Lots going on at Herbalist & Alchemist!
Spring News         May 2020         Vol.12 No. 1
Well...COVID-19 has certainly changed our lives. Read more in "H&A Update" below. Stay Well, Stay Safe.                    
  • H&A Update
  • 50th Annual Earth Day
  • Herb Day - Supporting AHG
  • H&A In the News
  • David Winston's Students: Where Are They Now?  Lori Lazar
  • Upcoming Events: David's Teaching Schedule has Gone Virtual
  • AHPA Board Elections
  • Surprise Sales!
  • Product Reformulation
  • Herbal Jeopardy Contest
  • 2020 Herbal Salon Schedule
  • Monthly Specials-Check them Out!
  • Herbalist Training Program Information
H&A Update 
The world is certainly very different from 3 months ago when we sent our last newsletter!  We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe at home as much as possible. We're all well and following the best practices to stay that way.  
Giving Back - 50th Annual Earth Day
This year we recognized Earth Day, held on April 22, by donating a percentage of sales to several local organizations that serve the earth and care for its people. 
*     Raritan Headwaters Association For over 60 years, they have upheld a promise to protect the land and water. We rely on their vigilance. 
*    Musconetcong Watershed Association Dedicated to protecting and i
m proving the quality of the Musconetcong River and its Watershed, including its nat ur al and cultural resources. They're practically in our back yard!
*     Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County empowers vulnerable families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency
through comprehensive programs that build self-confidence and self-reliance. This program is near and dear to many in our community.
*     Warren Hills Regional High School Robotics Association made and donated almost 27,000 protective face shields to local hospitals and care centers . One of our employees brought this to our attention and we thought it was such a worthy way to keep our local medical professionals safe in this time of health crisis.   
We continue our Sustainability Pledge working toward zero waste with composting and recycling hard-to-recycle office supplies through TerraCycle. Here are some actions we can all take:    
*     Support nurseries that sell native plants in your region, which in our area includes Wild Ridge Plants and Well-Sweep Herb Farm. Our employees are excited to fill their backyards with beneficial native herbs and pollinators this spring. 
*    Support COVID-19 relief efforts in your local community.
*     Clean up! Though many organized events have been cancelled or transitioned to "virtual" cleanups, we can clean up our little corners and do so while socially distancing.  
*     Recycle everything with TerraCycle brigades  

Giving Back - Herb Day - Supporting AHG 
Celebrated each year the first Saturday in May, Herb Day is a coordinated series of indepe ndently produced public educational events that celebrate the importance of herbs and herbalism.
Although this year many events were cancelled or postponed, we still observed Herb Day by matching a percentage of that weekend's sales to support t he American Herbalists Guild's Annual Symposium.
And we are excited to announce that your support has helped us reach the goal of supporting the event at the highest donor leve l.  
  H&A in the News!
Industry trade publications often ask H&A to comment on different topics, which lately have included the impact of COVID-19.   
In keeping with the increase in video meetings while we all try to stay connected, several of these were conducted virtually. Some of them are downright inspiring!           
Beth Lambert video interview with  Jon Benninger of SupplySide and the Insider - Watch Now...  
  Article about the interview -

CEO Beth Lambert on the
Botanical Boom  
Video interview with Stephen Daniells, PhD, NutraIngredients-USA. /
HerbalGram  - Herbal Companies Brace for Supply Chain Impacts of COVID-19

Whole Foods magazine asked David Winston about Adaptogens

Vitamin Retailer interviewed Beth about the continued growth in herb popularity

NutraIngredients-USA - on the impact of COVID-19 on immune product demand

David Winston's Students:  
Where Are They Now?  

We love to interview David Winston's s tudents to find out what motivated them to study herbal medicine and how they ar e usin g their training.
Lori Lazar is a graduate of David's two-year herbal studies program and is now a sales rep for H&A in the Pittsburgh area. She also has her own herb business Hedge Witch Apothecary.

Upcoming Events! David's Teaching Schedule has Gone Virtual  

Most of the in-person events David Winston was scheduled to teach will be held online, which means more people can attend without leaving their homes. A few that are several months away have not announced that change, but likely will. Check their websites for details.   

The Medicines from the Earth Symposium will be video streaming May 29th - 30th. The very timely theme is Restoring Immunological Balance.  
David will be teaching classes on
  • Medicinal Mushrooms in Clinical Practice
  • Restorative and Nutritive Tonics
He will be joined by many other incredible teachers including Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc, Jill Stansbury, ND, Jason Miller, DACM, LAc and Chanchal Cabrera, RH(AHG).
The Allies for Plants and People Symposium, June 12th - 14th,  will provide a forum where plant wisdom can be shared and like-minded folks can connect and build a community to steward land, medicinal plants and supportive relationships with each other.  
David is teaching classes on (revised topics)  
  • Adaptogens, Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
  • Differential Treatment of Depression and Anxiety with Botanical and Nutritional Medicines
Other teachers will be Rosemary Gladstar, Charis Lindrooth, D.C., Paul Bergner and Tammi Sweet. We're proud to be a sponsor.
For more information...
The Green Medicine Program -at the NY Open Center is hosting on June 28th:
Herbal Energetics taught by David Winston.
Find out more... 

AHPA Board Elections      
While the American Herbal Products Association usually holds elections at the annual members meeting at Expo West, with cancellation of that show this year, AHPA had to find another way to conduct the election. 
 When the votes were finally in, the boa rd elected the new Executive Committee, including H&A CEO Beth Lambert, who has se rved on the AHPA Board for many years.
Surprise Sales...   
Watch for our Pop-Up Sales on social media  
Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram    
Check our Weekly Deals for online savings

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Product Reformulation     

From time to time David reformulates products if an ingredient is not available in the quality we require. The sudden high demand for immune support products began in the late winter/early spring growing and harvesting cycle when fresh herb availability was limited, so he skillfully made some minor changes. For example, we will be using Echinacea angustifolia root rather than fresh Echinacea purpurea flowers which will not be available until July. This maintains the efficacy of the products. 
David Winston's Herbal Jeopardy-Spring Edition Contest    

Answer correctly & you will be entered into a drawing to win a H&A "Coupon" worth $50.00 towards future purchases of our quality products.   
Our Winter Contest Winner was Laura Corichi, but Congrats to all who answered Andrographis, botanical name "Andrographis paniculata " .
David Winston's Herbal Salon 2020 Schedule*    

Haven't attended David's free Herbal Salons? You are missing a unique educational opportunity.  
  • Open to Herbalist & Alchemist wholesale accounts
  • Online once a month on Wednesdays at Noon Eastern time
  • If you are a practitioner or health food store employee and wish to receive an invitation, please email karen@herbalist-alchemist.com
June 3 - Intestinal Health/Parasites
July 1 - New Uses for Well Known Herbs
August 5 - Mental/Brain Health
September 2 - Liver Health
October 7 - Eye/Ear/Nose/Throat
November 4 - Digestive Health/Absorption
December 2 - Sleep/Insomnia
*Dates and Topics are subject to change  
Center For Herbal Studies
Eager to expand your herbal medicine knowledge?  Next class starts in 2020... 
The Herbalist Training Program meets every Tuesday evening either onsite or online.  
Thinking about enrolling in the September 2020 class?  You can attend the two-year course in person or online. David's past students use their training in a variety of ways: clinical work, research, hospital care, product manufacturing, retailing and educating.    
Use the button above to find more information or see where else David is teaching on his Center for Herbal Studies website
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