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Archaeological evidence indicates that the use of medicinal plants dates at least to the Paleolithic, approximately 60,000 years ago. Written evidence of herbal remedies dates back over 5,000 years, to the Sumerians, who created lists of plants. In ancient Egypt, herbs are mentioned in Egyptian medical papyri, depicted in tomb illustrations, or on rare occasions found in medical jars containing trace amounts of herbs. The earliest known Greek herbals were those of Diocles of Carystus, written during the 3rd century B.C, and one by Krateuas from the 1st century B.C. Only a few fragments of these works have survived intact, but from what remains scholars have noted that there is a large amount of overlap with the Egyptian herbals. Seeds likely used for herbalism have been found in the archaeological sites of Bronze Age China dating from the Shang Dynasty. 

Among the hundreds of culinary and medicinal herbs are some that, while less commonly found in stores, are regarded as essential ingredients in some recipes or preparations. These include tarragon, St. John's wort, borage, echinacea, chamomile, and lovage. These are just a few of the dozens of specialty herbs eagerly sought by many cooks and natural healers.

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Holy Basil, Tulsi
(Ocimum sanctum) Annual. Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is an ancient variety considered sacred in..
$2.49
Borage
(Borago officinalis) Annual. An exquisite, easy to grow, versatile herb. Borage, which originated in..
$2.29
Catnip
(Nepeta cataria) Perennial. A hardy, multi-purpose herb best known for its euphoric effects on cats...
$1.99
Chamomile, German
(Matricaria recutita) Annual. German Chamomile boasts an abundance of small, beautiful flowers that ..
$2.29
Chervil, Curled
(Anthriscus cerefolium) Annual. Chervil is often referred to as French parsley or gourmet’s pa..
$1.99
Echinacea, Purple Coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea) Perennial. Native. This wonderful wildflower produces beautiful 3’4&rdquo..
$2.29
Fennel, Florence
(Foeniculum vulgare) Perennial grown as an annual. Florence Fennel bulbs are a gourmet treat with a ..
$2.29
Fenugreek
(Trigonella foenum-graecum) Annual. Fenugreek is a native herb of India, where it has been used as a..
$1.89
Lavender, English
(Lavandula angustifolia vera) Perennial. Lavender is a truly delightful, fragrant herb with elongate..
$2.49
Lemon Balm
(Melissa officinalis) Perennial. A highly aromatic culinary and medicinal herb with a wonderful lemo..
$2.29
Lovage
(Levisticum officinale) Perennial. A hidden gem in the world of herbs. Lovage is an ancient plant wi..
$2.29
Red Shiso
(Perilla frutescens) Annual. A versatile Japanese herb with beautiful, aromatic red frilled leaves. ..
$2.49
Rosemary
(Rosmarinus officinalis) Perennial. Rosemary is a tender perennial herb that is highly prized in the..
$2.49
Sage, Broadleaf
(Salvia officinalis) Perennial. Sage is an essential culinary herb often used for seasoning richly f..
$2.29
Thyme Vulgaris
(Thymus vulgaris) Perennial. Thyme is a culinary staple and primary ingredient of the “bouquet..
$2.29
White Yarrow
(Achillea millefolium) Perennial. Native. The fern-like foliage of white yarrow produces aromatic cl..
$1.99
Specialty, Medicinal, Herbs