Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa

For over a century, plant specialists worldwide have sought to transform healing plants in African countries into pharmaceuticals. And for equally as long, conflicts over these medicinal plants have endured, from stolen recipes and toxic tonics to unfulfilled promises of laboratory equipment and usurped personal patents. In Bitter Roots, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare draws on publicly available records and extensive interviews with scientists and healers in Ghana, Madagascar, and South Africa to interpret how African scientists and healers, rural communities, and drug companies—including Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Unilever—have sought since the 1880s to develop drugs from Africa’s medicinal plants.

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Incense Blends, Lip Balm, and All Purpose Balms by Sword+Fern Apothecary. Organic, natural, and wildcrafted in the Pacific Northwest since 1999.

12.13.13 @ 13:38

New Gemstone-Infused Herbal Teas. 8 ounces,makes 112 cups of tea.Comes with a muslin bag and a crystal for infusing your brewed tea.
Moonday: Organic Peppermint/Lemon Verbena/Calendula
Rose Quartz: Wild harvested and organic Wild Rose/Lavender/Calendula.

07.09.12 @ 08:411

New in the apothecary: All Purpose Healing Balm. $9. Easy Mind, Strong Heart, & Forest View

04.06.12 @ 14:48

New lip care:Gold Fir.Tastes like a walk in an ancient alpine forest. $6, in a reusable metal sliding tin.

04.06.12 @ 12:104

New in the shop:Huge pieces of Palo Santo, $8, and Rose Quartz, $12

04.03.12 @ 16:2518

Now in the apothecary:organic loose leaf teas,$2-4/oz.lavender,rose,lemon verbena,& more 

02.25.12 @ 15:491

Lots of new amazing additions to the Apothecary are on their way to the store in the coming weeks:
-Gluten-free organic tincture, salve, and body oils hand made by Wishbone Medicinals in Portland; 
-             Sweet Birch Balm, St. John’s Wort Balm, Lavender Butter and Wild Rose solid perfume from Phoenix Organic Botanicals of Brooklyn,
-Organic chamomile/lavender calendula cream from Mirasol Farms of Wisconsin,
-Deep Fall flavors of S+F lip care on the way: cocoa rose, chocolate mint, ginger orange….

10.01.11 @ 17:028

now in stock in the apothecary: flower essences and sacred space clearing spray by shayne case. made in portland.

08.30.11 @ 23:153