NEWPORT — Crystals, essential oils, charms and tarot cards were plentiful last weekend at the first Attic Witchcraft Health and Wellness Expo at the Samaritan Center for Health Education in Newport.
Organizer Kisty Rose explained that the root idea of the expo was to help people who want to “get more in tune with themselves and with nature to get together and do that.” The vendors, who were all local to the Pacific Northwest and almost entirely to Lincoln County, had stalls to share their various methods and wares for alternative care and wellness.
“There’s a lot of things that is good about Western medicine,” said Rose. “I was personally in a car accident, you know, they put my legs back together. But when it comes to us taking responsibility for our own healthcare ... we don’t necessarily get all of those pieces from our society, from our current medical healthcare institution.”
Some of the educational services offered taught how to effectively use aromatherapy and essential oils for medicinal purposes, while others focused on more spiritual and meditative practices — which have also been found to have a positive effect on mental and physical health.
Nicole Jolin, a potions master and professional pharmacist, believes that Western medicine and alternative care can work in harmony.
“I believe, with all my years of being a pharmacist — 23 years — that there is a time and place for modern day medicine, and there’s a time and place for alternative care,” said Jolin. “And I believe that we can incorporate both, and maybe we can do alternative care longer before we get to the modern day medicine.”
As a lover of chemistry, Jolin came into using essential oils as a non-believer. Her sister and sister-in-law urged Jolin to try alternative care after she retired from her 28 years as a ballerina. She had permanent nerve damage in her foot and chronic pain. Jolin said she went into it with the mindset of proving them wrong, but found that it eliminated her pain. So she went looking into the research and found a lot of hard findings that made sense to her. Now, with a large swath of people calling for more natural solutions to health problems, she says there’s even more research being done.
“I just think that this is an opportunity, because when I think big picture: where do medications come from? It comes from plants, that’s where it all starts,” said Jolin.
Another expo is in the works for next year, according to Rose, but for those looking to experience some of the magic before then, there are many local vendors who are great resources on the subject. Some of those in attendance over the weekend include: Visions Rock Shop from Lincoln City, available at 541-418-5103 or at [email protected]; Egyptian Fragrance Alchemy from Newport, available at www.fragrancealchemy.com; and Shifting Awareness from Newport, which has a Facebook page of the same name.