- It’s cheaper
- I don’t have to continually run to the health food store
- I like to have things on hand–especially if there’s a snowstorm and I can’t get out.
What am I ordering now?
Nettles–My husband drinks a quart of nettles tea every day. I make it up in the morning while packing his lunchbox and making his egg sandwich. He takes it in a quart canning jar. He takes the nettles for several reasons, but mostly for his allergies. Since we go through so much nettles, it pays me to order a few pounds at a time.
Green Tea–As you know, I drink a lot of green tea. It is high in anti-oxidants and is all-around good for you. (Gives me an idea for another post :).) I like to buy my tea from my friends Susan and Julie at their wonderful shop Julieanna’s. But, to buy enough to keep me drinking would cost a bunch. So each month or so I go into Julieanna’s and buy something special. That is what I drink for my afternoon tea/writing time or serve for company. But for that first morning cup and throughout the day, or for making iced tea, I like to buy the leaves in bulk.
Where am I ordering from?
I used to order all my herbs from Mountain Rose in Oregon. I really like Mountain Rose but when postage started going up, I started looking for a supplier on the east coast. That is when I found the Bulk Herb Store. Although the Bulk Herb Store doesn’t have the selection of Mountain Rose, they generally have the basics. So for smaller orders like this one, I use the Bulk Herb Store.
What else do I order?
Other herbs–Licorice root, cinnamon, ginkgo, and hawthorn berry for my Pick Me Up tea (from Rosemary Gladstar’s The Family Herbal). Yerba Mate for my summer iced tea. Burdock, milk thistle, and yellow dock for my teens’ acne capsules. Saw palmetto for my husband. Activated charcoal and kelp for goat doctoring. Echinacea and goldenseal for tinctures. Oh my, I could go on and on.
Supplies–I generally order salve-making supplies in the spring. That would include tins,tubes, and beeswax. I will also order dropper bottles for tinctures and empty tea bags to fill with herbs. These come in handy when my husband wants to take something special to work for a cup of hot tea.
Do you buy herbs in bulk?
I’d love to hear what you might order in bulk and why. Are you in the habit of ordering bulk herbs and supplies? When was the last time you made your own herbal remedies. Please share in the comments.
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