Heritage Gardens

Pioneer Woman’s Backyard Pharmacy

Creeping Phlox
Black-eyed Susan
Creeping Phlox
Black-eyed Susan


“How much pleasanter is the aspect of a house surrounded by a garden…What home affections can it nourish in the heart of the immigrant wife..?”
~ The Canadian Settler’s Guide, 1855

The Pioneer Woman’s Backyard Pharmacy
In the early settlement days of this area, doctors were few and far between. Pioneers had to rely on their own knowledge of herbs and plants for homemade medicine. These are just some of the plants found in a pioneer garden, and what they were used for.

Basil To calm the stomach
Borage A tincture from the roots was used for menstrual disorders
Chives Antibacterial oil can be made from the stems
Echinacea An immune system stimulant and anti-oxidant
Foxglove To alleviate heart pain
Horehound To soothe coughs
Hyssop An expectorant
Mullein Tea made from these leaves was used for coughs, cramps, and general pain relief
Oregano An antispasmodic when taken as a tea
Rosemary A common circulatory stimulant and anti-oxidant
Rue To alleviate “chest complaints”
Tansy Tea made from the leaves was thought to cure colds, fevers, and stomach aches
Yarrow Crushed leaves were used to staunch bleeding; a tea was used for “lung complaints”

NOTE: This information is for interest and education only and is not meant to be medical advice.