Who We Are
Shortly after moving to the Mountains of Montana from the City of New Orleans in 2016, we were struck by the wild beauty of the Gallatin National Forest. Walking through those woods, you feel like you’ve entered another world. Behind the lens of foliage is a wealth of diverse life full of potential. We learned just how useful a field guide can be…
Thus, Xochis Apothecary was founded in 2017 in an effort to fund a quickly developing passion, and it has grown into so much more than that. We started out just making lip balm, and we’ve since delved into Tea, Incense, Syrups, and even Jewelry! Anything we can do with the herbs we try, and what goes to market is the best of our discoveries.
Getting Close to the Source
You can tell the difference. And it’s easy to see why wild foraged ingredients, which grow in such a diverse ecosystem, free from the limits of monoculture, pack a richer, more layered flavor, and a potent effect.
In addition to foraging, we work with extremely talented, local farmers and growers to access some of our best ingredients. Not only does quality make a difference, but supporting our farmers helps our community flourish.
Curiosity, if we had to pick one, is our main driving force. We’ve already discovered so much, and we learn something new everyday, like a new flavor combination for Tea, or a different technique for extracting Herbal Oils. With each new product we develop, it seems like our possibilities are endless.
Much of our inspiration comes not only from what history has to offer us, but also from what our community has to offer us. We’re always grateful to find a story, and we’ve learned so much, from canning techniques to old folk remedies; we are surrounded by incredible artisans willing to teach anyone who is willing to learn.
We value the relationships we’ve developed with our local farmers, in fact, some of our best Tea ingredients come from farms around the Red Lodge area. Supporting local farmers is one of the best things you can do for the health of your community!
Blending tea, making salves or syrups, rolling incense, it’s all a form of cooking, and cooking is more than just piecing together a recipe. Cooking involves all of our senses, from tastes and textures, to colors and fragrances, even the sounds of a subtle bubbling may instruct the process. We take all of this into consideration when developing a product, and the cooking process doesn’t stop until we’ve created something incredible.