A Well Steeped History
If you're new here, welcome! I love seeing new patients, clients and customers. Here’s a little about me...
This year marks 26 years of naturopathic clinical practice. It's hard for me to believe it too! I graduated as a naturopath, homoeopath, and herbalist at the end of 1994 and started consulting almost immediately.
I've done quite a few things along the way…
I opened my first clinic in Paddington called Out of the Earth Health & Beauty Clinic. After ten years of clinical experience, I opened Ovvio The Organic Health & Lifestyle Store and Naturopathic Clinic in a quaint Paddington corner store reminiscent of old-fashioned apothecaries and teahouses. From this space, I was inspired to create my own brand of certified organic teas, tisanes, herbs & spices and elixirs. Ovvio Organic Teas soon became Australia's premium organic tea company served in the best restaurants, cafes and hotels across Australia. Tea aficionados and herbal newcomers alike delighted in a whole, unprocessed, aromatic and gustatory sipping experience.
I first fell in love with tea because of my grandmother "yiayia".
My yiayia made her tea in a little old fashion, aluminium tea pot. She placed black tea leaves with cinnamon, aniseed and clove in the teapot, poured over boiling hot water and served it black or with milk and honey. I had mine black with honey. I still take it this way. She also served her tsai (the name for tea in Greek) with Arnott’s biscuits. The Arnott’s biscuits factory was around the corner from my grandma’s house. We would go for walks to the factory, peer through the shoulder height open windows (it was the 70s - no sterile, enclosed warehouse) and watched the biscuits move down the conveyer belt. The scent of baked butter and sugar wafted through the windows. It was a sight to see. The scent of aromatic tea and biscuits will always remind me of my grandma. Comforting…So much so that I created a tea company. Chai Tsai ~ Organic Tea – Apotheca by Anthia is her Chai Tsai recipe.
I became an author.
In 2012, I released I Am Food Guidebook and companion Recipe Book. Then in 2014, I Am Food was published by Penguin as a hard copy book. In I Am Food, I explain how to ‘unscramble the scramble’ and transition from eating processed foods to eating the food that’s best for your body, soul and the planet.
The launch of Apotheca By Anthia.
After 16 years of creating and nurturing my beloved Ovvio, I chose to walk away to birth my new brand baby Apothēca By Anthia. This was the right time to evolve, and to create something wonderful, something right for these times, something more aligned to you and me. Apothecary originates from the ancient Greek word Apothēca, [ἀποθήκη] a dispensary of botanical remedies. It was the place where women could be healers.
I launched a new collection of everyday drinking teas & tisanes followed by a collection of naturopathic and botanical remedies - elixirs, tonics & lifestyle products - small, bespoke batches of teas & tisanes, hand made in Australia from exquisite organic ingredients, based on herbal recipes you have long loved by Anthia, with minimal waste in mind & deliciously good for you & our earth! This offering distills over 26 years of clinical practice, apothecary, and tea making to holistically nourish you on your healing journey to wholeness. I can't wait for you to try it all!
What heals you, heals the world
I'm a natural, toxic chemical-free lifestyle, whole food and natural medicine advocate, and activist with a bigger purpose - to help heal the world. My philosophy, if you can make better health choices, not only does this heal you, it heals our neighbours, our community, and the people on the other side of the planet. Invest in clean, whole food as this creates healthy soil, healthy farming, and a healthy environment. Reduce your consumption of take-away food, as this reduces single-use plastic and their detrimental effects on the environment. Choose non-toxic chemical-free, natural products as this reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and reduces the toxins in our air and waterways which affects us all.
- Good for you, good for all
- Old-school wisdom for modern people
- Remedies from nature
- Teas & tisanes as medicine
- Food & herbs as medicine
- Non-toxic body, home & lifestyle products
- Minimal waste
- Refuse, reuse, repair, recycle
- Whole, organic ingredients
- Ethical farming
- Supporting local, handcrafted & bespoke
- Connecting paddock to plate to person
- Sidestepping gimmicks & dietary fads
- Seasonal eating
- Cultural cuisine
- Food cooked & shared with love
- Aligning mind, body & soul
- Transforming fear into love & presence
- Raising the divine feminine
- Being open, curious, joyous, in a state of wonder
"My purpose is to serve, support & inspire you to take care of your health; to help you holistically heal; to fall in love with nature, natural wisdom, & natural medicine; to take care of our earth & humanity; & to live mindfully with a joyful, kind & open heart." ~ Anthia
As a practitioner, I will meet you where you are. As we come from different backgrounds - health, lifestyle, culture, upbringing and experiences, my approach is to identify your underlying causes and contributing factors. You wont find one size fits all here. So whether you have a gut disorder or hormone imbalance, I will help you address why you feel the way you do, and together with a holistic, bespoke approach, I can help you heal.