French Broad Food Co+Op

Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
90 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828)255-7650 | Contact

Everyone is Welcome
Owners get 5% off on the 5th

Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
90 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828)255-7650 | Contact

Everyone Welcome
Owners get 5% off on the 5th

Coming this fall! Creating Your Own Herbal Apothecary

Apothecary Class Listings

All of us should have a small home apothecary to treat those common issues that pop up regularly…cuts, colds, rashes, and belly aches to name a few. In this series, you will learn how to blend your own teas, make tinctures, herbal oils, salves and many other topical treatments to soothe everything from poison ivy to wounds. We will also have classes on specific health issues, such as building immunity, herbal first aid, and herbs for pets as well as wild food and how to incorporate herbs and spices These classes will be on the first Thursday of the month from 6 PM to 8 PM. Suggested donation of $10 but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. You will take something home to add to your apothecary from each class.

Apothecary skills- Bow Chica Wow Wow

Apothecary skills- The Herbal Kitchen

Easy Gift Idea: DIY Lip Balm

Making your own lip balm is beyond easy. In a matter of minutes, you can craft a few tubes to give as gifts (and one to keep for pampering yourself). What makes DIY lip balm so great? Not only can you make it just the way you like it, you can control the ingredients and use simple, natural ones — no petroleum found here! You should be able to find most of the supplies you need for this project in the co-op’s health and body care section, or online in larger quantities. A local craft store is a good place to look for tins and tubes to hold the finished product. To make the balm, follow this general recipe, and customize to your tastes from there. We’ve included a few of our favorite scent combos for inspiration.

Lip Balm Recipe
Makes four ½ oz. tubes

1 tablespoon beeswax pearls
(or grated, unbleached beeswax)
1 tablespoon shea butter
2 tablespoons carrier oil
(sunflower, castor, almond or jojoba) 10 – 15 drops essential oil
1 teaspoon honey (optional)

1. Melt beeswax, shea butter and oil together in a small bowl in the microwave. Or use a double boiler or a heat-safe bowl over simmering water.
2. Stir until ingredients are liquid, then add essential oils and optional honey. Mix well.
3. Transfer to a large eyedropper, syringe, or container with a spout, and divide liquid among four ½ ounce lip balm tins, jars or tubes.