If you ever wondered about natural alternatives to improving your health, look no further than Alternatives For Health Herbal Apothecary at 426 Main Street Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
The owner Salli Greene is there to help you decide which direction might work best for you. “When we opened Alternatives For Health the goal for my husband and I was not just to sell product, but to help educate people that they can be in charge of their health. We carry organic products and offer classes that will help us reach this goal. When they come into the shop, we ask questions to help steer them in the right direction. Our philosophy is to start small and build, otherwise you do not know what works. My daughter describes our customers as family and that is pretty accurate. We are not salespeople. We are truly concerned for their health.”
The 300 bulk herb products are the most popular area of the shop and you cannot find the selection they have elsewhere anymore. They are one of only four places in Massachusetts that carry a supply of bulk herbs. Essiac, the top seller, was discovered in the early 1900’s by a Canadian nurse where patients were recovering from cancer and told her about a tea the Indians had given them. Now it is used for far more than cancer treatment.
The second most popular area, is the Essential Oils. They are all over the internet now, so people come in with their own recipes. That being said, there is a lot of misinformation concerning their use including being taken internally, as some can be dangerous with improper use. Alternatives For Health offers certification courses in Essential Oils to get the best health benefits.
Tumeric, another herb that is fast becoming popular for its proven benefits for pain, inflammation, and joint issues is available there in bulk, extract, and capsule form. Neem, nature’s own antibiotic is very helpful for those battling infection issues. They also carry Hemp, which is being sought after for its health benefits. “We carry Hemp over Marijuana (even though they are sister plants with the same benefits) because it is Federally legal. We have seen results with pain, sleep, anxiety and stress. We carry it in oils, pills, and salves.”
They also offer natural treatments for Lyme Disease, water filtration, salt lamps, and products and treatments for detoxification as well as others.
The store is open Monday-Friday (except closed on Tuesdays) from 10am to 5:30pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 12 to 5pm. Stop in and check it out. They also are happy to ship if you don’t live locally.
For more information please visit their website at www.alternatives-4health.com