SEED GROWING, HARVEST AND STORAGE

This is a synopsis of a talk given at AMMA’s Chicago ashram on Sep 30, 2017 to a crowd of 50 participants. The talk contains ruminations, advice, theory and and methodology for growing, harvesting, cleaning and storing seeds of medicinal plants. What is a seed?  One can describe its parts:  the seedcoat or testa that surrounds the fatty endosperm–the energy reserve; …

Tulsi (Holy Basil) Type Comparisons

How does one disambiguate a subject so complex?  Holy Basil, a plant that is gentle and healing to body, mind and spirit should bring happiness, not confusion! The commonality of all types (species/cultivars) is that the leaves may be eaten fresh, used in cooking, or best yet picked, dried, and made into tea. Taxonomy:  Vana Tulsi (a tree basil) is Ocimum gratissimum.  The …

Echinacea species comparisons

Our 9 native American Echinacea species come from distinct habitats yet adapt readily to cultivation in the organic garden. Echinacea purpurea is often considered to be the prettiest, and is also most adaptable to a wide range of soils and temperatures.  Echinacea angustifolia is the most northerly ranging, the smallest and really the toughest, as well.  Echinacea paradoxa is the largest, with …