Herb Pharm - Breath Refresher Spray Spearmint - 0.47 oz. (14ml) Formerly Herbal Breath Tonic
Herb Pharm Breath Refresher Spray is fresh with a new name, bold with a new look, and spicy with new flavor. Perfect for palates that enjoy the clean, crisp flavor of mint but prefer to take a walk on the mild-er side. Herb Pharm Breath Refresher offers all the freshness, none of the junk. Unlike most breath products, certified organic Breath Refresher is free of synthetic colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Instead, it contains potent blends of organically grown herbal extracts touched with essential oils that naturally clean and freshen.
Your Food is Organic, But What About Your Breath Spray?
Certified organic, non-GMO, sugar-free, gluten-free & 100% vegan
No synthetic sweeteners, colors or preservatives
No chemical aftertaste
Great natural flavor
Fits easily in a pocket or purse
Handcrafted in GMO-free Josephine County, Oregon
A Healthy Farm Yields Healthy Herbs
At Herb Pharm they grow most of their herbs on the "Pharm Farm" – their certified organic farm located in a rural valley of the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon. As organic farmers, we never use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, nor do they use genetically modified seeds. Instead, they employ fundamental, time-honored sustainable agriculture techniques including crop rotation, cover cropping, natural weed control such as hand weeding and flame weeding, and composting to condition our soil.
Each year, their farm is inspected and certified as organic by Oregon Tilth. Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through education, research, advocacy, and certification.
Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) is an internationally recognized symbol of organic integrity. The purpose of organic certification is to ensure that the agreed upon conventions of organic agricultural systems are being practiced not only by growers, but also by all the people who handle and process organic food, feed and fiber on its journey to the consumer. In order to accomplish this, OTCO provides a system that combines strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts to protect the producers and buyers of organic products.
Custom Wildcrafted Herbs
Herb Pharm environmental commitments also include harvesting wild herbs in a responsible and sustainable manner – what we've termed "Custom Wildcrafted". Herb Pharm's strict protocols assure proper identification of plant species and optimal time of harvest, and insure conservative harvest yields and habitat protection in order to facilitate conservation of these valuable plants for future generations.
Why "Liquid" Extracts?
Herb Pharm Liquid Herbal Extracts – Your most effective herbal solution!
After 30-plus years of manufacturing quality herbal medicines, Herb Pharm continues to produce primarily liquid herbal extracts. While they do manufacture a number of topical products, along with their Super Echinacea capsules and Pharma Kava capsules (both of which are made from the dried liquid extract), Herb Pharm remains the leading manufacturer of liquid herbal extracts in the United States. Tens of thousands of educated herb consumers around the country recognize the advantages of taking their medicines as liquids. Medical professionals trained in the use of herbal medicines also prescribe their medicines primarily as liquid extracts. Why? To help you appreciate the merits of why this simple yet sophisticated method of taking herbal medicines is far superior to taking most capsules and tablets, the following discussion is offered:
- Your Body Absorbs Liquids Better
One of the primary benefits of using liquid herbal extracts is that they do not require digestion. You don't need to extract what is medicinal from the plant cellulose before it can be absorbed – this has already been done for you. As you would expect, liquid herbal extracts are of particular benefit to those individuals who possess impaired digestive function. In many situations where digestion is not optimally functioning, it simply makes little sense to give a medicine in any form, other than liquid.
- Tasting the Herb Can Aid Effectiveness
There are five primary tastes in our universe – sweet, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Unfortunately, western medical science has mainly researched sweet, salty, and bitter. In each instance, however, science has shown that when a taste is perceived by a taste receptor on the tongue, neurotransmitters are released into nervous tissue fibers that result in signaling the medulla of the brain. In the case of the 'bitter experience', once this initial signal from the tongue reaches the medulla, a nerve impulse is then initiated which results in an increase in gastric, pancreatic, gallbladder, and liver secretion. Simply by tasting something bitter you're able to fortify a myriad of digestive functions.
- Fresh from the Field Extraction
Some plants must be extracted in their fresh state, while others must be extracted dried to produce a medicine of any worth. By producing liquid extracts Herb Pharm is able to extract the herb fresh or dried, selecting whichever produces the best medicine. Of course, this is impossible to achieve with crude, dried herb capsules and tablets.
- Liquid Extracts Last Longer
Most liquid herbal extracts have an excellent shelf life. This is an important consideration for any individual who stores extracts for personal use, sale, or prescription. As a general rule, liquid extracts containing alcohol have an expected shelf life of 5 years, while those containing no alcohol (glycerites) are best used within 3 years. While the shelf life of many extracts will certainly surpass these estimates, for the safe and effective use of liquid herbal extracts these approximations are best adhered to. In contrast to the excellent shelf-life of liquid herbal extracts, studies indicate that crude, dried Echinacea capsules lose approximately 90% of their activity in a little more than a year from their manufacture date.
- Dosing with Drops is Simple & Flexible
The sophistication of liquid extract delivery is no more apparent than when it comes to dosage flexibility. For example, when using liquid herbal extracts a pediatrician is able to give a small child a fraction of a single drop simply by placing one drop of the extract in one ounce of water or juice and administering the appropriate fraction of the solution. You simply cannot do this with any other delivery system.
About Herb Pharm
The First Years
On March 8, 1979, Herb Pharm was officially established as a bona fide business in Williams, Oregon. Back in those days, Herb Pharm's "lab" was the kitchen of Ed Smith and Sara Katz, the company's founders and owners. Bottles were filled one-by-one with a beaker, and labels were typed with a typewriter on Avery blanks. Accompanied by a handful of apprentices who lived in Ed and Sara's house, days and nights were spent planting, harvesting and grinding the roots, leaves, flowers and seeds that grew in our garden and the surrounding mountains to make their liquid herbal extracts.
Serving a Need
In those days, Herb Pharm's little company was the alternative to the rather poor quality and limited array of medicinal herb products available in the 70's. Back then, they spoke constantly and loudly of the importance of using organic, high-quality herbs as opposed to the overdried plant fiber that the few existing companies were using in their products.
Focus on Quality
Herb Pharm focused on collecting the best quality herbs we could, hand-picking the most medicine laden plant parts while paying close attention to the plants themselves, their peak of readiness and the best time of day for harvest. We even drove 100 miles round trip to fill thier jugs with solar distilled water for their extracts!
Herb Pharm Traditional Roots
Before starting Herb Pharm, Ed lived five winters in the South American jungle learning about plants from the native healers. He practiced herbal medicine at a missionary clinic in Guatemala, and studied every herb book he could get his hands on. Early on, we used formulas from traditional American herbals, the writings of the Eclectic Physicians, and the U.S.Pharmacopoeia's.
Ed Smith began formulating proprietary compounds, using knowledge from his studies and extensive travels. Always paying close attention to worldwide medicinal herb research, Herb Pharm introduced to the American herb market valuable medicinal herb products such as Ginkgo and Vitex.
Today at Herb Pharm
Ed and Sara still own Herb Pharm as a family business, and are involved in the daily operations of the company. They now have an 85-acre certified organic herb farm (called the "Pharm Farm"), employ 75 people, and sell products to health food stores, Herbalists, Naturopathic Physicians, and Medical Doctors worldwide.
Attention to Detail
Herb Pharm is as picky as ever about the plants they use and their meticulous extraction. They extract each herb according to its own unique physical and biochemical characteristics at a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Williams. As years go by, we constantly look for ways to improve the quality of thier herbal medicines.
Committed to Principles of Traditional Herbal Medicines
There is an ever-increasing trend towards refining herbs and isolation of herbal constituents. Their broad-spectrum extracts provide an alternative to this trend. Herb Pharm are still committed to herbal extracts that represent the whole plant, and the basic principles of traditional herbal medicines. They are sincerely grateful and thank all of our customers who have used our products through these years. As they continue to sink our herbal roots deeper and deeper, Herb Pharm will constantly strive to bring their customers the finest herbal extracts available anywhere.