Alembique Work & Playshops help us connect with plants, food, history, people, sustainability and our very own self in ways you never thought quite possible.




Thank You!
for voting Alembique “The Best Apothecary in BEST OF THE EAST BAY 2018!”

Thanks for appreciating what we are trying to do, working to build intimate, sustainable, healing and joyous relationships with the earth and people as we practice diverse modes of resistance.





International Field Trip to Portugal & Galicia, Spain | December 27-January 16, 2019
Join us for nearly three weeks of living and working together as a team on a cross-cultural project in beautiful Portugal and Northern Spain, exploring food, plant medicine, ecology, history and culture…a once-in-a-lifetime multi-sensory journey you don’t want to miss!

If you are seriously interested (have both adequate funds and time to travel), please email us. We will provide you with more details, including project scope, requirements and cost estimates per traveler.





Work & Playshops




Sunday September 2, 2018 | 2:30-5 PM
Making Rose Immortelle Eye & Face Creme
PURCHASE   [2 Spaces left | Last Chance for Discount]
Creams and Lotions: among the most challenging healing concoctions to make yourself and among the priciest things to buy from cosmetic corporations. And no matter how much you spend, creams and lotions are seldom if ever truly all-natural and petrochemical-free.

Creams and lotions are a giant multi-billion dollar motherlode of profit for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. From face and eye creams to sun-block, creams and lotions are the most common products promoted for everything from pain-relief, arthritis, burns, tattoos and scars to anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral topical creams.

This is why learning how to make emulsions is key to freedom from toxins and corporate marketing hype. Liberate yourself by learning the art of emulsification. Once mastered, you will be free of more expensive and health-damaging petrochemical products than you can shake an oil refinery at!

On this special occasion, we will make Alembique’s flagship luscious, all-natural, skin healing rose cream with helichrysum italicum, steam-distilled Kashan Rose Otto, Rosehip Seed Oil and other amazing ingredients that you will adore and that will adore your skin right back.

Enjoy Alembique “magic water” and organic refreshments as you pour your own hand-crafted cream. Return home with a jar of delectable face cream, plus recipes and instructions to free you from having to buy another chemical cream or lotion.

Instructor: Babak Nahid | Cost: $80/person if purchased by Mon Aug. 27, $90 thereafter. | Participants also receive 10% off purchases on day of workshop.





Thursday September 6, 2018 | 6:30-8 PM
Womxn’s Herbal Salon
Alembique is hosting another 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).

In this session we will explore nurturing plants that help us flow together with the season’s transitions.

Womxn’s Herbal Salon is facilitated by Megan Mauger (doula, student of herbalism) and Eliza (herbalist and massage therapist).

Participants may also purchase teas, herbs and spices with a 15% discount on the evening of the salon.

Facilitators: Eliza & Megan Mauger | Cost: $15 | Your contribution helps sustain this event but no one will be turned away for lack of funds | Salon participants receive 15% off all herbs and spices.





Sunday September 16, 2018 | 2:00-5 PM
Beeswax Candle Making
Brighten up your your holidays and your lungs with your own handmade Berkeley beeswax candles. Using locally harvested beeswax, coconut oil, and organic hemp wicks, we will make lovely candles in various glass mason and decorative and tin jars that you and everyone you know will love.

Natural, ecological, beautiful, aroma-therapeutic, air-purifying (a friend to those suffering from allergies), nothing holds a candle to all natural, pure beeswax candles. We will also introduce a little about the history of candles, their chemistry and physics, and how to meet the challenges of scenting candles not with synthetic fragrance but with steam distilled essential oils.

Enjoy refreshments and Alembique “magic water” as you learn how to never have to buy another petrochemical candle–plus you can now bring hand-crafted light and joy to your friends and family during the holiday season.

Instructor: Babak Nahid | Cost: $30/person if purchased by Mon Sep 10, $35 thereafter. | Participants also receive 10% off purchases on day of workshop.





Sunday October 6, 2018 | 2:00-5 PM
Herbs of Resistance: Resistance Herbalism

Join Sarah Holmes, among the nation’s foremost herbal practitioners and teachers, and host of America’s longest running herbal radio program Herbal Highway, to explore the world of resistance through the lens of herbalism.

Sarah’s work focuses on the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit as well as the dynamic interchange between people and plants.

What are some of the plants that have resisted and persisted through history? What are some of the ways that herbalists resist and persist? How do we connect our work with plants to systems of oppression, the health of our planet, and each individual on it?

Alongside these resilient plants, we will explore some of the organizations doing front-line herbal work with activists, touching upon the many branches of herbalism and the many branches of activism.

Together we will blend a herbal tea and a botanical/spirit essence spray for you to take home, both of which will support you in staying hopeful and strong for long-term resistance work.

Instructor: Sarah Holmes | Cost: $45/person if purchased by Sun Sep 30, $50 thereafter. | A limited number of sliding scale rates are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please email us for information. | Participants also receive 10% off purchases on day of workshop.





Sunday October 28, 2018 | 2:30-5 PM
Tincture This! Halloween Edition

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. We will learn about fresh organic anise hyssop, St. John’s Wort, lemon balm, hops, nettles and other potent plant tinctures.

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.

Instructor: Babak Nahid | Cost: $30 if purchased by Mon Oct 22, $35 thereafter | Participants also receive 10% off most purchases on day of workshop.





A Gift Like No Other!
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.




Alembique Raw Rooftop Honey is completely cold-extracted and and best used uncooked to optimize its benefits for allergies, colds and flu, laryngitis, wounds and eczema.

By law, raw honey can be heated to a maximum of 118 degrees Fahrenheit to fully extract the honey from the comb. Since we use every bit of the hive to make salve and creams, we solely cold-rextract at ambient temperature, thus fully conserving the hive’s healing energy and its enzymes,anti-oxidants, as well as its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Our honey is seasonal and extracted in extremely limited quantities, with buckets of gratitude and humility to the magical bees who create it. If you see it on our shelves, grab some!

You utterly love the Rose Immortelle, Royal Primrose and St. John’s Wort face cremes, or the miraculous Berry Beautiful Serum, or simply must get yourself and loved ones a whole lb of the Kashan Rose and Cardamom Breakfast tea…if you have signed up on our community book, you will receive a lovely discount to go with your purchase every Wednesday and Friday. Just remember to ask!








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.
  • 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.
Alembique Apothecary Volunteer & Apprenticeship Program
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. You 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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