How I Come Up With new herbal formulas

If you’ve ever taken an herbal blend, you’ve probably asked yourself, “What’s in this mixture? Why did they pick these herbs? Why not another herb or that one I saw on TV last week?”

In a couple days, I’ll be launching a new set of products with my friends at Herb Pharm. Before the products appear on shelves and Amazon, let’s take a minute to talk about how we got here.

So if you’re wondering, here’s how I formulate an herbal mixture. Continue reading “How I Come Up With new herbal formulas”

The Egyptians wrote about it. The Romans loved it. You probably own it. You just don’t know why.

GentianHerbalist or no, you probably have Gentian in your home. It’s in the pantry next to that weird bottle of alcohol you got as a gift and never opened. Can’t find it? Don’t worry. Gentian is in every bar in America, Europe or wherever you’re reading this. People take it for its flavor, but it’s not what you think. Continue reading “The Egyptians wrote about it. The Romans loved it. You probably own it. You just don’t know why.”

Bees prefer fresh Chamomile. So do we.

A bee pollinates Chamomile

You might recognize Chamomile from its picture on tea boxes. It has a beautiful white flower around a golden cone. We grow it ourselves on our farm in Josephine County, Oregon. Just a few rows of Chamomile in the valley under the Siskiyou mountains.

Bees love Chamomile. You can hear the fields before you step into them. The buzz of thousands of bees. It’s magical. Continue reading “Bees prefer fresh Chamomile. So do we.”

Life at Herb Pharm – June 9

Life at Herb Pharm is a photo blog series with photos of the herbs and people that make Herb Pharm great.

Boi, Dana and Sabrina are harvesting Meadowsweet, which thrives in the moist conditions near the river on our farm. We hand select the best leaves in spring and return for the sweet-smelling flowers of early summer. Meadowsweet can be used to soothe minor pain*, and aspirin precursors were derived from this species.

Boi, Dana and Sabrina harvesting Meadowsweet.

To assist with the hard work of hand planting, we rely on our mechanical transplanter to save us some of the bending and kneeling. Here we’re at work planting Echinacea. We’ll let the plants grow for three years then harvest the roots in fall 2017. Echinacea is great for immune system support*.

Harvest team using the mechanical transplanter to plant Echinacea seeds.

Here’s our farm team, harvesting Stinging Nettle leaf by hand for fresh extraction. Stinging Nettle is most frequently used for respiratory system support*. Nettles grow abundantly in the cool, wet spring months here in the Pacific Northwest.

Farm team harvesting Stinging Nettle.

The California Poppies are in full bloom, and Luna can’t help but admire them. Their vibrant orange petals and pollen lend beauty to the farm. Can you pronounce their Latin name, Eschscholzia californica?

Luna admiring the California Poppies in the harvest truck.

Our harvest truck is filled with Celandine. A member of the poppy family, its tender tops exude an orange sap when broken. We wait until this hardy perennial fully blooms in May before we dig up the entire plant.

Celandine in the harvest truck.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Life at Herb Pharm – May 26

Life at Herb Pharm is a photo blog series with photos of the herbs and people that make Herb Pharm great.

By July, these young Calendula seedlings will provide thousands of yellow and orange flowers. We handpick the flowers when they’re at peak bloom, then we carefully air dry them to preserve their resinous oils.

Calendula seedlings sprouting.

Calendula seedlings in the greenhouse

It may look short now, but this plot of Goldenrod will get as high as its fellow prairie natives with proper tending. With the warming soil temperatures, as long as we keep the weeds away (and we will!) it’s just a matter of time before our Goldenrod grows tall.

Goldenrod growing in the field

These wispy flowers blowing in the wind are our Pulsatilla. To make sure we keep the most desirable traits of a plant from generation to generation, we hand collect seed from our favorite plants.

Pulsatilla flowers in the field

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Treat Your Kids to Better Health

It’s heart-wrenching when your child isn’t feeling his or her best. We get it. Unfortunately, there are certain things you just can’t make better with a kiss. For those times, we’ve created the Herb Pharm Kids Line.

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Our new Kids Line uses only those herbs that time and experience have shown to be safe and effective for children. The line includes:

* This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The line has begun shipping to natural products stores, but if it hasn’t made it to your local store yet, you can buy it on our website now.

Every herbal medicine in the Kids Line comes recommended by Aviva Romm, MD: “For over 30 years, Herb Pharm tinctures have been my go-to products for my family and for my patients.” Dr. Romm is the mother of four grown children and a Yale-trained physician and herbalist specializing in integrative medicine. She has spent nearly 30 years as a health care practitioner and advocate for the health and environmental concerns of women and kids. She is also a midwife and award-winning author.

Like Dr. Romm, we keep parents and kids in mind, which is why each bottle is labeled with easy-to-follow dosing instructions based on a child’s body weight. The instructions make it quick and simple for you to determine the proper dose that’s just right for your child.

Formulated with kids’ palates in mind, these herbs will be a comfort to your child’s health and taste buds. We use naturally sweet glycerin in five of our six Kids Line medicines. Glycerin does not cause tooth decay and has superb extractive capability.

We use only 99% pure, certified organic, non-GMO glycerin from vegetables, not palm trees. Glycerin from palm, while less expensive, contributes to decreased biodiversity in regions like Indonesia, where the demand for products from palm has led to deforestation.

Of course, our Kids Line also provides the high quality, purity and potency you’ve come to expect from our herbs. Apart from the herbs that are sustainably gleaned from out in the wild by our partner wildcrafters, we use primarily certified organic herbs. Every ingredient we use is natural—you don’t need to worry about any artificial additives.

Whether you’re looking to boost your child’s health when she’s already feeling well or he needs some support for when he’s feeling poorly, for those things that your kiss can’t make better, you can rely on the Herb Pharm Kids Line.