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.
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.
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.
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
Visit my Alternative Medicine In the News Blog here: