St. John’s Herbs owners seek to foster a passion for good health

Jermaine Primus is at the helm of a new business in Blount -- St. John’s Herbs and Wellness.

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Jermaine Primus is at the helm of a new business in Blount -- St. John’s Herbs and Wellness.

Jermaine Primus believes the majority of people want to be healthy, they just don’t know how. That’s where he says his family’s new store fills a niche.

The desire people have to be healthy is what prompted Primus’ family to open St. John’s Herbs and Wellness at 2324 Market Place Dr., which is off West Broadway in the Fairview area of Maryville, he said.

Primus said some customers use herbs to improve cholesterol or lower blood pressure. Others want to detoxify their body or build up the immune system. Owners Jermaine and his wife, Ashley, became interested in natural health when they were expecting their first child.

“I look at it this way,” Jermaine Primus said. “It’s better to prevent things now than pay for it down the road.”

In addition to herbs and supplements, St. John’s carries specialty food items. Anyone looking for gluten-free or wheat-free products can find them at the store. The business also stocks natural sweeteners such as Stevia and soon will have bulk herbs and essential oils.

The Primuses feel that featuring products from the area is important. They carry honey from Parton Apiaries of Maryville. Natural health experts believe that local honey can help people who suffer from allergies by building up immunity to native pollen, Jermaine Primus said.

Other local products include Historic Springs Alkaline Ionized Water from Dandridge and Bethesda Sunscreen Soap from Alcoa.

The store is franchised from Dr. Matt St. John, a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in Oxford, Ala. St. John is directly involved with the store and provides free seminars every Saturday at 2 p.m. St. John discusses how natural health can improve diet and nutrition, stress and depression, allergies and more.

St. John also makes himself available for private consultations on Saturdays. Although he does not offer medical advice or services, St. John does recommend what natural remedies have been found to help different conditions.

The free weekly seminars and having an on-site Naturopath are a few of the ways that St. John’s Herbs reaches out into the community, said Primus. Another point of contact with the community is through “Health Talk.” This weekly call-in radio show is hosted by Jermaine and features Dr. St. John. It can be heard every Friday at 6:30 on 96.3 Praise-FM.

Lindsay Townsend and Jermaine Primus, who handle daily operations at St. John’s Herbs, said they want to work to provide a welcoming environment with knowledgeable staff and quality products.

“We believe that God has provided the answers to all of our needs,” Jermaine said regarding their guiding philosophy. “Concerning health, He has provided natural herbs and supplements.”

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; Wednesday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details about the store and upcoming free seminars call 865-379-0300 or go to their website http://www.stjohnsherbs.com/.

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