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Prunella Vulgaris
HERB-SELF HEAL (HEAL ALL) is a very attractive wildflower.  It forms tight mats of dark green pointed leaves, almost prostrate in dry conditions but up to 25cm tall in amongst taller grasses in damper conditions.  Self Heal plants are tough and woody, with clusters of bright purple flowers borne in a dense flat-topped spike.  This herb has been used in herbal medicine for many ailments, including kidney, liver & gallbladder problems, as a muscle relaxant, to lower fever, stop bleeding, & aid healing for wounds. Loved by bees it is an important herb in Chinese medicine in which it is known as Xiakucao.  Self Heal (Heal All) is not frost tender.  Can be eaten as an edible & medicinal herb, used in salads, soups, stews, or boiled as a pot herb.  A cold water infusion of the freshly chopped or dried and powdered leaves is a very tasty & refreshing beverage, weak infusion of the plant is an excellent medicinal eyewash for sites & pinkeye. Prunella is taken internally as a medicinal tea in the treatment of fevers, diarrhoea, sore mouth & throat.

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How to grow Self Heal (Heal All)

To grow Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris), also known as Heal All, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Choose a location that has well-drained soil and partial shade to full sun exposure.
  2. Prepare the soil by loosening it with a garden fork and incorporating compost or well-rotted manure.
  3. Sow the seeds on the surface in late spring or autumn, covering them with a light layer of soil and seed sparingly or they may choke out other seedlings.
  4. Cover the seed with its own depth of soil to exclude light.
  5. Water regularly to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged especially during dry spells.
  6. Thin out the seedlings as they grow to maintain a spacing of around 20 – 25 cm (8 to 10 inches) between plants or plant in clumps.
  7. Once established, the plants will spread out by producing runners and fill in the area.
  8. Cut back the plants regularly to promote bushiness and prolong the blooming period.
  9. Self Heal is an easy-to-grow herb that does not require much maintenance, but you may need to weed around it occasionally and reduce it to control spread

Heritage of Self Heal

Self Heal Herb, also known as All Heal or Prunella vulgaris, has a heritage dating back centuries in various traditional medicine systems. Chinese medicine uses it as Xiakucao to treat liver disease, sore throat, and fever, while Ayurvedic medicine uses it as Bhangra to address digestive disorders, respiratory infections, and skin diseases. Native Americans have used it as a medicinal herb for wounds, fevers, and sore throats, as well as a food source by eating its leaves raw or cooked.

Currently, Self Heal Herb is still in use in traditional medicine systems, as well as in Western herbal medicine. It can be used for treating various conditions such as colds, flu, sore throat, and digestive disorders. Additionally, it can be applied topically to alleviate skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Furthermore, Self Heal Herb is a culinary herb that is added to soups, stews, and salads. It is an abundant source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which makes it a healthy addition to any diet.


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Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

10 - 30

Season of Interest

Spring / Summer

Temperature Range (°C)

15 - 21

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Part Shade / Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow in tray early spring / direct late spring


Well-draining soil with good fertility


6 - 7.5

Soil Temperature (°C)

15 - 20

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)

0.3 - 6

Plant Spacing (cm)

20 - 30

Row spacing (cm)

30 - 45


Regular watering

Germination Time (Days)

14-21 days

Harvest Time (Days)

60-90 days

Good Companion Plants

Chamomile, Calendula, Yarrow, Dill, Fennel, Thyme, Sage, Lavender

Bad Companion Plants

Brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, etc.), Nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, etc.), Legumes (peas, beans, etc.)



Powdery mildew, Rust, Leaf spot, Root rot, Verticillium wilt,

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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