Herbs A - B
Herbs M - R
Herbs S - Z
Resource for Cultivating Medicinal Herbs in Alaska
Herbs A - B
Herbs M - R
Herbs S - Z
This website is a culmination of years of experience and passion cultivating plants and working as a
professional herbalist (RH, AHG) and a work in progress. My aim is to provide information on medicinal herbs that
can be cultivated in Alaska, based on my experience. Much of my learning has been by trial and error as previously
here has been precious little information on the subject of cultivating medicinal herbs in the far North. Over time I
will add more information on wild herbs but this is not the focus at this time as there are many sources of info out
there, however as time permits I intend to expand this collection.
ALL INFORMATION ON THIS SITE IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND INFORMATION PRESENTED IS NOT TO
REPLACE MEDICAL TREATMENT OR
Please note that none of the references on this site are to the use of herbs as
Information presented is culminated from many sources over time and years. Thank you to Robin London,
, and Jon Carlson for sharing terrific clinical knowledge with me.
Safety notes and cautions are accumulated
from teachings, experience, and from the American Herbal
. Thanks to
for demystifying Phytochemistry.
for all their wonderful seeds. Also thank you
Clark who have graciously
leased us the land upon which these herbs and our gardens grow.
I don't call myself a "master" but think of
myself as a perpetual student. For 14 years I lived at the bottom of a
creek valley outside of Fairbanks, my husband and I grew all or our own vegetables and I struggled to grow
whatever medicinal herbs I could get to suffer through extreme colds- some years we saw frosts every month of
summer and temperatures below -60 degree F during the winter. The common medicinal herbs that we are
familiar with are generally not very fond of such extreme conditions, though I tried many, the exceptional plants
that thrived were: arnica, valerian, chives, field mint, burdock. Others like lemon balm, stinging nettles and anise
hyssop would limp along reseeding themselves but never thriving.
For the last 7 years we have been cultivating vegetables and medicinal herbs in Southeast Alaska, the climate is
much more moderate and the garden has expanded to reflect such. You will find highlights on cultivation,
medicinal values, and contraindications that are important for each of the herbs. There is no way this can be a
complete work as that would take many life times to complete. I acknowledge all errors to be my own. Please
contact me with more information if I have made glaring mistakes or omissions, so that the knowledge can be
natural rock garden, Kodiak island
in a place
with so many
1. For the pure pleasure of the experience and
connecting with plant medicine.
2. More southern species typically have a lot more
research behind them than many Alaskan species,
it is easier to use these commonly known
3. Ease of use: if you have to hike or drive for miles to
get an herb you are less likely to use it
than if it is right
outside your door.
4. Growing herbs in a garden, gives you much greater
familiarity with all their stages of growth and
You experience how healthy plants look,
feel, smell and taste -this is very valuable and I
encourage people to grow
herbs for this reason alone.
5. Preservation: species like black cohosh are losing
their native habitat and due to their popularity are over-
populations vulnerable and in some places
threatened. By growing your own you
market demand for these species. For more information check out the
United Plant Savers
and support their work.
Having said all this I know some will prickle that I am encouraging people to introduce non-native species into their
land and gardens. I do recommend caution with plants that are likely to spread- to date I have noticed that
cultivated medicinals will often thrive in a garden environment but I have not seen any --YET-- move beyond the
confines of my fertile garden into less fertile uncultivated land. However we are in a time of unprecedented climate
change and so I cannot predict how plants will change with these larger changes and take advantage of any new
favorable opportunities. So I do advise caution, if you are going to introduce non-native plants please keep them in
your garden where you are responsible for them and can manage them. Plants are much more mobile and
opportunistic than we give them credit... as a gardener I check myself with the reality that horsetails will likely
thrive on this planet long after we humans have moved on...
This idea it seemed so simple..but it took much time and effort to bring it to fruition. I hope you enjoy that which I
share. If you are able to support the continuation of this work please do so at
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Jen Landry, Steller Botanical Health 1920 Gustavus Road Gustavus AK 99826