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Alembique Apothecary

Walking into Alembique Apothecary is like entering another world, somewhere between a neighborhood bar, a community health clinic, and a fascinating museum. Located on the first floor of a funky old house in West Berkeley, the crowded shop is run by the personable and charismatic owner Babak Nahid, whose extensive knowledge about medicinal plants and natural ingredients (and their sourcing) has him functioning as an impromptu healer for all those who walk through his front door, seeking relief from whatever ailments Western medicine has failed (or caused). His shop specializes in organic, wild-harvested, non-GMO botanical, herbal, and mineral products — from natural soaps and toothpaste to plant oils and herbal tea formulas. Whether you have a skin rash, a hormonal imbalance, or just want to avoid harsh chemicals in your health and beauty regimens, Nahid will provide an empathetic ear, and then send you back into the world with something to soothe you from the inside out. (Bonus: He also teaches regular classes on how to make your own products.)

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