Something common among the Amish that’s misunderstood is their use of natural remedies. Tales abound that make them look uneducated or superstitious. I hope this post will help you see their back to nature approach to medicine and another business run the Amish way. (Last post is about Granny's quilt shop).
Dan Byler has an herb shop in Smicksburg, PA, that draws customers from over an hour away. Why? Well, Dan is Amish and doesn't believe in charging more than what's fair. He also makes many of the herbal tinctures himself, keeping prices down. He sells popular lines of products too. I took a friend up to his shop and she pulled bottles off his shelves, hand on her hip in a huff. She held up a bottle and said, "My chiropractor charges 50 bucks for this!" Dan sells it for $20.00. So people are willing to pay the gas money, saying they save in the long run.
Dan is also very knowledgeable. He takes classes from English naturopaths. I love asking him a question just to see his keen mind at work. He goes into medical terms and anatomy as he leans over his counter, as animated as Doc from Back to the Future. I went up once to ask him about the pain shooting from my wrists. I suspected Carpal Tunnel Synrome, but he shook his head vigorously and ran over to the next room and pulled a mineral supplement off the counter. "You lack this," he said, putting the bottle in my face. "Take this and in two days your pain will be gone." Well, I did and the pain left. My body obviously lacked this nutrient.
You see, the Amish believe God created the body to work properly if fed right. If God made our bodies, He expects us to take care of them and that includes proper nutrition. Organic foods are something they have naturally since many raise their own food and free range meat. Dan believes our foods are lacking nutrients and we need to get back to nature.
Dan's herbal tinctures
Every nook and cranny is filled with merchandise