PENDLETON - A variety of items are available at Down To Earth Herbs & Gifts, a new shop at 24 S.W. Court Ave.

Doug and Brenda Voyles opened the store in July, offering 30 bulk teas, including green, black and fruit varieties. Other gallon jars on the shelves contain herbs for medicinal and culinary use.

"We have 90 on display, and more coming all the time," Doug said.

Some of the more unusual items are small jars of essiac tea and a gallon jar of "dragon bones and teeth." The tea, a mixture of four herbs, is believed to aid the fight against cancer, acid reflux, ulcers and thyroid problems, Brenda said. The bones and teeth, which are fossilized pieces, are intended to be ground up used for medicinal purposes as well. Each jar has information on the back, which Brenda has researched and printed, that describes the products' uses and any associated warnings.

"We really recommend that people research their herbs before they take anything," said Brenda, who is a student of herbology.

Books about herbs and their various uses are available for reading at the store, and are available for sale.

The teas and herbs are sold by weight, usually $1.50 to $3.50 per ounce, Doug said. Dried mushrooms, however, run up to $6 per ounce.

The store also offers a wide variety of gifts and is the only Eastern Oregon outlet for Wakefield prints and cards from Alaska. Other gift items include Italian charms and other jewelry, blown glass, wooden, ceramic, leather and wrought iron gifts, hemp purses and caps, microchenille sweaters, handmade soaps, Oregon Trail Soaps, essential oils and Brenda's handmade lotions.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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