Here are paths to some of my favorite places:
Excellent herbal courses
East West Herb Course (www.planetherbs.com)
An incredible correspondence herb course including Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs and diagnosis.
Michael and Lesley Tierra have a wonderful week long herbal seminar every spring in Santa Cruz, California.
Sage Mountain Herbal Center (www.sagemountain.com)
Rosemary Gladstar's excellent herbal correspondence course features many wonderful tea and cosmetic recipes.
Thomas J. Elpel and HOPS Press (www.hopspress.com)
Thomas J. Elpel's books and classes explore botany and outdoor education. I've used his wonderful Botany in a Day as a text book for all of my botany classes.
Sources of high quality ingredients
Blessed Herbs (www.blessedherbs.com)
A family owned business in Massachusetts that provides reliably high quality, organic and wild crafted bulk herbs. Excellent service.
Horizon Herbs (www.horizonherbs.com)
The folks at Horizon Herbs sell seeds for every medicinal plant you ever imagined, plus live plants, too.
Horizon Herbs, PO Box 69, Williams, OR 97544-0069
Tel: (541) 846-6704
Mountain Rose Herbs (www.mountainroseherbs.com)
They carry a wonderful selection of essential oils, beeswax, clay, extracts, and containers.
Mountain Rose Herbs, 85472 Dilley Lane, Eugene,OR 97405
Tel: (800) 879-3337
A great source for organic, extra-virgin coconut oil, pressed from fresh coconuts.
Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary & Supply (www.rebeccasapothecary.com)
A wonderful source of high quality herbs, oils, and essential oils.
1227 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Tel: (303) 443-8878
Red Moon Herbs (www.redmoonherbs.com)
Features wild-crafted and organic extracts and salves.
Red Moon Herbs, 1039 Camp Elliot Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711
(828) 669-1310 or (888) 929-0777
Preserving our herbal inheritance
Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org)
Helps protect the lands that have given us so many wonderful plants and herbs.
A non-profit educational organization committed to preserving native medicinal plants.
Finding more information
All Natural Beauty reveals the benefits of using truly natural products on your skin.
The Beauty Guidesite at About.com (beauty.about.com)
Find everything you need to know about skin care.