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June 2013

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June 2013

Monroe Happenings:

Health Matters monthly sale!!!!

10% off sunscreen, insect repellent, select homeopathic remedies, select healing salves.

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-1 hour $50.00; ½ hour $30.00

Solid State Energy Work-Video available  Initial consultation 1 ½ hour $100.00; weekly follow up consultation 15-30 minutes $25.00; for more information or to make appointment call Maurine @ 734-240-2786

Family Farms Co-op:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orders due June 19 at noon; Pickup June 21 Southgate 2:30-3:30

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM.

Visit Cathy at Monroe Farmers Market every Saturday 7:00-1:00 PM

Food Stamps accepted May-December; Double Up Bucks July-October

Health Matters Calendar e-mailed upon request or pick up copy at the store


Healthy Happenings: Summer Survival

Summer is here and it is time to enjoy the outside. When we go out into the elements there are several natural remedies and products you can use to protect your family.  We are afraid of the sun and its effect on your skin, but, when we shun the sun we lose out on natural vitamin D.  How can we balance our love for the sun and safety?  Sunscreen manufactures have come up with mega SPF ratings and this might not be necessary.  In general we can use 15-30 SPF safely and getting higher just makes people think they can stay in the sun for longer periods of time. Remember to reapply frequently at least every 3-4 hours. I try to use shady areas, hats, and light clothing to block out the sun naturally.  When you purchase sunscreen products you can check skin deep at for the latest safety ratings. I want to give a big shout out to Kristi McIntosh Kristi has created natural sunscreen, insect repellent and many other herbal remedies.  Hippie Chick Herbal Harmony joined the Monroe Farmers Market and is coordinating music most Saturdays.  Thank you Kristi!!

Dietary Suggestions:

Ø  Remember to hydrate your system often.  Drink filtered water, Wayback Water, diluted 100% fruit juices; fruit based frozen bars and fresh fruit.  

Ø  Limit heavy meals. Garden fresh salads, homemade broth based soups using fresh local vegetables are good options.


Ø  Aloe Vera gel has been used for centuries to soothe and cool burns. Aloe relieves discomfort, speeds healing, and also helps to moisturize the skin and relieve dryness. Gently apply a thin layer of 100% pure aloe vera gel to the sunburned area. Reapply it every hour until the pain is gone.

Ø  Apple cider vinegar compresses can relieve pain.  Just mix together equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and gently wash sunburned area. 

Ø  St. John’s Wort and calendula salve can be applied to badly affected areas to reduce pain.

        Caution: St. John’s Wort may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. 

Ø  Essential oil of Lavender is particularly healing for sunburned skin.  Add lavender oil to cool-to-lukewarm bath water and enjoy a leisurely soak, or make cool compresses with lavender oil.  You can also add 10-20 drops of lavender oil to an ounce of carrier oil and apply mixture to the affected area as needed.

Insect Bites:

2013is reported to be a very bad year for mosquitoes and ticks.

Ø  To avoid mosquito bites, eat fish, brown rice, blackstrap molasses, or wheat germ before spending time outside.  Mosquitoes appear to be repelled by the B vitamins, which are excreted through the skin and especially by B1 (Thiamine).  I take B1 100mg daily from April 1st through September.

Ø  For tick bites, remove the tick as quickly as you can.  Using tweezers, grasp the head of the tick firmly, as close to skin as possible, and pull straight back with the tweezers. 
Do not touch the tick with your hands.  Once it has been removed, scrub the bite with soap and water.  To treat the area, make a paste using a charcoal capsule and a few drops of goldenseal extract and place it on a piece of gauze. Apply the gauze to the bite and cover it with a bandage.  This can draw out the poisons and aid in fast relief.

Ø  For immediate relief of insect bites you can chew a leaf of Plantain and apply directly to the bite.  Plantain is a common lawn weed and I have used it successfully for bee stings.

Ø  Calendula salve is an excellent insect repellent and counterirritant.  You can also try cedar, eucalyptus, and/or tea tree essential oils.

Ø  Raw apple cider vinegar diluted with water in a one to one ratio reduces skin irritations resulting from insect bites.

Poison Ivy:

Ø  Rhus Toxicodendron is the classic homeopathic remedy for poison ivy.  It relieves itching and promotes healing.  Poison Ivy/ Oak Tablets from Hyland’s is a combination remedy for poison ivy.  Several customers take prophylactic doses of Rhus Tox beginning in April and have found it effective in reducing the number and severity of rashes.

Ø   When poison ivy is contracted there are several natural ways to relieve itching

1.      Aloe Vera gel helps to relieve burning and itching.

2.      Marshmallow root both sooths and heals skin.

3.      Tea tree oil disinfects and heals skin conditions.

4.      Witch hazel helps stop itching and aids in healing.

Ø  * For severe cases of poison ivy, consult a physician.  Symptoms that warrant medical attention include and extensive rash the covers more than half of the body; extreme swelling and redness; and fever. 


As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies. 


Organic Fruits and Vegetables delivered every other week-

Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat or call 1-269-476-8883

Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies Small $4.50; Large $5.50


Store News:

  • Local Delivery to shut-ins available

·         United Natural Foods Special Orders:  Due June 5 and June 19, 2013

  • Bridge Cards accepted at the store.
  • Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.
  • Free Muscle Testing



Maurine is available for Natural Health & Nutritional

Consultations by appointment


Save the Earth Tip: Make a butterfly box-Many beautiful varieties of butterfly are under threat as human activity encroaches upon their habitats.  You can reverse this trend.  Cut large windows in the sides of a lidded cardboard box, and cover them with fine black netting.  Collect plants or weeds, such as nettles, that have caterpillars on them.  Put the stalks in a jam jar of water, place in the box, and provide new plants as the old ones are eaten by the caterpillars.  Protected from birds, the caterpillars will turn into papea and emerge as butterflies to be released into the wild.


Recipe of the Month: 

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Crockpot



2 apples, sliced

¼ cup whole cane sugar (Rapadura)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch Celtic sea salt

2 cup old fashioned oats

2 cups milk

2 cups filtered water


Arrange apples in bottom of crockpot.  Mix together cane sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.  Sprinkle over apples.  Top with oats.  Pour milk and water on top.  Do not stir.


Cook on low for 8-9 hours.


Maurine Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161


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