Once, not so long ago, herbs abounded in Kansas City's Northland. Before sprawling subdivisions gobbled up the prairie, the area offered a bounty of hairy parsley, Mead's milkweed, Indian pea and ground plum. But asphalt and Kentucky bluegrass are king, and the herbs come prepackaged and ready for consumption at Ben's Freedom Health Food. The store is small, but the supply is big. Ginkgo. Echinacea. Ginseng. Garlic pills. Cat's claw. Artichoke extract. Ben carries all the big brands: Country Life, Twin Lab, Nature's Way, Olympian Labs. The Northland might become less natural with each approved plat, but thanks to Ben's, you can still benefit from the healing properties of nature.