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Our Story

“I want that for my animals!”

It wasn’t until I joined a major herbal supplement company for humans that I realized how profound an impact botanicals can have on our health. What convinced me? Heaps and heaps of peer-reviewed studies and glowing (sometimes seemingly outrageous) testimonials from the people whose lives we had touched. Almost my entire family began to take herbal supplements to help manage chronic inflammation, promote brain and heart health, improve skin health, and manage occasional stress.

Almost my entire family

Because when I looked for herbal care for my canine and equine family members...

I couldn’t find the supplements that they deserved

I couldn’t find supplements that used standardized extracts (instead of non-standardized culinary ingredients).

I couldn’t find supplements that had botanical dosages established by published research (in many cases, I couldn’t tell how much of the herbs were used at all, as they were presented as part of a ‘proprietary blend’).

And I couldn’t find clean, delicious supplements that didn’t have a bunch of chemicals/binders/preservatives in them (that my animals would actually consume and not leave in the bottom of the bowl).

And that’s why I created Derby Herbals

Today, we are a group of scientists, bakers, herbalists, designers, critical thinkers, and most of all — animal lovers. Our companions lay on the couch or loaf in their sheds, but they also work and perform — we have show horses, therapy dogs, herding dogs, show dogs. Their titles include ‘farm manager’, ‘kid cuddler’, ‘pony jumper’, ‘canine good citizen’ and ‘best girl ever’. We are committed to using our botanical knowledge to improve their quality of life, every day.

Our Core Beliefs

We love science AND tradition. And science.

We’ve learned that so many of the herbal remedies used for thousands of years across cultures are tremendously valuable. We also believe in spending money on interventions that scientific investigation has shown to work. We don’t want to throw your money and our effort on ‘maybes’. That’s why we formulate our supplements in amounts shown to have an impact (and show you our notes if you’d like to do your own research) or, if there’s no body of research to pull from, we do our own.

We don’t enjoy compromise

Every decision we make is about doing the right thing for people, pets, and planet (in no particular order). We do not believe that we need to choose. That’s why we use the highest quality local ingredients (whenever possible--turmeric doesn’t grow well in New England!), human grade preparation standards, and 100% compostable packaging.

We listen

What do you think? What do you want? What do you need? Email us, find us at social media, find us at events... we want to hear from you and create products that can improve YOUR companions’ quality of life. It’s what we do. Your feedback and input is a gift.

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