Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris), also called Heal-All or Heart-of-the-Earth, is a creeping herbaceous perennial, native to Europe. In the garden or among the grasses on the lawn, it can add a floral focal point or a surprising splash of color that gladdens the heart.
Traditional usage in Western Medicine includes use as an astringent, analgesic, antiviral, open sores of the oral mucosa, herpes. A poultice of fresh leaves is used for healing open wounds. When made into a tea, it can ease the sore throat of laryngitis, help reduce fevers, and ailments in the chest. The flowers are the most useful. Pick at full flowering glory and dry in the shade, then set aside for making tea. Self-Heal can be used to enhance and strengthen rituals and spells, focusing on healing. This plant is said to give strength to those with chronic illnesses, beginning to lose hope, and looking for encouragement.
Cultivation: Hardy in zones 3-9. The plant prefers full sun to shade and moist soils. If you bump them up with organic compost, they can become filled with stunning flowers. Sow seed in early spring or cold-condition in a moist medium in the refrigerator (not the freezer) for a week or two before sowing in warm soil. These are a straightforward plant to start and to grow.
Packet of 50 organic Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris) seeds.