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Herbs in Trouble

We help protect herbs in trouble.

We're committed to protecting populations of wild herbs threatened by commercial harvest.

By researching cultivation methods of at-risk herbs, sustainable sources can be developed.

We will not sell herbs that are no longer plentiful enough for commercial harvest.

Please Don't Ask Us to Carry These Herbs!

Lady’s Slipper Root - (Cypripedium pubescens)

Situation: Cultivated sources don’t exist; wild plants banned for sale by AHPA.

History: Stopped purchasing in 1988.

Substitutes: Valerian, skullcap, cramp bark or black cohosh.

Beth Root - (Trillium erectum)

Situation: Populations limited; reproduces slowly.

History: Never carried.

Substitutes: Black cohosh, yarrow, mullein, raspberry or shepherd’s purse.

True Unicorn Root - (Aletris farinosa)

Situation: Rare throughout its range.

History: Never carried.

Substitutes: Peppermint, chamomile.

Wild American Ginseng - (Panax quinquefolius)

Situation: Wild populations continue to decline in spite of controls.

History: Root dropped in 1987, leaf dropped in 1999.

Substitutes: Cultivated root and leaf.

False Unicorn or Helonias Root - (Chamaelirium luteun syn. Helonias lutea (dioica))

Situation: Becoming rare.

History: Dropped in 1999.

Substitutes: Chaste tree or Dong Quai.

Wild Goldenseal - (Hydrastis canadensis)

Situation: Greatly reduced wild populations.

History: Dropped in 1999.

Substitutes: Cultivated goldenseal.