A friend recently asked me what exactly wild harvesting means.
At the risk of oversimplifying, wild harvesting is exactly what it says: harvesting plants in the wild. What this means is that the herbs that I use in my tea blends that are wild harvested have not been grown and cultivated on a farm. They grow naturally in native wilderness areas.
A good example of this is mushrooms. Living in the Pacific Northwest you see mushrooms everywhere when you go on hikes through the woods! No one planted them there, or put them there to grow. They just occur naturally. People get special permits that allow them to gather mushrooms in certain wilderness locations.
When harvesting in the wild, it is extremely important to know what permits are required and how to preserve the area where you are walking and gathering. Some plants have been over harvested and are now endangered!
If I need a particular herb that is not cultivated on an organic farm, I will use one that has been wild harvested in a safe and sustainable way. In fact, I only use organic or wild harvested ingredients because good health is so important to me. Not just the health of our bodies but also the health of our planet!
You can learn more about endangered plants here: http://www.unitedplantsavers.org/
You can learn more about my resource for organic and wild harvested ingredients here: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/principles/organic-agriculture
I hope you will join in my mission to keep us all healthy! When you want a nice cup of tea, please drink AstroloTea® and choose organic and wild harvested when you can!
With much Love,
Owner and Tea Alchemist