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Alembique Work & Playshops are back for the summer…connect with plants, food, history, people, sustainability and your very own self in ways you never thought quite possible.


Thursday, May 17, 2018  |  6:30-8 PM
Womxn’s Herbal Salon

Alembique is hosting a bi-monthly Thursday evening salon for womxn to connect to each other and their relational cycles of nature.
We warmly welcome cis, queer, non-binary, and trans womxn of all ages and abilities. (There are 3 steps to enter the building.)
Join us for delicious tea, engaging conversation and friendship focused on womxn’s health, plant medicine, mindfulness and movement. You may bring your own dry snacks (no cooked/warm food, please).
Womxn’s Herbal Salon is conceived and facilitated by Megan Mauger (doula, student of herbalism and environmental educator) and Eliza (herbalist and massage therapist).
A suggested donation of $15 per person will help grow this project. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Participants may also purchase teas, herbs and spices with a 15% discount on the evening of the salon.
Please register for the upcoming salon by clicking the above link.

♥ Facilitators: Eliza & Megan Mauger  | Cost: $15 suggested donation | Salon participants receive 15% off all herbs and spices.



Sunday May 27, 2018  |  3-5 PM
Tincture This!

Explore the fascinating history of tinctures, or les medicaments heroiques, as you help make an organic batch of fresh and dried botanical tinctures in various menstrums. Tinctures are potent plant medicine, especially as immunity, hormone-balancing, stress, toxin-neutralizing and digestive aids.

Blend your own healing and immunity boosting tincture-tails and cordials in good company while enjoying tasty refreshments. Experience how the flavor, aroma and energy of a single drop of plant extraction vibrates on your tongue.

Take home a small bottle of your own tincture blend with a handout of herbal tincture recipes that help heal, maintain your mind/body equilibrium, and surprise your palate.

♥ InstructorBabak Nahid | Cost: $30 if purchased by May 21, $36 thereafter | Participants also receive 10% off most purchases on day of workshop.



Sunday June 10, 2018  |  2:30-5 PM
Making Creme: Sunscreen

Creams and Lotions! One of the most mystifying, finickiest healing concoctions to make for yourself…and among the most petrochemical, priciest skincare products you are forced to buy.

Creams and lotions are a multi-billion dollar cash-cow of profit for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Whether face and eye creams or sun-block, creams and lotions are promoted for everything from pain-relief, arthritis, burns, tattoos, and scars to respiratory infections and for anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial purposes or even massage.

This is why learning how to make petrochemical-free emulsions is key to freedom from toxins, healthy skin and saving dollops of money. Once mastered, you will be free of more petrochemical products than you can shake an oil refinery at.

In this workshop, we will explore the vital importance of sun protection and make a luscious, all-natural, skin healing sunscreen you will take home and, with a little practice, never have to buy another commercial jar again.

Enjoy refreshments, great recipes and more, as you liberate yourself from pseudo-natural creams and revolutionize your skin-care with total empowerment and limitless choice of ingredients.

 Instructor: Babak Nahid | Cost: $75 if purchased by June 4, $90 thereafter | Participants receive 10% of all purchases on day of workshop.



Sunday June 17, 2018  |  2-5 PM
Botanical Distillation

From the early modern period to the ninetheenth century, western pharmacopia listed hundreds of botanical distillates as among its safest, most effective remedies.

By the turn of the twentieth century and after the advent of industrialization, distillates had been excised and replaced with far more proftable and proprietary pills, powders and even essential oils.

In this workshop we will demonstrate the distillation of fresh and dried medicinal plants and explore the history of their use for healing. A multimedia presentation of our fieldtrip to one of the world’s oldest rose producing regions will showcase traditional Iranian rose distillation methods.

Enjoy delicious refreshments, tea and “magic water” and return home with a basic understanding of the distillation process and a small bottle of distilled plant water you may drink and use topically for better health.

 Instructor: Babak Nahid | Cost: $75 if purchased by June 11, $90 thereafter | Participants receive 10% of all purchases on day of workshop.




Pre-order your unique and heavenly organic gifts for your kitchen, skin and hair, body and health. Email us in advance with your specific needs and we will respond with suggestions that you and/or your gifted one will love.

It’s now even easier to offer the wonderful all-natural healing experience of Alembique Apothecary to some one you care about. Email us with your full name, the gift amount, full name name of recipient, recipient’s address, any message and we will mail or email a paper or pdf gift certificate to the lucky recipient of your choice. The certificate, valid for 6 months, can be used for products and workshops and includes a 10% discount offer on purchases of herbs, teas and spices.

Exclusively at Alembique

  • Steam-distilled rare Rose & Jasmine Oils Wild-crafted and traditionally steam-distilled, from small village farms.
  • Organic Aromatic Distillates (the embodiment of the maxim “only wear on your skin what you can drink!”) including healing distillates of chamomile, comfrey, dandelion, sage, jasmine, peppermint, mullein and helichrysum.
  • Fresh Organic Tinctures including eleuthero, schisandra, yarrow and California poppy.
  • Organic Medicated Oils including heal-all, frankincense, arnica, St. John’s Wort, witchhazel, comfrey, olive leaf, turmeric and rosemary.
  • Healing Handcrafted Products including St. Rose and St. Jasmine Healing Perfume Balms, Sore Away Balm, and Cardamom, Avocado & Shea Body Butter.
  • World’s Best Face and Eye Creams including St. John’s Wort Luscious Face Cream, Royal Primrose Face Cream, and Amarys Rose Eye & Face Creme.
  • World’s Best Oral Health Toothpowder with white oak bark, pomegranate peel, propolis and spirulina.
  • World’s Best Ingredients including the highest grade of Persian saffron, rose buds, organic red and green rooibos, honeybush, helichrysum, reishi, and freshly harvested Wakame and Kobu from Bolinas.
  • Gorgeous Palm-oil free Handmade Soap Bars that cleanse and heal by Haley Ferreira.
  • Freshly Picked-to-order Organic Herbs and Roots from our family of local organic farms including calendula, English thyme, Greek Mountain Tea, lavender, sage and milk thistle.
  • Organic Tea Blends like Rose & Cardamom Breakfast Tea, Lovers’ Tea, Happy Skin & Liver, Breathe, Becalm and Sleeping Angel blends.
  • Raw Alembique Honey, possibly Berkeley’s best honey, a precious seasonal gift from our happy rooftop bees to you.

You are a talented maker and DIYer of natural, healing products. Your salve, cream, lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, tincture or infusion is made with love and intelligence, so it rocks like no other. You love bees…perhaps you even keep them. You can’t get enough of learning about plants, care passionately about the planet, and never tire of helping your community explore natural healing and handcrafted products instead of petrochemical cocktails from petrochemical corporations.

You are exceptionally dependable, patient, flexible, fun and compassionate. You may be a budding or experienced herbalist or simply a practiced maker who thrives in a small team environment and expects generous feedback. Your are organized and tidy, can visualize serving as crew on a small boat, and often manage your and others’ choppy seas with a wicked sense of humor.

Apprentice for a minimum of 20 hours in one month and show us the right stuff, and we will discuss ways you can become part of the Alembique Apothecary experience. For details, email us a one-page statement explaining why you are the right candidate and a one-page resume. If qualified, we will contact you to set up a friendly chat.

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