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July 2014

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July 2014

Monroe Happenings:

Health Matters monthly sale!!!!

10% off select Skin Health Products

Check out for Health Matters & Namaste Yoga Coupons

Visit Health Matters at Monroe Farmer’s Market Saturday 7-12

Bridge Cards with Double Up Bucks coordinated at our table


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

  call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

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

Orders due July 16 at noon; Pickup July 18 Southgate 2:30-3:30

2nd Annual Pub Crawl July 18

Yoga with Shannon:  Saturday in June No Class July 5& July 12  sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM

Namaste Yoga Center now open 8177 Secor Rd. Lambertville for schedule you can go to www.namasteyogacenter.weebly.comor pick up schedule at the store.

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


Healthy Happenings: Healthy Vibrant Skin


Summer is finally here and with summer comes many challenging skin issues.  When we spend time in the sun and water, which tends to cause dry skin or we are attacked by killer mosquito we need to nourish our skin.   Another issue many customers have is poison ivy, poison oak etc.  I have issues whenever I am weeding my gardens.  I cannot pinpoint the real issue but I develop an itchy rash, which stops itching in an hour or two.  Many women are concerned about wrinkles.  So as you can see we need to take care of our skin because our skin is our largest organ and whenever we have breaks in the skin we are open to infections.


·         Skin Revitalizing Foods

1.      Avocados                                                           8. Broccoli

2.      Wild Caught Salmon                                          9. Berries

3.      Eggs                                                                   10. Carrots

4.      Walnuts                                                              11. Cantaloupe

5.      Green Tea                                                          12. Dark Chocolate

6.      Almonds                                                            13. Sweet Potatoes

7.      Flax, Chia & Hemp Seeds                                  14.Red Bell Peppers


·         Herbal Remedies

1.      Calendula Salve is used topically to promote wound healing, reduces diaper rash, and reduces inflammation. Calendula shows antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity.

I use calendula to remove my eye makeup and as a lip moisturizer.  Many customers have taken my homemade herbal class (complimentary salve given at end of class) and can grow calendula and make their own healing salves.  Next class scheduled in October.

2.      Chickweed is used for rashes, eczema, sunburn, bee stings, dermatitis, and burns. 

3.      Plantain has a long history of use as remedy for a variety of skin woes, from dandruff and eczema to bug bits and minor cuts.  The plant’s juice is, in fact, antibacterial and quite soothing when applied to a burn.

4.      Alo Vera Gel helps to heal burns and reduce burn pain.  Useful for first and Second-degree burns (sunburn, radiation burns, and scalds).  Alo Vera has anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting arachidonic acid.  Sooths skin and may enhance skin healing.

5.      Milk Thistle (tincture or capsule) is used to reduce congestion in the liver that has been linked to itching.

·         Essential Oils

1.      Lavender Oil is used for skin problems, including acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and sunburn, place 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on affected area.

2.      Geranium is used for skin problems (acne, athlete’s food, dandruff and eczema), place 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab affected area.

3.      Tea Tree Oil is used for acne, athlete’s foot, blemishes from chicken pox and shingles, blisters, burns, cold sores, cracked and rough skin, dandruff, insect bites, varicose veins, and warts, can be applied straight or if irritation occurs mix with a carrier oil (almond or olive oil). 

·         General Recommendation

1.      Hydration is important for healthy skin to detoxify and nourish cell.  Coconut water  provides mineral-rich rehydration for athletes. Coconut water is one of the richest sources of potassium, a mineral that is good for the heart and blood pressure.  Way Back Water is my recommendation to super hydrate your system.  I spray my face twice a day to hydrate my skin topically.

2.      Topical oils such as Rosehip oil, Olive oil, and Argan oil  improve the appearance of the skin.  Be careful of skin creams and moisturizers that may contain ingredients that can be toxic.  You can go to and check skin deep to find the ratings of most personal care items.

3.      Organic Virgin Coconut oil can be used to prevent sunburn.  Coconut oil can block 20% if UVA rays.  If you are in the sun for a long time you can add zinc oxide to increase protection.

4.      Vitamin C taken internally and/or included in a quality skin cream

5.      Green Tea extract is a powerful antioxidant that can lower oxidative stress in the body.

6.      Stop smoking due to the damage it causes.

7.      Exercise at least 3 times per week to stimulate circulation.



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


Store News:

  • Local Delivery to shut-ins available
  • 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: Quick skin and eye recipes-using spent green tea bags, natural milk and cucumbers

1.       Freeze two wet tea bags for an hour; then place on your eyes for 10 minutes.  The antioxidants in green tea will help reduce wrinkles and dark circles, while the cold will shrink puffiness.

2.      Place cucumber slices over your eyes to fight puffiness, but eating them can also help you look your best.  Cucumber is mostly water, so eating it hydrates your skin, flushes out toxins, and relieves the inflammation that can cause your skin to appear puffy.

3.      You can exfoliate your skin using ½ cup sugar mixed with 2 Tablespoons natural milk to make a paste.  Rub on skin and leave for no longer than 10 minutes; wash off with warm water. 

4.      To reduce wrinkles and hydrate my face,  I spray my face with diluted Way Back Water twice a day.


Words to Live By:  Success is simply getting up one more time than you fall.



I have not made carrot cake for over 15 years so when I made  a healthier version for a church gathering it was a great success.  Many people have asked for the recipe.


Wheat Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


 3 ½ cups shredded organic carrots

1 ½ cup organic cane sugar

1 ½ cups extra-light olive oil

4 farm fresh eggs

2 cups white spelt flour

¼ cup ground organic flax

2 teaspoons baking soda

¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

2 teaspoons organic cinnamon

1 cup roasted chopped walnuts


1.      Grease and flour a 9X13 inch baking pan.

2.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

3.      In large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients. 

4.      Add olive oil, beat 3 minutes.

5.      Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

6.      Add carrots and nuts  mixing well

7.      Pour into prepared baking pan.  Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

¼ cup butter, softened

2 ½ cups organic powdered sugar

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Cream together cream cheese and butter.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla, blend until spreading consistency.


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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