Product Information

Packaging Overview

Herbs and Spices (Not Powdered) — are packaged in a CLEAR BAG
Most of our herbs, spices, and teas are sealed in a clear FDA-approved non-gas-permeable 3 mm poly structure bag (of various dimensions) to preserve freshness, aroma, and potency. The bag has excellent barrier properties and is ideal for storing herbs and teas. It is not re-sealable. This bag is used to pack most all of our herbs and spices that are not powders. Please note that some herbs are so voluminous that they require a large bag with a twist tie.

Powdered Materials and Teas — are packaged in a FOIL BAG
Most of our powdered materials are in a 3 mm sealed FDA-approved foil bag (measuring 8x12 inches). The bag has excellent barrier properties as well as a Ziplock top for easy re-sealing and is therefore ideal for storing herbs and teas. Please note that some teas are so voluminous that they will not fit in our foil bag and are packed in our clear bags mentioned above (not re-sealable).

OILS — are packaged in PLASTIC or GLASS BOTTLES

  • Carrier Oils are shipped in plastic bottles with twist off tops.  (example)
  • Essential Oils are shipped in cobalt blue Boston round glass bottles with a black phenolic tamper evident cap.  (example)
  • For 16oz sizes of our Essential Oils — an amber Boston Round glass bottle is used for shipping.  (example)

Quantities ordered as 25 pounds or MORE of any one item may be packed into a single 25-pound unit.

Monterey Bay Herb Company - Packaging Video
To learn more about our packaging you can watch this video:

Video Transcript

At the Monterey Bay Herb Company we mill, sift, and blend our bulk herbs and spices, as well as our black, green, and herbal teas. Utilizing stringent quality control in our material handling procedures, we ensure that any impurities are removed.

By processing and packing our herbs, teas, and spices in-house, according to good manufacturing practices, we are able to provide the highest quality product for our customers.

Packaging is an important part of the quality equation. For example, all herbal powders and about half of our bulk teas and herbs are packaged using a re-closeable zip lock foil bag with excellent barrier properties to seal in freshness and allow easy access.

Larger bulk herbs are packaged in FDA Approved, clear poly-sealed bags with no zip lock. The bags are clearly labeled with the products' common name, Latin name, net weight, and bar code for tracking and shipping, as well as a Lot number used by Monterey Bay Herb Company as part of our audit trails and good manufacturing practices. The numbers after the dash on the Lot number is the number of the actual product.

For fragrance oils such as Sandalwood and Rose garden, brown bottles with a tamper-evident cap and plastic pourers are used.  [Please note: fragrance oils are no longer available.] Blue bottles are used for essential oils.

To experience the quality of our fine herbs, teas, and spices, as well as our essential and fragrance oils, visit You can also discover our various herbal supplies, spice racks, glassware, and tea bags to help you further enjoy your teas, herbs and spices.

Please note: Monterey Bay Herb Company has since discontinued our fragrance oil line.


Wild Crafted

WILD CRAFTED / WILDCRAFTING / WILD HARVESTING DESIGNATION: Wild crafting (also called wild harvesting) is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural habitats, while taking care to leave enough of the mother plant(s) to ensure sustainability and to protect endangered species. In essence, these non-cultivated plants are naturally organic, but cannot be certified as such because they are not under the control of growers and processors. However, harvesters must provide a three-year history of the areas harvested to demonstrate non-interference with wild crops in accordance with The Organic Food Production Act of 1990.

Oils Overview

ESSENTIAL OILS – All our essential oils are pure and 100% natural, undiluted with alcohol or any other substance. Essential oils are obtained through an expression, extraction, and/or a distillation of the plant’s volatile oils. Please use oils with caution, they are extremely concentrated.

extraction methods

Steam Distillation – regular steam or super heated steam is passed through the chopped or whole plant material, carrying over volatile substances. The steam is condensed by cooling and the Essential Oil is separated in a gravity funnel and filtered. Used for most Essential Oils like Lavender, Lavandin, Geranium, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, etc.

Cold Expression, Cold Pressed, By expression of the ripe peel of the fruit – used for Citrus Oils. The fruit peel is mechanically pressed to squeeze the Essential Oil out of the peel and is collected, centrifuged to remove water and juice and filtered. Used for most citrus oils such as Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Tangerine, etc.

Fractional Distillation – Distillation by heat in a distillation column in which rectification is used to obtain as pure a product as possible. A part of the vapor is captured and condensed based on boiling point usually in a distillation column with plates or packing material to help separate the components with similar boiling points. Also called Redistilled or Rectified

Solvent Extraction, Non-Aqueous Solvent Extraction – Volatile oils extracted from the plant material by volatile solvents such as Ethyl alcohol, Diethyl ether, Isobutane, Hexane, Cyclohexane, Methyl acetate, Butan-1-ol, etc., then the solvent is gently distilled off by heat and/or vacuum leaving the Oil behind. Used primarily for flower oils where heat from Steam distillation destroys the oil. Used for Cassie, Jasmine, Mimosa, Orange Flower, Rose, Violet Leaf etc.

Water Distillation, Hydrodistillation – the plant material is in direct contact with boiling water. The vapor is condensed by cooling and the Essential Oil is separated by gravity funnel. Examples are Cananga Oil, Clove Bud, Clove Leaf and Wintergreen Oil.

Solvents – Volatile solvents used to extract Flower Oils such as those listed under Solvent Extraction.

CARRIER OILS – These replenishing, plant-derived oils can be externally applied to the body to moisturize skin and improve overall tone and texture. They are NOT designed for consumption.

Teas Overview

Black Tea: Black tea is the most oxidized of all the teas, providing its deep color, rich flavor and high caffeine content.

Oolong Tea: A traditional Chinese tea with medium oxidation, Oolong’s color and flavor fall between those of black and green tea.

Green Tea: Green tea is processed just after plucking, which minimizes oxidation and delivers a pale green color and distinct earthy flavor.

White Tea: Derived from the young tea plant buds, white tea is the least processed giving it light color, sweet flavor and plenty of antioxidants.

Herbals: These soothing caffeine-free teas are made from various blends of flowers, roots, fruits, leaves or seeds, and are often used for wellness purposes.

Decaffeinated Tea Processes: Our decaffeinated teas are processed using a hot water method. This initial soak allows the some of the water-soluable caffeine molecules to be drawn out of the tea before the tea is again dried and packaged for sale.

Please note that there is no type of decaffeination that removes ALL of the caffeine in tea. Additionally decaffeination processes also remove some of the antioxidants and other benefits of the tea along with the its caffeine. If you require a fully caffeine free beverage, it is our recommendation you switch to a rooibos or an herbal “tea,” more accurately called a “tisane” since herbals contain none of the Camellia sinensis tea plant. If however you enjoy the full-bodied flavor of Camellia sinensis tea but want less of a stimulant, our decaffeinated teas will have the reduced amount of caffeine that might serve your purpose.

Read more about tea types and caffeine in our newsletter archive article Caffeine in Tea: A Tale of More or Less


common descriptive terms

Cut & Sifted (c/s): Cut and sifted means that the herb has been chopped up and the very small particles are sifted out. The end result is a product that is approximately ¼ to ½ inch in size with little to no powder. This process retains only the desired part of the plant and produces a relatively fine consistency that is ready for use.

Wild Crafted: Wild crafted herbs are collected in their wild habitat, while leaving enough plant material so as to not compromise the abundance of the mother plant. See our Wild Crafted overview in this product info section.

Organically Grown: Organic is the method of growing and processing that helps protect—not deplete—our natural resources. Organic foods are grown on land that has been free from the use of synthetic fertilizers, growth regulators, insecticides or herbicides for at least three years. By composting, crop rotation, and interplanting to control weeds and pests, organic farming replenishes the soil, and sustains the health of our planet.

Please be sure to browse all of Monterey Bay Herb Company's Organic Herbs & Spices.

Kosher: Kosher Certification is when approval has been given by a Rabbi that an item has conformed to the requirements of Jewish law thus making it "fit” for consumption. The symbol used designating the item as Kosher usually indicates the Rabbinical court that has issued the certification.

Monterey Bay Herb Company's Kosher products are so indicated with a small Kosher symbol.

Irradiation: is the process by which a product is exposed to radiation for sterilization purposes.


CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Certification is your guarantee that the product has been grown and processed according to strict guidelines established in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Before a product can be labeled Certified Organic, farmers and processors must meet the following requirements:

  • No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years.
  • Farmers and processors pass yearly inspections by an independent certifying agency.
  • Farmers and processors keep detailed records of operations.
  • Farmers maintain a written organic management plan.

Please be sure to browse all of HERBCo / Monterey Bay Herb Company's Organic Herbs & Spices.

HERBCo / Monterey Bay Herb Company's Organic Certification is by Quality Assurance International (QAI). We will provide a copy of certification papers upon your request.

Kosher Certified: This certification is to ensure that the product being sold is fit or proper for consumption by observant Jews. A food is given the designation Kosher if it conforms to the dietary laws concerning both the kinds of food and its prepartion as observed in Jewish tradition.

HERBCo / Monterey Bay Spice Company's Kosher Certification is by STAR-K. If you are interested in receiving a list of the products currently certified, please contact us.

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Good Manufacturing Practices - GMP Certified: HERBCo ensures the highest quality and safety standards at our facility. Our rigorous standards and operations have been reviewed and certified from Silliker Labs, a leading international consulting and testing laboratory. Silliker provides ongoing analysis of our operations and quality systems.

We also constantly strive to raise standards from our suppliers as well so that we can be sure to deliver the best possible products to our customers. Our best practices often exceed accreditation requirements, and we are proud to have such a well managed and maintained warehouse facility.

HERBCo / Monterey Bay Spice Company's Good Manufacturing Practices are ensured by Certification is by Silliker Labs.

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Good Manufacturing Practices - ALLERGEN and SENSITIZING STANDARD: HERBCo has added an allergen program to its Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) procedures. Packaging and product pages for allergens recognized in the United States and Canada are labeled with contents highlighting these known allergens. You can read our formal statements below as well as review a list of the allergens recognized, and the products that contain these allergens offered for sale by our company.

Read more about the products HERBCo has that have known allergens (as identified by United States and Canada) and also what practices HERBCo has put in place to help inform customers: HERBCo's Allergen and Sensitizing Standard Statement.


The majority of our products don’t contain gluten.

However, our facility is not certified as a gluten-free facility. We don't make gluten-free claims for any of our products because even tiny amounts of gluten can be a problem for some people, and these may be present in the facilities of our suppliers of ingredients.

If you have further questions, or want to inquire about a specific product please contact us, but please remember, we will not be able to guarantee any of our products as gluten-free.

Product Safety

Product Guarantee: All products sold by Herbco are intended for further processing and are not ‘ready to eat’.

All product sold by Herbco will not be adulterated, misbranded or unsafe within the meaning of the FDA Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 CFR 109). They will comply with all applicable regulations and good manufacturing practices. Further regulations set forth by the FDA under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (21 CFR 101), Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA), and FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (21 CFR 117) will be verified as part of our robust supplier approval system.

California Propostion 65: Please refer to the information provided in the navigation at the left of this page, the section is called "Proposition 65".


Herbs, Spices & Teas: A cool, dry, dark place is the best way to store herbs, spices and teas. A well sealed glass jar in your kitchen cabinet will work fine.

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