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June 2016 Insect Bites and Poison Ivy

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June 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.  She is selling healing and homemade tea, heirloom vegetables, and sourdough breads on Saturdays 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 June 15 at noon; Pickup June 17 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe June 3-Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

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

. Transitions for Women a support group for women that have lost their partners-Next Meeting held at First Presbyterian Church June 18 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.

Healthy Traditions Network (the Detroit chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation) is cohosting the

Wixom Holistic & Organic Wellness Fair June 12 9am-4pm

Healthy Happenings: Natural Remedies forInsect Bites and Poison Ivy from Smart Medicine for Healthier Living

As if we don’t have enough to worry about with mosquitoes and ticks from, Lyme disease, West Nile Virus and now the zika virus.  Today when I walked out of my front door there was a swarm of mosquitoes. It seems to me they are even more aggressive now.  I do not want to use poisons on my skin.  Rosa makes a homemade bug spray using essential oils (see recipe below).  I have only had poison ivy one time, that was enough, but many customers are extremely sensitive to the nasty weed.  Prevention is important and early treatment is essential.

·         Prevention:

1.        Garlic helps repel insects.  Take the equivalent of 500 mg of fresh garlic twice a day for three days before a wilderness outing and throughout the trip.

2.        Spray Permethrin (available as Nix, Permonone or Duranon) on clothing.  This is a medication normally used to get rid of head lice.  It is very effective and virtually non-toxic when used this way as an insect repellent.  One spraying can last for up to two weeks.

3.        Liquid vitamin-B complex, taken orally, is effective in preventing some insect bites.  (I also take vitamin B 1 daily from April through September).   The B vitamins are excreted through the skin and are believed to leave a bad taste in the mouths of mosquitoes and fleas.  Three days before an outdoor trip or outing, start taking a good B-Complex supplying 50mg of each major B vitamin twice daily.

4.        Cologne, shiny jewelry and even perfumed suntan lotions all attract insects, so it is best not to use or wear them when spending time outdoors.

5.        When you will be in an area where poison ivy may flourish, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt to reduce to possibility of contact with the oil.

6.        If you know you have been exposed to poison ivy, thoroughly wash the area of contact with soap and water as soon as possible.  Change your clothes as soon as possible, taking care to avoid contact with contaminated areas.  Wash clothes with strong detergent and choline bleach.

7.        Poison ivy prevention can include one dose of Rhus Tox daily from April to October.

·         Dietary Recommendations:

1.        Make sure to get plenty of fluids, including filtered water, light soups, and diluted natural juices, to help your body flush toxins, if you get bitten or stung.

·         Nutritional Supplements:

1.        Magnesium-is taken to calm and soothe your nervous system. When your body is under stress.

2.        Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids-are helpful in relieving the toxicity of all bites and stings, and also have anti-inflammatory properties.  Mix a bit of powdered vitamin C with just enough water to make a paste, and apply to the bite as needed.

3.        Calcium Lactate-helps to dry up poison ivy rash

·         Herbal Remedies:

1.        Aloe Vera Gel: is very soothing for minor insect bites and poison ivy rash.

2.        Calendula Salve: can help soothe and relieve the irritation of insect bites and poison ivy rash.

3.        Plantain Leaves and Comfrey: can help draw out the poison and relieve the itching of insect bites.

4.        Jewelweed: can relieve both itching and inflammation.  Jewelweed will also help keep the rash from spreading.

5.        Echinacea:  is highly effective for wounds and stings.  You can take 250mg -500mg every two to three hours for the first day after a bad bite or sting.

·         Homeopathic Remedies:

1.        Apis mellifica: can help decrease the swelling and stinging sensation associated with bee stings.

2.        Ledum: reduces bruising, swelling and general discomfort of an insect bite.

3.        Rhus Toxicodendron(which is homeopathic poison ivy):  will help relieve itching of poison ivy quickly.

·         Aromatherapy:

1.        Tea Tree Oil: is a strong antiseptic and aids in healing.  It also has insect-repellent properties.  Add 8 to 10 drops of tea tree oil to 1 quart of cold water and soak a clean cloth or cotton ball in the mixture.  Apply the compress to the bite for ten to fifteen minutes four times daily.  If you prefer, you can substitute bergamot, lavender, or pine oil for the tea treeoil.


 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: Good enough to eat    If you need to use disposable plates and dishes for a big event, serve food on biodegradable, compostable dishes and flatware made from cornstarch, sugar cane, bamboo, or tropical leaves.  That way, you’ll end up with a big pile of worm fodder that will soon be valuable compost, rather than a stack of landfill.

Words to Live By

Be Kind!!!! Because everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.  Kirsta Tippett


Recipes of the Month

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

2 large very ripe avocados

4 tablespoons organic unsweetened

   Cocoa or cacao powder

¼-1/3 cup pure maple syrup

3-5 drops stevia

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Pinch Celtic sea salt


Place all ingredients in a food processor.   Blend until smooth.  Store in refrigerator.  I enjoyed this with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.


Lemon Chili Avocado Toast from Spry Living

2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted                                                                                ½ teaspoon pepper

Juice of 1 lemon                                                                                                           4 slices sourdough bread

¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt                                                                                             ½ to 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes


Mash avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.  Toast bread and spread each slice with avocado mixture.  Sprinkle with chili flakes to taste.


Rosa’s Homemade Insect Repellent

1 cup vodka or 1 cup witch hazel

10 drops each Citronella, Lavender, Lemon, and Geranium essential oils


Mix together in glass spray bottle.


Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

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


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June 2016 Natural Remedies for Insect Bites and Poison Ivy

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