Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 2:42 pm

» New England, December 2016
by CapeCoddess Today at 2:28 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 2:08 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals Today at 2:04 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by countrynaturals Today at 2:01 pm

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by donnainzone5 Today at 1:56 pm

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by sanderson Today at 1:44 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Today at 1:28 pm

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:14 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 12:32 pm

» Live and learn
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 10:56 am

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:36 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by Kelejan Yesterday at 9:46 am

» Mid-South: December 2016
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:39 am

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:30 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:53 am

» Dry versus fresh spices to infuse vinegar
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:50 am

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:28 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 5:46 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by MrBooker 12/2/2016, 5:17 pm

» Blanching and Freezing Vegetables
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:59 pm

» Your Christmas wish list?
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:29 pm

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:14 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 12/2/2016, 2:59 pm

» Fusion Life Brands Power XL pressure cooker
by CapeCoddess 12/2/2016, 2:39 pm

» Asia Region -Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 2:14 pm

» December: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by countrynaturals 12/2/2016, 1:13 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Medicinal Herbs

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Medicinal Herbs

Post  sfg4uKim on 7/11/2012, 8:08 pm

I've seen references to medicinal herbs scattered in other threads, but didn't see one specifically dedicated to them.

I have been going through some medical "issues" lately and because of
that (and just basic preparedness) my neighbor and I are trying to become a
little more self sufficient and are learning about medicinal herbs. It
is also a way to possibly help my son prevent a return of his kidney stones as he doesn't have health insurance.

Of course a lot of culinary herbs have "medicinal" properties too, but
I'd like to see who has "intentionally" grown herbs for medicinal use.

How did you decide which herbs to grow?

What books/DVDs/web sites do you especially like for a beginner?

What resources do you like for organic medicinal herb seeds/plants?

Do you specifically grow "weeds" (LOL weeds NOT weed) like plantain or just try to harvest them in the wild? I found some in my neighbor's yard and wonder about transplanting it? LOL her silly husband keeps mowing it down.

What do you NOT bother growing? We have a good herbal shop nearby where we can purchase good quality dried herbs & tinctures.

Thanks!
Kim

____________________________

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January - Barbara Kingsolver - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle


sfg4u.com
FB: Square Foot Gardening 4 U




sfg4uKim

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 1861
Join date : 2010-09-30
Age : 58
Location : Glen Burnie, MD

View user profile http://sfg4u.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Medicinal Herbs

Post  CharlesB on 7/11/2012, 10:59 pm

I grew plants with multiple uses. Culinary, beneficial insects, medicinal, brings in pollinators, are good in compost and good for the soil etc.

I like Borage, Comfrey, Stinging Nettle and Milk Thistle.

A good Youtube channel for this topic is:

http://www.youtube.com/user/EatTheWeeds

CharlesB

Male Posts : 273
Join date : 2012-01-02
Location : Philadelphia, PA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Medicinal Herbs

Post  camprn on 7/11/2012, 11:21 pm

I am growing borage, calendula, comfry, mint, horseradish, corriander, raspberry leaf, bergamot. I gather wild elderberries.
Good heavens, I cannot remember the last time I cracked open any of my herbals. Perhaps I should take a gander at them. Very Happy

____________________________

40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books

Outlander is outstanding!


camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13983
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Medicinal Herbs

Post  Lavender Debs on 7/12/2012, 10:19 am

@sfg4uKim wrote:I'd like to see who has "intentionally" grown herbs for medicinal use.
Shy uncommitted hand in air.

How did you decide which herbs to grow?

In the early days it started by finding a plant that I had read about or used. As a crunchy ol'hag I do more research; can I grow it myself? Is it better wildcrafted (will some little hitler in my HOA pitch a fit?) or is it threatened-endangered in the wild? Will it take over if given a chance? Am I introducing something that will damage natives?

Buying herbs ready to use can be expensive no matter how reasonable they are if I am using a lot of something. Arnica Gel, for example. I can go through lots of that. I could try to grow Arnica (listed as toxic) and make an infused oil (works well but I like the gel) but Arnica does better in a different climate and elevation than what I have. However I have a nice stand of comfrey and St Joan's (aka John's) Wart is abundant this time of year along sides of quiet roads (important because there will be less exhaust settled on plants). I make a blend of Hot process comfrey oil (olive carrier) with Lavender essential oil (must be distilled but there are LOTS of organic Lavender Farms in W Wa that do this) and cold infused St Joan's wart oil. When blended they are nice for a woman who wants to keep her arthritis quiet so she can garden. The point being that sometimes you need to do a little reading and get creative.

What books/DVDs/web sites do you especially like for a beginner?
http://frugallysustainable.com/

Do you specifically grow "weeds" (LOL weeds NOT weed) like plantain or just try to harvest them in the wild?
I would grow weed if not for the feds and thieves (really, they are not the same, no, really!!). Seems like a good cash crop and it is powerful.

I specifically let weeds grow (funny how the round up add targets weeds that I let grow) but I also wild-craft. I am careful to only take what I need and to find someplace else to harvest if there isn't much of something.

I like to let things like nettles stay wild.

Lavender Debs

Posts : 2054
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 59
Location : Everett, WA USA

View user profile http://songs-of-coming-rain.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Medicinal Herbs

Post  camprn on 7/12/2012, 2:57 pm

darn funny LOL, Deb you crack me up! Nice post!

____________________________

40 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books

Outlander is outstanding!


camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13983
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Medicinal Herbs

Post  Sponsored content Today at 3:24 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum