Value Added Processes

These videos provide insights into various ways that non-timber forest products can be used to bring further value to the forest farmer. Forest botanical production can be taken a step further by processing different plant parts into medicines, creams, essential oils, salves, teas, and other value-added products. We go behind the scenes to show a glimpse of where these herbal concoctions can be made, how different products are created, and what the business model is for each company we interviewed. Our hope is to provide a broad view behind the herbal products industry, from growing medicinal herbs in the forest, to drying and post harvest handling, to finished products that incorporate these forest botanicals.


Tinctures extract chemical components of a plant by using a solvent which is typically alcohol but can also be glycerin.


Our video on tincture making was filmed at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Click the link below to read more about their herbal dispensary.

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Body Scrub

Essential oils from Blue Ridge Aromatics and slippery elm bark are two value-added non-timber forest products that are incorporated into this body scrub.

Mountains to Sea

Amanda Vickers, demonstrates the process of making a salt scrub in this example of value-added production.

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Essential Oils

Essential oils are derived from plant matter including berries, bark, leaves, and flowers. Steam distillation draws the oils from the plant material along with hydrosol, a by-product.

Blue Ridge Aromatics

We filmed essential oil distillation at Blue Ridge Aromatics, where Ian Montgomery made essential oil from a white pine that had fallen in the forest.

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Capsules can be made with dry botancial ingredients or they can be filled with a liquid botanical concentrate as explained in our video with Bill Chioffi of Gaia Herbs.

Gaia Herbs

In our video with Gaia Herbs, we take a look at a Hawthorn leaf and flower harvest, a commercial scale dryer, and liquid phytocap production at their facility in North Carolina.

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Tincture making with Maryland University of Integrative Health

Blue Ridge Food Ventures: Shared-Use Kitchen and Natural Products Manufacturing Facility

Making herbal body scrub with Mountains to Sea at Blue Ridge Food Ventures

A look inside Herbal Ingenuity, a North Carolina Based Herb Buyer

Blue Ridge Aromatics: Q&A on Essential Oil Making With Owner Ian Montgomery

Distillation Process: How to Make Essential Oil

Gaia Herbs: An Overview of the Farm, Harvest Times, and Liquid Phyto-Cap Production

Goldenseal Salve with Paul Strauss

Asheville Tea Company

Paris Apothecary

Elderflower Hydrosol

Elderberry Syrup Value Added Production