The Family Medicine Seed Pack by Heirloom Organics includes 12 varieties of medicinal herbs. For hundreds of years before modern medicine, herbs were the medicine of
early Americans, both Native and European. Even today, herbs remain one
of the primary sources of medical remedies in both modern laboratories
and natural medicine. Heirloom Organics brings you the best selection of
natural remedies available to the home gardener today. This package includes an
excellent selection chosen both for ease of growth and popularity of
remedy. Protect your family today with Heirloom Organics Family Medicine Seed Pack.
Heirloom Organics Family Medicine Seed Pack contents list:
Angelica Angelica archangelica
has a long tradition of use as a general tonic herb for women,
children, and the elderly. It is said to strengthen the heart and
provide an antidote against general debility. According to legend,
Angelica was revealed in a dream by an angel to cure the plague. All
parts of the plant were believed effective against evil spirits, and
Angelica was held in such esteem that it was called 'The Root of the
Holy Ghost.' In America it was used by the Iroquois and other tribes in
ceremonial medicine, and in traditional lore an infusion of smashed
roots was used as wash to remove ghosts from the house.
The fresh root of Angelica is not edible, said to be poisonous. Do not
use while pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting your doctor.
Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum
gets its name from its ability to "break bone fever." Used by North
American Indians for stomach problems, colds, and fevers, in addition to
arthritis and rheumatic ailments. Boneset has also been used to treat
influenza, and is said to alleviate pain and reduce fever associated
with such imbalance. European settlers used it as a cure-all. Bonesetís
odor is weak, but its taste is extremely bitter.
NOTE Boneset is toxic in high doses.
Calendula Calendula officinalis
flower petals of the Calendula plant have been used for medicinal
purposes since at least the 12th century. Native to Mediterranean
countries, Calendula is now cultivated across the globe. Calendula is
typically added to salves and other topical preparations and has been
shown to speed the healing of wounds, where it appears to have
anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial effects.
Chamomile Matricaria recutita
is said that the Egyptians dedicated Chamomile to their sun god and
valued it over all other herbs for its healing qualities. Due to its
sedative and relaxing properties Chamomile was an ingredient in some
love potions of the middle ages. Chamomile flowers are used in
alternative medicine as an anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic,
nervine, stomachic, tonic, and vasodilator. The anti-inflammatory
properties make it good for rheumatism, arthritis, and other painful
Echinacea Echinaceae purpurea
has been used in North America for more than 400 years to treat
infections and wounds, and as a general "cure-all." Today, people use
Echinacea to shorten the duration of the common cold and flu and reduce
symptoms, such as sore throat (pharyngitis), cough, and fever. Many
herbalists also recommend echinacea to help boost the immune system and
help the body fight infections. Echinacea is well known for its
anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory
Feverfew Chrysanthemum parthenium
was first introduced to North America by European settlers in the 17th
century, and has long been used to treat headaches and inflammation.
Especially renowned as a treatment for migraines, Feverfew has also been
used for menstrual problems such as cramping and irregularity. It can
also be taken for problems such as joint pain and rheumatism.
Feverfew should not be used during pregnancy because of the stimulant
action on the womb. The fresh leaves may cause mouth ulcers in sensitive
Mullein Verbascum olympicum
Greeks, Romans, British and Native Americans have all used Mullein to
treat a number of respiratory conditions, from a mild cough to
bronchitis and asthma. The dried stalks of Mullein have also been used
as torches. The flowers can be used to create bright yellow or green
dyes, which were used by the ancient Romans to color hair, according to
"Healing Teas" by Marie Nadine Antol. Greek mythology holds that Ulysses
carried Mullein to protect himself from the evil Circe. For these
purposes the leaves can be smoked or used to prepare tea.
NOTE Mullein causes allergic reactions in a small population.
Nettle Urtica dioica
medieval Europe Stinging nettle was used as a diuretic (to rid the
body of excess water) and to treat joint pain. Stinging nettle has been
used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema,
arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, many people use it to treat urinary
problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate, for urinary
tract infections, for hay fever, or in compresses or creams for treating
joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.
not use while pregnant or breastfeeding without consulting your doctor.
Stinging nettle should never be applied to an open wound. Be careful
when handling the nettle plant because touching it can cause an allergic
rash. Occasional side effects include mild stomach upset, fluid
retention, and hives or rash (mainly from topical use).
Pleurisy Root Asclepias tuberosa
Native American legends tell of the roots being used as a body wash for
lifting and running strength. Also used as a drug in chant lotion, and
as a ceremonial emetic. Asclepias tuberosa has a long history of use as a
valuable alternative medicine and is one of the most important of the
indigenous American species. Butterfly Weed is used internally in the
treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, chronic rheumatism, and as an
expectorant. It has a specific action on the lungs, making it a valuable
medicinal herb in all chest complaints and in the treatment of many
Skullcap Scutellaria lateriflora
was well known among the Cherokee and other Native American healers as a
strong emmenagogue and female medicinal herb. Today Skullcap is
recognized as a powerful medicinal herb, used in alternative medicine as
an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, slightly astringent, emmenagogue,
febrifuge, nervine, sedative and tonic.
be used with some caution since in overdose it causes giddiness,
stupor, confusion and twitching. Skullcap has been linked to liver
damage, though it is suspected that the source of damage was actually
from Germander being substituted for Skullcap. Use in moderation and
avoid if you have liver problems.
Spikenard Aralia racemosa
was a popular herb among American Indians, who gathered its pleasantly
scented roots for a variety of medicinal uses. Herbalists record that
the Cherokees drank Spikenard tea for backache and that the Shawnees
used it to treat gas pains, coughs, asthma, and chest pains. Other
tribes gave the tea to women in labor to make childbirth swifter and
less painful. The Micmacs reportedly applied a salve of spikenard to
cuts and wounds, while the Ojibwas used the root in a poultice for
healing broken bones. Early settlers used the juice from the dark purple
berries and oil from the seeds. Medical practitioners in the 19th
century prescribed the root to treat gout, rheumatism, syphilis, and
other diseases in which it was deemed necessary to "purify the blood."
More recently, Spikenard has gained popularity as an adaptogen, sharing
many common properties with its close relative American Ginseng.
Tobacco Nicotiana rusticaThe herbal information on this web site is intended for
educational purposes only. It is not the intention of the editor to
advise on health care. Please see a medical professional about any
health concerns you have.
rustica is also known as Sacred Tobacco, Mapacho, Aztec tobacco and a
host of other names. It originated in Mexico but was widely cultivated
throughout the Americas by native peoples for ceremonial purposes.
Mapacho is considered very sacred by Amazonian shamans and is employed
alone or in combination with other plants in shamanic practices. Some
shamans drink the juice of tobacco leaves alone as a source of visions.
Mapacho is used extensively in healing practices and is considered a
medicine, not a health hazard, when used properly. The Tukanoan peoples
of the Vaupés often rub a decoction of the leaves briskly over sprains
and bruises. Amongst the Witotos and Boras, fresh leaves are crushed and
poulticed over boils and infected wounds. Tikuna men mix the crushed
leaves with the oil from palms to rub into the hair to prevent balding.
The Jivaros take tobacco juice therapeutically for indisposition, chills
and snake bites. In many tribes tobacco snuff may be employed
medicinally for a variety of ills, particularly to treat pulmonary
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