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Meet Your Herbs: Why Knowing Where Your Herbs Come From Is Important

If you made your way to the Gaia Herbs blog, you are probably mindful of what you eat and drink, whether that means scrutinizing labels, choosing healthy foods, eating organic, shopping local, or using a water filter. Some people might even consider you picky (we prefer the term “particular”). The bottom line is that you are probably someone that already cares deeply about what goes into your body, or you are trying to become more conscientious.

It's important to choose your herbal supplements just as carefully as you choose your food and drink. After all, not all herbal supplements are created equal. Two bottles may say they contain the same herb, but one brand may have herbs grown in rich fertile soil without the use of pesticides and picked at the height of its phytochemical activity, like the herbs in Gaia Herbs’ products.* The other bottle may contain herbs from a monocrop grown in depleted soil. The latter is the result of the agricultural practice of growing a single crop year after year on the same land or an herb doused with chemicals, and picked before or after its peak, diminishing its overall potency. The other product may also contain herbs that were extracted using harsh solvents that can leave traces in the final product. As you can see, it’s prudent to do a little research, and to find out where and how your herbs were grown and processed when choosing the best supplements for your health.

At Gaia Herbs, we have nothing to hide and everything to share. That’s why we created Meet Your Herbs®, the world’s first herb traceability program. Why did we do this? Because everyone deserves to know the life story of their herbs and should feel confident about what they are putting in their body.

With Meet Your Herbs®, you can enter the ID number on the back of any Gaia Herbs' product and learn instantly when your product was manufactured as well as its best by date. Then, take a deeper dive into each herb in your product — where it came from; how it was grown, harvested and extracted; and which lab tests were conducted to screen for its purity, integrity, and potency.

What do we mean by those terms?

  • Purity means we keep it clean. The herb is responsibly sourced and cultivated as nature intended, and it is rigorously screened for the presence of pesticides, heavy metals, and microbial contamination such as yeast or mold.
  • Integrity means we keep it real. We source, harvest, and test carefully, using science to validate the intelligence of nature. This ensures that the herbs inside the product match exactly the herbs listed on the outside of the label.
  • Potency means we keep it strong. Crafting our products from seed to shelf, we ensure the power of each herb is preserved and deliver a consistent level of active constituents from batch to batch. Gaia Herbs also invented a patented Liquid Phyto-Caps® technology to deliver our concentrated plant extracts in convenient, easy-to-swallow capsules.

Want to learn even more about herbs?

Explore the new Gaia Herbs’ website. In addition to the groundbreaking Meet Your Herbs traceability platform, you can also discover our comprehensive Herb Reference Guide. Carefully compiled by our formulators and Scientific Advisory Board and integrated with expert references and resources, our Herb Reference Guide lets you enhance your relationship with herbs by giving you a full profile of each plant, helping you make an informed choice on the best herbs and products for your wellness needs.