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Over the past few years, I have become enthralled with the healing powers of plants. I’ve always loved brewing a cup of chamomile tea to help soothe me to sleep or pampering my skin with Earthtonics botanical line of skincare, but recently I have been wanting to add more medicinal herbs into my wellness routine.

When we were deciding what to plant in our new greenhouses, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to curate our own living apothecary.

Growing medicinal herbs is an act of reverence, a way to honor the ancient wisdom of natural remedies and to nurture our connection with the earth.

At Patina Meadow, we are discovering that tending to these healing plants not only nourishes our bodies but also enriches our souls. It is a joyous journey of discovery, and we are eager to share its wonders with you.


Step inside our greenhouse, and be greeted by the delicate, citrusy aroma of Lemon Balm. This herb has been cherished for centuries, celebrated for its ability to calm the mind and soothe the spirit. In addition to its relaxing nature, its strong aroma helps deter bugs when rubbed on the skin.


Amidst the verdant beauty of our greenhouse, you will find the resilient and graceful Yarrow. This ethereal herb has long been revered for its healing properties. Its Latin name, Achillea millefolium, was bestowed in honor of the Greek god Achilles, who, according to myth, used this herb as on his wounds on the battlefield.

Its blooms, reminiscent of tiny stars, hold the power to soothe digestive woes, promote healthy circulation, calm the nervous system, and more! It is also used in one of the biodynamic compost preparations, aiding in plants ability to attract trace elements for optimum health.


As our eyes wander across the medley of colors, the ethereal lavender hues of Russian Sage captivate our attention. This majestic herb not only adds beauty to our sanctuary but also harbors potent medicinal qualities like calming inflammation, supporting respiratory health, subduing parasites, relieving pain, and fighting infections.


In the corners of our greenhouse, the fragrance of Anise Hyssop lingers in the air. With its aromatic leaves and purple flowers, this herb beckons us to explore its medicinal prowess. A traditional medicine used by Native Americans, Anise Hyssop aids digestion, soothes discomfort, offers a gentle boost to the immune system, and can relieve congestion by acting as an expectorant. When used topically, it is said to help treat burns and wounds. Some Native American groups also burned the herb in an incense to lift their mood!


Known as Tulsi in Ayurvedic medicine, this sacred herb bestows a myriad of benefits. Holy Basil nourishes the spirit, balances the mind, and strengthens the body's natural resilience. In a world bustling with activity, this herb bestows a calming energy. It also has a high nutritional value, containing vitamin A & C, calcium, zinc, iron, and chlorophyll.


Renowned for its remarkable anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties due to its active ingredient, curcumin, this vibrant root has long been cherished for its ability to ease joint discomfort and promote radiant health. It's leaves also possess medicinal qualities, including antioxidant and antibacterial effects.


A symbol of abundance and vitality, this tree bears fruits brimming with antioxidants and nutrients. Pomegranates can be used in the treatment and prevention of several kinds of cancer and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Its beneficial effects don't stop there, it also aids in wound healing!

Within the sanctuary of our medicinal herb greenhouse, a world of wellness unfolds. From the calming embrace of Lemon Balm to the sacred essence of Holy Basil, each herb nurtures both body and spirit. I hope this inspired you to cultivate a deeper connection with nature and unlock the transformative potential of medicinal herbs. Whether you have a large garden to fill with yarrow and anise hyssop or a small pot to plant mint, you can have the healing power of plants outside your door at your fingertips.

If you would like to hear more about the Bloomerie and Patina Meadow, Leila & I recently sat down with the Ballard Design Podcast to talk about all the things we are planning here at our property in Leiper's Fork. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!




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