Headaches? Stuffed sinuses? Stress? Bellingham’s Living Earth Herbs Apothecary might just have the thing to help. Living Earth Herbs Apothecary — located at 1411 Cornwall Avenue, in downtown Bellingham — is operated by a staff of natural medicine professionals ready to find the natural remedy to your problems. 

Opened 13 years ago by owner Michele Sanger, Living Earth Herbs Apothecary is an education first and sales second business with the goal of educating and aiding customers through the world of natural medicine. 

“We get a lot of people coming in for help with anxiety. We get a lot of people coming in for help with digestion or acid reflux, and we get people, of course, coming in for colds and flus,” Sanger says. “Herbal medicine can really bring a lot of comfort and healing to people.” 

Sanger is no stranger to herbal medicine, having run her own business in Bellingham for 13 years as well as studying herbal medicine for 30. Before moving to Bellingham, Sanger lived in Eugene, Oregon, where she studied at Columbines School of Botanical Studies. 

Even if you’re brand new to the world of herbal medicine, Sanger has the perfect starting place, recommending teas or tinctures for immune system strengthening. 

“Elderberry syrups are really popular at this time because it’s not just effective as an antiviral, but it’s also tasty and both antibacterial and antiviral. It’s a pretty wonderful herb to get to know,” Sanger says. “There are lots of ways we can just boost our immune system and feel better.” 

Sanger also recommends trying a tea made from Tulsi, or Holy Basil, because it’s another plant that is tasty, antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting. 

If a customer needs more than herbal remedies, Living Earth Herbs Apothecary also has a list of local naturopathic doctors who can provide clinical guidance. 

“After 13 years of owning my own business, I still wake up excited to go to work every day, excited to see what I can learn, who I can help,” Sanger says. 1411 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, 360.734.3207, livingearthherbs.com 

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