We are currently waiting on a shipment of Cryptolepis root from our supplier, who is also waiting for the delivery of the Cryptolepis root from Africa. Since communications to Africa have been very difficult recently, we do not know when we will have more Cryptolepis to work with. Rather than run out of Cryptolepis all-together, we are offering the CSA formula liquid extract instead of the single extract of Cryptolepis. The CSA formula includes Cryptolepis, along with Sida acuta and Alchornea cordifolia. This is the only way we can assure you of a source of Cryptolepis for the forseeable future. Our sincere apologies for this unforeseen situation, which we are working on to remedy.
Here at Woodland Essence we try our best to source the highest quality herbs for preparing our extracts, oils, crèmes and salves, etc. There are some herbs that we use that can only be found in certain parts of the world, other than North America. Two of the herbs we offer that come from Africa are Cryptolepis and Alchornea. We source these two herbs from a reputable company who does business directly with the wildcrafters in west Africa. Now, tropical Africa has a long rainy season - from March to November. During this time period it is very difficult to dry the herbs properly and fully. Unfortunately, a very large shipment of Cryptolepis arrived with some mold. This plant material cannot be used. Disappointing for everyone involved.
Cryptolepis is actually considered a common wild plant in certain areas of western Africa; the roots can be gathered after the rainy season, once the new plant growth begins. There are a few farms beginning to plant Cryptolepis for future harvest. Alchornea leaf comes from a small tree in tropical Africa, often in Ghana region. Thankfully the rainy season in west Africa is ending! At this time these plants do not grow in North America, so we depend upon the teams of wildcrafters in tropical Africa.
So, we are now in the time we call “waiting for more herbs” (specifically Cryptolepis and Alchornea). And practicing patience as we wait. As soon as these herbs arrive from Africa and become available we will be able to prepare and offer Cryptolepis and Alchornea extracts once again. Thank you for your continued patience!