Along with our Consulting Herbalist, we began looking for the highest quality of herbs that we could find. This led to the idea of growing the herbs ourselves. We started looking for land over 15 years ago. We found land that was surrounded by mountains with a meadow of sunflowers. The qualifications needed for growing our herbs was clean air, a pure source of water and soil that had not been cultivated in over 20 years. This property was in a pristine mountainous valley with well water that runs 500 feet deep; it was perfect. With all of the sunflowers that were growing wild in the meadow Sunflower Meadows Herb Farm was a natural fit for our farm’s name.
NaturPro Verified Supply
HARVEST SUPPLY AVAILABLE:
- Sweet, tart and astringent all at once
- 10-20x more resveratrol than red wine
- Single source, US grown
- Full-Spectrum Antioxidant Ingredients:
- Ultra-premium muscadine wine concentrate — equal to 22 glasses of red wine!
- Powdered extract – dried seed & skin (spray dried)
And a little background why we love muscadines…
Why are Muscadines Special?
- 40 times the antioxidant power of table grapes
- 6 times the resveratrol of table grapes
- The only grape with ellagic acid and ellagitannins
- Abundant levels of flavonoids, including quercetin
Few traditional fruits are a staple to local culture like muscadine grapes are in the American South.
First cultivated and consumed by Native Americans for hundreds of years, muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia Michx.) go by many names originating from the first tribes, including scuppernongs, bullets, or bullises. Muscadine is also known in various parts as bull grape, bullet grape, or Southern fox grape.
Muscadines are highly researched and widely consumed in the U.S. More than 100 preclinical and clinical studies have been published on muscadines! And, thousands more studies have evaluated the potential health benefits of the antioxidant molecules found in muscadine.
Muscadine nutrients are in food-bound form, which means they’re bioavailable and better absorbed into cells. And studies show muscadines are more effective at quenching free radicals compared to isolated antioxidants like vitamin C and quercetin at quenching free radicals.
In addition to the high content of antioxidants in Muscadine grape products and extracts, compounds in Muscadine also stimulates the body’s own antioxidant protection mechanisms.
Muscadines’ whole-food synergy was confirmed when studies found it may stimulate both types of antioxidant defensesin the body — exogenous and endogenous. (Most antioxidants only support a limited number of antioxidant pathways).
The polyphenol-preparation from Muscadine grape was tested in a blend with chemically pure resveratrol.The blend containing Muscadine polyphenols reduced the inflammatory response to a test meal, in part via the induction of genes involved in production of antioxidant enzymes, called “Antioxidant Response Elements (ARE)”, These include genes, such as Nrf-2, that regulate the expression of antioxidant proteins that protect against oxidative damage triggered by injury and inflammation,
Muscadine grape polyphenols contribute to the regulation of our genes to increase our body’s own antioxidant protection, beyond the antioxidants in the grape itself.
The various health benefits of muscadine have been studied in clinical and preclinical trials. Some of the areas of health areas studied include:
- Potent Antioxidant; Supports Body’s Antioxidant Defense
- Energy and Mitochondrial Biogenesis
- Healthy Aging
- Cardiovascular Support & Healthy Blood Pressure
- Men’s Health & Prostate Health
- Healthy Metabolism
- Brain and Cognitive Health
- Sports Nutrition
- Liver Support, Detoxification
For these reasons, Muscadines, also known as “Super Grapes” are expected to be the ultimate anti-aging food for this century!
Synergy From Multiple Classes of Polyphenols in Muscadines
Polyphenols from foods are widely studied to support the function of brain, heart, liver, joints, muscle recovery, and other organs. As antioxidants, they support the body’s cellular function and recovery from normal metabolism, and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation associated with many disease states.
Muscadine’s polyphenols are unique because they contain both resveratrol and ellagic acid, two antioxidants that are found in red wine, pomegranate and berries. Resveratrol is a well-researched antioxidant that is shown to extend lifespan in animals, act on mitochondria to improve metabolic function, and possess a number of beneficial activities when consumed. Ellagic acid and gallic acid, plus the polyphenolic tannins from which they are derived during ripening and processing, are potent antioxidants that have diverse metabolic and inflammation-mediating activities.
Muscadine also contains flavonoids such as anthocyanins and quercetin, which lend a purple-red or yellow hue to the fruit, respectively. Catechin flavonoids such as epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, and proanthocyanidin tannins are also found in the fruit, mainly in the seed.
Primary muscadine polyphenols include:
- Resveratrol, a well-researched antioxidant that is shown to extend lifespan in animals, acts on mitochondria to improve metabolic function, and possess a number of beneficial activities when consumed.
- Ellagitannins, including ellagic acid and gallic acid, are potent antioxidants that have metabolic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities.
- Muscadine also contains flavonoids such as anthocyanins and quercetin, which lend a purple-red or yellow hue to the fruit, respectively.
- Catechin flavonoids such as epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, and oligomeric proanthocyanidin tannins are also found in the fruit, mainly in the seed.
Muscadines are very high in antioxidant capacity relative to other antioxidants. This data, along with the limited clinical evidence, supports strong antioxidant claims for muscadine:
Whole Muscadine Fruit Extract – 23,000
Muscadine Seed Extract – 17,000
Grape Seed Extract (Conventional) – 11,000
Whole Muscadine Fruit Powder – 3,000
Muscadine Fruit Skin – 5,000
Muscadine Seed – 4,000
Muscadine Juice Concentrate – 4,000
Acai powder – 1027
Bilberry, dried – 500
Elderberry – 150
Cranberry – 90
Plums – 85
Blueberry juice – 24
Concord grape juice – 24
Grape juice, red – 18
Grapes – fresh black – 17
Grapes – fresh red – 18
Green tea, brewed – 13
Reference: Total ORAC Data from USDA ORAC Database (2010). The cited 2010 data for Total ORAC was separated into 2 assays: hydrophilic and lipophilic. Muscadine ORAC data is the sum of six ORAC subtests.
Yeast are living organisms with the “machinery” to produce the world’s only natural food-forms of minerals for supplementation, which maximizes bio-availability. Livestock and humans need a continuous supply of trace elements, with selenium being one of them.
Over the last 5 decades there have been quite a few achievements in selenium nutrition in several species of animals and humans. It is a dietary essential, being specifically incorporated into the active sites of several known proteins or enzymes as an amino acid, selenocysteine or Glutathione peroxidase (GPx) enzyme. GPx inhibits and destroys naturally occurring peroxides that cause cell damage. It acts in conjunction with vitamin E to protect cell membranes including cell walls. Selenium protection is particularly important in muscle cells that work hard and consume large quantities of energy and oxygen.
Selenium is found in the soil and taken up by plants at different levels depending on plant species, fertiliser application and rainfall. Most animals consume selenium with the plants and grains they eat. It is stored for a short period in the body, mainly in the liver, so a continual dietary supply of selenium ensures the best possible health and production.
Knowledge of the importance and management of selenium in the immune system, oxidative stress, antioxidant defense and fertility has increased considerably on animals in recent years and is highly recommended to be incorporated into the daily nutrition in animal feeding systems.
Selenium yeast is the preferred source for human and animal nutrition, due to its purity and consistency. Selenium yeast made in a controlled process is the most precise and consistent food-form selenium available. As a result, selenium yeast does not contain many of the contaminants found in high-selenium foods, or selenium mined from the earth.
Organically bound selenium is manufactured with a non-GMO yeast strain (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) that organically binds selenium to its protein matrix to produce a selenium complex that is bioavailable and similar to the form of selenium found in plants.
NaturPro has verified the highest quality food-form selenium yeast on the market.
Nutritional Yeast Myths
Fortified/Nutritional Yeast products use the same species of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) used to make beer, bread or kombucha, but with a different end-product. It is a primary-grown yeast. That means it is cultivated specifically for its nutritional value and not as a by-product or a means to another recipe. The major difference between, a baker’s or brewer’s yeast is that it is an active form, where as Nutritional or Fortified Yeast is inactive, so it has no leavening ability. In other words, it will not reproduce inside you. There is a lot misleading information regarding nutritional yeast and Candidiasis and how consuming too much of it will cause yeast to overgrow in your body. This just can’t happen because nutritional yeast is inactive and doesn’t contain Candida albicans.
As with all inactive dry yeast mineral products, prior to spray drying, the resulting chilled yeast cream is pasteurized through a high temperature sterilization system. This ensures the inactivity of the yeast and that the final product also meets or exceeds established human food grade USDA microbial requirements.
Who doesn’t love coffee?
But there’s more to coffee than just the joy of drinking it.
Yet theres a lot of confusion around which types of coffee are better than others.
Our take on coffee: it’s all good (well, mostly..)
But high-quality coffee that’s sustainably sourced, and tested without mold toxins, & heavy metals, which is studied for its health benefits is a special kind of coffee — whether it’s from the bean or the whole coffee fruit.
One interesting development in the field of coffee health benefits includes… Whole Coffee Fruit Concentrate.
Whole Coffee Fruit Concentrate is well-suited for use in…
- Capsules and Tablets
- Powdered Beverages
- RTD Beverages
- Functional Foods
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot human clinical study, Whole Coffee Fruit Concentrate (branded NeuroFactor) was tested against other leading botanicals, including Green Coffee Bean Extract, Natural Coffee Caffeine, and Grape Seed Extract for effect on Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF).
Whole Coffee Fruit Concentrate supported elevated blood levels of a key brain health marker called BDNF.
A second, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study (N=20) confirmed the results of the pilot study.
Whole Coffee Fruit Concentrate is tested to assure reliably low levels of contaminants like heavy metals, pesticides, bacteriological growth and typical coffee-associated fungal toxins.
It is a free-flowing tan/brown powder that consistently meets standards for moisture content and particle size.
Whole Coffee Fruit Concentrate such as is derived from coffee fruit sourced from farms certified by Rainforest Alliance, reinforcing the manufacturer’s commitment to sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet.
Ghee has been used in India for thousands of years in daily home cooking and medicine. Ancient (and modern) Yogis choose ghee for its anti-inflammatory, digestive, and peace-promoting attributes.
Technically speaking, Ghee is lactose-free and casein-free clarified butter. It is butter that has been heated to a specific temperature so all milk solids (lactose and casein), water and other impurities are separated from the milkfat and are removed during the cooking and process. What remains is pure butter oil, golden and free of lactose and casein.
Some manufacturers have taken to simply packaging anhydrous milkfat (AMF) for retail use and selling it as ghee. AMF is processed industrially to remove the milk solids and other impurities, so it is essentially a pure butterfat, like ghee. However, AMF has not gone through the gentle heating and filtration process that quality ghee manufacturers use, and so does not have the subtle flavor notes that make ghee such a perfect fat source for cooking and table uses.
NaturPro has identified and certified a manufacturer that still makes its ghee using a traditional small batch cooking method. It’s a labor-intensive process that incorporates time-honored techniques with a unique, patent-pending filtration process to make sure all the milk solids are removed from the finished products, ensuring that the result is the highest quality product available on the market.
First, and perhaps most importantly: High-quality ghee, like the product manufactured by our NaturPro-certified source, has an amazing flavor!
Cultured Ghee is the most traditional form of Ghee on the market, and is how it was made in India for thousands of years. Cultured butter comes from cream that has been infused with lactic acid bacteria cultures for about a day before being churned into butter. This breaks down the proteins and casein in the milk to ensure a more shelf stable product, and helps withstand high temperatures without going rancid. The result is a mild and delicate butter that is made from pure cream (and importantly, no salt). Because of the nature of this butter, the ghee that is derived from it is sweeter and lighter tasting in nature, perfect for cooking and adding fat without a heavy “butter” flavor. It also has a smoother texture than non-cultured Ghee. Cultured ghee is lab tested to be 100% lactose and casein free.
Non-cultured Ghee is made with regular grass-fed butter churned from pure cream with no added cultures. Because it is non-cultured, it is 99.2% casein free (but still 100% lactose free). Both forms are available.
Ghee is a stable fat and has a high smoking point (~485°F), making it ideal for cooking.
The manufacturer ships dry and non-refrigerated, and their ghee is shelf stable for up to 12 months once opened. The ghee will be in a liquid state when it is above ~75°F and will stay in a solid state if you keep it in your fridge. Allowing the ghee to melt to a fully liquid oil and then refrigerating again will have no deleterious effects on its quality.
While creating a consistent product is always the goal, making traditional ghee may result in varying textures, consistencies and colors. Due to the fact that there are no preservatives, and the cooling temperature will vary even from the outside to the middle of a pallet, the end result is that texture can vary. Depending on how quickly the butterfat cools, the result may range from a super-creamy consistency to one that seems to have two different levels (one of a pure oil on top and a thicker butter-like consistency at the bottom). This is normal, and is not indicative of any quality issue.
Our certified manufacturer uses domestic, Irish and New Zealand butter, and sources directly from the farms. They spend an extensive amount of time sourcing butter to assure that the cattle have not been treated with growth hormone, antibiotics, or any GMO feed.
The deep gold color of our certified manufacturer’s ghee is a direct result of the amount of time the cows spend on the grass. Typically, even most cattle called “grass-fed” are supplemented with grain or other feeds during the winter months. For this reason, it’s important to note that our manufacturer’s cows are now grass-fed 100% of the year. In the winter months, if enough fresh grass isn’t available, the cows may be supplemented with silage or haylage (grass or other green fodder compacted and stored in airtight conditions, typically in a silo, without first being dried, and used as animal feed in the winter). This assures full year-round availability of grass to make only the highest quality ghee!
Use ghee as a primary cooking fat for sautéing
Use ghee instead of butter for spreading on baked goods
Use ghee to toss steamed vegetables instead of butter or olive oil
Use ghee in any recipe that calls for cooking oil
Use ghee in place of coconut oil for baking
Melt ghee and then drizzle it on vegetables or meats prior to roasting
Use ghee in a “Bulletproof-type” coffee recipe
Bulk ghee can be used in numerous food service or precooked food applications.
Ghee is typically available in individual jars, cases, 5-gallon or 55-gallon drums for foodservice or large-scale food preparation purposes. Private-label, bulk and wholesale ghee is available.
Ghee has numerous health benefits related to its nutritional makeup. Here are some examples:
- Butyrate – butyric acid is an anti-carcinogenic short chain fatty acid that acts as a detoxifier, reduces inflammation, improves colon health & aids in digestion. It also helps the body respond to infections and can help with irritable bowel diseases.
- Vitamin K2 – essential for utilizing minerals like calcium, which supports growth and development of bones & teeth. K2 can also help improve symptoms of chronic arthritis.
- Medium Chain Fatty Acids – burn other fats & help improve function of the gallbladder.
- Vitamin A – good for hormone balance, liver health, stamina & fertility. Vitamin A also protects eye health by helping to prevent macular degeneration and the development of cataracts.
- Vitamin E – helps to balance hormones & cholesterol while aiding in the repair of skin and vision.
- CLA – ingestion of conjugated linoleic acid (found in higher concentrations in grass-fed ghee than ghee made from conventional butter) can lead to the reduction of inflammation, cholesterol, high blood pressure & even tumors. It can aid in weight loss and help prevent weight gain. Studies suggest it is linked to improving insulin resistance & potentially fighting cancer.
Ghee can be a useful ingredient for skin and hair care. It is known to hydrate all skin types, containing essential fatty acids that induce hydration in the skin cells. It is also useful in hair care regimens, conditioning dry, frizzy and rough hair, making it soft and glossy.
Ayurveda has numerous remedies that call for the use of ghee, both internal and external, many with special preparatory steps involved.
Availability of this product is limited by the availability of sweet cream butter from 100% grass-fed cows. As demand for grass-fed butter increases due to various market trends, availability will likely go through periods of tightness as agricultural concerns work to adjust. In the long term, supply and demand factors should reach equilibrium.
It is generally accepted that dairy cows and their manure produce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. Additionally, poor handling of manure and fertilizers can degrade local water resources. Moreover, unsustainable dairy farming and feed production can lead to the loss of ecologically important areas, such as prairies, wetlands, and forests.
As a result, the dairy industries in the US, Ireland and New Zealand (as well as other countries) have undertaken significant initiatives designed to mitigate the worst of these issues, and to make significant improvements in dairy’s overall impact on the environment.
Olive Leaf Extract – Oleuropein (Europe)
Since ancient times, people have used the oil and eaten olives, especially in Mediterranean cuisine. Historically, olive leaves were used to treat fevers, and for the topical treatment of wounds or infections. Its leaves have served as remedies since the age of the Ancient Greeks, who used them to combat high blood pressure and diabetes.
In Yemen, people used to eat and chew olive leaves, and it is reported that Yemenites never suffered from diabetes. Olive leaf tea is commercially available in Europe, and is recommended in at least one traditional medicinal encyclopedia for use in the case of high blood pressure. Olive leaves are also used as a spice, and are classified as flavorings in a Council of Europe publication.
Ever since it was discovered that the incidence of heart attack is much lower across the Mediterranean than in other areas of the world, the positive effects of a Mediterranean diet have been widely discussed. At the center of these discussions has always been olive oil. Its unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidant ingredients, such as the polyphenol Oleuropein, provide protection against cardiovascular disease, and other heart benefits. What most people don’t realize is that this health-promoting substance is found not only in the olive fruit, but actually in higher concentrations in the leaves of the olive tree (Olea europaea L.).
Oleuropein is rapidly degraded by colonic microflora, producing one of its most important metabolites, Hydroxytyrosol (HT). HT is also found in the olive leaf and olive oil, and is thought to be among the most potent antioxidants found in nature. Based on detailed investigations, it is suggested that HT acts as a scavenger of reactive free radicals leading to neuroprotective effects on neural cells during oxidative stress.
Although there are numerous manufacturers in the dietary supplement industry offering olive leaf extracts standardized to various concentrations of Oleuropein, we have identified and evaluated two different ingredients that meet our standards to be called NaturPro Verified Supply™ . Each of these extracts has been clinically proven to be effective for different benefits, focusing on cardiovascular health in one case, and bone health in the other.
- This is a unique ingredient standardized to contain just the right types of polyphenolic compounds, and in just the right proportions, to support cardiovascular health.
- It is a highly powerful antioxidant that protects blood vessels against the cellular damage caused by free radicals, and is also clinically proven safe and effective.
- Product purity is assured through a patented extraction process specifically designed to eliminate environmental and other contaminants.
- The manufacturer suggests dozens of structure-function claims (subject to FDA enforcement action), including
- Supports blood pressure health
- Supports normal cholesterol metabolism
- Supports healthy arterial function
- Supports normal glucose metabolism
- Proprietary olive polyphenol complex with standardized composition
- Patent protected
- Strong science and clinically tested
- Unique positioning as bone health product (stimulates bone formation)
- Positive consumer awareness of olive antioxidants
- Low daily dose
- Safe history of use
- EFSA claim for anti-oxidant activity
Both ingredients are highly soluble, free-flowing powders, and are suitable for use in capsules, tablets, powdered drink mixes, RTD drinks, and other applications.
In general, olive leaf extract is a natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties that are:
- gastroprotective (protects digestive system)
- neuroprotective (protects central nervous system)
- antimicrobial (inhibits microorganism growth)
- anticancer (reduces risk of cancer)
- anti-inflammatory (reduces risk of inflammation)
- antinociceptive (reduces pain stimuli)
- antioxidant (prevents oxidation or cell damage)
According to WebMD, “Olive leaf is used for treating viral, bacterial, and other infections including influenza, swine flu, the common cold, meningitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes, shingles, HIV/ARC/AIDS, and hepatitis B. Olive leaf is also used for pneumonia; chronic fatigue: tuberculosis (TB); gonorrhea; fever; malaria; dengue; ‘blood poisoning’ (bacterial infections in the bloodstream); severe diarrhea; and infections in the teeth, ears, and urinary tract, and infections following surgery. Other uses include high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, hay fever, improving kidney and digestive function, and increasing urine flow.” This clearly is supportive of the historical evidence of the value of this extraordinary plant.
As discussed above, however, NaturPro has selected two very unique, proprietary extracts with significant clinical evidence of very specific health benefits. Following is a summary of these benefits.
Oleuropein 20% – Clinically Supported for Cardiovascular Health
- Clinically-proven Benefits
- Proved similar to standard hypertensive therapy its ability to decrease blood pressure.
- Lowered blood pressure and LDL-cholesterol in adults with borderline hypertension.
- Suggested Mechanisms of Action
- Promotion of production of nitric oxide (NO), an important mediator of vasodilation in blood vessels. In turn, NO helps relax the smooth muscles surrounding blood vessels, decreasing blood pressure.
- By binding to angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), phenolic substances inhibit its action, ultimately decreasing the formation of angiotensin II. This leads to a systematic dilation of arteries and veins, and that decreases arterial blood pressure.
Oleuropein 40% – Clinically Supported for Bone Health
Bone metabolism (or bone remodeling) is a lifelong process where mature bone tissue is removed from the skeleton by osteoclasts (a process called bone resorption) and new bone tissue is formed by osteoblasts (a process called ossification or new bone formation). These processes also control the reshaping or replacement of bone following injuries like fractures but also micro-damage, which occurs during normal activity.
In the first year of life, almost 100% of the skeleton is replaced. In adults remodeling proceeds at about 10% per year. As long as the bone-forming activity (absorption) is greater than the bone- breakdown (resorption), adults are able to maintain healthy bones. Many living cells present in bone originate from the same “mother cell”. These bone stem cells differentiate into different cell types: Osteoblasts (bone building cells), but also adipocytes (fat cells) or other cell types. Due to stress, inflammation and ageing this differentiation shifts to the production of more fat cells and fewer osteoblasts resulting in more fragile and fatty bones.
- At the cellular level, Oleuropein promotes bone formation by inhibiting adipocyte differentiation, and enhancing differentiation into osteoblasts.
- A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study proved that this product has significant effects on stimulation of bone building cells (osteoblasts) and blood lipid profiles.
- Furthermore, results of a pharmacokinetic study show the intake of this ingredient leads to an excellent bioavailability of bioactive metabolites in the target population.
The figure below illustrates the relative mean change in osteoblast activity levels (bone formation marker osteocalcin) per subject over 12 months. The treatment group showed a 32% increase, which was statistically significant.
Olive tree leaf, a waste by-product of the olive oil industry, is an inexpensive and abundant source of polyphenols of great interest for various applications in the dietary supplement, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries. As such, there are no known concerns as to the sustainability of this ingredient.
Numerous benefits have been derived from the colorful and aromatic qualities of the Indian spice.
Curcuminoids are responsible for the rhizome’s yellow-orange color, while an array of essential oils host the flavorful aroma at the heart of traditional curries.
Long usage in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medical healing systems, turmeric has been repeatedly validated by the scientific data of today.
NaturPro has verified a product of a unique extraction process that combines curcuminoids and essential oils, including aromatic turmerone.
NaturPro has verified one of the oldest manufacturers of matcha tea (Camellia sinensis) for world class tea products.
The most authentic, high quality matcha, with the highest safety standards in the industry, comes from experience.
Our matcha suppliers are comprised of highly skilled professionals who intimately understand the complexity of tea.
Supported by Organic and GMP certifications, all materials must pass strict quality control and taste testing by trained tea sommeliers.
A wide-range of customers, from major world class companies to boutique tea shops are primary clients for this ultra-premium source of matcha.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha
Ceremonial grade matcha green tea is some of the finest green tea in the world and a very healthy way to consume matcha green tea. Primarily associated with the Japanese Tea Ceremony or Chanoyu, ceremonial matcha grade green tea has been consumed for hundreds of years because of it’s great taste and numerous health benefits.
Ceremonial matcha is grown in Japan in the Aichi prefecture. Prior to the harvest of matcha, the tea plants are shaded to bring out brightness and sweetness not associated with other green teas. The leaves are then harvested and processed, and ceremonial matcha tea is ground down to powder.
Today, matcha is still used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, but also in a variety of other manners. Ceremonial matcha is used in cakes, pies and ice cream, as an ingredient in baked goods and entrees and it is especially popular in lattes and smoothies.
When it comes to choosing certified Organic matcha, it will all boil down to the taste. Organic matcha has a fresh, umami flavor with crisp, bold accents that have your taste buds asking for more.
The tea leaves are harvested from the field, steamed, and manufactured as quickly as possible after harvest to preserve the aroma and taste.
Organic matcha green tea contains all the same great health benefits and antioxidants as normal matcha, while also providing a steady boost of energy with no crash making it perfect in the morning, as an afternoon pick-me-up of to settle in after dinner.
HISTORY OF MATCHA
The history of matcha green tea dates back several centuries. In 1271, tea cultivation began in Nishio, Japan, by the priest Shoichi, founder of the temple of Jissoji. Shoichi’s temple was in constant competition with the neighboring temple of Shonenji over rights to the nearby tea plants. For more than 400 years, these two temples battled for ownership until in 1692, a judgment awarded the coveted plants to Jissoji.
Nearly two hundred years later, after the Meiji Restoration of 1868, matcha production was finally embraced in Nishio. The chief priest of a nearby Buddhist monastery named Jundo Adachi introduced a new variety of tea and production techniques from Uji, which was a major production center of dried green tea powder.
Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigris) is widely known as a potent source of antioxidants and for its immune supporting properties.
NaturPro has qualified a line of high-quality elderberry extract products manufactured using Austrian black elderberries (Sambucus nigra, L.) of the variety “Haschberg.
This line delivers standardized amounts of anthocyanins in liquid or powdered format, and was developed using a chemical-free process which enriches active compounds including polyphenols.
- Contains nearly four times the anthocyanins as other commonly consumed berries
- Unique anthocyanin profile containing cyanidin-3-glucoside, cyanidin-3,5-diglucoside, cyanidin-3-sambubioside, cyanidin- 3-sambubioside-5-glucoside
- Rich in flavonoids like isoquercetin and catechins
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Promotes enhanced athletic performance
- Promotes a healthy cardiovascular system
- Promotes healthy aging and inflammation responses
Elderberry liquids and powders are ideal for a variety of applications including functional foods and beverages, dietary supplements, and as natural colorants. They are suitable for use in capsules, tablets, drink mixes, cosmetics, and more.
Elderberry Juice Concentrate (65° Brix: organic)
Pure Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) juice concentrate.
Juice Powder 5:1 (spray-dried concentrate, non-standardized, conventional & organic)
Pink-purple powder perfect for enhancing products naturally.
3.2% Liquid* (conventional & organic)
European black elderberry liquid standardized to a minimum anthocyanin content of 3.2%.
7% Powder* (conventional & organic)
Spray-dried European black elderberry extract standardized to a minimum anthocyanin content of 7%.
14% Powder* (conventional & organic)
Spray-dried European black elderberry extract standardized to a minimum anthocyanin content of 14%.
- Immune Support
- Stress and Performance
- Antioxidant and Cardiovascular Support
Elderberry has been extensively studied for bioavailability. In one particular human study by Cao et al. (2001), elderly women consumed an acute dosage of standardized elderberry extract, and anthocyanins were detected as glycosides in both plasma and urine. Further analysis of the urine by HPLC-MS/MS confirmed the existence of two main anthocyanins in elderberry (cyanidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-sambubioside) as well as four metabolites. Other studies by Milbury and his team (2002) confirmed the absorption of anthocyanins in their glycosylated forms and identified various metabolized forms. Wu et al. (2002) discussed the fact that absorption from an extract will likely be better than from the raw plant where the anthocyanins have not been extracted from the plant cell.
All elderberry products are also available in NOP certified organic upon request.
NaturPro Verified Mint is sourced from the largest mint producing area in the Pacific Northwest.
Our farms grow single-cut, premium-quality heirloom Black Mitcham Peppermint and Native Spearmint.
The mint they raise is sustainably harvested and has a unique flavor that cannot be found anywhere else. The way they grow their mint, the region’s climate, the rich soils and their harvesting methods make their mint extraordinarily smooth and refreshing.
The essential mint oils are steam distilled only once to retain the full flavor spectrum and bouquet of real Pacific Northwest mint.
Not much has changed over the years when it comes to the way we grow and harvest mint, although some of the more labor-intensive steps are now mechanized.
Our farms focus on quality instead of quantity, taking only one harvest off the mint each year. This philosophy means less dependence on commercial agronomic products and more reliance on the natural physiology of the plant and the seasons.
Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring dark red carotenoid found in nature primarily in aquatic animals such as salmon, trout, krill, shrimp, crayfish, and crustaceans. The microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis which grows in fresh water throughout the world is the richest natural source of astaxanthin. Humans, unlike crustaceans, cannot synthesize astaxanthin and have to acquire it through their diet.
Astaxanthin however, is more than just a red pigment, it is one of the most powerful lipophilic antioxidants yet discovered. It has the unique capacity to quench free radicals and reactive species of oxygen and to inhibit lipid peroxidation. Studies have shown natural astaxanthin to be over 500 times stronger than vitamin E and much more potent than other carotenoids such as lutein, lycopene and beta-carotene. Moreover, astaxanthin, a xanthophyll carotenoid, is a nutrient with a unique molecule structure; it does not convert to vitamin A (retinol) and has no “pro-oxidant” activity.
Numerous studies from around the world have established the use of natural astaxanthin produced from Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae as a potent antioxidant with proven beneficial effects for human health.
Astaxanthin was shown to decrease the risks of certain chronic diseases related to oxidative stress, supports healthy cardiovascular activity, improves muscle strength and endurance, prevents premature skin aging and joint health. Additionally, astaxanthin protects the body under stress conditions and has anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating effects. Astaxanthin has been shown to actually cross the blood-brain and blood-retinal barriers, meaning it can positively impact disorders related to eye, brain and central nervous system, among others.
Why Natural over Synthetic?
Haematococcus pluvialis is the organism that naturally produces the highest concentrations of astaxanthin. This green microalga is found in freshwater pools around the world. The conditions in these pools can change very rapidly. As the pool begins to dry up, levels of nutrients drop and UV radiation from the sun increases.
In response to these changes, H. pluvialis begins to produce astaxanthin. In fact, it produces so much astaxanthin that the entire cell of the algae turns bright red. The astaxanthin’s powerful antioxidant capacity protects the algae’s delicate cellular machinery, allowing the algae to survive in very harsh conditions. Even if the water in the pool dries completely, the astaxanthin allows the algae to survive for months or even years. In other words, natural evolution has made H. pluvialis an ideal source of astaxanthin.
However, cultivating H. pluvialis to produce natural astaxanthin in the quantities needed for use in nutraceutical supplements and functional foods is a challenging and extremely technical process.
As an increasing number of clinical studies have shown the health benefits of natural algae astaxanthin and its popularity has increased, some have tried to take a short cut by introducing synthetic versions of astaxanthin for use in human supplements. These synthetic versions of astaxanthin are sometimes labeled as “nature identical” or “nature equivalent.” However, there are many important molecular differences between natural algae astaxanthin and artificial versions produced by chemical synthesis from petrochemicals.
Despite being described as “nature identical,” synthetic astaxanthin is clearly different from natural algae astaxanthin in important ways. Natural algae astaxanthin is more than 95% esterified. This means natural fatty acids are attached to one or both ends of the molecule. By contrast, synthetic astaxanthin is all free form, or unesterified.
Beyond the striking biochemical differences between algal and synthetic astaxanthin, data demonstrates clearly that algal astaxanthin is 10X as bioavailable as synthetic. This is critical information when one considers how important bioavailability is to achieving the benefits of any dietary supplement.
NaturPro has evaluated and certified two high-quality suppliers of natural algal-sourced astaxanthin. These suppliers offer a wide range of form factors for use in food, dietary supplements and pet supplement applications.
Available form factors include:
- 5% astaxanthin extract oleoresin
- 10% astaxanthin extract oleoresin
- 20% astaxanthin extract oleoresin
- 2% astaxanthin extract powder (cold-water dispersible)
- 2% astaxanthin extract powder (cold-water soluble)
- 5% astaxanthin vegetarian beadlets
- 1% water soluble astaxanthin extract
- 4 mg softgels in bulk
- 12 mg softgels in bulk
- Whole algae powder
- 4 mg astaxanthin whole algae tablets in bulkThe whole algae comprises the complete array of powerful naturally-occurring constituents not found in extracted astaxanthin, including astaxanthin and other antioxidants, polysaccharides and dietary fibers, essential fatty acids and vitamins & minerals.
Note: many of the products above are available in organic as well as conventional status
As an Antioxidant, Astaxanthin is:
- 110 times stronger than Vitamin E
- 560 times stronger than Green Tea catechins
- 800 times stronger than CoQ10
- 3000 times stronger than Resveratrol
- 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C
Astaxanthin has been in the human diet for at least as long as we have consumed seafood. It is found in seafood such as shrimp and crabs, and fish like salmon and trout, large quantities of which are consumed by people all over the world. For perspective, a normal-sized sockeye salmon stake typically contains between 4 and 6 milligrams of astaxanthin, and dietary supplement dosages of 4 mg have been sold since the 1990s – millions and millions of doses with no adverse reactions reported.
Additionally, there have been hundreds of studies performed using dosages of up to 20 mg/day of astaxanthin, with no reported adverse effects. Some work has been done using acute dosages of 40 mg/day which was said to have been “well-tolerated” by the subjects; however, incidence of dosages that high in the body of astaxanthin science has been infrequent.
Because of astaxanthin’s tremendous benefits across multiple categories of human health, manufacturers have designed numerous form factors to enable consumers the widest possible access to astaxanthin. Among these are:
- Dietary Supplement Applications
- Softgel Capsules
- Two-Piece Capsules
- Instant Drink Powders
- Nutritional Bars
- Liquid Shots
- Ready-to-Drink Beverages
- Soft Chews
- Personal Care Applications
- Topical Creams
- Topical Emulsions
- Food and Beverage Applications
- Nutritional Bars
- Chocolate Confections
- Milk Products
- Water Beverages
- Baked Goods
- Chewing Gum
- Dairy Product Analogs
- Frozen Dairy Desserts and Mixes
- Hard Candy
- Soft Candy
- Processed Fruits and Fruit Juices
- Processed Vegetables and Vegetable Juices
- Pet Supplements
In recent years, astaxanthin has been among the most widely-researched dietary supplements because of its incredibly potent antioxidant properties. Recent and ongoing studies number in the hundreds, and new, exciting results attesting to its benefits are announced on a regular basis. Areas that continue to be investigated include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Antioxidant Activity of Astaxanthin
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Astaxanthin
- Astaxanthin and Eye Health
- Anti-Atherosclerotic Properties of Astaxanthin
- Photoprotective Properties of Astaxanthin
- Immunomodulating Properties of Astaxanthin
- Astaxanthin and Cardiovascular Health
- Astaxanthin and Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Astaxanthin and Heat Stress
- Anti-Fatiguing Effects of Astaxanthin
- Anticancer Activity of Astaxanthin
- Astaxanthin and Male Fertility
- Lipid Profile Improvement from Astaxanthin
- Endurance-Boosting Effects of Astaxanthin
- Cosmetic Benefits of Astaxanthin
- Safety and Bioavailability of Astaxanthin
- Superiority of Algal-based Astaxanthin over Synthetic
As discussed, NaturPro has evaluated and certified two superior-quality astaxanthin manufacturers, who have expended considerable resources performing clinical and scientific studies as to the benefits of natural astaxanthin. Among the clinically-supported benefits for astaxanthin supplied by these specific manufacturers are:
- Muscle Performance
- Boost muscle endurance and recovery
- Lowers lactic acid and fatigue
- Improves muscle fatigue that may lead to sports performance benefits
- Reduces muscle damage and inflammation (that may occur from over-exertion during strenuous exercise)
- Reduces muscle damage, oxidative stress and improves antioxidant response
- Improves fitness, strength/endurance and strength/explosivity
- Significantly improved TT (cycling time trial) performance
- Improves blood flow and the quality of red blood cells
- Enhances fat metabolism by improving mitochondria function
- Eye Health & Vision
- Improving eye fatigue, eye irritation & blurred vision linked to computer and digital device use
- Improving capillary blood flow
- Improves visual acuity
- Reducing inflammation of the ciliary muscle (that may occur with excessive computer and digital device use)
- Skin Health
- Revitalizes photoaged skin by quenching oxidative stress in all skin layers
- Reduces the size of wrinkles and improves skin microtexture
- Improves elasticity in the skin by strengthening the collagen layer
- Immune Health
- Faster immune response
- Strengthens and balances the immune system
- Enhances antibody production
- Protects immune cells against oxidative stress
- Heat Stress
- Effective in treating and preventing heat stress induced by factors such as high temperatures or strenuous physical activities
Other benefits that have been demonstrated in the general literature on algal-sourced astaxanthin include:
- Skin Health
- Increases the amount of time before the skin starts to burn
- Improves elasticity and moisture
- Joint & Tendon Health
- Increases grip strength
- Helps reduce discomfort from carpal tunnel syndrome
- Eye & Brain Health
- Astaxanthin can cross the blood-retinal barrier
- Protects eyes from light-induced damage
- Reduces eye strain and fatigue
- Lessens oxidative stress on the brain
- Cardiovascular Health
- Supports healthy blood flow
- Helps keep CRP and blood lipid levels at normal range
- Improves HDL-C
As both manufacturers verified by NaturPro grow their algae in enclosed photobioreactor systems, there is no impact on natural availability of this algae; in addition, no harsh chemicals are used in the extraction process.
Both manufacturers have achieved Non-GMO Project Verified status.
Algal DHA (Omega-3) — 40-50% DHA (Canada)
With increasing demand placed upon global fisheries, and an ever-growing population, we can’t continue to rely solely on the sea to meet omega-3 needs.
However, most plant-based omega-3s only offer short-chain alpha-linolenic acid, a less active form of omega-3s that are inefficiently converted by the body into biologically relevant EPA and DHA. This conversion process is inefficient, and often rendered ineffective by essential fat imbalances which typify the Western diet, such as high omega-6 intake.
Fish happen to excel at this conversion, but so do certain strains of algae – the original source of omega-3s.
• Non-GMO algal oil
• Allergen free
• Clean and clear label
If you’ve ever tasted the dreaded fish burp, you’ve tasted oxidized fish oil. The omega-3 DHA molecule is uniquely sensitive to air due its many double-bonds. Optimizing freshness and shelf stability requires processing expertise. Patented processing means that these delicate chains of fat are protected from oxidation – which means a better taste in your mouth.
Slick, slimy algae? Not so much. With a diverse variety of delivery options, a range of omega-3 offerings are available in delightfully subtle forms.
Algal oil undergoes an environmentally-friendly, chemical-free extraction process to eliminate virtually all traces of taste and odor – making the a tasteless omega-3 oil an ideal ingredient in foods and beverages where manufacturers want the nutritional benefits of plant-derived omega-3 DHA without a fishy smell or taste.
Quality by Design in Omega-3’s
Whereas ocean-sourced omega-3s have to undergo many purification processes to remove the environmental contaminants ubiquitous in seawater, improved sources never expose the algae to contaminants in the first place, with a proprietary omega-3 processing protects the oil from environmental contaminants or pollutants.
Uses a patented solvent-free process to extract omega-3 EPA and DHA, using food-grade enzymes to harvest omega-3 EPA and DHA. No solvents, petroleum distillates, hexanes
Produced with a fermentation process similar to beer or kombucha making, in a closed environment specially created to maximize omega-3 output.
- Tablets and Capsules
- Gel caps & capsules
- Soft chews
- Supplement beverages
Standard algal DHA oil can be widely found in infant formula, prenatal and dietary supplement applications. Improved delivery choices are available that overcome pill fatigue with a range of offerings such as:
- Emulsified oils with a creamy, non-oily texture
- Tasteless, odorless, shelf-stable oils
- Heat-stable powders
Microalgae produce nutrition using renewable inputs — water and sunlight. A number of studies have evaluated the potential for algal byproducts as sustainable nutrition sources. Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are found in animals, transgenic plants, fungi and many microorganisms but are typically extracted from fatty fish, putting additional pressures on global fish stocks.
Several heterotrophic microalgae have been used as biofactories for omega-3 fatty acids commercially, but a strong interest in autotrophic microalgae has emerged in recent years as microalgae are being developed as biofuel crops.
Rhodiolife’s unique “fingerprint” composition consistently provides the spectrum of nutrients found in the root of the plant which are responsible for its biological activity.
With Rhodiolife®, not only is the percentage of the primary actives – rosavins and salidrosides – the same as the root, but so is the ratio of actives. This is not the case with many other Rhodiola rosea ingredients on the market.
NaturPro has qualified an Organic Certified Ashwagandha farm located about a half hour drive outside of Portland. The farm has been Certified Organic for 18 years.
They grow using biodynamic preparations, seed and harvest with the moon and harvest and process by hand. For fertilizer, they use OMRI certified compost, cover cropping and some compost tea.
Herb Pharm is one of the oldest Organic herb supplement brands in the world using regenerative farming practices, with full control of more than 65 herbs sold under their own brand.
Herb Pharm is also certified bee-friendly, salmon safe and butterfly friendly.
The story of Herb Pharm begins long before the tincture hits the bottle. In each ecosystem where the herb grows, the soil, the plants, the animals and the weather surrounding it all play a role in its development. The window of time in which the plant or plant part reaches peak development is finite, sometimes just two weeks long, and can vary from season to season. This makes the harvest itself a sensitive science.
Herb Pharm grows many of their own herbs on farms just down the road from our extraction facility in the hills of the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon. This proximity allows them to connect our growing and extraction processes— timing each to bring the best out of the other. Harvesting nearby lets us build a relationship with the herbs we grow, which helps guarantee a high-quality harvest. It also gives us the unique opportunity to perform fresh extractions in as little as an hour from when the herb was harvested.
JOINING AN ECOSYSTEM
Herb Pharm uses Certified Organic, non-GMO farming techniques because responsible methods are the right way to treat our environment and community.
“We share our lands and waterways with bees, butterflies, salmon, geese, deer and more. Our farms are ecosystems, and the health of our herbs depends on creating balance with nature.”
TO EACH PLANT THEIR OWN
“We grow over 65 herbs on our farm, and each one is grown according to its own unique needs. The diverse geography and biodiversity of this region provides varying soils and microclimates, which allows us to plant herbs within their ideal growing environment. A few herbs are grown as annuals, but the majority of crops remain in our fields for several years as perennials. To ensure that we get the highest-quality herbs possible, we harvest each plant or plant part at a specific time (from late winter to late fall) depending on when the desired phytochemicals of that specific plant are at their highest concentrations. Regenerative farming practices like cover cropping, organic weed management and composting help us support the climate and reduce our carbon footprint.
These methods take more time, but they allow us to side step the damaging use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that most conventional farms have come to rely upon. If you want to dig deeper into our farming methods, explore this Regenerative Farming article.”
About The Farm
In 1984, Mary Dunford made her passion for plants a reality when she opened Nature’s Herb Farm. With a homemade greenhouse made primarily of plywood, she began selling her potted plants and fresh-cut herbs in the San Antonio area.
Her son, Shane Dunford, joined the company in 1990 and together they built the company from the ground up.
Today, Nature’s Herb Farm is primarily a wholesale distributor but we occasionally sell to the public. When purchasing small amounts of herbs for private use we accept cash or checks only; no debit or credit cards.
Welcome to Well-Sweep Herb Farm!
Our farm, a family endeavor, is located in the picturesque mountains of Warren County and is home to one of the largest collections of herbs and perennials in the country. Germinating from the seed of handed down tradition and hobby – to a business that has flourished, 2019 proclaims our 50th year.
From around the globe, with a breadth of Acanthus to Zatar, our selection spans from the familiar and unusual to the rare and exotic. This season we are introducing 104 intriguing new plants to our collection which now tops 1,898 varieties. Whether you’re a collector, designer, dabbler or windowsill gardener … we hope to arouse the curiosity of all!
Come Visit! We invite you to bring a picnic lunch, play with your children on the swings, visit our farm animals, enjoy a leisurely stroll along our garden paths or just relax and enjoy the beauty of the day.
The farm features a multitude of herbs and perennials, display gardens and a gift shop. Our shop is filled with a wonderful assortment of dried flowers, wreaths, statuary, books, essential oils, hard-to-find potpourri supplies and unusual gifts for all ages.
Our butterfly, herb, medicinal, perennial and rock gardens burst forth with breathtaking displays throughout the farm and have been featured in national magazines and books. Our brick-pathed formal herb garden boasts a knot garden, as well as a display of the 34 basils, 71 lavenders, 46 rosemarys, 86 thymes, and 72 scented-leaf geranium varieties that we stock. Whether for pleasure, inspiration or ideas … come see the possibilities.
With 50 years in the trade, we want you to experience the same gardening rewards that we do, and for this reason we strive to provide you with high-quality robust plants.
If you are less than pleased with your order, notify us within 10 days; if we were in error, a full refund of the merchandise will be issued accordingly. We reserve the right to request return of the items prior to adjustment.
A few damaged leaves may occur in transit, this usually will not affect the vitality of the plant. If excess damage has occurred, however, please contact us immediately. We trust you understand that we are not responsible for loss due to improper care.
The farm is open year-round, Monday through Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and April through August and December, Sundays 11 am to 4 pm. Please call before stopping by January – March.
2019 Special Openings – April 1 to August 31: Sundays, 11:00 – 4:00 &
December 1 to December 23: Sundays, 11:00 – 4:00.
Our plants are grown organically – naturally without chemical pesticides or fungicides. All plants are shipped properly labeled and well-rooted in three inch pots or quart containers as noted in the catalog by (Qt.). Weather permitting, our widest selection of herb plants and perennials is available for purchase around May 15th.
Our Special Events
For your enjoyment Well-Sweep Herb Farm offers special events, as well as guest speakers, lectures, slide shows and craft classes scheduled throughout the year. These educational and entertaining events are listed in our catalog and on our website under “Special Events” – come have some fun! Please call or e-mail for details – firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1966, husband and wife, Cyrus and Louise Hyde, purchased an old run-down house and a piece of property. With a background in farming and a passion for gardening, what began as a homestead gradually transformed and grew into a national attraction.
Louise, author of the hit cookbook Favorite Recipes From Well-Sweep, a mother of three and at one time a licensed physical therapist, orchestrates and sustains the farm’s dynamic symphony of events. Walks and constructing the farm’s stone-bordered gardens occupy her free time and just look for her ever attentive Border Collie if you need to find her.
Cy, a collector of herbs and rare poultry, is filled with the lore of the land. If you have a question, you’ll usually find him in his garden happy to chat. Well-known as a lecturer and for the development of his own plant varieties, in 1991 he received the Herb Society of America’s Nancy Putnam Howard Award for excellence in horticulture. In 2001 the International Herb Association presented him with a professional award for his outstanding contributions to the herb industry.
Our crew, the majority seasonal and a handful of faithfuls, help keep the farm’s mechanism in motion. In the greenhouses – Maria is our expert plant propagator and has transplanting down to an art. Our grandson Patrick, fresh out of college, works in sales and greenhouse production. Brian lends a helping hand wherever needed and maintains the formal herb garden. While David, our eldest son, wears many hats and if it needs doing … he gets it done.
Several distinguished plants compliment our selection this year: the rare blue and white ‘Royal Stripes’ Gentian, the tasty Changshou Kumquat, the unique ‘Cherry Berry’ Wintergreen with quarter size fruit, the stunning ‘Lion King’ Iris with 8″ double blossoms and our own introduction – ‘Well-Sweep Pink’ Aster.
We have always strived to not only provide you with a listing of our plants but also a catalog that is a gardeners reference – enjoy! Don’t miss our handy Gardener’s Guide – helpful lists of plants by their noted uses, see page 74.
In some respect every plant known to humankind, whether common or rare, shares a useful purpose either in the aesthetic appeal of their foliage or blooms, their culinary or medicinal virtues, or their diverse variation of fragrance or flavor. By including some of this information, it is our wish that we may enlighten you, enhance your lifestyle or broaden your horticultural interests. While it is our pleasure to share this information, ultimately you are responsible for the way that you use your plants. We encourage you to continue your own research before experimenting. It is our hope that you will be inspired to expand your collection with some of our extraordinary specimens.
The International Herb Association has chosen ‘Anise Hyssop’, Agastache, as the 2019 Herb of the Year. Join us in celebrating this useful herb at our Midsummer Herb Festival – Saturday, July 27th. In honor of our 50th Anniversary we will be having guest speaker Delaware State University Professor Emeritus Arthur O. Tucker. Tucker is an internationally renowned botanist, author of “The Encyclopedia of Herbs”, and friend of Cyrus & Louise. He will be speaking on “Agastache and Some Herbal Hacks” as well as discussing his new book, co-authored by Susan Belsinger, “Grow Your Own Herbs: The 40 Best Culinary Varieties for Home Gardens.”
After the lecture, enjoy a tasty luncheon prepared with anise and Korean hyssop as well as other complimentary herbs. After lunch, celebrate the beauty of this culinary flower as you create a floral arrangement featuring the many varieties of Agastache and other flowers from our gardens. Finish the day with a tour through our formal herb garden. Reservations are required.
Your patronage helps support a small family business that provides personal service, as well as an enjoyable place for you to visit and relax. We thank you for choosing Well-Sweep Herb Farm for your gardening needs. Plants are our passion – we hope our love and fascination with them encourages you to feel the same. We look forward to your visit or order, and hope to see you soon.
Louise, Cyrus & David Hyde, and Staff
Starting with the purchase of 25 acres, our first step was to grow the herbs in a totally organic environment. The only way that can happen is through greenhouses, away from acid rain. Completing our organic growth we only spray with “garlic water” with the garlic we grow; our other form of pesticide control is our ducks. The rest of our eco system comes from praying mantis, lady bugs, bees, hummingbirds, moths and earth worms; this gives us a completely organic growing environment. To round out our high quality product we enrich the soil with Mushroom mulch and recycle the waste from our farm animals. Our soil is lightened with sand and peat moss for water control.
We have now grown to over 45 acres. We have 6 full working greenhouses each 2,000 square feet, foundations for six more, and plan for several more in the future. The herbs are grown, harvested, and ground in a controlled environment resulting in the highest potency.
The Sunflower staff works 365 days a year to maintain the greenhouses and farm animals. The farm has two working wells and we are planning on putting in our own electrical power source in the near future. For every two green houses that are up and working, it provides one full time position at the farm.
- We use 90% of the herbs that we grow & we are working on growing 100% of all of our herbs.
- All herbs are grown in an organic greenhouse ecosystem without the use of any pesticides.
- Our water source comes from two wells 500 feet below the surface.
- Herbs are grown from seedlings in our farm’s seed room. We store herbs in our own protected clean environment.
- The grinding of Herbs is done directly in the farm’s “clean-room”.
- A Cold Process is used for herbal mixes.
- We do not use alcohol in our herbal formulations and mixes.
At Jekka’s we aim to inspire people to grow and use herbs in their everyday living, as well as providing them with the knowledge about the power of herbs.
Established in 1984
A passion that outgrew the garden in Filton in 1984 and resulted in the move to Alveston in 1987, at which time the farm was growing just 26 varieties of herbs; this has now increased to over 400 varieties. Over the last three decades Jekka’s has evolved from supplying garden centres to an online mail order business and from 2013, when we created Jekka’s Herbetum and school offering master classes and tours.
Truly a family business
Hannah and Alistair have joined Mac and Jekka so securing the long-term future. Hannah brings her skills as an illustrator and printmaker and Alistair brings his knowledge of the environment and his passion for food.
The Hawaii Medicinal Tea & Herb Cooperative (HTC) is a Consumer Cooperative established in 2016 on the Big Island of Hawaii. The organization was formed in an attempt to redefine the role of commercial agriculture in the state by using a model that promotes participation, inclusivity, and equitable distribution of revenue to all participating members. This is achieved through the consumer cooperative structure and strategic development of commercially sustainable, high-value agriculture products. HTC intends to fill the void left by the discriminatory, failed plantations with an environmentally and socially-responsible program that bridges the gap between resources (finance, real estate) and capabilities to revitalize Hawaiian agriculture and our local communities.
Farm Co-op Stats:
NaturPro has qualified one of the largest vertically integrated Certified Organic cultivation of Ayurvedic and Indian herbs.
Farm Co-op Stats:
NaturPro has qualified one of the largest vertically integrated Certified Organic cultivation of Ayurvedic and Indian herbs.
Farm Co-op Stats:
Ashwagandha Test Methods – USP
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Principal Scientific Liaison
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Principal Scientific Liaison
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Meet Our Growers and Wildcrafters
In a mainstream so disconnected from our food, our sense of place, our heritage, we have chosen to prioritize being plugged in to the source of our medicine…and those who seed, water, tend, and pick it.
Roots like dandelion, burdock, and yellow dock are best dug in the late fall, early winter, or early spring when above-ground parts are more dormant. Leaves and blossoms are best picked in spring and summer when at their most vibrant.
Bringing Back the Ancient Ways
Our growers and wildcrafters are the heart of our small operation. They hold ancient wisdom – like the harvest tidbit above – and base their harvests on the cycles of the moon and the optimal time for each plant to be picked and hand delivered to us in peak condition.
We have abundant gratitude and awe for our in-house growers and wildcrafters as well as our trusted allies below:
High Rock Farms
Maple Spring Gardens
Our Friendly Allies
Gentle Harmony Farm
High Rock Herbs
Green Heart Gardens
Hap Mountain Herbal
Guided by the Wise Woman Ways, Red Moon Herbs creates potent herbal products in small batches using the highest quality fresh plant material that is almost all local and all organically grown or wildcrafted.
Started in 1994 by Corinna Wood and Jessica Godino, Red Moon Herbs has seen many changes over the past 20 years, including incredible growth, two apothecaries, and, most recently, stringent compliance with FDA regulations regarding herbal medicines. In 2012, the directorship was passed to from Corinna Wood to Jeannie Dunn. Throughout these changes, the focus and mission of the business has remained strong and true: to create safe and effective herbal products for the whole family from local, abundant plants.
As a professional herbalist and North Carolina native, Jeannie has been wildcrafting and making herbal extracts, oils, and salves for over a decade. She studied formally at both the NC School of Natural Healing and One World Healing Arts, but her herbal roots go much further back to the back-to-basics lifestyle infused in her as a child. Jeannie picked strawberries, canned vegetables, and pulled weeds from row crops with her parents and three siblings on their multi-generational family farm in Efland, NC. Today, knowing the powerful healing properties of those ‘weeds’ she used to pull, Jeannie happily uses them in her fermentations, herbal extracts, and fun, medicinal elixirs.