Verbena officinalis

I’ll write something about that plant soon. So far, easy to grow, not terribly pretty but a good nervine.

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 Dan Shen, Salvia multiorrhiza

Shatavari, Asparagus racemosus

Shatavari is a woman who has a hundred husbands, a very important woman’s herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Apart from it’s use as an aphrodisiac there is a myriad of medicinal uses: tonic, alterative, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, diuretic, galactogogue and refrigerant. It is used for infertility, loss of libido, threatened miscarriage, menopausal problems, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers … Read more Shatavari, Asparagus racemosus

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 Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera, Indian Ginseng

Keriberry, Rubus rugosus

Another brambleberry, just like blackberry or raspberry, but much more vigorous. Grows fast to an impressive size, good to hide an old shed or and ugly wall. You will need a strong trellis for support. The leaves are big and look quite  different to other brambleberries. Keriberry fruit is very late and larger than the … Read more Keriberry, Rubus rugosus

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 African Dream Herb Silene Capensis

Yomogi; Artemisia princeps – the Artemisia used for Moxibustion and Mochi, 50 mm pot


Do contain the yomogi plant it is a very agressive grower! Grow it in a pot, not in the garden! This is the famous Japanese artemisia used esxtensively in in moxibustion, Japanese folk medicine and to flavour the dish ‘mochi’.Yomogi is an excellent smudging plant producing a smooth and cooling smoke that purifies the air … Read more Yomogi; Artemisia princeps – the Artemisia used for Moxibustion and Mochi, 50 mm pot

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.