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December 2013

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December 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all of our loyal customers

Maurine, Rosa, Cathy, and June

Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve 10-2 Closed Christmas Day

New Years Eve 10-2 Closed New Year’s Day

Monroe Happenings:

Health Matters monthly sale!!!!

10% off select supplements for colds and flu symptoms

Visit Health Matters at Monroe Farmer’s Market Dec 7 and Dec 21 7-1

Bridge Cards coordinated at our table

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


Solid State Energy Work-Video available Initial consultation 1 ½ hour $100.00; weekly follow up consultation 15-30 minutes $25.00; for more information or to make appointment call Maurine @ 734-240-2786


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


Orders due December 18 at noon; Pickup December 20 Southgate 2:30-3:30

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

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


Healthy Happenings: Cold & Flu Season


I just learned that the tiny native Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis) was named Herb of the Year by International Society for Horticultural Science for 2013. Dr. James Duke, Ph.D. recognized elderberry as a remedy for viral infections, and for treating cough, flu and tonsillitis in his book, The Green Pharmacy. Duke says the fruit and its flowers are studied internationally for their activity against HIV, prostate cancer and for regulating blood sugar. I thought it would be a good time to focus on our viral problems from the common cold to influenza. It has already started to affect our customers. I have been fortunate so far. After my trip to Atlanta on an airplane and the stress I started to get something? but was able to stop its progression with several homeopathic remedies, vitamin c and Echinacea. During the holiday season people are usually stressed and overindulge in food and alcohol which contributes to the increase in sickness.


Healing Foods:

  1. If you don’t feel like eating, it is best not to force yourself. Try juice, applesauce, broth, soups (especially vegetable or chicken soup), and herbal teas.

  2. Flush your body with as much fluid as you can tolerate. I use Way Back Water to detoxify my system.

  3. Limit your intake of refined sugars. Sweets can make you feel energized at first, then agitated and irritable. They also create acids in the body that can cause a cold or flu to linger.

  4. Avoid dairy foods, which have a tendency to increase and thicken mucous.



  1. Vitamin C with boiflavonoids has anti-inflammatory properties and help to ease the course of colds and flu. I take 1,000 mg every hour the first day when symptoms improve then take 4-5 times a day.

  2. To help boost your immune system and soothe your throat, take 5-10 mg of zinc in lozenge form every two to three hours, up to a total of 50 milligrams daily for three days.


Herbal Supplements:

  1. Aloe Vera has both anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties. Take ¼ cup of aloe vera juice three times a day.

  2. To help yourself rest and relax, take a cup of chamomile tea twice daily as needed.

  3. Echinacea and goldenseal stimulates the immune system. Goldenseal (I always choose cultivated goldenseal due to overharvesting) also helps soothe mucous membranes.

  4. Elderberry may help reduce both severity and the duration of both colds and flu.

  5. Garlic has antibacterial properties and help s detoxify the body. Take garlic (not odor free) 500mg 3-4 times per day. You may substitute one clove of fresh garlic for each capsule.

  6. Hot ginger tea increases perspiration. This helps cleanse the body and reduce the intensity of a cold.


Homeopathic Remedies:

  1. At the first sign of either colds or flu take 4 pellets of Anas Barbariae (sold under the name of Oscillococcinum) three times a day for one day. Then, during the acute phase of a cold or flu, take one dose of one of the symptom-specific homeopathic remedies 3-4 times per day for three days.

  2. You can choose individual remedies or combination remedies by Hyland or Newton Homeopathic.



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

Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies Small $4.50; Large $5.50


Store News:

  • Local Delivery to shut-ins available

  • United Natural Foods Special Orders: Due December 4 & December 18

  • 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 & Nutritional

Consultations by appointment


Save the Earth Tip: Release your books into the wild

Once you’ve read a book, leave it on a bench, or in some other public place, with a note inviting whoever finds it to take it, read it, and rerelease it. If you write in an ID number, available online ( or ) you can track your book as it changes hands, and consider how many trees have been saved. This is if you still read paper books like I do.


Words to Live By:

The glory is not in never falling but in rising every time you fall. Chinese Proverb


Recipe of the Month: Three recipes to help with symptoms of colds and flu.


Elderberry Syrup #1 from Rosa                                                         Cold Tonic

½ cup dried elderberries                                                                1 gallon filtered water

3 cups filtered water                                                                          3 ounces ginger root

1 tablespoon vitamin C powder                                                             ¼ pound organic raisins

¾ cup raw honey                                                                               2 cups raw honey

                                                                                                           6 lemons, juiced

                                                                                                           4 oranges, juiced

Combine elderberries and water, bring to

boil then simmer ½ hour. Strain and squeeze                                      Bring water ginger and raisins to

juice out of berries. Cool to room temperature                                    boil, reduce heat and simmer for

then add raw honey.                                                                           1 hour. The top will have to be

                                                                                                             skimmed every so often. Cool

Elderberry Syrup #2                                                                       slightly then strain out ginger and

1 cup Elderberries                                                                             raisins. Store in a tightly sealed

3 cups filtered water                                                                            container overnight. The next day

4- ¼ inch pieces fresh ginger                                                              add the juice of the lemons and

2 cinnamon sticks                                                                                 oranges. Stir to combine.

3 whole cloves                                                                                     Drink 1 cup 2-3 times per day.

1 cup raw honey                                                                                   I freeze the remaining tonic in

quart jars for a constant supply.


Combine elderberries, ginger, cinnamon sticks,

and cloves with water, simmer 45-60 minutes until

liquid is reduced by half. Cool; strain out herbs.

Cool to lukewarm then add honey to taste. Store

in refrigerator or freeze in ice cube trays.


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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December 2013 Cold & Flu season

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