We travel the world to identify the most beneficial herbal teas and herbal extracts in the world.
Linden Botanicals only sells teas that repair the body’s systems. Where the plants come from and when they’re picked all make a difference. We always want to be sure we (and our customers) are getting the plants that are the best quality of their type.
For example, Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra) comes from the Amazon in Peru, Cistanche tubulosa is found in Mongolia. Terminalia chebula is from a tree in India. As with grapes, the terroir matters for their phytochemical value.
We start by visiting the countries and growers for teas we are interested in sourcing. We’ve traveled to China, India, Peru, Morocco, Greece, and many other countries in search of the teas that can help people optimize their health.
In Peru, we explored the Amazon jungles to find Phyllanthus niruri. In India, we went out into the fields and met members of women’s cooperatives.
Morocco is a good example of our sourcing philosophy. We went with an open mind to learn from local traditions. What we learned has convinced me to add Argan oil to our tea store. It has a nutty flavor and can be used as a carrier oil for other herbs (a very different use from the hair products you may be familiar with). The trip was amazing. The people were all so friendly and inviting. Plus we got to ride camels into the dunes of the Sahara Desert, drink Moroccan mint tea, camp in the desert, and see the Milky Way without city light pollution.
Ultimately, of course, the point of visiting is to get to know the people collecting and drying the plants. Having tea with growers is a great way to get to know them. At every stage, we want to be sure that the process is fair for everyone involved in growing and sourcing the plants and that every plant is organic and processed in FDA-certified facilities. Some companies pay workers a fraction of a penny, so meeting with the entire supply chain helps ensure workers are getting fair wages.
We aim to be conscious of the whole process while educating customers about the plants and their benefits. Drinking teas and extracts made from the plants we sell is all about optimizing health.