Tuesday, May 15, 2007

In The News: ACHS Aroma 401 Student - Betty Chang

Herbalists' shop full of healing teas



ON BIRD ROAD: Betty Chang burns a cleansing bundle of sage at BA Natural Body Care.

Step into BA Natural Body Care in a scruffy strip mall along Bird Road and be transported to a Taiwanese healing center. The compact space is lined with glass jars of teas, herbs, and herbal blends for ailments from insomnia to colds. There are also soaps, honey, teapots and vials of essential oils.

The BA is for Betty and Amy, the sisters who run the place along with their mother, Maria Huang. Each morning one of the sisters purifies the shop by lighting a bundle of dried sage. The pungent smoke rises from the flaming leaves held over an incense bowl to cleanse away any bad energy.

The Huang family emigrated from Kaoishiung in southern Taiwan in 1995, joining family members in Miami. Maria had trained as an herbalist, and her daughters took courses here in aromatherapy and Chinese herbal healing. They opened the shop about six months ago. Click here for the rest of the article.

1 comment:

Kerry said...


Nice article, and it sounds like a really nice store and family persuit. I am encouraged by people using pure and nautral incense in good ways in contrast to the many who use the synthetics--perhaps you can help to educate your customers about this?

Kerry Hughes
Author of The Incense Bible