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Natural remedies are part and parcel of apothecary shop

CORRALES – A new business in the Village of Corrales offers health-related products that have been used for hundreds of years.

Coddiwomple’s Shoppe & Apothecary, 4484 Corrales Road, right next door to the Hemporium, celebrated its grand opening last month.

Coddiwomple’s Shoppe & Apothecary owner Kristen Hatch holds a witches’ ball in her new Corrales store. According to Hatch, a witch ball is used for attracting good energy. She carries several colors and sizes of them, along with many other natural items that can be used for health-related treatments. (Stephen Montoya/Rio Rancho Observer)

Store owner Kristen Hatch, who also specializes in intuitive health, said opening this store has been a dream of hers for years.

“This is kind of basically the way I live my life,” Hatch said while eyeing a few of the unique items in her store.

For instance, the apothecary has a section of all-natural candles made out of beeswax. On the southern wall near a window is a display of different prisms that cast a kaleidoscope of rainbows on the walls of the naturally sky-lit storefront.

“In a way, it’s kind of like putting my diary out for sale,” Hatch said.

According to Hatch, the idea of opening this store has been over a decade in the making.

“Over the years, I would pull out the idea and wonder if this was the right time to do the store, but something would always come up, like me and my husband were having a baby or we were moving, stuff like that,” she said.

After having a dream about opening a store recently, Hatch said, she found the apothecary’s location and took it as a sign of fate.

Soon Hatch, along with her friends and family, began transforming the 1,400-square-foot space into the store she had dreamed of owning.

The store is divided into several sections that include natural products like herbs and incense supplied by Hatch or one of her close artist friends.

“I wanted this place to be a store that can support local craftspeople, that offers a community feel,” Hatch said. “It’s like I am saying, ‘Come in and let me support your dream, while you are supporting my dream.’ ”

In the back portion of the store are three rooms where Hatch will offer meditation classes two days a week. She will also have two women who practice reiki, a form of touch healing, come in on a weekly basis by appointment only.

“Reiki is the manipulation of energy, and it’s really ancient,” she said. “I believe it comes from Asian descents. It’s kind of like getting an adjustment from a chiropractor, but in this sense, they are working with your energy.”

Hatch said a reiki treatment costs $55 an hour, with 15-minute sessions at a lower price.

Asked about the importance of offering traditional and natural remedies in a digital age, Hatch said many people forget to live throughout their body.

“We are more than just a head,” she said. “I feel like we are a society that walks around in our brains all the time. We are either on electronics or we think about planning for tomorrow; we are never just here and now.”

Hatch said there is so much more than one piece to health and wellness and she is excited to help teach people all the ways they already have inside them to self-heal.