Naturacentric Apothecary in Modesto, Ca. offers a selection of hand-crafted CBD products as well as infused honeys. We recently had the chance to chat with founder Natalie Martinez to learn a little more about her business.
Natalie is an educator, herbalist and medicine maker. As a child, she was fascinated by the natural world and loved spending time outdoors and learning more about plants and insects. In her 20s she started researching ingredients found in food and beauty products and made it a priority to only use “clean” products. If she couldn’t find what she wanted, she learned how to make her own.
During this time, Natalie also suffered from some gut issues that she attributes to overly prescribed antibiotics and a poor diet. “I wasn’t getting the results I needed from Western Medicine so I began researching non-stop about nutrition and plant medicine so I could heal myself. After a lot of trial and error, I was able to figure out the root cause. I discovered that the flora in my gut was out of balance and was causing digestive issues, brain fog, low energy, and more,” she says.
Natalie began incorporating probiotics, herbs and fermented foods into her diet and eliminating refined sugars. “I also have a major sweet tooth! So swapping out white sugar for natural sugars like honey or dates was a big key,” she adds. Her efforts to heal herself were so successful that she continued her self-education. Natalie began to help friends and family find natural remedies to improve their own health. She also began handcrafting tea blends, honey-sweetened herbal syrups, and all-natural soaps.
A New Business Blossoms
Before long, Natalie realized she had a business opportunity. “In 2018 I was at a crossroads in my career as an educator. So I decided to start my own business, wanting to bring my holistic knowledge and eco-friendly products to the public. I started with herbal infused honey and slowly grew my product line to about over 100 different products,” she says.
Natalie works with local California beekeepers to source the various kinds of honey she uses in her products, which include non-CBD-infused items. “At Naturacentric Apothecary, we specialize in herbal infused local raw honey, loose leaf tea, botanical syrups, tinctures, oxymels, herbal bath line and many other natural products. The products we have added CBD to act as an additional boost to our already healing items,” she adds. Her CBD-infused honey line as well as the CBD salve line are some of her best sellers.
After seeing the benefits personally, Natalie is a big advocate for hemp and CBD products. “Having a background in natural medicine, I’ve always known that cannabinoids were a great tool in healing both the mind and body. We have noticed that CBD adds an additional healing component when dealing with certain ailments, like inflammation or sleep. CBD is a great substitute for opiate-based painkillers or pharmaceutical sedative medication. We believe as time continues and more research is done, CBD will have a greater impact and benefit on society,” she predicts.
Healing People and Healing the Planet with CBD Products
Natalie is proud of the fact that her business is an eco-friendly one. In addition to working with local beekeepers to get her honey, she also sources her other ingredients including herbs, fruits and nuts from local farmers in the area. She’s also mindful of how her products are packaged and uses corentmpostable packaging, boxes and peanuts. In addition, Naturacentric Apothecary is committed to using some proceeds from sales to plant trees. “Mother nature is always at the forefront of our mind. We also try and educate our customer base on the importance of leaving a small carbon footprint through our social media pages as well as at events that we do throughout the year,” Natalie adds.
Like many small business owners, Natalie finds herself doing a lot of the work herself. “I spend the majority of my time wearing many different hats in the business, from new product design to customer service and shipping,” she says. But the work has been very rewarding and Natalie looks forward to launching new products in the future.
In the meantime, she recommends that you try some of her favorite CBD products from Naturacentric Apothecary. “My current favorite products that I use daily are my Aches & Pains Hemp Infused Beeswax Salve. It instantly relieves pain after a long work day, and because I have had scoliosis back surgery, it makes a world of difference for me. Another great product for pain management is our CBD Trifecta Honey. It has ginger, turmeric, Trikatu (Ayurvedic blend of ginger, long and short black pepper), and full spectrum CBD infused into local raw honey. This has great anti-inflammatory properties and can help with arthritis, sore muscles, joints, general aches and pains, and more,” she enthuses.
Where to Find Naturacentric CBD Products
You can find Naturacentric Apothecary at select retailers nationwide, and via her website:
Ginger + Turmeric Latte with CBD Honey
Natalie shared this delicious, calming drink recipe with us. This Turmeric and Ginger Latte is infused with CBD honey and harnesses the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric and the calming effects of CBD.
Natalie has put a temporary pause on her CBD offerings. Please contact her directly for more information.