Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary

Plant-based healing at the original pharmacy.

As a kid, Sarah Josey would pick plants from her Northern Colorado yard, mix them up into magic potions and serve them to ailing family members. Today, the CSU biochemistry major–turned–Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism graduate owns Fort Collins’ chief herbal apothecary and clinic.

Golden Poppy opened in 2012, offering a full line of natural health and holistic care classes, bulk herbs, custom tinctures and teas and a sacred medicine cupboard. Josey, 33, and her staff of clinical herbalists and nutritionists believe in the body’s ability to heal itself. The dedicated eight-person team hand-makes everything in the store, customizing herbal formulas that solve clients’ health dilemmas.

“Our goal is to be peoples’ guides toward natural health. It can be a big confusing world to navigate and we want to be there to help,” Josey says.

Here are some of Josey’s favorite summer essentials:

Summer Cooler Herbal Tea Blend: Hydrating and cooling herbs like organic hibiscus, peppermint and nettle come together in this perfect caffeine-free sun tea.

All-Natural Deodorant Sticks: Nix the chemicals and swap in odor-capturing baking soda and skin-smoothing coconut oil in scents that include lavender and sage, forest, and lemongrass and palmarosa.

Bug Away Spray: Shoo mosquitos with an all-natural DEET-free, essential-oil-based spray. 

Natural Sunscreen: Shea butter, hazelnut oil, beeswax, vitamin E and zinc oxide—with a dash of cocoa powder for tint—comprise this best-selling mildly sweat- and water-resistant cream.

Cool Mama Essential Essence Spray: Originally designed for hot flashes and mood swings, this soothing spray of clary sage, cypress, geranium, lemon and peppermint is a comforting summertime cool-down.

Backpacker’s Herbal First Aid Kit: Give your typical kit an all-natural spin with a healing salve stick, Echinacea tincture, wound wash, activated charcoal, bumps and bruises liniment and more.  
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