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Good medicine seeds

  • Seed Count | Appx. 350 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 70days
  • Medicinal Properties | Digestive-aid, anti-flatulence agent, fights coughs and colds.

Anise has a long history of medicinal use. It is still used all over the world as a digestive-aid and anti-flatulence agent. Anise has also been used for centuries relieve coughs and colds. In fact, scientists have even proven that the essential oils in the Anise seeds DO have expectorant properties.

2. Basil, Genovese

  • Seed Count | Appx. 1,000 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 75 days
  • Medicinal Properties | Basil has been used for thousands of years as a culinary and medicinal herb. It acts principally on the digestive and nervous systems, easing flatulence, stomach cramps, colic and indigestion.

3. Borage

  • Seed Count | Appx. 300 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 80days
  • Medicinal Properties | Borage is a fairly common domestic herbal remedy that has been used since ancient times. It has a particularly good reputation for its beneficial affect on the mind, being used to dispel melancholy and induce euphoria. It is a soothing saline, diuretic herb that soothes damaged or irritated tissues. The leaves, and to a lesser extent the flowers, are demulcent, diaphoretic, depurative, mildly diuretic, emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, lenitive and mildly.

An infusion is taken internally in the treatment of a range of ailments including fevers, chest problems and kidney problems, though it should not be prescribed to people with liver problems.

Externally it is used as a poultice for inflammatory swellings.

The leaves are harvested in late spring and the summer as the plant comes into flower. They can be used fresh or dried but should not be stored for more than one year because they soon lose their medicinal properties.

The seeds are a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid, this oil helps to regulate the hormonal systems and lowers blood pressure.

4. Caraway

  • Seed Count | Appx. 2,000 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 75days
  • Medicinal Properties | Caraway has a long history of use as a household remedy especially in the treatment of digestive complaints where its antispasmodic action soothes the digestive tract and its carminative action relieves bloating caused by wind and improves appetite.

It is often added to laxative medicines to prevent griping. The seed is antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, galactogogue and stimulant.

5. Sage

  • Seed Count | Appx. 100 seeds
  • Medicinal Properties | The sage leaves can also be used as a digestive and nerve tonic.

6. Chamomile, German

  • Seed Count | Appx. 1,700 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 90days
  • Medicinal Properties | Chamomile is sometimes known as “the plant doctor”, because it is thought to help the growth and health of many other plants, especially ones that produce essential oils. It is thought to increase production of those oils, making certain herbs, like mints (spearmint, sage, oregano) and basil stronger in scent and flavour.

7. Chervil

  • Seed Count | Appx. 450 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 90days
  • Medicinal Properties | Chervil has various traditional uses. Pregnant women were bathed in an infusion of it; a lotion of it was used as a skin cleanser; and it was used medicinally as a blood purifier.

8. Coriander (Cilantro)

  • Seed Count | Appx. 490 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 120days
  • Medicinal Properties | Coriander contains antioxidants. It has also been used as a folk medicine for the relief of anxiety and insomnia. Coriander has also been documented as a traditional treatment for diabetes.

9. Dill, Boquet

  • Seed Count | Appx. 450 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 70days
  • Medicinal Properties | Dill has a very long history of herbal use going back more than 2,000 years. The seeds are a common and very effective household remedy for a wide range of digestive problems. An infusion is especially efficacious in treating gripe in babies and flatulence in young children.

The seed is aromatic, carminative, mildly diuretic, galactogogue, stimulant and stomachic. It is also used in the form of an extracted essential oil.

Used either in an infusion, or by eating the seed whole, the essential oil in the seed relieves intestinal spasms and griping, helping to settle colic. Chewing the seed improves bad breath. Dill is also a useful addition to cough, cold and flu remedies, it can be used with antispasmodics such as Viburnum opulus to relieve period pains.

10. Fennel

  • Seed Count | Appx. 1,000 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 85days
  • Medicinal Properties | Fennel has a long history of herbal use and is a commonly used household remedy, being useful in the treatment of a variety of complaints, especially those of the digestive system.

The seeds, leaves and roots can be used, but the seeds are most active medicinally and are the part normally used. An essential oil is often extracted from the fully ripened and dried seed for medicinal use, though it should not be given to pregnant women.

11. Hyssop

  • Seed Count | Appx. 150 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 75days
  • Medicinal Properties | Hyssop has a long history of medicinal use and was so highly esteemed in the past that it was considered to be a virtual cure-all.

It is often used as a household remedy, particularly as an expectorant and stomach tonic. It has a positive effect when used to treat bronchitis and respiratory infections, especially where there is excessive mucous production.

12. Lemon, Mint

  • Seed Count | Appx. 230 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 90days
  • Medicinal Properties | Annual plant that is covered with beautiful pinkish purple colored flowers. Lemon scented leaves that can be used as a replacement for lemon in any dish or tea. Plant grows to about 18″ tall. These flowers are also great at attracting bees and hummingbirds – perfect for pollinating the other plants in your garden! In skin care, Lemon Mint leaves can be rubbed directly on the skin to fight off mosquitoes. The dried leaves can also be infused in oil made into lotions for soothing the skin.

13. Oregano – Italian

  • Seed Count | Appx. 1,000 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 90days
  • Medicinal Properties | Hardy 2 ½ inch plant with pungent, oval leaves and purplish pink flowers. Use fresh or dried in sauces and soups.

14. Parsley – Flat Leaf

  • Seed Count | Appx. 550 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 75days
  • Medicinal Properties | Parsley is a commonly grown culinary and medicinal herb that is often used as a domestic medicine. The fresh leaves are highly nutritious and can be considered a natural vitamin and mineral supplement in their own right.

15. Pepper, Cayenne

  • Seed Count | Appx. 145 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 70days
  • Medicinal Properties | Cayenne pepper is known to help with high blood pressure. It is also known to clean the arteries and helps get rid of the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

16. Rue

  • Seed Count | Appx. 180 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 75days
  • Medicinal Properties | Rue has a long history of use as a domestic remedy, being especially valued for its strengthening action on the eyes. The plant contains flavonoids (notably rutin) that reduce capillary fragility, which might explain the plants reputation as an eye strengthener.

The whole herb is abortifacient, anthelmintic, antidote, antispasmodic, carminative, emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, haemostatic, ophthalmic, rubefacient, strongly stimulant, mildly stomachic and uterotonic.

The tops of fresh shoots are the most active medicinally, they should be gathered before the plant flowers and can be used fresh or dried. An infusion is used in the treatment of hysterical affections, coughs, flatulence etc.

The juice of the plant has been used in treating earaches and chewing a leaf or two is said to quickly bring relief from giddiness, nervous headaches, palpitations etc. An alkaloid found in the plant is abortifacient, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic.

17. Summer Savory

  • Seed Count | Appx. 1,000 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 85days
  • Medicinal Properties | The Summer Savory plant grows tasty peppery flavored leaves. This is the herb to use if you want to flavor beans, cabbage, peas, and any other dishes. Widely used as a medicinal herb for curing sore throats. Use the leaves to make some tea and you’ll be feeling great!

18. Thyme

  • Seed Count | Appx. 1,000 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 85days
  • Medicinal Properties | Before the advent of modern antibiotics, Thyme was used to medicate bandages. It has also been shown to be effective against the fungus that commonly infects toenails. It can also be found as the active ingredient in all-natural, alcohol-free hand sanitizers.

19. Wormwood

  • Seed Count | Appx. 1,700 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 65days
  • Medicinal Properties | Wormwood is a very bitter plant with a long history of use as a medicinal herb. It is valued especially for its tonic effect on the liver, gallbladder and digestive system, and for its vermicidal activity. It is an extremely useful medicine for those with weak and under-active digestion.

20. Yarrow

  • Seed Count | Appx. 730 seeds
  • Days to Maturity | 95days
  • Medicinal Properties | Yarrow has a high reputation and is widely employed in herbal medicine, administered both internally and externally.

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Plant Parts Used for Medicinal Purposes

Medicinal properties derived from plants can come from many different parts of a plant including leaves, roots, bark, fruit, seeds, flowers. The different parts of plants can contain different active ingredients within one plant. Thus, one part of the plant could be toxic while another portion of the same plant could be harmless.

Medicinal properties can be derived from the following:

Bark: The protective outer layer of a tree trunk that is formed by layers of living cells above the wood. Active ingredients are often found in higher concentrations in the bark. Examples of bark used for medicinal properties are quinine bark, oak bark, pepperbark, and willow bark.

Bulb: A bulb is defined as a fleshy structure comprised of numerous layers of leaf bases otherwise known as bulb scales. Onion species and garlic bulbs are popular for medicinal uses.

Essential Oil: These are defined as volatile oils that are generally extracted from plants using a steam distillation process. Examples include camphor and peppermint oil.

Fatty Oil: These are defined as non-volatile vegetable oils that are pressed from the seeds or fruits of plants and are insoluble in water. Examples of fatty oils used in medicine are castor oil, olive oil, and safflower oil. Some fatty oils have direct medicinal properties while others are used as carriers in liquid formations and ointments.

Flowers: The flowers of plants have always been popular in traditional medicine. Examples include clove and chamomile flowers. Flower parts are also used such as saffron stamens, the stigmas of maize, or pollen.

Fruit: Fruits have been heavily used for medicinal purposes. Dried whole fruits or portions of fruits can be used. Many members of the carrot family have fruits that are used in medicine including fennel fruit and anise.

Gum: Gums are solids that are mixtures of polysaccharides (sugars). They are water-soluble and are in part digestible by humans.

Leaf: The leaves of plants, shrubs, and trees can be used for medicinal properties. Leaves can be used alone or can be mixed with twigs, stems, and buds. Examples include maidenhair tree.

Resins: Resins are a mixture of essential oils and terpenes that are usually not soluble in water. They are excreted by specialized cells or in ducts of plants. Examples include frankincense, myrrh, and mastic.

Roots: The fleshy or woody roots are used for medicinal purposes. Roots may be solid (ginseng), fibrous (stinging nettle), or fleshy (devil’s claw).

Rhizome: A rhizome is defined as a fleshy or woody elongated stem that usually grows horizontally below the ground. Rhizomes often produce leaves above the ground and roots into the ground. Several medicinal plants are used primarily for their rhizomes including: ginger, wild columbine, and bloodroot.

Seed: The seeds of many plants are used for their medicinal properties. Seeds may be contained within a fruit or are sometimes used on their own. Juniper berries look like fruits but they are actually seeds surrounded by beautiful woody cones.

Tuber: A tuber is defined as a swollen, fleshy structure below ground. Tubers are usually of stem origin but can be partly stem and root in origin. Tubers used for medicinal properties include African potato and autumn crocus.

Wood: Thick stems or the wood of trees or shrubs are used for medicinal properties. Sandalwood and quassia wood are popular examples.

Mountain monardella (Monardella odoratissima) is a member of the mint family, whose members are notable for their essential oils. Photo by Teresa Prendusi.

Echinacea species (Echinacea angustifolia) were widely used by the North American Plains Indians for its general medicinal qualities. Photo by Larry Allain.

Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) “berries” were widely used by North American Native Tribes to treat a variety of illnesses and pain. Photo by Teresa Prendusi.

The fruit and leaves of raspberry (Rubus idaeus) have been used for centuries as a folk medicine. Photo by Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, Bugwood.org.

Skunkbrush sumac (Rhus trilobata) leaves were used for head colds and for a diuretic. Berries were chewed. Photo by Teresa Prendusi.

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is good for arthritis, hay fever, and anemia. Photo by David. G. Smith, Delaware Wildflowers.