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The Changing Face of the Herbal Industry

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These days it seems like every other week researchers are discovering new types of plants and trees. Botanical research can be fascinating, and there is no shortage of educational sites and books on the subject. Perhaps that is how you found our site, or is the very reason you are reading this blog. But to be expected, as long is this industry is growing, so must new guidelines and practices. Which is why our customers are sometimes surprised to see that our catalog has a disclaimer next to it that states "sold 'as is' for bulk botanical ingredients with no health claims or directions," and wonder what that means.

The simple answer is that we do not carry any 'natural health products,' but rather we are focused on specializing in high quality bulk herbs for their multipurpose uses. More specifically, because we are a wholesaler, we cannot provide you with retail directions, or unfounded claims, regarding any unapproved uses for the bulk herbs we carry. Upon making a purchase, customers must agree to our Terms and Conditions, which states that the buyer understands all of our herbals are provided 'as is,' and are sold strictly for herbarium specimen, collection, legitimate research, plant propagation, and educational or ornamental purposes only. Any buyers found violating these terms are politely refused. 

Incredibly, there are many versatile uses for herbs, aside from traditional teas and poultices made from herbs that we do not carry. Botanicals have been used for thousands of years for a wide variety of incredible reasons, which include making safe insect repellents (like peppermint oil), fragrant soaps (like lavender), ceremonial uses (such as sage smudges and incense), art dyes, textures, and more. Perhaps you may have noticed that you can buy 'turmeric' very cheaply out of the bulk bin at your local ethnic store, but for the same product it costs you triple the price at the health food store if it comes in a capsule with health claims and directions attached to it.

According to the new regulations outlined in the NHP bill, anyone can buy and sell herbs for a wide variety of generic uses without a problem, but you can't market them as health products or make any medical claims about them without licensed approval. These new rules are also aimed at traditional teas like rooibos and chamomile, which if any health benefits are stated on the package can result in lengthy wait times for approval. Sometimes this process takes years to complete, and requires an 'NPN number' or 'natural products number.' The purpose of this bill is to protect the industry from irresponsible vendors that make frivolous claims about 'miracle cures' derived from plant materials.

So to comply with industry standards, we have opted out of carrying any products requiring claims or directions that would be classified as 'natural health products,' as we are strictly focused on carrying bulk botanicals and catering to the wholesale manufacturing market. At this time, we are also expanding into carrying candles, essential oils, and more. Thank you for reading about the changes to the herbal industry.

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