8 Most Fragrant Herbs and Flowers to Grow Indoors

Not only will these fragrant herbs and flowers help purify your home’s air, they smell great doing it!

Growing any plant in your house will purify the air somewhat, since plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Some plants do more than purify the air, they smell great doing it, which awakens all your senses and keeps you relaxed.

Below are the most fragrant herbs and flowers to grow indoors. Grow them in different pots, since they donít require the same amount of water or light.


Fragrant Herbs and Flowers to Grow Indoors

These herbs and flowers release more fragrance when touched or brushed against. Placing them next to an open window also helps increase the fragrance.

1. Chervil

This herb has a great scent, and you can use it for cooking. Keeping it in the kitchen will make it easier for you to add it to different meals.

Plant chervil seeds shallowly and keep the soil moist. You need to clip the plant frequently, since it can grow up to 24 inches tall.

2. Arabian Jasmine

Arabian jasmine flowers offer a soft flowery scent, and you can use them to make jasmine tea. And the best part is this herb can flower all year, if it gets enough light.

Feel free to take Arabian jasmine outdoors during the hot season, since it thrives in warm weather. Keep it indoors in a bright location during winter.

3. Oncidium Orchid

This herb is colorful and offers a sweet fragrance.

Oncidium orchid needs to get enough light, so place it next to a window that faces east or west. If your orchid plant has dark green leaves, it means itís not getting enough sunlight exposure.

4. Gardenia

Gardenia is one of the most popular fragrant flowers. It has beautiful white flowers, green leaves, and an intense sweet fragrance,†and you can†grow it part time indoors.

Keeping gardenia indoors all year may be a challenge, since it requires bright light and humidity. Only keep it indoors during the cold season.

5. Lavender

Lavender has a soothing scent and stunning blue-violet flowers. Unlike gardenia, lavender grows very well indoors.

Inhaling the lavender scent actually increases relaxation and reduces blood pressure, according to research. Use†the leaves to make tea or in your baked goods.

6. Basil

You have to keep basil indoors, if you love the menthol aroma. You can add it to different meals, smoothies, and salads.

Just make sure your basil plant gets enough light, and plant it in nutrient-rich soil. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Sogginess makes basil rot.

7. Mint

Mint has a pleasant aroma and is great for making herbal tea. Itís one of the easiest herbs to grow. Simply cut a branch and leave it in a glass of water. It will have roots after one week and will be ready for planting.

In fact, mint is so easy to grow that gardeners often wonder how to stop it from taking over. Make sure your mint doesn’t share a pot with any other plants.

8. Scented Geraniums

You can grow scented geraniums indoors for an entire year. Theyíre great air purifiers, and they even repel mosquitoes.

There are many scented geraniums varieties to choose from. Common ones include apple, lemon, peppermint, rose, and nutmeg. You can even eat them, if you have enough flowers to spare!

What are your favorite fragrant herbs or flowers?

8 Most Fragrant Herbs and Flowers to Grow Indoors

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