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To hear our grandparents told it, our ancestors came from a tranquil village on the island of Zhou Shan, situated at the mouth of the great Yangtze River. At its hinterland lies the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, the picturesque gardens of Soochow, and the lush tea plantations of Fujian. The proximity to the coastline bred generations of seafaring, outward bound adventurers, seeking better life abroad. Thus, over a quarter of a century ago, our young family crossed the Pacific and arrived at the fabled “Golden Mountain” – the City by the Bay and, as we now know it, home of the San Francisco Forty-Niners.

While apprenticing under an elderly Master Herbalist in San Francisco’s Chinatown, it was discovered by accident that certain ancient Chinese herbs prescribed for treatment of imbalance in the body’s immune and detoxification systems worked especially well for clients seeking to lose weight, and many of them came back repeatedly to purchase the herbal mixture long after their original ailments have been cured. But the herbal mixture, in its traditional form, was bulky, difficult to prepare, and tastes terrible. Intrigued by the discovery and the technical challenges, advice was sought from a Chinese American Ph.D from Berkeley who happened to be a family acquaintance. We worked tirelessly for months developing a unique blend of Oriental herbs that can be prepared in the form of regular tea-bags, while maintaining efficacy. Obviously, when customers learned that they can get the same benefit sipping a fragrant cup of herbal tea instead of that bowl of yucky dark brown liquid, they never turned back. And neither did we.

In the great 1980s tradition of aspiring entrepreneurs, the first operation kicked off from……where else but a Bay Area garage! More than 20 years and over a billion cups later, brand name products such as NUTRA-SLIM TEA, SUPER-SM TEA, NATURE-SLIM TEA and ULTRA-SLIM DIETERS' TEA are being manufactured daily out of our modern, GMP-compliant facilities in the U.S.A. and Canada, serving customer in North, South, and Central America, Europe, Asia, and as far away as Africa.

ORIGANA – the holding company, remains today a closely-knit, family-owned business, and we remain true to our beliefs in fine quality, good service and continuous investments in research and development-synergizing Oriental Tradition and Western innovation to bring about the best products for the wellness of our customers.

This site is also for individuals or enterprises interested in becoming business partner with us. Distributorship for certain territories are still available for some of our product lines. Enquiries regarding private label development and contract packaging are also welcome. Please contact us.

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