- Angelica archangelica
- 100 seeds
Medicinal gardens crave the presence of this, the official species. Bitter aromatic, antimicrobial and carminative.
- Arnica montana
Herbaceous perennial for cold and hardy zones. Sow within a mix of loam, peat moss, and sand in the spring. Likes acid pH, full sun, moisture, and a high altitude. Used for sprains, bruises, soaks, compresses, and as an ingredient for salves and oils.
- Withania somnifera
Herbaceous perennial in the tropics, annual in temperate zones. Start indoors and transplant as you would tomatoes. Does not tolerate cold conditions well. Ginseng-like Ayurvedic tonic mainly for physical and mental exhaustion.
- Astragalus membranaceous
Herbaceous perennial. Direct seed in early spring; good cold soil germinator. Prefers full sun, average soil and good drainage. Chinese tonic herb, with immune enhancing qualities. Herb helps maintain function of liver, lungs, and spleen.
- Ocimum basilicum
Prolific producer. Good market basil, with large thick leaves. Commonly called sweet basil. Best for pesto and Italian dishes with a rich, hearty taste!
- Cimicifuga racemosa
Herbaceous perennial. Sow seed 1/4 inch below soil surface in a flat in the late Summer. Keep seedlings shaded. Plant in rich, moist ground. Mature plant prefers shade. Perhaps the most celebrated use is in controlling the infamous "hot flashes" of menopause. 50 seeds/pkt
- Borago officinalis
Annual, direct seed in mid-spring. Very easy to grow, and will self sow. Delightful blue/purple flowers for salads, teas and desserts. Put them in ice cube trays for winter surprises. Gladdens the heart.
- Arctium lappa
- 100 seeds
Perennial or self seeding annuals. Direct seed in late spring, prefers slight shade with good drainage and sandy soil. Plant closely for best yield and proliferation. Harvest root during dormant period after the first year to make oil. Leaves make a lovely poultice for skin damage.
- Calendula officinalis
Annual and self seeding. Direct seed in warm soil and full sun. Will proliferate fast and easily. Harvest bright orange flowers throughout year. Premier healing agent in salves and tinctures, or can be masticated and applied to external injuries.
- Eschscholzia californica
Herbaceous perennial, self-seeding. Scatter the seed in fall or early spring on disturbed soil. Dislikes transplanting. Prefers full sun and sloped landscapes. Tincture of fresh herb, especially root and seed capsule, works well for calming children and adults who have sensitive constitutions.
- Nepeta cataria
Herbaceous perennial. Highly aromatic plant in the mint family. Direct seed or start in flats in mid-spring. Prefers warm soil and full/partial sun.
Gentle sedative, aromatic and calming. Attracts bees… and cats.
- Capsicum frutescens
Start indoors or in greenhouse 40 to 50 days before the last frost. Plant prefers full sun and moderate watering. The fruit is widely used in cooking and contains capsaicin, which can help with some pain management.
- Matricaria recutita
Annual. Self seeding and extremely vigorous. Sow directly in fall or mid-winter. Prefers full sun and most types of soil. This is the delightfully aromatic chamomile of tea fame. Perfect for gentle bedtime sedation or for treating stomachache.
- Chamaemelum nobile
Perennial ground cover. Self seeding and extremely vigorous. Sow directly in fall or early spring. Prefers full sun, and most types of soil. Similar in aroma to the German chamomile and suitable for teas.
- Stelleria media
Annual spreading ground cover. Direct seed in rich soil in early spring or late summer. Spreading ground cover, flowering no higher than 1 foot. Harvest fresh for a wholesome, succulent and tasty salad green. Used daily, the herb will assist in weight reduction programs. Dried, it makes a worthwhile addition to any healing salve.
- Coriandrum sativum
Annual. 60 days to maturity. Plant thrives in garden soil, preferring full sun to part shade and regular watering. Direct seed in early spring. Used as a culinary herb, and also has antimicrobial properties.
- Salvia sclarea
Biennial. Very easy to cultivate, and cold periods may improve germination. Sow from early spring to early summer. Prefers partial shade to sun with mild dry soil, yet watered occasionally. Handsome plant. Harvest in evening or early morning for highest essential oil content. Used extensively in perfumes as a fixative and fragrance.
- Symphytum officinale
Herbaceous perennial native to Europe. True comfrey is the original medicinal herb as detailed in all the ancient literature. Comfrey prefers full to partial sun with rich, moist, well-drained soil. Sandy soil is fine as long as the plants are watered consistently during the growing season.
- Taraxacum officinale
Herbaceous perennial. Native to and distributed throughout all temperate zones. Sow seed in flats in the spring, and transplant to rows in the garden. Space plants 1 foot apart, and keep well watered. Dandelion is a gentle liver tonic and diuretic.
- Echinacea angustifolia
Herbaceous perennial. Sow seed outdoors in very early spring or fall. Prefers full sun, with well drained, limey soil and regular watering. Beloved medicinal that is used for its immune enhancing properties. Do not over-water during growth cycle (roots can rot). This threatened species is being over-harvested in the wild.
- Echinacea purpurea
Herbaceous perennial. Sow seed outdoors in very early spring or fall. Prefers full sun, with well drained, limey soil and regular watering. Beloved medicinal that is used for its immune enhancing properties.
- Oenethera biennis
Self-seeding biennial. Scatter seed on surface of disturbed soil in fall or early spring, or start on surface of flat and transplant. Seed requires exposure to light in order to germinate. Drought tolerant. Some women report alleviation of PMS by eating the plant and the seeds. The flowers especially make a tasty addition to salads.
- Tanacetum parthenium
Herbacious perennial, native to temperate zones of the world. Self-seeding and vigorous. Prefers full sun or partial shade. Fresh leaves are tonic to prevent migraines.
- Hibiscus sabdariffa
Tropical perennial grown as a summer annual. Source of bright red, tart and succulent calyces that are used in tea mixes. The flowers are used to make tea, and are also a mild diuretic and laxative.
- Hyssopus officinalis
Woody perennial. Seed is easy to germinate. Prefers full sun. This mildly anti-viral and expectorant herb makes an excellent tea.
A Kid's Guide to Growing Medicinal Plants includes:
Kidzherbs written and illustrated by Sena Cech. In this booklet, Sena and her mouse, Cheesie, give you a tour of her garden of medicinal herbs. Full of cartoon and botanical illustrations, stories and recipes.
Each kit also includes 12 packets of seeds from Sena's garden (organically grown of course). Anise (50 seeds), Basil (50 seeds), Borage (15 seeds), Calendula (35 seeds), California Poppy (100 seeds), Catnip (100 seeds), Chamomile (150 seeds), Feverfew (100 seeds), Flax (100 seeds), Johnny Jump-Up (25 seeds), Lemon Balm (50 seeds) and Love-in-a-Mist (10 seeds).
A wonderful gift idea at a great price.
- Lavandula angustifolia
Woody perennial. Sow in flats and keep in partial shade, or sow dry seed in the fall or early spring in outdoor nursery beds. Transplant to pots or out to the garden after the slow-growing seedlings produce 4 or 5 leaves. Lavender prefers a moderate supply of nutrients, lime and a well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. We offer only heirloom, open-pollinated varieties that produce the highest quality of essential oils. Do not be fooled by fancy hybridized varieties that are clones, make sterile seed and produce inferior essential oil!
- Melissa officinalis
Herbaceous perennial, self seeding. Sow seed outdoors in fall or very early spring. Prefers full sun to partial shade. Favorite tea herb for its aromatic and sedative uses. Mildly anti-viral.
- Cymbopogon flexuosus
Perennial bunching grass native to India and SE Asia, often grown as an indoor plant or summer annual in the temperate north. Does well in pots. The fresh stalks and blades are used extensively in Asian cooking. Prefers full sun and fast-draining soil. Rather easy to grow and quite rewardingly refreshing!
- Glycyrrhiza glabra
Herbaceous perennial. Sow seed in warm soil in the greenhouse, or direct seed in the early summer. Prefers full sun and dryish soil. Licorice root is a fine-flavored demulcent and expectorant, essential herbal treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, adrenal exhaustion or gastric ulcer.
This handsome, and conveniently packaged set of seeds is a great foundation primer for those wishing to start a medicinal herb garden.
Each packet of seeds is certified organic through OTCO.
Each kit contains 1 packet of each: Astragulus (50 seeds), Holy Basil (50 seeds), Burdock (100 seeds), Calendula (50 seeds), German Chamomile (500 seeds), Echinacea purpurea (200 seeds), Elecampane (100 seeds), Evening primrose (200 seeds), Flax (200 seeds), Lemon Balm (100 seeds), Marshmallow (100 seeds), Motherwort (100 seeds), Nettles (200 seeds), Cayenne pepper (50 seeds), Sage (100 seeds), Valerian (100 seeds), Wood Betony (100 seeds), Yarrow (200 seeds).
- Lobelia inflata
Annual. Press tiny seed into surface of flat and water lightly. Boom water or mist, light dependent germinator. Prefers full sun to partial shade with lots of water. Useful anti-spasmodic and expectorant when combined with more soothing herbs. Use caution; one of its common names is puke weed.
- Rubia tinctorum
Climbing or sprawling herbaceous perennial vine. Plant prefers dry to mesic, very fast draining soil in the sun to part shade. Sow seed in the spring. The root has traditionally been used as a natural red dye.
- Althaea officinalis
Herbaceous perennial. Sow seed in greenhouse in early spring, or direct seed to fertile garden bed. Transplant out to moist, sunny location when seedlings reach 2 inches. The entire plant contains high-grade mucilage which stimulates phagocytosis, thereby enhancing immune function. The leaves and flowers, when dried, make a healing tea, very acceptable to patients who are having difficulty swallowing liquids. It is soothing to throat and urinary tract.
- Spirea ulmaria
Herbaceous perennial. Press seed into surface of flat in spring. Bottom water or mist gently. Waist high bushes with sweet golden inflorescences (2nd year) that taste like nectar. The leaves of this wonderful plant are anti-inflammatory and provide pain relief. Does best in rich, moist soil with partial shade.
- Silybum marianum
Overwintering annual. Direct seed in late Summer or early Spring. This vigorous plant cultivates easily. Choose site carefully and keep it under control. Giant shiny leaves with white veins and purple thistles. Seed coat is rich in silymarin; unique hepato-protective agent useful for the liver.
- Leonurus cardiaca
Herbaceous perennial. Start in flats, transplant out in spring or late summer. Harvest in early flower, at least twice a season. Very useful heart tonic, calming nervine, emmenagogue and aperient. Handsome flower spikes, leaves deeply toothed.
- Verbascum thapsus
Biennial. Sow seed on surface of disturbed soil or on surface of flat. Compact down hard. Tolerates poor, gravelly soil and fierce sun. Used medicinally as tea or tincture for moistening mucous membranes; a great soothing agent for the throat, bronchi and lungs. 100 seeds/pkt
- Urtica dioica
Herbaceous perennial. Sow seed indoors late winter early spring, transplant in spring after the last frost. Prefers either sun or shade and moist soil. Harvest in evening or early morning for highest essential oil content. A popular tea for its nutritional value. The entire plant is covered in stinging hairs which cause painful welts. Saute or steam for a fresh spring green, or include with tea for nutritive and medicinal benefits.
- Petroselinum crispum
Biennial. 65 days to maturity. Excellent for regular garden conditions or potted culture. Plant in spring or summer in a seed bed or pots. The leaves are used as a culinary herb and natural breath freshener. 300 seeds/pkt
- Passiflora incarnata
Herbaceous or woody vine. Sow the seeds about 1/2 inch deep in good, moist potting soil in a wooden flat. Transplant in late fall or early spring. Plant 2 feet apart and trellis on the sunny side of a building or on a fence. Useful in treating insomnia and nervousness.
- Mentha piperita
Perennial. Seed is easy to germinate, and will grow prolifically. Prefers full sun to part shade. Mint is excellent for making a stimulating and digestive tea, and it tastes great!
- Plantago major
Herbaceous perennial. Press into surface of soil and keep moist. Prefers cool soils for germ. Plants prefer sun or shade with moist soil; feeding water and compost will help the plaint to attain impressive size. Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Particularly useful as a first-aid poultice and for dental infections.
- Portulacca oleracea
Succulent annual creeping ground cover. Plant thrives in part shade or sun in the moist garden soil. In the spring, sow seed in pots or directly in the garden. Eaten fresh as a salad herb, and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Salvia officinalis
Woody perennial. Plant thrives in sunny, dry and well-drained soil. In the spring, sow seed in pots or directly in the garden. The leaves are used in cooking, and tea from the leaves acts as an astringent and can help relieve itching.
- Prunella vulgaris
Creeping herbaceous perennial. Sow seed in very early spring in a flat outdoors or give a short, cold and moist conditioning treatment before sowing in a warm place. The dried flowers make a pain-relieving, astringent tea to treat canker sores.
- Rumex acetosella
Perennial grassland herb with rust colored flowers. Easy to cultivate and vigorous. Sow seeds in Spring. Prefers full sun and good garden soil. This is the species called for in the formula "essiac".
- Capsella bursa-pastoris
Self-seeding annual. Direct seed in summer or fall. Prefers cool fertile soil, kept moist with full sun. A tea will reduce bleeding whether internal or external.
- Scuttelaria lateriflora
Creeping herbaceous perennial. Direct seed very early spring or fall. Prefers fertile soil, kept moist with full sun. Highly effective as a nervine sedative.
- Acmella oleracea
Tropical perennial grown successfully as an annual in the temperate north. 120 days to maturity. A distinctively beautiful and highly entertaining plant, with bold, tight, flowering buds. Sow in spring and expect an average germination time of 10 days. Plant prefers plenty of sun, with rich soil and plenty of water.
- Stevia rebaudiana
Tender perennial shrub. Heat-dependent germinator. Sow in summer or in warm greenhouse. Sow seed on surface and press in. The plants thrive in rich garden soil, full sun to part shade, high temperature and humidity and plenty of water. The dried leaf is used for sweetening drinks and is 250 times sweeter than sugar. Medicinally, stevia is a flavoring agent, a wound healer, and a digestive aid.
- Satureja hortensis
Annual. 60 days to harvest. Excellent spice, fresh or dried. Plant prefers full sun and regular garden soil. Widely used in cooking, and has traditionally been used to treat stomach upsets.
- Artemisia annua
Annual herb native to China. 100 days to harvest of leaf and flower, 160 days to seed. Plant prefers full sun and sandy, well-drained soil. Actually grows in the wild and at the edges of civilization in waste places. Sow on surface of sandy soil and keep moist until germination, which is usually a week or two. Very tiny seedlings grow rapidly and transplant well.
- Thymus vulgaris
Woody perennial. Plant thrives in sunny, dry and well-drained soil. In the spring, sow seed in pots or directly in the garden. Used in cooking and for its astringent and antibiotic properties.
- Ocimum sanctum
Sow directly or in greenhouse in Spring or Summer. Prefers full sun, rich soil, and plenty of water. This variety is known as Kapoor which is green leaved and highly aromatic. Adaptogenic, antifungal, antibacterial, immune enhancing, and of the Ayurvedic tradition.
- Valeriana officinalis
Herbaceous perennial, creeping and self-seeding. Sow lightly on surface and keep moist; light dependent. Prefers full sun to part shade and lots of moisture. Harvest dormant root after second year for its strong sedative action.
- Vitex agnus-castus
Perennial, deciduous shrub to small tree. Sow in pots for first year and transplant outdoors. Prefers full sun, and dry soil. The leaves and flowers exude exotic aromas. Seeds regulate hormones and support breast health.
- Salvia apiana
Herbaceous perennial. Sow seeds in very sandy soil and water once daily. Bring indoors for winter, unless you live in a warm/mild climate. Loves a dry, sunny exposure. Burned ceremonially to cleanse the spirit and welcome positive thoughts. 100 seeds/pkt
- Stachys officianalis
Herbaceous perennial, very easy to start from seed. Takes 2 years to flower, but well worth the wait. The moisture loving plant prefers sun or shade and normal garden soil. Has beautiful red/purple flowering spikes that attract bees. Tea is made from dried leaf and is useful for headaches and mild nervine.
- Artemesia absinthium
Woody perennial. Sow in fall or early spring. Prefers full sun and dry like conditions. A useful tea made from the leaves will help rid the GI tract of parasites, and was the traditional ingredient for absinthe.
- Achillea millefolium
Perennial. Sow seeds directly in early spring. Grows vigorously in any kind of soil and requires little water. Prefers full sun. Yarrow flowers are fabulous for their anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Origanum syriacum
Woody perennial. Plant prefers full sun and dry to mesic soils. Sow seed in the spring, either directly in the garden or using pots or flats. Traditionally used in a Middle Eastern seasoning mixture with olive oil, garlic, salt and other herbs and spices.