The kitchen is the heart of your home which means adding some life to it, and we mean literally, can make it more enjoyable for your family and friends, not to mention the kinds of food that you are preparing. Since most of us are now aware of the benefits of using fresh ingredients when cooking, why not grow some herbs within easy reach from your kitchen? Here are 12 kinds of herbs that every kitchen should have.

Chives. Just like any other Alliums like shallots, garlic, and onions, chives can be pretty useful in keeping insects away from your herb garden. Aside from this, chives are known for their antibiotic properties which, when eaten, can help fight inflammation.

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Lavender. This herb is actually a great addition to your garden because it is considered as one of the most versatile plants when it comes to remedies. Aside from being used for numerous herbal remedies, lavender can be used when baking or as seasoning. Plus, this herb is also good as a deterrent against pests and mosquitoes.

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Oregano. The oil that comes from this herb is usually used to treat digestive problems, skin conditions like psoriasis and dandruff, respiratory problems, joint pain and muscle aches, as well as parasitic infections. As a plus, oregano can be a natural repellant when planted in the garden. For cooking, this herb can be used for poultry, meats, breads, and legumes.

Peppermint. One of the reasons why this herb should be present in your herb garden is because of its natural ability to prevent pests from invading your garden. Pests like ants, rodents, and even spiders don’t usually come when peppermint is around. What’s great about this herb is that you can make a tea out of it to help soothe headache, clear up your clogged nose, and eve make you relax after a long and tiring day. You can even add a sprig of this herb in your fruits, cocoa, or even coffee if you like.

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Sage. This herb can be used to treat gastric problems, reduce fever, and even help you calm down when you’re stressed. In cooking, dried sage can be used as seasoning for poultry and sausages plus you can make a tea out of its leaves too.

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Thyme. Another herb that you should grow in your garden is thyme because it is rich in vitamin A which is good for your skin, nail, eye, and hair health. Thyme is also known as an antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory.

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Tarragon. Tarragon is a good source of numerous vitamins and minerals that your body needs such as magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, and calcium just to name a few. In tea form, tarragon can help reduce your appetite while at the same time, reduce your anxiety levels. When cooking, tarragon is a great seasoning for seafood, egg dishes, chicken, and vegetables.

Rosemary. Did you know that rosemary is another type of herb that can repel those pesky pests in the garden? Cats are even turned away by this herb. Rosemary is often used in numerous herbal remedies such as for bad breath, minimizing pain, and even helping with gastric problems. Not only that but this herb is also a great addition to your dishes like lamb, fish, and chicken because of its taste.

Parsley. No herb garden will be complete without this herb. Parsley is perfect for adding that kick to your veggie dishes and thanks to its anti-bacterial properties, this herb can help boost your immune system.

Lemon balm. There are plenty of benefits to be gained from this herb such as reduce muscle and nerve tension, relieves stomach upset, gas, and cramping, and even prevent infection as well.

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Cilantro. This herb packs plenty of vitamin C including other essential nutrients that can help strengthen your body and your immune system. The strong aroma and flavor of cilantro makes it a good addition in salsas, meats, and other dishes.

Basil. The beauty of basil is that not only is it used in cooking, but it can also help bring a more relaxing atmosphere to your space. It packs plenty of vitamins and minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron just to name a few.