Apothecary Shop


In Saudi Arabia, there are many apothecary shops that sell a variety of products ranging from henna to herbs to incense to ointments and everything in between. The drawers behind the shopkeeper are all filled with different dried leaves, barks, herbs and spices that are natural remedies for various ailments or have health related benefits. One drawer I looked into had the leaves that aspirin is made from. Another contained a natural herb used for stomach distress. The bins in front of the shopkeeper also hold more seeds and herbs that are sold in bulk. This shop is located in a newer mall, but there are many small shops like this that are much more rustic that are located in the old souks of the city – very fascinating places.

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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6 Responses to Apothecary Shop

  1. Lamya says:

    That looks like a wonderful shop to go into. What did it smell like in there? I miss the smell of the innocence shops in the soqu’s.

  2. Chiara says:

    Aspirin, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), is made from rose hips. Many fruity herbal teas have rose hips in them, or you can buy rose hip tea. They do have a mild Aspirin taste.

    I love apothecary shops! Great photo and topic Susie!

  3. Dina says:

    Aspirin is made from leaves? I never thought of it like that.
    Love this picture and your information.

    Here we have homeopathic pharmacies, separate from the mainstream pharmacies.
    Nice that you apparently have many people who understand and appreciate the old ways.

    • I didn’t look in all the drawers, but each one contained a different item, a cure for this or that. The shopkeeper didn’t speak much English, but my husband translated and told me about the aspirin – I was surprised to learn that too. Thanks, Dina.

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