Ordering Bulk Herbs and Supplies

I’m putting together an order of herbs. Generally, I order our herbs in bulk. I do this for several reasons.

  • 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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Ordering Bulk Herbs and Supplies — 19 Comments

  1. I don’t order them in bulk but it is something to consider. I used to buy more of everything in bulk when my children were younger, but now that two (of three) have moved out, we don’t use as much as we used to. I do like having a well stocked pantry and whatnot, so perhaps I should look into this. Thanks, Carol! 🙂

  2. Hi Carol –

    I’m not that herb savvy. I use parsley, basil, oregano, garlic, and onion in my Italian cooking. I also keep cinnamon in the house because I love it on rice pudding.

    Can you recommend any books on using herbs in cooking?

    Susan 🙂

  3. We buy any herbs we don’t grow ourselves from Frontier Natural Products via a buying club with friends. We get wholesale prices on organic, ethically grown products. This way I feel confident the herbs I use in cooking and healing are carefully sourced. And I can afford it!

  4. Carol, I don’t order bulk herbs, but love growing them! As almost-empty-nesters, Tom and I don’t need a large quantity, but I DO use them in much of my cooking. FYI to Susan–my recipes are from all different sources and my favorite recipes use fresh basil. The info re. nettles was helpful, Carol. But then I always learn something new when I get around to visiting your blog:)

  5. I love herbs! I use lots of oatstraw and shavegrass for bone and skin health. Fennel and peppermint for tummy trouble. I’ve been steeping comfrey in various kinds of alcohol for a ‘toner’ and to help control breakouts and oil. Lavender- just for the smell of it!
    -and more when I can get them!
    Last year, I was able to grow a few things in my yard- that was a blessing.

    Bulk Herb Store has a great list of books on herbs and cooking with them too. She has some good videos and reading material on the site too.


  6. Thanks for sharing this herb business! I do buy some herbs and spices in bulk but only those I don’t grow. I also buy some botanicals for soap-making and am pleased to find this company. I used to use Mountain Rose, too, but the postage was prohibitively expensive, then their blog began promoting the “Occupy movement”. I’ll be happy to look over this new company in detail! Thanks again.

    • I would recommend StarWest botanicals, over mountain rose. They offer fair trade products , have good prices, fresh quality herbs, and also, I have found quite a number of their products through amazon searches, wherein I can use my “amazon prime” free shipping option.

  7. Buying herbs in bulk is such a good idea! I buy tea in bulk. I have a large herb garden, so I grow many of my own herbs and preserve them. Thanks for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  8. Thanks for the info about places to buy bulk herbs. I have another company to add to the list. Monterey Bay Spice Company from CA has an enormous variety of herbs and spices to choose from. I’ve ordered from them several times and have always been well pleased with the quality of their products.

  9. I’m looking for an alternative to Mountain Rose Herbs too. I’ve loved ordering from them, but this last time shipping was crazy high, maybe because I’ve moved farther away? I’ll have to see if the Bulk Herb Store has what I need for my next order.

  10. I usually use mountain bay spice co or bouncing bear botanical both have decent prices and a good selection. I make a lot of ointments and teas, my favorite things to ‘play’ with are essential oils.

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