Queenpin Lexington has a roommate and we need to tell you how cool she is. Meet Chin Velasquez, owner/herbalist/magician at Soothing Herbals Apothecary in Lexington, VA.
Chin began her training as an herbalist in Boulder, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies but it didn’t spark into Soothing Herbals until her own babies needed healthy,
safe, effective balms for all the rashes and scrapes of childhood. The balm became so popular among her friends and family, that it was the catalyst for her herbal skincare line. Previously you could only find her at the Lexington farmers market, but in 2012 she settled into the cozy second-floor space and expanded her offerings.
Soothing Herbals has a full line of natural, herbal skincare. One of the best selling and most useful items for the medicine cabinet
is the Heal All Salve. This blend can be used for all types of burns (sun, wind, kitchen), wounds, and scar healing. Also good for some rashes or extra dry, cracked skin. For those looking to keep their outside as youthful as their inside, she has Divine Face Cream and Restore Facial Serum. These enhance the body’s natural anti-aging abilities, increase elasticity and lift, and provide needed antioxidants to your largest organ. Trying one of Chins gentle Aromatherapy Facials is a great way to get to know her products and find out what is right for your skin.
Chin offers a few unique services including Herbal Consults (online or in person) for blends of Western herbs made either into a tea or an alcohol-extraction known as a tincture. She treats all types of complaints, specializing in insomnia, anxiety, and fatigue. You can also make your own tea-blend from her shelves of dried herbs if you’re feeling creative!
For those looking for a gentle and effective modality of healing, Chin is a Reiki practitioner. Reiki is an energy-medicine that uses your body’s own life-force to promote healing. More information on Reiki here: https://www.soothingherbals.com/pages/reiki.
For someone feeling the DIY spirit, there is also a Build Your Own aromatherapy bar! Make your own bath salt, scrub, lotion or oil without buying all the supplies. She provides an array of essential oils to pick from and you combine it with high-quality oils, creams, salts, etc. And Chin will be there to help if you need some guidance on which oils to use. Great as a gift for yourself or someone else.
Soothing Herbals hosts parties or events – so keep them in mind for that next birthday, anniversary, or friends-night out!
All services and products can be bought/scheduled online at Soothing Herbals Apothecary. The Apothecary is available by appointment only. Keep your eyes peeled for some of her products popping up at Queenpin this Spring!