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January 2016

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January 2016

As we welcome in a new year I would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for their continued patronage and send wishes for continued good health and happiness in the coming year.

Our Monroe Farmers Market will continue to provide local eggs, honey, winter vegetables, warming teas, baked goods, and hand crafted items all winter long.  We are very fortunate to have these dedicated farmers and crafters year-round.

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

  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 January 13 at noon; Pickup January 15 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.

First FridayDowntown Monroe Suspended for January  

. 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 January 16 @ 3:00pm

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 Happenings:  Natural Remedies for Viral Infections from Prescription for Nutritional Healing Phyllis Balch, CNC

This season is very tough on our immune system due to the excessive amounts of sweet treats and alcohol.  Consuming simple sugar foods and beverages can reduce the immune system between 40-50 % for up to 5 hours.  Combining this with stress and lack of sleep might be the reason so many of us ends up with colds, bronchitis, ear infection and influenza.  We all need to be careful about taking antibiotics for viral infections because the over use of antibiotics is one of the reasons we are faced with antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. There are several natural immune boosting and natural remedies you can try to lessen the duration and severity of these infections. 

·        Dietary Recommendations:

1.      Drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of filtered water per day.

2.      All fluids, including soups, help alleviate respiratory illnesses. Include diluted 100% juice, homemade sugarless lemonade (use stevia or small amount of honey to sweeten) drink either warm or cold, chamomile tea, or lots of nourishing broth and homemade chicken soup (made with astragalus and vegetables.

3.      Limit your intake of refined sugar.

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

·        Nutritional Supplements:

1.      Vitamin A plus Mixed Carotenoids: 15,000 I U daily for the duration of the cold.  These vitamins help heal inflamed mucous membranes and strengthen the immune system.  The mixed carotenoids are antioxidants and precursors of Vitamin A.  If you take cod liver oil it contains natural vitamin A. 

2.      Vitamin C with bioflavonoids:  5,000 – 20,000 mg daily, in divided doses.  When your body reaches its maximum you will develop loose stools.  If and when this occurs reduce the dose by 1,000 mg.  When your symptoms subside you can continue to take 2,000 -3,000 mg daily to continue the immune support.

3.       Zinc Lozenges: For adults and children, 1 15mg lozenge every 3 waking hours for 3 days, then 1 lozenge every 4 hours for 1 week.  *** Do not exceed a total of 100mg daily from all supplements.  Zinc boosts the immune system.

·        Herbal remedies:

1.      Echinacea: I prefer Esberitox-Used at the first signs of infection work to boost the immune system and keep the virus from multiplying. ***do not use if you have an autoimmune condition or you are allergic to flowers in the asteraceae (ragweed) family***

2.      Elderberry: is recommended for upper respiratory tract infections and other viral infections.  It promotes sweating and can help break a fever.  Research has found that elderberry is effective because it contains antioxidant flavonoids that protect cell walls against foreign substances.  See recipe for Elderberry syrup

3.      Astragalus:  Helps promote the multiplication of white blood cells that are vital for fighting infection.

4.      Cat’s Claw:  is useful for easing the symptoms of a cold.

5.      Andrographis: is a Chinese herbal remedy that can clear mucous from the respiratory tract.

6.      Fenu-Thyme: is a combination of fenugreek and thyme and is used as a natural antihistamine.

7.      Herbal Zap: Combines 14 Ayurvedic herbs into instantly dissolving herbal remedy that is added to cold water.

8.      Mullein Garlic: is and ear oil used at first signs of ear pain or pressure.

·        Homeopathic remedies:

1.      Oscillococcinum: Is a remedy taken at the first signs of flu-like symptoms.

2.      Influenzinum 9: Is taken for the after-effects of flu or flu-like symptoms.

3.      Coldcalm:  relieves sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and minor sore throat.

4.      Sinusalia:  relieves congestion & pain, sinus pressure and headache

5.      Aconitetum Napellus:  is used at the first signs of cold or croup.  It is used for the first day then you choose a remedy that matches specific symptoms.

·        General Recommendations:

1.      Wash your hands often because viruses can survive for several hours on hands and hard surfaces.

2.      Keep your immune system high by eating a nutrient dense whole food diet and staying active.

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: Evergreen   For many of us, Christmas is over when there are more pine needles on the floor than left on the tree.  You can alleviate this sinking feeling by buying a live Christmas tree in a pot (like Rosa and Chantelle) which you can plant in the garden afterward and maybe bring back indoors next year.  If you can’t replant your tree try to recycle it.  Our local government will accept trees in January to shred for composting, and some offer a curbside collection service; just be sure to remove the tinsel first.


Words to Live By:  Happiness and health are not states to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.  Margaret Lee Runbeck

Recipe of the Month

Cold Remedy from Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies

1 gallon filtered water                                                                      

3 ounces fresh ginger root                                                               

1 ½ cup local honey                                                                        

¼ pound organic raisins                                                                   

Juice from 6 lemons and 4 oranges


Put water in large pan; add ginger, raisins and honey.  Bring to boil and simmer for about one hour.  The top will have to be skimmed every once in a while.  Cool, strain and place in a thighly closed container overnight in the refrigerator.  The next day add the lemon and orange juice.  Mix well and drink 1-2 glasses per day. 
                    ***I store quarts of this remedy in the freezer and sell quarts for $9.00***

Rosa’s Elderberry Syrup                                                                   Rosa’s Homemade Thieves Essential Oil

½ cup dried elderberries                                                                   20 drops clove oil

3 cups filtered water                                                                         18 drops lemon oil

1 tablespoon vitamin C powder                                                        10 drops cinnamon oil

¾ cup local raw honey                                                                      8 drops eucalyptus oil

                                                                                                         5 drops rosemary oil

Bring elderberries and water to boil, simmer ½ hour. 

Strain and squeeze juice out of berries.                                            Mix together and store in a glass bottle.

Cool to room temperature then add honey.                                       We use this in our diffuser to ward off infections.

Store in refrigerator.

Adults can take 1 tablespoon 4 times a day;

children can take 1 ½ teaspoon 4 times a day.



Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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January 2016 Natural Remedies for Viral Infections

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