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Our Approach

Strength in Tradition

We’re proud that our company has such a solid reputation for authentic craftsmanship and integrity. Our secret abiding respect for traditional herbal knowledge that has been honed over thousands of years, and an unshakeable belief that the way herbal medicines are made matters. Quite simply, we craft our herbal medicines the traditional way with the highest quality herbs we can find,because it results in better, more effective medicine. At every step, we make decisions with thoughtful care and intention, and we work hard to make sure we get it right.

1. Whole Herbs

We use the whole herb, because it contains all the active ingredients working together in perfect balance. That’s the age-old way of making herbal medicines. Using whole herbs also means we know exactly what we’re getting—we have seen powdered herbs from third parties that have been compromised. This is more than a "best practice". It is a belief in and a respect for the traditional methods of herbal medicine.

2. Perfecting the Traditional Processes

We take a craftsman approach to make your herbal medicines the absolute best they can be. Our practices and tools are carefully designed to fit each particular herb. Techniques that use heat can be faster, but they also damage the herbs, so we grind our herbs slowly and use cold percolation methods instead. We make our tinctures, salves, creams, oils and capsules by drawing on time-tested methods that really work.

3. Quality Herbs

We use only organic and wildcrafted herbs. Why? Sustainable practices that honour the earth mean the ingredients listed on the label are all that’s there—without a trace of chemicals or toxins. We don’t use dried herbs that have been sitting in a warehouse for years; the whole dried herbs from our trusted longtime suppliers are newly harvested, so all their natural goodness is intact.

4. Skilled Herbalists

St. Francis Herb Farm herbal medicines are based on a deep understanding of herbs. Our founders, Monique and Jeremy Rivett-Carnac, developed the recipes during a lifetime of hands-on study that started over 30 years ago with a number of renowned herbalists on Vancouver Island. Today, that tradition continues with our medical advisor, Dr. Terry Vanderheyden, a doctor of naturopathic medicine and registered herbalist.

5. Connection with Community

We value our relationships with educators, naturopathic doctors, and our customers. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine has used St. Francis Herb Farm tinctures in its clinics since 1998, and hundreds of naturopathic doctors across Canada include our products in their practice. We work with the University of Ottawa to help with research and development of our products. Most of all, we love having a connection with our customers, listening to your stories and being part of your health and wellness journey.

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