What is an apothecary?
"Apothecary" is an uncommon word in modern times. But the term, apothecary (a-poth-eh-kari), is deeply rooted in the history of mankind. The term is derived from the Ancient Greek word apothḗkē, meaning a repository or storehouse. An interesting thing about the word Apothecary is that it's meaning is more than just a place, it's also a profession. Like a carpenter works in the construction industry, an apothecary (person) works in the apothecary (a store).
So what does an apothecary do? Through history, apothecaries have been the dispensary of medicine* and medical materials. Apothecaries were the original version of what today would be called a pharmacy. Apothecaries date back as far as 2600 B.C. to ancient Babylon. Clay tablets have been discovered with medical records, prescriptions, and directions for mixing medicines. An ancient practice indeed!
Apothecary vs. Pharmacy
While the term apothecary and pharmacy can sometimes be used interchangeably, the modern day pharmacy is much different than the modern day apothecary. One of the main differences being the types of medicines offered and the way they are produced. Most modern-day apothecaries use alternative and herbal medicinal blends that are produced and blended in-house. As opposed to the present day pharmacies that provide name-brand chemical medications produced by large manufacturers.
Here at Radix Apothecary, a branch of Oak Creek Apple Company, we believe in the wisdom of the ancients paired with modern technology and scientific advances. So many practices go to the extremes of each side of healing - naturopath vs allopathic, with staunch views and regimens supporting those views and no room for compromise. One way or the other, black or white.
Only that is a very limited view of health and recovery. By dogmatizing the material, you are effectively removing 50% or more of available tools in your wellness toolbox, and that's a shame. Dogma has no place in an honest healing pursuit. There is a thin thread of truth that runs right down the middle of divided views, and that's usually where truth resides - with its neighbors common sense and curiosity. This thin thread is where we live, and where our master formulas come from. We are constantly seeking, constantly evolving with the advent of new information, and constantly improving our offerings to you. Our head herbalist has studied (and continues to study) many global methods of wellness, including what we call The Missing Nutrients - a new, wholly inclusive approach to healing and wellness for the entire human being triune, not singling out diet alone. Red more about The Missing Nutrients here -
Radix Apothecary adheres to standard practice herbal formulation ratios as put forth by the leading industry experts and historical guidelines as well. Each herbal product will have a ratio of herb: menstruum printed on the label so you know exactly what strength each dosage will be. Most of our herbs are certified organic and/or wildcrafted - those that do not have this official certification have been ethically hand harvested by us, and come with our personal guarantee of quality.
Herbal products crafted and produced by Radix Apothecary include - but are not limited to - tinctures, tonics, syrups, elixirs, infused honey, infused oil, lotions, salves, poultices, teas, steam and halo therapy, coffee and herbal kits. See our shop for prices and details.**
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.
**Items still in production will not be listed in the store. Keep an eye on your email and/or our social media for updates regarding availability of Apothecary items as I will update when available.
Interested in our workshops and retreats? Click the link below! We offer virtual and hands on training and experiential classes covering many aspects of herbal healing, including but not limited to:
*Traditional European Medicne
*Traditional Celtic/Nordic Medecine
*The Missing Nutrients
*Resins and Barks
*Custom Tea Blends
*Custom Coffee Blends
PLEASE NOTE: We are ONLY offering virtual experiences and workshops at this time. As soon as it is safe to resume gatherings, we will welcome you back in person with open arms!