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WHAT'S IN THE BOTTLE?
Why can’t you tell me what the herbal supplement is good for on the label or website?
As an herbal supplement company we adhere to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) guidelines. You’ll find a disclaimer on most of our bottles directly below the name of the product that has been substantiated and evaluated by the FDA and clinical research. We are not doctors. We do not prescribe herbal supplements. Consult your health care provider before taking any of our supplements.
Where is the alcohol derived from in your alcohol extracts?
The alcohol used in our liquid extracts is certified organic, pharmaceutical grade alcohol. It is derived from corn, sugar cane or wheat. Any proteins that may cause allergic reactions from the plants are removed in the distillation phase of the production process, making this organic alcohol both gluten-free and allergen-free.
Where does the plant material come from in your herbal supplements?
We have over 300 acres of farmland in Central Oregon and the Willamette Valley, where we grow a lot of the plant material for our certified organic and biodynamic herbal supplements. Sure, we’d love to be able to grow everything we manufacture right here in Oregon, but that’s simply not possible. Some plants, like Schisandra berry or Rhodiola root, thrive in the thin air of the Andes Mountains or Siberia’s harsh climate, or Fiji’s hot humidity. So, we scour the planet in search of the highest quality, most potent certified organic plant material. Then we handcraft those precious herbs into pure, potent herbal supplements.
Keep in mind it takes a lot to become one of our herbal supplements. Everything also undergoes rigorous testing before becoming capsules or extracts. We have no problem rejecting plant material if it doesn’t meet our stringent criteria. and have even been known to reject plant material grown in the USA. For more about our quality control best testing practices and tests performed, please see our Proof Positive Testing page.
What is the country of origin for my product?
Where our raw materials come from depends on the herb, time of year, last harvest, etc. Therefore, our herbs can come from multiple locations around the world. Each and every one of our bottled products features a Certificate of Authenticity (found on the product page) with the country of origin(s) listed. If you have a question regarding your specific bottle, please contact us with the lot number on the bottle, and we'll confirm the herb's country of origin for you.
What is gluten?
You don't have to be in a grocery store for more than a few minutes before you notice "gluten-free" on all the packaging. It seems everyone is trying to avoid gluten. But what is gluten? And what has people fleeing from it?
Gluten is a set of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. Most people have no trouble digesting these proteins. But for some, the consequences of ingesting gluten run the gamut from mild sensitivity with digestive issues to severe inflammation of the intestines and an immune response that prevents the absorption of crucial nutrients. This immune response is also known as Celiac Disease. Who wants that?
Herbs are naturally gluten-free which makes it easy for us to put our GF stamp on almost every bottle. Even the capsules we use. No allergens here. Our products are clearly labeled. You're safe.
Is your facility gluten-free and peanut-free?
What is the country of origin on bulk herbs?
Please call to get the most current information.
Do your products contain any other ingredients that aren't listed on the label?
No. We are transparent. We don’t need to add anything extra. Because our herbal supplements are made in small batches using the whole herb. It takes longer, but our herbal supplements are perfect just the way Mother Nature intended.
How are your bulk herbs packaged?
Our whole, powdered and cut-and-sift bulk herbs are packaged in re-sealable, food-grade plastic bags designed to retain freshness and maintain plant integrity by controlling oxygen permeability and resistance to exterior chemical exposure.
How can I be sure your capsules contain what you say?
We weigh capsules constantly throughout each small batch encapsulation run to ensure weights are within a very narrow range. Anything outside the range is automatically rejected. The ingredient amounts are determined based on therapeutic activity and are validated with scientific research.
What does GMO mean?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. Certified organic and biodynamic whole herb supplements are Non-GMO, naturally. However Non-GMO alone does not mean the product is organic. It doesn’t go both ways. Which is why we grow and procure only the finest certified organic and biodynamic herbs. Nature doesn’t require genetic modification and neither do we.
All our organic herbal powders and capsules are now confirmed Non-GMO by OMIC USA, Inc., an independent, ISO certified analytical laboratory. We're happy to offer our customers this additional level of verification or purity.
As a certified organic company and grower since 1994, we've always been confident in the integrity of our practices and testing from seed to bottle - no GMOs, ever! We now guarantee that with both in-house and third-party testing.
TESTING AND QUALITY CONTROL
What is your method of product testing?
We use a variety of equipment in our in-house lab, to test for purity, potency, identity and overall quality. We test each batch of plant material. Once approved, it can be processed and bottled.
How do you test for plant identity?
The plant’s identity is verified using various techniques like optical microscopy, macroscopic analysis, organoleptic analysis (color, odor and taste), and infrared spectroscopy. Yes, we actually have an herb taster on site.
How do you test for purity, potency and overall quality?
First, we test for minimum levels of E.coli, Salmonella, aerobic bacteria, yeast, mold, food borne bacteria and coliforms. Then we measure the amount of water still in the plant material, which can be the cause of extra mold, fungus and bacterial growth.
Do you test for heavy metals, including lead?
Do we ever! We have a long history of product testing on-site in our lab for all heavy metals using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. We have some of the strictest standards in the industry for quality on all levels. We are a member of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and voluntarily comply with their guidance policies on all heavy metals. We manufacture 100% of our products. So, we can assure you that all applicable laws are followed to consistently and conscientiously produce safe products.
What is your acceptable level of lead in herbal supplements?
Here’s the thing about lead. It’s naturally present in all soil. As a consequence of nature, a plant’s uptake of lead may occur throughout the entire growing process. For example, more than 80% of a human being’s daily intake of lead is derived from the ingestion or food, dirt and dust. Our acceptable limit for thoroughly tested products is much lower than AHPA’s recommended limits and comply with all federal guidelines.
At this time, we are confident that our products are safe and contain the lowest amount of heavy metals, including lead, possible.
What else do you test for?
We evaluate plant material for foreign matter, ash and aflatoxins (toxic compounds).
Do you irradiate or fumigate your products?
Never. In fact, our herbs, teas and spices have never been irradiated or fumigated with Ethylene oxide gas.
WHOLE PLANT VS. STANDARDIZED EXTRACT
Why don’t you sell standardized herbal extracts?
We don’t need to standardize our herbal supplements because we use the whole herb. Standardizing would require the use of chemicals and gases. We prefer focusing on growing and harvesting at the peak of potency. Your body knows exactly what to do with all of the constituents in the whole herb.
Which is better? Whole herbs or standardized extracts?
We believe using the whole herb is better. Here’s why. Our whole herbs contain all of the constituents of the plant because we grow and harvest our certified organic and biodynamic plant material at the ideal time to ensure optimum potency. Whole herbs have a long track record of success going back thousands of years. Standardization also requires the use of chemicals and gases, which we don’t use in our whole, pure herb process.
How do you know whole herbs are better than standardized herbal extracts?
We value the synergistic activity of the whole plant, knowing that whole herbs have numerous supporting constituents, far beyond that of an isolated single compound. Plus, we use High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) tests to verify potency and active constituents for maximum benefits.
What types of solvents do you use in the standardized extracts added in to your encapsulated herbs?
In the rare cases where we need a standardized extract to empower an encapsulated herbal supplement, we don’t use harsh solvents. However, all residual solvent levels meet pharmaceutical-grade limits.
What does Naturally Standardized mean?
We follow a Naturally Standardized herb process of growing, harvesting and manufacturing. For example, our freshly hand-picked and dried St. John's Wort flower buds contain at least 0.3% hypericins naturally, without processing. Currently, our Quality Assurance lab is testing many of our fresh herbs against those which have been processed with solvents. We want to verify we can meet or surpass the levels of active constituents in each plant material using only the power of nature.
Why are the products with organic whole plant plus standardized herb not labeled are organic?
We strictly follow the organic labeling laws and are not allowed to state a product is "organic" on the front panel of the label if the combined weight of all the ingredients PLUS the capsule, itself, is less than 70% organic.
How will I know how much of your herbal supplements to take?
There’s a lot to our labels. Including the recommended dosage indicated on the bottle. The dose is based on an adult of average (150 pounds) weight. Obviously, dosages can vary based on your size, your issue, the desired strength of the supplement, etc. Our dosages are a general recommendation.
How is the dosage determined?
The recommended dose is based on an adult of average (150 pounds) weight. It is a guideline based on clinical and/or historical evidence. In general, most medicinal herbs require a period of time to become effective. Be patient before making a decision one way or the other.
Can I take your herbal supplements indefinitely?
Generally, it is best not to take medicinal herbal supplements continuously for a long period of time without a 'rest' period. Intake can be resumed after an adequate 'rest' period. You’ll find a lot of information on the label and the website about the intended long-term or short-term use of a supplement. Keep in mind, each herb is unique and must be considered on an individual basis.
Are your herbal supplements safe for young children?
You’ll find several Oregon’s Wild Harvest herbal supplements specifically formulated for children. These formulas are clearly labeled as Children’s herbal supplements. When using our other supplements, we recommend following Clark’s Rule of dosage for determining the dose based on your child’s weight. See right.
Are your supplements safe for the elderly?
Caution must be exercised when herbs are going to be taken by the elderly. For older people, one-half to two-thirds of the recommended dose is usually adequate.
How can I determine the daily dosage of an herbal supplement?
Herbs are best taken throughout the day to maintain a steady level of the medicinal herb circulating in the body. A person who drinks four cups of coffee daily normally does not drink those four cups in a five-minute period. Instead, you might drink four cups over the course of the entire day. Herbal supplements are the same way. If it is inconvenient to take the recommended dose of an herbal supplement three times daily, try twice daily. For acute conditions such as a cold, it is usually helpful to increase the number of times that the herb is taken per day for an optimum effect.
Most herbs do not have an immediate effect in the same way as, for example, aspirin or Ibuprofen might act on a headache; therefore it may require taking the recommended dosage consistently for approximately four to eight weeks before the beneficial effects are experienced.
Can I take medicinal herbal supplements with food?
For optimum benefit, the general guideline is to take herbal supplements about an hour after eating. You will still have some food in your stomach, but not so much that the herb will have to compete with the food for absorption. Liquid herbal extracts do not require much digestion making them a good option for someone with impaired or sluggish digestion. In fact, the taste of the herb may stimulate the digestive system, especially if it is an herb known as a bitter.
What if this is my first time taking this herbal supplement?
Try cutting the dose in half for the first two-to-three days. If you have multiple allergies and/or sensitivities, it’s a good idea to start with a quarter of the dose, and gradually work up to the recommended dose by doubling the amount each time the herb is taken.
How do I know which form of herbal supplement is best? Liquid, powder or fresh whole herb?
This really depends on the herb in question, and also your personal preference. There have only been a few simple test tube studies comparing different types. Fresh whole herb is best for herbs that lose their activity upon drying. For instance, Feverfew is traditionally taken as a fresh leaf. The Feverfew capsules that we sell are made from freeze-dried Feverfew because this herb is probably susceptible to loss of compounds by regular drying methods. This is only one example. Many other herbs are very effective in the traditional dried form and very convenient for you. As in cooking, a dried herb means your dose looks smaller because the moisture has been removed vs. ingesting freshly dried plant material.
Is there a difference in strength between capsules and liquid extract?
There is very little difference between the extract and the liquid, other than the carrier (alcohol or glycerin versus the capsule). The capsules contain fiber since they are comprised of the whole herb. The liquids tend to absorb more easily and quickly than capsules. You might try taking both forms to see which one fits your needs better.
Which is better, capsules, extracts or bulk dried herbs?
It’s up to you. Our capsules and liquid extracts are equal in strength and potency, so it’s a matter of taste and convenience. If you’re a tea drinker, or like to make your own capsules, then bulk is a great choice. We use the same bulk we sell in packages for our capsules and liquid extracts, so the herb, itself, is all the same. If you’re not a fan of popping pills, try the extract instead.
Can I take all the capsules together or should I space them out?
It is really your preference. If the label dose states 1 capsule 3 times daily, then we have recommended this because it’s best to take them at breakfast, lunch and dinner for a continued effect.
Can I open the capsule and mix in with my food or water?
Of course. If swallowing capsules is an issue, you are welcome to open it. However, some herbs may stain because of the valuable oils present in the whole, untreated herb.
When it says to take with food how much food do I need to eat?
Just a small amount. There is no need for a full stomach.
BIODYNAMIC FARMING AND HERBAL PRODUCTS
What is biodynamic farming?
Biodynamic farming is a model of sustainability in agriculture. It’s even more focused on soil fertility than organic, which is why we love it so much. As simple as it is, biodynamic takes a more hand’s on approach to growing and harvesting. But we think it’s worth it. Biodynamic is the original organic.
What’s the difference between Demeter Certified Biodynamic and Certified Organic?
Soil fertility is the short answer. The biodynamic model depends on the cycles of the moon for planting and harvesting and the use of homeopathic preps made of cow horns, pulverized quartz, specific plants and more. These preps nurture the soil and protect the crops from nasty things like disease and frost. Yes, it sounds wacky, but it works! Our yields are amazing and the potency and flavor of our herbal tonics is lively and delicious. More, by Jim Fullmer of Demeter-USA >
Do you use biodynamic alcohol in your biodynamic herbal tonics?
Absolutely. In fact, we source red grape alcohol from a biodynamic winery. This delicious, hand-crafted alcohol also adds a nice bouquet of flavor to the products.
Where do you get the biodynamic herbs for your herbal tonics?
We grow everything on our farm except the red grape alcohol, which we source from a biodynamic winery.
Where can I find more information about the biodynamic preparations?
Please visit our Biodynamic Preparations page.
Can I buy the biodynamic preps from you?
No, not at this time. We recommend visiting the Josephine Porter Institute site for more on purchasing pre-made preps.
MORE GREAT QUESTIONS
Do you sell under private label?
Currently, we are not offering any private label services.
Can I buy Oregon’s Wild Harvest supplements over Amazon?
We actually don’t have a direct relationship with Amazon. That is not to say that some of our distributors may, but we cannot guarantee any products sold over Amazon with our name on the label because they haven’t come directly from us. We recommend buying Oregon’s Wild Harvest directly off our website or through a retailer. To find a store near you, please visit our store locator. If you ever unsure about legitimacy of an Oregon’s Wild Harvest product please contact us via email or (800) 316-6869.
Can you recommend a book on medicinal herbs and nutrition, or a naturopathic doctor in my area?
Please visit our Resources section.
Is your Cinnamon also known as Ceylon or True Cinnamon?
Yes, regardless of the country of origin or where it’s grown.
What types of herbs can grown on your farm(s)?
We presently grow Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea), Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Burdock (Arctium lappa), Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum), Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) , Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia), Artichoke (Cynara scolymus), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), Calendula (Calenulda officinalis), Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), White Willow (Salix alba), Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Hops (Humulus lupulus), American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Horseradish (Arniracua rystucaba).
What is an infusion?
Infusions are the most common type of herbal tea and they're the simplest to make. Typically, infusions are made from the more fragile plant parts such as the leaves, flowers and other non-woody parts of the herb. The therapeutic effect from many of these herbs is due to the volatile compounds and it is important not to boil these herbs so that these delicate compounds are retained.
Directions: Use approximately one teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of near-boiling water. Stir, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy hot or cold, with or without honey.
What is a decoction?
This tea preparation method is used for the more robust/woody parts of the plant such as root, stem, seed or fruit. The reason for the added cooking time is that these tougher plant parts need a longer cooking time to release the potential healing benefits.
Directions: Use one ounce (3 tablespoons) of dried herb to 3 cups of boiling water. Add to saucepan and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let steep for a further 10 minutes. Strain and enjoy hot or cold, with or without honey.
Can I eat grapefruit while taking Quercetin?
"Basically if you have been told to avoid grapefruit juice, you should not use quercetin as this MAY be the culprit in grapefruit juice -or it may not...
"Preliminary studies have shown that grapefruit juice increases estradiol levels in the blood. (Schubert, Weber) One of the flavonoids found in grapefruit juice is Quercetin. In a test tube study, Quercetin was found to change estrogen metabolism in human liver cells in a way that increases estradiol levels and reduces other forms of estrogen. (Schubert) This effect is likely to increase estrogen activity in the body. However, the levels of Quercetin used to alter estrogen metabolism in the test tube were much higher than levels found in the body after supplementing with Quercetin.
"There is evidence from test tube studies (Kuiper) that another flavonoid in grapefruit juice, naringenin, also has estrogenic activity. It has yet to be shown that dietary or supplemental levels of Quercetin (or naringenin) could create a significant problem."
- Joanne Roberts, Research and Development
(1)Schubert W, Cullberg G, Edgar B, Hedner T. Inhibition of 17 beta-estradiol metabolism by grapefruit juice in ovariectomized women. Maturitas 1994;20:155-63. (2)Weber A, Jager R, Borner A, et al. Can grapefruit juice influence ethinylestradiol bioavailability? Contraception 1996;53:41-7. (3)Schubert W, Eriksson U, Edgar B, et al. Flavonoids in grapefruit juice inhibit the in vitro hepatic metabolism of 17 beta-estradiol. Eur J Drug Metab Pharmacokinet 1995;3:219-24. (4)Kuiper GG, Lemmen JG, Carlsson B, et al. Interaction of estrogenic chemicals and phytoestrogens with estrogen receptor beta. Endocrinology 1998;139:4252-63.
Do you offer free shipping if I spend a certain amount?
Yes. The free shipping offer below is valid on all of our bottled products. It does NOT apply to bulk herbs, teas or spices, which WILL be charged shipping based on the weight of the toal bulk items included in the package. For more information, please see Ordering.