{ Our plants }


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Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

The leaves and tiny flowers of Anise Hyssop smell and taste of anise while its stems and opposite leaves tell us perhaps it belongs to the mint family. It may be used to relieve congestion, treat burns & rashes, strengthen a weak heart, treat Herpes simplex I & II with its antiviral properties, and prevent colds with its antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties. It can be dried and steeped as tea or crumbled fresh over a salad!


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Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)

A member of the buttercup family, Black Cohosh is native to North America. It is best known for its usefulness in treating gynecological conditions. Women have used the plant for centuries as a dietary supplement for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, as well as for menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, and to induce labor. 


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Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

A native to Southern Europe, Calendula has been used medicinally for centuries to heal wounds, burns and rashes, both internally and externally. The flowers have also been used traditionally to support the immune system, treat gastrointestinal imbalances, and lift the spirits. You can enjoy calendula tea, tonics, or sprinkle the florets on your next meal!


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Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)

Echinacea was used by Native Americans of the Great Plains region as traditional medicines. There are nine species of Echinacea native to North America. Its primary use is as support for the immune system. The roots and above-ground parts of the echinacea plant can be used fresh or dried to make teas, squeezed juice, extracts, capsules and tablets, and various preparations for external use.


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Elderberry (Sambucus)

Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell.  Elderberries contain amino acids, carotenoids, vitamin A & B, and a large amount of vitamin C.


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Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger root is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion and is used for wind, colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, dyspepsia (bloating, heartburn, flatulence), indigestion and gastrointestinal problems such as gas and stomach cramps. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Enjoy it in juices, smoothies, stir-fry, tea, you name it.


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Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

American Ginseng is grown in the Eastern portion of North America, along the entire eastern seaboard. It is noted for its "cooling" properties and thirst quenching effects. Additionally, it has been enjoyed by Native Americans for centuries as a way to support energy, fertility, and digestion. American ginseng influences energy metabolism by helping muscles work longer before becoming fatigued, an effect enhanced by the plant’s calming action, producing a greater sense of focus.


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Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

Another member of the buttercup family, Goldenseal has numerous uses that are attributed to its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Native Americans have known its power for centuries. It soothes irritated mucus membranes aiding the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Taken at the first signs of respiratory problems, cold or flu, it can help prevent further symptoms from developing. It has also been used to help reduce fevers and relieve congestion.


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Lavender (Lavandula)

Lavender was originally found only in the Mediterranean, but now blooms in many sunny locations around the world. Holistic practitioners have often advised that lavender oil is a healthy alternative to prescription medications to treat depression and anxiety disorders. It can also be used topically as bug repellent, for rashes or skin problems, or inhaled as a relaxant, sleep aid, or for headache relief.


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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Native to the Mediterranean and various regions in N. Africa, Asia, and Europe, Lemon Balm has been used since the ancient times of the Romans & Greks to calm the heart and the body. It can been used to sweeten jam, jellies, as an addition to salad, and as a flavoring for various fish and poultry dishes as well as liqueurs. It is often found as a tea in combination with other relaxing herbs such as valerian, as an essential oil, and also in ointments for topical applications.


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Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

A tropical grass native to Southeast Asia, you may find lemongrass in your favorite Southeast Asian culinary dish. Lemongrass has been used traditionally to reduce fever by inducing sweating, alleviate cold symptoms and headaches, calm upset stomachs, and relieve spasms. It inhibits the growth of fungi and bacteria and can be used externally to treat ringworm, lice, athlete’s foot, and scabies. 


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Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

Lion's Mane mushroom has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine for supporting the brain and neurological health. It is native to North America, Asia and Europe. Lion’s Mane provides nourishment for the brain, crossing the blood-brain barrier to directly support brain cells, and works to support the memory and nervous system functions.


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Mullein (Verbascum)

A member of the snapdragon family, Mullein leaf, flower and root have been used extensively in North American folk medicine. Its magical qualities were thought to be numerous, warding off evil, instilling courage and health, providing protection, and attracting love. Mullein tea is a traditional treatment for respiratory problems, such as chest colds, bronchitis, and asthma; it soothes the membranes of the respiratory tract. 


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Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Nettle is a deeply nourishing herb, helping to revitalize the entire body and increase overall health. The dried leaf and/or dried root may used as a tea, tincture or powdered and encapsulated. Nettles support the healthful function of the kidneys, liver, digestive tract, and overall metabolism, and is a wonderful herbal ally for women during all phases of life, from menarche to menopause.


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Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

The hypnotic Passion Flower is a native vine to the Southeastern United States, with a wide variety of medicinal uses. It may be used as a sleep aid for those suffering from insomnia, analgesic for musculoskeletal pain or menstrual cramps, to calm anxiety, lower blood pressure, and as a mild antidepressant. It is most commonly prepared as a tea or a tincture. Passionflower cools the body, calms the mind, and soothes the spirit.


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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

A flowering perennial native to Europe, the world's most familiar "mint" scent is the aroma of peppermint. Tea is the most common and best use of this herb. The ancient Egyptians, one of the most medically-advanced ancient cultures, cultivated and used peppermint leaves for indigestion and digestive maladies. It can also be used as a remedy for coughs, colds, & headaches. It has anti-inflammatory properties & is a wonderful afternoon pick-me-up as it energizes the body.


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Ramps (Allium tricoccum)

The ramp has been favored for generations for its tasty garlic and onion flavor and as a spring tonic to cleanse the blood. Ramps can form extensive patches in the wild, covering 15-25 acres or more. A large amount of ramps could be harvested from these wild patches with sustainable management practices, but these practices are not regularly being used. We are loving ramps to death! Check out United Plant Savers' guidelines for Ramp conservation.


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Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum)

Traditional and contemporary Chinese medicine utilize the Reishi mushroom as a tonic benefiting vital energy or "Qi". It is regarded as the “herb of spiritual potency.” At one time this mushroom was specifically used for the prestigious ruling class, but it has since made its way into the pantries of the common folk. Reishi can be found growing in damp, dark forests and the occasional rotting log.


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Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)

Shiitake mushrooms do not grow wild in the US, and are native only to parts of Asia, but have been cultivated in the US extensively in the past few decades as they are enjoyed for their delightful savory taste. Compounds in shiitakes may help fight cancer, boost immunity and support heart health. In Chinese medicine, shiitakes are thought to boost health and longevity, as well as improve circulation.


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Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

First known as Indian Saffron, the Turmeric root system is boiled and dried and then ground into a powder. It has a peppery and somewhat bitter flavor, is deep yellowish orange in color, and is used to make curry. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties. Turmeric has been thought to prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer disease by removing amyloid plaque from the brain. It also aids digestions and reduces the buildup of plaque associated with cardiovascular disease. 


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Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

Vitex is one of the best herbs for balancing hormones and relieving symptoms of PMS or pre- or peri-menopause. For younger women, Vitex helps balance hormones and alleviate symptoms of PMS including cramping, mood fluctuations, irritability, headaches, breast tenderness, and even other issues caused by hormone imbalance. Vitex works on the pituitary gland, which is responsible for signaling the body to make certain amounts of each hormone. The leaves, flowers, and berries can be used to make tinctures, elixirs, or just eaten right off the tree.


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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

In nature, yarrow contains root secretions that strengthen and protect neighboring plants, while also helping them become more disease resistant. Medicinally, it is antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, anti inflammatory, an excellent diuretic, digestive, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, analgesic, expectorant, antiviral, stimulant, and wound healer. yarrow can assist with almost every system in the body, and is used for many different ailments.