After obtaining her degree in botanical medicine, Emily Pacheco opened her first herb shop in Eugene, Oregon in 2002. When she moved to Bellingham in 2006, she brought the business with her, but ultimately sold it in 2008 to focus on her family. However, over time, she felt there was something missing in her life.

“In 2015, I realized I really wasn’t happy not working with herbs and plants,” Pacheco says. Together with her husband, sister, and shop manager, Pacheco worked hard to create a new online business, Em’s Herbals. The online store launched in 2015 and has thrived ever since.

Top sellers at Em’s Herbals include various hand-poured salves. You’ll also find several other body care products, like whipped body butter, lip balms, and bath infusions, as well as a wide variety of teas and teapots.

If you’re looking for something specific, try browsing the website’s ingredients page, or shopping for herbs in bulk. For local shoppers, orders placed online can be picked up at the new production facility on Bakerview Road to avoid shipping charges and delivery wait times.

Pacheco strives to use as many locally sourced herbs as possible. “I mean, obviously there are some things that just don’t grow in this region. But our focus is as local as possible,” she says.

Even the beeswax — an essential ingredient in many products — is sourced from farmers in Whatcom County. All products and ingredients are also certified organic. “It’s either organic, ethically well-crafted, or we don’t carry it,” Pacheco says.

An active community member, Em’s Herbals has partnered with several local businesses, including the Community Food Co-op. “They’ve picked up our pure calendula salve and our pure arnica salve,” says Pacheco.

Other professionals, such as massage therapists and bodyworkers, are working with Pacheco to create products that ease pain and promote relaxation. “Old School Tattoo has contacted us about formulating a private label tattoo balm for their space,” Pacheco says.

Moving forward, Pacheco hopes to establish a greater retail presence in the community. As her kids grow up, she hopes to participate in local farmers markets. This past holiday season, Em’s Herbals popped up at holiday markets and shows, something Pacheco hopes to repeat. In the meantime, shop the website, don’t hesitate to call with questions, and check the store’s blog for more information.

2795 E. Bakerview Rd., Ste. 17, Bellingham, 360.778.2295, emsherbals.com

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"It’s either organic, ethically well-crafted, or we don’t carry it."