What is Ayurvedic medicine?
Ayurveda is an ancient nature based healing system (translated from Sanskrit as "Science of life") that originated along side her sister science, yoga, in India.

Ayurveda interconnects the mind, body, and spirit. It looks at the system as a whole, focusing on aligning with Mother Earth and developing individual self-awareness for optimal health and beauty. In this system, everything is made up of 5 elements –these energies combine to create the world around us in a macro and micro level. In us these elements create the 3 Doshas (our elemental makeup). These 5 elements are ether, air, fire, water, and earth.

What are Doshas?

Each Individual has a unique mixture of elements or "Dosha" types: Air (Vata), Fire (Pitta), and Earth (Kapha). These elements combine to create our unique Dosha makeup (i.e. a horoscope or Myers Briggs type for the bod) that influences how we interact with food, stress and with our environment.

Usually, we have 1-2 dominant Dosha types with a smaller dose of the others mixed in. Ayurveda's goal is to establish balance, which is unique to each individual, and allows us to personalize and recommend a custom wellness solution for each person. To find your Dosha, take our quiz and receive a custom supplement routine. If you have any other questions we recommend booking a consult with us for a full 30 or 50 minute review of your Ayurvedic history.

Why should I take herbs?

Using herbs is a natural and holistic way to support and heal your body. Herbs have been used medicinally in every ancient healing system. We use herbs that have been used in a variety of systems, including Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese Kampo and Western Herbalism.

Dried herbs are 3x more potent than fresh herbs of an equal amount. These powders can easily, giving you more bank for your buck. Our products can easily be added into your normal diet for optimal convenience and effectiveness.

Why herbal medicine vs. modern medicine?

Despite the fact that modern medicine is dominant in the US, its high cost combined with questionable ingredients and side effects has led us to adopt an alternative way of living using herbal medicine. We believe that good things take time but ultimately lead to a healthier or "wellthier" life and not reliant on synthetic or man-made ingredients.

We wanted more from our wellness experience and felt that modern medicine emphasizes the cure, rather than prevention. Herbal medicine offers just that, with an extensive list of ways to use herbs, be it combining into your food, water, or coffee.

What is the shelf life of your products and how should I store them?

Good question -- and good news, nope! Our products are fresh up to 18 months if unopened and up to 6-8 months once opened.

Please keep your products away from direct sunlight and ideally fully sealed. Your welcome to refrigerate but there is no need.

What kind of bottles do you use?

Glass and only glass! We are a zero waste company and use only recyclable bottles. Feel free to reuse the bottle as a water bottle, or flower vase (we've even seen them being used as an aquarium!). If you're in the DC area, we even take back clean bottles for store credit.

How and when should I take the product?

Each product can be used in various ways, depending on your preference. Some are best used with regular water, or into your smoothies, juices, and even coffee, etc. See our recommendations on the bottle and how to use section for each product.

Recipes not your thing? Throw it into a gel capsule and take as a traditional supplement.

When can I expect to see results?
This can vary based on your needs, most commonly a small amount should be taken daily over an extended period of time. If the herb is to treat a specific symptom like echinacea for a faster flu recovery take daily as needed (a week or so). If the herb is more for general health, take daily for a longer period of time to see the best results. Each herb responds differently to an individual’s chemical makeup, see what works best for you and work them in your daily routine.
Where do you source your ingredients?

All of our vendors are meticulously vetted, to ensure all ingredients are of the highest quality and harvested using ethical means. Please check out our Ingredient Glossary to learn more about each ingredient's origin and benefits.

Can you make me a custom blend?

We're working on it! Stay tuned into early 2019 for custom blends. For now, we recommend taking our quiz and it will give you personalized recommendations based on your Dosha type.

You can also Build Your Own Apothecary by selecting 4 herbs or adaptogens to create the perfect daily ritual for you. We suggest booking a consult to get everything just right.

Do you have nutritional facts?

Yes, each product has their respective nutritional facts and profile in the image section. Please let us know if you need any help!

Are your products filled to the top?

No – our products are measured by weight and # of servings, not volume. Each product has a different density depending on the ingredients and may settle differently.

Our 2 oz bottles contain 12 servings and our 8 oz bottles contain 45 servings.

Are your products safe for pregnant or nursing moms?

All of our products are 100% from Mother Nature, organic, fair-trade and have no use of synthetics, preservatives or chemicals. While herbs are safe, we are not doctors and do recommend speaking to your health or medical practitioner prior to taking any supplements.

There are herbs that are safe and beneficial for pregnancy. For your convenience we've highlighted our recommended products for new moms with a "Good for New Moms" tag on each product.

Are your products organic, fair-trade and vegan friendly?

All of our products are certified organic, fair-trade, and meticulously sourced from our vendors. In addition, everything is Whole 30 compliant, Paleo, and Keto friendly. Everything is vegan except our Collagen and Haters Say It's Photoshopped blend.

I’ve placed my order but I need to change my address, what can I do?

If you notice a problem with your address and you haven’t received a shipping notification or tracking information, email us at hi@apothekary.co so we can do our best to make changes to your order.

Can I ship as a gift?

You got it. You can gift any of our orders as a one-time shipment or subscription. Just enter the giftees address at checkout and we’ll ensure it arrives safe and sound. Plus, our invoices don’t include pricing, so they’ll never know the cost!

Where do you ship to and how long will it take?

Good news! We ship to all states in the US and Canada.

Regular orders will be shipped via FedEx 2-Day and processed within 2-4 business days. All sample packs will be mailed via USPS regular mail. You will also have the option of choosing rush but for an additional fee. Please note that all our products are made by hand, and made fresh to order to ensure the highest quality and longest shelf life. We promise to get your order out as soon as possible, and will send you an order notification as soon as it's on the way.

Do you accept returns?

Because our products are made fresh to order, and is considered food, we are unable to offer refunds and everything is final sale. We appreciate your understanding.