A Brief History of Nature's Sunshine


As a boy, Gene Hughes would often come home from school and smell a pungent aroma even before he stepped into the house. He knew what this meant: his mother was making another one of her garlic sandwiches. "Taking herbs ran in my family," he says with a smile. Gene learned firsthand their nutritional value.


Later, Gene found himself with a nagging stomach condition. A neighbor suggested he take cayenne pepper to ease his discomfort. It worked! Gene found himself feeling much better.


Of course, swallowing a spoonful of cayenne pepper was no easy task. That's when his wife, Kristine, hit on the idea of putting the powder into an easy-to-swallow gelatin capsule. A revolutionary idea was born.


Soon Gene enlisted the support of his family, Dick and Pauline Hughes and Jay and Arva Hughes, to begin a small family business. "We weren't product driven," Gene explains. "We focused on helping people."


When Gene, Kristine and Pauline started encapsulating herbs and selling them to health food stores, they were pioneers in their field. "Back then, herbs weren't as well-known as they are today," says Kristine. "We know what it's like to be on the fringe. But look at us now: we're mainstream!"


Kristine is quick to add though, "Nature's Sunshine has always been about people. Our creed stresses helping others to help themselves to a healthier, happier life. That hasn't changed."


Because a legacy of caring and sharing has exemplified the Hughes family business through the years, their NSP family has grown into a worldwide organization. You might say the tradition that Gene's mother started so long ago has grown to fruition - naturally!


Nature's Sunshine was the first company to encapsulate herbs, back in 1972. Their commitment to offering only the finest-quality herbal supplements has never wavered. We're still adamant about offering only the best wholesale vitamin supplements to our customers worldwide.