Since time immemorial, human beings have been treating discomfort, disease and unhealthy habits naturally, with the herbs that grow wild in the forest and field, and a retail franchise that's been cashing in on this affinity over recent years is Happy Herbs, a Canadian company with branches all around the world. Purveying a vast selection of herbal and other plant-based remedies for every conceivable malady and condition, Happy Herbs caters to the needs of an ever-growing customer base who are looking for a natural alternative to the allopathic treatments that are available at every pharmacy, supermarket and corner store. Their stores in Australia currently number around forty, underlining the fact that the ancient practice of herbal lore is making a comeback in a major way. To learn more, I recently visited the Happy Herb shop in Northbridge, Western Australia.
The Happy Herb shop in Northbridge, like it's siblings around Australia and beyond, is instantly recognisable from the outside by the colourful trademark mural of grass and flowers adorning its windows. Situated in a quiet nook of Aberdeen Street, just off busy William Street, it's an oasis of tranquillity, with shelves laden with dried herbs, herbal teas, botanical tinctures, ointments and other plant-based products lining the walls, and the gentle scent of essential oil pervading throughout. The interior decor has a delightful hippyish vibe with bright botanical murals, colourful Chinese lanterns and Tibetan prayer flags. Like all the other Happy Herb shops I've visited throughout the country, the ambiance was friendly and relaxed, and the two staff members on hand were very helpful and more than happy to answer any questions I had.
As well as various other brands, Happy Herbs sells its own range of herbal remedies, with special mixtures claiming to relieve all sorts of health conditions including sugar, tobacco and even narcotic addictions. While not claiming to immediately rectify these conditions, the mixtures have been formulated by a qualified herbalist to relieve the symptoms and gently address the underlying causes, thus gradually restoring wellbeing and balance. Like all complementary medicine, herbal remedies work on multiple levels, with special attention being paid to a person's emotional and mental state, rather than just their physical condition.
To learn more, you can pick up some free pamphlets from the front counter which outline how herbs can help specific health problems. For example, the introduction to the sugar addiction pamphlet explains how sugar contributes to many of the most common maladies of the modern age, and goes on to suggest herbal alternatives to sugar such as stevia, herbs that can reduce the cravings for sugar and others that can help balance one's blood sugar level. It then goes on to suggest some nutritional factors that can alleviate the cravings - essential if the addiction is to be permanently eradicated.
Other plant-based products that Happy Herb shops purvey include a huge range of delicious herbal teas (a great alternative to caffeine-laden teas and coffee), organic cosmetics, vitamin supplements, ear candles, superfoods, hemp products, books, clothing and so much more. They also stock high quality essential oils that are great home remedies for common health conditions ranging from headaches and stress, to premenstral tension and indigestion. Whether you're wanting to enhance your own wellbeing or find a beautiful, natural or even quirky gift for a loved one, Happy Herbs is a top spot to head for.
In a nutshell, Happy Herb shops are a vibrant and joyful addition to Australia's retail scene, as they're popularising and promoting herbal products that are very difficult to source elsewhere. Apart from the medicinal qualities of herbs, their use enriches our lives in so many ways, enhancing our energy levels, ability to relax, emotions and relationships.
If you live far away from the closest Happy Herb franchise, do not despair, as there is also a comprehensive online store where you can purchase all your favourite products. To find out more, including where to find your nearest store, check out the Happy Herb website. If you're looking for a natural and legal high, Happy Herbs is definitely the place to come.
Address: There are franchises throughout Australia. Check the website for all the addresses.
Opening Hours: It varies. Check the website for more details.