As more and more of us learn the amazing power and benefits of prevention and natural treatment options for any maladies and conditions, the world of natural health continues to expand.
Today, whether one is practicing prevention or looking for a natural treatment or therapy for any kind of physical, mental or emotional condition, it is good to know that we have a wide variety of natural options.
One such company, which delivers natural, homeopathic and herbal products for almost every condition imaginable is Native Remedies. I learned about Native Remedies a few months ago, and upon further research was very pleased to learn of their high level of commitment to providing truly natural products for healing and prevention.
Native Remedies is the market-leading brand of natural remedies specially formulated to offer a complete solution for holistic wellness. Native Remedies provides customers worldwide over 250 herbal and homeopathic remedies for almost every condition in products for the whole family, including adults, children and even pets. All products contain no animal products, gluten, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and are not tested on animals.
To learn more about the company, and share what they are all about and the natural products they offer, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Native Remedies’ owner George Luntz.
Evita: Hello George and welcome to EvolvingWellness.com – it is a great pleasure to have you here to share with our readers information about Native Remedies and the amazing variety of truly natural solutions your company provides for all members of the family, including pets, and for all sorts of conditions.
As the owner of Native Remedies, what was your inspiration and driving force to take on this company?
George: Hi Evita. A confluence of factors lead to us founding the business as a family. We have always been passionate about the over-prescription of antibiotics and other pharmaceutical drugs. We believe that as a society we have a tendency to rely too heavily on synthetic drugs, and to overmedicate ourselves and our kids.
In addition, we witnessed for many years the harsh side effects of prescription drugs on our nephew and other kids who suffered from ADHD. So when Adrienne, our son Dean and I set out to build a new business, we agreed as a family that it was time to help people find a natural way to building and sustaining long-term health. And that is how Native Remedies was born.
Evita: I cannot think of a better way or reason to start. And yes, I can totally agree and relate to the over medication that goes on today, and the use of synthetic drugs indiscriminately. So it is great to know that you are providing an alternate way for people to heal.
Can you tell us a little more about Native Remedies. How many years has it been around and what is its mission?
George: In collaboration with a team of experts in the fields of naturopathy, homeopathy and other natural remedy disciplines, we established Native Remedies in 2002, offering a comprehensive range of condition-specific natural products.
Our mission is to inspire everyone to adopt a natural approach to complete family wellness, including pets, and we deliver on that by presenting a wealth of health and lifestyle information on the web site, in addition to a full line of over 250 fully researched herbal and homeopathic remedies, offering the highest quality ingredients, safety and effectiveness on the market today.
Today we have over a half-million customers worldwide and are ranked number one in our space by Alexa.com and Ranking.com.
Evita: That is pretty impressive George and in a field where it is hard to know who is providing real quality, it is good to know about appropriate standards in place.
Speaking of which, as there are more and more companies specializing in natural supplements, remedies or homeopathic medicines, can you tell us more about how Native Remedies’ products are different?
George: Native Remedies is distinctive because we use the Full Spectrum Method of extraction to create our herbal products, a set of standards and processes that combines the best quality, laboratory-tested, raw ingredients, use of the whole herb and controlled manufacturing practices that guarantee the highest quality, safety and effectiveness.
Many natural remedies are manufactured using standardized extracts which – although often cited as being more scientific method – is frowned upon by the more informed practitioners of holistic medicine. That method is based upon identifying and isolating from the plant the single active ingredient believed to be responsible for the therapeutic effect. However, in doing so, it removes from the equation the benefits and harmonic effect of the secondary metabolites in the plant and increases the risk of side effects. Our whole herb approach makes use of all of the plant’s attributes, in keeping with the documented historical use of the plant. This helps us to maintain the integrity, balance and therapeutic effect of the herbs with the lowest risk of side effects.
Our homoeopathic remedies utilize only ingredients that are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS), the official compendium recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
All of our products are manufactured in FDA-registered, GMP-certified facilities and all of our 100% homeopathic remedies are individually registered with the FDA.
Ultimately, our standards, methods and quality set us aside in the market today, and this is evidenced by the thousands of unsolicited testimonials sent in each year by our customers.
Evita: This is really good to hear George as it is really hard to trust companies to be completely “natural” today or completely transparent when it comes to the processing or quality of their products.
It seems between relaxed labeling laws and a lot of manipulation in ingredient lists, we have lost a lot of credibility today in the natural health field. How can customers trust that what they see on the labels of Native Remedies products is truthful and of the highest quality?
George: As mentioned before, we have very strict quality control standards, and all Native Remedies products are manufactured in FDA and GMP registered pharmaceutical grade facilities under the supervision of an expert team of herbalists, naturopaths, homeopaths and pharmacists. Our standard for acceptance of ingredients is extremely high.
Every ingredient is certified and checked, and each one goes through pre-production inspection to establish its potency and consistency, and our tolerance for variation is much stricter than the industry as a whole. We also believe very strongly in environmental sustainability, so wherever possible, we use certified wild-crafted herbs.
In addition, all herbal dietary supplements fall under the ambit of the FDA. In 1994 the FDA set up guidelines for dietary supplements, including labeling requirements, and created the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA). All Native Remedies herbal products follow all of DSHEA’s guidelines and our products and labels are inspected by the FDA upon entry into the country.
We stand behind our products and offer an unconditional one year money back guarantee because we believe so strongly in their quality and efficacy. And the results speak for themselves in the large number of customer testimonials and happy, repeat customers we serve.
Evita: Thank you for that thorough explanation George, as I am sure our readers will greatly appreciate it. I know for myself, as for most, it is important to trust that a natural product is truly natural and doing what it is supposed to.
Can you give our readers some examples of some of the most common ailments that people turn to Native Remedies for, in order to address it in the most natural way?
George: Native Remedies’ web site offers a complete A-Z health directory where customers can find detailed information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle approaches for almost every physical condition, from acid reflux, bladder infections, sleeplessness, cold and flu, diaper rash, restless leg syndrome, digestive health, menopause and ED, to emotional issues for children and adults including ADD, ADHD, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
We encourage our customers to follow a dual-modality approach to wellness, which provides for quick symptom relief coupled with long-term systemic wellness by using herbal and homeopathic remedies in combination. By adopting this holistic approach to health, you’ll see how many natural remedies work together to provide increased support for many common conditions, as well as supporting general health and overall well-being.
Evita: Yes, as I noticed on your site too, I was very impressed by all the different conditions and ailments that people can find relief for through Native Remedies and I encourage our readers to take a look at the product list and health categories your products serve, as there truly seems to be a natural product to help every condition.
Are Native Remedies products suitable for everyone? I noticed also, that they are suitable for lacto-vegetarians and say they do not use any animal products, but are they truly suitable for vegans?
George: Almost all of our products are suitable for vegans. All of our tinctures are, as are most of the capsules and herbal tablets. Our homeopathic granules and pillules (because they are in sucrose) are also suitable for vegans. Where the capsule contains lactose granules to carry a homeopathic ingredient, then the product is not suitable for vegans and where the homeopathic product is carried on a lactose tablet, it is not suitable for vegans – but that is true for only a handful of our 250 products. All of our Flower Essences are also suitable for vegans.
A specific advantage to our approach is that the capsules themselves are 100% suitable for vegans and all other types of vegetarians as well as for all religious groups – which is not the case with most capsules which contain gelatine of animal origin.
Evita: That is wonderful to know George as I myself am a vegan, as are a lot of our readers, and even though a little animal product won’t “kill” us, it comes down to ethical reasons where we simply are not willing to support any product which involved harming animals. While for those with allergies, knowing what contains lactose for example, is very important as well.
So out of all the products, what is your best selling Native Remedies product?
George: Some of our best-selling products are, as one would imagine from our heritage, focused on kids with learning, concentration and behavior issues.
BrightSpark is a safe, non–addictive, natural remedy containing 100% homeopathic ingredients especially selected to relieve hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsiveness in children, especially those with learning disorders.
Focus Formula is a unique blend of 7 ingredients to support concentration and attention, while promoting normal energy levels in children and adults.
Evita: With so many children and even adults today being diagnosed with ADD and ADHD, I guess I am not surprised. But it is so good to hear, that there is a natural option that parents can try, instead of the often harmful pharmaceutical approach that is forced on the kids.
Is Native Remedies planning any new products for the near-future?
George: Yes, this month – October 2010, is the debut of our brand new SkinSave line, a specially-designed, all natural skin care and anti-aging range of products to address all skin needs, from daily nourishing to restorative care formulas. (Here is the press release for SkinSave.)
We are very excited about this line, which sets itself apart from other similar products on the market that produce short-term results by stimulating the skin in an artificial way or by drawing from the reserves of the dermis. This often leaves the skin worse off than before because the short-term nourishing effect is followed by dehydration of the skin, meaning you need to apply more product.
In contrast, the SkinSave line by Native Remedies promotes healthy, youthful skin in both the dermis and the epidermis to support the health of the skin itself – thereby achieving longer-lasting effects plus sustained health and beauty in the skin.
Evita: That sounds like a great line, especially given the slew of anti-aging and skin hydrating chemical creams and lotions available at the local pharmacy or department store. I am sure many natural health oriented individuals will greatly appreciate this line.
So amidst making great products, what is the best part about working at Native Remedies?
George: Most definitely it is the knowledge that we are changing peoples’ lives in a positive way. You cannot imagine the feeling of pride and achievement we all feel as we pass around the heart-warming emails we receive each day.
There are few things that can bring more satisfaction than having a parent write to say “Thank you for giving me my child back”, or “You have saved our family ”. It confirms for us that the mission we set out on has real meaning, and ultimately, what more could one ask for?
Evita: That is rewarding for sure! George, thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and share about Native Remedies, and all the high quality, natural options it offers for everyone.
And I myself am excited to share with our readers two of your products that I am trying myself and feel they are a highly valuable option for many out there today: AnemiCare for all those, especially women who are low in iron, and LiverDr to help promote and support a healthy liver and gallbladder amidst our chemical world today. I will have reviews on each product to follow this month.
To conclude, can you share with our readers where customers in Canada or the US can most easily buy Native Remedies products?
George: You are welcome Evita.
They can buy online at our website, www.nativeremedies.com. We ship to Canada and many countries internationally. Customers can also place orders by phone by calling toll free 1-877-289-1235, or outside North America, +1 (561) 999-8857.