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08/17/17
Terrariums: Grow an Indoor Herb Garden
Filed under: General, DIY Ideas, Home Decor
Posted by: Richard @ 4:22 pm

Not only do terrariums function as stylish decorative pieces, but they also serve numerous functional purposes, as well. If you are looking for a low-maintenance, space-saving way to grow a plant in a small office or apartment space, terrariums might just be the perfect solution. Or, if you have a plant that needs high levels of humidity just to survive, then terrariums might be better suited for your specific plant’s needs.

Indoor Herb Garden

There are many reasons why you should get a terrarium, but to top off the list, owning one can pave way for a healthier lifestyle. Terrariums work to purify the air. If you fill a room with natural terrariums, then the quality of air is bound to be much higher.

Indoor Herb Garden

Another healthy function of the terrarium can be utilized by repurposing it for herb gardening. Every plant has varying preferences for sunlight and soil conditions, but each varying plant also comes with its own added benefits and can ultimately lead to a holistic betterment of one’s physical and mental health.

Indoor Herb Garden

Basil, for example, requires a lot of sunlight and well-drained, moist soil. Basil, a popular herb commonly used with Italian dishes, can also be used as a deodorizer or to treat inflammation. If you love pesto, you’ll want to try this out.

Indoor Herb Garden

Cilantro also requires a lot of sunlight and well-drained soil. Cilantro is commonly used with Mexican and Asian dishes to add a hint of freshness to the dish. It also provides you with high levels of Vitamin C and helps with digestion.

Indoor Herb Garden

Lavender works to keep your herb garden smelling fresh. To grow it properly, keep under full sunlight in slightly sandy and well-drained soil. As an ingredient, it is normally reserved for herbal teas or desserts. Or, you can use dried lavender for potpourri that doubles as a mosquito repellant.

Indoor Herb Garden

Oregano, a commonly used herb in Italian and Mexican dishes, works well with meat, eggs, and poultry. This herb requires well-drained soil and full sun with shade in the afternoon. Oregano is unique in that it aids with skin conditions, such as psoriasis, dandruff, and fungal infections. Similar to Lavender, Oregano also works as a natural insect repellant.

Indoor Herb Garden

Mint is often paired with desserts and beverages. To properly grow, the herb requires full sun followed by slight shade in the afternoon and should be planted in damp, well-mulched soil. Mint also helps to soothe stomach aches and acts as a bug repellant. Using these herbs as a protective barrier is a good way of defending your garden from unwanted visitors.

Indoor Herb Garden

Plant some rosemary for the holidays. Rosemary requires full sunlight in well-drained soil. It goes great with chicken, lamb, turkey, mushrooms, vegetables, and olive oil. Rosemary helps to clear up bad breath and dandruff. With these added benefits, rosemary seasoned dishes are the only holiday dishes that will leave you feeling more confident in yourself after the meal.

Indoor Herb Garden

Often thrown into stir-fry, soups, and sauces along with other popular herbs, thyme is mainly used to help treat sore throats, acne, hair loss, psoriasis, and inflammation. Like oregano and mint, thyme also requires sunlight with partial shade along with well-drained soil. As compared with other herbs, thyme offers the most added benefits, as it is good for your eyes, skin, hair, and nails. It even also works as a natural antiseptic.

Indoor Herb Garden

Now you can have fresh herbs on hand without having to run to the store. Terrariums offer a creative way to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Let your imagination (and your herbs) run wild in these little worlds!

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08/01/17
Potpourri-in-a-Jar
Filed under: General, DIY Ideas, Home Decor
Posted by: Richard @ 3:20 pm

Potpourri-in-a-Jar

This is an easy DIY project that makes a great gift. You can be as creative as you’d like with your selection of herbs and spices. It can be just a few ingredients, or a larger assortment of flowers, herbs, and spices. Common fragrant flowers are roses, geraniums, orchids, and hibiscus. Here is our take on a classic.

INGREDIENTS:

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients except vanilla, essential oil, and water in large baking pan.
  2. Dry in oven for at least two hours, until flowers and herbs are brittle, and peel is dry.
  3. Add vanilla and essential oil to water in spray bottle and lightly spritz dried ingredients.
  4. Transfer mixture to Apothecary Jar or other glass vase of your choice.
  5. Add Decorative Pearls, if desired.
  6. Cover jar lid or open vase with fabric and secure in place with Ribbon.
  7. TIP: Cutting the fabric with pinking shears adds a nice touch.

Potpourri can be used dry, in a variety of different types of decorative bowls or glass vases. We especially recommend Bowl Vases, Cube Vases, and Pan Vases for use with potpourri. And our Apothecary Jars are perfect for giving potpourri as a gift.

When your potpourri begins to lose its fragrance, you can add a handful to a few cups of water and simmer on the stove in a saucepan. You’ll get a little bit more enjoyment from the aroma, and your house will smell amazing!

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