Herbal Healing Hunt(ing)

A reader recently reached out and asked:

What are your top recommendations for purchasing herbs/teas? (In-store & Online)

This spawned some heavy research on my part, as I already knew of a solid number of places in mind that I readily go to (mostly online) in the event that I need an herbal blend/tonic/fix and/or tea medleys.

Upon mulling over the first thoughts I had, I realized that there are several of us out here who prefer to deal with this type of science at hand – person to person, tangible exchange to tangible exchange. There are many bonuses in purchasing herbs, roots and teas in-store and meeting an herbalist face-to-face to discuss personal ailments, issues and curiosities.

With SO much done on-line these days, how do we stay in tune with our Humanity?

Thankfully, many of the herbalists that we can meet face-to-face are just as willing to part and share knowledge with us by phone and email, so even the healthiest busy bees can seek out and find wisdom for their needs – especially when all that time allows is a few quick clicks of a mouse.

Still, though, I could not think of supplying an answer to the initial question without thinking of an avenue for my beloved people who are more apt to make in-store purchases over online purchases. And while I know that this article may be touched by folks across the continent (and the seas!), I had to make a narrowed list – what with my own busy bee schedule.


Should your city not be listed and you struggle in finding a local “hot spot” for your herbal healing needs, please feel free to reach out to me. I will do my best in helping you find someone close to home or knowledgeable enough to make you feel at peace about making a purchase online.


In(ner)-Store

To Bless (and Rep!) My Hometown Kansas City, all Hail + Love to:
Phoenix Herb Company phoenixherb.com – if you don’t know them by now, you shall surely know them from this point on! They host a wealth of herbs/blends/tonics/supplements/spices… you name it, they have it! Make Google your friend and type them in your search box. Everything they have in their store, they seem to have online. The best part? They are ridiculously affordable AND they ship to most all states in the U.S.!

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Georgians Unite in ATLThe Herb Shop of Vinings appears to be quite the “hotspot” for locals to fully enjoy a variety of herbs + roots + teas. While reviews site that it’s *pretty* expensive, the owner appears to be helpfully knowledgeable, so this *may* make for a significant bonus. Website is *not* user-friendly, so only the locals can feast on this one!
Location: 3248 Cobb Parkway Ste 116 Atlanta, GA 30339

Hung-Ren Gingseng + Herbs – offers Chinese herbalism/acupuncture and free on-site consultations. Online store to come soon, so just the locals get to hone in on this awesome spot!
Location: 5095 Buford Hwy NE #C Atlanta, GA 30340

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From Miami to Orlando, there’s many a place the Herbal Healer can Go!

Florida Herb House – Miami-based – There is an online shop available selling mostly Organic/Wild-Harvested herbs, which makes it a bit pricey… but there are randomly decent prices on some great roots (like Burdock <– blood cleanser)!

Leaves & Roots – Orlando-based – Offers Flat Rate Shipping sent as Priority Mail – With a long list of available herbs/roots/teas for Online Shopping, these locale is priced best for loose leaf herbs purchases!

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Now, we’re in New York. New York! New York!!

The Herb Shoppe (Brooklyn-Bound) – may carry hard to find blends/herbs – www.theherbshoppebrooklyn.com [not so great website but all around great reviews] –> according to frequent shoppers, carry a WIDE variety of herbs, tonics, tinctures + more at affordable prices
Location: 394 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217

Remedies Herb Shop (Brooklyn-Built) remediesherbshop.com (FULL list of availabilities online – Bonus! They ship *everywhere* in America imaginable – by weight) Very well designed website; bet its a beauty to visit in person!
Flower Power Herbs + Roots (flowerpower.net)  *City-Catch* <–definitely should check out the site to see if what you’re looking for is available before making the trek. As there were pretty mixed reviews on friendly/helpful staff and the prices appearing to be relatively steep according to reviews, I recommend hitting this place up *only* if you’re close by and can’t get to Remedies Herb Shop or The Herb Shoppe in Brooklyn.
Location: 406 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

Serengeti Teas + Spices
(www.serengetiteasandspices.com)<–Pretty steep prices to shop online, but the reviews are *Fantastic* for the ambiance of this place. Sounds like it may be well worth a visit if you’re in the Harlem area! More of a sit and sip tea shop, than a grab and go shop.
Location: 2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY 10027

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California Looooove

**As one of my favorite go-to havens, I couldn’t leave these beautiful Los Angeles locals hanging!**

Dragon Herbs – Informative website on what’s available and accessible *in-store only*. The L.A. shop looks very roomy and welcoming, but one that the locals can happily partake in more so than any onlookers from outside the area.
TWO L.A. County Locations: 460 S Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 + Santa Monica: 315 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90041
Herbs of Mexico – Incredibly extensive list of herbal blends / tinctures / teas and so on and on. The site is fantastic [https://herbsofmexico.com] and allows you to do Online Shopping in the event that you cannot get to the store (or are not located in LA!). Quite a haven of “name it, you’ll likely find it!” with a minimum purchase of 1/4 pound – 1 pound varieties available. Very affordable on a whole level. For those in the L.A. area, I recommend going in person.
Location: East Los Angeles – 3903 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90023
Create Your Health Teas (of Los Angeles County) [www.createyourhealth.com] ~ online *only* but there is a Tea Room (unsure of its accessibility)! West Coast Prices for teas and blends, and the shipping costs… I would contact to see if they offer any type of bundled shipping options!


On-Line Options
Bulk Herb Storewww.bulkherbstore.com – Flat Rate Standard Shipping @ $6.50 for orders <$99, free for orders >$99. Most herbs sold in 1/2 Pound increments, with some remarkably low pricing – BEST online Prices I’ve seen. *Highly Recommended*
PureFormulas.com<–provides FREE shipping on ALL orders (NO minimum); offers very low prices on a number of hard to find varieties. *Recommended*
Shop.KhannaPakana.com – sells spices, herbs and healthy foods. There is a live chat feature where you can talk to someone about any questions you may have about their products. Most of their products are *not* certified organic (like the spices + herbs), but when you place Mind over Matter… all is good. They *do* make an effort to avoid GMO products, which is a bonus. *Recommended with Caution*
 And who could forget..!
Ebay.com – You can bid or you can buy on most anything you want. What is there not to like?

And there you have it! Dear Herbal Healing Hunters.

I know there are likely many more availabilities to choose amongst –
But these are the highlights of my findings
In Affordability
In Variety
In Good Spirit


Delight in the Achievement of Health
that brings about True Wealth!

Organic & GMO-Friendly..?

Recently, I was motivated and prompted to initiate some research regarding large (and small) corporations making extreme efforts to resist GMO labeling. Honestly, as I have made it a mission within my life to ensure that I am aware of the ever-growing GMO crisis, I was NOT surprised to see that this list has grown. However, I did unfortunately stumble upon some serious news I found necessary to share.

Myth #1: Organic foods are grown, manufactured and/or produced by small and large companies that do NOT use GMOs.

Myth #2: Corporations that support genetic modification (GMO) of food are NOT in the business of growing, manufacturing and/or producing Organic foods.

Myth #3: If a corporation has business in Organic foods, they are NOT lobbying to have GMOs hidden.

Truths: USDA Organic labeled foods are NOT 100% Organic, allowing small and large corporations to “bypass” ethics and grow, manufacture and/or produce foods that can have <10% genetically modified ingredients and still be considered “Organic.”
More Information Below

Organic (and some Natural) food brands owned by Big Corporations:

Coca-Cola –  Honest Tea,  Odwalla,  Simply Orange.

Cadbury –  Green & Black’s Chocolate,  Nantucket Nectars.

ConAgra –  Alexia,  Hunt’s Organic,  Lightlife (vegetarian and vegan meat substitutes like Smart Deli),  Orville Redenbacher’s Organic.

General Mills – Cascadian Farms, Cheerios, Food Should Taste Good,  Larabar,  Muir Glen, Nature Valley.

Groupe Danone –  Stonyfield Farm.

Hershey’s –  Dagoba Chocolate.

Hain-Celestial – (partially owned by Heinz) Arrowhead Mills,  Bearitos,  Breadshop Cereals,  Casbah,  Celestial Seasonings,  DeBoles Pasta,  Earth’s Best,  Ethnic Gourmet,  Garden of Eatin’,  Gluten Free,  Greek God’s,  Hain Pure,  Health Valley,  Imagine Soups,  Linda McCartney,  Maranatha nut butters,  Mountain Sun Juices,  Nile Spice Soup,  Rice Dream,  Sensible Portions,  ShariAnn’s,  Soy Dream,  Terra Chips,  TofuTown,  Walnut Acres,  Westbrae Natural,  WestSoy,  Yves Meatless.

JM Smucker –  After the Fall,  R.W. Knudsen,  Santa Cruz Organic.

Kellogg –  Bear Naked,  Gardenburger,  Kashi,  Morningstar Farms,  Natural Touch,  Wholesome & Hearty. (Kashi cereals contain GMOs!) Kellogs uses genetically engineered sugar beets in its non-organic cereals.

Kraft –  Boca,  Back to Nature.

Mars/M&M –  Seeds of Change

Nestle –  Tribe Mediterranean Foods

Pepsi – Dole,  Harvest Crunch,  Izze,  Naked Juice,  Ocean Spray,  Tazo,  Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana.

Rich’s –  Fresh Meadow

Unilever – Ben & Jerry’s,  Knorr,  Salada

Personal Care:

Clorox –  Burt’s Bees.

Colgate-Palmolive – Tom’s of Maine.

Hain Celestial – Alba Botanica,  Avalon Organics,  Jason,  Orjene,  Queen Helene,  Zia.

Beer:

Anhueser Busch – Stone Mill and Wild Hop.

Read More @ http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/08/this-might-be-our-only-chance-for-gmo-labeling-we-can-win-this-one/

The Dirty Dozen vs. The Clean Fifteen

Clean 15 vs. Dirty Dozen – Revelation Revealed

Generally, I am constantly seeking New Knowledge, and my interest is highly piqued by discovering and uncovering myths and truths regarding Health and Wealth. Very recently, I ran across a brochure at a local grocery store, supplying a surprisingly wealthy amount of information about “Eating Well Organically.” This particular grocer has embarked on a phenomenal journey to incorporate organic produce, alternative “milks,” and a small section of the store is completely dedicated to Organic/Non-GMO/”Natural” foods. Their efforts are truly commendable, as they’re smack dab in the middle of suburbia and East Kansas City where BBQ is King (and Queen).


As we passed by the Health Market area – dedicated to conscious fooders – this “Organic” brochure caught my eye. Both myself and the Lover had to take a gander and were truly awed by our findings. This is what we’ve discovered:


Comparison of  Conventional / Natural / Organic Foods            
             
Processing Type   Conventional   Natural   Organic
             
Artificial Colors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Flavors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Preservatives   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Fertilizers   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Synthetic Pesticides   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Irradiation   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Genetic Modification (GMO)   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
             

While we were ensnared by the array of “experts” and “Environmental Groups” (Environmental Working Group, included) stating that there are at least 15 (fifteen) different foods people can purchase conventionally, we were pretty astounded to stumble on this New Knowledge.

Who’d-a-thunk that Natural isn’t truly Natural?

In fact, “Natural Foods” can be genetically modifiedmuch like conventional foods… of course, at the discretion of the producer/manufacturer. Interestingly enough, the brochure made special note to mention that “Natural Food is NOT Organic.


In short, I strongly encourage and support Organic Onlyfood purchases – particularly for Produce / Nuts / Seeds. When visiting your Local Farmers’ Market embrace the confidence to Ask…

What Methods do You Use in Growing Your Food(s)?

It’s as simple as that! Here in BBQ King City, our farmers tend to be pretty honest b.u.t. you DO have to Ask. Try to find encouragement in the fact that a farmer informs you that s/he does use processing of some kind… this just allows you to journey onto the next farmer and discover some of their secrets! 😉 It’s a win-win situation. Because now you have taken ownership of the Power of Choice!


Organic Is the Way…
To The Wealth of Health!