Greenthreads Offers Ancient help for Modern Ills

After a brief conversation at Greenthreads in which I described my job pressures, money problems and the loneliness of widowhood, Bryan Lindquist led me into a room lined floor to ceiling with jars—it looked like the hugest spice shelf you’ve ever seen, every wall lined with herb-filled jars.

“I think I have something that will help” he said, taking down four or five jars.

Using stainless steel, he started measuring parts of chamomile onto a scale with equal parts nettle leaf, milky oats, skullcap and a pinch of vervain. This is the recipe for “Nerve Tonic Tea.” Steep a tablespoon of the mixture in hot water for 6 minutes, then sip. The result is supposed to “support a a healthy stress system foundation.”

Lindquist, along with parter Josh Williams, a clinical herbologist, own Greenthread Herbs, a tiny herb emporium in the back of Thyme & Place, a precious little decorative plant store, near Liberty Park (featured in the fall issue of Utah Style & Design). Doctors, masseuses, doulas, nutritionists and therapists often refer patients to Greenthreads, says Lindquist. Greenthreads is careful to state that a doctor should be consulted before beginning a serious herbal regimen, and the owners are careful about sourcing their products, making sure they are organic, not infringing on other people’s resources and taking extreme care handling their products. Besides the herbs, Greenthreads provides a full line of skin care products and tinctures. Plus, someone is always on hand for consultations and to guide you through what is nearly the lost lore of herbology.

362 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-918-2824.

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Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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