What occurs in an Botanical Apothecary?
What is Botanical Alchemy?
In short magic. Pure unadulterated, magic. Courtesy of mother nature. Plants are vitalistic, swirling, dancing, forces in action.
Plants help deepen our sense of connectedness to Spirit and cultivate trust in our own inner wisdom. Herbs can raise and deepen our consciousness and aid meditation by easing restlessness of mind and body, opening your third eye, helping you to remember and even guide your dreams, recall past lives, take potent trance journeys, and evoke healing visions.
Here we will constantly post magical mixtures of Alchemist Alley tinctures & eLiquids that you can mix yourself to achieve that mind, body, spirit connection with awe.
Apothecary /əˈpɒθɪkəri/ is one term for a herbalist who formulates and dispenses materia medica to holistic practitioners, herbalists, and patients. The modern herbalist has taken over this role. In some languages and regions, the word “apothecary” is still used to refer to a retail herb shop or a herbalist who owns one. Apothecaries’ investigation of herbal and chemical ingredients was a precursor to the modern sciences of chemistry and pharmacology.
In addition to dispensing herbs and medicine, the apothecary offered general medical advice and a range of services that are now performed by other specialist practitioners, such as herbalist and naturopaths. Apothecary shops sold ingredients and the remedies they prepared wholesale to other holistic practitioners, as well as dispensing them to patients. In 1600s England, they also controlled the trade of tobacco which was imported as a medicine.
Apothecary work as gateway to females as healers
Throughout medieval times, apothecaries were not trained in universities as physicians were. More often, they were trained through guilds, and apprenticeship. Therefore, their business was typically family-run, and wives or other women of the family also worked alongside their husbands in the shops, learning the trade themselves. Women were still not allowed to train and be educated in universities so this allowed them a chance to be trained in medical knowledge and healing. Previously, women had had some influence in other women’s healthcare, such as serving as midwives and other feminine care in a setting that was not considered appropriate for males. Though physicians gave medical advice, they did not make medicine, so they typically sent their patients to particular independent apothecaries, who did also provide some medical advice in particular remedies and healing.
Many recipes included herbs, minerals, and pieces of animals (meats, fats, skins) that were ingested, made into paste for external use, or used as aromatherapy. Some of these are similar to natural remedies used today, including catnip, chamomile, fennel, mint, garlic and witch hazel. Many other ingredients used in the past such as urine, fecal matter, earwax, human fat, and saliva, are no longer used and are generally considered ineffective or unsanitary. Trial and error were the main source or finding successful remedies, as little was known about the chemistry of why certain treatments worked. For in stance, it was known that drinking coffee could help cure headaches, but the existence and properties of caffeine itself was still a mystery.
Being a family run business since 2004 Alchemist Alley maintains the traditions of the old ways while gently grinding up your remedies and sending them to you after a thorough diagnosis of your condition. Stay tuned as we impart wisdom of the ages right to your own door.