Medicinal Plants Seeds 

Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke Seed Germination Primer (see end of this s page) that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better germination results when we use this primer on these types of seeds. 


Disclaimer
Our seeds are fresh and ready for delivery. The information listed with the seeds is for general information only and does not reflect any recommendations on the part of this business. Before using any medicinal plant, we strongly recommend you first consult a physician. Our information is based on published works dealing with herb plants, not medical publications. We shall in no way be held responsible for the actions of anyone using our seeds. Our sole responsibility/liability will be to replace seeds that do not germinate. We shall in no way be liable for the use/misuse of these seeds.

Terms:

Herb: Any plant used for making medicine, seasoning or scents.

Infusion: A tea made by pouring boiling water over the plant or parts of the plant. The most common method of preparing an infusion is to place herbs in a heat tolerant container that has a lid, and pour boiling water over the herbs ( a normal rule of thumb is to use a cup of green herbs per cup of boiling water applied, or a handful of dry herbs per cup of boiling water applied ). Cover the container and allow the herbs to steep in covered container for about 15 minutes. Your infusion is now ready to enjoy!

Decoction: A drink made by boiling the plant or parts of the plant in water and then straining. As a rule of thumb, place the herbs in water that has been brought to a boil, then reduce heat until the water is gently simmering. Simmer for about 15 minutes, then strain. The liquid is the decoction. Honey or an aromatic herb is usually added to improve the taste.

Aromatic. This refers to herbs that have a pleasant smell or taste. They are often used for potpourri or for adding to other herbs to improve the taste of a decoction. One part aromatic to three parts medicinal herb is usually sufficient.

Demulcent: An herb that possesses soothing, mucilaginous qualities which help to relieve any internal irritation such as arrowroot, coltsfoot, comfrey, sassafras pith, and slippery elm.

Liniment: A liniment is a topical solution applied to the skin. How to make a liniment: You will need a clean glass jar with lid, a pint size canning jar works fine, a cup of chopped fresh herbs from your garden or � cup of dried herbs ( we recommend our tincture packs ) 1/2 pint of grain alcohol ( such as Everclear ) and 1/2 pint of distilled water.
Place the herb material into the jar and fill jar with equal parts grain alcohol and distilled water. Close lid tightly and label the jar with the ingredients and the date.
Store the jar in a dark, dry and cool place. Every 2 days, shake the jar vigorously.
After four to six weeks, strain the mixture through a screen or colander, catching the liquid in bowl, then take the herbs and wrap in a towel or pillowcase and squeeze as much liquid as possible from herbs, catching this liquid in the bowl as well.
The Strained liquid is your finished liniment. We recommend storing liniments in four ounce amber glass bottles. Be sure to label bottles correctly!

Herbal Lozenges: Herbal lozenges are a wonderful way to soothe a sore throat or relieve cold and flu conditions.
How to make Herbal Lozenges: You will need about 4 ounces of your favorite herbal decoction, we recommend Blue Vervain, Echinacea or Sage.
Pour decoction into a bowl and add powdered Marsh Mallow root until you have a thick, paste like solution. Add 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil to mix.
Make small lozenges by pinching small amounts of the mix between your fingers and shaping to size. Place lozenges on wax paper and allow to dry for a few hours, then store in covered container in refrigerator.
Lozenges should keep in the fridge for several weeks.
Suck on a lozenge whenever you have a sore throat.

Tincture: A preparation made by soaking an herb in alcohol until the alcohol absorbs the beneficial ingredients of the plant. This process is known as maceration.
How to make a tincture: You will need a clean glass jar with lid, a pint size canning jar works fine, a cup of chopped fresh herbs from your garden or � cup of dried herbs ( we recommend our tincture packs ) and 1 pint of vodka. The vodka is usually about 80-85 proof, do not use 100 proof vodka.
Place the herb material into the jar and fill jar with vodka. Close lid tightly and label the jar with the ingredients and the date.
Store the jar in a dark, dry and cool place. Every 2 days, shake the jar vigorously.
After four to six weeks, strain the mixture through a screen or colander, catching the liquid in bowl, then take the herbs and wrap in a towel or pillowcase and squeeze as much liquid as possible from herbs, catching this liquid in the bowl as well.
The Strained liquid is your finished tincture. We recommend storing tinctures in four ounce amber glass bottles, and keeping smaller one ounce amber glass bottles with droppers in your medicine cabinet, re-filling the smaller bottles as needed. Be sure to label bottles correctly!

Tinctures made from at least 25% alcohol ( 80 proof vodka is 40% ) can be stored indefinitely, tinctures you do not use can be passed on to your children and grandchildren.

Compresses and Poultices: A compress is basically a cloth soaked in herbal decoction or infusion that is applied to painful areas. Use Comfrey for sports type injuries, Plantain for insect bits and bee stings, St. John's Wort and Rosemary for pain relief and Chamomile for cramp relief. A poultice is made by placing a cup of the chosen herb in a heat tolerant bowl, pouring boiling water over the herbs and allowing to steep until the herbs have cooled enough to be tolerated by the skin.
Place a clean cotton cloth over the infected area, then place the warm/semi hot herbs on top of the cloth and cover with another piece of cotton cloth. Keep the poultice in place until the herbs have cooled down completely. Discard the herbs and wash the poultice cloths before reusing. Best results are obtained when poultices are applied 3 times a day.


Suppositories and Boluses
You can make a natural suppository using powdered herbs and cocoa butter. To make a suppository should warm cocoa butter to a liquid state in a double boiler and stir in the powdered herbs as it cools. When it is mixed well put into the refrigerator to harden. Roll this out to be about 3/4 of an inch thick. Cut into 3/4 of an inch strips. These are used in the rectum and the vagina to treat infections and irritations. They can also be used for tumors in these areas.
Generally the herbs used in suppositories are astringents such as white oak bark or bayberry bark; and demulcent healing herbs like comfrey root or slippery elm; and antibiotic herbs like garlic and Goldenseal. Goldenseal is really a great one for this as it combines astringent, tissue healing, and antibiotic qualities all in one.
Do not use more than 6 suppositories in a day, or for more than a week at a time. If condition has not cleared up in this time, you should consult your physician.


Our List of Seeds


Agrimony

£ 5.95  

B4H0001
Agrimonia odorata
The plant is found abundantly throughout England, on hedge-banks and the sides of fields, in dry thickets and on all waste places. In Scotland it is much more local and does not penetrate very far northward. Agrimony has an old reputation as a popular, domestic medicinal herb, being a simple well known to all country-folk. It belongs to the Rose order of plants, and its slender spikes of yellow flowers, which are in bloom from June to early September, and the singularly beautiful form of its much-cut-into leaves, make it one of the most graceful of our smaller herbs.
A fast growing perennial to 3-5 feet tall with yellow flowers on long slender spikes. Grows in zones 3-8. Taken as a tea, it is useful for liver, kidney and bladder problems. It is also a healing herb for mucous membranes and it's astringent properties help stop bleeding. The plant also produces a yellow/gold dye.   Package of 25 seeds
 

AllHeal

£ 2.95  

B4H0002
Prunella vulgaris
An easy to grow herb for zones 4-9. Grows only 8" tall with beautiful violet blue flower spikes on upright plants.
An infusion is effective medicine for most internal ailments. Also good for external wounds.   Package of 10 seeds
 

Angelica

£ 2.95  

B4H0003
Angelica archangelica

Although angelica is common in meadows and pastures throughout the country, the only one with medicinal values is archangelica. It is very hard to tell this plant apart from its cousin, so be careful where you acquire your source. It is a beautiful garden plant with purple-green leaves and white and pink flowers. Grows in zones 4-9. An infusion can be made by pouring a pint of water over an ounce of the bruised root. In folk medicine, it is said to create an aversion to alcohol. It also relieves flatulence. It has been said to help in cases of delayed menstruation.   Package of 20 seeds
 

Ashwagandha

£ 3.75 

B4H0004 Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera )
Ayurvedic medicine herb used to make a "cure all" tonic for treatment of insomnia, infertility, impotence, mental problems, rheumatism, etc. An annual plant that is easy to grow in all zones. Plant can be toxic! For sale only to those experienced with it's use.
Package of 25 seeds

Medical Uses

It is often touted as the Indian version of ginseng because,like ginseng, ashwagandha is revered as a non-specific tonic, an adaptogen that is used alone or as an ingredient in compounds designed to target a variety of conditions.

The plant acts as a mild sedative, an anti-inflammatory and a libido booster. The chemically active ingredients in ashwagandha, withanolides, appear to have a steroid like effect, meaning that they indirectly increase activity of steroidal hormones like testosterone and progesterone. Because of testosterone's effect on sex drive, this could be what is behind ashwagandha's purported aphrodisiac effects.

Ashwagandha also relaxes blood vessels and stimulates circulation. Researchers speculate the anti-anxiety action of ashwagandha stems from something in the herb that mimics gamma-amino-butytric acid (GABA), a naturally occuring substance in the brain whose role is to decrease the effect of stimuli that reach the brain. As with other herbs, expect to take this daily for 2-4 weeks before you begin to feel it's beneficial effects.

Side effects

NONE


 

Bearberry

£ 2.95 

B4H0005 Bearberry (Arctostaphylos )
A perennial that can be grown in zones 2-8. A small evergreen shrub found in the U.S. and Europe. The leaves of the plant have been used in the past as: Astringent, Diuretic and Tonic. A tea made from the leaves was used for bronchitis, nephritis and kidney stones. It is said to help where bedwetting is a problem. It should be used in moderation as excessive use can lead to stomach distress and eventually chronic poisoning.
Package of 5 seeds

Medical Uses
Uva ursi contains a considerable amount of tannins ( up to 40 percent) making it one of natures most powerful astringents. Uva usi is a strong herb that should be reserved for those times when a quick intervention is needed. It also contains as assortment of chemical compounds,especially arbutin, that are active against many of the pathogens commonly found in urinary tract infections.

Side effects
The high tannin content of uva ursi can contribute to nausea and vomiting if you are sensitive. Do not use if your urine is already acidic. Do not use for more than 2 weeks without qualified supervision. Not for use for those who have kidney disease, or children.
 

Bee Balm Panorama

£ 3.75 

B4H0006 Bee Balm Panorama Mix (Monarda didyma )
Beautiful mix of colors. Eye-catching edible blooms. Popular in perennial flower gardens. Medicinal: Aerial parts in infusions to improve digestion. Leaves and blooms contain thymol-related antibiotic-antiseptic compounds.
Package of 20+ seeds

Medical Uses
A safe herb to use in both animals and humans. Like most mints, bee balm has a special affinity towards the digestive tract. Bee balm has excellent antibacterial qualities that make it useful for treating infections.

Side Effects

NONE
 

Belladonna

£ 2.95 

B4H0007 Belladonna (Atropa )
An annual best grown in zones 4-9. A powerful herb with many medicinal benefits. Most parts of the plants are considered poisonous and should only be used by trained persons. The plant has been used as a surgical anesthetic and for treating asthma and cardiac disease. 
Package of 10 seeds

Side effects
Posion. Do not take
 

Bitter Candyturf

£ 2.95 

B4H0008 Bitter Candyturf (Iberis amara )
A very attractive annual fo the garden. Its very bitter parts have long been used in homeopathy. Has been used in the past for gout, dropsy, rheumatism, asthma, bronchitis and much more.

  Package of 5 seeds
 

Bishop's Flower

£ 2.95 

B4H0009 Bishop's Flower (Ammi majus)
An interesting wildflower that resembles a carrot. The root was chewed by North African caravaners to protect themselves fm the sun. It contains 8-methoxypsoralen which stimulates pigment production in skin exposed from ultraviolet light. An annual for all zones. 

Package of 25 seeds

 

Black Cohosh, Black Snakeroot

£ 3.00 

B4H0010 Black Cohosh, Black Snakeroot (Cimicifuga racemosa )
A magnificent plant with white flowers in wand-like racemes that will rise up to 6 ft. above the shiny green leaves. The root is valued for its medicinal properties as an astringent, emmenagogue, diuretic. antidote to poisons, snakebites, etc. A perennial for zones 3-8.

Package of 10 seeds

Medical Uses

Black cohosh contains numerous chemical constituents, among them isoflavones like formononetin, which mimics hormonal activity. This makes it useful for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and even the depression sometimes associated with menopause.

Though it is known primarily as a woman's herb, it is also acts as a nervine, giving relief to headaches, pain and muscle spasms. These pain relieving properties, coupled with it's anti-inflammatory action make the herb useful against the pain of arthritis.



Though black and blue cohosh are unrelated, they are often used together and have a synergistic, not interchangeable, relationship...While blue cohosh is primarily associated with blood flow to the pelvic area, black cohosh maintains it's effects through it's estrogen-like action. Black cohosh has a special affinity with menopausal women and is used in formulas to balance and regulate hormonal production during menopause.

Side effects
Some people report an upset stomach or other gastric complaints. Prolonged use (longer than 6 months) could cause side effects. Not for use while pregnant or nursing.
 

Black Sampson Coneflower (Echinacea )

£ 2.95 

B4H0011 Black Sampson Coneflower (Echinacea )
This plant is said to have strong antibiotic and immune stimulating properties. The Chinese believe that it is an excellent prevention medicine for severe immune disorders. It has been used for centuries to treat measles, mumps, arthritis, chicken pox, blood poisoning, scarlet fever, ulcers, colds, bladder infections and other infections. Make a decoction by boiling two teaspoons of dried root in a cup of water. Drink a cup twice a day. A perennial for zones 3-10.

Package of 10 seeds

Medical Uses
Herbalists do not agree on which species is best, E.purpurea,, E. pallida, or E.angustifolia, but all variants have phytochemicals that improve the immune system. There are dozens of dozens of biochemical compounds that act in therapeutic synergy in this complex plant that support disease resistance in several ways. However, taking echinacea when a cold or infection has already become serious may be fighting a losing battle. Echinacea is most effect when taken at the first onset of cold or infection symptoms. When fighting an established virus, combining echinacea with antiseptic herbs such as goldenseal or Oregon grape will enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.

Side effects
Use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, or a chronic infection such as HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis, you should not use echinacea.
 

Black Elder

£ 2.95 

B4H0012 Black Elder (Sambucus nigra )
This herb has long been used to heal hemorrhoid problems. It gives immediate relief. To make a compress, mix the flowers of elder and honeysuckle together and pour boiling milk over them. Let the mixture steep for about 20 minutes. Dip a towel into the mixture and apply to the area of pain. An ointment can be made from the green leaves that is also beneficial to hemorrhoids. Apply the ointment while it is still hot. A perennial for zones 6-8.

Package of 5 seeds 

 

Lipstick Tree Bixa ornella

£ 2.65 

B4H0013 Lipstick Tree Bixa ornella
Large, five-petaled rose, pink or white flowers with yellow stamens, followed by striking, maroon to vivid scarlet 2" spiny pods. Amazon Basin. For millennia Amazonian Indians have used the red dye obtained from the seedcoat as face and body paint. Cultivated throughout the tropics for food coloring and dye for cheese, soap, cloth, paint, lipstick, margarine, etc. A few seeds can be added to rice, soups, or to flavor chocolate and meats. Seeds eaten cooked in butter. Bark provides fiber. Good hedge and honey plant. Used medicinally. Good in the far South or in the greenhouse.

Estimated seed count: 5 Seeds.


 

Blood Flower (Asclepias currassavica )

£ 3.00 

B4H0014 Blood Flower (Asclepias currassavica )
A cousin to the Swamp milkweed plant. The stem produces a milky substance that when used as a poultice is said to be effective in removing warts. A perennial for zones 2-8.

  Package of 10 seeds
 

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