In herbalism one starts with learning the simples (single herbal extracts) and eventually graduates into combining simples to make compounds. For instance, you have to get elecampane into somebody so you add a little fennel to mask the taste. Fun, functional, and limitless in terms of possibility. When I started growing and selling herb seeds, things progressed in much the same way. First I learned the individual plants, and then I started recognizing the relationships between the plants. At this point I graduated into producing sets and collections, little groupings of seed packets that somehow made sense. For instance, 3 different species of motherwort seed individually packaged, yet sold as the "motherwort set." Other seed sets soon followed. There was the culinary basil set with 5 types of culinary basil, the sage set with 8 species, the poppy set with 8 types, the tobacco set also with 8 types, culminating in what I considered to be the best set of all, our tulsi seed set that now encompasses 5 distinct types. These set-making endeavors were the result of years of finding the different species and growing them out in seclusion. Sold banded together, wrapped in cellophane with a colorful cover, I felt very happy for these bright little bundles, so full of possibility!
But I was not done. There were collections to hatch, including the Japanese medicinal herb collection with 6 packets (including my beloved ashitaba), the Ayurvedic seed collection that numbered 7 healing herbs coming originally from India but grow-able in the US, the Chinese medicinal herb seed collection that numbered lucky 8, the Hoedown garden seed collection containing 12 seed packets for growing good simple food, and so-forth. Truth be told my favorite collection is the survival medicinal herb garden, because these basic medicinal herbs cover the majority of herbal needs for an average homesteader: burdock, orange calendula, comfrey, dandelion, wild lettuce, self heal, valerian and yarrow. Sometimes simple is better.
In every case, with the species sets and themed collections we are providing organically certified as marked, open-pollinated, untreated, gmo-free seeds in full-size packets. Our aim is to get these to the consumer at a significant discount over the price one would pay when buying the packets singly.
Our most wide-ranging and diverse collection of medicinal herb seeds is the Lifeline Seed Collection, which contains 18 full-size packets.