You Can Make Money Harvesting and Selling Botanicals

Make money harvesting and selling botanicals. Almost every relatively green region on the U.S. and Canada boasts at least one native "medicine plant" which homesteaders can harvest.

| September/October 1977

Learn about harvesting and selling botanicals.

Learn about harvesting and selling botanicals.

Photo By Fotolia/dusk

A guide to harvesting and selling botanicals as a small business.

Not everyone lives where medicinal roots and herbs can be found in abundance. Almost every relatively green region of the U.S. and Canada, however, boasts at least one native "medicine plant". Which means — as Lyle E. Staab, Jr., of St. James, Missouri knows so well — that almost every homesteader or rural dweller in North America can avail himself/herself of the novel make-money-in-the-outdoors technique described below.

Maybe you didn't know it, but — even in this day and age of chemical this and synthetic that — literally hundreds of drugs, medicinal ointments, and cosmetics are still made from raw, dried roots and herbs. And I'll also bet you probably didn't know that the companies which process these roots and herbs (or "botanicals") into medicines generally obtain their raw materials from freelance foragers . . . people who collect, dry, and sell medicinal plants for profit.

I've been collecting and selling common botanicals — May apple, poke root, and blackberry root, to name a few — for some time now, and (overall) I've found it to be a worthwhile moneymaking activity. With the "tricks of the trade" I'm about to give you here, you should be able to make worthwhile amounts of money this way, too . . . provided, of course, that you don't mind working outdoors or setting your own hours! (You'll be doing both!)

How Profitable Can Harvesting and Selling Botanicals Be?

The prices paid for botanicals (of which there are more than 250 different kinds) range from as little as 5 cents per pound for boneset herb to as much as $75 a pound for wild ginseng root. (Note: Ginseng is down right now from its former high of $90 per pound, due to the fact that the U.S. Government — which is conducting an investigation into whether wild ginseng should be declared an "endangered species" — has forbidden all U.S. firms from exporting the root to Chinese markets. If and when this export ban is lifted, Ginseng prices will probably go back up again.)

Some of the more common botanicals — and their approximate market values — are shown below:

7/29/2017 6:33:05 AM

I want to know the prices on black walnut haul per pound also walnut leaves .and sasffiet leaves per pound dry or green

7/29/2017 6:32:57 AM

I want to know the prices on black walnut haul per pound also walnut leaves .and sasffiet leaves per pound dry or green

11/22/2016 6:47:28 PM

I'm interested in this list of herb purchasers.. where can I find these "sliders"

12/23/2015 8:24:28 AM

Also, what is a "slider"? There isn't anything at the end of your post!

12/23/2015 8:21:27 AM

I, also, can't find the addresses or links.

2/27/2014 7:50:30 PM

I too cannot see this list woodsman55 says it's in the sliders I don't even know what a sliders is I'm suspecting that the advertisements are blocking it can anybody that can see the list or the link that goes to it posted it in the comments so those of us that are being blocked can find it

1/26/2014 2:26:14 AM

Hi everyone. The list you're looking for is in the slides, near the end. May your profits be as wild as the plants are! OKBye!

stephanie ingignoli
11/15/2012 6:17:30 PM

Same as Mignonne is saying. I would like the list of address also. I don't see a reply to her post. Is there a list and if so how do we get to it?

mignonne swilling
3/23/2012 6:19:56 PM

The article says "(see the list of addresses that accompanies this article)." but where they are is beyond me.

9/16/2007 5:23:29 PM

We would like to sale poke berries and would like more information on the topic! What sites would you recomend we sale the poke berries to? Any aditional information would be appreciated as well!

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