“I’ve known Mark since the days of Sweetheart Herbs and Hot Cha Cha salsa, both of which he owned and operated. Since then, I've watched him become one of the most influential people in the field of medicinal plants. Seemingly tireless, Mark infuses his vast knowledge with humor and style. We all owe Mark a dept of gratitude.” – Chris Kilham

Mark Blumenthal
Founder and Executive Director
Herbalist, Educator, Public Speaker
Medicinal Plants, Natural Products, Alternative Medicines


Mark Blumenthal is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), as well as the editor and publisher of HerbalGram, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal. He was awarded Natural Health Magazine’s Hall of Fame Award for “… opening America’s eyes to the healing powers of herbs”.

Mark has over 35 years experience with herbs, medicinal plants and natural products. He has appeared on more than 500 radio or television shows, and has written over 600 articles for industry related publications, as well as chapters for natural alternative medicine encyclopedias. He was an advisor for the World Health Organization (WHO) in its adaptation of the “Guidelines for the Assessment of Herbal Medicines.” and In October of 2007, Mark was selected as a recipient of the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s annual Apple award, recognizing his service and commitment to the supplement industry.

For six years, Mark was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy, teaching a course on herbal products in today’s pharmacy. And among other key positions, Mark also served as Co-Founder and former Vice-President of the Herb Research Foundation (HRF), was President of the Herb Trade Association, and a founding board member of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).

Mark is a sought-after and frequent speaker and/or panelist at conferences, universities, and pharmaceutical, natural foods, botanical and agricultural associations. In addition, he has been a leader in the concerns for more rational regulations of herbal and natural product manufacturing, and education on alternative medicines.