Somehow or another, the end-times are not yet in full swing, no matter how Steve Bannon tries to stoke them. And since neither fascists nor demagogues can repeal-and-replace Spring, which begins today, I’m going to gratefully gobble colored eggs and hot cross buns to honor the Wheel of the Year, which will continue to turn whether we do or don’t have an EPA or special prosecutors. Today is a day to humbly remember what’s bigger than us, or what gets bigger, if properly nourished, even if it starts smaller.
On that hopeful note, our very own little Brooklyn Herborium just opened it’s second location on Saturday. A quaint, airy little corner store just sprouted in Windsor Terrace with shelves full of handmade, herbal-based skincare delectables. By pure coincidence (or is it?) it opened on almost the very day of Ostara, or the Vernal Equinox, that day when light and dark balance equally on the tipping point into longer days and more sunlight.
The new Brooklyn Herborium is on the corner of Prospect and Greenwood Avenues, and owners Emma Graves and Molly Watman are women who, evoking the most wholesome traditions, hand-make good things, needed things, even with children underfoot. They make all their holistic skincare goods right there in their custom-built workshop on site.
Molly and Emma implore us to remember that healthy skin starts with robust nutrition, and so the new shop also offers a carefully-curated selection of pantry and grocery offerings. Since it’s not always easy to know if you’re getting the best food for your skin, you can count on these hardworking mommas to bring you the “organic/sustainable/humane edibles” that promise health and incite good cravings. And if that wasn’t enough to spring on us, they carry a variety of beautifully useful design and home goods to ignite your spirit. Wait, there’s more: they have a lovely new treatment room for their chemical-free facials to renew your skin. It’s springtime from your face to your gut, from your cupboard to your shower caddy.
Flowers grow, children grow, and small, women-owned businesses also grow, so get on board. Everything is pushing up, getting bigger, reaching for the sun. There must be a way to save healthcare in an environment as fertile as that. This is what I tell myself as I shamelessly paint an egg with one hand and dial my senators with the other. If you dare mock my ears-up, fluffy-tail spirit, I will argue that constructive efforts proliferate, from a lavender egg and a comforting spirit animal, to a store shelf stocked and a protest mounted. Plant a garden, join a rally, craft a product, defend a right. It gets done better when you enjoy it. It’s Spring, and my goddess is a maiden.
Book a treatment today! The Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Herborium is open on Saturdays from 10am-6pm, Sundays 1pm-6pm, weekdays 3pm-8pm. Location: Corner of Prospect Avenue and Greenwood Avenue, across the street from the F/G train at Fort Hamilton Pkwy(1301 Prospect Avenue). Note: The flagship shop in Red Hook (275 Columbia Street) is still there! Treatments are now available at both locations.