Good for Nature,

Good for You.

Growing Strong

Since 1978, I’ve been selling herb teas from the Adirondack region and I still love it! The interest in herb teas and wild foods has never been greater in my lifetime.

I hope to keep this interest alive by helping people learn about the value of the plants around them. Plattsburgh Botanical Sanctuary is about 1/2 acre lot inside a city block behind my house with 400 varieties of medicinal and wild food plants.

I take people on guided tours by appointment and hold some workshops. Private plant tours guided by me at private homes and businesses like The Great Camp Sagamore and the Ausable Club are offered.

Derek Muirden introduces us to herbalist Jane Desotelle and her enchanted garden in the heart of the City of Plattsburgh on Mountain Lake PBS.

From the Garden

Adirondack Teas

Ethically collected from the wild or organically grown in the Adirondack region of Northern NY, these are 100% naturally caffeine-free. We have 4 blends and about 80 single herb teas. Send a message for a complete list.

Wild Jellies

Made by Underwood Herbs with fruit pectin, and wild or organically grown berries, fruits, flowers, and herbs. No high fructose corn syrup.

Balsam Fir Wreaths

Made from unsprayed balsam known for its scent and needle-holding qualities, wire wrapped for a fuller wreath than clamp rings. A card gives ideas on how to recycle balsam in pillows and saunas.


Natural drying preserves the quality of this Adirondack wild strand of organically grown catnip. Our handmade toys like mice, rats, fish, snakes, pillows are filled with 100% catnip.

Lavender Eye Pillow

Therapeutic eye pillows and the larger body bags are filled with lavender flowers and rice. Other items are filled with 100% lavender flowers whose scent lasts for many years.

Essential Oils

A wide array of pure and undiluted plant oils that are useful for their fragrance and for aromatherapy. Varieties range from Adirondack Wildflower to Ylang Ylang with dozens in between.

Perennial Plants

From our own NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets inspected nursery, these are plants hardy to our area. Mayapples, sweetgrass, High-bush Cranberries, and Purple, White, and Yellow Violets for example.

Educational Programs

Powerpoint lectures with area photos on topics like Wild foods, Medicinal plants, Wild Mushrooms, and more. Jane can also go to your property, id your plants, and explain their uses.

Botanical Tours

Experience guided tours of our collection of about 400 wild foods and medicinal plants are available. Work-study is also available for those wishing a more hands-on experience with these plants.

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Underwood Herbs

61 Riley Ave.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

By appointment only.


(518) 563-4777

Visitors’ Perspectives

Over the last six years, I have attended Jane’s educational walks through the woods. Highly interactive experiences engaged everyone from the 9 year old to the millennial and mature naturalists. Her knowledge astonished us. I can’t wait until the next one. I loved foraging through the woods with Jane. She illuminated what was all around me that I never saw. Educational and magical.


Underwood Herbs captures the scents and tastes of the Adirondacks in exceptional handcrafted products. The fragrant and essential oils are wonderful in baths, the herbal teas are delicious, and the lavender and balsam sachets are as refreshing as they are charming. If you have a cat, get a catnip rat or mouse—it’s a special treat.


Upcoming Events

Plattsburgh Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, May 30—October 10

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Keene Farmers’ Market

Sundays, May 31—October 11

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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