If you’re in need of an herbal supplement, you’re likely to find it in one of Asheville’s many herb stores, which carry products for overall health as well as specific health problems such as winter-related colds and flu. If you’re hunting for an unusual gift, many stores carry niche items such as drink concoctions, herbal smoking blends and uncommon essential oils.
Swaying with their arms interlocked near tents where they would learn about the uses of herbs, hundreds of women chanted the intention “I am surrounded by love” at the start of the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
It is with pride that I admit I have never felt sexier than when surrounded by 1,000 women, chanting and releasing, getting my hands dirty in the earth, and putting steaming-hot food made with love and herbs into my body.