We love our herbs! We truly believe in the power of herbs to heal both the body and the spirit. So did most of humanity until the last few decades, and the doubt has risen mostly in the industrialized countries, which are under the sway of corporate pay-to-play medicine. The severing of the human-plant relationship has been a tragedy for both parties; humans have lost their health, and plants their habitat.

There are many ways to work with medicinal herbs. (Culinary herbs are just medicinal herbs that gained the favor of the cook.) Some people make teas, tinctures, salves, and other preparations. Some practitioners believe it is enough simply to be in the presence of the plant to gain healing. Still other people like to smoke plants. Whatever your approach, you need the plants first, so here are some seeds to choose from.

For cultivation and harvesting suggestions beyond what we give, see “Links to information on growing herbs & veggies”, under “Resources”, on the sidebar.

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Alexanders Ancient Parsley – seed packet

Alexanders Ancient Parsley – seed packet$2.99

(Petroselinum alexandrinum or Smyrnium olusatrum) Biennial or short-lived perennial in the Umbel Family, native to the Mediterranean. Rare. We are thrilled to be offering this selection! Also called “Black Lovage” because of color of seeds. Shiny compound leaves form clump first year, remain evergreen through winter in milder climates such as the Pacific NW. Umbels […]

Anise Hyssop – seed packet

Anise Hyssop – seed packet$2.99

(Agastache foeniculum) Perennial in the Mint Family native to N. America. Purple flowers on spikes 2-3 ft. tall. Popular with bees. Medicinally used for lung ailments, fevers, diarrhea. Added to potpourri mixes. Not to be confused with true Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), native to Asia, though they have similar uses in herbal medicine. Cultivation & harvesting suggestions: Sow […]

Basil, “Mrs. Burns” Lemon – seed packet

Basil, “Mrs. Burns” Lemon – seed packet$2.99

(Ocimum basilicum) Annual in the Mint Family. A beloved heirloom, quite lemony in odor and taste. Used fresh or dried. Try as a tea. Pollinator attractor, like all the Basils. Planting suggestions: Ordinary garden soil is sufficient. Full sun. Start in warm conditions and give 12-18” spacing. Can also be container-grown in 1-gallon or larger […]

Basil, Genovese – seed packet

Basil, Genovese – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Ocimum basilicum) Annual in the Mint Family. This is the Basil you want for Pesto. Grows to 2 feet high when blooming. Flowers are white and a bee-attractor. Cultivation & harvesting suggestions: A Summer crop. Sow in flats inside or in a hoophouse or greenhouse around the time of the last frost. Transplant out when […]

Basil, Kivumbasi Lime – seed packet

Basil, Kivumbasi Lime – seed packet$3.49

(Ocimum canum) Annual in the Mint Family. Delightful lime scent and taste. Creative cooks will have a great time with this one. Grows to 2 feet high when blooming. Flowers are white and a bee-attractor. Rare. Cultivation & harvesting suggestions: A Summer crop. Sow in flats inside or in a hoophouse or greenhouse around the […]

Basil, Thai – seed packet

Basil, Thai – seed packet$2.99

(Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora) Annual in the Mint Family. Delightful ingredient in the kitchen, especially for Thai cooking. Purple-tinged foliage and stems. Grows to 2 feet high when blooming. Flowers are purple and a bee-attractor. Cultivation & harvesting suggestions: A Summer crop. Sow in flats inside or in a hoophouse or greenhouse around the time […]

Basil, Tulsi – seed packet

Basil, Tulsi – seed packet$2.99

(Ocimum sanctum or O. tenuiflorum) – Annual in the Mint Family.  From India, where it is valued by Ayurvedic Medicine, and considered sacred by the Hindus.  A charming and pleasantly floral plant with a unique minty flavor, almost like chewing gum.  We enjoy putting sprigs in our drinking water; very refreshing in hot weather.  Dry […]

Bergamot, Wild – seed packet

Bergamot, Wild – seed packet$2.99

(Monarda fistulosa) Perennial in the Mint Family native to N. America. Also known as “Bee Balm”, though this common name can also refer to any of the 15 other species in the Monarda genus, or to other plants. Lavender flowers emerge from globe-like inflorescences on spikes 2-4 ft. tall. Popular with bees. Scent is strong, almost […]

Blessed Thistle – seed packet

Blessed Thistle – seed packet$2.99

(Cnicus benedictus [Apparently has been reclassified as Centaurea benedicta, but we prefer the eccentric “Cnicus”, so we’re sticking with that]) – Annual in the Cynareae (Thistle) Tribe of the Composite (Aster) Family.  Thistle-shaped, fuzzy leaves make a beautiful rosette. Yellow-flowering, on multiple stalks, to two-feet high.  Known medicinally as a galactagogue (promotes breast milk for […]

Calendula, Sunshine mix – seed packet

Calendula, Sunshine mix – seed packet$3.49

(Calendula officinalis) – Annual or short-lived perennial in the Aster Family. Known to the Romans, who named it “calendula” after their word for “month”, since it seemed to bloom year-round. Plants grow 1-3 feet high. This mix features blooms mostly in solid yellow and solid orange, though a few streaky or part-albino flowers should be […]

Catnip, Japanese – seed packet

Catnip, Japanese – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Schizonepeta tenuifolia) Annual in the Mint Family. Also known as Jing-Jei. Used in Chinese medicine. To 3-feet high with with tiny lavender flowers. Flavor like “regular” Catnip crossed with mint. When dried, exudes a strong mint odor, almost like Pennyroyal. Felines are not attracted to this plant; will hold out for their Nepeta cataria. Cultivation […]

Catnip, Official – seed packet

Catnip, Official – seed packet$2.49

(Nepeta cataria) Short-lived hardy perennial in the Mint Family. Beloved by many a cat for its stimulation, and by many a person for its sedative effects. Grey-green, slightly wooly foliage. Spikes of speckled white musky flowers, to five feet high. Planting suggestions: Sow directly in the garden in early Spring, or in flats to transplant. Protect […]

Chickweed – seed packet

Chickweed – seed packet$2.99

(Stellaria medea) Annual in the Pink Family, cosmopolitan in distribution. Bright green ground-cover with small, white star-shaped flowers (hence the name “Stellaria”). Dies back entirely in hot, dry weather; is forgotten by July. An excellent Spring Tonic food: make a salad of Chickweed, Dandelion, Plantago and Wild Cress when nothing else is around. Fall-sprouted plants […]

Cilantro/Coriander, “Santo” – seed packet

Cilantro/Coriander, “Santo” – seed packet$2.99

(Coriandrum sativum) Annual in the Umbel Family, native to the Mediterranean. A beloved plant around the world. The greens, “Cilantro”, are popular in many cuisines, including Mexican and Thai. The seeds are the spice, “Coriander”, used in Indian dishes. Easy to grow. Overwinters in mild climates, or with protection. Bees love the white flowers. “Santo” known […]

Cleavers – seed packet

Cleavers – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Galium aparine) Annual in the Coffee Family, cosmopolitan in distribution. Also known as “Bedstraw” (one of its historical uses) and “Ninja Weed” (describing how it latches on to clothing or fur and won’t let go). A climbing vine, to 6′ long. Medicinally, used internally for adrenal health, topically for burns and insect bites. Drought-tolerant. Planting […]

Compass Plant – seed packet

Compass Plant – seed packet$2.99

(Silphium laciniatum) – Perennial in the Aster Family. Native to the North American prairies. Named “Compass” because “they tend to align their foliage North – South to present the minimum surface area to the hot noon sunshine” (ref.). We have not noticed this tendency yet! Takes at least two years to bloom.  Bolting stalk can […]

Daisy, Oxeye – seed packet

Daisy, Oxeye – seed packet$2.99

(Leucanthemum vulgare) Perennial in the Aster Family, native to Western North America. This is the classic daisy, yellow centered and white petaled. Flowers are edible. Young leaves are good in salads. Medicinally, the whole plant is used to treat allergies. Photo on bottom right shows seed harvest; a quick shake separated the seed, duff, and […]

Dandylion – seed packet

Dandylion – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Taraxacum officinales) Perennial in the Aster Family, cosmopolitan in distribution. Rosette of long narrow leaves, 6-18” in radius, with flowering stalks 6-18” tall. One of the single most useful plants on Earth: Edible greens provide food during the late Winter/early Spring hunger-gap; roots are a detoxifier of the liver that make a fine coffee-additive/substitute when […]

Dock, Curly – seed packet

Dock, Curly – seed packet$2.99

(Rumex crispus) Perennial in the Buckwheat Family, native to Eurasia. Narrow, wavy-edged leaves, green in Spring, yellow and red in Fall. Stems reddish, roots yellow. Flower spikes 3-6′ high. A remarkably useful plant for food, medicine and dye. Every garden should have some Dock and some Plantago in the garden for treating bee-stings on the […]

Dock, Yellow – seed packet

Dock, Yellow – seed packet$2.99

(Rumex crispus) Perennial in the Buckwheat Family, native to Eurasia. Narrow, wavy-edged leaves, green in Spring, yellow and red in Fall. Stems reddish, roots yellow. Flower spikes 3-6′ high. A remarkably useful plant for food, medicine and dye. Every garden should have some Dock and some Plantago in the garden for treating bee-stings on the […]

Elecampane – seed packet

Elecampane – seed packet$2.99

(Inula helenium) Perennial herb in the Aster Family. Blooms second year, with golden-yellow blossoms like sunflowers with bed-head. To 5 ft. tall. Premier herb for lung health, in use by humans for over 2000 years. (It’s named after Helen of Troy!) Effective expectorant that imparts anesthetic effect on the throat, relieving pain from coughing. Has been […]

Evening Primrose, Common Yellow – seed packet

Evening Primrose, Common Yellow – seed packet$2.99

(Oenothera biennis) Biennial in the Onagraceae Family. Yellow blossoms make a lovely addition to any flower garden. Grows 1-5 ft. tall when blooming. The nutty-flavored first-year roots are edible. The mature seeds contain gamma-linolenic acid, and the seed oil has been used to treat premenstrual pain. Cultivation & harvesting suggestions: Sow in Spring, in flats or […]

Fennel, “Reed Rescue” Bronze – seed packet

Fennel, “Reed Rescue” Bronze – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Foeniculum vulgare)  Perennial in the Umbel Family. Prized as a culinary herb for its feathery foliage, flavored like anise, and its aromatic seeds. The seeds are also medicinal, for aiding digestion and alleviating intestinal gas. Bronzy-green. To six feet high. Very hardy and elf-sows freely. Our Bronze Fennel patches come from plants we rescued from […]

Fennel, Green – seed packet

Fennel, Green – seed packet$2.99

(Foeniculum vulgare) Perennial in the Umbel Family, native to Eurasia. Feathery green foliage used in many dishes. Starting second year, yellow-flowered umbels produce delicious seeds. Root also edible (with bulbing fennel being a bred variety of this common fennel). Seeds used medicinally for digestion and gas, and for flavoring beverages. Very popular with pollinating insects. […]

Fenugreek – seed packet

Fenugreek – seed packet$2.99

(Trigonella foenum-graecum) Annual in the Legume Family, native to Asia. Upright viney habit, 18-24” tall, produces multitude of long, thin pods in which the seed forms. A kitchen spice used in Middle Eastern cuisine. Medicinally, used both as a galactagogue (stimulates milk production) and an enhancer of male libido. Planting suggestions: Thrives in clay; average […]

Feverfew – seed packet

Feverfew – seed packet$2.99

(Tanacetum parthenium) Perennial in the Aster Family, native to Eurasia. Deeply serrated light green foliage in neat clumps. White-petaled, yellow-centered flowers superficially resemble chamomile, but the heady chrysanthemum-ish aromatics of Feverfew make for a positive ID. 12-36” tall. Entire plant edible. Medicinally, used for treating headaches, both acute and migraine, and for breaking fevers. Planting […]

Grindelia / Gumweed – seed packet

Grindelia / Gumweed – seed packet$3.49

(Grindelia stricta) Perennial in the Aster Family, native to the North American Pacific Coast. 12-36” high. Flowers exude a sticky white liquid when prime for harvest. Used for lung ailments, sore throats. Strong medicine; best to try a small amount first as some individuals experience adverse reactions. This seed wild-crafted from plants growing in brackish […]