ASHEVILLE ALLEGIANCE: Herbiary, owned by Maia Toll and Andrew Celwyn, specializes in bulk herbs but carries a wide selection of organic products. Photo by Emily Nichols

Asheville’s herb shops offer supplement­s from A to Z

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.

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AARP volunteers host workshops throughout WNC such as this Twitter training. AARP and YMCA of WNC are hosting a three-month program called Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge. Pictured are 
AARP volunteers, from left, Bob Tomasulo, Deborah Wagner and Judy Williams. Photo courtesy of AARP North Carolina Mountain Region

Challenge aims to improve fitness, combat social isolation in older adults

A “health-meets-social” approach to aging rolls out this month at the YMCA of Western North Carolina, in collaboration with AARP. The partnership has created a three-month program, dubbed Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge, that combines a fitness challenge with social involvement for people 50 and older. The YMCA of WNC was one of 10 YMCAs across the country […]

MINDFUL PRACTICE: Elise Cross leads a meditation class for Asheville kids at Urban Dharma. Photo by  Tim Cross

Asheville kids learn meditation and mindfulnes­s

The benefits of meditation for adults are well-researched and supported by science. Improved cognition, decreased anxiety and increased focus are just a few of meditation’s touted effects. The research on children’s meditation isn’t as plentiful, but studies have shown that kids, too, can reap the benefits of “quieting the mind.” Asheville parents and teachers are […]

WALK AND LEARN: Marc Williams guides participants on a walk and teaches woody ethnobotany at the 2016 annual Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium. Photo courtesy of Linnea Wardwell

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium comes to Black Mountain June 2-4

For over a decade, Larry and Linnea Wardwell have had one main goal: to bring high-quality herbal medicine into practice. The annual Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2017, planned for the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain Friday to Sunday, June 2-4, does just that, says Linnea Wardwell. The symposium, which began when the owner of Gaia Herbs […]