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Our Passion, Our People

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.

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Susan J Hewlings PhD, RD

Dr. Susan Hewlings serves as Director of Scientific Affairs for Nutrasource/GRAS Associates. She has over 20 years experience in higher education and industry. She received her PhD in nutrition, her MS in exercise physiology, her BS in nutrition all from Florida State University. She earned a graduate certificate in cannabis science from the University of Vermont Medical School. She is a registered dietitian and a professor at Central Michigan University. Susan has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and books. She lives in the Florida Keys where she works remotely helping companies in the dietary supplement, cannabis, food, beverage, and companion animal industries utilize science to guide their product development from concept to claim.

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.