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.
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St. Johnswort – seed packet – $2.99
(Hypericum perforatum) Perennial in the Hypericaceae Family, native to Europe. Leaves appear to be filled with holes (the perforations in “perforatum”) when held up to the sunlight. 3-4′ tall when blooming in second year and thereafter. Five-petaled, bright yellow flowers like happy little suns. Medicinally, used externally to treat injuries, internally for depression. Planting suggestions: […]
(Heimia salicifolia) Perennial in the Loosestrife Family (Lythraceae) from Mexico. Flowers yellow, leaves long and narrow. To 3 ft. tall. Sacred to the Aztecs. Reputedly causes feelings of well-being & intensifying of memories, including of prenatal events. Auditory hallucinations can also result: Once, after drinking a strong tea of the leaves, we both thought we had […]
(Artemisia annua) Annual in the Aster Family, native to temperate Asia. To 3′ tall, with delicate yet aromatic foliage, and stalks of inconspicuous flowers. Used in traditional Chinese medicine as a “heat-clearing” herb. Artemisinin, a compound extracted from the young aerial growth, has been used to treat maleria, and has been employed for treating Lymes […]
Toothache Plant – seed packet – $2.99
(Spilanthes oleracea) – Tropical perennial in the Aster Family generally grown as an annual in the North. Native to the Para region of Ecuador. Bushy plants up to 12″ high. Blossoms look like flowers without petals, and on closer inspection one can see that the blooms are made up of many many tiny flowers. Leaves […]
Valerian – seed packet – $2.99 Sold Out
(Valeriana officinalis) Perennial herb in the Valerian Family. Best-known as a sedative, especially as a sleep-aid for insomniacs. There are reports of Valerian causing nightmares; Richo Cech of Horizon Herbs suggests combining it with Passionflower (Passiflora sp.) to allay this effect. It has been suggested that Valerian acts as a sedative on the agitated person […]
Wormwood – seed packet – $2.99
(Artemisia absynthium) Hardy perennial in the Aster Family, native to Eurasia. Grows in bushes to 24” tall, with flowering spikes up to 48” tall. Grey-green serrated foliage is highly ornamental. Flowers are yellow but inconspicuous. A classic vermifuge (expels intestinal worms) that can be used by people or pets. Notorious as the key ingredient in […]
Yarrow, White – seed packet – $2.99
(Achillea millefolium) Perennial in the Aster Family. Feathery foliage gives rise to umbel-like inflorescences of tiny white flowers. Different varieties of Yarrow bloom in many colors, but white is said to be the best for medicinal application. Used externally for wounds, cuts and abrasions, internally for treating the circulatory and digestive systems, for breaking fevers, […]