Anam Cara Apothecary

113 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701


Anam Cara Apothecary

113 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701


Science meets Magic...

Here at the Apothecary, we create topical oil remedies - with the primary ingredients being essential oils and herbs - to support the immune system, women's health, digestion, anxiety, insomnia, and many more ailments under the direction of our Master Clinical Aromatherapist.

Our blends may smell great, but they are also nature's medicine. Prepare for magic to happen.

Apothecary Shop Hours:
Wednesday - Sunday
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Our Potions & Ingredients

Our Potions & Ingredients

All of our potions and products are handcrafted at our store under the guidance of our Master Clinical Aromatherapist.

Click here to view Our Potions, ingredients, and our online store.




Thousands of crystals from apophyllite to zebra jasper currently are available to buy at the apothecary.
 Each crystal is handpicked by us. We do our best to work with ethical and sustainable sources of crystals from around the world.

Check out our UPCOMING EVENTS for crystal classes taught by us at the Apothecary.

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Upcoming events

Upcoming events

The Science of Crystals
Saturday September 21st 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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For centuries, crystals and stones have been used to help cure ailments, protect against illness, disease, and injury; to provide mental balance and stability, and for spiritual purposes. But how do they work?

Certain stones and crystals act as conduits for healing by allowing positive energies to flow from the stone to the body, while the body releases negative energy into the stones. At the turn of the century, Nikola Tesla, a renowned inventor, electrical & mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist, declared all things in the universe are forms of energy with their own frequency and vibration and proved how certain forms of energy can alter the vibrational resonance of other forms of energy. This is why many continue to believe in the power of crystals and other stones in healing practices.

Topics we'll cover…
1. The chemistry and geometry of crystals - which makes up its medicinal aspects - and how our bodies respond to that science 
2. Where to place stones on your body and in the house for desired outcomes
3. How stones can be used in a micro or macro way
4. How they channel energy to help achieve physical and emotional support

Class will be taught by Amye Clark
Owner of Anam Cara Apothecary, Certified Reflexologist, Master Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Crystal Healer

Get Stoned! Crystal Grid Reading Party
Friday October 11th 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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A crystal grid is an arrangement of crystals that focuses your intention for a particular purpose i.e. easing worry, going through grief or change, a love connection, passing an exam, etc...

As a group, we'll discuss the science behind crystals and how to use them, and then we'll let you loose to let you select crystals to place in a grid during a quiet reflection of an intention, wish, prayer, or mantra. Let the crystals speak to you as you choose each stone - you may be surprised as to what speaks to you!

This is where the fun begins...
Amye makes her rounds and will visit your grid. From there, she interprets the meaning behind your intended grid due to the crystals you chose and the direction of the grid.

DIY Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend at the Potion Blending Bar
Saturday November 16th 2019
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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In this immersive class and blending lab, we'll have a special focus on how to select essential oils for a specific therapeutic purpose. Choose from dozens of  the essential oils at our Potion Blending Bar and put your new found knowledge to work while having fun creating a diffuser blend to take home.

"Aromatherapy" can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process. (source: naha)
Our resident Master Clinical Aromatherapist will explain how essential oils work with our brain chemistry and bodies so that we may incorporate them into our everyday lives for balance and wellness. You will also learn how to blend the oils safely and take home your very own blend.
Level of Experience Recommended: None! Come as a Beginner or an Expert. You're bound to learn something new no matter your experience with aromatherapy.
Class will be taught by Amye Clark
Owner of Anam Cara Apothecary, Certified Reflexologist, Master Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Crystal Healer

Crystal Grids and the 9 Palaces
Saturday December 7th 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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In this workshop we’ll teach you how to construct and use crystal grids to balance the 9 Palaces. 

The understanding of the 9 palaces comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine And Feng Shui.  Each palace is an area of our growth and journey. The understanding is taught with use of a type of crystal grid.  A crystal grid is an arrangement of crystals on a specific geometric shape that focuses the Universal Life Force in a particular way for a particular purpose i.e. intending safe travel, a love connection, passing an exam, etc...The unified energy field that is created in the grid allows for vibrational interactions of crystal energies with the aura, spirit, and mind of the human body consistent with the prescribed healing and wellness design. A single crystal, properly prepared and used, can be a potent energy source to help us with our Nine Palaces. 

The Nine Palaces are considered the nine primary areas of life where we humans struggle and seek satisfaction. They are a reflection of our health and sense of sovereignty over our lives. Having control over the Nine Palaces, and over the areas of our life that they govern, gives us control over our lives and, the Chinese say, over our destiny.
Class will be taught by Amye Clark
Owner of Anam Cara Apothecary, Certified Reflexologist, Master Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Crystal Healer

The Herbal Apothecary: a holistic anthology class series
Every 3rd Saturday of the month in 2020
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Join us every 3rd Saturday of the month in 2020 for a new class in the Herbal Apothecary class series!

Each "chapter" in the series will focus on a common health condition, the how to use the best herbs and essential oils to balance them, and a lab at the Potion Blending Bar to put what you've learned into practice.

The creations at the bar in each class will be at least one of the following: loose leaf tea, herbal tincture, a topical poultice or wash, and a topical oil remedy.

Topics we'll cover...

January 18: Acne
February 15: Fatigue and Brain Function
March 21: The Female Hormonal System
April 18: Pain and Inflammation
May 16: Insomnia
June 20: Respiratory Ailments
July 18: Stress and Adrenal Dysfunction
August 15: Digestion and Bowels
September 19: Wounds and Scars

Level of Experience Recommended: None! Come as a Beginner or an Expert. You're bound to learn something new no matter your experience with aromatherapy.
Duration of each class: 3 hours (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
When: Every 3rd Saturday of the Month January - September
Minimum amount of students per class: 4 (participants will receive a 100% refund and 48 hour notice if minimum amount of participants is not reached)
Cost: $65 each class - includes education and all of your supplies and materials. Want to take all 9 classes? Pre-pay cost: $500 (savings of $90)

Class will be taught by Amye Clark
Owner of Anam Cara Apothecary, Certified Reflexologist, Master Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Crystal Healer

Foundations of Aromatherapy: Level One Certificate Program
April 13-17 2020 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Anam Cara Apothecary - 113 E. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21703

Cost: $1500
Max Capacity: 12 students

Curriculum: The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies Foundations of Aromatherapy
Registration requires $500 deposit

Foundations of  Aromatherapy: Level One Certificate Program course has been designed for individuals interested in advancing their journey into aromatherapy by becoming certified. This course provides you with a solid foundation in aromatherapy so that you can begin or add to your practice, build your business, or simply be empowered to care for yourself and your family using the beauty of plant-derived essential oils and other botanicals.

This Level One Certificate Program meets and exceeds level one educational standards set forth by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Upon completion of this course, you may join NAHA as a Certified Aromatherapist: Level 1.

A transformative learning experience, our Foundations program was created for anyone interested in a meaningful exploration of aromatherapy and essential oils. Estheticians, yoga teachers, health practitioners, beauty entrepreneurs, massage therapists, psychotherapists and more—all are welcome. The program is interactive, comprehensive and lively—a guided journey into an intricate, 

Who is this course for?

Everyone! This course is your doorway into the world of aromatherapy.

  • The Aromatherapy Entrepreneur who would like to develop or expand their existing business.

  • Massage Therapists and Estheticians who would like to add aromatherapy into their practice.

  • Individuals who would like to be empowered to care for themselves, their family and friends with natural plant-based remedies.

  • Herbalists interested in integrating essential oils into their herbal practice and formulations.

  • Brand wellness advocates and representatives who would like to deepen their knowledge while selling a line of essential oils.

What you will learn:

  • The incredible history of aromatherapy and its modern development.

  • The origins and purpose of essential oils within the plant

  • What an essential oil is and how it is produced.

  • How to ‘smell’ an essential oil and….key elements to identifying quality of an essential oil.

  • Learn about the amazing sense of smell and how it can transform emotions and well-being.

  • How to formulate and blend to support emotional well-being.

  • How the chemistry of an essential oil supports its therapeutic properties.

  • A common-sense approach to safety with essential oils.

  • The basics of anatomy and physiology of the skin and key factors which support the skin’s health and beauty.

  • How to formulate a variety of aromatic and herbal products.

  • How to make a variety of aromatherapy-based skin care products that nourish the skin.

  • 24 essential oils, including Latin binomial, safety information for each oil, plus the therapeutic and/or energetic properties of each individual essential oil.

  • Essential Oil Monographs: Roman Chamomile, Clary sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus globulus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Juniper berry, Laurel, Bay, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin / Tangerine, Sweet Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Scots, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Vetiver, and Ylang Ylang

The 40 hour week long intensive program will look like the following:

Module 1: Introduction and Manufacturing Forms

Getting Started, Supply List and Recommended Books, Introduction to Aromatherapy, Holistic Health and Wellness, The Art of Language

 Module 2: Plants and Essential Oils
Medicinal Plants, Biological Role of Essential Oils, From Plant to Essential Oil, Absolutes and CO2 Extracts, The Basics of Essential Oils, Quality Assurance, Safety and Essential Oils

 Module 3: Exploring 24 Essential Oils
How to Read Essential Oil Monographs, Essential Therapeutics (24 essential oils)

Essential Oil Monographs: Roman Chamomile, Clary sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Juniper berry, Laurel, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin / Tangerine, Sweet Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Scots, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang. Sprout: Insight About Blending

 Module 4: Essential Phytochemistry
Introduction to the Chemistry of Essential Oils, Monoterpenes and Sesquiterpenes, Alcohols and Esters, Aldehydes and Ketones, Phenols and Phenylpropanoids, Oxides and Other Families, Chemistry in Practice

 Module 5: Methods of Application
Body/Facial Oils and Creams, Cleansers and Toners, Aromatic Baths, Spritzers and Scrubs, Inhalation and Diffusion, Gels and Salves, Compress, Hot Towels, and Mouthwash, Undiluted/Neat Application

Module 6: Blending and Consultations
The Aromatherapy Consultation, Developing a 'Treatment' Framework, Developing an Aromatic Blend, Final Steps Blending, Blending Observations, Aromatic Program Charts

Module 7: Aromatherapy and the Skin
Understanding the Skin, Essential Oils for the Skin, Vegetable Oils, Other Raw Material, Hydrosols, Common Skin Conditions, Herbal Infused Oils and Salves with Juliet Blankespoor

Module 8: Our Sense of Smell
Introduction to Olfaction, Anatomy of Olfaction, The Limbic System, Aromatherapy and Stress, Flower Essences with Cathy Skipper

Module 9: Aromatics in Health
The Respiratory System, The Digestive System, The Musculoskeletal System, Women’s Health, The Circulatory System, and Aromatherapy for Children

 Module 10: Business and Aromatherapy
The Business of Aromatherapy, Business Development, Resources

Module 11: Completion
How to Complete Program, About Case Studies, Submit Case Studies, Foundations Final Exam


Private Crystal Grid Party
email or call us to book.
$70 for groups up 1-8 guests.
1 hour for experience.

Crystal grids are a powerful energy tool to use when manifesting your desires, goals and intentions. The difference between using individual stones versus a crystal grid is that the power of a crystal grid comes from the union of energies created between the healing stones, sacred geometry and your intention. The combination of the power of crystals in a geometric pattern greatly strengthens your focused intention to manifest results much quicker.
After instruction on how to make a crystal grid and some science of crystals from certified Crystal Healer Amye Clark, she will doing an interpretation of each guest’s grid.




Essential Oils: how they work

What is an essential oil and how do they work?

Immediately upon smelling an essential oil - which are volatile liquids distilled from wood, grasses, flowers, resin, fruit and seeds - the palate in the nose transports a message to the limbic system in the brain, which is the seat of emotions memories. The brain then releases chemistry throughout the body based on the chemical code from the oils, thus, this is how essential oils can successfully change a person's physical or emotional feeling. Some oils promote feelings of relaxation and calmness in the mind whereas others work with body to reduce aches and pains.

Our Master Clinical Aromatherapist has training in botany, chemistry, physiology, anatomy, energy medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
We know how to effectively and safely blend essential oils and recommend their use, but are not to replace psychological or physical treatment with your physician.

Potion Blending Bar Menu

Build a Blend Experience
Immerse your senses in this delightful DIY aromatherapy treat. To begin, choose your favorite base-method of application such as luxurious hand cream, cleansing bath soap, personal roller applicator and more. Next, choose from over 25 essential oils to make the potion uniquely yours with your custom scent. Finally, add any special add-ons - such as colorful shimmer, detoxifying bentonite clay, or a nourishing herbal oil - to complete your potion.
20 minutes minimum for experience.
Perfect for: a unique experience, a custom gift, ladies night, date night


The Spectacular Now Aromatherapy Custom Blend
Let’s talk. In this session, our Master Clinical Aromatherapist asks questions pertaining to your emotional concerns. Then, with your nose and intuition at the helm, together we create a custom potion of oils made just for you. Your blend may smell just the way you want it to, but it’s also therapy in a bottle, intentionally made with therapeutic oils to give you emotional support.
All blends are to be applied topically and worn regularly. Your blend is custom and is uniquely yours.
45 minutes for experience and potion formulation.
Perfect for: anyone in need of a little support during a time of transition, challenges, creative slumps, tough times, or in need of some inspiration




The bottom of your feet can reveal a lot about  your past, present and future health. All of your body's organs, systems, and glands correspond like a map to reflexes on your feet. By applying pressure through what feels likes like an incredibly effective foot massage, Reflexology can balance congested energy within your body.

Reflexology is a relaxing way to improve circulation, nerve impulses, and bioelectrical energy while reducing stress and tension throughout the body. We've had remarkable results with migraines, menstrual discomfort, anxiety, insomnia, back pain, and much more, but please note that Reflexology cannot heal specific ailments on command; however, with the understanding of what the client is having trouble with, we can aim our sessions to help heal as much as possible.

Each Reflexology session also includes acupressure, essential oils, a warm sanitizing foot bath, hot stones, and hot towels. 
For couple sessions, call us directly at 240-529-3931

45 minutes


REflexology + Acupressure

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Anam Cara

Anam Cara

Behind our name:

Anam Cara means “Soul Friend.” Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and Cara is the word for friend. In Celtic tradition, an Anam Cara is a teacher, companion or spiritual guide. With the Anam Cara you can share your innermost self to reveal the hidden intimacies of your life, your mind and your heart. This friendship cuts across all convention to create an act of recognition and belonging that joins souls in an ancient and eternal way.
In everyone’s life, there is a great need for an Anam Cara, a soul friend. In this relationship, you are understood as you are, without mask or pretension. When you are understood, you are at home.
The Anam Cara is a loved one who awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.

Amye and Chelsea are a mother + daughter team that developed the concept of Anam Cara Apothecary in Fall 2013 when Chelsea joined her mother learning the family business as a Reflexologist. Throughout their careers as practitioners, they would tinker with developing individual essential oil blends based on each of their client's' needs. Together, they opened the humble little business a year later as a pop up shop inside Maven Beauty Bar so they could gauge the public's reactions to their products. A year later, they moved across the street on East Patrick Street, became their very own brick and mortar in July 2015, and have been loving and serving downtown Frederick ever since.

Over the past decade up to the present, Amye has pursued education in botany, chemistry, physiology, anatomy, energy medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is the true Creative backbone and soul of the business. 
Chelsea keeps Amye grounded and the business on track. She has a passion for design, marketing, throwing events, as well as psychology and loves being around people
. Both Amye and Chelsea are a team and could not operate the business to its successful extent without the other person by their sides. 

Customer Feedback

Customer Feedback


"Great selection of products and wonderful customer service." - Charisse C

"I LOVE 'Sunshine in a Bottle' oil blend! It's exactly what it says and it turns on the happy vibes as soon as I roll it on! Plus, love supporting local businesses - love that you are a mom and daughter team. Go girls!" - Kimberly H

"Such a cool place." 


"Thoroughly enjoyed my brief visit to your store! Thank you!" - Rebecca F

"The store is very lovely." 

"Thanks so much for all the valuable information and assistance in picking out the appropriate essential oils."

"What wonderful attention we received today! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with your customers!" - Terry S

"Anam Apothecary is always a welcoming place. It's personalized, has a freshness about it, has beautiful products & pertinent classes related to health & wellness."

"Beautiful shop run by beautiful people! Amy is wonderful!" - Lisa C

"It was the 1st time I've been in the shop & the owner was patient, thoughtful & so very helpful. We'll be back!" - Maile B

"It was an amazing first experience." - Pamela S

"As always my service was EXCELLENT! I love going into this establishment! Two women helping other women improve their lives holistically through smell and mind."

"Everything was perfect!! Can’t wait to come back soon :)" - Mai D

"Love the magic." - Patricia N

"I love your shop. Thank you for bringing these products to us." - Amanda P

"Extremely nice shop. Everyone there is very knowledgeable. I love the potions bar! My daughter and I had a great time creating her very own personalized scent. Best addition to downtown Frederick in years!" - Caitlin M

"Very knowledgeable, welcoming and friendly staff/owners. Beautifully decorated shop with great product displays. It was cool to be able to watch the mixing happen right on site in the back of the shop. Where the magic happens. Overall enjoyed my experience, and stayed longer than I initially expected I would. Will definitely recommend with high regards. Will be back. :) Thank you!"

"Loved everything about the shop. Everything was beautifully displayed and easy to understand what its used were for. Cat was the sweetest thing as well. All in all beautiful shop and great employees. Can’t wait to visit again in the near future." - Clinton L

"I've been in the store a few times, but this was the first time I made a purchase. The lady who explained more about the oil I was looking at was not only super helpful and knowledgeable, but also very friendly, and not pushy about making the sale. I'm excited about my purchase and look forward to seeing how it helps. I will be back for another visit soon! Thanks for everything!" - Erika B

“Absolutely lovely store. I found raw stones at very reasonable prices. I will be a frequent visitor.” - Kathya J.

“I absolutely love Anam Cara. Amye has a wealth of knowledge and creates amazing potions.”