4 questions with Cassandra our herb buyer

Cassandra is both an herbalist and an herb buyer

What exactly is an herb buyer?

I coordinate with our Farm manager on all the herbs we grow ourselves and what our needs will be for the year. Whatever we don’t grow ourselves, I have to find from other suppliers. I manage all the details of getting herb in for production: contracts, forecasts, schedules, transport, and making sure the suppliers meet our quality standards.
Ultimately, for a lot of growers and wildcrafters, I’m the person at Herb Pharm they know. And the one to help sort out any issues that come up. Continue reading “4 questions with Cassandra our herb buyer”

5 questions with Dagmar the Technical Affairs Manager

5 questions with Dagmar

What exactly is a Technical Affairs Manager?

The easiest answer is that I manage technical things like the analytical work in our lab. The longer answer is I create and maintain all sorts of processes for our products. How do we develop them? How do we test them? How do we scale up production? What standards do we need to meet?

How do you grow up to become one?

I was born in East Germany of Jewish descent. My parents escaped then later had us smuggled out. Engineering is in my family. My dad was a mechanical engineer. My brother is an electrical engineering professor back in Germany. And I’m a chemical engineer. I worked in biotech cancer research for a while. But I always loved herbs. I followed Herb Pharm online for years before I applied. Continue reading “5 questions with Dagmar the Technical Affairs Manager”

A sip of golden Turmeric honey

turmeric honey recipe

Try this simple way to get Turmeric into your day

There’s more than one way to get healthy Turmeric into your daily life. Golden Turmeric Honey lets you add a bit of Turmeric to all sorts of meals and drinks. You can even let it star in its own hot beverage.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 oz) Herb Pharm Turmeric extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup hot water

Instructions

  1. Place honey in a small, wide-mouth jar.
  2. Stir in lemon juice.
  3. Add Turmeric extract and stir well until it is uniformly mixed.
  4. Stir 1-2 teaspoons into the hot water until it is fully dissolved.

Turmeric extractDosing information

2 teaspoons  of Golden Turmeric Honey (without water) equals approximately one dose (0.7 ml, 1 dropper) of liquid extract.  Store Golden Turmeric Honey in a cool, dry place for up to a week.

How we find it: St. John’s Wort

At Herb Pharm, we use St. John’s Wort flowering tops, sustainably-wildcrafted from its wild habitat. But what does that mean? And how do people even find St. John’s Wort anyway?

Let’s start with some definitions. Sustainably wildcrafted means we don’t grow the plant on a farm; it’s picked from the wild. And it’s picked in a way that leaves plant populations safe for future generations.

We use a lot of St. John’s Wort. It’s in formulas like Good MoodTM, Nervous System TonicTM, Trauma OilTM, Inflamma ResponseTM, VirattackTM, Soothing Throat SprayTM, and well you get the idea. We need lots of St. John’s Wort every year.

So how do you get St. John’s Wort from the wild?

The easy answer is that we work with talented, dedicated wildcrafters we trust to find the plants, harvest them and deliver them to us each year. For the long answer, we head out into the wilds of Southern Oregon. Here’s what it’s like to commercially wildcraft St. John’s Wort for a single day. Continue reading “How we find it: St. John’s Wort”