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Herb Spotlight: Mint

 Mint is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years because of its remarkable medicinal properties. In modern times, science has discovered that mint has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food, but this herb is still most well-known through its applications as a mouth and breath freshener. We look deeper to find that mint has far more to offer than meets the eye.Mint-leaves-2007Health Benefits

Originally used as a medicinal herb to treat stomach aches, we now know that mint is an extremely versatile and antioxidant-packed herb when it comes to its health benefits. Along with its ability to sooth cases of indigestion or inflammation, the refreshing aroma of mint is a quick and effective remedy for nausea. As a natural stimulant, the strong smell from mint has the ability to encourage increase in brain function. Moreover, research has shown that extracts from mint leaves function as natural anti-histamines when seasonal allergies and hay fever come into play. There are a myriad of other health benefits to using mint and more can be found here.

Growing and Cultivation

Mint is an herb that makes few demands and can tolerate a wide range of conditions. This perennial herb thrives in partial shade, but can also be grown in full sun. As a fast-growing herb that only requires a small space to grow, even only one plant will provide more than enough mint for home use. According to Medical News Today,

When preparing mint, use a sharp knife and cut gently. Using a dull knife or over-chopping will bruise the herb and much of the flavor will be misplaced onto the cutting board surface.

Although mint can be frozen in batches for use at a later time, fresh mint is usually preferred over dried mint for the highest nutrient factor and the freshest taste.

Let’s Eat More Mint

mintAdding mint is a great way to add flavor to a dish or beverage without adding extra calories, fat or sodium. Mint leaves are tender and have gentle stems, so it is best to add them raw or near the end of cooking in order to maintain their delicate flavor and texture.

Chop fresh mint leaves and scatter them over a tossed green or grilled chicken salad. Incorporate mint into a fresh fruit salsa with chopped apples, pear, lemon or lime juice, jalapeno and honey. In these mixtures, the mint leaves will add trace amounts of nutrients as well as a bold flavor. Add chopped or muddled mint leaves to brewed iced tea or lemonade for a refreshing treat.

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What are hydroponics?

Growing with hydroponic technology means that the roots of your plants are suspended in water instead of soil. In truth, growing your plants with hydroponics is actually one of the easiest ways to have your own garden. This is because plants grow strong and healthy when provided with an adequate amount of water, nutrients, and sunlight and the hydroponic system is designed to do just that – provide the optimal amount of all three growth ingredients. With hydroponic technology, growers can rejoice since they are no longer limited by climate or by season to grow beautiful plants. All this without the headache that comes with the mess of soil or dirt.

 

Growing with hydroponics vs. soil

Growing the hydroponic way is actually more efficient than growing with soil for various reasons. When greens are planted in soil, they must expend a lot of energy to sift through the soil to find the nutrients they are looking for. However, growing plants with hydroponic technology means that roots have direct access to nutrients that are added to the water. In this way, your plants can easily uptake its vital nutrients with ease. This actually means that when growing side-by-side, plants grown with hydroponic technology will tend to grow faster and produce larger yields than plants grown in soil because nutrients are delivered directly to their roots. Since their roots are submerged directly into nutrient-rich water, plants grown hydroponically will tend to produce greater yields because they can divert more energy into leaf and stem growth.

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Growing the hydroponic way with Droponic

Do you want to have a go at hydroponics but don’t know where to start? Definitely take a look at Droponic to obtain all your growing needs. Droponic has designed a simple and beautiful way to grow your greens indoors. Unlike traditional hydroponic systems, which require careful observation and tending to maintain optimal levels of nutrients, water, and sunlight, Droponic will automatically send you notifications once your plant needs a little TLC. We put a great amount of effort in forging the best design for Droponic that is both simple and practical so with Droponic, users can grow anything from kale to basil with ease and take their cooking game to a whole new level. The smart garden is compact and portable so users can bring fresh herbs straight to the dinner table.

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With Droponic, the entire growing process becomes incredibly simple. As a grower, you simply buy carefully-crafted seed pods and nutrient packets, assemble your product, and watch your plants grow and flourish!

Head on over to Droponic to see how you can start growing your own smart hydroponic kitchen garden today.

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Herb Spotlight: Basil

basil-leafBasil, often referred to as the “King of Herbs” is known for its strong, pungent, and sweet-smelling aromatic fragrance. Native to India, it has been cultivated some 5,000 years ago. Traditionally used in Southeastern Asian cuisine, basil is also prominently featured in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

 

 

Health Benefits

The health benefits of basil is numerous. Rich in antioxidants, it also contains one of the highest concentration of Vitamin K, as well as copious amounts of Vitamin A and C. In addition, basil is an anti-inflammatory and swelling agent. Studies have found that  “extracts of O. tenuiflorm (Holy basil) were shown to reduce swelling by up to 73%, 24 hours after treatment”. Other health benefits of this amazing plant include anti-aging properties, stress reducer, and anti-anxiety reliever. The list goes on.

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Growing and Cultivation

Basil is an herb that makes few demands. It does best in warmer climates, but can be grown almost anywhere indoors. Provide the plant 6-8 hours of sun, and keep the soil from drying out (easily prevented if growing in a hydroponic system).

Harvest basil by pinching leaves off the main stem when it reaches a height of 6 inches or more. Beware not to damage the main stem as it will not grow back.

Although you can dry the herb, we recommend freezing basil to preserve the herb’s nutrients and flavor. Of course, the best option is to harvest basil 5-10 minutes before cooking time. Just a pinch of freshly picked basil is guaranteed to spice up your favorite dishes!

Check out the main Droponic website to grow your own basil today!

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