Amber's Organics aim to produce sustainable organic gardens at an afford able cost, to the great benefit of our own environments, communities and self-reliance practices.
Revive your garden with my abundant array of medical herb seeds, from then on you will have the chance to produce your own apothecary right outside your door, a healing domain. We all need and seek sanctuary, a chance to regain a positive level of hope and control over our own environments and our bombarded health. These seeds will flourish into a wonderful array of healthful, beneficial herbs and will become a complete sustainable garden in time filled with therapeutic, nourishing and health restoring properties galore. Each unique herb has a history of healing, their testimonies speak volumes down the centuries, these were our original medicines and need to be revered highly. Most seeds germinate easily are easy to grow, they will be shipped with instructions such as small booklets or information sheets. Please feel free to ask any questions and contact me if you wish to contribute any herb stories of healing, gardening experiences and tips to our newsletter each month: firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at my (559) 3263019 number, at a reasonable hour, please.
These seeds are open pollinated, untreated and harvested as freshly as possible. These vigorous seeds are stated as certified organic. We believe the closer to nature the better the growing result.
NOTE! Please use under supervision or with careful responsibility when taking medical herbs, they are potent and effective remedies not to be taken lightly or to be misused, having said that they are extremely effective when used with caution. Please check to see compatibility with any medication you are taking and with your health care practitioner. Amber's Organics promotes the responsible use of herbs.
Andrographis paniculata, (AP), also known commonly as "King of Bitters," is a member of the plant family Acanthaceae, and has been used for centuries in Asia to treat GI tract and upper respiratory infections, fever, herpes, sore throat, and a variety of other chronic and infectious diseases. It is found in the Indian Pharmacopoeia and is the prominent in at least 26 Ayurvedic formulas; whereas in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Andrographis is an important "cold property" herb: it is used to rid the body of heat, as in fevers, and to dispel toxins from the body. In Scandinavian countries, it is commonly used to prevent and treat common colds. Research conducted in the '80's and '90's has confirmed that Andrographis, properly administered, has a surprisingly broad range of pharmacological effects, some of them extremely beneficial:
Studies indicate ashwagandha possesses anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antistress, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, hemopoietic, and rejuvenating properties. It also appears to exert a positive influence on the endocrine, cardiopulmonary, and central nervous systems. Some researchers suggest ashwagandha exhibits a variety of therapeutic effects with limited side effects or toxicity. One of the most widespread immune boosters in Ayurvedic medicine.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, often in combination with other herbs, to strengthen the body against disease. Astragalus is an adaptoge, meaning it helps protect the body against various stresses, including physical, mental, or emotional stress.
Nicholas Culpeper an English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer, explaining the name 'Self-Heal' whereby when you are hurt, you may heal yourself, as the bruised, fresh leaves and flowers may be applied directly to a fresh wound. While self-heal is not so immediately effective as comfrey, yarrow, or bugle, it is a good herb to know about because of its almost universal presence and availability. One of its popular names "Carpenters Herb", indicates that it was traditionally used for many a mashed, bruised or cut finger.
An aromatic anti-bacterial plant, recent research has shown that it destroys malarial parasites, lowers fevers and checks bleeding It is often used in the Tropics as an affordable and effective anti-malarial.
Wormwood is the common name for Artemisia absinthium, the plant whose aromatic oil is used to make absinthe. Although absinthe contains extracts from a whole variety of different plants, wormwood oil is the key ingredient of the famed green drink, and perhaps the reason why absinthe is quite unlike any other liquor ever produced.
Externally, Anise tea can be wrapped in a warm cloth and used as a compress for eye pain. Try dropping a few seeds in a glass of warm milk before bed to prevent insomnia. Lastly, Anise seeds can be chewed in the morning for an all-day mouth freshener.
An important commercial spice crop in India where the pungent, aromatic seeds are in great demand in curries, pickles, confectionery and beverages. Used medicinally for sore throat, bronchitis and cough. Potent antifungal against pathogenic fungi. Ajowan seeds are said to clean eyes, cure deafness and impotence, and ajowan oil was once used in surgery as an antiseptic.
The seeds can be used for breads, pastries, or can be popped like corn. In addition to its high fiber, calcium and iron, amaranth also has two times more calcium than milk. When used in combination with wheat, corn or brown rice Amaranth offers a complete protein as high in food value as fish, red meat or poultry. Cooked amaranth has a total digestibility of about 90%. Amaranth’s unique nutty flavor makes it a welcome addition to many types of food products.
Amaranth grows vigorously in most climates and needs a minimum of water.
Alfalfa, a nitrogen fixer, is a suitable cover crop for large gardens or orchards. It requires a full season to mature. Alfalfa roots deeply, so use it to break up hard soils. You can plant alfalfa in the spring in cold climates, or in the fall in mild climates.
Nigella sativa is one the most revered medicinal seeds in history. The best seeds come from Egypt where they grow under almost perfect conditions in oases where they are watered until the seed pods form. Black cumin seeds were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Though black cumin seeds are mentioned in the Bible as well as in the words of the Prophet Mohammed, they were not carefully researched until about forty years ago. Since this time, more than 200 studies have been conducted in universities.
Black cohosh has a history of use for rheumatism (arthritis and muscle pain) but has been used more recently to treat hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms that can occur during menopause.
Black cohosh has also been used for menstrual irregularities and premenstrual syndrome, and to induce labor.
The volatile oils of basil, inhibit bacterial growth. These oils include, estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene. The essential oils from basil have shown an ability to combat some pathogenic bacterium that have become resistant to treatment from antibiotics. A solution containing just 1% of the oil of basil can be used to rinse vegetables to kill infectious bacteria that cause diarrhea. Some dietitians recommend adding basil to salad dressings in order to help ensure safety when eating salads.
Native Wild Bergamot is a fragrant herbal tea when 3 to 4 dried or fresh leaves are placed in a cup of boiling water with honey. Monarda fistulosa has been used medicinally as a stimulant to remove the pain of colic.
Lovely Lemon scented Bergamont. An essential oil in the leaves contains a phenol and a citra. The oil is likely to have medicinal activity and perhaps be suitable for perfumery etc. Attractive Bee and beneficial insect plant. A Favorite!
Native Americans used boneset to eliminate infection or disease through fever reduction, sweating, and bowel evacuation. They introduced the herb to the colonists, who adopted it to treat malaria and other diseases that cause fever
Borage is often eaten as a fresh vegetable and used in salads or as a garnish. It is likewise cultivated for its medicinal features. It has active constituents of the following: beta-carotene, choline, mucilage, gamma-linoleic acid, fiber and trace minerals. Borage leaves contain vitamin C and are rich in calcium, potassium and mineral salts
It is still used to a limited degree as a popular remedy in gravel, stone and urinary diseases. It was formerly highly esteemed as a remedy in epilepsy and hysteria, and was applied externally in cutaneous eruptions, in the form either of the recently expressed juice, or of a decoction from the fresh plant.
'An ointment,' says Gerard, 'is prepared which is good for anointing the weary traveller.'
Bupleurum is one of the most important herbs used in Chinese herbalism. It is not a tonic herb, but it is useful in the tonic system because of its ability to relieve Liver tension and digestive disturbances, and because it is detoxifying and anti-microbial. Bupleurum has the ability, when combined with other herbs to clear stagnation virtually anywhere in the body. It can be used to relieve spasms, muscle tension, lumps, bleeding due to heat and menstrual irregularity. The essential oil in Bupleurum is responsible for its ability to relieve surface heat.
Buckwheat is a fast-growing, warm-season, succulent, broad-leafed annual plant, that can smother out weeds, protect the soil surface and provide habitat for pollinating and other beneficial insects.
Plant buckwheat in the spring to early summer. Scatter the seed over your garden bed, at a rate of about one pound per 500 square feet of garden space (about three ounces per 100 square feet) and rake and water in. Though plants may appear wilted on hot summer afternoons, buckwheat does not require much water.
It is the petals of English marigolds that have the medicinal and culinary value. They should be gathered as soon as the flowers open. Although best used fresh, they may be dried for later use. An oil created by steeping calendula petals in almond oil for several weeks softens dry skin and soothes sunburn.
An infusion helps soothe eczema, acne and itchy scalps. It also brightens the colour of red or fair hair. Taken internally, it is said to be helpful for heart conditions, to bring out bruises and ease menstrual pain. Dried petals can apparently be used to help burns and ulcers.
Historically it was said that calendula flowers only keep their virtue if gathered when the moon is in Virgo, and not while Jupiter is ascendant. Dried flowers were burned as incense, petals strewn to consecrate an area, and flowers rubbed on eyelids to help people see fairies.
Put in pockets the flowers were reputed to help obtain legal justice.
Taken as a hot infusion, Catnip promotes sweating and is beneficial for colds, flus, fevers, and infectious childhood diseases. It is soothing to the nervous system and calming to the stomach. It aids with flatulence, diarrhea, and colic. It is sometimes used as an enema to cleanse and heal the lower bowel (use in diluted form). Catnip helps to prevent miscarriage and premature birth as well as allays morning sickness.
About 80% of adult cats -- including lions, pumas, and leopards! -- react to this irresistible, intoxicating, analgesic soporific. The tendency to like or ignore catnip is inherited, and it's true that some cats are immune to its influence
Cayenne is a natural vasodilator, which means that it causes blood vessels to widen due to the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, particularly in the large arteries, smaller arterioles and large veins. When vessels dilate, the flow of blood is increased due to a decrease in vascular resistance. The dilation of arteries (mainly arterioles) leads to a decrease in blood pressure. The ingestion ofcayenne can have many beneficial effects such as causing near instant warming of the hands and feet on cold days or in people who have reduced circulation in their extremities because it increases the flow of warming blood by opening the blood vessels. The effect is real, not psychological (i.e. others can feel your hand temperature rise and see reddening of the skin and your body will lose heat faster from your extremities). Extreme amounts will cause sweating on the skin
Calendula officinalis is used for the treatment of skin disorders and pain, and as a bactericide, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Extremely popular medical addition to Herbal & Homeopathic preparations. As an herbal medicine it is used externally for skin problems, with topical preparations to promote the healing of minor burns, scrapes, bites and stings, sprains, varicose veins and other problems. It is also taken internally for treating fevers and chronic infections.
Comfrey has been used to treat stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and a range of respiratory conditions, including bronchitis and pleurisy.
Comfrey's ability to promote the healing of bruises, sprains, fractures, and broken bones has been known for thousands of years. Comfrey encourages ligaments and bones to knit together firmly. A comfrey compress applied immediately to a sprained ankle can significantly reduce the severity of the injury. The combination of tannins, and mucilage helps to soothe bruises and scrapes.
Comfrey oil or ointment is used to treat acne and boils and to relieve psoriasis. Comfrey is also valuable in the treatment of scars.
Chickweeds are Medicinal and edible, they are very nutritious, high in vitamins and minerals, can be added to salads or cooked as a pot herb, tasting somewhat like spinach. The major plant constituents in Chickweed are Ascorbic-acid, Beta-carotene, Calcium, Coumarins, Genistein, Gamma-linolenic-acid, Flavonoids, Hentriacontanol, Magnesium, Niacin, Oleic-acid, Potassium, Riboflavin, Rutin, Selenium, Triterpenoid saponins, Thiamin, and Zinc.
Chaste tree is a slow-acting herb and can take months to produce effects. When treating infertility, chaste tree is continued for one to two years; it is discontinued if pregnancy occurs. Because the constituents in chaste tree -- including flavonoids, iridoid glycosides, and terpenoids -- gradually normalize FSH and LH levels, it helps allow for normal ovulation and pregnancy. Chaste tree also lowers the hormone prolactin, produced during stressful periods, which also may cause tender breasts and uterine cramps associated with PMS.
In traditional folk medicine, chamomile has been promoted as a treatment for a long list of ailments. Today, it is most commonly promoted as a sedative to induce sleep and to soothe gastrointestinal discomfort caused by spasms and inflammation. Some proponents also claim chamomile calms the mind, eases stress, reduces pain from swollen joints and rheumatoid arthritis, speeds the healing of wounds, and reduces skin inflammation caused by sunburn, rashes, eczema, and dermatitis. The herb is also promoted to treat menstrual disorders, migraine headaches, eye irritation, and hemorrhoids.
Red clover is a sweet herb and is considered a blood purifier. It may be used to treat acne, bladder infections, boils, bronchitis, cancer, leukemia, liver disorders, nervous conditions, psoriasis, skin ailments and tumors. It is an excellent blood cleanser.
Herbs are God and nature's gifts to us. While the use of herbs and herb remedies has brought excellent results for many people, do note that their health benefits may be limited when they are used in isolation. However, when combined with some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition, the impact on one's health will be greatly magnified.
In natural health and healing, we believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases. We also believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man’s understanding. It is thus a good idea to apply these fundamental health steps no matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem.
Due to its purifying qualities, red clover is used for purifying the blood and helping the body get rid of excess fluid - it acts as a diuretic and an expectorant by helping to clear the lungs of mucous. Red clover benefits on health include improving blood circulation and cleansing the liver.
Crimson clover is one of the best plants you can grow in a vegetable garden, even though it will not ever cross your plate. Why? Because crimson clover is a cover crop--a plant grown over the winter to help suppress weeds, prevent erosion and build healthier soil. Cover crops are also known as "green manures" because they add valuable organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Crimson clover is an excellent cover crop because it helps fix nitrogen into the soil and its beautiful maroon flowers lure beneficial insects into the garden in spring
An herb that has been used extensively for several thousand years, chervil has medicinal properties that still make it a well known herb now. Apart from all the medicinal uses and health benefits, chervil is a good herb for cooking. Use fresh chervil in egg dishes, in salads, soups, sandwiches and chicken dishes.
Leaf Celery (A. graveolens variety secalinum) - Also called French Celery or Chinese Celery, is grown for its pretty, fragrant leaves. It is a biennial that's grown as a long-season annual. This herb was used centuries ago in Europe and the Orient, where its ancestor was known as "smallage". It has thin, rounded stalks that grow up to a foot high. They have a strong flavor and usually become stringy as they age
Dandelion is used as a bitter tonic in atonic dyspepsia, and as a mild laxative in habitual constipation. When the stomach is irritated and where active treatment would be injurious, the decoction or extract of Dandelion administered three or four times a day, will often prove a valuable remedy. It has a good effect in increasing the appetite and promoting digestion.
Dill, scientifically known as Anethum Graveolens, has been in use in culinary and in medicines since ages. Both seeds and the leaves can be used. Apart from giving a strong tangy, appetizing flavor and taste, dill has many medicinal properties, which mainly come from certain compounds called Monoterpenes, Flavonoids, minerals and certain amino acids. Let us see where we can use dill.
The English names are Ash of Jerusalem, Dyer's Rocket, Dyer's Weed, Dyer's Yellow-weed, Goud, Green-weed, Italian Rocket, Weld, Woad, Wolds or Woulds, Woold, Yellow Rocket, Yellows. It is called Base Rocket because its leaves are like a rocket, and from being used as a base in dyeing wool. It was used as a yellow and green dye to colour wool and cotton. Dutch pink is also manufactured from it. The dye has also been applied to silk, and for paper, mohair, and linen. Blue cloth is dipped in it to dye it a green colour. When the plant is in flower it is plucked up, and used in the fresh and the dried state.
Echinacea may also increase production of interferon, (natural proteins produced by immune system cells) an important part of the body’s response to viral infections. Several double-blind studies have confirmed the benefit of echinacea for treating colds and flu. Recent studies have suggested that it may not be effective for the prevention of colds and flu and should be reserved for use at the onset of these conditions.
E. angustifolia has a long tradition of use among the native people of North America. It continues to be the most widely used herbal remedy in native cultures. In modern cultures of North America and Europe, E. angustifolia is primarily used in medicines believed to stimulate the immune system. Of the three Echinacea species used for medicinal purposes (E. purpurea, E. angustifolia, and E. pallida), E. angustifolia is regarded as the most chemically active possessing anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Traditional/folk uses include a blood purifier, fevers, acne, and to treat infections and sores.
In herbal medicine it is chiefly used for coughs, consumption and other pulmonary complaints, being a favourite domestic remedy for bronchitis. It has been employed for many years with good results in chest affections, for which it is a valuable medicine as it is in all chronic diseases of the lungs asthma and bronchitis.
Edible and medicinal and has a long history of use as an alternative medicine, it is being increasingly cultivated for the oil contained in its seeds which contains certain the essential gamma-linoleinc acid (GLA), a very valuable fatty acid that is not found in many plants and has numerous vital functions in the body.
Ointments containing eucalyptus leaves are also applied to the nose and chest to relieve congestion. Eucalyptus oil helps loosen phlegm, so many health care providers recommend inhaling eucalyptus vapors to help treat bronchitis, coughs, and the flu.
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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.