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Living in a city or an apartment can make it difficult to grow plants outdoors, luckily there are some plants that can be grown indoors that you wouldn’t expect (and we are not talking about succulents!) Preferably, plants like to be outside in their wilderness but they can adapt easily, if correctly nurtured for. Especially when growing herbs that also have healing properties, you can create wonderful teas, tinctures and even healing salves. Here is a break down of a few herbs you can grow indoors or out:

 


Calendula

  Aka pot marigold, is a beautiful orange and yellow edible blossom with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The blossoms also have an affinity for the skin, so they can be used to make oil infusions.  Since they love the sun, it is best to plant these under a grow light with organic potting soil with a shovelful or two of compost/manure. Keep them well watered and pluck any bad flowers to keep them chirpy throughout the season. Since they can get tall quickly, adding support may be needed.
TIP: apply fertilizer to promote full blossoming.

 

Grow Calendula for skincare

Calendula oil infusion for skincare

 

 

Aloe Vera

Generally Aloe Vera is the go to after a little sunburn, but it is becoming more commonly found in moisturizers, serums, toners and masks. Having fresh aloe means you can have access to fresh gel whenever you need it, versus store bought gel which must contain preservatives.  It is just magical to cut open an aloe leaf with it seeping out into your hand. Fresh organic also vera works wonders in healing cuts and scrapes, especially handy if you have any little ones running around getting injured. Aloe needs to be planted in wide containers with a well-drained potting mix with artificial sunlight or indirect natural sunlight. For best practices, water aloe deeply but then allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings, in order to discourage rot.  Water even less in winter.

TIP: Aloe plants produce little plantlet babies that can be removed to produce new plants.

 

Grow aloe vera for skincare

Aloe vera gel

 

 

Lavender

There are a few smaller types of Lavender that grow better indoors than others:
French Lavender, Canary Island Lavender & Fern Leaf Lavender. There are many varieties of lavender, each with unique medicinal properties.  Some lavender can be grown for the production of its essential oil, which works well in aromatherapy to relieve stress, fight acne, and heal the skin. When growing lavender indoors, the buds can be used to make infusions, sachets, eye pillows, or to use in some culinary adventures.  The trick to growing lavender correctly indoors is having the right sized pot, it must be 1-2” larger than its root ball. Light is also needed, so placing the pot near a window south facing would be ideal but if not possible artificial light will suffice.

TIP: Consider using a terra-cotta pot for growing lavender indoors.

 Potted lavender plant

 


Sage

Since we love smudging, we thought it would be ideal to grow your own sage indoors. Smudging helps clear negative energy from a space by burning dried herbs together and most commonly, bundled white sage. When burning sage (or other herbs like lavender) you release negative ions that are linked to a positive mood. Place your container near a sunny window and water thoroughly.

TIP: Do not over-fertilize or its flavor will be less intense.

 

Sage smudging to cleanse room

 

 

Chamomile

Commonly used in tea form as a relaxing sleep aid, digestif or even as an anti-
inflammatory. This daisy-like plant has been used for centuries to fight eczema and skin rashes. Works extremely when when applied as an oil (either as an infusion or essential oil) or a hydrosol directly on the skin. When growing chamomile indoors, the best use of the flowers is by making your own tea or oil infusion.  You can grow chamomile plants indoors successfully if you face your pot in the south for light, they do not need vast light but a fair amount is needed. Soil should be kept wet but not overly wet so watering once a week should be good.

TIP: harvest plant after 2-3 months for best tea

 

Chamomile oil infusion for skincare

May 23, 2016 by Alison Quaglia

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