Why We Love Essential Oils

Why We Love Essential Oils

At the Apothecary we are passionate about essential oils. But what are they, how do they work and what does price and quality matter? Firstly, what we call essential oils are in fact volatile oils from plants, when means that when heated – they evaporate. They...
Why don’t pharmaceutical cough remedies use Liquorice anymore?

Why don’t pharmaceutical cough remedies use Liquorice anymore?

This is a question I often ponder to myself. Why don’t pharmaceutic preparations use herbs anymore? Is it that they have forgotten about their efficacy? Is it that they find the cost too prohibitive? Is it because they believe that their compounded chemical...
Herbs ~ Do they have side-effects?

Herbs ~ Do they have side-effects?

The short answer is yes they do. As herbalists we know that herbs are very powerful agents of change within the body. They exert biochemical and tissue changes through topical application, nudging reflexes or through various drug channels within the cells. So we can...
Keys & Locks

Keys & Locks

One thing I have learned about plants is that they often hold the keys to our locks. Now this might sound romantic but there is a lot of truth in this because the evolution of plants, ourselves and all animals happened alongside each other. This co-evolution has...
The Science of Herbal Medicine

The Science of Herbal Medicine

Here at the Apothecary we are passionate about Herbal Medicine. We often get asked if herbal medicine is scientific. One of our missions at the Apothecary is: To create scientific awareness of Herbal Medicine.  Herbs work in the body because they contain families of...
Myths about Herbal Medicine

Myths about Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicines don’t work…

Rubbish! Herbal medicines do work or we wouldn’t use them.

Herbal medicines have kept us alive and been our medicine cabinet since our existence