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About Us

Tina Sams is the editor of The Essential Herbal. After many years of running wholesale and retail herb businesses, she decided to pull together some of those resources and friends made during those careers into an herb magazine. Based in Lancaster County, PA.  

Molly Sams is (as many of you know) Tina’s daughter. She is currently our West Coast reporter, living in the Bay Area of California and the Social Media Director.

Maryanne Schwartz (sister to Tina) does the layout of the magazine and all of the books we publish. She manages to increase the amount of content by at least 100%, while still keeping it a pleasure to read and view. Even more importantly, her hidden super power is returning Tina’s feet to the ground during extreme flights of fancy.  Maryanne is a soap maker extraordinaire.  Tina and Maryanne started many years ago as herb ladies at a renaissance festival, and are known by many from those days as, The Twisted Sisters.

The guys behind the scenes—Bob and Harry Schwartz—keep all of our lives running smoothly. Bob keeps the farm beautiful and functional with a lifetime of experience. He can flip a dime with a backhoe. Harry maintains the websites and keeps us abreast of developments on the interwebs.


Our mission statement: The Essential Herbal is an ever-growing magazine dispersing herbal lore and uses as we allow businesses and hobbyists alike to shine by sharing their knowledge.

For subscription inquiries, site or product questions, media or advertising inquiries, or to share a resource, please email us or write to:

The Essential Herbal
1354 N. Strickler Road
Manheim, PA 17545