This page is designed to answer common questions about Corner Alchemy Apothecary offerings.
Q: What is a tincture or elixir? A tincture or elixir (in our Apothecary) is an alcohol extraction of the active constituents of the plants. The high proof, organic alcohol extracts the 'medicine' of the plants into the liquid, that is then held in the 0.8ml, 1 oz or 2 oz sized tincture bottles. A tincture or elixir is a beneficial form of taking 'medicine' because it lasts for a very long time (some tinctures last up to 20 years) & is mobile (you can put the tincture bottle in your bag).
Q: How do I use my tincture or elixir? 5-10 drops is a similar amount of 'medicine' as one cup of tea, and is consider one 'dose.' You can take the tinctures and elixirs any way you like ~ add to a cup of water, add to tea, put drops directly on your tongue, add to a cocktail.
Q: Where do the plants come from that you use in the Corner Alchemy Apothecary products? About 85% of the plants utilized in our products are wildcrafted ethically from the wild. The remaining portion of plant material is sourced from local organic farmers in Western PA that we know and trust.
Q: I am looking for a specific Corner Alchemy Apothecary product but can't find it on the online store. If an item is not showing up in the search, or with the shop, it may currently be out of stock. If there is a specific item you are looking for, you can email CornerAlchemyApothecary@gmail.com to get at the top of the waiting list for when products return!
Q: Are classes open to all levels of experience? Yes, classes are appropriate for all experience levels, and are focused on intermediate-beginner herbal knowledge and skill share.
Q: What happens if I miss my class? All classes are prepaid and participants are responsible for their attendance. If you miss a class and contact Corner Alchemy Apothecary within 24 hours of the class date we can discuss honoring your space in another upcoming class or workshop.
Q: What is the structure of class? Class is 60% lecture on an herbal topic and 40% medicine making - hands-on demonstrations and make your own medicines.
Q: How are plant walks different than class? Plant walks are a lower cost, outdoor experience where participants walk within a local or regional park identifying plants.
Q: Who teachers the class? Classes are taught by folk herbalist and Corner Alchemy Apothecary owner Sarah Ashley Baxendell.
Disclaimer: As with any herbal remedy, information and formulas have not been regulated by the FDA. Herbal tradition has been trusted and handed down through the years but it is within your discretion how you use this information in treating a condition.