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Meet the Herbalist

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Hello, my name is Cara Saunders, herbalist and owner of Bear Wallow Herbs!

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. I’m still always learning as I interact with plants on a daily basis.

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 Mount Shasta, California. The water used for Bear Wallow Herbs' 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.

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