We currently work with more than 50 local families, and 10 different indigenous tribes. We guarantee the best quality of all the products we have, and we believe with our hearts and experience that these plants are magic and can help many people from the growers to the end consumers. There is a spark of love in every package we send, and we feel very grateful and proud about it.
Our project in ethnobotanicals began in 2010. We started the Waking Herbs website in 2014 with spreading sacred tools such as rapé, ayayhuasca ingredients and guayusa over the world.
Thanks for making this journey possible!
Wouter and Laura; founders of Waking Herbs travel the world in search of the freshest most potent ethno botanicals. Parents of two lovely sons. Adventurous researchers, wisdom seekers, bridge builders, visionaries.
Our team in Ecuador
James; lives up high on a mountain in the Andes with his family. He is dedicated to optimal customer service and many of your emails will be answered by him. Besides that he focuses on improving the texts on our website. He is serious, funny, charming and British.
Ollie; our IT wizzard and allround genius. Yoga, guitar and a cup of tea are among his other passions.
Thomas; our latest member of the Waking Herbs team. His focus is on customer service and blog posts. Together with his girlfriend he decided to roam through South America. They fell in love with Ecuador and bumped into Waking Herbs, the rest is history in the making.
Milton; specialist in finding rare ethnobotanicals and brilliant in making contact with anyone. He loves travelling to remote indigenous tribes and share knowledge about plants. He is a true bringer of peace and love.
Gladis, Evelin, Claudio and Freddy; craftsmen and women who help us plant, nurture, harvest and process the plants.
Our team in Haarlem, The Netherlands
Philip; professional in the ethnobotanical market since 2009. Loves smooth logistics, excellent service and smiling people. Father, storyteller and bridge builder.
Daniel; controls the warehouse and packs all your orders. He does this with passion, love and accuracy. Besides all that Daniel and Philip are brothers.
Colin; handles the orders, chooses your samples, packs your orders with love and sees to it that all orders leave the way we would like to receive them ourselves.
Marina and Tonny (mother of Philip and Daniel) pack your orders and prepack all the products.
Dave; made all the photographs for the website and packs and ships your orders with a spark of love.
Fair Trade & Sustainability
We are more than sellers of medicinal plants. We have been growing thousands of plants together with various tribes. We work hard to grow more plants than we sell in order to expand humanities stock of natural ancient medicinal plants for future generations. And to create a sustainable source of income for our tribal friends. Our goal is to enable them to move away from destructive activities like lodging, cattle production and commercial agriculture on Amazonian soil.
We only work directly with indigenous groups and families and treat all involved in our business along fair trade guidelines to protect and defend our future and the high vibrations of the plants we love. We grow and harvest our products in close cooperation and agreement with Quechua, Chachi, Shuar, Katukina, Huitoto, Yacuna, Kanamari, Nukini, Ticuna, Tsachila, Yawanawa and Huarani communities.
Because we live in Ecuador ourselves, we guarantee that the ethnobotanicals are ethically grown and sustainably harvested.
2. FAIR TRADE
Because we play an active role in the community we guarantee that we share with and support the indigenous tribes.
3. PROFESSIONAL LOGISTICS
Because we ship from The Netherlands, Europe we guarantee to provide professional shipping, discreet packaging and the best customer service.
Because we love what we’re doing, we guarantee to share this love. In gratitude.
Through our projects we support and work closely with small families who depend on natural resources for their own consumption and to make a living. They also want to share their traditional wisdom, health care and practices for building resistance.
We offer natural remedies that have been developed by employing traditional wisdom in a sustainable manner. We work to improve both the economic and health care conditions of our providers in their local communities, and our customers in their daily life.