Chia Herb

Salvia hispanica Open-pollinated. Who hasn’t heard the call to sprout these seeds as kitchen kitsch? Now you can grow these ancient delicious seeds into a crop of your own—outdoors, in the ground—though because of their long season, they perform best if started indoors and transplanted out. High in essential fatty acids, the seeds benefit the body by regulating sugar while helping to remove toxins. The famous Tarahumara runners have long used chia seeds to sustain them for prolonged physical activity. Use the leaves either dried or fresh as a tea—or even feed them to your livestock. Because of Chia’s preference for flowering in short-day conditions, there may not be enough time to produce seed in northern areas before the first frost kills the plants. ~160 seeds/g.

4512 Chia
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A: 1g for $1.90  
B: 3g for $4.00  
C: 12g for $7.00  
D: 36g for $13.00  
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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.

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.