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Meet the Herbalist

I'm Cara Saunders - an herbalist, gardener, mother, creator (and owner!) of the handmade herbal remedies at my company Bear Wallow Herbs. 

I love spending my time here out in the lush landscape of Mount Shasta, California, where I get to connect with plants and learn how to use them. My passion is teaching others about the health benefits of using herbal medicines, and sharing my experiences to inspire others in taking care of themselves and their loved ones with nature's gifts! The herbal remedies I create are made from plants I both grow and gather myself.

I became an herbalist to combine all of my unique passions and talents for the purpose of helping people heal and inspiring people to develop a connection to nature. My journey to become an herbalist started in 1999 after I completed a B.S. in Forestry. I wondered if there wasn't more to forests than just the (commercially valuable) trees. So I started observing plants and learning from experienced herbalists, including Lise Wolff and Matthew Wood in Minnesota. In 2003, I was a full-time student at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. 

In December 2007, Bear Wallow Herbs was awarded a technology grant from the eBay Foundation, and I was named a Microenterprise Entrepreneur of the Year in Siskiyou County. In 2008, Bear Wallow Herbs was featured on the CBS program Eye on the Bay when I taught a workshop at Alemany Farm in San Francisco as part of the Green Festival. 

Bear Wallow Herbs is currently based in the beautiful town of Mount Shasta, California. The water used for our extracts comes from the headwaters of the Sacramento River, gathered where the water comes out of the earth in the Mt. Shasta City Park. The herbs are organically grown in our Mount Shasta herb garden or sustainably wild harvested in the local natural areas.

It is both a pleasure and an honor to be your herbalist, and provide a wide selection of herbal remedies to keep you wildly healthy! Please let me know if you need anything, or have any questions. I want you to be comfortable and confident when using herbs, and to improve your health! 

If you are interested in taking a deep dive into learning the process of how to make herbal medicine, Bear Wallow Herbs offers a work-trade apprenticeship to give you hands-on experience working with plants! Feel free to email me at cara@bearwallowherbs.com