From the beginning, almost 30 years ago, St. Francis Herb Farm has been guided by a core set of beliefs and ideals — the way herbal medicine is made matters. This belief has guided every step of the process, from formulating herbal medicine, selecting certified organic herbs to carefully crafting our herbal tinctures.
Starting in the field
St. Francis Herb Farm started out on a farm — as such our herbal medicine begins with the raw plant material, and not the lab or marketing department. Over the years we’ve partnered with certified organic herb farmers that love being close to the land and know how to grow healthy, vibrant herbs. This is where good medicine starts.
We value and follow a strong tradition of herbal medicine using whole herbs. This tradition believes in the synergy of the whole herb to bring health and healing. Jeremy and Monique stared St. Francis by growing the herbs and crafting tinctures to sell to Naturopathic doctors. It was only later that we began selling them to health food stores. Some of our best loved formulas are a result of the founders, Jeremy and Monique, needing to treat infections and colds in their own children. The knowledge steeped in herbal tradition and a whole herb approach is the reason for their effectiveness over the years.
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Astragalus root is a perennial herb native to northern China and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen for a healthier stress response and to support your immune system.
Codonopsis root is a milder substitute to ginseng in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Also called bonnet bellflower on account of the shape of its blossoms, codonopsis can be found throughout China and other parts of Asia. Use it as an adaptogen to boost immune system health and brain power.
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
Eleuthero root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. A woody shrub that hails from the forests of northeastern Asia, eleuthero is an adaptogen used to increase stamina, as a tonic, and to boost overall health.
A classic perennial shrub native to Eurasia, licorice has been used as a medicine from the beginning of recorded history. Licorice root is the most widely used herb of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen to increase resistance to stress and to promote a healthier immune system response.
A large evergreen shrub that was originally indigenous to China but is now cultivated in other places, ligustrum grows to more than 30 feet in height. Its fruit is a longstanding and highly important mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the first written record of its therapeutic use reaching back to the Shan Hai Jing around 800 B.C. Use it as a tonic to support the immune system and to guard against infections.
A mushroom that enjoys near mythic status in Traditional Chinese Medicine, reishi has been valued in the cultures of the East for millennia as the "king of herbs." Ming Dynasty texts describe it as a remedy that "mends the heart." Use it as an adaptogen to lower the effects of stress and to modulate immune system response.
The bright red berries of this woody climbing vine that grows in the forested regions of northeastern China, as well as Russia. Schisandra berries have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen and tonic to promote endurance, lower stress, and boost your immune system.
An aromatic perennial herb that enjoys an ancient heritage in Traditional Chinese Medicine, white atractylodes grows in northern Asia in the mountain-girt valleys of China's Zheijiang province. Use it as an immune system tonic and to support overall body functions.