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April 2012

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April 2012


Watch for coupon and gift entry form in the April edition of Saving Sense.


Monroe Happenings:

Maurine is taking appointments for new Energy Therapy Treatments

The initial appointment is 1-1 ½ hours; with weekly follow up treatments

taking only 15-30 minutes.  Treatments are used to rebalance our body’s energies to detoxify and promote self healing.  For more information call Maurine on Monday or Thursday and check website


Earth Day celebrated April 21 10-2 Loranger Square


Family Farms Coop orders due April 25 at noon; Pickup April 27 Southgate 2:30-3:30


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


Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-4950 Classes start April 23


Homemade Herbal #1: April 23 6:30-7:30


Homemade Herbal #2: April 30 6:30-7:30


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




Healthy Happenings: Non-ToxicSpring Cleaning

I have enjoyed our early spring this year, how about you?  But don’t we love Michigan, today is 37 degrees and I am freezing.  I have spent the last few years cleaning up my own life.  Two years ago for my birthday my friend Kathryn gave me homemade laundry detergent.  It works great and only costs a few cents a load.  Kathryn now sells her detergent at our store and at the farmers market in the summer.  I threw out most of my cosmetics, in favor of more natural ones.  I started buying organic produce and other products.  Now I get organic fruits and vegetables delivered to the store every other week from  I spend one Friday a month in Southgate picking up raw milk from We purchase grass fed meat by the ¼.


When you work as hard as we do to get quality milk, meat, and produce your


1.      Around the house:

  •       Dispose of toxic chemicals such as air fresheners, cleaning products, detergents, fabric softeners, and even make-up. 

  • ·         You can replace these air fresheners with natural essential oils as the main ingredient, use sweet orange oil to lift your mood

  • ·         Use baking soda, borax, washing soda, and white vinegar for cleaning; to clean grease off of baking sheets mix together ¼ cup baking soda and enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste, let stand and scrub away grease.

  • ·         Free and clear biodegradable laundry detergent (or use recipes at the end); add white vinegar to the washer for fabric softener

  • ·         Look for natural make-up alternatives. I try to check Environmental Working Group www.ewg.orgskin deep for the least harmful products.  Don’t be fooled even products sold in natural food stores can be harmful.


Natural Laundry detergents:

Powder-1/2 cup washing soda

              ½ cup borax

              1 bar castile soap (grated)                                             

              ¼ cup baking soda                                                               

             15 drops lemon essential oil

Put on gloves, add washing soda, borax, grated            

Soap, baking soda and oil to a lidded container 

Cover and shake well.  Use 3 Tablespoons

Detergent per load. Makes 18 oz.


Liquid-1 bar Dr. Bronner’s castile soap (any fragrance) grated

             1 cup washing soda

             1 cup borax


Put grated castile soap in medium sauce pan.  Add water-about ¾ of the way full.  Heat until the soap dissolves; add the washing soda and borax.  Health and stir until everything is dissolved and bubbly.  Fill a clean 5 gallon bucket half way up with warm water.  Pour in soap mixture and stir.  Then fill the bucket with water, cover and sit overnight.  Place in several gallon jugs. I share with my daughters.   The detergent may separate; I just shake it before using. 


2.      In the garden:

  •       Purchase organic seeds and plants, use compost, fish emulsion, worm castings (from J.C. & E Organic Worm Farm in Maybee) and hand weeding; for weeds (as most of you know we like natural/medicinal weeds so we leave them alone) grass that grows in the sidewalk, Rosa pours table salt and water on the weeds and grass for a non toxic weed killer.

  •       Start a compost pile and/or use a rain barrel to conserve water.


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


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


Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies or Organic Vegetables Juices-Small $4.50; Large $5.50


Guernsey Ice Cream with organic cones-$1.50


Store News:

  • Local Delivery to shut-ins available
  • Store Spotlight: We can purchase organic seeds now and plants later from Whole Foods Market. 


·         United Natural Foods Special Orders:  Due April 25, 2012


  • 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, Solid State Energy Work, & Nutritional

Consultations by appointment


Save the Earth Tip: Celebrate Earth Day by increasing the items you recycle.  We have been recycling Styrofoam, cardboard, milk cartons, plastic bags etc at Washtenaw County Regional Drop-Off Station-2950 E. Ellsworth Rd in Ann Arbor (open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).  Due to a cut in funding we pay $3.00 per drop off.  We also recycle at Stevens Disposal & Recycling Service-16929 Ida West Rd. Petersburg.  All recyclable items get dropped in a large container and the employees separate the items, this service is free.  A list of acceptable materials is available at the store.


Recipe of the Month:

Toffee Pecan Drop Cookies

 These cookies are not my healthiest, but much better than store bought cookies.

2 cups spelt flour

¼ cup ground flax

¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter softened

½ cup Rapadura or Sucunat  

¾ cup natural sugar

1 free-range egg at room temperature

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cup course chopped toasted pecans

1 cup toffee pieces (I use Heath brand)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together flour, flax, sea salt, baking soda in small bowl.

Cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes

Add egg and vanilla; mix well

Add dry ingredients and mix well

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet;

      Leaving several inches between for expansion.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating pan once. Until cookies are lightly golden

Cool cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. 

Store cookies in refrigerator or freezer for freshness. 


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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