Gardening, whether you're a 'new bee' or experienced, is a fantastic hobby!
We still get excited when seedlings peek out of the soil in the early spring, and how the simple beauty of flowers brings us joy. We are especially grateful to have learned (by trial and error mind you) how to take a little area of a backyard, a blank slate really, and make it into a pollinators' paradise!
We also experimented with growing our own food...from edible flowers to cut and come again fresh greens, and 'new to us' berries (alpine strawberries yum!) and so many new vegetable varieties to grow for our families and supplement store bought produce. Its amazing to see how long freshly picked home grown lettuce lasts in the fridge!
Our gardening experiences this past year has grown by leaps and bounds - despite the deer and bunnies thinking we planted it all for them! We learned how to incorporate raised beds in order to plant things we needed to protect, that would grow better in a contained space (yes - mint! ), and deer fencing, bunny proofing and most importantly, rain harvesting and water conservation. Finding solutions to issues that would affect the garden and its production became our primary focus. Just like our ancestors had to do in the good old days!
With natural healing in mind, our new road to discovery leads us down the rabbit hole in search of medicinal herbs and how, just like our ancestors, we can learn more about building up and strengthening our immune systems - with herbs. We converted the sunken garden into a medicinal garden and the pollinators love it!
The importance of knowing what we grow, sowing without chemicals, and eating healthy home grown produce from our own gardens is a fantastic start to improving our health. Medicinal herbs, and discovering how they can further improve our health naturally, is becoming more well know and we find it increasingly interesting! We hope you can join us on the road to natural wellness!
Here are some of the medicinal plants we have in stock below:Please click on the links for more information
- Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) traditionally, Anise Hyssop is used for both respiratory illness and as a wash for poison ivy. Anise Hyssop offers us a simultaneously grounding and clarifying sensation and is uplifting to the spirits.
- Arnica (Arnica chamissonis, A. montana) has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s and is still popular today. Applied to the skin as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture, arnica has been used to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds.
- Artemisia (Artemisia annua): short term use only; Commonly known as wormwood or sweet sagewort, Artemisia annua has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for fevers, inflammation, headaches, bleeding, and malaria.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling, lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system. Since ashwagandha is traditionally used as an adaptogen, it is used for many conditions related to stress. Adaptogens are believed to help the body resist physical and mental stress.
- Basil – Holy (Tulsi) (Ocicum tenuiflorum) is used for stomach spasms, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, kidney conditions, fluid retention, head colds, warts, and worm infections. It is also used to treat snake and insect bites. Women sometimes use basil before and after childbirth to promote blood circulation, and also to start the flow of breast milk.
- Beebalm (Monarda didyma) Monarda may be used during cold and flu season in a variety of ways. It has been infused into honey for a sore throat, made into a tea to fight infection and relieve fever, or inhaled as a steam to loosen phlegm and flush out congestion in the respiratory tract
- Borage ( Borago officinalis) In traditional medicine, borage is used as a sedative and a diuretic, and as a treatment for seizures and kidney disease. The leaves are often used as dried herbs or tea. Today, fresh borage is eaten and used as a garnish or in drinks. The seeds are also pressed to make borage seed oil, which is used as a supplement.
- Black Cohosh (Actea racemosa) is most commonly used for menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes (also called hot flushes) and night sweats (together known as vasomotor symptoms), vaginal dryness, heart palpitations, tinnitus, vertigo, sleep disturbances, nervousness, and irritability
- Black Seed (Nigella sativa) according to research, the compound has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and liver- and kidney-protective propertiesthat enhance the process of healing in a range of conditions, including acne and systemic illnesses like diabetes.
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis) as an antiseptic use Calendula tincture to cleanse and heal wounds. Use as a gargle add tincture to a glass of water to treat sore throats, gum inflammation and oral health. To combat fungal infections such as candida and yeast infections. Use on bug bites and itchy skin.
- Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) used for upset stomach and other digestive disorders, kidney diseases, menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), symptoms of menopause, anxiety, stress, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
- Coleus (Coleus forskohlii) is an Ayurvedic medicinal plant used historically to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, eczema, digestive colic, respiratory ailments, painful urination, insomnia, and seizures, as well as overweight and obesity.
- Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) In Western Europe, comfrey has been used topically for treating inflammatory disorders such as arthritis, gout, and thrombophlebitis, and internally for treating diarrhea. Comfrey has been claimed to heal gastric ulcers and hemorrhoids, and to suppress bronchial congestion and inflammation.
- Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) can affect the liver and gallbladder by increasing the production and secretion of bile, which lubricates the intestines which in turns enhances bowel movements.
- Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaves are used to stimulate the appetite and help digestion. Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system. Herbalists use dandelion root to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, and dandelion leaves to help kidney function. Note: Avoid dandelion; if you are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine, you should avoid dandelion. In some people, dandelion can cause increased stomach acid and heartburn. It may also irritate the skin.
- Echinacea (Echinacea pallida, E. angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea) is a common herb and is used in tinctures to boost immune systems. Professional herbalists may recommend echinacea to treat urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast (candida) infections, ear infections (also known as otitis media), athlete's foot, sinusitis, hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis), as well as slow-healing wounds.
- Elderberry (Sambucus nigra, S. nigra var. canadensis) contains an antioxidant called anthocyanin; research suggests that anthocyanins can help reduce inflammation. A tincture made with elderberry may replicate the effects.
- Elecampane (Inula helenium) root is used to make medicine. Elecampane is used for lung diseases including asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough. It is also used to prevent coughing, especially coughing caused by tuberculosis; and as an expectorant to help loosen phlegm, so it can be coughed up more easily
- Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides) commonly used for relieving flatulence, treating parasites, and alleviating abdominal cramps.
- Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help reduce high blood lipid levels / hyperlipidemia and as supportive therapy to help control glucose levels, as a nutritive tonic, as a digestive tonic to aid digestion and help relieve dyspepsia and gastritis and as a lactogenic to assist in the production.
- Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) In fact, tinctures or teas made from fennel seeds can be used to treat stomach muscle spasms caused by irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and other conditions affecting the gastrointestinal system.
- Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is used mostly to treat and prevent headaches. Feverfew was popular in the 1980s as a treatment for migraines. A survey of 270 people with migraines in Great Britain found that more than 70% of them felt much better after taking an average of 2 to 3 fresh feverfew leaves daily.
- Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) is an herb. The parts of the plant that grow above ground are used to make medicine. Fireweed is used for pain and swelling (inflammation), fevers, tumors, wounds, and enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH). It is also used as an astringent and as a tonic.
- Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) popular for its traditional effects on the lower urinary tract, inflammation, and bacteria and fungi. It is most commonly used as a diuretic.
- Klip Dagga (Leonotis leonurus) can be added to drinks or food, used as a topical, or taken as a tincture. It is an excellent source of nutrition and has a variety of health benefits. The extract is known for its calming and relaxing effects, and can be used to help with stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Lavender ( Lavendula angustifolia) a number of studies have reported that lavender (essential oil) may be beneficial in a variety of conditions, including insomnia, alopecia (hair loss), anxiety, stress, and postoperative pain. However, most of these studies have been small. Lavender is also being studied for antibacterial and antiviral properties.
- Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a member of the mint family and is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic).
- Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) was used traditionally for treating a variety of conditions, including lung, liver, circulatory, and kidney diseases. Today, licorice root is promoted as a dietary supplement for conditions such as digestive problems, menopausal symptoms, cough, and bacterial and viral infections.
- Maral Root (Rhaponticum carthamoides) stimulates mental, physical sharpness and fortitude; provides relief from overstrained muscles, fatigue from overwork and weakness from illness. Maral root has also become an effective medicine in the treatment of impotence and erectile dysfunction. Helps people who suffer from anxiety depression and alcohol addiction.
- Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis) one recent study confirmed that marshmallow preparations help soothe irritated mucous membranes due to Asthma, Bronchitis, Common cold/sore throat, Cough, Inflammatory bowel diseases (such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), Indigestion, Stomach ulcers and skin inflammation.
- Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is taken by mouth most often for liver disorders, including liver damage caused by chemicals, alcohol, and chemotherapy, as well as liver damage caused by Amanita mushroom poisoning, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, chronic inflammatory liver disease, cirrhosis of the liver, and chronic hepatitis.
- Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) flowers and stem bark are used to make medicine. Albizia julibrissin is used for anxiety, cancer, insomnia, skin infections, and other conditions
- Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is used for heart conditions, including heart failure, irregular heartbeat, fast heartbeat, and heart symptoms due to anxiety. It is also used for the absence of menstrual periods, intestinal gas (flatulence), and over-active thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
- Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) has been used in traditional systems of medicine in different parts of the world. Today, Mugwort taken orally (by mouth) is promoted for digestive problems, irregular menstruation, and high blood pressure. It is also promoted as a sedative, laxative, and liver tonic.
- Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) contains chemicals that might help fight certain infections. Typically used as an expectorant to help relieve chest complaints such as catarrh, coughs, and bronchitis. Mullein is sometimes called Aaron's rod
- Nepeta (Nepeta cataria aka Cat mint) often brewed as a child-friendly herb into a soothing tisane, but it can also be taken internally as a tincture. For topical use, catnip can be infused in oils, or used as an essential oil or hydrosol to bring an herbaceous, relaxing scent to body care products
- Nettle (Urtica dioica) provides a wide variety of nutrients, and as a tincture can be taken daily as a natural detox and immune system booster. Nettle can also reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, alleviate pain from headaches and migraines, and more
- Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus Coleus amboinicus) also known as Broadleaf Thyme, Indian Borage, Mexican Mint. Used for respiratory issues like Bronchitis, Allergies, Asthma, Colds, and Coughs. This plant has also been used to treat malarial fevers, convulsions, and epilepsy. For the digestive system, it treats indigestion and stomach cramps.
- Oregano (Origanum vulgare) this is an excellent herb to take on a regular basis as preventative care, even if you feel healthy. Clinical trials have shown the possibility of the ability to conquer infections with its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) soothes and calms the digestive system when used internally or externally. Great for soothing morning sickness, motion sickness, and stomach aches. Peppermint helps get rid of gas, indigestion and heartburn. It's also good for relaxing nerves and improving circulation.
- Poke (Phytolacca decandra) root is a traditional herbal remedy said to treat cancer, infections, and inflammation, but the available research has only involved cell cultures or animals. The supposed benefits haven't been proven in humans
- Rosemary (Salvia Rosmarinus) also known as the herb of remembrance, Rosemary is notorious for her benefits to the brain and ability to promote clear thinking and sharp memory. With a unique, zingy refreshing scent, Rosemary has a long history of traditional use. Tincture can be added to a little liquid and taken daily.
- Sage - Broadleaved Sage (Salvia officinalis) known as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, powerhouse herb with a wide variety of healing properties. Sage has been used to treat a number of concerns, such as: Digestive problems, including loss of appetite, stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, bloating, and Heartburn
- Speedwell (Veronica officinalis) commonly used to treat coughs and other respiratory diseases. It is also appropriate for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism, digestive problems like diarrhea, and a gargle to treat sore throat
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) promoted for depression, menopausal symptoms, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), somatic symptom disorder (a condition in which a person feels extreme, exaggerated anxiety about physical symptoms), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other conditions.
- Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Use topically only unless consulting with a health professional. Tansy has a long tradition of being used for an effective treatment for intestinal worms. It is also used for repelling insects, such as lice, tics and mosquitoes. Tansy has also been used for migraines, rheumatism, promoting menstruation, herpes simplex, gout, epileptic seizures, fevers, poor appetite
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) the antiseptic compounds – caryophyllene, camphene and thymol – found in Thyme will guard wounds against infections and speed up healing. The antispasmodic qualities of Thyme (especially in the essential oil) help to relax veins and arteries, which in turn lowers blood pressure and eases stress on the heart.
- Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) was used to treat insomnia, migraine, fatigue, and stomach cramps in the good ole days. Today, valerian is promoted for insomnia, anxiety, depression, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause symptoms, and headaches. The roots and rhizomes (underground stems) of valerian are used for medicinal purposes.
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) can also assist menstrual problems, reducing heavy bleeding, relieving pelvic stagnation and menstrual cramping. As a anti-microbial herb, it can be taken for the first stages of cold, flu and cystitis. Yarrow also has diaphoretic properties. The tincture can be consumed in hot water to reduce fever
- Wild Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza lepidota) may have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects as early research suggests; as a result, it may ease upper respiratory infections, treat ulcers, and aid digestion, among other benefits.
- Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) the bark is used to make the tincture; said to enhance your immunity, improve digestion, and relieve leg cramps.
- Wood Betony (Stachys officinalis) improves circulation and harmonizes the functions of the digestive system. In combination with its calming effects, it is excellent for digestive distress caused by nervous tension, anxiety, and depression. It can stimulate weak digestion while it also soothes and calms.
We are adding more and varied beneficial herbs and edible flowers to our gardens.
We also are excited about our newest addition...a lavender microfarm! We are learning all about tinctures, healing balms and everything we can produce with our newest healing herbs!
We are very excited about Spring 2024 and we look forward to growing with you all!
It is important to note that before taking any medicinal herbs, tinctures etc it is recommended to consult with your doctor or natural health practitioner and, especially if you are on any prescription medication.