Helicon Apothēca

Uniting you with plant allies in order to promote balance & wellness in your life.

Helicon Apothēca is a venture of The Spring House Urban Farm & Botanical Sanctuary.

At Helicon Apothēca with believe that in joining with our plant allies we can help bring balance and healing to the world. These green relatives 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 and culinary herbs, native plants and trees, as well as more common plants, which are often considered to be “weeds”, that are of great value as well.

These plants bring healing to us through their presence on our land, & are also available to you, as well, as the basis of many of our tinctures, teas, salves and other botanicals. And for those plants that we also use, that are not grown here, we make every attempt to source them ethically, from growers that use organic growing principles, because we believe that this is an important part of not only caring for you, but for the earth as well.

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.