We supply from unimaginable people around the globe who we’ve been fortunate sufficient to construct relationships with – from the group in Vanuatu who harvests and hand dries our kava root for Peace Juice, to the husband and spouse duo in New Mexico who retired from their regulation agency and determined to offer again to the earth with a biodynamic farm.
Our meticulous high quality requirements begin with the best, healthiest plant materials sourced from each:
- (a) trusted natural and biodynamic farms, and
- (b) our community of moral wildcrafters that we’ve constructed sturdy relationships with over time.
Moral wildcrafting implies that you’re wild-harvesting crops which are rising untamed of their native habitats; these crops are untouched by pesticides, chemical compounds, or any form of human intervention. That is as ‘natural’ because it will get, and we vet all of our moral distributors with a rigorous qualification course of (a lot of them, our producer has identified for many years). Whereas we’re a forward-thinking firm that wishes to make herbs accessible for the fashionable human, we additionally worth the preservation and respect of custom above all. The standard wildcrafting code of ethics maintains that you will need to guarantee you’re in an untouched, unsprayed space, and it’s possible you’ll solely forage from a wholesome and enormous stand of crops. You’re by no means to reap greater than 1/four of a plant stand, and you will need to come throughout the plant four occasions earlier than harvesting.
“By no means taking the primary means by no means taking the final.”
Aside from supporting wildcrafters, we goal to supply most of our natural substances from our native natural and biodynamic farms positioned throughout the US. For instance, our Lemon Balm, Echinacea, St. John’s Wort, and extra come from one among our most beloved farms in New Mexico, surrounded by horses, mountains, and wholesome symbiotic wildlife.
This farm is positioned on sacred land that has been rigorously handed down for hundreds of years solely to those that have vowed to offer it the care it deserves. A husband and spouse duo from New York who spent their careers as legal professionals stumbled upon this land whereas trying to find a significant solution to spend their retirement. As quickly as they set foot on the property, they have been overcome with a deep figuring out that the land “selected them.” At first they have been nervous, even skeptical about persevering with the legacy of rising natural medication attributable to their backgrounds in company regulation… however they listened to their hearts and shortly noticed the impression they have been capable of make on the well being of so many. This farm is now their life, they usually put their complete hearts into rising the herbs which are in your formulation. They strictly comply with biodynamic processes, which is a step above even natural rising practices. This implies they comply with the lunar calendar and phases of the moon when planting and harvesting.
As a substitute of utilizing pesticides, even pure plant pesticides like neem leaf, they select to develop intentional flowers round particular crops to create a harmonious atmosphere that pulls useful bugs to crowd out the pests. Seasonally, they rotate issues like sunflowers round our numerous herbs to guard them and create a symbiotic ecosystem that protects each the land and the crops. These useful crops don’t do away with all the pests, after all… however right here’s one of the best half: their purpose is to NOT have good crops.
Whereas we at all times need plant materials that is freed from sprays and chemical compounds, we don’t essentially need pristine, untouched leaves and flowers. Why? As a result of herbs and crops which have been involved with the ecosystem round them, together with a number of bugs that current them with a slight “problem,” get quite a bit stronger over time and secrete extra of the plant chemical compounds that we’re in search of in our natural medication. Crops that face a wholesome stage of adversity change into more healthy and stronger in the long term, which implies additionally they make us stronger.
Different crops we use in our blends come from even smaller household farms. Our Skullcap for instance, present in Temper Juice and Sleep Juice, comes from a household in Minnesota who grows solely for our producer yearly. This plant grows abundantly on their land, and we’re capable of get the whole lot we’d like from this one extraordinarily particular supply.
Lastly, as a result of we mix herbs from completely different traditions, there are occasions after we’re not capable of supply a plant within the U.S. as a result of it’s solely capable of develop in its native local weather and habitat. That is the case for Kava Root, a plant that’s native to the Pacific Ocean islands. Reasonably than sourcing our Kava from Fiji, the place pesticides are so usually used, we supply it sustainably from a small group of farmers in Vanuatu (which can also be serving to to construct their financial system).
The Kava is harvested by the use of group effort, the place households get collectively and gather it collectively from its synergistic ecosystem the place no pesticides are used and lots of communal crops develop by its facet. No plows or machines are used within the harvesting course of; it’s all executed by hand because it has been for years. The Kava is then dried within the shade and carried by every member of the group to hurry boats the place it then takes 6 hours for it to succeed in a spot the place it may be despatched to us for our formulation.