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July 2016 Skin Issues

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July 2016

The Bridge Card/Double Up Buck program 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.

***Health Matters will be closes Monday July 4th to celebrate Independence Day***

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

  Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath now available by appointment-1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

Family Farms Co-op:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orders due July 13 at noon; Pickup July 15 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe July 1-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 Cancelled for July due to vacations

All the Single Ladies walking group starting Tuesday July12 at 5:30 meet at Health Matters

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.

4th Annual Downtown Monroe Wine Crawl July 15 Sold Out


Healthy Happenings: Natural Remedies forEczema and Psoriasis fromEncyclopedia of Natural Medicine by

Dr. Michael Murray, N.D.

When you have any skin issues (itching, rashes, acne, etc.) we also have to look to the liver. Our skin is our largest organ, and when our systems become toxic the result is poor skin.  Weak digestions resulting in bowel toxemia, food sensitivities, and candida (yeast overgrowth) have all been linked to eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis, which is caused by a pileup of skin cells that have replicated too rapidly. There seems to be link to excessive stress when dealing with both of these skin issues. Dr. Moulton has been a valuable resource for many of our customers that have been afflicted with these issues.

·         Description:

1.      Eczema is an allergic disease. It is an inflammatory skin disorder characterized by patches of red, dry flaking skin and areas that are inflamed, moist and oozing. If the condition becomes chronic, the affected skin cells may become thick and scaly and the skin may change color.  Itching cam be so severe that scratching is virtually inevitable.  Food allergy in susceptible individuals is the major cause of eczema.

2.      Psoriasis is a common skin disorder characterized by thick patches of reddened skin covered by silvery scales.  In this condition, the body produces new skin cells about ten times faster than normal, but the rate at which old skin cells on the surface are shed remains the same.  Because they cannot reach the surface, underlying live skin cells accumulate and form thickened patches.  The silvery scales appearing on the surface of the skin are old dead and dying cells that have not been shed.

·         Dietary Recommendations for eczema:

1.      Very often, allergies to citrus fruits, eggs, wheat, cow’s milk, shellfish, and/or chocolate are related to eczema.  Use an elimination diet to check for possible food allergies.

2.      Include foods high in potassium and vitamin A for beta carotene in your diet.  Lightly steamed carrots and leafy greens such as kale and dandelion leaves are excellent choices.

3.      Eat at least one tablespoon of good quality olive oil or hemp seed oil daily to increase the moisture-holding potential of your skin.

·         Dietary Recommendations for psoriasis:

1.      Eat a well-balanced high-fiber diet that emphasizes clean, lean protein foods, whole grains, and fresh preferably raw) fruits and vegetables.]

2.      Enjoy fish often.  Fish oils contain essential fatty acids that reduce the inflammatory response.

3.      Avoid dairy products and red meat. These foods contain arachidonic acid, which promotes inflammation and can cause psoriatic patches to become even more inflamed and swollen.

4.      Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and refined sugar.


·         Nutritional Supplements for both skin issues:

1.      High-potency multiple vitamin –taken at least twice a day

2.      Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols)-200-400IU daily

3.      Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids-are important for the formation of collagen and healthy skin.

4.      Fish oil or cod liver oil (Omega 3)-1,000-3,000 mg of EPA + DHA daily

5.      Gamma Linolenic Acid GLA oil (Omega 6)-from either Evening Primrose or Borage oil 

6.      Hemp oil (combination of Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils):  Dr. Moulton recommends ½-1 teaspoon three times per day for children.

7.      Probiotic Supplement- Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species at least 5-10 billionper day

·         Herbal Remedies:

1.      Milk Thistle: contains silymarin, which acts to correct the abnormal cell replication involved in psoriasis.  It also contains several anti-inflammatory compounds and enhances the liver’s ability to filter toxins from the blood. 

2.      Chickweed Salve: can help soothe and relieve itching and inflammation

3.      Aloe Vera Gel: can relieve both itching and inflammation. 

·         Homeopathic Remedies are symptom specific:

1.      Rhus Toxicodendron(which is homeopathic poison ivy):  can be used if you have dry, red itchy areas in the folds of your skin.

2.      Sulfur:  is for the person who feels warm and has very red, dry, hot-looking patches of skin.

3.      Nelson Eczema skin care- is a combination product that is formulated for symptoms such as inflammation, itching, pain, and sensitivity associated with eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, rashes and other skin conditions.

·         Aromatherapy baths or compresses:

1.      Geranium, Lavender, myrrh, neroli, or rose essential oils: to reduce inflammation and ease itching, use one to three of the oils listed. Or you can also add a few drops of one to three of these oils to a small quantity of jojoba oil to make healing body oil. a strong antiseptic and aids in healing. 


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: Herbal hair happiness - The secret of healthy hair may lie a few feet away in your garden.  You can make your own completely natural hair treatments for free from common herbs and plants.  For example, use lavender or thyme to tackle dandruff or itchy scalp: boil four tablespoons of the dried herb in a pint of water for ten minutes, let the decoction cool, then work it into your scalp (having dampened your hair), and leave for an hour before rinsing.  Use rosemary in the same way to stimulate hair growth or condition dark hair.

Words to Live By

The majority of people meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.  Napoleon Hill


Recipes of the Month by Meg Favreau

Cinnamon Zucchini Pancakes

¾ cup white spelt or whole wheat pastry flour

¼ cup cornmeal

2 Tablespoons ground flax

1 Tablespoons organic sugar or xylitol

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

1 large egg

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

1 cup natural milk or buttermilk

¾ cup grated zucchini, excess liquid squeezed out 


Combine flour and next 7 ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, butter, and milk.  Add to flour mixture and whisk to combine.

Stir in grated zucchini.  Spray griddle with cooking spray and heat over medium.  Spoon batter onto griddle (1/4 cup per pancake) and cook until tiny bubbles appear in the pancake.  Flip and continue cooking until golden on both sides.  Serve with pure maple syrup and blueberries.



Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

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


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July 2016 Natural Remedies for Eczema and psoriasis

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