helicon apothēca

helicon apothēca is a venture of The Spring House Urban Farm & Botanical Sanctuary.

At helicon apothēca we believe that as humans we are part of nature, and as such, that our connection to the earth is vital. We also believe that all living things are sacred, and that they are truly our relatives. It is by joining together with these relatives we can find balance and healing for ourselves and the earth.

Our green relatives, the plants and trees, have been here much longer than we have, and hold much wisdom and healing, which they share with us, as we respect them.

Many of the varieties of plants and trees growing at The Spring House have a rich history of herbal medicinal uses, including at-risk medicinal plants, traditional medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, native plants and trees, as well as more common plants that spring up, which are often considered to be “weeds” and yet which are also important.

These plants bring healing to us through their presence on our land, and also as the basis of many of our tinctures, teas, salves and other botanicals, some of which we share with you.

(For those plants that are not grown here, we make every attempt to source them ethically, from growers that use organic growing practices, because we believe that this is an important part of not only caring for you, but for the earth as well.)

We also offer a small collection of stones, at The Tiny Stone Shop, who are also full of wisdom and healing. If listen carefully with your heart you may hear them calling to you.

What’s in a name…

The inspiration for our name comes from Mount Helicon, home of the Muses, whose herbs were believed to possess special healing properties.

HELICON, a mountain range… in ancient Greece, celebrated in classical literature as the favourite haunt of the Muses… On the fertile eastern slopes stood a temple and grove sacred to the Muses… Hard by were the famous fountains, Aganippe and Hippocrene, the latter fabled to have gushed from the earth at the tread of the winged horse Pegasus, whose favourite browsing place was there. … many of its herbs possessed a miraculous healing virtue.

– 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica [1]

[1]“1911 Encyclopædia Britannica,” Project Gutenberg, 1911, http://www.gutenberg.org/files/39521/39521.txt.