Here's 7 reasons everyone should grow a windowsill herb garden

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BYAriel Scotti
Buy a planter at your local gardening shop, florist or Home Depot, a bag of soil and a few baby plants of your choosing.

Fresh herbs make everything from sauces to salads taste like they were made by a pro. Add some crisp, sweet basil to a pot of marinara or curly cilantro to an avocado, tomato and mozzarella salad and impress all your friends with fancy chef-level flavor.

Unfortunately, most of the time herbs are the ingredient I usually forget to grab at the grocery store and when I do, four days later I end up tossing out a whole forest of rosemary because I only needed a sprig.

Enter the windowsill herb garden.

We’ve got seven reasons to stop what you're doing right now and start growing one.

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1. It's easy.

Buy a planter at your local gardening shop, florist or Home Depot, a bag of soil and a few baby plants. Basil likes being warm so it'll do well inside a sunny spot. Parsley is almost impossible to kill and doesn't need a ton of water, and mint doesn't care if it barely gets any light.

Muddle up some mint for a batch of mojitos and drink summery cocktails all year long.

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2. Waste not, want not.

Shelling out $3-4 per bunch a few days a week for fresh herbs only to have most of them rot in your fridge gets expensive and frustrating real fast. With your herbs already growing at home, plucking a few leaves here and there pays for itself without the inevitable guilt of waste.

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3. Added health benefits.

Plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, purifying the air that you and your family breathe. Adding them to your food is also a no-fail way to make anything taste better without risking extra fat, calories or carbs.

4. They make your food healthier.

Shelling out $3-4 per bunch a few days a week for fresh herbs only to have most of them rot in your fridge's crisper drawer gets expensive and frustrating fast.

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Instead of picking up something at your local grocer that could have been sprayed with pesticides or grown with potentially harmful fertilizing ingredients, growing your own and lets you know exactly what went into the production of each delicious leaf.

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5. They taste better!

The dried, packaged version just doesn't compare. Dull, brittle rosemary won't cut it when you're adding flavor to a whole roasted chicken. Do yourself a favor and cover it with fresh ones and taste the vibrancy.

6. Muddle up some mint for a batch of mojitos, add some basil to your gimlet, stir a gin fizz with a sprig of rosemary and drink summery cocktails all year long.

7. It'll make you happier.

It's been said that having plant greenery in your home is good for your psychological wellbeing, too. Just looking at plants has been shown to reduce stress, improve concentration, lower blood pressure, increase attentiveness and improve your overall perception of your space.

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