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Store Bought Vegetables and Herbs to Regrow at Home

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Gardening is a healthy activity you may start without visiting your garden store or sprouting seeds; carrots, garlic, lettuce and multiple herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme and basil all may be regrown from organic produce you purchase at the store
  • Ginger is a tropical plant that may do well outdoors during the summer heat but will appreciate being brought inside when the temperatures drop; split a ginger root from the store and plant in well-composted soil, keeping it moist but not water-logged. Ginger may help stabilize blood sugar, normalize blood pressure and promote healthy aging
  • Just one head of garlic may produce enough garlic to feed your family for a season; separate and plant the large cloves in fertile soil during the fall months so the plant puts down roots before winter. One clove will produce a new head of garlic; people have used garlic for centuries to add flavor to foods, boost immunity and as an anti-inflammatory agent
  • Herbs grow well in the ground and all year indoors in containers. Start basil, rosemary, sage, thyme and oregano by stripping the lower leaves of a tender stem and placing them in water until they root; transplant to soil and watch your healthy herb garden grow

Gardening is a healthy outdoor activity that reaps more rewards than just the food you grow for yourself. One study by Dutch researchers found gardening produced a reduction in cortisol levels significantly stronger than those who did not garden after a stressful experience. Cortisol is excreted when your body is under stress; chronically high levels have been linked to obesity, cognitive ability and heart disease.


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