- Kaaterskill Herb Exchange
Plant medicines were humanity’s first remedies; many of the active ingredients in the current pharmacopoeia are still those found in the forest, meadow or garden. (Everything has to come from somewhere, after all.) In many cases, seeking out the source is still a great idea when you’re looking to settle your stomach, soothe your skin, and manage your microbiome—but It can be tricky sorting out exactly what you want and need.
That’s where an apothecary comes in, working with growers and foragers, sourcing good organics and stocking their shelves with blends, tinctures and salves that make it easy for you to apply them to your life. You can purchase pre-made products or study up on growing, foraging, drying, and the other skills involved in building your own botanical medicine cabinet from scratch.
Just stepping through the door of an apothecary—the good smells, the sweet smart welcoming vibe—can make you feel better. Here are some spots where you can tap into various aspects of the local herbal and botanical wisdom:
Cold Spring Apothecary
75 Main St, Cold Spring
Field Apothecary & Herb Farm
75 Main Street, Cold Spring
Related Field Apothecary: Pharm to Table
You can get your prescription filled (along with a one-on-one consult with a licensed and friendly pharmacist) and find custom compounding and rigorously chosen supplements of all sorts in the same Woodstock location. Co-founder Neal Smoller styles himself “PharmD, Holistic Pharmacist, Big Mouth” and prides himself on evidence-based recommendations and superb customer service.
79 Tinker Street, Woodstock
Good Fight Herb Co.
253 1/2 Warren St, Hudson
- Good Fight Apothecary
Kaaterskill Herb Exchange
130 Tinker St, Woodstock
The People’s Cauldron
3669 Main St, Stone Ridge
- The People's Cauldron
You never know what they'll be blending next in The People’s Cauldron, which began in Rosendale and has relocated to Stone Ridge, where they continue to offer prepared medicines, a great selection of bulk herbs, and apothecary. It's a vibrant community space rich in connectivity for lovers of ‘zines, art, music, the Resistance, and locally roasted direct trade coffee.
Whether you're interested in natural remedies or a budding hedge witch, the Hudson Valley's wealth of apothecaries will make your hunt for just the right herb a whole lot easier.