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Jan 2015

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January 2015

Have Happy and Healthy New Year!!!

Holiday Hours:  Closed January 1st for New Years Day

Monroe Happenings:

 Health Matters monthly sale!!!!

10% off select anti-viral supplements  


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

  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 January 14 at noon; Pickup January 16 2:30-3:30-New Location for pickup is VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.

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

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


Healthy Happenings: Natural Remedies for Influenza from Smart Medicine for Healthier Living

I had decided to focus on the flu this month because so many customers and children had been diagnosed with Influenze A and many schools and nursing homes have been limiting visitors.  Some of my customers have reported they received the flu shot this year and still were diagnosed with influenza A.  Then two days after Christmas Rosa and I came down with the flu.  We have suggested Esberitox or elderberry syrup and vitamin C to prevent infection but I did not take my own advice.    I have learned a few lessons that I can share with you; 1.  Don’t reduce the fever unless you are totally miserable, fevers are used by the body to rid itself of any infection, viral or bacterial. 2.  don’t use over the counter decongestants, nasal discharge is the other way the body has to get the infected secretions out of the body. 3.  Get plenty of rest and wash hands frequently.

*       Dietary Recommendations

1.       If you don’t feel like eating, it is best not to force yourself.  When you do feel hungry, choose easily digested foods as juices, lemonade (hot or cold), herbal teas, applesauce, and lots of nourishing broth and homemade soups.  Miso and chicken soup are good choices.

2.       Getting plenty of fluids, including soups, is particularly important.  Fluids help to thin secretions, making it easier for the body to clear them, and also help to prevent constipation and flush toxins from the body.

3.       Avoid dairy products, which and a tendency to increase and thicken mucus.

*       Nutritional Supplements

1.       Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to ease the course of respiratory illness.  Bioflavonoids have potent antiviral properties and can be useful at any stage of an infection.  Take 500-1000 mg of five times a day for five days to one week.

2.       To help boost you immune system, take 5-10 mg of zinc five times daily for five days to one week.  Take zinc with food to prevent stomach upset.

*       Herbal Remedies

1.       Chamomile tea can help you rest and relax.  You can take twice a day.

2.       Echinacea and Goldenseal stimulate the immune system.  Goldenseal also helps soothe mucous membranes.  Esberitox can be used to boost immune system and can be used as a preventative by taking one dose daily.

3.       In a 1995 Israeli study, Elderberry Extract was found to reduce both the severity of symptoms and the duration of flu (two to three days in the treated group versus six days in the placebo group). 

4.       Garlic helps to detoxify the body.  Take 500mg (or one clove) three times a day for up to five days.

5.       Ginger Tea is excellent if the stomach is affected.  Take a cup as needed.

 Homeopathic Remedies

1.       At the first sign that flu is developing, take 4 pellets of  Anas Barbariae (Oscillococcinum) every two hours, for a total of five doses.

2.       If you are feeling chilly, restless, and weak, choose Arsenicum album.

3.       Bryonia is good if symptoms include a headache, cough, constipation, thirst, and irritability.  Take one dose of Bryonia three to four times a day for up to three days.

4.       Take Gelsemium if you have heavy, droopy eyes; feel weak and tired, with aches and chills up and down your back.  You can take one dose of Gelsemimum three to four times a day for up to eight doses.

5.       Rhus Toxicodendron  is good if you are feeling restless and complain of  achy, stiff muscles. Take one dose of Rhus Toxicodendron  three times a day for up to three days.


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


Save the Earth Tip: Filter out wasted paper.  Rather than using bleached paper coffee filters, which may contain dioxins, and are a very short lived use of valuable trees, replace the filter in your coffee machine at home or work with a metal-mesh version, which can be reused thousands of times.


Words to Live By:  No Matter what the statistics say, there’s always a way.  Bernard Siegel



Recipe of the Month

Creamy Cranberry Salad by Renee Merkel


3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries                                                    ½ cup Xylitol or natural sugar

Coarse chopped                                                                                   1/8 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

1 20 oz can crushed pineapple; drained                                         ¼ cup chopped roasted walnuts

1 organic apple, peeled and chopped                                              1-1 ½ cup whipped cream

2 cup miniature marshmallows


Mix together first seven ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Just before serving fold in whipped cream.


Homemade whipping cream                                            

8 oz heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon xylitol or sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 In a very cold bowl with very cold beaters whip cream until thickened.  Add xylitol or sugar and vanilla.  Continue whipping until very thick.





Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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January 2015 Influenza

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