The Healing Power of Plants

The Class of 1971 Medicinal Garden located in front of Cornell Health on Ho Plaza showcases plants that heal ourselves and the landscape. The Class of 1971, in honor of their 50th class reunion, gave a gift to create the garden. Students in Cornell Botanic Gardens' Learning by Leading program co-created the garden in collaboration with staff at the Gardens, Grounds, Cornell Health, and the Class of 1971.

Healing plants

Plants in this garden have been used medicinally to treat a variety of ailments. Many plants in the garden are native to this region which also improves the health of the landscape by providing biodiversity to support pollinators and other beneficial insects and wildlife. Learn more about the plants in this garden.

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Herbal Pharmacy

The Herbal Pharmacy at Cornell Health's Pharmacy provides local tea blends, herbal extracts and supplements and essential oils for health. Available tea blends include "Big Red Rose Stress Release," "Brain Blend," "Women's Blend," "Herbal Calm," "Nutritive Blend," "Big Thyme Immune Boost," and "Deep Breathe Blend". Visit Cornell Health to learn more.

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Nature Rx

Cornell Health clinicians and mental health providers "prescribe nature" to students. Why? Research shows that time spent in nature is good for your overall health and well-being. The Class of 1971 Medicinal Garden is one place to spend time in nature along with many other gardens and nearby natural areas on Cornell's campus.

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