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April 2015

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April 2015

Monroe Happenings:

We are Celebrating our 11th anniversary on Monday April 13.  Join us for free cookies.  We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for supporting and challenging us.  Looking forward to many Healthy Years together!!!


Remember to visit Chantelle at the market year round on Saturday’s from 7am-12noon.

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 April 8 at noon; Pickup April 10 2:30-3:30-New Location for pickup is VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.

Transitions for Women a support group for women, in their 50’s and 60’s that have lost their partners-Next Meeting held at First Presbyterian Church April 18 @ 3:00pm

Call us at 734-240-2786 for more information and to sign up.

First FridayDowntown Monroe April 3 we will be open until 7pm-Join many businesses with art exhibit, food and drink specials, etc.

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.

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for winter and spring classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-4950

Homemade Herbal #1 April 28 6:30-7:30 #J101

Healthy Happenings: Healthy Bladder from The Better Bladder Book Wendy Cohan, R.N.

     I am forever grateful for suggestions given to me by our wise customers.  I have been dealing with bladder issues for a few years and this book really helped me.  This week while researching natural bladder remedies I found information on cayenne pepper for bladder irritation.  I have been drinking my Morning Tonic for over 2 years and it happened to include 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.  I was taking it for improving circulation.  Since learning about the extra benefit to my bladder I have increased it to ¼ teaspoon twice a day.  There are several different types of bladder problems, acute and chronic urinary tract infections, overactive bladder, stress incontinence, interstitial cystitis; and for the men in our lives, prostatitis and/or BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

*      Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) & Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

1.      Obtain a urinalysis and diagnosis by healthcare practitioner.

2.      I have used D-Mannose (recommended by my physician) at the first sign of infection.  

3.       100% cranberry juice has been favored for the prevention of UTI because it was thought to increase the acidity of the urine, thereby creating an environment that does not favor bacterial growth.

4.      Marshmallow (althaea officinalis) contains some germ fighting and inflammation-relieving phytochemicals.  Spongy, gummy mucilage soothes and protect inflamed mucous membranes in the throat, stomach, intestines, and urinary tract.

5.      Corn Silk (zea mays) extracts of corn silk are potent diuretics, giving rise to their use for all sorts of kidney-related and urinary complaints.

6.      Linden Flower (tilia species) the medicinal compounds of these sweet smelling flowers include hesperidin and quercetin bioflavonoids, the mineral manganese, and mucilaginous properties, which may help soothes the bladder.   Mucilaginous herbs contain special starches that produce a mucouslike coating in the urinary tract.  Other components of this herb are antispasmodic, and it seems to be particularly useful in calming a restless bladder, preventing bladder spasms, and producing a good flow of urine.

7.      Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) has been used for inflammation, tissue swelling and nerve pain.

8.      Vitamin D plays an important role in reducing inflammation and , as an important immune modulator, may even play a role in preventing autoimmune disorders.

*      Prostatitis and/or BPH

1.      Bromelain used for its anti-inflammatory properties.

2.      Saw Palmetto (serenoa repens) is well known for its use in treating inflammation of the prostate in men.

3.      Stinging Nettle “root” (Uritca dioica) is a remedy that has shown some usefulness in treating prostate inflammation (BPH), sometimes in combination with saw palmetto.

4.      Pygeum (pygeum africanum) is widely used in Europe, and a number of clinical studies have shown its usefulness in reducing swelling in the prostate.

*      Anti-inflammatory Foods

1.      Fruits: Unsweetened fruit and a small amount of fruit juice; choose from apples, pears, apricots, cherries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, papaya, and mango.

2.      Vegetables: Raw, steamed, or oven-roasted vegetables; choose from green beans, zucchini, winter squash, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, artichokes, yams, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, celery, carrots, lettuce and other fresh greens and herbs.  

3.      Grains: Brown rice, and other forms of rice, millet, amaranth, teff, buckwheat, wild rice, quinoa, and other grains in small portions; small amounts of bread and pasta products made from nongluten grains.

4.      Protein: Halibut, salmon, trout, sole, cod, turkey, chicken, wild game, lamb, and grass-fed (not grain-fed) beef. 

5.      Nuts, seeds, and oils: Cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, sesame seeds and oil, tahini, almond butter and unsweetened coconut.

6.      Beverages: Unsweetened hemp milk, spring or filtered water; most herbal teas; highly diluted, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices.

7.      Seasonings: Dill, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, coriander, sea salt and kelp. Stick with herbs, fresh or dried, for flavoring most foods; they tend to be milder than spices. Ginger is a good choice, if tolerated, because it possesses anti-inflammatory properties, Fresh garlic is often problematic of the IC bladder, but a little dried granulated garlic may be tolerated.

8.      Sweeteners:  The healthiest choices are stevia and xylitol; better still are applesauce and other fruit purees.


Maurine is happy to provide her opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.

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: Kitchen storage solutions.  Numerous foods come in jars and other containers that can be used over and over again.   Large jars with screw lids are ideal for storing pantry basics such as pasta, rice, and legumes.  Smaller containers are perfect for portions of salad, coleslaw, or other treats in lunchboxes.

Words to Live By:  Opportunities are disguised by hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.

Ann Landers

From Ageless Remedies from Mother’s Kitchen by Hanna Kroeger

Chicken soup has a natural ingredient which feeds, repairs, and clams the mucous lining of the small intestine. This inner lining is the beginning, or ending of the nervous system.   Chicken soup heals the nerves, improves digestion, reduces allergies, relaxes and gives strength.

***I make several quarts and store in quart containers in my freezer.***

Recipe of the Month

Chicken Bone Broth Source Nourishing Traditions

1 whole free-range chicken or 2-3 pounds of bony chicken parts, such as neck, backs, breastbones, and wings

Gizzards form one chicken (optional)

Chicken feet (optional)

4 quarts cold filtered water

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped

3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped

1 bunch parsley


Cut chicken parts into several pieces.  Place chicken or chicken pieces in a large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar and all vegetables except parsley.  Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Bring to a boil, and remove scum that rises to the top.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6 to 24 hours.  I remove the chicken meat after about 45 minutes and return the bones to the stock pot. The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavorful it will be.  About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley.  This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.

Strain the stock into a large bowl and place in refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals.  Skim off this fat and reserve the stock in covered containers in your refrigerator or freezer.

You can substitute turkey pieces for the chicken if desired.


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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 April 2015 Healthy Bladder


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