The little herb garden in the kitchen

Even if the sun already spoils us with beautiful, warm days in March, it is still too early to plant herbs in the garden because it still can get very cold at night.

If you can't wait, plant your own little herb garden in the kitchen. For those without gardens, the herb pots can later be moved outside to the windowsill. Here are the most popular herbs and their benefits.

Various herbs on the kitchen windowsill


Basil, which originally comes from India, traditionally makes for a delicious flavor combination with tomatoes. It is indispensable in such dishes as tomato with mozzarella and gives the Italian classic dishes their special flavor. The essential oils of basil are said to help with digestive problems and to relieve migraine and insomnia. Few do not like the fragrance and the mildly spicy taste of basil. Wasps, however, are deterred by basil's essential oils. This is why the pests can be driven out by a bunch of basil on the garden table.


In ancient times, sage had a reputation for giving eternal life. Today, sage is particularly well known as a remedy for colds. In fact, it keeps many pathogens away from us by inhibiting the growth of viruses, bacteria and fungi. At the same time, it has an antispasmodic effect on the bronchi and digestive system. But sage can do much more. It also gives meat and fish dishes an unmistakable flavor and a special taste highlight.

Lemon balm

Even the mild lemon scent, which sticks to our fingers when we gently rub the leaves, brings a smile to our faces. A unique mix of essential oils in lemon balm brings about this feeling of spontaneous enjoyment and its healing effect on our nervous system. The essential oils have a relaxing, antispasmodic and restorative influence, and are even said to promote learning memory. The lemon balm leaves are particularly suitable for fine desserts and refreshing drinks. But salads, fish and meat dishes also taste delicious with lemon balm.


Parsley -- unfortunately often relegated to decoration -- is among our healthiest local herbs. Almost the entire range of vitamins can be found in parsley: Vitamin A, vitamins B1 to B6, B12, vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid and vitamin K. It also provides minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Parsley supports digestion, stimulates bladder activity, invigorates the mind and helps against springtime fatigue. Parsley can be widely used. Important: Always add to cooked food at the end because the heat destroys parley's benefits and scent.


Once upon a time, bouquets of thyme were tied as lucky charms to the lance of the knights before the tournament, because the small plant represented courage and strength. Thyme owes its healing power to the essential oil thymol, which has an antispasmodic and antibacterial effect. This makes the herb an ideal remedy for stubborn, hacking coughs. The plant only achieves its full effect when harvested in bloom and then dried quickly and gently. There is hardly a dish in the kitchen that does not go well with thyme. Even the flavor of ice cream and fresh fruit can be improved with the herb.

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