Natural Remedies for the Body and Bank Account
BY MARISSA OSWALD Since 1924, Philadelphians have been cooking, pickling, treating ailments, improving their appearance, and scenting their homes with ingredients that come from one small corner store on 2nd St. and Decatur Rd, which is the Penn Herb Co.
Aside from offering the largest selection of spices and dried herbs in the city, Penn Herb is a source of natural healing and remedies, which come in capsules or raw form.
One of these rare Ancient medicinal herbs is called Fo-ti, a root that has been lauded to restore youth, energy, and vitality as well as heal bacterial or viral infections.
Interested in this powerful herb, I consulted Wholefoods, but surely enough, they only had non-vegetarian gelatin capsules of Fo-ti extract. They suggested Penn Herb, which carries not only vitamins with Fo-ti, but raw root and powder that can be made into a mellow tea, a with all their other healing herbs.
Beneficial to those who know herbs well, Penn Herb also is easy to browse for first-timers looking to find natural remedies. Labels on each vitamin, herb, powder, and juice identify what each product is for. But Penn Herb’s website also offers additional information on each herb and condition, including a list of products that can improve your problem- whether it be acne, high blood pressure, fatigue, or mood.
So instead of paying a different doctor for each minor ache or pain, take a trip down the natural route and opt for herbs and vitamins. Set aside a few hours to shop, though: there’s a lot to learn and see at this Northern Liberties boutique.