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May 2015

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May 2015


Remember to visit Chantelle at the market year round on Saturday’s 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 May 6 at noon; Pickup May 8 2:30-3:30-New Location for pickup is VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.

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 May 16 @ 3:00pm

Call us at 734-240-2786 for more information and to sign up.

First FridayDowntown Monroe May 1st 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.

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

Anniversary Celebration for Namaste Yoga Center: May 9 &10-Look for coupon in Saving Sense this month.

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 winter and spring classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-4950

Homemade Herbal #2 Cancelled

Kitchen Transition May 19 6:30-8:00 #J105

Family Guide to Homeopathy May 26 6:30-7:30 #J98

Healthy Happenings: Natural Remedies for Insomnia.  From Smart Medicine for Healthier Living

Valerian Root is the first herb I learned about due to my chronic insomnia problems several years ago.  This herb was suggested to me by a PhD psychologist in Ann Arbor.  I had taken Benadryl and Tylenol PM for many years, with adverse effect of grogginess each morning.  I was skeptical at first, but I started it anyway.  The issue with natural remedies is they do not work immediately but I continued the remedy.  After a few months I went away for a weekend trip and forgot to take the Valerian Root with me, and found I could not sleep.  It really worked.  I used Valerian Root several years, before I needed to change remedies.  I am glad to report I have been off of all natural sleeping remedies for a few months and am sleeping well.  Due to the success of this herb I decided to study herbalism, which led to opening the store in 2004.  I am forever grateful for all of the people guided me to natural healing possibilities. 

*        Dietary Guidelines:

1.        Avoid taking any stimulants, such as foods and beverages containing caffeine, refined sugars, or chocolate, too close to bedtime.

2.        Avoid alcohol within two hours of going to bed.

3.        Avoid eating and exercising for three hours before bedtime.  Food and exercise both stimulate the metabolism and heart rate.

4.        Make sure your diet includes foods containing the amino acid tryptophan, which helps to stabilize moods and alleviate stress.  Foods high in tryptophan include bananas, cottage cheese, fish, dates, milk, peanuts and turkey.

*        Nutritional Supplements:

1.        Brewer’s yeast is high in natural B vitamins as well as other vitamins and minerals that help to calm the nervous system.  Take 1 teaspoon one hour before bedtime.

2.        Magnesium and Calcium (milk, cottage cheese or yogurt) act together to calm the nervous system.

Magnesium isparticularly helpful if sleeplessness is accompanied by leg cramps.

3.        Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland that is vital to the sleep-wake cycle.  Depressed melatonin secretion can be at the root of insomnia.  Take 3mg each evening, between one-half and two hours before retiring for the night.

4.        People with low iron levels often awaken several times during the night. Low iron need to be validated by blood testing, because too much iron can be toxic.

5.        Deficiencies of vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), pantothenic acid, and trace minerals, including copper, are associated with insomnia.  Take a balanced multivitamin and mineral supplement at least two times a day.  Because an excess of vitamin B12 taken late in the day can contribute to wakefulness, it is best to take in the morning.

*        Nutritional Supplements:

1.        To help yourself unwind and relax, take a cup of herbal tea (Chantelle at Monroe Farmer’s Market makes a wonderful blend that combines, Chamomile, hops, orange and lemon peel, etc).

2.        Valerian Root is an effective sleep inducer that won’t leave you with a drug-induced “hangover” in the morning.

3.        Passionflower is used for insomnia, anxiety, nervous tachycardia, and neuralgias.

*        Homeopathic Remedies:

1.        Coffea Cruda, homeopathic coffee, relieves symptoms similar to those you might feel after drinking a strong cop of espresso.  This remedy effectively quiets an active mind.  It helps relieve the nervous systems (mental and physical) that may be interfering with sleeping.

2.        Sleep or Calms Forte by Hyland combines many homeopathic remedies that deal with insomnia. 

*        General Recommendation:

1.        Lavender essential oil has a calming effect that can help promote a sound sleep.  Add a few drops to you hot bath or massage oil, inhale directly from the bottle, or diffuse them into the air, you can  also put a drop or two in a spray bottle full of distilled water, shake gently, and spray the mixture on your pillow shortly before you go to bed.

2.        Set a reasonable sleep schedule and stick to it as closely as possible.

3.        Follow a simple regimen to slow down your metabolic rate and allow time to unwind before retiring.  Sip a cup of herbal tea, read something light, listen to soothing music, or practice relaxation techniques.

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: Phosphate worse than death.  Many laundry detergents contain phosphates, which soften hard water.  Once they’ve done their job in you washing machine and gone through the sewage works, they can cause problems in waterways.  Because algae feed on phosphates, high levels can cause algal blooms, which use up all the oxygen in the water, suffocating plant and animal life.  Help to protect rivers and other waterways by choosing phosphate-free detergents and cleaning products.  Many customers make their own laundry detergent or you can purchase Cathy’s homemade detergent at Health Matters.  We can provide you with the directions to make you own.

Words to Live By:  To do something simple is very often a complicated process.  T. Scribano

Recipe of the Month

Lemon Blueberry Snack Cake Source Myrecipes

1 ½ cup white spelt flour                                                         2 large eggs

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder                                                  ½ cup buttermilk

¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt                                                        1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 tablespoons softened butter                                                  1 tablespoon lemon juice

¾ cup sugar or xylitol                                                             1 pint Blueberries

1 tablespoon lemon zest                                                         

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Coat 8 inch baking pan with butter.   Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in medium bowl.  Beat butter, sugar or xylitol and zest until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time.  In another bowl mix buttermilk and vanilla.  Beat 1/3 of flour mixture into butter mixture until nearly combined, and then beat in ½ of buttermilk mixture.  Repeat, ending with the last 1/3 of flour mixture.  Stir in lemon juice.  Spread batter evenly into prepared pan, sprinkle blueberries on top, pressing down lightly.

Bake 50-55 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely on wire rack.


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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May 2015 Insomnia

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