Herbal medicine matters. At Avena Botanicals, we believe medicinal plants and a sacred connection to place heal body, mind, and spirit and encourage humans to be mindful and loving stewards of the Earth.

We bring over a thousand pounds of fresh, hand-gathered medicinal herbs into our apothecary annually and use these herbs to thoughtfully prepare herbal tinctures, elixirs, glycerites, and oils. Over 80% of these herbs come directly from Avena's certified-biodynamic gardens.

About Us

Featured Products





As we at Avena Botanicals celebrate our 30th year, we delight in the ways we have grown since 1985. Founder and herbalist Deb Soule's vision to create healing gardens, a learning center, and an herbal apothecary where we produce small batches of herbal remedies using our own certified organic and biodynamic herbs is happening! We have remained true to our roots; honoring the healing spirit of plants and supporting people's well-being in all phases of their life.

However, the herbal world is a very different place today than when we first opened our doors. The changing landscape of FDA regulations has meant that small businesses like ours have faced increasing pressure to comply with the same rules that large scale, mass-manufacturing companies do. We need your help to continue providing the highest quality herbal remedies for those who need them while conforming to the current regulatory environment.

View Our Campaign

Blog

Herb of the Week ~ Nettle

March 28, 2015

Nettle: A Nutritious Spring Green This hardy perennial, native to Europe, can be grown from good-quality seed, though I have found it much easier to establish a nettle bed from root cuttings. My first nettle plants arrived by chance in a pile of fresh cow manure delivered by a local farmer in his truck. One of the best gifts an herbalist could ask for! Nettle loves growing in moist, fertile soil and in old compost piles. As long as nettle has enough moisture and fertility, it will flourish in the sun or partial shade. Every few years, in late fall, we shovel compost on top of Avena’s nettle beds to enrich the soil. Tree bark chips placed between our rows...

View full article →

Herb of the Week ~ Calendula

March 22, 2015

Calendula: Bringer of Sunshine This brightly colored medicinal flower is native to southern Europe. I remember seeing carpets of tiny orange calendula flowers blooming in Sicily when I visited once in late autumn. I could barely contain my joy and excitement. I love this flower for its beauty, its generosity, its mandala form, and its medicine.   Growing & Collecting Calendula  Every herb and vegetable garden should grow a row of calendula or at least consider planting 7-10 plants in one spot for the pollinators and people tending the garden. As long as you collect the newly-opened flowers every few days you will have continuous blooming plants until the hard frost. Place the fresh flowers in your water bottle and...

View full article →

Tweets