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BULK HERBS

Where you buy your herbs is just as important as which herbs you buy. Sourcing from a reuptable retailer means you are getting the herb intended and grown in a sustainable way. 

Try Local First

You might want to do a quick search on Google to see if there are any herb farms in your area. You can also check out Mountain Rose Farms page, as they have resources for finding local-to-you herb farms.

Eat Wild is also another resource for finding farms local to you. They won’t all be herb farm specific but these farms may also grow herbs along with their veggies.

Local Harvest is another place to search for farms and farmer's markets local to you.

Online Suppliers


Don’t have an herb farm near you? No worries! There are plenty of great places online where you can find your herbs.

Mountain Rose Herbs is basically the holy grail of online herb suppliers. They are a large company that sources from smaller herb farms. Their staff are incredibly knowledgeable about herbs and it is definitely a place you can trust that you will be getting the high quality herbs. The selection of herbs is incredible, they have just about everything.

 

Cons are that sometimes they can be a bit slow in their shipping - usually you need to give yourself at least a 3 week window of waiting for them to arrive. It’s worth it though. However, when you need things quickly there are other places to turn to.

Bulk Herb Store is a lovely place to buy herbs from. Their herbs are almost all organic, great quality, they ship quickly - and sometimes you might even get a honey stick as a special treat! Occasionally, their prices seem slightly higher, not by much, but that will be offset by their free shipping! Really a great place to source your herbs.

Starwest Botanicals are a reputable company to source your herbs through. To be honest, I usually buy these ones through Amazon - for some reason it is cheaper there but still the same great product.

 

Monterey Bay Spice Company is another company I’ve personally used in the past and had a good experience with. Fast shipping, but it can get pretty expensive. They do have free shipping if you are spending over $250.

Frontier Co-op has a good selection as well. This is the one my local co-op uses for their bulk spices so that's where I usually buy it - but you can also buy it through their website.

One important note when you are buying your herbs - remember that some of these plants are fluffy and a 1 pound bag might end up being as big as a duffle bag! When ordering roots, they are heavier so a 1 pound bag might not be as big as you expect it to be. When I first started ordering herbs I didn’t take this into account, and now I have a pound of mullein that I could use as a pillow.

Shop The Small Guys Directly

These are some smaller herb farms, some who actually supply Mountain Rose Herbs. Smaller usually means they are able to ensure higher quality herbs, and they are usually growing as sustainably as they can.

Oshala Farm - Oregon

Foxtrot Farm - Massachusetts

Sawmill Herb Farm - Massachusetts

Foster Farm Botanicals - Vermont

Zack Woods - Vermont

Some words you will see when ordering

When you’re first looking through these websites you might see a few words or abbreviations and have no idea what they mean. So instead of guessing, Ill name a few here.

 

Common Name vs Latin Name - the common name is usually going to be something recognizable like dandelion or stinging nettle… the Latin name is a bit longer and has two parts - the Genus (always capitalized) & the species. So dandelion would look like Taraxacum officinale and nettle would look like Urtica dioica.

 

Organic - I mean we all know what this means, but if it's within your means, organic is the best to purchase. When herbs are certified organic, they have a paper trail so to speak, and their organic-ness needs to be documented. This way you know they were grown in the proper soil and there won’t be any toxic pesticides on them.

 

Wild-crafted - these are herbs that have been harvested out in their natural habitat. Somebody went out there into the fields or the forest and picked them where they live. You can also do this yourself at home if you can properly ID the plant.

 

Cut & Sifted - this means the plant has been chopped up into smaller pieces, suitable for tea and such.

 

Powdered - the herbs have been ground down to a fine powder. Once an herb has been powdered, you should use it up within a month or so as it will lose its potency much quicker. An alternative to this is getting a cheap coffee grinder and dedicating that to grinding up your own herbs (otherwise they’ll all taste like coffee!)

I hope this bit of information has been helpful. I wish you the best in setting up your home apothecary!

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