Areté Creates Earth-Based Wellness

Lauren from Arete

Areté Herbs is a local herbal apothecary company dedicated to creating earth-based wellness and helping each individual achieve optimal health with plant-based products. Areté is a Greek word that means “excellence of any kind.” Areté describes the act of living up to one’s fullest potential, finding total fulfillment, and reaching the highest level of health and harmony for our mind, body, and spirit.

Local Roots

Areté is nestled in nearby Unionville, Pennsylvania, and is a “young, homegrown business that lovingly handcrafts all herbal products in small batches.” Founder and Medicine Maker/Formulator, Lauren Simko, pictured among the chamomile at right, has experience as a Traditional Western Herbalist and Health Coach. All produce is sourced from local farmers, including Hazel & Ash Organics, an organic business that practices bio-dynamic gardening. All herbs used in Areté’s formulas are sourced from only the most highly regarded companies that provide certified organically grown plants. Respectfully wild-harvested herbs are often hand-gathered from rural Chester County, or grown in Lauren’s own personal garden that is free of pesticides, chemicals, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Arete Herbal BouquetHarvest Market offers the following products from Areté:

  • Fire Formula
  • Elderberry Elixir
  • Cold Care Formula tincture
  • Allergy Formula tincture
  • Immune Chai tea

Fire Formula

Fire Formula, also known as Fire Cider, is a traditional remedy used to ward off colds and flu in the colder months. This tasty combination of apple cider vinegar infused with spicy vegetables and herbs will help boost the immune system, support respiratory health, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days! Take straight by the spoonful or shot-full as a daily health tonic, or added to salad dressings, Bloody Marys, marinades, soups, over steamed vegetables, and more!FireFormulaArete

Benefits of Fire Formula:

•    Immune-boosting
•    Anti-inflammatory
•    Anti-bacterial
•    Anti-viral
•    Decongestant
•    Improves circulation
•    Supports respiratory health
•    Supports digestive health

Ingredients: Org. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Org. Raw Local Honey, Org. Ginger Root, Org. Horseradish Root, Org. Onion, Org. Garlic, Org. Lemon, Org. Orange, Org. Rosemary Leaf, Org. Habanero Peppers, Org. Turmeric, Org. Thyme

Elderberry ElixirElderberryElixir

Elderberry Elixir is traditionally renowned for preventing and speeding recovery of common cold and flu symptoms. This is a delicious way to boost the immune system. Use this elixir as a preventative or take when you feel that tickle in your throat! This remedy is such a treat that it will please even the most difficult of palates!

Ingredients: Org. Elderberry, Org. Ginger, Org. Cinnamon, Org. Vanilla Bean, 35% Brandy, Org. Raw Local Honey

Cold Care Formula

Supports Healthy Immune Function*

This liquid herbal extract (tincture) remedy is great for cold and flu season! This product is full of nature’s antiviral and antibiotic herbs without all of the negative effects of prescription antibiotics! It is very gentle on your body’s healthy bacteria.*Cold Care Formula


  • Antiviral
  • Antibiotic
  • Antiseptic
  • Fever reducing
  • Eases stomach upset
  • Warming effect
  • Immune boosting
  • Shortens the duration of a colds, flu and infections
  • Opens the pores to release the cold

Ingredients: Water, 50% Org. Cane Alcohol, Org. Elderberry, Org. Echinacea purpurea & angustifolia herb & root, Org. Oregon Grape root, Org. Hyssop, Org. Yarrow, Org. Elderflower, Org. Thyme, Hibiscus, Org. Ginger, Org. Cinnamon % DV not established

Suggested Use: Shake well before using. Take 2-3 droppers full in juice or water 3-4 times per day, as needed.

Arete Allergy FormulaAllergy Formula

Liquid Herbal Extract

Spring means flower buds and blooming trees which can also mean seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies, also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis, can have some bothersome symptoms. To keep seasonal allergies under control be sure to stock up on Arete’s Allergy Formula. The herbs in this formula have traditionally been used to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies including sinus congestion, runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes. For best results, begin taking 3-4 weeks before the allergy season begins and continue using daily.*

Suggested Use: Shake well before using. Take 1-2 droppersful 3 times per day in juice or water; place a few drops under the tongue for faster relief.

Ingredients: Org. Fresh Nettle leaves, Org. Echinacea root, Org. Eyebright, Org. Mullein, Org. Elderflowers, Org. Reishi, Org. Osha, Org. Cinnamon, Org. Licorice, Org. Ginger, Org. Goldenseal root Distilled Water, 50% Org. Cane Alcohol

Immune Chai TeaImmune Chai

This aromatic and spicy blend is a twist on traditional chai tea because of the addition of immune-boosting herbs and mushrooms, as well as some roasted dandelion for healthy digestion and liver function! Great to keep you warm and well all winter long! Caffeine free. Available in a 4.8 oz. bag and a 7.1 oz. tin.

Suggested Use: 1 tsp – 1 tbsp per cup of water, according to taste. Pour boiling water over herbs. Cover and steep for 20 minutes or more. For a stronger and more medicinal brew, simmer for 20 minutes on the stove. Strain and add milk and honey if desired!

Ingredients: Org. Roasted Dandelion root, Org. Red Rooibos, Org. Ginger, Org. Cinnamon, Org. Chaga, Org. Eleuthero, Org. Astragalus, Org. Cardamom, Org. Black Pepper, Org. Star Anise, Org. Clove

Green Business Practices

Hops and HarvestAreté is wholly dedicated to organics, sustainability, and green business practices, and promise to use only organic herbs to create their formulas. Organics remain the first and only choice for Areté ingredients, regardless of price or profit.

Areté strives to minimize as much waste as possible. This is accomplished by using, washing, and reusing cloth towels rather than consuming disposable paper towels. Additionally, Areté uses recycled materials to gently pack orders, and uses green packaging materials consisting of:

  • Boxes – made from 100% post-consumer waste
  • Cushioning paper – made from 100% recycled paper
  • Bubble wrap and peanuts – reclaimed from numerous sources

It is our hope that Areté’s earth-based wellness products give you the opportunity to infuse yourself in the medicine of the plants.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.