Monterey Bay Spice Company for lyme herbs?

by | Jan 9, 2017 | Columns, Healing Lyme, Herbs, miscellaneous | 7 comments

Dear Stephen,
Is the Monterey Bay Spice Company a safe source to order my lyme herbs?

Stephen’s response:
This is not a source I generally recommend. I generally suggest Green Dragon Botanicals and Woodland Essence.

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty-three books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine including the acclaimed book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis & Its Co-infections.

    Stephen comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

    Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.

    He is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

This protocol was incredible. After only a few weeks most of my symptoms were gone. After six months all my symptoms were gone… it has given me my life back.

– Amazon review by Joseph

Please note:

Stephen Buhner has retired from answering questions here, but this Q + A column on Planet Thrive is kept open so readers can access vital information in the archives, communicate with each other in the comments section, and find herbs, books + lyme adjuncts in our directory. If you want to reach Stephen, please try contacting him through his personal website at

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  1. Annalisa

    I get all of mine from green dragon and Woodland essence!

  2. Alena Zakinova

    Thank you for your wonderful books, I absolutely admire your knowledge and devotion to the wonderful world of botanical medicine.
    Would you be kind to comment on the whole world botanicals company products?
    i havefollowed them for years, and believe they have truly high quality herbs, besides they help peruvian communities.
    I believe according to their research cat’s claw has been boiled as tea for hundreds of years by indigenous people. Dr Viena Muller strongly emphasizes that this would be the only correct way to use this herb ( besides the tincture). I personally has always been creating my herbal tea combinations, and do the same with cat’s claw for your protocol. What are your thoughts?

  3. Brook Anne Holmberg

    Annalisa, are you taking the premade LB Core Protocol or ordering your herbs ala carte? I am new to this and want to make sure I am taking the most effective route to healing. Thank you so much!

  4. Sebastian Kars

    What kind of herbs would you recommend for speech problems, like trouble finding words or bad pronunciation?

  5. Donne'

    Sabastian, I have the same problem. Have you found an answer to this

  6. Robin Kaye Goodman

    this is a question that i also often have.

  7. Yvonne Hathaway

    I have recently had a tick bite. I’m on doxycycline for two weeks. Is it recommended to take astragalus while on meds?

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