My old bathroom was steamier than a sauna. A quick shower yielded enough steam to crowd the room, and it didn’t help that the window got direct sunlight. My bathroom’s air turned thick with humidity, and I’d have to open the window so a cloud wouldn’t drift into the adjacent kitchen. It was winter, and I was itching to foster life. I wanted something to nurture in a low-key way, something that would appreciate the steam that annoyed me. Herbs were the obvious answer.
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