Bringing Summer Greenery Indoors

Since we bought our house last summer, I haven't shared as much as I would have liked to about the process of making it our home, but I am going to try hard to change that, beginning today! I thought I would ease into it with a short post on bringing greenery indoors during the summer months, as it's something that I think can such life to an indoor space.

Houseplants, such as fiddle leaf fig trees, aloe vera, and split-leaf philodendron, are all the rage lately, and for good reason. Not only are many houseplants natural filters for cleaner air, they add an easy and eye-catching dimension to a room that isn't too expensive or too difficult to care for. During the winter, especially here in New England, adding some plant life indoors can easily lift my spirits and make a space feel warmer. Since we bought our home,  we have a number of different kinds of potted plants inside, including aloe vera, snake plant (aka, Mother-in-law's Tongue or Sansevieria trifasciata), and a handful of succulents. Now that summer has officially arrived though, I've been looking to add even more greenery indoors in the form of herbs. To me, nothing says summer quite like fresh basil growing in your kitchen window.

Here are four herbs that can easily be grown indoors and, as a plus, also have air purifying qualities.

Rosemary. This herb still gives off some of its essential oils in plant form, which can help improve cognitive function.

Mint. Mojito, anyone? Not only is mint great muddled up in summer cocktails, it makes the air easier to breathe for people with lung disease.

Basil. What's not to love about basil? It can be used in so many summery dishes, including this one, and like all plants, it pulls a good amount of carbon dioxide from the air.

Lavender. An obvious choice. The aroma alone is enough to want it in my home. Lavender has a calming factor, helping to relax the lungs, aiding in anxiety and a calmer night's sleep.

All of these herbs scream summer to me, whether you're cooking with them, concocting drinks, or simply tending to them. What herbs do you grow indoors?

Macrame (top left) // Wood Crate (top right)  // Chalkboard Planter (bottom left) // Pod Planter (bottom right)

Need a pretty planter to grow your herbs? Above, are a couple of options that I would easily add to our home.

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Full Disclosure: I am not an expert when it comes to medicinal uses of these herbs. All content is based off of my own research and should not be taken as expert fact.

Herb Photos: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4