This “Thanksgiving,” let’s remember the Ohlone people who were here long before us, who survived repeated genocides, and whose memories we can honor each day we walk on this, their sacred ancestral lands. Learn more here.  Mural by Jean Lamarr.

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.


Final Work & Playshops of 2018

Sunday November 11, 2018 | 2:30-5 PM
Flu Fighting Fire Cider

Explore the fascinating history of fire cider, a story of Armenian Americans, hipster capitalists, multi-million dollar lawsuits and rural plant medicine.

Make an organic batch of fresh harvested plants from East Bay micro-farms in various menstrum blends, including wine, which is traditionally buried for the greatest intensity! Create a unique concentrate of herbs, roots and spices that works like a tincture yet without the heavy alcohol. This versatile, delicious and potent super-ferment always wins the winter struggle for immunity, digestion, cravings, radiant skin and good health.

Blend your own fire cider in good company while enjoying tasty refreshments. Take home a 8 fl. oz. bottle of your own super tonic blend with a handout of fire cider recipes that can heal and surprise your palate.

Instructor: Babak Nahid | Cost: $40 | Participants also receive 10% off most purchases on day of workshop.

Sunday December 2, 2018 | 2:30-5 PM
Making Healing Winter Face Creme
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.

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!

We will make Alembique’s winterized luscious, all-natural, skin healing eye and face cream with food-grade and organic ingredients: argan, fresh infused calendula, comfrey and arnica oils, steam-distilled essential oils of helichrysum italicum, coriander, lavender, ylang ylang and vanilla, with cold-pressed rosehip seed, carrot seed and blackcurrant seed oil, plus more antioxidant, emollient and reparative ingredients that you will adore and that will adore your skin right back.

This is winter, after all, when we dry up most. And we are no penguins!

Enjoy Alembique “magic water” and organic refreshments as you pour your own hand-crafted cream. Return home with a whole jar of delectable winter face cream, plus recipes and instructions to free you from having to buy another chemical cream or lotion. And just in time to make them as beloved gifts for the holidays!

Instructor: Babak Nahid | Cost: $75/person if purchased by Mon Nov. 26, $85 thereafter. | Participants also receive 10% off purchases on day of workshop.


Winter Party
Sunday December 16, 2018 | 4:00-8 PM
Winter Party 2018
“Winter is coming” — my continent-pounding, hate-stomping, justice-seeking immigrant foot!
Come celebrate with us our collective November 2018 votes, another year of surviving and fighting darkness, and a renewal of courage, wakefulness and activism for the coming year!
This is our final gathering at Alembique in 2018…don’t miss it!
Enjoy Alembique’s medieval recipe of Nordic glögg mulled wine, delicious “magic water” and refreshments, funky music and discounts galore for all the gifts (St. Rose Balm, Rose Immortelle Eye & Face Creme, Rose & Cardamom Caspian Breakfast Tea, Neroli Distillate, Lovers Tea in cinnamon boxes, and much more) you should have got but haven’t yet.
Bring your elves, your selves and your beloveds, and let’s all huddle for warmth.
Event is only $15/person to cover our costs. No one is turned away for lack of funds, but you must purchase tix if you want food, drink and space to wriggle.

International Field Trip to Portugal & Galicia, Spain | December 27-January 16, 2019
Thank you for all those who expressed interest in our field trip. The application period is now closed and our team is complete. We strive to return with fresh knowledge and a few botanical wonders from this ancient part of the world, while living and working together as a team, exploring food, plant medicine, ecology, history and culture — a once-in-a-lifetime multi-sensory journey.

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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