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Bat Cave Botanicals is a small business located in Bat Cave, NC. We steward & ethically harvest Wild American Ginseng, and offer these very special roots to customers who demand ethical practices. We also focus on public awareness & ginseng education. We have created this campaign to ask for your help with funding to make Bat Cave Botanicals a self supporting small business that shows the world that it is possible to have a profitable business model based on ethical principals.
We have created this IndieGogo campaign for Bat Cave Botanicals to seek financial help with crucial funds needed to continue & expand our small business, and to further the reach of our educational resources.
Because of the current high market value of ginseng & resulting threat to the wild ginseng population , it is important to us to offer a product that places value on a superior & ethically harvested product, as opposed to the current short sighted over-harvesting of a rare, valuable & endangered botanical resource.
With the assistance of contributors like you, we can achieve a higher level of public awareness & become a profitable self sustaining small business. By offering superior quality wild american ginseng, we hope to demonstrate to other sellers that ethical harvest techniques are more profitable as well as sustainable. By our success we hope that other sellers will adopt a more respectful ‘Good Stewardship’ ginseng policy.
We believe in giving back & contributing to the community, so as our small business grows, the more effort we would like to give to public education, outreach & conservation. This is as much a lifestyle as it is ‘a business’ for us.
Ginseng holds a lot of value and meaning for many cultures. It is very popular as a gift for family & loved ones, and has so many uses.
Many people eat Ginseng roots for their health & wellness value, but with special roots it is often displayed for its beauty. Especially in Asia, old, wild and large roots are appreciated for their form & beauty, and especially the rare man shaped roots.
Particular roots that are rare & valuable, or roots that have a special meaning can be displayed in a couple of of ways. I have seen some very nice examples of dry displays, and liquid displays.
Dry Roots on Display
Some dried roots are preserved in glass top cases for viewing, and sometimes are sewn to fabric on a board. This is a lovely way to display roots if they are properly handled & processed.
Liquid displays might be more popular since you can view them, and depending on the alcohol used, have a ‘ginseng wine’ for special occasions.
This is usually done by cleaning fresh roots and submerging them in alcohol. There seem to be a few different methods for this, but anything from pure grain alcohol or strong wine should have enough alcohol to preserve the roots in a sterile environment.
Roots that are preserved in strong wine will look fresh, even though the alcohol dehydrates the roots & replaces the water.
Roots that are placed in pure alcohol will eventually create a ‘tincture’ similar to what herbalists make for medicine. With ‘fleshy’ roots especially it is important to use a very strong proof.
First and foremost, we live in Bat Cave, North Carolina, which is way too awesome to not use as part of our business name! Our small town is named after the largest known granite ‘fissure’ cave in North America, which, not surprisingly happens to be inhabited by several species of bat, and a few other endangered species.
Second, because I love bats! Bats are amazing creatures who deserve awareness & recognition for the vital role they play in our ecosystem. OK, so maybe also a teeny bit because who doesn’t like a caped crusader fighting against evil doers.
Thirdly, bats have fascinating symbolic meaning in Chinese culture, and since much of my focus with Bat Cave Botanicals includes Traditional Chinese Herbs, it is a little extra cool. In Chinese cultural symbolism, bats are auspicious because the word for ‘bat’ (FU) in Chinese sounds the exact same as the word for luck (FU). They represent longevity & prosperity, and are often depicted in art motifs with deer & ginseng roots, which are three things we always love to see in these parts!