Tulsi – Ocimum tenuiflorum

Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), or holy basil is the plant for all reasons. It is an adaptogen (tonic) and enables a holistic effect on the physiology of the body. A plant that has an adaptogen action refers to a substance that increases the body’s resistance to physical, environmental or emotional stressors and promotes normal physiological function.…

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Elecampane – Inula helenium

Elecampane is a joyful plant for the garden, a perennial plant from the daisy family. It has large leaves, yellow flowers, reminiscent of a sunflower plant. It will grow in a wide range of climates and temperatures, but it grows best in mild summers and cold winters. Elecampane needs some room to grow but will…

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Kanuka – Kunzea ericoides

During the months of December and January Phytofarm valley is full of Kānuka blossom – the white New Zealand Christmas tree. The bees are buzzing, and the smell is of sweet nectar. Kanuka has similar properties to Manuka but more useful for viral infections antimicrobial activity against Herpes simplex and other viral infections. A tea…

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Cleavers – Galium aparine

Cleavers because of its prostrate rumbling nature has many unusual common names – Everlasting friendship, Love man, Grip Grass, Catch weed, Robin-run-in-the-Grass, Goose bill, Beggars Lice.

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Echinacea, our winter helper

Echinacea is a very popular herb, and people commonly take it to help combat flu and colds. It is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family – Asteraceae. It is also known as the American coneflower.

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