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March 2016

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March 2016
Our Monroe Farmers Market will continue to provide local eggs, honey, winter vegetables, warming teas, baked goods, and hand crafted items all winter long.  We are very fortunate to have these dedicated farmers and crafters year-round.

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

  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 March 23 at noon; Pickup March 25 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe March 4 we will be open until 7pm-Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Join many businesses with art exhibit, food and drink specials, etc

. 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 March 19 3:00 PM

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 or 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

Family Guide to Homeopathy March 1 6:30-7:30 #K90

Simple Ways to Manage Diabetes March 8 6:30-7:30 #K99


                       Healthy Happenings:  Natural Remedies for Sinusitis from Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

Winter is here and so many of us have symptoms of sinusitis; nasal congestion, and pain around nose, eyes, and forehead.  Sinusitis can be either acute (short term) or chronic.  Acute sinusitis often develops as a result of the common cold virus.  A virus can damage the tissues in the sinuses and then bacteria can invade, creating an infection.  Acute sinusitis can also result from a fungal infection, especially in those with diabetes or compromised immune function.

Chronic sinusitis is usually a sign of a suppressed immune system, which leads to recurrent respiratory infections and chronic inflammation of the sinuses.  Smoking, allergies, and exposure to irritants can also cause chronic sinusitis.

·         Risk Factors:

1.        Allergies trigger inflammation that may block your sinuses.

2.        Dental infections (abscessed tooth)

3.        Deviated septum (the wall between the nostrils)

4.        Having a respiratory infection such as a cold or flu

5.        Having cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or a weakened immune system

6.        Nasal polyps

7.        Smoking or exposure to air pollution

·         Dietary Recommendations:

1.        Drink plenty of fluids (filtered water, diluted 100% fruit juice, and herbal teas) to dilute mucous secretions and promote drainage.  Look for herbal teas that contain marshmallow, licorice and slippery elm.

2.        Elderberry juice has antiviral activity.

3.        Eat fish and ground flaxseeds that contain essential fatty acids that help reduce inflammation. .

4.        Eat fruits and vegetables (especially berries, citrus, garlic, onions, and ginger) provide important nutrients and compounds that support immune function.

5.        Horseradish helps break up mucous.  Have ½ to 1 teaspoon of the freshly grated root three times per day.  I have not tried this remedy.

Foods to avoid

6.        Alcohol can worsen swelling in the sinuses.

7.        Dairy products may worsen mucus secretions. 

8.        Minimize table salt as it may be dehydrating.

9.        Sugar can hamper immune function.

v  Many people with chronic sinusitis have food allergies.

·         Nutritional Supplements:

1.        Bromelain: An enzyme derived from pineapple, which has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to in studies to reduce symptoms of sinusitis.  Dosage: 250-500 mg three times daily between meals.

2.        Echinacea:  Helps support immune function, and studies show that it can reduce the severity and frequency of cold symptoms.  It may also help prevent a cold from developing into sinusitis.  I use Esberitox.

3.        Vitamin C:  Supports immune function and helps prevent oxidative damage to the lungs.  Studies have shown that it can reduce the severity and duration of the common cold, which may reduce the likelihood of complications, such as sinusitis.  During acute phase of illness you can take 1,000 mg buffered vitamin c every hour for the first day.

4.        N-acetylcysteine (NAC):  An amino acid derivative that helps break up mucus and clear the sinuses.  Dosage:  300-600 mg daily.

·          Homeopathic Remedies:

1.        Sinus by Hyland

2.        Sinusalia by Boiron

3.        Kali Bichromicum

·         General Recommendations:

1.        Saline nasal spray or Neti pot is used to flush our sinuses regularly.  You can make your own nasal spray using 1 cup filtered water, ¾ teaspoon sea salt, and pinch of baking soda.

2.        Skinners salve is used to open nasal passages it can be rubbed on the neck or chest.  We even use it on the soles of the feet to minimize coughing.


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:

v  Local Delivery to shut-ins available

v  Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

v  Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.

v  Free Muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip: Be a BUDDy:   When you’re getting material for a do-it-yourself project, remember the BUDD rule: buy only what your need, use up everything you buy, or donate leftovers to a neighbor or community group, and dispose of waste responsibly.

Words to Live By:  The smallest good deed is greater than the grandest intention.


Recipe of the Month

Maple Roasted Root Vegetables you pick up some at our own Monroe Farmer’s Market all winter.

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil                                                                      2 parsnips, peeled and cut 2 inch pieces

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup                                                              1 rutabaga, cut in 1 inch pieces

3 cloves garlic, minced                                                                            1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut 1 inch

½ teaspoon rosemary                                                                              pieces

½ teaspoon sage                                                                                      1 turnip, peeled and cut in 1 inch pieces

½ teaspoon thyme                                                                                   1 large onion, peeled and cut into quarters

2 medium potatoes, quartered                                                                  Celtic sea salt and fresh ground pepper

2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces


Preheat oven 350 degrees

Mix oil, syrup, garlic and herbs in a small bowl

Place vegetable pieces in a heavy roasting pan or rimmed baking pan

Pour oil mixture over vegetables and toss to coat.

Spread vegetables out in a single layer

Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper

Roast until tender and golden brown (about 1 hour), stirring occasionally.

Transfer vegetables to a platter and serve immediately




Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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March 2016 Natural Remedies for Sinusitis

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