It makes me so happy and so grateful to see more and more awesomeness popping up in the raw food realm here in Holland! Especially when this awesomeness involves friends of mine!
Last week, a very unique raw superfoods & herbs store was born in Amsterdam: Edel Wijs. Unfortunately, due to working at a festival myself, I had to miss the grande opening, but I was blessed with a little private tour and herb consultation when I made my way over there a few days ago.
The moment I set foot in Roell, Aldo & Filip’s charismatic little shop I was in awe, and happily surprised. This is no ordinary raw superfoods store! This is the real deal. Most of their products are real, whole foods, beautifully arranged in mason jars. Exotic and potent herbs and plants are their main business. This is the stuff that will bring your health to new soaring levels. This is the stuff people should add to their diets, instead of the plastic pills and capsules. Fresh herbs, extracts, teas, and strong, homemade tinctures. Pure alchemy, straight from nature.
Tinctures are alcoholic extracts of plants and herbs and used a lot in oriental and alternative medicine, because they are usually more potent (effective) than in their whole form. Also, obviously, tinctures are way more powerful than commercial capsules because they are much more concentrated and have a higher bio-availability, among other things. One of the shop founders, Aldo, is a shaman who grows and forages his own herbs and handmakes all the tinctures for the shop. This way the quality is outstanding and ever improving and you buy your product directly from the source with all the necessary information. I feel this is crucial in finding the truly right products for you.
The best thing, however, is the detailed and personalized advice these guys will give you, which is pretty much priceless. This last year I have spend ages reading books and online articles on herbs and tonics because of my skin problems after quitting the pill. Although I love reading and soaking up information, Aldo and Roell were able to give me almost all of my acquired knowledge in about half an hour of conversation…! They took a few glances at my skin, listened to my story, considered my lifestyle, and were able to tell me which herbs would benefit me most and why (which was corresponding to the information I had found). Wild herbs and their extracts and tinctures are by no means cheap, but they are very potent, and the personal attention you get when you pay a visit to this store is worth at least as much.
Needless to say, I left with a bag full of goodies! One I can highly recommend is the ‘City Detox’ tincture, ask for it when you visit! Next on my list are Vulvic Acid and fresh Saw Palmetto berries. I have been taking saw palmetto in capsule form which is OK, I guess, but fresh is best! I also plan on getting the homemade tinctures of herbs I have tried the last year in capsule form, so I can do it right this time. And Reishi and Chaga, which they’ll add to their assortment soon (but not soon enough!)
Other than fresh herbs and tinctures, Edel Wijs also sells some more generic superfoods like Sun Warrior products, raw cacao, Tibetan Goji berries, MSM powder and the best juicers.
Come and visit Edel Wijs, De Clerqstraat 123, Amsterdam and visit their website superfoods-academy.com!