Nature’s Alternative Herbs celebrates 20 years
A search for healing for her husband led Helen and Red Holladay to start a business featuring natural herbs, holistic medicines and health foods. Twenty years later, Nature’s Alternative Herbs is celebrating two decades of helping others find healing. When Red became ill more than 20 years ago, Helen started looking for ways to help him. Her search took her out of state to talk to a nurse at Duke University who was a licensed herbalist.
What she learned inspired her to go back to school to become a licensed herbalist. She has continued her studies and to date has certifications in nutritional health, muscle testing, iridology, body systems, body works and practicum. The learning doesn’t stop, Helen said. She is continuously studying and learning, and her quest has taken her to many places, including California, and China where she studied with Chinese doctors at the Medical School in Beijing.
She and Red established Nature’s Alternative Herbs, originally located on Palmetto Street near Five Points, because nobody in the local health stores they shopped knew as much as she did. “They couldn’t help,” Helen recalls. They were just selling natural products.” With her own medical background, Helen felt like she could do more. “Mama wanted to help people like she had been helped,” explained her daughter, Anna Horne, who helps operate the store.
A licensed cosmetologist and professional make-up artist, Anna brings her expertise to the business, Helen said, adding the store carries a line of natural skin-care products, such as Savannah Bee. Promoting whole body healing, Nature’s Alternative Herbs offers a wide variety of top quality lab-tested products for adults, children and pets. These include natural herbs, health food, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and animal supplements.
Also, herbal teas, herbs for allergies, colds and digestion, homeopathic medicines, aromatherapy oils, cooking oils, natural protein powder, natural toothpaste and shampoos, along with some foods and snacks. Helen mentioned that some physicians at Hope Health, as well as others in town, send patients to her store. Helen has a Kaagan machine to increase the alkalinity in water. She sells gallon containers of alkaline water which she believes makes for a healthier body. Other services provided include foot detoxification to pull toxins out of the body through the feet.
The sessions are $25 and are recommended once a week for four weeks. Also offered are body scans to customize individual herb programs. Since opening her natural herb store, Helen says she has seen a lot of bodily conditions turned around and she has seen people healed. “Our main joy is seeing people happy and healthy again,” commented Anna. Mother and daughter say they have formed a lot of great relationships with customers who have become like family.
“We’re just one big family here,” quipped Helen. In addition to a wide variety of products by Nature’s Sunshine, Now, and others, the pair gives lectures and seminars on natural herbs to businesses, churches, civic groups and garden clubs. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, Nature’s Alternative Herbs is offering different specials this month to those who follow them on Facebook. Helen and Anna invite the public to visit them at 1301 West Evans Street, at the corner of Edisto and Evans. The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. You may contact them at 843-669-4372 (843-669-HERB).
By Brenda Harrison, Editor