Heilbron Herbs is an apothecary line based out of Western North Carolina, near Asheville. Our products are made of carefully tended, responsibly farmed and wild harvested medicinal herbs, grown and collected by our own farm and a small handful of other growers in this area. We are one of the few brands using botanicals entirely grown in the US by small farms. Because we work directly with farmers, we have a close relationship with the plants we use and are able to watch them through their lifecycle. We have control over so much more than we would if we were working with imported plants, while supporting local agriculture and ensuring that the liveliness of each flower, leaf and root is upheld in everything we create.
I’ve been curious about plants and how they can help us since I was a child - maybe since before I can remember. My mom always tells the story of noticing her six-month-old baby sitting in the grass quietly rubbing plantain leaf (a weedy lawn-loving perennial) on eczema covered skin, later to find out that plantain is a primary skin-healing herb. I still find the magnetism of plants – by way of their colors, aroma, texture, flavor, habits and unique personalities - to be the most compelling guide in my adult life.
Which is why we are very careful about preserving our plants just right, because they deserve it, and so do you. When we tincture our herbs, we almost always use fresh plants straight from harvest, because we believe the vitality and vibrancy of the living plants are preserved in in the extract itself. We built our large herb drier from a retired refrigerated shipping container – it’s stainless steel interior and tight seal is perfectly suited to food-safe and controllable processing of all of the plants we dry.
Heilbron is a family name, belonging to my grandmother Adele’s natal family, who immigrated from Germany to Sacramento, California in the 1830s. Etymologically, Heilbron means “healing well” or “good source”. My grandmother was in many ways like a sister to me and was one of the earliest people who nurtured my love of plants by introducing me to so many in the Sierras.
Today, our network of farms in North Carolina is growing, and we feel so lucky to be working closely with farmers who are exploring the best ways to tend the earth and grow beautiful plants through careful cultivation and regenerative practices. We are proud to be a part of a movement seeking quality through ethical production, systematically prioritizing care and respect for our planet and all its people.
-Saralyn Bellmer, founder