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7 Creative DIY Indoor Gardens

Here at Droponic we are all about indoor gardens. We love that plants have the power to liven up a room and instantly boost your mood. These indoor gardens can be decorative, functional, or, better yet, both and fit snugly anywhere inside the home from the kitchen to the bedroom. Some plants, like basil, can even emit sweet fragrances that will transport you to a whole new world. So today we’re taking a look at 7 creative DIY indoor gardens that you can make at home.

1. This herbalicious indoor garden makes cooking a fun thyme (see what I did there?). Plant your most frequently used herbs in small mason jars in the kitchen and label them for future use. Simply grab some oregano or bay leaf as you embark on your next culinary adventure! (Source)

Herb wall

2. Have a lot of plastic soda bottles at home? What better way to upcycle them than to create your own hydroponic indoor garden with plastic bottles! A beautiful setup and a great way to reuse those plastic bottles. (Source)

Recycle bottles

3. For a more rustic look inside the home, try out this DIY vertical planter made from a recycle shipping pallet. Click here to find the tools, elements, and useful tutorial needed to recreate this beautiful planter in your own home. (Source)

Pallet planter

4. Did you inherit a lot of gorgeous teacups from a grandparent? Found many beautiful vintage teacups on your last stroll through a yard sale? Bring them to life by using them in your next DIY indoor gardening project to grow delicious microgreens, herbs, or vegetables. (Source)

Teacup

5. One of the simplest ways to start your own indoor garden is with these cute little eggshell planters. The materials are extremely easy to get a hold of and you can quickly do this in a few hours over the weekend to get ready for some beautiful greens to sprout from your eggshells! (Source)

Eggs

6. For a vintage indoor garden look, try making this mini herb dresser with a recycled library card holder. Herbs can be popping out from different compartments to create a fun and whimsical look for your indoor garden. (Source)

Library card

7. Grow an eclectic mix of plants inside light bulbs for another cool indoor garden to brighten up your living space. You can even hang up these bulbs on different levels to create a beautiful jungle look next to your window. (Source)

Lightbulb plant

So there it is, 7 creative DIY indoor garden ideas we’ve sourced from around the web. We’d love to see what other indoor gardens are out there so let us know what your indoor garden looks like by posting a picture in the comments below!

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How to Freeze Your Herbs

What do you do when you have a lot of herbs leftover after cooking your delicious meal? Freeze them for later use of course! You should know that freezing herbs will always change its taste just a little bit (nothing beats the taste of fresh herbs!), but it’s always great to freeze some so that all your leftover herbs don’t go to waste. Here at Droponic, we recommend three different ways to freeze your herbs:

1. Freeze herbs in ziplock bags without any water or oil

By freezing your herbs in this way, the freezer will actually preserve them by drying them out. This method of freezing your herb actually changes their taste a quite a bit since the freezer does take out a lot of its moisture so this is not the most recommended method to preserve your herbs. However, this is a great way to preserve your herbs if you’re pressed for time and need to freeze them in a flash.

2. Freeze herbs in water

The best way to retain flavor when using this method is to blanch your herbs before you freeze them. Serious Eats adeptly goes through the science of why blanching herbs will help to preserve their flavors:

Fresh herbs are living things with active enzymes and flavor compounds that change dramatically when heated or damaged. Herbs stored in an ice cube take much longer to melt and incorporate into a sauce than herbs stored in frozen oil, which means that while you’re waiting for the core of that ice cube to melt, the herbs that have already melted into the sauce are busy overcooking and losing fresh flavor. Of course, it also means that your herbs will simply take longer to cook into your soup or sauce.

Blanching herbs can deactivate enzymes, which goes a long way towards maintaining flavor, but more importantly, blanching the herbs first means that they can be packed into a smaller volume. The equivalent amount of herbs takes less space and therefore melts faster.

There we go! After your herbs are blanched, chop them up nicely and place them into an ice cube tray. Pour in water and place your herbs in the freezer for some great tasting herbs later.

3. Freeze herbs in oil (recommended)

Here at Droponic we love freezing our herbs in olive oil. We chose olive oil because it is quite a neutral oil so our herbs won’t be absorbing crazy flavors. You can choose to chop up your herbs or freeze them in small portions. Whichever method you choose should allow your herbs to fit nicely into ice cube trays. Submerge them in olive oil and voila!

Prominent cooking blog The Kitchn even mentions that freezing your herbs in oil is “a great way to have herbs ready immediately for winter stews, roasts, soups, and potato dishes. These dishes usually call for oil to start with, and so you can take a cube of frozen oil, herbs inside, out of the freezer and use this as the base of your dish. Cook the onions and garlic in this herb-infused oil and let the taste of herbs spread through your whole dish.”

And there you go, three different ways to preserve your leftover herbs for another delectable meal!

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What Are the Benefits of Rosemary Tea?

Rosmarinus officinalis is an evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region and is commonly used as a spice in a number of ethnic cuisines. With its pungent aroma, rosemary has been used as a flavoring agent as well as for its medicinal qualities for hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Rosemary tea may help support digestion, promote cognitive function and act as an antioxidant, protecting the body from heart disease and cancer.

Brain Booster

brain booster

 

Rosemary has shown promise in supporting circulation to the brain and in potentially preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s. Along with increasing peripheral circulation, rosemary contains a constituent called carnosic acid which is a potent antioxidant that may protect neurons from free-radical damage, according to a report in the August 2008 issue of the “Journal of Neurochemistry.” Another study published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” in January of 2010 demonstrated that small doses of rosemary enhanced memory speed in elderly adults.

Digestive Support

digestive support

 

Traditionally, rosemary has been used to calm digestive distress and indigestion, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Rosemary is approved by the German Commission E as a safe and effective herbal treatment for dyspepsia. Master herbalist Susan Weed also suggests rosemary to treat spasmodic digestive complaints like gas and gall bladder disorders.

Hair Help

hair help

Rosemary oil has been widely used to support hair growth and prevent alopecia, according to research published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology” in 1998. Weed states that rosemary tea can also be used as a wash to support scalp health and hair growth. She suggests brewing a full ounce of dried rosemary in a quart of water overnight to use as a post-shampoo hair rinse to stimulate hair growth. Rosemary tea can also be mixed with borax and used as a natural dandruff solution.

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