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    Ric Scalzo
    Founder As one of North America’s most respected herbalists and botanical researchers, Richard “Ric” Scalzo has more than 25…


Our Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of practitioners with decades of experience in integrative and holistic medicine. Our board members come from a variety of disciplines and areas of expertise including women’s health, environmental medicine, cardiovascular health, dermatology, and oncology. These practitioners are an invaluable resource for Gaia Herbs, helping us stay abreast of current issues and developments in the medical community, conducting clinical trials and research studies on Gaia Herbs products, providing consultation and advice on product development, and assisting in our educational efforts through the writing of research articles and serving as speakers at webinars and lectures.

Ric Scalzo


As one of North America’s most respected herbalists and botanical researchers, Richard “Ric” Scalzo has more than 25 years of clinical and practical experience with herbal medicines. As an innovator and pioneer in the herbal products industry, he is a leading authority on the cultivation of herbs, extraction processes, whole plant standardization, and traditional herbal therapies. In addition, Ric is a lifelong student of Vedic philosophy and spiritual practices. He regularly teaches herbal classes, interfaces with the media, and lectures nationally on herbal topics.

Ric Scalzo is the co-author of Herbal Solutions for Healthy Living, a groundbreaking herbal repertory and therapeutic dispensatory guide to the safe and effective use of medicinal herbs that has sold more than a quarter of a million copies. He also co-authored Traditional Medicines from the Earth, a compendium of formulations that are effective herbal solutions for healthy living, and is the publisher and contributing author of the Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine. After studying herbal medicine at the School of Natural Healing under Dr. John Christopher, Ric practiced as a clinical herbalist in a New England medical center.

In 1987, he founded Gaia Herbs, a nationally-branded grower and manufacturer of herbal wellness solutions that reinforce the inherent connections between healthy bodies, communities, and ecosystems. The company is vertically integrated from organic seed to finished product, offering therapeutic-quality herbal extracts to health-conscious consumers. Under his leadership and vision, the company has set industry standards for its organic commitment, sustainable methods, educational curriculum, and quality assurance program. Soon after Gaia Herbs’ inception, Ric also founded Gaia Herbal Research Institute, which, along with its publishing arm Herbal Research Publications, has contributed extensively to the quality and proliferation of herbal literacy in the United States.

Ric Scalzo holds an honorary Doctorate in Naturopathy from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, and received a Master Herbalist degree in 1982 from the School of Natural Healing.

Areas of Expertise:

Botanical medicine; research on herbal medicine; organic herbal products; herbal formulation processes; organic farming practices; organic manufacturing processes; creative visioning; corporate growth strategies; ecological sustainability; co-evolution.


  • Herbal Solutions for Healthy Living
    Scalzo R., Dr. Michael Cronin. Gaia Herbs, Inc., January 2001
  • Protocol Manual of Botanical Medicine for Health Professionals
    Gaia Herbs, Inc., January 2005.
  • Traditional Medicines from the Earth
    Scalzo R., O. Cruz. Gaia Herbs, Inc., 2008

Ecologically Harvested is a term that describes all herbs sold by Gaia Herbs that are not Certified Organic. Ecologically Harvested herbs include herbs that are harvested in their natural habitat, (i.e., wild harvested) according to specific guidelines for harvesting these herbs (i.e., away from roads and industry, as well as guidelines to avoid overharvesting). Our term, Ecologically Harvested, also includes herbs that are grown in managed woodland areas, fields designated for specific herbs, and herbs that are grown by indigenous growers, such as Kava Kava. All Ecologically Harvested herbs pass pesticide and heavy metal testing as well as microbial testing, prior to release.