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Bodegold Chamomile

Matricaria recutita (65 days) Open-pollinated. Annual, likes moist well-drained soil, can be direct seeded or transplanted. Upright 18–24" plants are higher yielding than German chamomile. This tall variation grows quickly and is easy to harvest. Its aromatic blossoms were opening only three days after Donna Dyrek transplanted it in June and they put on a full show by July 1. Fading in August, they revived with the first autumn rains. Flower heads are ready to gather when the petals fall back from the center. Try using a blueberry rake to harvest them. Chamomile tea calms nerves and soothes the stomach. ~1,750 seeds/g. Seed in short supply.
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Herbs

Statements about medicinal use of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA, and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any ailment. Before using or ingesting any medicinal plant, consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with botanical medicine.

About medicinal herbs: Archeological evidence dates the medicinal use of herbs back 60,000 years to the Neandertals. 85% of the world’s population employ herbs as medicines, and 40% of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. contain plant-derived materials. Fewer than 10% of higher plant species have been investigated for their medicinal components. Interest in traditional herbal remedies continues to grow.

Herb culture: To substitute fresh herbs for dried in cooking, use triple the dried quantity called for in a recipe.

Drying herbs at home is not difficult. Whole leaves retain their flavor at least a year.

Some herbs are customarily grown from divisions because they cannot come true from seed, such as scented thymes and flavored mints. Some require fall sowing of fresh seed, such as sweet cicely and angelica, and these become available in August or September.

Chervil and Parsley are listed with the Greens.

Takinagawa Burdock and Resina Calendula, as well as oats, mammoth red clover and alfalfa in the Farm Seed section, also have medicinal uses. Medicinal herbs such as black cohosh and goldenseal are available as plants, and shipped with Trees in the spring.