A season full of herbs for only $5 - daily usage only.
ALPHA LISTING OF SOME OF THE HERBS WE GROW.
Most herb information from www.ThymeGarden.com,
ANDROGRAPHIS - Andrographis paniculata -
This is the most popular herb in Scandinavia used to fight the common cold, flu and upper respiratory
infections. It helps prevent infections by boosting the immune system and also has adaptogen-like
properties similar to ginseng. This herb is an antioxidant, which can help protect the liver and prevent
cancer and a bitter tonic as well. Andrographis is used in China and India to fight infections such as
hepatitis, herpes, gastrointestinal and throat infections.
ANGELICA - Angelica archangelica -
A large, tropical looking herb. Umbrella-like whitish flowers form clusters in the second year.
They were said to bloom on the feast of the Archangel Michael, giving rise to the name.
Ancient herbalists claimed that chewing the root of angelica would cure numerous
diseases and protect against evil and witchcraft. Modern herbalists consider it a tonic and a stimulant.
All parts of angelica are aromatic and anise flavored and all parts are used. Candied pieces of tender stems are used for
cake decorations (see Borage). Stems and leaves can be used in salads. Blanch and combine rhubarb in
preserves. Prefered food of the Tiger swallowtail.
ANISE - Pimpinella anisum -
Aromatic herb with a strong licorice flavor. Anise came to the United States in the 18th century when,
according to law, each settler to Virginia had to bring and plant six Anise seeds, early Romans valued it
as a condiment, cough supressant, poison antidote, and digestive aid. The 11th century English
sweetened their beds with anise sachets. Today it is used in making breads, cookies, and cakes.
ANISE HYSSOP - Agastache foeniculum -
Excellent licorice flavored spikes of lavender blue. Leaves and flowers make a flavorful naturally sweet
tea. We pluck the individual florets from the main spikes for beautiful garnishes on salads and love to
snack on them as we pass by them in our garden. Easy to grow. Self seeds.
ARTEMISIA - Artemisia annua -
Antimalarial, vermifugal, anticancer.
ASHWAGANDA - Withania somnifera - (Not able to grow yet).
Roots used to treat memory loss, nervous exhaustion, loss of muscular energy,
anxiety, depression, and infertility. Zone 7-10. Edible red fruits.
ASTRAGALUS, CHINESE MILKVETCH (Huang Qi) Astragalus membranaceus -
Important Chinese medicinal herb used to stimulate the immune system. A tonic from the roots is said to
invigorate vital energy, promote tissue regeneration, lower blood pressure and blood sugar. Beneficial to
the liver, kidneys, spleen and endocrine system. Used by some cancer patients during radiation and
BORAGE - Borago officinalis -
In ancient times borage was thought to have the ability to bestow happiness and comfort upon a person
and drive away melancholia. Borage has long been associated with courage, probably due to the fact
that it contains large amounts of potassium in the form of nitrate of potash, which stimulates the adrenal
glands. The tender leaves and flowers have a mild cucumber flavor which make them great for salads.
The bright blue, star shaped flowers make a beautiful edible garnish and are candied to decorate cakes,
desserts, and fruit salads. We add borage leaves and flowers to salad burnet, dill and garlic to make one
of our favorite herb vinegars.
CATNIP - Nepeta cataria -
Deters mice, ants and cockroaches
CHAMOMILE, ROMAN - Anthemis nobilis -
This herb forms a very dense aromatic evergreen ground cover. Use it between stepping stones or along
walkways where its delightful apple-scented fragrance is released when disturbed. Tea from Roman
chamomile is stronger and more medicinal than the French.
SALVIA / CHIA - Salvia hispanica -
Still used for long-distance running by the Tarahumarans, it is said that if the seeds are mixed with water
to make a gel, one Tablespoon can sustain a person's energy level for 24 hours.
Copied from pg 52 of Seeds of Change spring 2008 catalog.
CHINESE CUCUMBER - Trichosanthes kirilowii -
Hardy to about 20 F. Used to treat cough, jaundice, breast abscess, hemorrhoids, HIV/AIDS.
CHINESE RHUBARB - Rheum palmatum sp. -
A more rounded leafed form of Turkey Rhubarb or 'Da Huang' from China. Used in the same way as
standard Da Huang as a safe purgative. Recent studies show it to have anti-tumor properties. One of the
four ingredients (Burdock Root - Arctium lappa; Sheep Sorrel-Rumex acetosella; Slippery Elm Bark-Ulmus fulva)
of Essiac, an anti-cancer mixture of herbs. Essiac Tea is becoming a well known treatment for various types
of cancers. The ingredients are also excellent for cleansing the blood.
CHIVES - Allium spp. -
Rich in vitamin C and iron and promotes digestion. Repels Japanese beetle, & climbing insects
DILL, FERNLEAF & BOUQUET - Anethum graveolens -
This dwarf variety of dill produces an abundant supply of dark green finely cut foliage with an excellent
dill flavor. Delayed seed set extends the harvest season.
ELCAMPE/ELECAMPAGNE - Inula helenium -
Produces huge leaves, like banana leaves, with shaggy yellow daisy-like flowers on tall flower stalks.
Makes a nice background herb. The Romans made a candied sweetmeat from the roots which are
anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Perenial to -20 F. Cough and lung remedy. Blue dye plant.
EPAZOTE - Chenopodium ambrosioides -
Preffered spice for Mexican bean dishes. Allays flatuence.
FENNEL, BRONZE - Foeniculum vulgare nigra -
Leaves and seeds have a mild anise flavor, used in cooking. Copper tinted feathery foliage makes it
very ornamental. We like munching on this low cal candy as we stroll through the garden.
FENUGREEK - Trigonella foenum-graecum -
Use in salads. Used to treat indigestion, headaches, menopause symptoms / diosgenin. Lowers cholestrol
FEVERFEW - Chrysanthemum parthenium -
Repels insects. Exceedingly effective in controlling migraines, and for relief from arthritis, psoriasis and tension.
Lowers blood pressure
GINGER, WILD - Asarum caudatum -
Native from B.C. to California having glossy dark green heart shaped leaves, making it an attractive
ground cover for the shade garden. The purplish-brown flowers hide under the leaves and have an
interesting feature were the calyxes elongate into little tentacles. The rhizomes have a mild ginger flavor.
Helps with motion sickness, shellfish poisoning.
HAWTHORNE, CHINESE - Crataegus cuneata -
Tree to 50 feet. Dried fruits commonly used in TCM.
HYSSOP, PURPLE GIANT - Agastache scrophulariaefolia -
This addition to the agastache collection is also a good background plant and attractive to bees.
Hyssop, Oregano and Selfheal all may help fight HIV/AIDS
LAVENDER, MIXED - Lavandula sp. -
This is a mixture of seeds collected from our various specimens in our lavender beds. Some of the many
varieties include Munstead, Hidcote, Grosso, Spanish, Spike etc. Has potential for making an interesting
cover for hillsides or to fill in spaces with a fragrant blanket of different textures, heights and colors.
Flowers vary from white, pink, shades of lilac and purple.
LOVAGE, BLACK - Levisticum officinalis -
Large attractive specimen plant with a strong celery flavor. All parts of the plant can be used when celery
flavor is desired. High in Vitamin C. Once used as an aphrodisiac,
MARALROOT - Rhaponticum carthamoides -
The roots are adaptogenic and have been used in athletic training to enhance muscle strength without acting
as a stimulant. Plant prefers full sun and regular soil. Very hardy. Showy pink flowers. Grows to about 6 feet tall.
MARJORAM, COMMON - Origanum vulgare -
Also known as Wild Oregano. More medicinal than culinary, this oregano is used to treat a variety of
ailments such as upset stomaches, headaches, coughs and diarrhea as well as an antiseptic gargle for
throat and mouth inflammations. Aids digestion. Abundant pinkish-purple flowers are a good food source
MILK THISTLE - Silybum marianum -
Used for liver detoxifier, mushroom poisoning, anti-aging.
MINTS (various) - Mentha spp. -
Make excellent teas. Deters mice and ants.
MONK's BEARD - Liscari sativa -
Young leaves and fine foilage make this a good salty flavored salad herb
OREGANO, GREEK - Origanum heracleoticum -
Indigestion, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, deters many insects.
OREGON GRAPE - (Tall) Mahonia aquifolium and (Creeping) M. repens -
Bush to seven feet. Blood purifier, immune system, micro-organisms. Stimulate the liver, fight infection, purify questionable drinking water.
PURSLANE, ERECT: Contains highest concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids found in any plant.
ROSELLE - Hibiscus sabdariffa -
Helps control high blood pressure, also used as a diuretic, mild laxative, and treatment for cardiac and
nerve diseases and cancer.
QUILLQUINA - pronounced 'Killi-Keenwa' - Porophyllum ruderale -
Quechua people of the Andes eat it daily. Used medicinally to treat liver ailments and high blood pressure.
Used with different chile, locoto and llajwa salsas. Copied from pg 58 of Seeds of Change spring 2008 catalog.
This herb is used almost exclusively in the preparation of llajwa, a spicy salsa made with tomatoes,
ground locoto pepper, salt, and quillquina. It will make you sick if you eat too much at once. It has a light,
citrus-like sharp scent and flavor. The leaves of quillquina are very fragrant, and besides being used as a
spice they may also be used as a salad green. In this context they can be seen as most similar to
arugula. Quillquina has the same light bitter taste that makes arugula such a popular salad green, but is
juicier and has a distinct taste of its own as well. Medicinally, quillquina has been in use for centuries in
Central America. Quillquina is used primarily as a treatment for high blood pressure, although it also has
liver cleansing properties on par with some other bitter greens. It grows to around three feet high, and you
only need one or two leaves in a dish. Plant height is about 4 feet.
SKULLCAP - Scutellaria laterifola -
May help Increase good cholesterol.
SORREL, SHEEP - Rumex acetosella -
One of the four ingredients (see rhubarb) of the Essiac anti-cancer remedy. The leaves have astringent properties and
used for excessive menstruation, ulcers and mouth sores. The tasty leaves have a tartness to them that
is great added to soup, salads and baked fish.
THYME - Thymus spp. -
Deters cabbage pests and whiteflies
VALERIAN - Valeriana officinalis -
Used for calming teas
WINTERGREEN - Gaultheria procumbens -
Used for wintergreen flavors
YARROW (native) - Achillea millefolium -
Achilles supposedly cured his warriors in the battle of Troy with its leaves due to its power to stem blood
flow and helps heal wounds. Early Colonists and Indians used it to treat/heal wounds and burns.
Yarrow tea is a good blood builder and general tonic. A medicinal TEA is made from its leaves to relieve
colds and fever. May protect the liver from toxic chemical damage. Helps treat hepatitis.
Speeds decomposition of compost. Insect deterrent.
To make an infusion: Use one Tbsp. of dried herb with 1 cup of water. Parboil and steep for 5 minutes.
Take one cup a day. Tastes tangy, bitter and astringent.