Ember’s Herb Shoppe has something for everyone
Natural remedies, medicines and healing solutions are only some of the things that make Ember’s Herb Shoppe a quaint new addition to the Socorro community. The shop is small and cozy with different types of herbs that can’t be found anywhere else in town.
This one-of-a-kind business opened in the middle of August 2012. Owner Ember Budd’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Budd said the types of products she sells vary from vitamins to products for skin. She also has supplements for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, she said. Budd also offers supplements for aches and pains, teas and homeopathic remedies.
“Anything I can bring in that’s organic,” Budd said. “There are over 100 herbs, spices and teas and over 500 products in the store.”
Budd said she was introduced to herbs when she was 19 and worked at a food co-op in Tuscon, Ariz., where she filled herb jars. She enjoyed learning about herbs and how to use them, she said.
Budd went to the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in Bisbee, Ariz. in 1996 and learned about aromatherapy, nutrition and different healing modalities. She still continues to learn, she said. She took classes on how herbs help people physiologically, and how they grow. She received a diploma as a certified clinical herbalist.
“I wanted to learn the education; there is so much to know,” Budd said.
The shop also offers other services, and customers are welcome to make appointments with them. Massage therapist Misty Romero shares the space with Budd and offers massages. Customers can also make appointments with Dr. Connie Moore,who is a chiropractor; Dr. Christie-Lin Doering, who does acupuncture; and Lorna Kadooka, who does facials and permanent makeup, she said.
Some people come to Budd looking for products to lose weight, she said. And she recommends customers work with their physicians and health professionals, and refer back to their doctor and check with them first before taking any natural products, she said.
Budd was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Arizona and came to New Mexico in 1985. She has lived in Socorro since 1994 and wanted to bring a shop in so that the community would have an herb and natural product place locally, she said. She worked at The Herb Store in Albuquerque and learned about supplements and natural products to understand what people need, she said.
“This is the beginning,” Budd said. “I plan to stay in Socorro. It is a lovely location. Whatever their health goal, this shop is about supporting them on that journey.”
She plans to start teaching classes on herbs, aromatherapy, essences, health and wellness, she said. In May, there will be a reiki class offered at the shop. She plans to continue adding more products, including mother and baby products, natural products and travel size products, she said.
“I love the Socorro community. We don’t have a shop like this,” Budd said. “It’s the one place I call home.”