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Two women smoking Brown Bear Herbs, organic herbal smoking blends in a field of flowers.

Tobacco smoking is said to be one of the hardest addictions to break. With our smoking blends many report that quitting becomes easy. 

The organic herbal smoking blends we make are intended to satisfy the underlying reasons why people smoke. They are non-addictive so it is possible to smoke them while releasing your tobacco addiction.

Our smoking blends are also helpful for helping those who have quit tobacco not re-start. For example, you have a stressful life event and you reallly want a smoke. Instead you reach for our Gentle & Protective herbal smoking blend. You have had the smoke you craved, feel better emotionally from the herbs in the blend, and have not had any tobacco. 

Arati Ursus is the founder and herbalist behind Brown Bear Herbs. She is on the Board of Directors for Herbalists Without BordersArati has 15+ years of experience offering plant medicine and herbal knowledge. She holds a BA from Smith College and received a Master of Nursing and Healthcare Practice degree from the University of Iowa and practiced as an RN for 10 years in the fields of non-vascular neurology and vascular access. This gave her a broad understanding of the human body and western medicine which is very helpful to be a conscientious herbalist. She is currently studying Chinese medicine and acupuncture at National University of Natural Medicine, in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to the business Arati works on a variety of projects to support human rights for women and children through food, herbs, and access to education and legal support*. She has received international recognition for her community work. 

Current and previous organizations include but are not limited to: Portland's Rahab Sisters, Raices Texas, The Malala Fund, the Nature Conservancy, Portland Audubon, Los Sagrados in Baja Sur California, Planned Parenthood, & Standing Rock.

She sends big Thank You's to herbalist teachers: Matthew Wood, Scott Kloos, Deborah Frances, ND, Susun Weed, Rosemary Gladstar, Juliette de Bairacli Levy, others.