About Humboldt Herbals
Humboldt Herbals is dedicated to finding the most vibrant and healing herbal remedies available. It began as a mail order catalog in the Pacific Northwest in 1998. A retail store in Old Town Eureka, California soon followed in 2001. Humboldt Herbals is a full-service herbal apothecary, stocking over 400 organic and ethically wildcrafted medicinal herbs, teas and spices. Our highly skilled herbalists offer each customer personalized guidance and support in selecting the most appropriate herbal remedies. Our selection includes organic tea blends, aromatherapy, flower/vibrational essences, tinctures, salves, oils, organic body care and more. You can also find everything you need to make your own herbal medicines and body care products at home.
Humboldt Herbals specializes in organic handmade herbal products, and we never put anything “on the shelf” that we haven’t tried ourselves. You can always be certain that our herbs are the highest quality available, and that the products we sell really work.
Hundreds of happy customers rely on Humboldt Herbals to help them treat a wide variety of ills and complaints—high blood pressure, colds & the flu, menopause, PMS, stress & anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, decreased libido, children’s health issues, and so on. Many people also rely on Humboldt Herbals for assistance with the health of their animal companions, from physical ailments to behavioral problems. We work with horses, goats, cats, dogs, rats, rabbits, llamas, birds—you name it!
We hope you find our website helpful and informative, and that you find exactly what you need. If you have any questions or need assistance making your selections, please send us an email or give us a call. We’re happy to help you in any way that we can.
If your travels take you through the Humboldt County redwoods, please stop by to say hello. Our store is located in Old Town Eureka at 300 2nd Street, on the corner of 2nd and "D". We’ve always got free delicious herbal tea available for you to sample, and lots of laughter and herbal information to share.
Meet the Staff
Julie Caldwell, MA, is the creator of Humboldt Herbals and has had the great pleasure to serve the community through her shop for over 16 years. She's a constant student of medicinal plants and the healing arts. She teaches a variety of herbal classes and workshops, and frequently leads medicinal plant walks along Humboldt County's breathtaking trails. She offers intuitive herbal consultations by appointment only. For more information, please email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren Ballard is a certified herbalist, gardener and medicine maker. She’s a graduate of the Northwest School for Botanical Studies, and has been practicing herbal medicine for 9 years. She’s a partner at I & I organic herb, fruit and vegetable farm in Dows Prarie, California, and can be found selling her gorgeous vegetables and herbs at the local farmer's markets. She’s also a talented wildcrafter and makes outstanding fresh herbal extracts.
Candice Brunlinger has studied herbal medicine with Christa Sinadinos through the Northwest School of Botanical Studies, completing the Professional and Clinical Herbalist Training Programs and the Advanced Materia Medica course. She has studied with Jane Bothwell, completing her Intermediate Herbalism Series and has also had the honor of briefly studying with many other herbalist through small workshops and classes. She graduated Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, has a small clinical practice and a herbal product line. She has a passion for teaching and does Herbal and Qi Gong workshops in the community as well as the Intro to Herbalism Course at Humboldt State University. Candice is inspired by plants and integrating a holistic lifestyle. She loves to make medicine, cook, garden, be in nature, practice Tai Chi and teach herbal workshops.
Jessica Shepherd has been studying the healing arts and working with plant medicine since 1999. She's a graduate of the Dandelion Herbal Center, and is an Aromatherapist internationally certified through the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy. Jessica has been blessed to study with acclaimed herbalists from around the country, and happily continues to regularly attend a wide variety of herbal conferences, classes, and gatherings. For over a decade she has been fortunate to be a Staff Herbalist and Manager for Humboldt Herbals, and continues to offer her services there seasonally. Jessica is also a passionate Wild-Crafter and Botanical Perfumer who loves creating herbal products for body and soul. Her Skin Nectars ~ the finest organic hand-made creams ~ have a large and dedicated following both regionally and internationally.
Marea is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Herbalist and Nutrition Counselor. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda where she learned to assess the individual needs of a person based on their constitution, lifestyle and nutritional needs. She is a lifelong student of herbalism, nutrition and yoga. She has worked diligently to understand the ability of the human body to heal itself, as well as learning to understand the healing properties of the fascinating world of herbal medicine. She recognizes that this is a lifelong journey and commitment, and is fascinated, on a daily basis, by the medicinal gifts that the plants have to offer. She offers private consultations by appointment. She is a musician, a dedicated yoga student, works on a part-time basis with special education children, and feels blessed to be on the staff at Humboldt Herbals, to share in the wisdom of an incredible collective of dedicated and knowledgeable herbalists.
Kate has been working with plant medicine for almost 15 years. She utilizes it for everything from colds and flus to her beauty regime. She started studying with the Northwest School of Botanical Studies and from there studied with the East West School of Botanical Studies. Also, over the course of her years as a Staff Herbalist at Humboldt Herbals, she picked up many skills doing what we like to call “herbal triage.” As with most things though, practicing herbal medicine on herself and loved ones is where the bulk of her knowledge has come from. She is the proprietor of Fawn Lily Herbals, a product line of natural perfumes, foot soaks and body scrubs. She is also a jeweler, utilizing the healing power of stones and gems in her designs.
She is a passionate advocate for not only using herbal medicine, but proper nutrition as well, as a form of preventative medicine. So many of our modern day diseases are preventable, and through taking proper care of ourselves we take our health back into our own hands. She loves to be in and explore nature, and feels that her connection to it keeps her healthy and sane in the fast pace world in which we live.
Sophia began studying plant medicine in 2011. She began her study with the wise and wonderful Jane Bothwell at the Dandelion Herbal Center. Through Jane she received a solid base in intuitive and practical medicine, wildcrafting, and clinical setting. She is currently studying with Christa Sinadinos at the North West School of Botanical Studies where she is deepening her understanding of physiology in health and disease, as well as material medica, herbal therapeutics and clinical setting best practices. Sophia is a local, born and raised here in Eureka CA. Between 2010 and presently, she has WWOOFed on several farms throughout California including Carrizo Lavender Farm and One Acre Farm. Each day she is delighted by the plants growing amongst her in this diverse and blossoming area. She feels grateful to have grown up and been surrounded by a wide array of plant spirits as teachers, as well as the powerful and loving influence of many fellow herbalists.
Shellby’s explorations in herbal medicine began during her study abroad expeditions across Asia as an undergrad. She had the brief opportunity to study Ayurvedic Medicine at the Swami Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies in Mysore, India, in 2009. She also conducted field research projects on Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Astrology in 2009 and 2010 in Northern India and Tibet. She is an Alumna of Humboldt State University with Bachelors degrees in both Religious Studies and Dance Studies. In 2014 Shellby graduated from the Northwest School for Botanical Studies. She is excited to be a new addition to the Humboldt Herbals family. Shellby has a special interest in the integration of plants, dance, and medicine. She loves to spend her time gardening, adventuring through the wilderness, fishing, creating art, performing, laughing, and enjoying this precious life.
Alyssa is a graduate of Dandelion Botanical Center where she cultivated her passion for herbal medicine. There she learned how to approach healing with a variety of plants and preparations. As a lifelong lover of Pacific Northwest flora, she considers herself blessed to cohabit a region rich with compassionate teachers—both human and herb. She has enjoyed working in different settings to broaden her knowledge of plants including university, herb school, medicinal herb gardens, and even a holistically-run goat dairy. Alyssa believes nature to be the best setting for deepening understanding, so you can find her wild crafting and seeking out unique plant habitats in her spare time. She loves observing the ability of herbal healing to help people connect with the planet as well as with their own healing nature. For this reason she is glad to serve with the staff at Humboldt Herbals!