LA FARMACIA VEGETAL

natural . organic . sustainable



La Farmacia Vegetal is a communication and collaboration project realized with medicinal plants in Aconquija, Argentina.

Through a re-valorization of ancestral knowledge, pertinent investigation and trials done with these plants, we have reformulated our own recipes which possess confirmed and much appreciated benefits to help maintain good health and well-being. 





COME MEET US at the OLD CHELSEA MARKET, August 16th, 23rd and 30th, from 4 to 8pm




our elaborations :

balms, ointments and toners






The LIPBALM softens, nourishes and cures – it protects the lips from the wind, the sun, the cold and dry air. 


Ingredients: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Dandelion, Sweet Orange, Rosehip and Calendula; Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil infused with Propolis; Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil; Beeswax. 

Format:    5cc    |    5$




breath

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The BREATH OINTMENT is for moisturizing dry cracked skin around the nostrils after excessive nose-blowing. Use as a soothing chest rub. Antiseptic and anti-viral, promotes easy breathing and prevents future microbes from entering the sinuses. Purifies incoming air. May be used as a barrier cream to stop pollen from getting into the nose during hay-fever season.


Ingredients: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary and Calendula; Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil infused with Thyme, Pine and Lemon; Beeswax; Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil; Tea Tree, Chamomile, Lavender and Sage essential oils. 

Format:    1oz/30g    |    30$



calendula

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The CALENDULA OINTMENT is a gentle and effective conditioning cream for sore and cracked nipples. Use for irritated skin, burns, diaper rash prevention and treatment, cradle cap or skin ulcers. Protects from harsh weather, wind and cold. Great post-shaving and post-tattoo cream. Good for some cases of eczema and psoriasis. Heals, soothes and prevents scarring. Overall healing cream for very sensitive skin.


Ingredients: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Calendula flowers, Beeswax.

Format:      1oz/30g    |    30$ 




plantain  

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The PLANTAIN OINTMENT is a herbal non-scented first-aid cream, a natural alternative to Polysporin. Use for cuts, insect bites, rashes, blisters, rosacea, splinters and open wounds. Strong antiseptic, prevents infection. Promotes fast healing and prevents scarring. Soothes an itch. Prevents redness and swelling. Good for itchy manifestations of psoriasis or eczema. Amazing on mosquito bites, peeling skin on fingers, cat scratches, paper cuts, hemorrhoids and poison ivy.


Ingredients: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Plantain leaves, Beeswax. 

Format:    1oz/30g    |    30$




magic  

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We have two acne products: one has been elaborated as an ointment and the other as a toner.  Each one may be used on its own, or they can be used in combination. Both formulas treat and prevent pimples; they are potent antibacterial recipes that fight infection, inflammation, and calm irritated skin. 

In addition to the properties mentionned above, the MAGIC OINTMENT hydrates skin and prevents the formation of acne scars, while the MAGIC TONER acts as an astringent and deep cleanser. The toner may also be used for rosacea.


Ingredients Ointment: cold-pressed Sunflower Oil infused with Propolis, Green Tea and Palán-Palán; beeswax; Tea Tree, Sage and Wintergreen essential oils. 

Format:    1oz/30g    |    30$


Ingredients Toner: Witch Hazel Distillate Water (alcohol free), Distilled Water; Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils.  *Shake well before using.

Format:     4oz/120ml    |    20$




movement  

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The MOVEMENT OINTMENT activates local circulation. Anti-inflammatory. Reduces swelling and prevents bruising. Relieves pain and stiffness in muscles and rusty joints. Use for tendinitis, blows, bumps, bursitis, swollen ankles, strains, sciatic nerve and herniated disc, arthritis, growing pains, rheumatism, torticolis, muscle cramps, varicose veins, and after losing a street fight or boxing match. Also for little ones after they hit a table corner or big falls. 


Ingredients: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Arnica, Eucalyptus, Rue, Rosemary, Peppermint, Cypress and Stinging Nettle; Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil infused with Chili Pepper; Beeswax, Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil;   Ginger, Lavender, Camphor and Wintergreen essential oils. 

Format:    2oz/60g    |    40$




nomushroom  

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The NOMUSHROOM OINTMENT cures nail-fungus and athlete’s foot. Potent anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-viral cream. Use to eliminate and prevent fungus on infected surfaces or skin tissue. Apply twice a day and keep applying until the jar is finished. May also be used to ward-off uncomfortable foot odor after soaking shoes in vinegar to destroy the fungus there as well. 


Ingredients: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Suico, Oregano, Eucalyptus and Peppermint; Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil infused with Thyme, Lemon and Pine; Beeswax, Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil; Cedar, Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils. 

Format:    1oz/30g    |    30$




pause  

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The PAUSE OINTMENT is used to time-out, space-out, focus, calm down, relieve a minor headache or induce peaceful sleep. Rub on temples, forehead and back of neck. Also a nice solid perfume. 


Ingredients: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Sweet Orange and Peppermint; Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil infused with Lemonbalm and Lemon Verbena; Beeswax; Extra-Virgin Coconut oil; Lavender, Sage and Chamomile essential oils. 

Ointment Format:      1oz/30g   |  30$ 




post-solar

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The POST-SOLAR OINTMENT soothes and cools sun and windburn. Relieves the burning sensation and promotes cell regeneration and fast healing. Rich and moisturizing. Nourishes dehydrated skin. Very effective for eczema and psoriasis. 


Ingredients: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Peppermint, Rosehip and Calendula; Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil infused with Green Tea; Beeswax, Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil.

Format:    1oz/30g    |    30$




regenerating             

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The REGENERATING OINTMENT promotes cell renewal and collagen production. Rich and moisturizing for dry, chapped or rough skin on lips, face, hands, elbows or feet. Apply daily to prevent stretch marks. Good as an overnight heal-softening foot treatment. Effective as a day or night anti-aging facial serum and wrinkle cream for normal to dry or mature skin (not recommended for acne-prone surfaces). Nice, rich and soft daily hand cream for the winter or for sailors, bikers, bakers, gardeners or dishwashers. Heals and soothes minor cuts and scratches, irritated skin and recent scars. 


Ingredients: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Rosehips, Calendula, Plantain, Dandelion and Sweet Orange; Beeswax, Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil; Frankincense and Lavender essential oil. 

Format:    2oz/60g    |    40$




toning

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The TONING OINTMENT is an anti-oxidant powerhouse. The cream version of a green smoothie loaded with power foods plus the caffeine and the energizers of a power drink with a generous dose of an ancient longevity tonic herb, respectfully extracted from her original home. Anti-aging and firming intentions. Microcirculation activation and cell renewal. Created for post-baby belly and boobs, flabby body zones and maturing skin. Helps reduce the appearance of age spots. Apply at night for a sleeping beauty treatment.


Ingredients: Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil infused with Yerba Mate, Green Tea, Carqueja, Swiss Chard, Pine and Lemon; Extra-Virgin Olive Oil infused with Rosehip, Rosemary and Milk Thistle; Beeswax; Ginger and Sage essential oils. 

Format:    2oz/60g    |    40$





the project


La Farmacia Vegetal's aim is to recuperate ancestral knowledge, honour the work of herbalists from different cultures, communicate their wisdom and explore novelty. The art of plants and healing is complex and dates back to the ancient world. Among first nations communities all over Earth, plants were and are experienced as having intelligence and a soul and it was the plants themselves that taught human beings how to use them. This field is our knowledge base.


Our mission is to present natural, effective, clean, green, sustainable, organic formulas that relieve very common ailments, thus proposing accessible alternatives to chemical-based treatments and skincare. 


Everything we make is 100% natural (for real) - non-nano, phthalate / sulfite / gluten / petroleum / paraben / negative side-effect / artificial coloring and fragrance free, non-GMO, and 99.7% organic (certified or not) or sustainably wild-crafted. 


We get as close as we can to our plants: the herbs (yuyos) we use either grow in our own garden or in our extended backyard, most are picked within a 100 meter radius around our pre-production studio in the village of Aconquija, in the province of Catamarca, Argentina. Aconquija is located in a hidden and almost inaccessible valley bordering the mountain range of the Andes precordillera, in northwestern Argentina - a region with a unique microclimate and living tradition of medicinal plant use. A few plants are found a bit further away but all within 30 km from our kitchen-lab. We get our organic extra-virgin olive oil directly from olive groves 50 km away from the valley of Aconquija; the oranges and lemons, 50 km away in the province of Tucumán and Catamarca; the cold-pressed sunflower oil and dried yerba mate leaves from small producers in Argentina. The international contributors include extra-virgin coconut oil, green tea from Peshawar in Pakistan and the essential oils, which are from all over the world and always form less than 0.3% of the total ingredients in each ointment. 


We believe in and follow the folk herbalist tradition of asking permission for healing to each flower and leaf that we pick. And, we follow the Steiner-inspired biodynamic calender (following the moon and planets) to determing picking schedules. Then, the plant material is dried and solar-infused (macerated) in the oils and carefully strained.


Once the oils have been infused with the plants and the medicinal properties have been transferred to the oils, we travel to Canada; here, organic beeswax is sourced from local beekeepers in the Ottawa and Outaouais region. Then, the final production takes place, where we combine our infused oils with the beeswax to make the ointments and balms. 


This fabrication method allows only for a very small production, but of very high-quality hand-made products.


The recipes were developed in the past 6 years and have been tried and tested with friends and family. We welcome your feedback!  


These are not water-based creams, which means they do not need additional preservatives to be conserved safely, but it also means that they take a few minutes to absorb into the skin; if you are new to this kind of barrier cream which locks moisture in (while still letting the skin breath), don’t worry, you will get used to it quickly. You will learn to wait a few minutes before you touch your phone, pad or keyboard after applying the ointments and letting them do their initial work. Take these 2 minutes to thank the plants and let them know you need and accept their help. 


All our products are safe to use on infants, children and the elderly, during pregnancy and breast-feeding. In case of accidental ingestion by children, no need to worry, our elaborations are edible, eventhough they are meant for external use. 


Ideally, all ointments and balms should be kept away from direct sunlight and stored in a cool dry place. Under these ideal conditions, unless you stick very dirty wet fingers in the jar or tin, they have a shelf life of 2 years. If they get too liquid after a day in your bag in midsummer, put them in the fridge for 15 minutes to harden them up. 



Handmade in Argentina and Canada. 




contact | questions | comments :  

email : lafarmaciavegetal @ aconquija.org

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how to purchase our elaborations



We send your orders with Canada Post. The payment may be done via Paypal, bank deposit, or through an Interac transfer via email. Please contact us (by email, facebook or instagram) to place your order. The shipping fees are at your cost. 




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