By Nila McGinnis
Upon meeting Tammy Smith, owner of Tammy’s Natural Essentials in Troy, it is clear that helping others is her passion. In her crowded but clean Troy, Mo. shop just outside of the town’’s main drag off of Highway 47, Tammy passionately demonstrates to customers and guests what it means to live a plant-based, naturally focused lifestyle.
For the past five years, Tammy’s has been a premier destination for those interested in herbal medicine, aromatherapy, natural beauty products, and holistic health. The shop offers a wide range of products including aromatherapy oils and diffusers, herbal teas, herbal tinctures, natural body and hygiene products, and herbal capsules and supplements. In addition, Tammy’s offers armoatherapy and herb classes, Herb walks and special events, Spa parties, private health consultations, and personalized herbal mixtures and formulas.
Growing up playing in the dirt and a lifelong nature-lover, Tammy’s passion for herbal medicine took the lead in the midst of her own personal health struggles. A graduate of the East West School of Planetary Herboloy, Tammy is a certified herbalist and aromatherapist as well as a holistic health consultant, although she claims that she is a “forever student” and never wants to stop learning new things about her trade. She is currently learning about holistic uses for minerals and wants to continue to expand her menu. She claims that her herbal education taught her so much more than “just a recipe”for different herbal mixtures.
“Several years ago, I was told I was going to have to take a pharmaceutical drug every day for the rest of my life, and my doctor said I had no choice. So, I wanted to provide people with an alternative, because you always have a choice. For me, that was my personal decision, and I want everyone to become educated so they can make the best choice for them. It does take work and time to utilize plant medicine, and it isn’t easy, but the work is worth it,” Smith said.
For those new to the world of plant medicine, Smith advised, “those who come into the shop for the first time should take it slow.” She went on to say, “ There is a lot of information out there and many products to choose from, so it is important to focus on an area of interest first and make small changes to have a healthy lifestyle and to start as a beginner in plant medicine.”
Tammy claims that she has seen herbs heal and manage a wide variety of illnesses and ailments from acne to chronic pain to thyroid disease. Herbal medicine has seen a resurgence in the past several years with the rising costs of healthcare and the emergence of a more natural movement championing for organic products. However, Tammy wanted to remind the community that she is not a doctor, and that the FDA has not evaluated herbal products for their ability to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.
In the midst of a saturated market, small businesses often struggle to complete with mass-chain retailers and online stores. Tammy’s is no different, although she believes that the personalized experience given to customers at her shop can’t be beat.
“We have a website now, and that helps those that would rather shop from their own home, but our customer service is what sets us apart. When someone comes into the store, they are treated with courtesy, respect and dignity. Many people come in heavy hearted, and we are able to make them feel better by the time they leave. We also offer extremely high-quality products, most of which we make right here in the store. We use only organic, wild, and sustainably harvested ingredients to be our products as close to nature as possible. The experience is completely individualized. If someone comes in with a variety of ailments, I can make something up specifically for them, which you can’t get at big retailers. We want to have a personal relationship with our customers, and our top priorities are safety, holistic healing, and education. We want to help our customers learn and begin to see healing for themselves and their families,” Smith commented.
If you’d like to learn more or sign up for an upcoming class, visit Tammy’s Natural Essentials at 1 Oakley Plaza in Troy or on the web at www.TammysNaturalEssentials.com.