Dan Shen, Salvia multiorrhiza

This is the classical Dan Shen herb of Chinese medicine. Cultivate as any other salvia, full sun, average soil, good drainage. Dan Shen is not as pretty as other sages, this one is grown for medicine. Danshen is used for heart and blood vessel health, cancer, and many other conditions.   Other names: Ch’ih Shen, … Read more

Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, Indian Ginseng

This is the famous adaptogen herb of the Ayurveda medicine. Ashwagandha is used for a myriad of issues from improving immune system as a potent adaptogen, aphrodisiac, for impotency, cancer, frequent miscarriage, uterine weakness, infertility, asthma, anemia, cancer, arthritis (osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis), anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD , cerebellar ataxia, diabetes, high cholesterol, infertility, Parkinson’s … Read more

African Dream Herb Silene Capensis

Silene Capensis

No, I haven’t used the African Dream Herb so far but maybe I should.  Shouldn’t we all care more for our dreams? This herb is said to induce  spectacular vivid dreaming. It was used for millennia by the African Xhosa shamans. The dreams were regarded as healing guidance and knowledge, a present from the ancestors. … Read more

Yerba Mansa, Anemopsis California

Pretty plant for shallow water. Very wet soil or shallow water, spreading groundcover, tolerates alkaline soil, sand, clay, no drainage and seasonal flooding. Deciduous, does well in pots. Traditional usage (American Indian, TWM): colds, arthritis athlete’s foot, wound dressing.

Yarrow, Achillea Millefolium, supplied in 50 mm pot

yarrow

Other than with pharmaceutical drugs which are either for cough or high blood pressure or  for any single ailment many plant medicines are much more complex and can be used to fight so many illnesses that you cannot decide which are the main applications for that plant. Yarrow is such a herb, but for me … Read more

Wormwood: Tree Wormwood, Artemisia Arborescens, bare-rooted plant

Tree wormwood is indigenous to the Middle East were this very bitter herb is used tea, usually with mint. It was used in small doses for digestive upsets, but beware in larger doses it may have some hallucinogenic properties. Perennial, easy to grow plant, hardy, likes full sun. Prune to keep it looking nice. Common … Read more

Wormwood: Southernwood, Artemisia abrotanum

Southernwood was a highly valued medicinal plant in the Middle Ages. It works similar to other wormwoods, is a bitter digestive herb which was used as an antiseptic, to treat the liver, the spleen and the stomach. It is said to kill intestinal worms. It is a powerful insect repellent and was placed in cupboards … Read more

Wormwood Roman, Artemisia pontica, bare rooted

Roman Wormwood

Smaller than the common wormwood, 60 x 60cm, hardy, full sun, drought tolerant, may be deciduous in colder regions; Strengthens the stomach; For colds; Milder in its properties and less bitter in its properties than the common wormwood; Ingredient in the liqueur Vermouth.