ALLHEAL (Prunella vulgaris), also known as Self Heal, is an ancient medicinal herb which is also a pretty ornamental. Now naturalized throughout much of Europe, Asia and North America, its pretty violet blossoms appear in the summer. Proclaimed in all cultures as a miraculous cure-all, it was considered to be powerful and holy in origin. Grows 1'-2' high. The leaves and small flowers are edible (and tasty) and should be gathered when in full bloom for medicinal purposes. A perennial, it grows easily in all temperate climates. 50 seeds.
MEDICINAL: Used for centuries in infusions to aid healing internal and external ailments and wounds. Recently it has been added to the store of herbs used by AIDS sufferers because it is said to inhibit the HIV virus. Allheal contains many useful compounds including Betulinic acid, Oleanolic acid, Rosmarinic acid, Rutin, Ursolic acid, tannis, Delphinidin and D-Camphor. It is antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and diuretic, just to name a few. It is useful in weak sterile infusions for the treatment of pinkeye. Studies have shown its antibacterial properties inhibit the growth of pseudomonas, Bacillus typhi, E.coli, Mycobacterium tuberculi. Along with research on its effect on the AIDS virus, it is also being studied for potential use in treatment of herpes, cancers and diabetes. To utilize this wonder-herb, brew a tea of its dried or fresh leaves. Sweeten with raw honey and drink hot or cold.
GROWING TIPS: Easy to grow. Start seeds anytime from late winter to late summer in pots or flats with sterilized soil mix. Keep moist but not wet. As seedlings appear, gradually introduce them to direct light. and Harden off before transplanting out when sturdy enough to handle, spacing 12"-36" apart. Having said all that, my healthy patch was direct sown in summer and has survived our coldest winters and continues to flourish.
SEED COLLECTING: Very easy. Just collect the dried flower heads and crush to release the tiny seeds. You will get lots. Share them with friends - this important herb should be shared!