Effective herbal medicine begins with rigorous herb harvesting and processing. For nearly 40 years I have been continually appalled, disgusted, and ashamed by the poor, ugly quality of commercially available retail medicinal herbs. I cannot confidently send my patients to herb stores, food co-ops, health food stores, or so-called "natural foods" stores to purchase herbs intended for medicinal use. These usually compost, quality herbs are the source of continual patient disappointment and accompanying treatment non-compliance. Herbs discussed include: Dandelion, Raspberry, Fennel Fruits, Hawthorn Berries, Willow Bark, Plantain Leaves and Nettle Fruits.