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Homestead Apothecary
Who needs Ambien with these eye pillows?

Northern Californians are always clamoring for natural alternatives--and we try to bring you the chicest varieties, from bedding to beauty products.

But when it comes to natural medicine, finding a source you can trust (i.e., not some quack who’s hawking snake oil) can be a challenge.

Enter Homestead Apothecary.

Nicholas Weinstein opened the doors to this small shop in Temescal after returning to the Bay Area from Massachusetts, where he studied herbal medicine and ran a holistic program on an organic farm.

Teas and tinctures are the apothecary’s main currency--the store’s shelves are lined with herbs Weinstein sources from Sonoma County Herb Exchange. He sells premade concoctions for common ailments as well as custom ones for those of us who suffer from, say, stressing out with a side of allergies.

Weinstein has also enlisted the support of local holistic practitioners such as Atava Garcia Swiecicki of Ancestral Apothecary, a Stanford alum who specializes in flower essences. Workshops with these community experts are held at the store frequently.

One of our favorite items at Homestead Apothecary has to be Weinstein’s sleep-inducing eye pillows ($14), which go on your face before bedtime and are filled with an undisclosed mix of herbs. We don’t need to know what’s in there--we passed out within five minutes.

486 49th St., Oakland; 510-495-6549 or

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