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Ethnobotanicals Seeds

Ethnobotanicals

Ethnobotanicals
Since the beginning of civilization, people have used plants as medicine. Perhaps as early as Neanderthal man, plants were believed to have healing powers.Ethnobotany is the studies of the complex relationships between plants and cultures. In the Ethnobotanicals section you find seeds from plants which have medicinal or ritual uses ("Sacred Plants"). Ethnobotanists explore how plants were used for such things as food, shelter, medicine, clothing and religious ceremonies.
Ethnobotany has its roots in botany and in fact, medicine and botany have always had close ties. Many of today's drugs have been derived from plant sources. Research in plant sources continues and plants are still used as the basis for some drug development. For example the jungles and rain forests of South America contains an incredibly diverse number of plant species, some still unexplored and many potentially useful as medicinal sources.

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False Peyote (Lophophora diffusa)
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False Peyote (Lophophora diffusa)
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Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica)
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Ma Huang (Ephedra sinica)
2.38 € *
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Canada wild ginger (Asarum canadense)
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Canada wild ginger (Asarum canadense)
2.76 € *
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Lion's tail (Leonotis leonurus)
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Lion's tail (Leonotis leonurus)
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Categories

Herbal stimulants

Natural stimulants are consumed on a daily basis by many people - the most famous among them is caffeine: Coffee is the most consumed hot beverage in the world, even before green tea.

Dream herbs

For many people the mental ability to control and influence one's own dreams is very desirable, because dreams can reveal one's own personality. Ethnobotanical research and practice has long been exploring plants and herbs that promote and support these processes.

Love herbs

Many plants and herbs are traditionally ascribed an aphrodisiac, lust- or potency-increasing effect in folk medicine and ethnobotany. Accordingly, the leaves, flowers or roots of many edible and medicinal plants were ingredients of love potions which were used to increase erotic pleasures or act as sexually stimulating agents in general.

Hyoscyamus
Hyoscyamus

The hyoscyamus plants are nightshades, a genus of the family Solanaceae. They are among the oldest known medicinal herbs and have already been described by Hippocrates (460-370. BC.) as a drug.

Incense Herbs
Incense Herbs

Incense is made of plants that develop a soothing, aromatic smoke when they are burnt. People have probably been burning dried plants since they first learned how to make a fire, and the aromatic smoke was more of a coincidental byproduct of fire.

Calmative plants

The calming effect of St John's wort and valerian is well known in European culture - many sleepless nights have been prevented by the active ingredients of these herbs.

Sacred plants
Sacred plants

Among the 'magical plants' are many medicinal herbs which have already been known since ancient times. Not without reason, people associated them with magical powers, because there are mostly plants that contain psychoactive substances.

Shamanic Plants
Shamanic Plants

Shamanism has a very close relationship with plants and shamanic herbs, and with nature in general, trying to connect humans - holistically, with body, mind and spirit - with the cosmos to establish harmony. This is done with the help of the shaman, who is able to move between this world and the world beyond in order to cure diseases and to communicate with "spiritual beings". Many shamanic rituals require special medicinal herbs and plants whose seeds are collected here.

Solanaceae
Solanaceae

The nightshade plant family (Solanaceae) comprises approximately 3000 species. Among those are major crops such as tomatoes and potatoes, but also many medicinal plants.

Datura
Datura

The family of thornapple species is a small grouping of approximately 20 varieties but surprisingly there are plenty of names for the plants botanically referred to as datura, such as: thornapple, jimson weed, devil's trumpets, toloache, locoweed, hell's bells, pricklyburr and moonflowers, amongst many more. Datura plants belong to the family of nightshade plants or Solanaceae).