Frequently asked questions:
Why are the Rainforest Remedies dried herb packets so expensive, compared to herbs I buy here in the US?
We realize that in these unprecedented times of economic difficulties throughout the world, we are all trying to be frugal and the cost of these herbs may seem exorbitant.
Please let me explain why these do indeed cost more. First for comparison, the organically grown Wild Yam at my local herb shop is $3.95/oz and the China Root, the other ingredient in the Blood Tonic, is not available. Most herbs found in US bases herb shops and Herbal distributors are grown on huge farms with giant machines. They provide a low cost to yield ratio because of their huge volume. They provide income for a few and profits for even fewer.
By comparison, these plants are wildcrafted in Belize by Belizean people using mindful practices from virgin land that are slated to be cleared for agricultural or eco-tourism ventures. So, the beginning of the economic impact begins there. We attempt to provide a living wage to these wildcrafters as well as the family who works and caretakers the farm. By providing an income to these people we are hoping to demonstrate the value of the living forest as a standing bank of biodiversity.
The harvesting and drying are done on a very small scale so the cost to yield ratio is high. The only machine used is a small grinder, so even this is labor intensive. The formulas are hand blended and packaged and labeled by hand.
Once the Dried Herb Packets are ready to ship to the USA for distribution, they undergo inspection by the Belize Agriculture and Health Administration (similar to the US FDA.) The shipping to the US from Belize adds another layer of expense to the process as well as customs fees upon entering the US.
Once our distributors receive the products, they have websites and facilities to maintain as well. This is the price that the Arivgo Institute has charged for these same packets of herbs for years.
The most economic use of these herbs is to make a tincture with them. You can place the herbs in a wide-mouth quart jar and cover with a nice alcohol. I like to use spiced rum (45% alcohol) for my personal remedies but for providing for my clients I usually use the Organic Cane Alcohol diluted to 50% with pure water.
I do hope this helps you understand how your purchase of these products is contributing to the economic growth of rural Belizeans and the thriving of small-batch-herbalism throughout the Americas.