The rich history of herbalism is spread all over the world. The use of medicinal plants dates back to the origin of humankind. It all began in 60,000+ BCE by Ancient Paleolithics. The ancient Babylonians, Chinese, Egyptians, Indians and Native Americans were also herbalists. However, the oldest known record of medicinal herbs is by a Chinese herbalist named Shen Nung’s Pen Ts’ao also known as Shennong Ben Cao Jing (c. 3000 B.C.).

The market for herbal medicine is expected to reach $111 billion by the end of 2023. WHO speculates almost 80% of Asian and African population incorporates traditional medicine for primary health care. The growing popularity of herbal remedies is due to the rising population of elderlies, consumer awareness, supplier innovations, minimum side effects, the implementation of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) for dietary supplements by the FDA and easy accessibility. If you’re looking to benefit from a plethora of herbal goodness, then keep reading to find where you can shop for the most efficacious herbs and extracts.

  • Online Stores

If you believe in the popular saying, time is money, then online stores are the way to go. It can be fun, relaxing and hassle-free. Since 2017, e-commerce retail trade sales in Canada have been recorded over 1.8 billion Canadian dollars. It is expected that the revenue generated within the e-commerce sector is going to skyrocket to almost 29 billion Canadian dollars by 2021, which was previously recorded approximately as 18.3 billion in 2016. The unique aspect of e-stores is that they sometimes house rare herbs which you might not normally find at your local stores. Amazon, Well.ca, Shopbuzz, Walmart, Healthy Planet, HealthSnap.ca, ebay, Ebambu and Jean Coutu are some of the retailers which keep Herbion Naturals’ entire range of herbal products online. 

  • Health Food Stores

Health food stores are increasingly becoming the top choice of shoppers due to the nature of business. These stores are loaded with organic, whole, natural, vegetarian foods and even dietary supplements. They primarily house best quality natural foods and ingredients that are excellent for the body. Health stores industry has experienced a surge of expansion over the last five years to date. Statistically, monthly sales of health and personal care stores amounted to approximately 3.84 billion dollars in May 2018 in Canada alone. It is further expected to grow over another five years till 2023. You can find numerous herbal products at Whole Foods Market, Tottenham Health Foods, A-1 Nutrition Health Food Store, Vitamin Plus, The Big Carrot, The Island Jar and Diane’s Natural Health Store, they also carry a range of Herbion Naturals safe and effective herbal remedies.

  • Pharmacies

Pharmacies are booming all over Canada, it is noted that approximately 42,500 licensed pharmacists are working in over 10,000 pharmacies. Roughly 70% work at community pharmacies, 15% at hospitals and another 15% in other setups such as colleges, universities, governments and pharmaceutical industries. Pharmacists across Canada deliver innovative services, including but not limited to medication reviews, wellness programs, immunization services and chronic disease management. Most provincial governments have authorized pharmacists to approve medication, which leads to convenient refills, collaborative medication management and less time spent changing drug prescriptions. Some reputable pharmacies which stock Herbion Naturals products include Peoples Drug Mart, Rexall, Loblaws, Metro, Shoppers Drug Mart and York Downs Pharmacy. 

  • Apothecaries

It is said that the medieval apothecary was the ancestor of modern-day General Practitioner.  Individuals selling herbs, spices and wine were called apothecaries in medieval Europe. They usually prepared medicines from scratch and later sold them to physicians and patients directly. They also sold other products and often gave medical advice. Though originally they were a part of the grocery business, by 1200’s they set up their own guilds often with other physicians. This enabled them to supply medicines but restrained them from prescribing. As England developed, gradually by 1617 apothecaries gained more freedom, trained through apprenticeships and studied at universities which enabled them to sell patent medicines amongst other remedies. By the 1700’s apothecaries became some of the most widely sought after medical practitioners. This further progressed, during 1800’s and early 1900’s they started providing proper medical care and chemist’s shops began popping up which handled the retail aspect of medicine. Modern-day apothecaries now sell personalized prescriptions for patients, creams lotions, etc. You can find a wide range of herbal extracts at apothecaries.

  • Local Herb Growers

Your local grower is most likely to keep a wide range of herbs, fresh from the farm. Buying from a grower ensures freshness, promotes local wealth, reduces the use of fossil fuels, promotes agriculture and minimises the risk of food contamination.