Oregon's Wild Harvest Saw Palmetto Pygeum - 90 Vegetarian Capsules
Oregon's Wild Harvest Organic Saw Palmetto Pygeum is a premium blend of the most popular herbs used for nutritional support of the prostate gland. Oregon's Wild Harvest Organic Saw Palmetto Pygeum is 100% Vegetarian and does not contain dairy, wheat, gluten, peanuts, soy or corn allergens.
Oregon's Wild Harvest Organic Saw Palmetto Pygeum Key Benefits:
Oregon's Wild Harvest Organic Saw Palmetto Pygeum Features:
- Certified Organic Saw Palmetto and Nettle
- Herb Identity Guaranteed
- 100% Vegetarian
- Pure: Free of excipients and stearates
- Product does NOT contain dairy, wheat, gluten, peanuts, soy or corn allergens.
- Manufactured in the USA
- Packaged in a BPA-FREE PET plastic bottle
Background and Use
Saw Palmetto was traditionally used by Native Americans and in the 19th Century, it was used by naturopaths for the Genitourinary system or endocrine-related health. Often prescribed in Europe, Saw Palmetto is now the most commonly used alternative herb used for prostate health in the U.S. The key constituents in Saw Palmetto maintain urinary and prostate function by promoting healthy testosterone levels and normal fluid levels in the body.
Nettle root is not as popular as Saw Palmetto, but is often used in combination products. It is popular in Europe, and early clinical trials are promising.
Pygeum originates from Africa where it has been used medicinally for thousands of years by traditional healers for bladder and urination disorders, and symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), which is an enlarged prostate. Historically, the bark was powdered and used to make a tea, which was taken by mouth for these conditions. Studied since the 1970's, this herb is gaining popularity in the US, just as it has done in Europe.
What is the value of adding standardized extracts to herbal formulas?
At Oregon's Wild Harvest, they believe that the combination of both the standardized extract and the whole herb creates a more balanced formulation that combines the best of both traditional herbal knowledge and modern scientific research. They add the standardized extract only when they are assured of efficacy and safety of that specific extract. Each herb is assessed on an individual basis to investigate these two important factors:
- Efficacy: Most of the current scientific studies on herbal medicines have been done using standardized extracts. There are some standardized extracts for which clinical evidence is not compelling (perhaps because the wrong marker constituent has been chosen). Conversely, there are herbs, such as ginkgo, in which the research results for the standardized extract is impressive. In these cases they have added the extract in their product.
- Safety and Quality : Since the process of extracting an herb concentrates a certain constituent and reduces the other potentially synergistic constituents, the herb is transformed from an herb to a phytochemical. This results in a supplement which is very different from the traditional herbs that the human body has co-existed with over the millennia. Many herbalists believe that the loss of the synergistic constituents may compromise the safety and quality of the herb. Indeed, many standardized extracts do not have the same shelf life as their whole herb counterparts. They share this concern at Oregon's Wild Harvest and have selected only the standardized extracts that they can be assured are safe and stable as well as efficacious.
It is their mission to study whole herbs scientifically and compare them to standardized extracts. They are conducting studies in local academic and clinical institutions using their whole herb products.
Herb Identity Guaranteed
They verify the ingredient identity using infrared spectroscopy and checking the color, taste, and smell, requiring a match against their specifications and their database. This allows them to guarantee that the identification meets a consistent set of standards every time.
Oregon's Wild Harvest Standards
At least 25% of their manufacturing personnel are employed in the Quality Assurance department to oversee every step of farm and manufacturing operations. Their team of experts is highly trained in a comprehensive array of disciplines, including nursing, biochemistry, food science, chemistry, botany and pharmacognosy. As a member of APHA (American Herbal Products Association), NOP (National Organic Program - directed by the USDA) and NNFA (National Nutritional Foods Association), they share in the mission of a responsible, safe and ethical herbal products industry.
Their state-of-the-art Quality Control (Q.C.) laboratory allows us the capability of testing raw materials and finished products as they are being processed. Each batch is tracked by lot number. Throughout the production process, manufacturing steps and Q.C. tests are documented to ensure that all the appropriate specifications have been met. All incoming raw materials are tested prior to suing, so they can guarantee the purity and identity of the plant material.
The Importance of Organic
Organic certification guarantees the products you buy are grown without harmful pesticides or chemicals, and are free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Farming organically benefits the health of consumers, workers and the environment they all share, and helps to build soil health and slow the erosion process that is destroying many conventional farms. Organic farmland supports wildlife habitat and provides non-polluted areas where a natural balance of insect and weed control can be established. Farming organically also develops more of a plant's beneficial properties and compounds. So, you get more of what's good for you, just as nature intended.
Why Use Organically Grown Herbs?
- Free from dangerous pesticides
- Sustainable and environmentally friendly - critical for the future of the Earth
- Organic soil naturally supplies micro- and macro-nutrients needed for the healthy growth of plants
- Organic materials are guaranteed to have been withheld from processes such as irradiation and fumigation
- Protects the genetic integrity of their heritage seed stock, helping to ensure a sustainable supply of organic medicinal seeds for future generations
- Organic farming maintains natural ecosystems which support wildlife habitat, and encourages a balance of nature
Due to strict organic standards imposed by Oregon Tilth, their manufacturing facility maintains standards above current federal regulations. To assure there is no contamination between materials, all processing rooms and equipment are inspected prior to each use - using an environmental swabbing program to verify sanitation.
They are proud to say that from seed to bottle, no one can do it better. Quality, integrity and pride are their secrets to making great herbal products.
What is the Difference Between Organic and Certified Organic?
Certified Organic guarantees that the plant material was grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides and other harmful chemicals. To be a certified organic farm, the farm and production facilities must be inspected by a recognized third party certifier. Their company is inspected and certified by the Oregon Tilth.
What Organic Herbs are Grown on Their Farm and Used in Their Herbal Products?
Artemesia, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Black Cohosh, Black Walnut, Boneset, Burdock, Calendula, California Poppy, Catnip, Celandine, Chamomile, Comfrey, Dandelion, Echinacea, Elecampane, Feverfew, Garlic, Ginkgo, Goldenseal, Gravel root, Grindelia, Horehound, Hyssop, Lemon Balm, Marshmallow, Motherwort, Mullein, Nettle, Oats, Passionflower, Peppermint, Red Clover, Skullcap, Valerian, Western Red Cedar, White Willow, Yarrow, Yellow Dock
They do buy organic herbs from other organic growers, as well, and work to support local growers. They do everything they can to support sustainable organic farming.
Oregon's Wild Harvest follows a strict set of guidelines when they wildcraft. First and foremost they harvest with future generations in mind, helping to improve the conditions and plant populations as they harvest.
Some basic wildcrafting guidelines they follow are:
- Never harvest more than one-third of a specific plant in any one eco system
- Re-plant seeds and root crowns, always leaving the grandfather and grandmother plants, providing the best seed stock for future
- Always harvest in areas that are free of any possible pollutants
- Stay well away from roads and commercial farming areas
- Always obtain proper permits to harvest, working closely with the Department of Natural Resources
They strive to use only organic herbs in place of ones that are "endangered." For instance, their encapsulated Goldenseal is certified organic, and mainly comes from their farm. As for Black Cohosh, they purchase their plant material from a sustainable source and are currently working on growing their own. Even their Slippery Elm is organic! They DO NOT purchase other endangered herbs, and they follow all United Plant Savers (UPS) guidelines.
Superior quality organic herbal supplements begin with a superior biodynamic farm and Certified Organic production facility.
Their company houses 4,000 square feet of production space, 6,000 square feet of storage space located adjacent to the production facility, and a newly acquired 4,500 square foot shipping building in town. This means their herbal products remain under their close watch at all times.
- Fresh plant herbal extracts processed immediately after plant harvest
- Each plant keyed out for guaranteed species
- Food grade laboratory since 1995
- Certified Organic Processor
- Complete herbarium available for instructional purposes
- Production Area
They farm the majority of the fresh organic herbs they carry. For those organic herbs not from the Pacific Northwest, they ensure high quality sources of organic and wild-crafted materials from other reputable growers and providers.
- Control of production using organic methods
- Complete bottling and labeling capabilities
- Ample storage - FIFO inventory method
- Shipping Facility and Corporate Office
- Conference room in their new shipping facility for educational seminars
- Climate controlled
Every facet of their company follows strict Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). From soil preparation to quality control, they maintain the highest production standards. The result? Premium herbs and herbal supplements, at a level of quality and safety you have a right to expect.
The most frequently mentioned preventive controls with broad applicability across sectors and food safety problems included:
- Training -- Ongoing and targeted training on issues ranging from allergen control, cleaning and sanitation procedures, incoming ingredient receipt protocol, and monitoring for employees, management, as well as suppliers,
- Audits -- Periodic audits and inspections of facility and raw material suppliers either in-house or by third-party firms,
- Documentation -- Documentation of training activities, raw material handling policies and activities, cleaning and sanitation, receiving records, and use of sign-off logs, and
- Validation/Evaluation -- Evaluation of training effectiveness and establishment of accountability; validation of cleaning through testing (i.e., swabs, organoleptic evaluations, and bioluminescence tests)
From www.fda.gov. Please visit their site for more information on GMPs.
Their labels tell the whole story.
Safety is central to a responsible practice so they choose to exceed FDA labeling requirements on their encapsulated products and provide potential contraindications, drug interactions and allergen information. It's one more way they can help to keep their customers healthy, protected and informed.
Organic certification guarantees the products you buy are grown without harmful pesticides or chemicals and are free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Organic farmland supports wildlife habitat and provides non-polluted areas where a natural balance of insect and weed control can be established. Farming organically also develops more of a plant's beneficial properties and compounds, so you get more of what's good for you, just as nature intended.
To be a Certified Organic farm, a recognized third party certifier must inspect the farm and production facilities annually. Their farm and facilities are inspected and certified by Oregon Tilth. From the beginning, they've committed themselves to raising the bar and to exceeding the standards of Oregon Tilth because they are the most respected, uncompromising and thorough certifying body associated with sustainable approaches to agricultural production, processing and handling.
During their annual visit, Oregon Tilth inspectors evaluate every aspect of Oregon's Wild Harvest's farm, production practices and facilities, including their organic seed sourcing, cover cropping, crop rotation, soil fertility programs, natural pest control programs, greenhouse practices, neighboring land uses, crop washing practices, crop segregation, water use, and machinery maintenance as well as administrative and documentation practices.
They're proud to say that from seed to bottle, no one can do it better. Quality, integrity and pride are their secrets to making great herbal products.
"If we find a better way to do something, we do it. If it was easy, everyone would do it." - Randy Buresh, owner, farmer, RN, herbalist
Are solvents used to process the herbs?
They DO NOT use solvents with their organic herbs. The standardized extracts which are added to some of their products are organic ethanol and water extracted, with the exception of Turmeric, due to low concentration levels when extracted with organic ethanol.
Does OWH standardize its own herbs?
They have implemented a naturally standardized herb process of growing, harvesting and manufacturing for all of their herbal products. They are always working to improve their methods. Although they don't standardize to specific active constituents, as you would find in a standardized herb like St. John's Wort (standardized to 0.3% hypericins), their freshly hand-picked and dried flower buds contain at least 0.3% hypericins naturally, and are not processed using solvents. Their quality assurance lab is in the process of looking at many herbs which have similar activity, placing their freshly picked and dried quality herbs against those which have been processed with solvents. They are verifying that they can meet or surpass the levels of active constituents necessary in each plant material, without using solvents, and can provide a longer lasting shelf life. Some of these plants are Black Cohosh, Saw Palmetto and Feverfew.
What is the value of adding standardized herb extracts to herbal supplements?
They have added some standardized herbs to their whole herbs mainly to help with point-of-sale.
A few important things to understand are:
- All of the current scientific studies on herbal medicines have been done on standardized herbs. They are not allowed to put a structure function statement on their label, unless they have scientific clinical trials to back up the claims.
- To help with point-of-sale, they added the standardized herb extract because many times the consumer will read an article or hear about a specific active constituent listed on a particular herb, and will come to the store looking for this specified level. This level would not be listed, if only whole herb was used in the formula. Although they know the best way to use herbs is in a whole form, once again, there are very few scientific studies to back that up. They are trying to correct this problem by conducting these studies in local hospitals and clinics, but there is still much work to be done.
- Most of the current scientific studies on herbal medicines have been done using standardized extracts. There are some standardized extracts for which clinical evidence is not compelling (perhaps because the wrong marker constituent has been chosen). Conversely, there are herbs, such as Ginkgo, in which the research results for the standardized extract is impressive. In these cases, they have added the extract in their product.
- Since the process of extracting an herb concentrates a certain constituent and reduces the other potentially synergistic constituents, the herb is transformed from an herb to a phytochemical. This results in a supplement which is very different from the traditional herbs that the human body has co-existed with over the millennia. Many herbalists believe that the loss of the synergistic constituents may compromise the safety and quality of the herb. Indeed, many standardized extracts do not have the same shelf life as their whole herb counterparts. They share this concern at Oregon's Wild Harvest and have selected only the standardized extracts that they can be assured are safe and stable as well as efficacious.
Why are the herbal supplements with standardized herb extracts not organic, even though organic herbs are listed on the label?
Organic labeling rules apply, as specified by the Oregon Tilth. If the product is less than 70% organic, then you are not allowed to list "organic" on the front panel of the label. Each organic ingredient may be listed on the side panel as organic, though. With all encapsulated herbs, the capsule is considered part of the weight, and that weight is 100 mg of the finished capsule. So, it is very hard to hit 70%, even with 100% organic plant material.
It is their mission to study whole herbs scientifically and compare them to standardized extracts. They are conducting studies in local academic and clinical institutions using their whole herb products.
Naturally Standardized Herbs
They have developed another definition of standardized - The Naturally Standardized Herb Process. The potency of a supplement is a valid concern, and rather than resorting to chemical standardization to achieve this, the growing and harvesting of their plants can often be standardized. They ensure that the optimum natural growing conditions are provided for each herb. And, during harvest, only the specific plant part containing the medicinal compounds is harvested at the time of day when the compounds are known to be at their highest levels.
- Guaranteed Quality Herbs. Certified organic herbs, their specialty.
- Guaranteed Source. Certified organic seed, accurate genus/species identified.
- Guaranteed Potency. Highest naturally occurring levels of pharmacologically available constituents.
- Guaranteed Purity. Maintain integrity of the whole herb in processing.
- Guaranteed Consistency.
- Oregon Tilth certified organic farm and processing methods
- Demeter certified Biodynamic farm and processing methods
- Plants carefully selected and harvested by hand
- Immediate processing of fresh organic herbs
- Comprehensive microbiological testing of each herbal product
- Highly Concentrated Fresh Plant Herbal Extracts. Plants are processed immediately after harvest, retaining previous therapeutic compounds.
- Drying Methods. Drying times customized to plant material in a temperature-controlled drying room and flat bin dryer.
- Controlled Storange. Optimum environment storage facility, with a closely monitored storage time.
Free of Excipients & Stearates
They don't use excipients because they don't have to. They use slow-speed equipment that they can adjust for powder consistency. Their equipment, and the way they use it, eliminates the need for flowing agents. The addition of flowing agents might speed up production, but they decrease the effectiveness of the herbal product. Therefore, they believe in making their encapsulated products WITHOUT excipients, so you get just the herb - as nature intended.
"I believe that you could say that all OWH products are free from 'pharmaceutical fillers' such as sucrose, cellulose, starch, dicalcium phosphate. I would love to say that all our products are free from fillers, but last time I looked we don't have ANY 'inactive ingredients' (other than the capsules themselves) in approximately 96% of our capsules. There are always exceptions! The ONLY product that we add a filler to is the Black Cohosh capsule, and we add organic brown rice flour, which is agreeable to most people.
"HOWEVER, the other 4% of the products that do have something written in the 'other ingredients' panel are those products that cannot be purchased without excipients. For example, those that contain beadlets of lycopne and lutein or borage oil. These are ingredients that we purchase and are impossible to sell without some type of 'carrier' or perhaps other excipients. Another example is the Cranberry powder, which is very difficult to handle and encapsulate unless it has silicon dioxide.
"All of our products have full ingredient declaration right on the labels (and also on the website). We have recently eliminated a lot of items that contain anything other than the pure herb and it is our mission to produce the safest, purest and most effective supplements. I have lots of experience in this Industry- trust me when I say that no one cares about this as much as we do!"
- Joanne Roberts, Research and Development, Oregon's Wild Harvest
Oregon's Wild Harvest has been committed to the principles of organic farming and sustainability since they planted their first herb in the early 90s. Back then, green was just a color. Now, in keeping with the standards of excellence, and believing that when they know better, they do better, their organic farm is Demeter Certified Biodynamic.
Most Sustainable Farming Method
All organic material generated on the farm is recycled and returned to the soil-providing nutrition for growing healthy crops
Smallest Carbon Footprint
The whole farm is considered a self-nourishing ecosystem, so it drastically reduces the need to transport, mine and refine the earth's natural resources
Original Form of Organic Agriculture
Considered the highest grade of organic farming because it has remained true to its guiding principle: the farm should be treated as a living organism with interrelated parts that encompass everything from the soil to the solar system
Unmatched Standards for Biodiversity
At least 10% of the farm must be left as a natural habitat to encourage a balanced predator/prey relationship and humus development for building insect and disease resistance.
Biodynamic farming is just one of the many ways they try to heal the earth. Here are some others:
- They use renewable energy wherever they can. Their manufacturing plant uses Clean Wind Green Tag energy, and provides 90,302 pounds of CO2 offset. This equates to approximately 100,313 automobile miles NOT driven or 5,406 trees planted annually. It is so important to protect their environment, so they continually seek additional ways to conserve energy usage.
- They recycle all plastic, glass, cardboard, and paper that comes into their facility.
- They use the most recyclable, lowest weight containers available, including #1 plastic bottles for most of their encapsulated herbs, and glass bottles for the others.
- They print their brochures, business cards and other marketing materials on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.
- They support local businesses whenever possible, including their printing company, Print Green, in Eugene, Oregon.
- They buy organic ingredients whenever possible, choosing the best possible sources who employ the same standards of excellence that they use on their own farm.
- TLC (Thin layer chromatography) produces less waste than other means of testing herbs.
- Seed saving. From their farming practices to the botanist's careful cataloging of every herb, they strive to ensure that the land and the herbs are readily available to future generations.
- They believe there is always room for improvement, always a way to become greener and more sustainable. They won't stop seeking ways in which they can reduce their carbon footprint, believing it is their responsibility to tread as lightly as possible on their planet.
- They offer employees in certain positions the option of working from home, which helps to reduce gasoline used, carbon emitted, and take-out lunch containers tossed on a daily basis.
Here at Oregon's Wild Harvest, they have many goals to make sure that this business, and the herbs they grow, remain sustainable for future generations. A few of these goals include:
- Completing an herbarium, which includes keying out all of their plants to guarantee true genius and species.
- Non-GMO seed saving and maintaining a good supply of biodynamic and organically grown traditional medicinal seeds for their use, as well as to share with others who would like to experience growing medicinal plants.
- Protecting of the perfection that Mother Nature gave us to heal our bodies.
Their company has been committed to the principles of organic farming and sustainability since they planted their first seed in the 90s. Back then, green was just a color. Today, they try to heal the Earth by...
- Using renewable energy. Their manufacturing plant uses Clean Wind energy, and provides 90.302 pounds of CO2 offset. This equates to approximately 100,313 automobile miles driven, or 5406 trees planted annually.
- Recycling all plastic, glass, cardboard and paper that comes from their facility.
- Using the most recyclable, lowest weight containers available including #1 plastic bottles for their encapsulated herbs, and brown glass bottles for the others.
- Printing their marketing materials on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.
- Supporting local businesses whenever possible, including their printing company in Eugene, Oregon.
- Buying organic ingredients whenever possible. They try to choose the best possible sources who employ the same standards of excellence that they have on their own farm.
- Using Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) as a testing method, which produces less waste than other tests.
- Seed saving. From their farming practices to the botanist's careful cataloging of every herb, they strive to ensure that the Earth and its plants are readily available for future generations.
- Believing there is always room for improvement. They will not stop seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and believe it is their responsibility to tread as lightly as possible on our planet.
- Offering a Work-From-Home Program to employees in certain positions. This helps reduce gasoline used, carbon emitted and take-out lunch containers.
- Supporting Fair Trade globally.
Glass vs. Plastic
As an environmentally responsible and health-promoting company, they do not take any manufacturing decision lightly. Using plastic bottles to package their encapsulated herbs is no exception.
Like some of their customers, they initially believed that glass packaging was the more ecologically sound choice for containing their encapsulated herbs. The commonly held belief is that glass is a more natural substance, which requires less energy to manufacture and/or recycle, and has a higher rate of being recycled than plastic. It is also commonly believed that all plastics leach toxins into the contents of their containers.
From their point of view, some of the pitfalls with glass packaging are:
- Breakage in shipping.
- The weight of glass requires more energy and money to ship, as it is seven times heavier than plastic.
- Glass is inherently more expensive to buy, ship and recycle, therefore adding cost to the product itself.
The obvious exception is when glass is re-used. Re-using has always had a lower impact on the environment, but there is no program in place for the re-using of vitamin or supplement bottles at this time.
The downsides to plastic packaging are:
- Un-recycled plastics pollute the environment.
- Some plastics can leach chemicals into the contents of the packaging.
- Some plastics contain PVCs and other harmful chemicals.
They decided to take a closer look at the ecological impact of each using three environmental parameters:
- Energy consumption
- Air pollution
- Global warming potential
Some of the results were surprising!
- Glass consumes nearly twice as much energy to produce as plastic (source: Carnegie Mellon University Green Design Institute, 2008). The fossil fuels required to generate the very high temperatures needed to form glass are just one of the considerations.
- Glass produces nearly three times more air pollution than plastic (source: Carnegie Mellon University Green Design Institute, 2008). The pollution created by fossil fuels needed to manufacture glass, transport the glass, and ship the final product is increased.
- Glass creates nearly seven times more global warming gases than plastic (source: Carnegie Mellon University Green Design Institute, 2008).
- Glass recycle rates are only slightly higher than plastic (source: State of California Dept. of Conservation, 2007)
So.... evidently, glass is not all it's cracked up to be.
Their solution? Using the recyclable plastic available, and one which is free of PVCs. As a company committed to sustainability, they will continue to search for even more ecologically sound choices for packaging of their products. They strive to reduce their carbon footprint, and to provide herbs which not only promote the health of their customers, but the health of our planet as well.
What are their encapsulated herbs bottled in? #1 recycle level BPA-Free PET plastic bottles, because more people in more places are able to recycle #1 plastic.
Oregon's Wild Harvest has been given several research opportunities to collaborate with institutions such as NCNM and OHSU, in specified scientific studies. With their recent analytical laboratory expansion, they intend to increase their scientific research of the herbs grown on their biodynamic and organic farms. They hope to expand and share the knowledge of herbal medicine, so that they can confirm their medicinal properties with the scientific community.
Their ability to control every aspect of the growth of the herb - "from the seed to the bottle" - means that Oregon's Wild Harvest has a unique advantage for scientific research. Herbs are much more complex than synthetic drugs since many contain at least one hundred constituents (that we know of). How they are cultivated and processed in to medicine has a huge impact on the resulting effectiveness. They endeavor to unlock the mysteries of these miracles of nature.
They are very receptive to future collaborations with other like-minded institutions.
Donations & Contributions
They support many admirable organizations through donations of products, and of labor. Additionally, they give numerous small contributions of hard-to-find plant materials and teaching aids to many educational institutions throughout the country.
Certified organic bulk herbs and herbal supplements to donated to local residents via the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) and the following outreach clinics:
- Outside-In Clinic
- Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Public Medical Care Clinic
- Portland Alternative Health Center
- HIV and Hepatitis patients
- Homestreet Inc.
- The Neighborhood Health Clinic
- Astoria Women and Children's Clinic
- New Life Family Health and Birth Center
- Bastyr's Center for Natural Health and Immune Well Clinic
- Narcotics Addiction Clinic
Organizations Oregon's Wild Harvest Support
They support memberships and give monetary contributions to organizations that increase public knowledge and safety for their consumers. The organizations they support include:
- American Botanical Council
- American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)
- Bastyr University
- Demeter USA
- National College of Naturopathic Medicine
- Natural Products Association
- Oregon Tilth
- Organic Consumers Association
- Physicians for Social Responsibility
- United Plant Savers
Oregon's Wild Harvest grows many of the certified organic herbs manufactured and sold under their name. However, there are some herbs which do not grow well in the Pacific Northwest and must be imported from other places.
When importing is necessary, Oregon's Wild Harvest always adheres to Fair Trade practices to ensure that the people growing the herb receive a fair price for their efforts. Fair Trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability. In addition to advocating the payment of a reasonable and fair price to the farmer/producer, the movement promotes social and environmental standards, particularly in areas that are too frequently marginalized.
The Fair Trade method of trading of goods creates relationships between producers, traders and consumers in a manner that ensures that producers work in safe conditions, are paid fair wages, and are mindful of the environment. In short, Fair Trade stands for fairness and global social responsibility in international trade.
While not all of the herbal products that Oregon's Wild Harvest purchases from other sources fall under the category of Certified Fair Trade goods (typically applying only to select items, such as tea, coffee, bananas, chocolate, and sugar), the company still uses Fair Trade practices when obtaining materials not grown on the farm.
Oregon's Wild Harvest is proud to be a Fair Trade company, and encourages its customers to buy Fair Trade goods whenever possible.
About Oregon's Wild Harvest
Oregon's Wild Harvest is an independently owned and operated herb farm in Sandy, Oregon. Throughout the company's history, their philosophy has been driven by the desire to naturally heal the body and the earth. The founders, Pamela Martin-Buresh and Randy Buresh, have built the company on a strong foundation of validated scientific methodology and environmental stewardship.
Certified Organic since its inception in 1994, Oregon's Wild Harvest is proud to offer more than 200 pure, safe and effective medicinal herbal supplements and products. Many of these are manufactured into liquid extracts within minutes of harvest, mere steps from where they were grown. Because they responsibly process and package many of the herbs right on their farm, they can guarantee that their products are the safest and most potent you can buy.
Since 2009, the Oregon's Wild Harvest farm has been Demeter™ Certified Biodynamic™, which is one of the original forms and highest grade of organic farming. The entire farm is treated as a living organism, making it a sustainable and self-nourishing ecosystem. The farm also produces its own compost, seeds and livestock feed by recycling all the organic materials generated on the farm. This holistic approach to farming improves the health of the soil and its plants, creating a growing environment that's ideal for producing the highest nutrient values possible, and one of the smallest carbon footprints of any agricultural method.
With the Certified Organic and Biodynamic certifications in place, you can be sure that their products are guaranteed to be free from harmful pesticides, chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). For nearly two decades, the farmland that is home to Oregon's Wild Harvest has nourished many herb varieties including Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Echinacea, Ginkgo, Feverfew and Valerian.
The quality and purity that defines each Oregon's Wild Harvest product is backed by a comprehensive array of highly trained scientists, whose specialties include pharmacognasy (the study of medicine from natural sources), food science, biochemistry, nutrition, botany and organic/Biodynamic farming. A highly educated Quality Assurance department oversees every step in the processing, manufacturing and production of each supplement. By following strict GMP guidelines, Oregon's Wild Harvest is able to guarantee the purity and identity of all plant material, providing their customers with the most effective herbal supplements.
At Oregon's Wild Harvest, their mission is to offer the freshest, purest, safest, and most effective herbal supplements available anywhere. To do this, they adhere to a responsible practice of environmental stewardship, validated scientific research, and the strictest of production standards to preserve the integrity and natural therapeutic properties of their quality organic herbs.
Oregon's Wild Harvest has earned the reputation of being run with the highest degree of consideration for their customers, employees and community. They have made it a priority to run a profitable company by first cultivating the foundation of the company in the workforce itself.
Their company supports their empolyees in many ways:
- Schedules allow for parents of young children to work-from-home, but remain actively connected with computers and telecommuting.
- Time is allowed for continuing education and other valuable learning experiences, as employees are often given opportunities to grow into new positions.
Thoughtful encouragement of their people help them produce the best products. They are all proud to be a part of an extremely loyal manufacturing, sales, research and organic farming family.
It took Oregon's Wild Harvest two years to transition into a Demeter™ Certified Biodynamic™ farm. Today, the farm not only grows certified organic herbs, but Certified Biodynamic™ ones as well! The motivation for doing this stems from the company's philosophy to naturally heal the body and earth. When looking at the foundation of biodynamic farming, it just made sense.
The farm is basically viewed as a single organism that is capable of meeting its own needs, without the assistance of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. They agree with the founder of biodynamic farming, Dr. Rudolf Steiner, that the key to good health for the people and the planet is total sustainability in agriculture. Nutrient-rich soil is of course the foundation of this sustainability.
Biodynamic agriculture takes in to account the forces and cosmos of the Earth, and combines them with those of the plants, animals and human beings. It works on the basis that everything is interrelated, working to harmonize the environment and ecosystem of the farm and promote sustainability within that environment. It is their goal to maintain a biodynamic farm that works without help from the outside world, besides the addition of minerals from lime and rock phosphate.
- The most sustainable farming method. All organic material generated on the farm is recycled and returned to the soil, providing nutrition for growing healthy crops.
- The smaller carbon footprint. The whole farm is considered a self-nourishing ecosystem, so it drastically reduces the need to transport, mine and refine the Earth's natural resources, saving their fossil fuels.
- The original form of organic farming. Considered the highest grade of organic farming because it has remained true to its guiding principle: the farm should be treated as a living organism with interrelated parts that encompass everything from the soil to the solar system.
- Ensures unmatched standards for biodiversity. At least 10% of the farm must be left as a natural habitat to encourage a balanced predator/prey relationship and humus development for building insect and disease resistance.
"Everything is interrelated. Healthy food is our medicine. Growing herbs on a holistic farm is just another quest in our path to provide customers with only the healthiest plant material available on the planet." - Randy Buresh, Co-Founder