Using old time knowledge to help take care of the body is what Wild Thyme Herb Shop seeks to do with each person who comes through its doors.
Certified herbalist and owner Nancy Morgan works with clients to find which herbs would work best for them to improve their health.
“I offer herbal consultations where I get to know the person, what their diet is like and what medications they take and what their complaints are,” she said. “Then I work on helping to build up the organs and the systems in the body that are deficient and weak. We focus on diet. That is the main thing that I offer.
“I am not trying to replace medicine at all,” she said. “If I break my leg I am going to go to the hospital and have a doctor set it. There are so many things that medicine does that are miraculous, but I don’t want to take all the pain pills that they give me.”
During the consultations, Morgan talks to her clients about addressing their health concerns naturally. Through this conversation, Morgan and the client talk about their current health status, desired goals, what herbs would work best and what dietary changes should be made. The initial consultation is from 60-90 minutes. At the follow-up session, clients receive a personalized wellness plan, plus an herbal tincture formulated for them.
Along with the consultations, Morgan offers monthly classes about herbal medicine, with lessons that include the making creams and salves, learning how herbs affect different systems of the body, and working with essential oils.
Wild Thyme Herb Shop has more than 200 bulk herbs in stock – and each is certified organic, meaning no pesticides or other chemicals were used on them. In the case of wild-crafted herbs, the store only contracts with herbalists that are known to harvest ethically and sustainably.
In addition to its herbs, Wild Thyme Herb Shop offers many different products that can make great gifts. Some of these items include artwork, hand crafted teapots, jewelry, handmade animal product free soaps, CBD oil, oracle and tarot cards, chocolate bars and essential oils.
“The soap makers that I use are friends of mine down from the Bastrop area, and they are very good,” Morgan said. “Then I also offer art that is made by local artists. I have an artist that makes tea pots in Elgin, Texas. I have another artist in Fort Worth that makes mugs and (other) things.”
The store also offers a wide selection of bagged teas, herbal tisanes, blended herbal teas, and loose tea blends. Some of the brands on the shelf include Pukka Tea, Numi Teas, Prince of Peace, Organic India Teas, Earl Grey Tea, Davidson’s White Spicy Raspberry Tisane, Jasmine Greet Tea, and Flower Power blend.
Wild Thyme Herb Shop is located at 700 Water St. in Waxahachie. It is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Contact the store at 512-284-1152; additional information can be found on the store’s Facebook page or online at www.wildthymeherbshop.blogspot.com.