Best Place to Buy Sage 2017 | Desert Sage Herbs | Goods & Services | Phoenix

We read Goop religiously and indulge occasionally in hippy-dippy endeavors. But the world of herbs and essential oils? It can be intimidating AF. Lucky for aspiring know-it-alls who aren't sure where to start, that's not the case at Desert Sage Herbs. The suburban shop has dealt in teas, herbs, spices, and oils since 1999. It's run by mother-daughter team Vicki Greener and Brittney Sounart, an aromatherapy specialist and clinical herbalist. Housed in a fittingly chill, homey storefront, it's our favorite spot to buy sage for burning and shamelessly ask newbie questions about the 300-plus herbs and spices Desert Sage stocks.

This Arcadia-based bookstore is your one-stop-shopping spot for metaphysical literature, as well as gifts, home decor, and tools for feng shui, yoga, and meditation. The Vision Quest Psychic Bookstore houses a couple thousand titles, though the shop started as a 900-square-foot bookstore in Canoga Park, California. Books aside, Vision Quest hosts classes and events like Get Your Astrology Chart or Report, the UFO Starseed Activation Workshop, and Mediumship 101. The store continues to wow metaphysical fans with its small army of psychic readers available by appointment each day, plus astrological charting services and consultations, and additional retail like crystals, gems, wind chimes, tarot and divination cards, and supplies for a personal sacred altar.

Having a run of bad luck? Can't seem to shake a feeling of dread or impending misfortune? You might need the protection of the evil eye. In a superstition common in the Mediterranean world and beyond, a blue-and-white teardrop-shaped ornament on your wall or wrist can fend off malevolent energy. Also known by its Turkish name, nazar, the glass charm is placed over a door frame or on the wall in Turkish homes and businesses. Short of taking a trip to Istanbul, your best bet for finding the evil eye in the Valley is at Bernie's Beads. Owner Bernie Lawitz specializes in international beads, including the nazar variety. He has tons of the blue-and-white beads, not to mention a few historic ones that were crafted several thousand years ago. Lawitz's previous store, Beads Galore, was open for 40 years in Tempe before he closed down last year to move to his current location in Mesa. In addition to the evil eye, he stocks run-of-the-mill beads of every color and shape. No guarantees that those will turn your luck around.

Save your Spencer Pratt jokes, because being "into" crystals is totally en vogue. Don't buy it? Pop by CenPho shop Fantasia Crystals just north of Camelback Road on Seventh Street. There, you don't need expertise or any relation to Heidi Montag to indulge in occult, metaphysical, or Wiccan pursuits. Indeed, Fantasia is home to a School of Magickal Arts, where you can learn in courses on the basics of paganism, an intro to divination, and spell-casting. Not ready to commit to your inner Sabrina Spellman? No bother. Fantasia also offers in-store psychic readings, jewelry, and, of course, enough crystals to make the reality TV villain smile from ear to ear.

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