August in the Apothecary

DSC_0073 Developing new products - from exclusive fragrances for some of our retailers, to variations on old favorites (like the new Spearmint flavored Coconut Pulling Oil, which remains our #1 seller).

The online shop is well stocked with the last of Summer's spoils. Otherwise stay tuned for Fall news and dlights and the like.


From left to right: Osha root tincture, Mugwort-rose tincture, Energy tincture (darjeeling, eleuthero, rhodiola rosea); facial toner with essential oils including rose, lavender and more; Sacred Space perfume with Peruvian Agua Florida; Calming kava kava blackberry extract; and Spearmint Coconut Pulling Oil.

Scenes from Sundays


Sundays have been so beautiful, I had to share. Starting the day with Rx deliveries - on the bike - and recently to a new boutique in Greenpoint - Mind Over Matter. It opened this month, taking over the old One Well location, and among the housewares and holistic health and beauty products, you'll find most of my line there.

One of the products I'll stock there is new-ish for me, which I teased a while ago (on Instagram) and have been tweaking the recipe for, but is definitely there now: Remineralizing Whitening Toothpowder. An all natural dry "toothpaste" that will actually help repair your teeth, rather than stripping them of their natural strength (minerals). It's on the shelves at m|m and in my shop.

See some Rx herbal teas (also newly available online), our Mugwort tincture and the trusty Elderberry Extract making new friends:

After a stop at Botica & Co. for a shot of their exceptional mushroom extract (including eight different varieties) it was off to errands in the city.


Not pictured: my biker's shoulders tan.

While the sun was out, I recharged my quartz. In the remaining calendula-Epsom salt mix from the batch made for products, just because it looked good:  Juiced some beautiful, brrright orange turmeric from Dual Specialty in the east village. They're consistently the best source for fresh turmeric and I don't know where they get it but this stuff was Jurassic sized.

Realized that it matched my necklace. Which was about all I was wearing. Which is another reason I love summer. Let's call this my "hut practice" look: Which wasn't dinner appropriate so we clean up, but keep the chain as there's an orange theme going at this point.

New Season, New Rx's: Spring Syrup



Though New York's weather doesn't agree, it is Spring.

In tune with it, we have some new products in the works. The first of which is a Spring Syrup - a sweet, herbal elixir of plants, flowers and delicate sugar, inspired by a friend who I see in the colors of this season, and this syrup: dusty yellow, new green, the light brown of stems.

Add a teaspoon or two to warm water, tea, or evening imbibe meant of choice for calm, a subtle smile, and dreams.

Limited batch available for purchase soon.


Sometimes I wonder if I just do it for the sun flares.

Contains: A decoction of Linden, St. John's Wort and Wormwood. Preserved with sucanat. And a taste of in-house vanilla extract.

Rx's, Sitting Pretty


2015/01/img_3850.jpg Just catching up on posting a year's worth of apothecary photos - bulk orders, personal prescriptions and some special ambience shots from the magic-making. I sound flip but it's legitimate; this little shop pulls in and puts out some potent potions. Shop what's in stock or talk to me about a custom order. Those are my favorite and sometimes I've made it for you before you came calling. x Rx

You're All Sick. How About Not? :)


IMG_0259.JPG Tis that season! I'm not having it. Meaning, just because "everyone is sick" doesn't mean you need to be. I can't tell you how many times I've been surrounded by cold-flu-caught colleagues and not caught the bug. It is possible to accomplish a fall/winter without coming down with something. It is possible to go years without meds - at the very least, no antibiotics. Though now I'll probably be laid out for bragging. Regardless, here's something that will help:


Elderberry Decoction: Elderberry is one of the most potent antioxidant herbs out there. Taken as a decoction, you get a concentrated dose of the herb, in a palatable (and hey, pocket-sized!) formula. While most recipes include honey, mine doesn't, because sugar is the last thing you want while ill or on the verge. This batch was freshly brewed with beautiful purple-black elderberries, plus ginger, cinnamon and a special mulling spice blend. It smelled like pie and looked like a galaxy. So much goodness.


From me for the cause, which is you, the collective. So, while "everyone" is under the weather, maybe we can enjoy it instead. xR

- Benefits of Elderberry Elderberries (Sambucus) have been a folk remedy for centuries in North America, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa.

Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, to improve heart health and for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis.

Bioflavonoids and other proteins in the juice destroy the ability of cold and flu viruses to infect a cell. People with the flu who took elderberry juice reported less severe symptoms and felt better much faster than those who did not.

Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, rutin, viburnic acid, vitaman A and B and a large amount of vitamin C.

Flavonoids, including quercetin, act as powerful antioxidants and protect cells against damage.

The wide range of medical benefits is probably due to the enhancement of each individual's immune system.

Further research indicates that anthocyanins found in elderberries possess significantly more antioxidant capacity than either vitamin E or vitamin C.


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