New owner hopes Aspen Botanicals will offer options, healthy lifestyle
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Customers who walk through the doors of Aspen Botanicals Nutritional Apothecary will find salves, tinctures teas, salt soaks, hone, bulk herb, smudge, incense and health
But new owner Jenna Handloff says she offers so much more.
“I’ve been crafting with herbs for about 10 years,”
“I think the herbal world is getting into, like, ritual building,” Handloff said. “Things like making that pot of tea at night, taking that bath, doing those things that help the nervous system settle in and creates kind of this pattern for wellness.”
Those products are available in the store that focuses on herbal wellness offing teas, bulk herbs and tinctures. There are also products that deal with topical herbal wellness, including bath and skincare products. The store also offers botanical protein powders, herbal capsules and vitamins, minerals and a little bit of CBD.
“The majority of the products in the store are handcrafted,” Handloff said. “I use different kinds of, like, sustainable beeswax and shea butter, and I craft a lot with olive oil, sesame oil and honey. Honey is a big one. We carry a local honey from Meeker.”
Handloff said, in addition to offering the things needed to make the perfect cup of coffee or tea and other items needed for nutritional support, her store also offers books and literature, and she consults people who might be looking for information about healthy routines, rhythms of the body or seasonal wellness. She also offers classes and workshops.
“People can come in and learn how to make an herbal syrup or do a fire cider or just kind of learn about the rhythms of the seasonal change,” she said. “Classes and education are a part of this business, too.”
The store is open from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and on Saturday’s from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Handloff maintains those hour in the fall, winter and spring, so that she can also work as an assistant teacher at the Mountain Village Montessori School in Steamboat.
“I just wanted to create a space where people can learn about themselves and gather with others. I really hope to form this little community of people who are interested in caring for themselves and looking at some different methods … It’s always really nice when people come in, and they have lots of questions to ask because it feels good. It feels nice to be able to support them with that understanding and open door for anyone who wants to come in and see what’s going on here and learn a little bit more about plant life and the nature behind those natural healing modalities.”
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