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Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Truth Behind So Called 'Wildcrafted Herbs"

                               'Wildcrafted' is used to describe herbs and Moringa leaves.




What 'Wildcrafted' means when you see it in advertisement.  

'Wildcrafted' means that the herb or Moringa leaves have been harvested from the wild. It is grown without the use of any pesticides, fertilizers or chemicals of any kind, and has been ethically harvested.  This herb to be superior must be grown in a pollution free area, including soil, water, and in untreated, unpolluted, rich soil. 

 Are True 'Wildcrafted' herbs superior?

They can be.  Were they picked from herbs far away from pollution and chemicals.  Let say you find a beautiful field of oregano in the woods somewhere? Are the herbs found near a main road. If they are, you will find soot and chemicals on those herbs. There are very few real pure areas left in the world. India is not one of them. China is not one of them. Pollution finds it way to every part of our world. 

One of my first almost tragic lessons happened when I first became an herbalist in the early 1980's. I didn't know enough and was inexperienced to say the least. We lived out away from the city but by a road active with cars. Some fennel grew outside by the road. Not thinking, I picked that and gave it to my rabbits at the time. They got sick and nearly died.  I had poisoned them with chemicals from the cars on those plants.  You don't pick herbs unless it is several hundred feet from the road. You must be an expert in identification of wild herbs. Some herbs look very similar to others.

Questions you may not know the answer to.

Had the area been sprayed with a weed killer by the county.  How is the soil in that area. Some soils have natural lead and arsenic. Was the area used in the past for crops sprayed with chemicals? Chemicals stay in the soil for years from agriculture. You may not know that the area is polluted. It may get run off from a chemical plant nearby.

'Wildcrafted Herbs' do not grow in huge fields......but small clumps of plants.

Herbs in nature do not grow in big fields...they grow in small clumps here and there. There are not enough plants growing in one spot to supply large orders full time. That is the reality.  If you are selling herbs full time, then it is impossible to only use wildcrafted' herbs...they are not enough of them.  So most herb companies who list their herbs as 'Wildcrafted' are not being truthful. The term 'Wildcrafted' can be used by anyone in their descriptions.  It takes huge amount of fresh herbs, to make dried powder.

How can companies sell hundreds of pounds of herbs that are really 'Wildcrafted'

So most herb product advertised as 'Wildcrafted' are not....use your common sense folks. It sure sounds good when they are selling you their product.

What does 'Wildcrafted Morniga' leaves mean?  

It means that the native people go around their home areas finding Moringa trees and pick the leaves.  They do not come from a plantation but trees scattered here and there.  These trees may be growing in good soil or may not be. These trees may have been watered by pure water or may not have. The trees may be right by a main road heavy with smog and pollution.  You don't have any idea. It may take a whole day to pick enough for a wagon load. Those hours it takes to pick enough leaves for the day, are breaking down in the wagon. The product is wilting and deteriorating in quality. It takes a lot of Moringa leaves to fill a wagon.

India and third world countries use chemicals to spay areas of water to kill mosquitoes. Malaria kills many thousands each year. If the water feeding the Moringa trees has chemicals in it. Those chemicals end up in the leaves.  'Wildcrafted' Moringa leaves does not mean they are healthy. It means the growers who are selling them, have no groves of Moringa trees.

One Moringa seller who is very popular and in the top of the search engine rankings says he gets the leaves from India and other countries. Ask yourself these questions first and be honest...........

Do you really think he visits all these countries to examine the resources from whom he buys those leaves?

Do you think he has visited all those Moringa growers who supply him with leaves?

Do you really  think he knows the real quality of his leaves, when he buys them from 3 different countries?

He buys thousands of pounds a week. Even if it is just from India, it may be leaves from different areas of the country.

If you say, yes, to the above questions, you have your head in the sand. It is what you want to believe because you are eating his product.  A pretty package does not mean anything except he knows how to market his products. A pretty package makes you think less about the quality of its contents.
 
Most Moringa sellers do not have groves of trees they own and manage. How do I know this. I have emails on the subject from sellers I have asked this question. I have been doing research on this for 2 years because of the orders I lost to fraudulent dealers.

You need to think about what you are being told and not told on labels and on websites. 

This is all for now...Have a wonderful Sunday tomorrow and blessings

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin


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2 Comments:

  • At May 27, 2012 at 8:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Your comments should be a warning to Moringa buyers. There is no longer wild Moringa any place in the world . People know that Moringa is a good source of nutrients, including animals are smart enough to know, and any Moringa in the wild would just be consumed by natives or animals.

    Something else you should point out is that many Moringa producers are sun or shed drying their Moringa including the stems which weigh more than the leaves themselves. Then they mill the stems and leaves together and make the "leaf powder" they are selling the public. Stems do not have the nutrient content of leaves, they are mostly made up of fiber. In reality the clients are buying a less nutrient product than what they are paying for. Manufacturers should show their Moringa fields in their sites to prove that they really have a farm a plantation or are just picking leaves from roads and homes.

     
  • At May 27, 2012 at 8:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Kate, I am so glad someone is finally exposing the terrible Moringa products being imported into the US from some countries with bad manufacturing practices and low concern for the American public's health. We pay a good price for Moringa products and are only receiving "junk" that on top of all has to be Gamma Irradiated in order to be fit for human consumption. It is so full of germs, bacteria, eColi and heaven knows what else that it requires irradiation to make it safe.

    Please let us know which countries and what manufacturers it is safe from to purchase Moringa products. We as consumers know very little about the terrible manufacturing practices some of these unethical producers and importers in the US go through to lie to us with their low quality products.

     

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