Eagelmount Farms fully supports herbalism and the movement to bring back plant healing.
The movement to bring plant healing and culinary plants back to the human community is growing by leaps and bounds in the US and Europe. The resurgence of herbalism is requiring more and more farms and gardeners to grow herbal plants and seeds. This is not a new practice. For thousands of years humans kept herb gardens or foraged for plant medicine. It is has only been the last 150 years that industrialized pharmaceuticals have teamed with health care. And, now those same corporate interests have realized the herbs attract a major commercial market. Recent information regarding the contamination and quality of industrialized herbal production has many consumers looking for new local sources of herbs. Our farm hopes to be a major source of healing plants, both cultivated and native plant sourced, for our community and region of the world.
Connection to Local and National Herbalist Movement
Eaglemount Farms has become a repository for herbal knowledge and herbal seeds, plants and material. We help to organize the local herbalist guild. We also host guild farm visits a couple of times a year. The guild meetings are held monthly in Port Townsend and are opened to anyone wanting to learn about herbal healing. There is a small cost to attend meetings. Sometimes there is a small shared cost for supplies. This guild is a skill-share and encourages the open sharing of herbal knowledge Eaglemount Farms is proud to host the Herbalist Guild of Jefferson County, Washington in order to teach others to use and grow plants to heal and create a healthy diet. Like the American Herbalist Guild movement we envision a world where herbal medicine is accessible to all as a core component to healthcare. We envision a culture of vocational empowerment for aspiring and practicing clinical herbalists, as well as other members of the herbal profession including educators, growers, wild crafters, and apothecaries.
Supporting many ways of knowing, respecting native plants.
Eaglemount Farms will be cultivating herbs used in all four traditions of worldwide herbal healing: Native American, Western Herbalism, Ayruvedic, and Oriental healing traditions. We will use practices that make sure that plants sourced from other parts of the world will not spread into our local ecosystem. We will continue to educate others to primarily look for healing plants that are native and support their cultivation and reintroduction into the wild. Eaglemount farms is cultivating many native plants including the Blue Elderberry that is mostly missing from our part of the Cascadian bio-region. We are growing native plants not just to use for medicine, but to distribute to others so that we can recreate a healthy bio-region for native plants, pollinators and other wildlife.
Low waste packaging Our plant materials are sold in bundles or special compostable packaging so as not to create plastic or paper waste. Our seeds are packaged in recycled paper envelopes. Our plants are potted in recycled nursery pots. Our farm is a recycling repository for nursery pots. The cost of the live plants ranges from $5 to $20. Fresh and dried plants vary in cost.
Here is a list of plants that we presently grow and date they will available: Perennial Culinary Herbs
- Basil (several varieties)
- Bay leaves
- Garlic (hard neck, soft neck, Elephant)
- Garlic chives
- Parsley (two varieties)
- Summer Savory
Culinary herb mixes
- Poultry seasoning
- Everyday herb blend – no salt
- Herb rub
- Pickle blend
- Vinegar blend
- Hot and mild pepper Blend
- Paprika blend
Perennial Medicinal Herbs
- Angelica (2015)
- Black elderberry berries wild crafted
- Blue elderberry berries wild crafted
- Cordonopsis – Poor Man’s Ginseng (2016)
- Dandelion root
- Evening Primrose
- Garlic (soft neck, hard neck, Elephant)
- Holy Basil (Tulsi)
- Klipp Dagga
- Lavender – flower and leaf
- Licorice root
- Lemon Balm
- Milky Oats
- Mullein (2015)
- Nettle (native) leaf
- Pleurisy Root(Butterfly MilkWeed –native)
- Rose- Nootka (native) hips and plants
- Spilanthes (Toothache Plant) flower
- Vervain, Blue
- Winter Green
- Wood Betony
Spiritual Herbs -smudging herbs
- White sage
- Cedar (wild crafted)
- Sweet grass (wild crafted)
Native Plants – medicinal
- Blue Elderberry
- Indian Plum
- Oregon Grape
- Pacific Nine barks
- Willow (2 types)
Why use herbs for healing and culinary arts?
Herbalism has been used for human and animal healing for thousands of years. The use of herbal medicine is better for the ecosystem. Current industrialized synthetic medicines are polluting our eco-systems with hormones, poisons and trash, not to mention what they are doing to the human body. Cultivation and distribution of herbs must be done with healthy humans and ecoystems in mind. We have a great vision that our medicine will once more be in our gardens and on our farms and not in plastic bottles.
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. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80 percent of the population of some Asian and African countries presently use herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care. Pharmaceuticals are prohibitively expensive for most of the world’s population, half of which lives on less than $2 U.S. per day. In comparison, herbal medicines can be grown from seed or gathered from nature for little or no cost. A 2004 study by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the US showed that almost 20% of Americans are now using herbs for some part of their healing regime. Herbal remedies are very common in Europe. In Germany, herbal medications are dispensed by apothecaries (e.g., Apotheke). Prescription drugs are sold alongside essential oils, herbal extracts, or herbal teas. Herbal remedies are seen by some as a treatment to be preferred to pure medical compounds that have been industrially produced.
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