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May 2016 Spring and Summer Allergies

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May 2016

The Bridge Card/Double Up Buck program began May 7th at the Market.

Chantelle will be coordinating the program at the market year this year.

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 May 18 at noon; Pickup May 20 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe May 6 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 that have lost their partners-Next Meeting held at First Presbyterian Church May 21 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 www.namasteyogacenter.weebly.comor pick up schedule at the store.

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for spring classes through Monroe Community Education

 Homemade Herbal #1 May 3 6:30-7:30 #K92

Homemade Herbal #2 May 10 6:30-7:30 #K92

   Healthy Happenings:  Spring and Summer Allergies from Encyclopedia of Natural Health Sherri Torkos

Well, it looks like spring is finally here.  With spring many of us have to deal with seasonal allergies also known as hay fever.  These allergies occur when the immune system overreacts upon exposure to allergens, substances such as trees, grass, or flower pollen.  The immune system produces an antibody against the allergen called immunoglobulin E (IgE), which triggers the release of inflammatory chemicals—histamine, leukotrienes, and prostaglandins.  Histamine is responsible for the notorious allergy symptoms of itchy, runny eyes and nose, runny eyes and nose, and sneezing; leukotrienes cause excess mucous production; and prostaglandins trigger inflammation. 

·         Signs & Symptoms:

1.      Cough

2.      Fatigue

3.      Headache

4.      Irritability

5.      Itchy eyes, nose, roof of mouth, or throat

6.      Sinus pressure and pain

7.      Sneezing

8.      Runny nose and congestion

9.      Watery eyes

v  Having allergies increases your risk of developing other inflammatory diseases such as asthma and eczema. Prolonged sinus congestion can increase the risk of sinusitis.

·         Dietary Recommendations:

1.      Avoid mucous forming foods such as dairy products, refined flours, and hydrogenated fats because they can trigger inflammation. 

2.      Minimize refined sugar intake due to suppression of immune system.

3.      Include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables that support the immune system.

4.      Eat plenty of fish, seeds, and nuts that contain healthy fats that help reduce inflammation.

5.      Peppers, onions and garlic help thin and reduce mucous production

6.      Wasabi (Japanese horseradish) clears the sinuses.

·         Nutritional Supplements:

1.      Probiotics-Help replenish gastrointestinal flora, which is important for immune function.

2.      Quercetin-Is a flavonoid with antihistamine properties.  Dosage: 500mg three times daily

3.      Vitamin C- Helps reduce histamine production and it works well with quercetin.  Dosage: 1,000mg three time daily

4.      Vitamin E- Has antioxidant effects and has been shown to reduce allergic response and nasal symptoms (sneezing, itching, stuffiness, and runny nose).  Dosage: 400IU daily

5.      NAC (N-acetyl cysteine)-  A form of the amino acid cysteine, increases our internal production of antioxidant glutathione and helps balance the immune system.  Dosage: 50-100mg three times daily.

·         Herbal Remedies:

1.      Astragalus: is a Chinese herb that helps to strengthen the overall constitution. Take 500mg daily for one month before the hay fever season begins.

2.      Nettle: can be helpful for drying out the sinuses.  It can be highly effective for chronic allergies.

3.      Turmeric:  is an East Indian herb with natural anti-inflammatory properties it is an excellent remedy for those who suffer from fatigue coupled with allergies.

·         Homeopathic Remedies:

1.      Kali Bi can be used for sinus congestion

2.      Boiron Sinusalia or Hyland Sinus or Seasonal Allergy relief

·         General Recommendations:

1.      Using a neti pot or flushing out the sinuses 2-3 times per day with a saline solution can reduce mucous buildup.

2.      Activated Nasal Mist: uses xylitol and erythritol in a saline solution to coat the inside of the nasal passage which can block allergens.  It also contains peppermint, thyme, eucalyptus, tea tree, spearmint, and wintergreen essential oils.

3.      Avoid contact with plants that cause an allergic reaction, especially during their pollination seasons.


 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.

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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: What koalas never tell you    Eucalyptus oil is a useful addition to your natural household pantry.  It’s an effective disinfectant and deodorizer, gets rid of stains such as ink and grease, repels certain insects, and even attacks rust.

Words to Live By

I cannot change yesterday.  I can only make the most of today, and look with hope toward tomorrow.


Recipes of the Month

Seasonal Allergy Tea from everyday roots

1 teaspoon dried peppermint or ¼ cup chopped fresh peppermint

1 teaspoon dried nettle leaf or ¼ cup chopped fresh nettle leaf (must pick with gloves)

8 ounces filtered water.

Raw honey and fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste.


Place peppermint and nettle in a mug and cover with boiling water.  Steep 10-15 minutes, strain; add honey and lemon, and drink 2 times daily as needed for allergy relief.



Homemade Bug Spray by Dr. Axe                                                   

½ cup witch hazel                                                                    

1/ 2 cup apple cider vinegar

40 drops essential oils

(Eucalyptus, lemongrass, citronella,

Tea tree, or rosemary-6 drops of each)


1.      Mix all ingredients in 8 ounce glass spray bottle.

2.      Spray over all portions of the body but avoid repellent in eyes and mouth


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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May 2016 Natural Remedies for Allergies

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