Variety of offerings at Wilton Wellness Fair
WILTON – The Wilton Wellness Fair offered a chance to create your own blend of herbal tea and discover its benefits, to learn about Native American smudges for clearing air and plant spirit medication, to try a massage, and to learn about a return to home final care and green funerals.
The Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library hosted the fair on Saturday, June 11, part of its summerlong emphasis on health and part of the summer reading program.
Sandy Lafeur provided information about the Souhegan Valley Food Co-op, which is still in the formation stage. She also represented Threshold Care, which assists people wanting to care for loved ones at home in their last days, and provided information about "green burials," those without embalming and in cement grave liners.
"Embalming only dates to the Civil War, when it was necessary to bring bodies home," she said. "This is the old way."
Amy Brewer, of Lluna’s Natural Creations, displayed a variety of Native American sage smudges, bundles of herbs burned to clear spaces. She offered white sage, cedar and pine derivatives, lavender (for calming effect), osha root, sweet grass and mugwort, which is also used for dreaming.
Others taking part included Chris Griffin with plant spirit medicine and massage therapist Lisa Tarbox.
Organic refreshments were provided by the Wilton Community Center Committee.
– JESSIE SALISBURY