Rain Forest Apothecary
Exotic Gourmet Spices
Made by Nature
Harvested by us
The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food is our medicine. Our medicine is our food.
We believe that in today's profit-focused food supply, medical & pharmaceutical industries, we are better off using historically proven healthy and effective natural medicines and ecologically produced foods than scientifically endorsed products and processed industrialized foods.
Rain Forest Apothecary brings you traditional healing and nutritional natural products used for thousands of years by the First Nations of Mexico and the Canadian North West.
Melipona Bee Honey:
The Divine Medicine sent by the Gods to treat and cure all human disease.
Vanilla & Melipona Bee Honey:
The tiny stingless Melipona bee was created by nature to pollinate the vanilla orchid.
Coffee Cherry & Coffee Leaf:
The Popoluca Peoples grow ecological coffee at an altitude of 1100-1200 meters above sea level on the Santa Marta Volcano on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. The same conditions as Jamaica Blue Mountain.
Traditional medicinal plants:
The Nahuas are the descendants of the Aztecs. With the vast history and territory, they acquired the knowledge of the medicinal plants.
Uses of our Exotic Products
Vanilla Bean In the Kitchen
Cut off an inch, scrape out the seeds and use directly in recipies. A little goes a long ways.
Make your own Vanilla Extract
Unless Orgaic Certified, most vanilla extract does not even contain vanilla.
After removing seeds for recipies, place the empty pods in a glass container with Everclear, 2 inches per ounce of alcohol. Seal and place in cool dark place for 3-6 months.
Vanilla Bean Body Butter
Vanilla Bean Body Oil
Melipona Bee Honey Immune System Booster
An eyedropper full a day is rich in vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals, with almost 200 different compounds. Minerals or trace elements present in honey are potassium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, copper, iron, and manganese.
Wound Healing with Melipona Honey
Honey therapy has been used to treat septic wounds, surgical wound, or wounds of abdominal wall and perineum due to its excellent wound healing properties. Previously, it is also being used in treating abrasion, amputation, and burns [58, 73, 99]. In general, the oedema, inflammation, and exudation that commonly occur in all types of wounds were reduced by honey in order to improve the wound healing effects. The growth of epithelial cells and fibroblasts was also stimulated by honey
Melipona Bee Creates our Products
All of our products with the exception of high altitude coffe are polinated by the Melipona bee.
Due to deforestation, urbanization, monoculture and the indiscriminate use of chemicals, the tiny Melipona Bee is now in danger of extiction.
When you purchase Annie Bee Natural products, you support the health of the bee's ecosystem, the conservation of the Totonaca culture, your and your family's health.
Mexican Cinnamon Horchata Rice Drink for 6
1 1⁄3 cup white long-grain rice, uncooked
5 cup water, divided
1 cinnamon sticks
1 cup coconut milk
1⁄3 cup brown sugar, or to taste
1⁄4 inch vanilla bean
Put rice, 2 cups water, and cinnamon sticks in a blender and process until the rice and cinnamon are coarsely ground. Add remaining 3 cups water and thoroughly blend. Pour mixture into a pitcher and refrigerate for least 4-5 hours or overnight.
Strain mixture and compost rice. Stir in coconut milk, brown sugar, and vanilla bean. Serve cold.
Fair Trade Contract Farming
Our projects involve educating farmers to partner with wholesalers, distributors and retailers to grow under contract rather than produce and then look for clients.
The following products are available by order or contract farming.
Sierra Madre Coffee
Small lots from independent farmers in remote locations.
After educating coffee farmers about the indiscriminate use of chemicals and reaching an agreement:
Stop using chemicals and we will help you get your products to Canadian Consumers.
After several years, we now have the first harvest ready for you early in 2019.
A study in the journal Annals of Botany showed that coffee leaf tea has extremely high levels of mangiferin, a compound often found in (and named after) mangoes. Mangiferin is thought to be an anti-inflammatory agent, as well as a protector against diabetes. But the study also found that coffee leaf tea is higher in antioxidants than pretty much anything else we know: higher than green tea, higher than blueberries, and much higher than regular coffee.
Papaya Leaf Wild Harvest
The papaya leaf infusion is not only delicious but it is powerful medicine.
Papaya contains anti-aging properties, compensates for vitamin deficiencies, and mitigation of health problems like acne and other skin ailments.
Besides this, it is also helpful in menstrual pain, malaria, cataracts, common cold, flu, dengue fever, heart disease and reduces the risk of stroke.
Scientific studies have demonstrated that papaya leaves have this ability to reverse many diseased conditions which are precursors of cancer like constipation, malnutrition, heartburn, indigestion, gastric ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and enlarged prostate (BPH).
We begin our wild harvest in January for delivery to Canada in Spring.
Allspice Wild Harvest
Allspice is a fruit of a plant called Pimenta dioica.
This Pimenta dioica can be found only at Greater Antilles, Southern Mexico, and Central America. Allspice has a unique aroma. It’s like a combination of pepper, nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon.
The most important health benefits of allspice include its ability to act as a pain reliever, increase circulation, protect the gastrointestinal system, improve mood, boost the immune system, eliminate fungal infections, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.
Coffee Cherry Cascara
What we call a coffee bean is actually the seeds of a cherry-like fruit.
Coffee trees produce berries, called coffee cherries, that turn bright red when they are ripe and ready to pick. The fruit is found in clusters along the branches of the tree.
The skin of a coffee cherry (the exocarp) is thick and bitter. However, the fruit beneath it (the mesocarp) is intensely sweet and has the texture of a grape. Next comes the parenchyma, a slimy, honey-like layer, which helps protect the beans. The beans themselves are covered by a parchment-like envelope called the endocarp. This protects the two, bluish-green coffee beans, which are covered by yet another membrane, called the spermoderm or silver skin.
The mesocarp is used for compost but now we have created a new revenue stream for the marginalized coffee producers; Cascara for infusion and also ground into Coffee flour as an alternative gluten-free baking product.
From the Rain Forest to your kitchen
We have spent years researching and cultivating relationships in the Sierra Madre of Mexico in order to bring you the highest quality natural products.
For over 50 years we have been visiting Los Primeros Pobladores (First Nations), the Totonacos, the Nahua, the Popoluca and the Maya, learning about the historical medicinal uses of the materials provided by nature, and their benefits to humankind.
During our journey, we discovered the Melipona stingless bee honey and our lives were transformed.
Thanks to this little bees pollination skills and tenacity, we are bringing back the vanilla industry in Mexico as well well as many other delicious goodies harvested from the rainforest such as Gourmet Cinnamon and Allspice.
You can now shop for some of the most exotic and valued spices in the Tropical Rain-forest, from the comfort of your home through our online store.
Our products are of the highest Gourmet quality cultivated and wild harvested with pride and love by people who care.
Sustainable Melipona Bee Honey Harvest
We respect the bee and it's home!
We harvest at night when the bees are least active and extract the honey with syringes to minimize stress for the bees and damage to the hive.
We only remove some of the honey and very little pollen and propolis. Rarely do we remove the wax except for specialized medical treatments.
During cold weather when the bee cannot leave the hive, we feed it its own Melipona honey, not sugar water.
We do not move the hives from their position to follow crops.
Links for information about bees
What is a Melipona Sting-less Bee?
Meliponini Sting-less Bees
Women work to save native bees
The Bees are Dying:
Why do we need Bees
Inside the mind of a Bee
Why are the bees dying and how to help save them.
Annie-Bee-Natural is a strong supporter of the Melipona bee recolonization program in Mexico.
Proceeds from sale of our products go directly to our programs of recuperating the Melipona bee colonies and the vanilla industry, preventing deforestation, creating sustainable ecological economies and conserving First Nations traditions and languages in Mexico.
$100.00 Saves a tree and Melipona Colony from destruction:
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Prevent Poverty and Deforestation
Traditionally the honey is harvested by cutting down the tree where the bees have made their hives. This of course leads to deforestation and loss of the bee's and vanilla orchid habitat creating poverty in the environment and local economy.
You can be part of the solution.
From one hive and one already fallen tree we can reproduce the queen to create new colonies and make dozens of hive boxes to distribute to the community at a cost of approximately $100.00 Canadian, preventing deforestation and the extermination of the noble little bee.
Our program includes establishing nurseries for the Jonote tree. A fast-growing, species, jonote grows opportunistically in shaded coffee orchards, where farmers use them for some years as shade plants for coffee.
Once the trees start growing too large and competing with the coffee plants, they must be cut down.
This creates new employment opportunities and revenue stream for these economically marginalized communities.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to contact us for additional product information, wholesale & distribution inquiries or to become an affiliate representative.
Whats App +52 (226) 105-1715
Our partners in health!
Can't wait for Annie-Bee-Natural products to arrive in the mail?
Our products are available at the following Brick & Mortar Stores:
HEALTH EXPRESS INC.
1550 Johnston Road
White Rock B.C. V4B 3Z7
Rick & Wendy, owners of Health Express Inc. in Downtown White Rock, B.C. have a beautiful store for all of your supplemental needs and much more to keep your body and spirit healthy.
Angelic Tea Pot
1351 Johnston Road
White Rock, BC, V4B 3Z3
Matt, the new owner of Angelic Teapot, has made big changes in the store while still offering a large selection of teas from all around the world. A true believer in Fair Trade, Ethical Business Practice, and Organic Production.
Ecossentials Organic Market
Powell River, BC V8A 2B4
A pioneer in the organic movement, Melissa has worked hard to build Ecossentials to what it is today.
Every thing organic, ecological and natural under one roof.