As soon as you enter the store, you will be wrapped in the aroma of incense, tea and herbs.
The Tucson herbal store, located at 228 N. Fourth Avenue, has been providing herbs and medicinal herbs to the Tucson community since 2003.
According to the Tucson Herb Store website, the store offers "a wide variety of herbs, both basic and native, teas, tinctures, incense and products for the home, body and mind."
Amanda Brown, an herbalist, acupuncturist and owner of the Tucson herbal store, has been studying herbal medicine for approximately 18 years.
"I feel it is really important for our community to have a relationship with herbs," Brown said. "We have grown and evolved with plants, so it is an intrinsic part of our nature to have that connection."
According to Brown, he feels that a relationship with plants is curative and unites the community.
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"I've always felt that an herbal store is something that a community really needs," Brown said. "Healing and health should be more accessible."
Brown expressed the importance of buying locally and how online shopping has become "deadly."
"It is important to have a human connection and quality products, not mass commercialized," he said.
The herbalist and employee of the Ash Ritter store has been studying plants for 17 years. She produces medicinal and culinary herbs in bulk, as well as formulas for health and wellness that are sold in the store.
Ritter said he also believes that the herbal store is a beneficial and easy way for the Tucson community to receive healing.
"A great reason why I love this space and herbs in general is that it is a traditional and accessible form of medical care," Ritter said.
Ritter says that herbal medicine allows people to be more intimate with their own health, rather than relying on others.
"It's really an art form," Ritter said. "It's a passion for life and a journey that will never end."
Inside the herbal store, there is an on-site clinic that offers healing through acupuncture, herbal consultations and more.
Brown offers acupuncture and herbal consultations through the onsite clinic. She is also trained in somatic experience, which according to the Tucson Herb Store website, is "a form of trauma therapy aimed at relieving and resolving the symptoms of PTSD and other mental and physical health problems."
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Bradford Trojan also works at the clinic on site and offers somatic experience therapy as well as craniosacral therapy. Trojan explained that craniosacral therapy aims to cure trauma to the muscles through a gentle touch.
"I think it's really good that there is that job in the herbal store," Trojan said. "As a small healing center for people to come and feel safe and feel they are receiving support in whatever they are working on."
The store offers classes for people in the Tucson community who are looking to expand their knowledge about herbs.
On the first Saturday of each month, the store organizes a "Community Circle of Herbs" from 10 to 11 am. Then, on the third Saturday of each month, they organize a "Hall of herbs" from 10 to 11 am. His monthly "Ritter Watercolor Plants Study Group" teaches the class, as well as a "Botanical Cooking Class".
For more information about Tucson Herb Store, visit their website or Instagram page.
The Tucson herbal store is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. at 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. At 5 pm.