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Help Your Self, Brooklyn

Tucked into a cottage-like storefront on Java Street is a recently-opened (and appropriately named) apothecary and healing center called Help Your Self. With its airy layout and thoughtful selection of artisanal elixirs, small-batch tinctures, and spirit-enhancing goodies, it's a welcome addition to Greenpoint's ever-growing wellness scene.

The space's good vibes likely have a little something to do with Catherine Foley, the shop's gracious and super welcoming owner. Inspired to open "a general store for the spirit" after receiving a vision during an acupuncture session a few years ago, Foley's mission is to help people easily integrate wellness practices into their daily lives. To that end, not only is she totally inspiring to chat with, but she's also committed to offering a full roster of healing services in the center's treatment rooms and community space — everything from private shamanic reiki sessions to dream workshops to tarot readings.

We stopped by on a recent Saturday afternoon and ended up lingering for over an hour, immersing ourselves in the full spectrum of botanical treats on offer. Among our favorites: the aromatic, Brooklyn-made Monk Oil, Spinster Sister's magical-looking gem essence elixirs, and Homestead Apothecary's third eye-opening Spirit Scents