August 9, 2018

This month, we shine the spotlight on Women Owned Businesses. Dragon Herbs was co-founded by Ron and Yanlin Teeguarden. They were instrumental in the launch of our Tonic Bars and to this day, we are proud to serve Dragon Herbs at all our locations. Yanlin remains a generous source of knowledge, inspiration and grace in our collaborations!

What inspired you to start this business?

There are 5000 years of wisdom and knowledge accumulated in Chinese herbalism. I hope to help spread that wisdom in the west. To me, this is not about the Eastern approach vs. the Western approach, it is about the freedom to choose. By offering more natural solutions to day-to-day health challenges, we give people the freedom to choose what is best for their health.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Love what you do and do what you love.

As a female entrepreneur, what are the pros of being a woman in charge of your own business?

Bringing ideas to life. Proving that being understanding is more important than being dominating.

How does your product appeal to all different types of women?

We have a wide range of products, from capsules, tinctures to fun and tasty superfood and functional drinks. We offer many beauty-supporting, life-supporting, success-supporting products that promote healthy aging and optimal living. We have something for everyone and for every health-related need.

Name three things that guided you to success.

Good people around you, perseverance and planning.

Describe your brand in 3 words.

Quality, variety and full service.

What does balance mean to you?

There is no such thing as too much work as long as you are enjoying every moment of it.

What three things can you not live without?

Internet, Schizandra eeTee and congee.

What is one piece of advice for aspiring female entrepreneurs?

Don’t do it just for money. The stress of running a business is not worth it without passion.

What’s your superpower?

Ability to read people’s mind…well, I hope I can possess that power eventually.

One wellness hack that everyone should know

Take herbs for tomorrow, not today. Our Spring Dragon Longevity Tea is a tea that everyone, young and old alike, should drink now for their future well-being. It is an all-encompassing tea. Easy, tasty and covers many aspects of health. If there ever was a tea that does it all, this tea is pretty close.

Where did your passion for health and beauty come from?

Ron Teeguarden, my business partner and husband, has devoted his whole life to herbalism. His passion for natural health is infectious. I caught the “bug” from him.

What makes you feel beautiful?

Nice ensembles. Healthy eating. An accomplished day.  

Who are 3 inspirational women we should follow and why?

Hilary Clinton for her tenacity and intelligence. She is the ultimate winner. Eleanor Roosevelt. She is inspiring in every way.

What is the title of your autobiography?

Be Like Water, Keep Flowing.

What do you love about Erewhon 🙂

Unlike the corporate-run grocers, Erewhon embraces diversity in a true sense. Their devotion to natural products and natural living is omni-present in everything they do.