In a world full of hodgepodge and gobbledygook concerning every subject under the sun, it's easy to get lost in information. What you don't want, though, is to get lost in information that's pertinent to your overall health and well-being. That's where we step in as the HerbaZest team.

In common usage, an "herb" can be defined as any plant that serves a medicinal, culinary, or even industrial purpose; therefore, this includes your favorite fruits and vegetables as well. So, our goal is to provide you with accurate information about their nutritional and medicinal properties to help you make smart, healthy decisions.

Our site is not like "eat carrots because they're good for eyesight." More like "carrots' beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the body, which is essential for the production of rhodopsin, the eye pigment responsible for sensing low-light situations." We also let you know about things like toxicity, or the whole skin-turns-yellow effect with carrot overdose. And instead of making you read through institute-funded research articles to understand what phytoconstituents REALLY do for you, we simplify it. It's that easy.

Because in the end, you shouldn't have to guess about your health; let us do all the hard work for you.

Meet the Team

We’re a pretty intelligent, fun, and extremely quirky bunch of herb enthusiasts. Get to know us!

Eduardo Olaechea
Ed O. Expert Reviewer Agriculture engineer with over a decade’s worth of experience in medicinal herbs
Agata Plachta
Agata P. Managing Editor Trained biologist deciphering and sharing the science behind plant constituents
Julie Searle
Julie S. Senior Writer & Expert A food specialist by education, she offers solid advice on improving health with nutrition
Diego Palacios
Diego P. Outreach & Partnerships Ensures our herbal encyclopedia is in the hands of those around the world
Fiorella Magan
Fiorella M. Managing Editor Over the last two decades, she’s used writing to express her passion for science and herbs
Alfredo Koechlin
Alfie K. Head of Content Shares 15+ years of expertise in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) with our readers
Arturo Gutierrez
Arturo G. Senior Designer Creates user-friendly images and infographics to visually guide our readers through the site
Pedro Olivera
Pedro O. Senior Software Analyst Software engineer with 10+ years of experience making sure all online operations run smoothly


Our pool of contributors is constantly growing, as herb enthusiasts around the world join us. They’re some of the most engaging and talented researchers, writers, and editors around.

Ximena Lama
Ximena L. Senior Writer & Editor
Noelina Rissman
Noelina R. Associate Writer & Editor
Laura Miske
Laura M. Senior Writer & Editor
Brittany Coleman
Brittany C. Associate Writer & Editor
Helen Clement
Helen C. Associate Writer & Editor
Gretchen Durning
Gretchen D. Associate Writer & Editor
Nicholle Cardinal
Nicholle C. Associate Writer & Editor
Rhona Scullion
Rhona S. Senior Writer & Editor
Samantha Schloskey
Samantha S. Associate Writer & Editor
Kathryn Duggan
Kathryn D. Associate Writer & Editor