Locally-produced products a highlight at Candia's herbal/holistic business
Former hospice nurse Ellie Atherton recently opened Mantra Health Center and Herbal Care at 16 Deer Run Road in Candia. (RYAN O'CONNOR/Union Leader Correspondent)
“I started as an herbalist in the ’70s as a teen because I couldn’t take meds. I would take them and weird things would happen to me,” said Atherton. “So I started to think about what else I could do when I needed something, and it just came naturally and I was very passionate about it.”
“As much as I can get locally to support other people, and because it’s better to have local plants, I’m going to do it,” she said.
“The nice thing for a lot of people who are getting a holistic consultation here is I am a nurse and an herbalist of almost 40 years now, and I think that gives some people comfort,” she said. “Everything here is professional; everyone here is certified. I want people of all ages to feel comfortable coming in.”
“We’re trying to find ways to bring people together, because one of my little pet peeves today with technology is we have all these forms of communication, but we actually spend less time really communicating and being together with people ... this is a place to bring them together and open up that interaction a little more.”
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