Today a lovely woman came in to check out the store, our conversation led to her telling a story about how she went to see a psychic who told her there was darkness around her and that she needed special herbs to get rid of it, herbs that only the psychic, could provide. Having been in the healing arts field for 15 years, this is certainly not the first time I have heard about this kind of scam and also not the first time meeting someone who has gotten sucked into the scam.
Long scam short - you go to see a psychic, s/he tell you there is darkness, dark spirit, evil around or in you and that you need to be rid of it. The psychic assures you that s/he has the 'cure' whether it be herbs, metals, stones and so on and usually also states that for a certain number of sessions and/or amount of money, s/he will lift the evil and provide protection over you. This scam is also played on those who arrive at the psychic's door seeking their 'soulmate'.
What you will come to find out is that the darkness, dark spirit, evil around you is actually the psychic who is playing on your fear(s) and in general only possesses one 'ability' - sociopathy.
There is no doubt that those who fall for this scam feel violated, embarrassed, and unfortunately so embarrassed that the person puts the blame on themselves and not the perpetrator. This woman had doe-like (as in deer) energy and therefore it was clear in her eyes that this had been a traumatic experience.
HOWEVER! she showed courage in entering an herbal store with a desire to get to know herbs more, and let go of some of the shame by telling her story...that my friends is the healing process, putting one's hands back on the steering wheel.
HERBS ARE FOR EVERYONE, NO ONE RULES THEM. If medicinal and/or magical 'powers' are assigned to an herb, let it ultimately be by YOU.
In every profession there are those who you can trust and those who you cannot. Allow your instinct to be your guide for it will never fail you. To this woman I recommended burning some white sage incense and watching the movie Matchstick Men. What Nicolas Cage says to the young lady at the carpet store towards end of the movie was an AH-HA experience for me, and I've been recommending that movie a.k.a that lesson ever since.