The Wild & Weedy Apothecary

Welcome to our home-based business, where we produce salves & balms, our super-popular Elderberry Elixir, and other seasonal items including kitchen herbs, all crafted from nature’s bounty and our very own garden.

We use organic, sustainably grown and wildcrafted botanicals, organic alcohol, and pure well water to make our products. For salves & balms, we use a variety of oils and butters, flowers and leaves, some of which are hardened with beeswax, while others are 100% plant-based. Each product is made with attention to detail. We love herbs and wild plants, and we love our work!

The Wild & Weedy Apothecary is located outside the small mountain community of Clark Fork, Idaho, where horses and 4×4’s are common forms of transportation, and pack boots are worn year round. It’s also located just below the wilderness area called Scotchman’s Peak, the highest mountain in northern Idaho. This is our home, and where we focus most of our attention.

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Elderberry Elixir

By far our most popular product, this elixir makes a soothing yet potent restorative to use during a bout of the flu or colds and for relieving non-serious respiratory ailments. This combination of herbs, roots, fruits and spices can relieve inflammation and congestion, mucous-y coughs, and general run-down blah feelings. Elderberries contain flavinoids that enhance immune function. Rose Hips contain a variety of anti-oxidants and Vitamin A to enhance the immune system. Burdock Root promotes the elimination of metabolic waste, promotes sweating, and stimulates lymph flow. Echinacea Leaf & Root is immune supporting, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Osha Root is useful for relieving body aches and is a good expectorant as well as supportive of the immune and respiratory system. Marshmallow Root is demulcent, expectorant and soothing to mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. Self-Heal offers demulcent and anti-inflammatory properties. Yerba Santa Leaf is a warming bronchodilator, useful for influenza and upper respiratory conditions and is a stimulating expectorant. Cinnamon, Clove and Licorice Root add their warm flavors as well as subtle healing properties. 8 ounces $20, 16 ounces $36


Marigold Lip Balm

This is made with the petals of Calendula officinalis, sometimes called pot marigold (because the petals were often thrown into the soup pot). The petals are steeped in melted cocoa butter and olive oil, then hardened with beeswax. Used for any and all types of skin irritation, and highly recommended for babies and children. This creme is wonderful as a pregnant mothers tummy rub, helping to reduce stretch marks. 1/4 ounce $5.

Chamomile Butter

This soft-to-the-touch butter is deeply moisturizing and subtly aromatic, and helps to reduce skin irritation and dryness. Use anywhere from your lips to your tippy-toes. German Chamomile essential oil helps heal irritated skin and is also anti-inflammatory. Shea Butter is a natural sunscreen, is good for aging or very dry skin, for conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and provides suppleness; it contains allantoin, which helps stimulate the growth of healthy new tissue. Jojoba Oil is molecularly similar to mammalian skin oils and is very regenerative due to its complex fatty-acid structure. It helps skin from becoming dry in the first place. Sweet Almond Oil is widely used in cosmetics, provides Vitamin A and E, and is softening to the skin. 1 ounce $12.

Cal-Pop Salve

Cal-Pop Salve is a superb analgesic. Our formula made with coconut oil is double-infused with whole plant Eschscholzia californica – that is, the flowers, leaves, roots and all – then hardened with beeswax. Anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and sedative, this salve is useful for neuralgia and neuropathy. It has even been used for restless leg syndrome. Try for any type of nerve or muscle pain, including on the abdomen for menstrual cramps. This plant contains no opium even though it is a poppy. It is safe for children and often used as a gentle nervine for anxiety and irritability. 1 ounce $12.

Poplar Bud Salve

This fragrant salve is made from the resinous buds of the Cottonwood tree (Populus spp.). The sticky leaf buds are removed from the stem one at a time – there is no fast way to do this! The buds are gently heated in olive oil for many hours until they release their resin. Like White Willow, poplar offers analgesic, anti-inflammatory properties when used topically. Hardened with beeswax. 1 ounce $12.

Garlic-Mushroom Season Salt

A fabulous combination of herbs and spices in a base of Himalayan Pink Salt and a three-mushroom blend of Shitake, Maitake and Lion’s Mane. Also contains garlic, black pepper, onion, paprika, thyme and nutmeg. It is a favorite of everyone who tries it! 4 ounce shaker $9.

The Wild & Weedy Apothecary


A book by Doreen Shababy that was about 10 years in the making. It is full of herbal recipes & remedies with something for everyone. Written in a conversational tone, it is easily approachable for newbies as well as experienced foragers and home cooks. $22.

“Generous with her sources and references, Shababy’s voluminous guide will help armchair naturalists and horticulturalists get the most out of nature’s bounty without risking harm to themselves or the environment.”―Publishers Weekly  

“A great cross-over herbal that brings the aspects of a medicinal herbal into the kitchen.”―American Herb Association Quarterly
“Doreen Shababy translates technical information for the lay person in a chatty, informal style. She weaves botanical nomenclature seamlessly with folk tales, herbal remedies, recipes, and personal anecdote to provide an enjoyable reading experience while sharing good, usable information. When you read this book, you’ll feel like you’re out in the fields on a beautiful spring day with a knowledgeable and entertaining friend. If you have ever wanted to know more about the wonder of wild herbs, Shababy will lead the way.”―Deborah Duchon, former publisher of The Wild Foods Forum, and guest star on FoodNetwork’s Good Eats with Alton Brown


Grandma's Magic Healing Salve

This salve always contains comfrey leaf, plantain leaf, chickweed, self-heal, yarrow and St. John’s wort flowers, plus varying quantities of violet leaf, elderberry leaf, goldthread, mint, sage, lavender, monarda, thyme, rosemary and cedar. Use for scrapes, scratches, chafing and any minor skin irritation. Steeped in olive oil and hardened with beeswax. This is a basic “herbal green salve” which every herbalist makes in their own signature way. 1 ounce $12.

Roseberry Lip Balm

This balm is a special treat, made with organic rose petals, coconut oil, rose hip seed and raspberry seed oil, and cocoa butter. It is hardened with candelilla wax, making it 100% plant-based. RoseBerry Lip Balm is scented with Damask Rose for luxurious aromatherapy. 1/4 ounce $5.

French Mediterranean Herbal Seasoning

From the “land of troubadours” according to food writer Paula Wolfert, this seasoning is a salt-free blend of the following herbs: Fennel seed, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, savory, basil, lavender, sage and bay leaf. It’s an all-time favorite on roasted potatoes, pork and poultry. 4 ounce shaker $9.

Dead Nettle First Aid Balm

This balm made from the pretty little Lamium purpureum plant is useful as an anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory for any type of minor skin irritation including scrapes and scratches, including patchy dry skin. Steeped in olive oil and hardened with beeswax. 1 ounce $12.

Veterinary Salve

An external healing salve for the feathery, furry and scaled ones, as suggested in Homeopathic First Aid Manual for Wildlife by Barbara Harvey. Use as needed. Calendula, helps with tissue repair, Echinacea is used to fight infection, and St. John’s Wort is included to help heal damaged nerve endings. Developed with the help of our local wildlife rehabber. Made with olive oil and beeswax. 1 ounce $12.

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix with Mushroom


That’s right, medicinal mushrooms in your hot cocoa – it’s not as weird as it sounds. It’s good for your immune system, it’s good for your heart, and it puts you in a good mood. And it even tastes good too – win-win! Our special blend is made from organic cacao powder with Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Turkey Tail mushroom powders, with Slippery Elm Bark and Marshmallow Root to add body. We left it for you to sweeten.                                            3 ounce tin $12, 8 ounce bulk $25

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Salves & Balms

Cal-Pop Salve     Chamomile Butter     Dead Nettle First Aid Balm     Grandma’s Magic Healing Salve     Marigold Lip Balm     Poplar Bud Salve     Roseberry Lip Balm     Veterinary Salve

Elderberry Elixir

Garlic-Mushroom Season Salt

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix with Mushroom

THE WILD & WEEDY APOTHECARY, book by Doreen Shababy





The Wild & Weedy Apothecary is in the business of making and selling herbal products. We focus primarily on local sales. You can contact us directly if you are out of area and we will do our best to accommodate you with what we have in stock; actual shipping costs will be calculated and arrangements for payment will be made at that time. All sales are final – no returns.

We do not diagnose, prescribe, advise, recommend or suggest a cure for any illness or condition. Responses may vary. Please consult an experienced herbalist or health care professional when in question.

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