Oregon’s Wild Harvest gives us whole plant medicines that are rich in active ingredients that support health in a variety of ways. Plants are grown on an organic herb farm that is carefully tended by Co-Founder and Head Farmer Randy Buresh, RN and his team. We checked in with him to learn more about these whole-plant supplements and his family’s farms in Oregon.
Growing biodynamic means healthy soil, seeds and plants.
“Biodynamic farming connects us back to the entire farm as a single, living organism,” Randy explains. There are specific times to plant seeds, transplant and harvest for roots, flowers and tops based on historical knowledge, weather and cycles of the moon. It’s an age-old farming method that not only takes into account the biological factors needed to grow healthy plants, but also the powerful influences from the rotation of the earth and positions of the stars.
Yes to natural pollinators, no to pesticides.
Bees, birds, bats, beetles and butterflies are all important pollinators on the farms. “Biodynamic farming actually requires us to set aside at least 10 percent of the land for the natural pollinators as well as the native birds and animals,” Randy says. “Both of our farms have over 30 percent of the total land set aside, keeping things extremely healthy and robust without the use of pesticides and herbicides, which damage water systems and native ecosystems.”
He further explains that only unhealthy plants attract pests. So because of the farms’ intensive growing methods, they don’t have many problems with insects that damage crops. As a result, the crops that go into Oregon’s Wild Harvest’s herbal supplements are certified USDA Organic and OTCO (Oregon Tilth Certified Organic), and are naturally non-GMO too.
Whole plant = powerful ingredients
A common practice in the supplement industry is to isolate specific active compounds in a plant and then try to perfect what nature has already perfected. Instead Oregon’s Wild Harvest captures the whole plant’s healing properties just as nature intended.
“Whole plant herbal medicine is the very best method of providing quality products that work,” Randy tells us. Healthy soil, carefully timed harvests and extracting fresh plant ingredients that are dried at the proper temperature keeps the plants’ thousands of active compounds potent.
Explore popular formulas from Oregon’s Wild Harvest
Anxiety relief and relaxation
Lemon Balm has been used for centuries to invoke a sense of calm and help with sleeplessness. Rosmarinic acid, a compound in lemon balm, has been shown to improve mood and relieve stress. It’s also known to help calm an upset stomach and relieve acid reflux.
Astragalus is often used in traditional Chinese medicine because it’s a very effective adaptogen that stimulates the immune system.
Ashwagandha is a powerful adaptogen that enhances our body’s resilience to long-term stress and is an important herb in the Indian Ayurvedic system.
Rhodiola is particularly good at helping boost physical and mental stamina, especially during times of change or stress, making it a great supplement for back-to-school months and for college students.
Energy, endurance (and libido!) strengthener
Maca is a traditional adaptogen used by indigenous people in the Andes that helps keep energy levels up during the day (without caffeine), and studies show it increased sexual desire in men and post-menopausal women.