Contrary to popular belief, there is more to wine country than hot air balloons, stretch limos, and hangovers.
Take, for example, the healing products of Napa Valley Apothecary.
Though holistic mixologist Ami Mautner opened her pint-size storefront a little over a year ago, her bath and body potions have only just now made their way beyond the grapevines into the East Bay.
Using herbs culled from her biodynamic garden, Mautner creates everything from nutrient-rich blends like merlot-infused bath salts, mustard body scrubs, and lavender mists to medicinal remedies like virus-fighting fire ciders, cleansing teas, and elderberry syrups (for coughs and colds).
She can even whip up a custom concoction specific to your ailment.
Available at Atomic Garden, 5453 College Avenue, at Kales Avenue, Oakland (510-923-0543 or atomicgardenoakland.com); Napa Valley Apothecary, 1130 First Street, between Coombs and Main Streets, Napa (707-927-6981 or napavalleyapothecary.com).