America has always been a crossroads for many different influences. Native Americans used many herbal remedies from nearby woods and fields. European settlers brought their own herbal remedies with them as they came to the Americas. By the early 1800s, American herbalists were also studying herbal remedies brought by natives of Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and even Australia. As they adopted herbal remedies from many different sources, these herbalists began calling themselves Eclectic— a term that means “choosing what is best from various sources or systems.” For over a hundred years the Eclectics were the recognized leaders of medical science, until herbal medicines were mostly replaced by pharmaceutical drugs in the 1920s and 1930s.
RidgeCrest Herbals remains strongly influenced by the Eclectic approach. Our remedies are drawn not only from all branches of herbalism, but also from homeopathy and modern nutritional science. We continue to search the world for the most effective natural methods and ingredients, and new ways to use them together.