Kitchen Apothecary

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We are designing a new kitchen and looking at various options for our kitchen-style apothecary of herbs, spices and oils. I liked the simplicity and clean lines of both of these. I particularly like the “prescriptions & family medicine” poster in the kitchen! Yes, food is our best medicine.

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My Apothecary Workshop in the Garden

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Many of us have hobbies, and if we are lucky we have our own space dedicated to those hobbies! Some people have their garage filled with tools and cars, others have an artists studio. I have my apothecary in the garden! Originally this was a log building on a local farmers property, but 20 years ago my grandparents took it down and reconstructed it here. They then built a pioneer garden around it and eventually the herb garden and salad garden.  At one point, when many visitors used to stop in on weekends to see the garden, my grandmother added running water and electricity and turned it into a tearoom. As a child I served cherry pie, egg salad sandwiches and tea to guests!  This year I have begun to transform it into my personal apothecary and study room. There’s a beautiful breeze that passes through and with the herbs so near it’s a perfect place for me to test my concoctions!

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History of the Apothecary

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A medieval apothecary was a place where medicines were made from herbs and spices. One of the earliest records of the apothecary dates back to 2600 BC Babylon, and 1500 BC Egypt where the papyrus scroll found contained a collection of over 800 prescriptions and ancient herbal recipes. The word apotheca means “where wine, spices and herbs were stored”.  The apothecary originated as the art of using the gifts of nature in order to create substances to heal sickness and disease. The Romans too, brought a vast knowledge of herbs with them as they moved through Europe, and the Arabs were very progressive and played a tremendous role in adding Persian, Indian and Chinese plants and herbs to the existing knowledge base. Now, the equivalent apothecary would be a pharmacy, unless you create your own herb-based remedies at home like I do! Of course, I also appreciate modern medicine, but I believe in using quality food. Exercise and natural remedies are my first defense and a support for health and healing.