and Crystal Lehky-Shepard sell an eclectic mix of products at Sage Living
on Warren Street - even hand-made costume ears.
...Owners Rebecca Jones and Crystal Lehky-Shepard want you to relax and listen to your body.Jones
, an herbalist, has put together tea blends like "Manly Man Tea," meant to help the prostate, and "Liquid Courage," a tea to quiet anxiety.More than a hundred herbs line the shelves, from the ordinary -like allspice or dill - to the unusual - white peony roots or schizandra berries, which taste like peppered blackberries.
Consultations with Jones
, which last one hour and cost $60, involve creating a personal health inventory - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health.She
then directs customers to herbs and practices that might benefit them.
"We get sick because we think it first," said Jones
, 30, of Bow."Eventually, if we don't take care of it, it manifests in the body."
An herbal course of therapy can and sometimes should be used in addition to traditional medical practices, Jones
It was depression that brought Jones
to study herbal cures five years ago.Her
mother and grandmother had also struggled to manage depression, and Jones
wanted to find a way treat the condition without drugs. Jones, formerly a librarian at Hillsboro-Deering High School, worked as an apprentice to an herbalist.
Three years ago, when the school laid off a number of workers including Jones
own small shop in an office building on Greenwood Avenue in Concord. Jones
didn't have many customers; her
business was hidden away in a building.
In November, Jones
started coming to Lehky-Shepard's home in Penacook.She
helped Lehky-Shepard go for walks and brought herbs she
thought would help.She
gave Lehky-Shepard sewing projects, encouraging her
to get back into a favorite hobby. Jones
was looking for a new store space, and she
asked Lehky-Shepard to come with her
to see an empty retail space on Warren Street.They both loved the long narrow store, which sits across from Granite State Candy.But Jones
wasn't sure she
could afford the rent on her