow in a warm, sunny spot from fresh leaves picked in the spring.
Cuttings cultivated before the parent plants flowers, thyme must be kept moist so give it a spritz with a water bottle to keep leaves from drying out.
Thyme benefits from judicial pruning to stimulate new growth. The phytochemical thymol, found in thyme, is known to cause cancer cell death, lower blood pressure, prevent tooth decay, and ease stomach disorders while also killing bacteria and fungi.
Growing indoors can be easy, fun, and delicious!