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Did you know I used to work in health food stores? It’s true! I managed a Peachtree Natural Foods store many years ago, and I’ve also worked for Mother Nature’s Eden in Tucker, GA. I thought it would be fun to share my favorites when it comes to the best herbal supplement brands.
A few large companies really stand out when it comes to making herbal extracts. These are the companies I have been using for years and are easy to find at big-box retailers. They also take pride in being socially and ecologically responsible, which is another reason I’m comfortable giving them my business.
Please note that this post is not sponsored by any of the companies below. I decided to write it as a resource for my readers who are curious about the best herbal supplement companies. I have included affiliate links to some of my favorite products where applicable, and these are marked with (#affiliate).
Best herbal supplement brands I love
I’m picky about which companies I use. I know I can make a high-quality extract at home, so if I’m going to shell out some cash for an extract made by someone else, it had better be up to snuff!
The biggest reason I buy pre-made is convenience. I love making my own herbal extracts at home. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to be able to order what I need in a pinch or swing by the store for an extract if I’m traveling.
It’s also good if I’m gifting a product to someone. My friends prefer my homemade items, but if the recipient is someone who doesn’t know me well, using a store-bought product can be a good alternative.
Without further ado, let’s look at my favorite big herbal companies that offer pre-made extracts and herbal formulas.
Five Flavor Herbs
For a company focused on TCM and energetics, look no further than Five Flavor Herbs. I’ve heard about this company for years but only ordered from them recently. I’ve been using a holistic approach to address uterine fibroids, and wanted a formula that incorporates white peony. Their Full Moon blend was perfect and has made my life so much better.
I also really like their take on the Solitary Hermit formula for sore muscle aftercare, and they are a great source for Silk Tree (aka Albizia or Mimosa).
This company is located in North Carolina. Gaia Herbs is really great if you want the convenience of a capsule but the effectiveness of a liquid extract. I’m not a fan of powdered herbs in capsules. I just don’t feel like they work as well as liquid extracts or teas. Gaia Herbs figured out a way around that, though – they put liquid extracts into capsules. Genius! I also really like their dedication to the environment.
This company does adaptogens extremely well. If you’re looking for a daily supplement to make using adaptogens easy, this is the first herbal supplement brand that comes to mind. They have an Adrenal Health Daily Support blend (#affiliate) that’s phenomenal. I also really like their Daily Wellbeing products (#affiliate). They are perfect if you are looking for a convenient way to add herbs to your wellness routines.
This company is based out of New Mexico and was founded by herbalist David Gagnon. Fun fact: I like to nerd out about the way Herbs Etc., makes their products! What makes them so special?
They use a proprietary process to extract their herbs. They call it kinetic maceration. If you’ve ever made a percolation extract at home, you know the benefit of adding the energy of movement to the process of extracting. They also use an oxygen-free softgel for their capsule products and keep the temps low during the herb grinding process.
I love so many of the Herbs, Etc. products. Singer’s Saving Grace (#affiliate) is probably my favorite. I keep some on hand for seasonal support for scratchy throats – allergies in spring, wintertime cold and flu season. There are a few different flavors. Mint is probably the tastiest, but I usually go with the plain’ ol’ extra strength!
I also had really good results with Lymphatonic (#affiliate link) when I was recovering from Lyme. The herbs in Lymphatonic support the lymph glands and are traditionally used to support immunity when recovering from a lingering illness. They are a softgel form (the liquid extract inside the softgel). Super easy to swallow and great potency.
Herb Pharm is one of my favorite companies for single herb extracts because they have such a wide selection available and it’s easy to find them at many different health food stores.
However, several of their compound blends are not to be missed! Athlete’s Power (#affiliate link) was another formula I used with good results at one point during my recovery from Lyme. It has a blend of adaptogens and includes sarsaparilla, which is an alterative. It seemed to be very supportive of my energy levels and helped cut through some of the mental fogginess I experienced.
Herb Pharm was founded in 1979 by Ed Smith and Sara Katz and is based in Oregon.
Mountain Rose Herbs
This company is my favorite supplier for bulk ingredients, too. Mountain Rose sells one of the best selections of dried herbs of any mail order company. If that’s your favorite way to purchase herbs, you might enjoy my article on the Best Places to Buy Dried Herbs Online. They also have a great line of herbal extracts and capsules.
Planetary Formulas is hands-down my favorite company for Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas. I’m super picky about TCM and Ayurvedic formula companies because of the potential for adulteration in the ingredients coming from overseas. Planetary Formulas has a very good track record and I’m very comfortable using their products.
They carry one of my favorite immune support herbal supplements, Jade Screen Formula. This is a traditional formula built around astragalus. In TCM, it’s used to support the Wei Chi, or front line defenses of the immune system.
Here’s another herbal supplement brand that I’m excited to share with you: WishGarden Herbs (#affiliate). They are a family-owned company based in Colorado and have been creating wonderful formulas and high-quality extracts for 40 years. Their Kick-Ass Sinus (#affiliate) and Liquid Bliss (#affiliate) are two of my favorites! Many of their extracts contain glycerin, which makes them more palatable than straight alcohol extracts.
Another thing that sets them apart from the others is the use of a pump top instead of a dropper bottle. I find the pump tops to be convenient and easier to use than droppers. At first, I was worried they might leak. However, I’ve been carrying them around in my coat pockets for the last few months and haven’t had any problems at all.
You can explore their full line of products on their website (#affiliate)
Wooden Spoon Herbs
If you want a company that is woman owned and has a lovely boutique feel, Wooden Spoon Herbs is one of the best herbal supplement companies. Founder Lauren Haynes has so many wonderful products to share. The Solar Flare Tea (#affiliate) and Earthship Tea (#affiliate) are wonderful if you enjoy connecting with herbs through the ritual of tea.
The line of Wooden Spoon Herbs tinctures (#affiliate) is also really lovely. The blends focus on daily wellbeing and include Rose Colored Glasses for mood support, Immunity Now and and Elderberry Elixir for a healthy immune system, and Adaptogen Balance for a healthy stress response.