Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 2016

Oh Baby!

Maybe it's because our beloved boss is about to have one (she is due any day now!), but we have caught baby fever here at the store.  That's why we are featuring The Honest Company's line of diapers, health & beauty, and cleaning supplies to meet the needs of new parents!

Even if you are baby-less, anyone who likes products free from harsh chemicals would be interested in our introductory offer:

30% OFF The Honest Company Sept. 1-11 only

Although we don't have 101 of their products, we do have all of this, including: 

-Hand Sanitizer  - Healing Balm  -Body Oil - Hair detangler - Shampoo & Body Wash - Conditioner - Hand Soap - Face & Body Lotion - Bubble Bath - Dish Soap - Dishwasher Gel - Stain Remover - Multi Surface Cleaner - Bathroom Cleaner.
And especially for those with new kids:
-Baby DHA supplement - Baby Powder - Soothing Bottom Wash - Diaper Rash Cream - Organic Premium Formula - Wipes (3 size packages) - stylish Diapers for newborns on up!

Boody Under Wear

Something so close to your skin should be comfortable, breathable, and ideally sustainable, right?  Boody's underwear is seamfree, soft and is better for the environment than synthetics or regular cotton.

EcoFriendly:  Bamboo is 100% biodegradable, requires no pesticides, and is the fastest growing plant on the planet.  It's watering requirements are minimal, so it doesn't use up this precious resource.

Comfortable:  Boody fabric is hypoallergenic and superbly soft.  Bamboo fibers are not chemically treated, and are naturally smooth with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin.  Seamfree and 4-way stretchable to fit your shape.
Functional:  Boody is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and odor-resistant.  It is also moisture-wicking for maximum comfort.  Bamboo retains these properties even after multiple washings.

Find undies options for men and women.  Gray boxers ($14.99) and black briefs ($13.99) for guys and classic bikini shape in white, black, and nude for ladies (only $10.49).

COUPON DEAL:  $3 OFF any one Boody product.
Limit one per customer.
USE COUPON CODE: BOOD3   Valid through September 30.

(Note:  Customers do not have to print out newsletter to redeem coupon.  Simply write down the code and/or mention the deal at checkout.  Cashier will enter the correct coupon code.) 

Orca Bay Salmon

As part of our continuing efforts to provide high quality products with a price point that our customers will like, we are happy to have found another source for salmon.

The Washington-based Orca Bay sources their pink salmon from the northeast Pacific Waters (FAO area 67) off the coast of Alaska, Canada and Washington.  It is Non-GMO Project Verified and is a "Common Sense Seafood," caught sustainably.  Seafood Watch rates it as a "Best Choice".  OceanWise recommends it, and it's certified by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Salmon is renowned for it's Omega-3 content, including EPA and DHA fatty acids, which has the associated benefits for the cardiovascular system, brain and eye health, joint support, and more.  Regular salmon intake has also been associated with decreased risk of certain types of cancers

Lesser known is that four ounces of salmon provides about 62% of the Daily Value (DV) for the mineral Selenium. Good selenium intake is associated with reducing inflammation of Rheumatoid Arthritis, lower risk of prostate cancer, and works with Vitamin E as an antioxidant.

Their premium fish is frozen immediately after harvest at the very peak of freshness. The product is then expressed to Orca Bay's state of the art, climate-controlled facility where it is skillfully portioned and packed with an unwavering eye towards quality.  Try Orca Bay's wild caught, pink salmon for only $8.99 for 10oz.  

Bone Broth Boon

For centuries, humans have been boiling animal bones to give a nutritive boost to their diets.  Today, bone broth is back in a big way!  The frozen, organic broth from Bonafide Provisions has been so popular was hard to keep in stock (no pun intended)!  Happily, it is back for now - available in Organic Pasture-raised Chicken Broth or Grass Fed Beef broth in 24oz, BPA-free packages for just $11.49.  This has added natural seasonings that make it a ready to go, delicious stock for soups.  

For those who want a bone broth that is higher protein, easy-to-mix form for on the go, try Ancient Nutrition's Bone Broth Protein.  This 15.7oz container (20 servings) packs 20g of gut-friendly protein per serving, along with co-factors such as collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid and key electrolyte minerals.  A modern superfood, this bone broth protein is free from common allergens and GMOS.  Available in Original, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Turmeric, just $39.99 for a limited time.  

People are taking their bone broth for digestion, arthritis, and even cellulite!  For more info on the health benefits of Bone Broth, read here.  It is recommended to mix one scoop with 12 oz of non/dairy milk rather than water for best results, or you can incorporate it into meals and snacks!

When you purchase a container of Ancient Nutrition's Bone Broth Protein, you'll get a free book while supplies last, ($19.99 value)!  Dr. Josh Axe's "Bone Broth Breakthrough" features tips, instructions, and over 50 recipes for bone broth protein.

You may also receive a free book and a sample of the Chocolate bone broth protein in a baked good when you attend "Right Supplement, Right Time" class.  See below under Wellness Center.

Gaia Turmeric GOLDEN MILK

As a powerful antioxidant, you may already be familiar with turmeric's health benefits; numerous studies have pointed to wide-ranging anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric.  The people of Okinawa, Japan have been drinking turmeric tea as a way of life, and they are known for having one of the longest lifespans in the world at 81.2 years!

Based on the traditional Ayurvedic recipe that has been savored for centuries, Gaia's Golden Milk is a blend of Turmeric, black pepper, cardamom, vanilla and ashwaganda.  It is nourishing and delicious with a hint of sweetness from organic dates.  You can use So Delicious coconut milk or watever non/dairy substitute you prefer.  It's the perfect way to warm up as the days turn chilly, and give your body a boost.

Gaia'sGolden Milk powder is now available near the coffee section for $19.99, approx. 30 servings.  Try adding Gaia Herbal Tinctures to your tea, like Ginger to support digestion and Holy Basil for adrenal support*.

COUPON DEAL:  $3 OFF a Gaia Golden Milk.  
Limit 1 per customer.

NOXICARE Natural Pain Relief

While we are talking about turmeric, ginger, and holy basil, these comprise some of the seven of the world's most potent natural pain relievers, and Noxicare's proprietary blend has combined them all (the others being willow bark, rosemary extract, boswellia, and alpha lipolic acids.)  

  1. Turmeric Extract: one of the powerful healers found in nature, recognized for its anti-inflammatory properties.
  2. Willow Bark Extract: has been used to treat pain and inflammation since the time of Ancient Egypt and Greece.
  3. Ginger Extract: helps alleviate muscle strains, arthritis and rheumatism, and is a catalyst for improving the effectiveness of other herbs.
  4. Holy Basil Extract: properties include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and antiviral.
  5. Rosemary Extract: has served a variety of purposes including topical use for joint or musculoskeletal pain.
  6. Alpha Lipoic Acids: antioxidants used to treating diabetic neuropathy and increasing blood flow to the nerves.
  7. Boswellia Extract: an anti-inflammatory used to treat arthritis and joint pain.

This brand has come highly recommended to us by local health care professionals.  Patients have found the cream and tablets helpful - with no known side effects - in alleviating pain associated with*:

  • Joint & Muscles 
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neuropathy associated with Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia (capsules)
  • Tension Headaches (capsules)

We do have cream available for testing out in store, just ask!  Several of our customers have reported nearly instantaneous effects that are long-lasting!

Noxicare Cream in a 3.5oz is just $31.99 and the 60ct Vegcaps are $29.99.  

COUPON DEAL: Buy 2 of any Noxicare product and get $5 OFF

USE COUPON CODE: NXC5     Valid through Sept. 30.


Put your best food forward in these eco-friendly footwear before they are gone for the season!

Every detail has been thought out to ensure a super-sustainable and foot-friendly product. The thick sole is made primarily from soft, durable,sustainably-harvested natural rubber, that molds to the contours of your feet over time. No need to scrunch your toes to keep it on, the unique plug that goes between the two big toes holds the sandal to your foot comfortably, and the ankle strap is adjusted by twisting at the plugs at the bottom of the shoe.

Buy a pair and plant a tree. Partnered with Trees for the Future, each purchase of Gurus means a tree will be planted in the developing world. When you buy your Gurus from us, you will also receive a free jute carry bag to hold the sandals, which uses fewer resources and hazardous materials than cotton. Even the thick hanger tag can be re-purposed as a coaster!

While you are showing off your fancy footwear, add a toe ring or two! We offer custom-fitted toe rings in a variety of classic styles. Come in for your fitting between 10am-6pm so we can best serve you.

Save 20% off on Gurus in September!
Was $29.99, NOW ONLY $23.99!  

COUPON DEAL:  When you purchase Gurus AND a Toe Ring, save 20% on BOTH! (Toe ring prices vary).

USE COUPON CODE:  TRNG   Valid through Sept. 30th.


Wed. Sept. 21st, 6:00pm -7:00pm
Suzan Moody, CNHP

Because we get so many questions about this topic, this will be a great night of Q & A.  Maybe you have already tweaked your diet and want to reach a higher level of health and wellness. Whether your goal is to increase your energy, decrease body fat or improve physical performance, you may want to consider supplements for an extra edge.*

Choosing the right supplement is important to obtain the maximum benefit.  Do you know how to spot a quality supplement?  What is the best time to take them?  How long does one typically take them before s/he can expect to see results?

During this FREE class, you'll discover:

  • Best times to take different supplements (omegas, vitamins & minerals, probiotics, enzymes..)
  • Tips to identify poor quality vs. good quality supplement
  • How long supplements are taken before results are typically seen
  • Taking supplements with water vs. tea, coffee, orange juice, etc. - does it matter?

Sign up in advance.  Space is limited ! There will be free samples for registered participants AND a free book, "Bone Broth Breakthrough"!

Don't miss this unique opportunity!

*Disclaimer: Statements made on this newsletter, have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August eNews

August is a great time to get out into the world, taste the flavors of the season, and enjoy the summertime while it lasts.  We've got some ideas for healthy ways to keep active and your mind sharp as the school season draws near! 

Garden Seeds by Lake Valley and Sprouting Seeds by Botanical Interest are all 100% Organic and Non-GMO, so you can sow confidently.  Plant carrots, beets, broccoli, greens and lettuces this summer for a fall harvest.  You may still buy those tomato and other longer grow-time seeds for next year, as germination rates are still high with proper storage.  Find more planting times and tips for your area here and get your hands dirty!

 McClary Bros. Drinking Vinegars
IN STORE DEMO:  Tues. August 9
Taste a sample of Detroit's finest old-timey mixer during the in-store demo Tuesday, August 9 (also 20% Off Tuesday).  
Traditionally known as "shrubs", the vinegars are handcrafted in small- and micro-batches to showcase the fresh flavors of the season. With organic apples and an old fashioned cold-steep preservation technique, they bring out the richest, most complex flavor profile possible.
Apple Pie, Pineapple & Fennel, Beet & Carrot, and Cranberry are some of their flavors, along with seasonal varieties that rotate in and out for a truly Michigan Made experience.  

Try the new, seasonal "Forgotten Flavor" Michigan Saskatoon!  Saskatoons look similar to blueberries, but are more closely related to the apple family, with a sweet, nutty almond flavor.  Saskatoons boast many health benefits: rich in anthocyanin antioxidants (giving it a rich blue color), Vitamin C, and three times the iron and copper compared to raisins!

Come in as early as 11am for a taste and a few recipe ideas!  

POKeMON GO-ers:  Drop a Lure and Catch a Coupon!
Love it or hate it, people are increasing physical activity while going out and exploring.  If you are loving it, show us your phone when you drop a lure INSIDE our store and we will give you a coupon good for $3 off any time that can be used instantly!  It is first come, first serve, so you'll have be the first to drop the lure each half hour.  While you are here, grab a cool beverage and a healthy snack to keep you hydrated, focused, and ready to catch 'em all!  (Just be aware of the surrounding people and objects!)

Whether you are backpacking through the woods, or getting ready to go back to school, power up for your next adventure with snacks and equipment made for an active lifestyle. Here's a checklist to get you started:

-Trail Mix
-Protein Bars
-Freeze Dried Fruit & Veggies
-Bamboo Utensils
-Water Bottle

Trail Mix:  Eden Wild Berry or Quiet Moon combine organic fruit and nuts in 4oz and 1oz sizes for $4.49 and $1.39, respectively.
Organic Cranberry Harvest trail mix is a delicious blend that includes organic dark chocolate chips.  Available in the bulk foods section for $14.99/lb, packaged in half and quarter pound deli containers.

Jerky:  New Organic Beef Jerky is available in Original or Teriyaki from Golden Valley Naturals, $7.99 for a 3oz package.  Vegan Primal Strips Jerky is made of non-gmo soy protein and is great for meat eaters too - comes in 6 different flavors for just $1.49 per strip.

Protein Bars:  Find other meat bars like EPIC's Sriracha Chicken or Bacon Bars, $3.49.  Fruit, nut & seed bars plus dried meat make up BRICKS bars, and are a great all-in-one snack, $3.49.  Grab a vegetarian protein bar by VEGA, made with whole grain brown rice and pea proteins, with a SPORT variety designed to help your muscles rebuild and recover, from $2.49-$3.49.

Freeze Dried Fruit & Veggies are ideal for those backpacking who need a lightweight snack, grab Karen's (formerly Just Tomatoes) in the green bags.  Strawberry, Banana, Peaches, Raspberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Mango, Pineapple, Mixed Fruit, and Mixed Veggies are some of your options.  Prices vary.

Perfect for camping, backpacking, or just in a lunch bag, bamboo utensils set by To Go Ware includes sturdy and lightweight fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks.  The knife is tapered and curved, so it is great for scooping and spreading, and just sharp enough to cut food without cutting you.  Bamboo doesn't stain and may be put in a dishwasher.  For increased longevity, however, hand washing is recommended.  Comes in a carrying case with velcro flap and carabiner to easily attach to your bag. $12.99.

Life Factory water bottles has come out with a sleek new sleeve design and "Active Flip Cap" topper. The NEW Active Flip Cap offers a high flow rate for tip-and-sip drinking which is perfect for high-intensity activities. The leak resistant cap includes a stainless steel hinge with spring action. The pivoting handle provides a great way to carry the bottle and stows out of the way while drinking.  The 22oz bottles are just $25.49 (reg. $26.99).

- Glass bottles offer a pure taste with no leaching from plastics or metals
- Wide-mouth access makes it easy to add ice cubes, citrus slices, or tea bags by unscrewing cap
- A unique three-dimensional sleeve design provides durability and superior grip
- Dishwasher safe (place cap on top rack/no need to remove silicone sleeve)
- Made in the U.S.A. and France, assembled in the U.S.
- BPA/BPS-free and phthalate-free

Finally In Stock!  Zinc Oxide Powder
You asked for it, you got it!  If you are running low on sunscreen, and want to save money by making your own, we finally have a supply of uncoated, non-nano particle zinc oxide in bulk.  You can find it in the sunscreens section currently.  Buy as much as you like to make your own sunscreen for just $1.32 per ounce.

Pay Attention!  This is not just for students, but anyone who may have trouble with memory and concentration should take note of these herbs and homeopathics.  As usual, talk to your health practitioner before adding these to your health regimen.*

This pretty flower (Vinca minor aka lesser periwinkle) contains an alkaloid compound, vincamine, which has been used therapeutically as a vasodilator, blood thinner, and memory-enhancer.  It has been shown in double-blind studies to help those with Alzheimers disease, and alleviate a type of dementia caused by plaque formation in arteries to the brain.  It may also be useful for a type of tinnitus caused by reduced blood flow to the inner ear.  Taken therapeutically as a tea, it should be infused in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes and consumed three times daily, with meals for better absorption of the active compounds.
We have periwinkle in bulk for just $1.14 per ounce!

You may want to go for Rosemary essential oil for best results.  A study done in the UK found that cognitive performance (speed and accuracy) improved after smelling rosemary aroma, specifically the active compound in rosemary essential oil 1,8-cineole.  In another instance, rosemary was used to relieve stress. Combined with other pleasant-smelling oils, it may lower cortisol levels and help reduce anxiety. Another study found using lavender and rosemary essential oil sachets helped reduce test-taking anxiety  among graduate nursing school students.
Find rosemary essential oil for $16.49 from Mountain Rose for a 15ml bottle.  Rosemary is also found in an essential oil blend for Focus by NectarEssences for $18.99.  Organic rosemary is available in the bulk herbs section for $1.20 per ounce.  

VÄXA's Attend & Attend Minis
This doctor-formulated homeopathic and herbal supplement has been specifically engineered to help support the function of the Central Nervous System (CNS).  It is especially useful in individuals who are inclined to be inattentive, under or overactive, and/or learning impaired.  It was designed to address a broad number of common issues that relate to attention and coordination of multiple tasks, for children, adults, and athletes.

VÄXA's Attend has no known side-effects, and is non-drowsy and contains no stimulants.  It has been featured in the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing for behavioral and learning issues.  Attend starts working from the moment you take it, although outward results may take as little as two weeks or as long as several months to be noticeable.

Attend Minis offer the same formulation, but in a smaller package for those who have trouble swallowing.  Both types of Attend can be find in the Children's Supplement section currently.  Reg. Retail is around $43, but they are ON SALE in August for just $35.99!


As part of ongoing staff education, we were lucky enough to visit one of our local vendors, beekeepers T.M. Klein & Sons.  We were able to visit their "Environmentally Verified" farm in the woods to learn about the process of tending hives and extracting honey.  Although the general process has remained largely unchanged for the last century, we got a sneak peek into room with modern, efficient equipment, where the frames containing beeswax and honey are separated.  

Of course, we had an opportunity to taste the variety of honeys made there, and honey direct from the comb!  While most commercial honeys are heated and filtered to the point of eliminating all traces of beneficial bee by-products (like pollen, propolis, royal jelly), it is good to know that T.M. Klein's honey is never micron filtered nor excessively heated.

With just a handful of employees at T.M Klein & Sons, it was incredible to see the amount of honey that is produced.  Their bees are hardworking as well.  There is a good chance the almonds you eat are thanks to these Michigan bees!  Seasonally, their hives make a trip to pollinate almond trees in California.  In order to produce 1 pound of honey, a hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles, visiting 2 million flowers.  One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year, and a single average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.  You can read more bee facts here.

Taste their honey for yourself!  We offer their raw, creamed and regular honey as well as naturally flavored cherry and cinnamon honeys at the store.  Coming soon, you can talk to the T.M. Klein crew and others about honey, bees, and beekeeping at the Michigan Honey Festival Sat. August 6th, 9am-5pm at the Harvey Kern Pavilion.


All About That Face: Facial Care Night

Thurs Aug. 18th
6:00 to 7:00 pm
$5 Class fee for materials

Last month, it was a focus on feet.  This month, it is all about that face!  A DIY workshop and Spa Night rolled into one!  Join Rachael Ramirez and Suzan Moody as they explain skin health, how to maintain clear skin and youthful appearance from the inside out, and help you make and use an exfoliating facial scrub, as well as a "personalized" facial mask, depending on your skin type.

One attendee will be chosen for a FREE FOOT SPA (a $30 value!)

Please SIGN UP in advance by calling or emailing the store.  We appreciate it! 

Linda Alchin RN
Wed. August 24
By appointment -  Sign up Today!

Infrared Thermography has redefined early detection for Breast Cancer by providing the earliest and most sensitive means of screening. This simple procedure of taking digital computerized pictures with a specialized Thermography camera is safe, non toxic, highly accurate and an inexpensive form of diagnostic imaging used by progressive physicians in the US and Europe since 1952.

Must have a current medical doctor, MD or DO.  To schedule Call LINDA  at 248-797-1191
 Cost $165  Appointments take about 30 minutes.

Next Adelpha visit: Mon. October 17th

9       20% OFF TUESDAY!
18     All About That Face: DIY Facial Care Spa Night
24     Adelpha Thermography

*Disclaimer: Statements made on this newsletter, have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July eNews

**Don't miss the coupon at the end**


So maybe we don't literally break bread anymore, but July is a time to socialize with the friends and neighbors, and food is almost always involved.  Instead of the glutinous, over-processed, bleached white bread that is short on flavor and nutrition, this summer choose bread that is going to satisfy taste buds, be free from common allergens, and be more healthful.

 Perfect for a backyard BBQ, Brazilian Oven Cheese Bread or "Brazil Bites" are little cheesy bread balls that are naturally gluten-free and all delicious.  Find them in the freezer section.  Just warm them up in an oven (or 2nd tier of the grill) and enjoy a chewy, cheesy roll with a crisp crust.   Each bread ball is roughly the size of a golf ball, so it is perfect little appetizer and great for gatherings.  ($6.79)

For sandwiches, Gluten-Free eaters can finally enjoy a vegan bread made with 100% plant-based ingredients that are Non-GMO Project Certified.  Little Northern Bakehouse has perfected their bread recipe to tantalize even the gluten eating population.  Currently, we offer:

Millet-Chia Loaf - Millet is an ancient cereal crop that even today feeds about one third of the world. Rich in iron, B vitamins and calcium, millet has a mild corn flavor and provides a light, moist, smooth texture to this bread. Adding whole millet and chia seeds adds some crunch and interest.  ($7.99)

Seeds & Grains Loaf - You’ll enjoy a complete range of delicious things to crunch on – sunflower seeds, whole millet, flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and brown rice. All these flavors combine to create an attractive taste and moist texture, yes, just like regular bread. Serve it to friends or family – they won’t believe it’s gluten free. ($7.99)

If you don't have any gluten-free eaters among your crew, try the new staff-favorite from Silver Hills Bakery.  While we love our Food for Life sprouted Ezekiel bread, it lacks the softness that some people prefer.  That's part of the reason why we love Silver Hills Organic Sprouted breads.  You get all of the benefits of sprouting without the tougher texture.  Currently, we carry the Ancient Grains, Hemptation, and Big 16 sandwich breads, as well as Herb Garlic sprouted Bagels (try these with Nancy's Organic Cream Cheese - YUM), and classic Burger Buns. (All Silver Hills breads are only $4.99!)

As for burgers to eat with these buns - or rather veggie-burgers - find deluxe meatless patties in Hilary's Curry Burger & Kimchi Burgers.  When you see the ingredients, you'll be amazed at the simplicity.  When you taste them, you won't even miss the meat!  Hilary's was founded by a restaurant chef, who launched the company based on her "World's Best Veggie Burger" that was free from gluten, dairy, soy, egg, corn, and nuts.  The certified organic and non-GMO ingredients are minimally processed, resulting in a drool-worthy burger that almost anyone can enjoy! ($3.49)


Make your soda stand out with Organicville's Sky Valley Sparkling Sodas.  One of the only major certified organic sodas on the market (not owned by Coca Cola),  Sky Valley has unique and sophisticated flavors like Honey Green Tea & Elderflower, Green Apple, Pear, Strawberry and Concord Grape to name a few.  Serve it chilled in the lovely glass bottle and take a break from the norm.  ($5.99/4pk or $2.19 each)


New GUT SHOTS from Farmhouse Culture combine fermented organic veggies and cold press them into juice that tastes bold and vibrant, brimming with live active cultures.  As the name implies, Gut Shots are meant for shooting, sipping, adding to salad dressings, or smoothies. They contain at least 10 servings per 16oz bottle. Choose from Garlic Dill Pickle, Ginger Beet, or Kimchi.  Each is just $5.49.  


Nubian Heritage has been a favorite brand for the last several years; customer are drawn to their lovely scented soaps, creamy lotions and long-lasting deodorants.  Now we have expanded the line to offer Body Wash ($14.99) and Massage/Moisturizing Oil ($12.99), each in four different formulations.

Body Wash scents:  Raw Shea Butter, African Black Soap, Indian Hemp-Vetiver, Coconut-Papaya
Massage Oil scents:  Raw Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Indian Hemp-Vetiver, and Patchouli-Buriti oil


Get inspired this summer to take charge of your health and expand your horizons.  We have a great variety of Do-It-Yourself books on culturing and fermentation,  organic body care and herbal preparations, detoxification recipes, and organic gardening and composting.  Learn more about specific uses and benefits of herbs, apple cider vinegar, alkaline water, and more with the Bragg's book series.  Have culinary adventures with raw foods, juices and smoothies, or learn new allergy-friendly dishes with one of our many recipe books.

Our books have a wealth of information on health and wellness topics, so find one that suits you and SAVE 20% OFF ALL BOOKS in July!



Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family. Historically known for its purple flower and pale grey green leaves. It has a sweet floral fragrance and its many uses. Lavender is derived from Latin meaning “to wash”. So it’s no surprise that lavender has been used to scent bath oil and salts, soaps and shampoos.

Lavender can be used in:

· perfume, sachets, balms, salves, and other bath and beauty products

· medicinally for stress relief, calming, insomnia, tension headaches, migraines, motion sickness, gas, cramps, toothaches, bug bites, wounds, and burns (including sun burns)

· cooking, it has a pleasant yet slightly bitter flavor. Consider lavender in rubs, marinades, sauces, cookies, ice tea, sorbet, lemonade and in spice blends (Herbes de Provence). 

· wedding ceremonies, lavender is growing in popularity to toss as confetti, instead of rice

Frequently asked question: What’s the difference between spike lavender and true lavender?

Spike lavender has a strong camphor like aroma and is used mainly to scent cleaning products and as insect repellent.

True lavender is prized for its essential oil, medicinal, culinary and aromatic value.

Lavandin is a hybrid of lavender and spike lavender yielding a plant that produces an essential oil that can be used in crafts, toiletries and household products.

Lavender is an extremely gentle herb and is known to be safe for children and pregnant in the second or third trimester and for nursing mothers according to Dr. Jill Edwards, an Oregon N.D. specializing in prenatal care. 

Lavender is so popular, it can be found in products throughout the store, but primarily:

In Bulk – Organic flowers are $4.55/oz

Essential Oils – available from Mountain Rose Herbs in 3 varieties of 0.5oz/15ml ($12.59 - $28.49), from Arbor Oil in a 1oz spray ($16.49), from NOW in a 4oz bottle ($41.99), in a roll-on oil blend from AuraCacia ($10.79), and Young Living's 15ml bottle of Lavender essential oil is ON SALE for $23.99 (Reg. $33.99) this month.

Mustard Seed

You know it -  a tiny round seed, that’s subtly hot with a bit of a bite. It’s not just for hotdogs, but you can use it in many meat dishes, baked beans, soups, salad dressing, potato dishes, sauerkraut, deviled eggs, succotash, chilies, curries and grain dishes.

As for nutrition, it is an excellent source of excellent source of selenium, a nutrient which may help reduce the severity of asthma, decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and help prevent cancer. It is also rich in magnesium, also shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, to lower high blood pressure, to restore normal sleep patterns in women having difficulty with the symptoms of menopause, to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, and to prevent heart attack in patients suffering from atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.  Mustard seeds qualify as a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids and manganese, phosphorus, copper, and vitamin B1. 

Here’s 10 Fun Facts you may NOT have known about mustard.

1. It’s a Brassica plant that’s closely related to broccoli, cauliflower, turnips and cabbage.

2. It was used by the Egyptians and Romans, who ground the seeds into a spice paste.

3. It has been used for centuries for soothing scorpion stings, clearing sinuses, increasing your appetite, and ease aches.

4. In the 13th century Dijon France was the hub of the mustard industry, the popular tangy taste came from using “verjuice” the acidic juice of unripe grapes vs. the traditional vinegar.

5. Dry mustard acts as an emulsifier (helps mixing oil and water) in mayonnaise and salad dressings.

6. Classic yellow mustard isn’t yellow. The added turmeric turns it that bright yellow.

7. The old jar of mustard in the back of the refrigerator is probably still good. Mustard condiment is a blend of spices and a vinegar. Refrigerating the mustard keeps that spicy bite strong, but for storage purposes, keeping it cold doesn’t matter.

8. The phrase “Can’t cut the mustard” once referred to the specialized modified scythe that would be used to scrape the tough crust that would form in the large Old English mustard vats during the maturing process.

9. Saskatchewan, Canada is the world’s largest exporter of mustard.

10. Aug. 6 is National Mustard Day, and you can visit the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin. 

Find organic yellow and brown mustard seeds and yellow mustard powder in our bulk section for $0.82 or less per ounce for all your culinary needs.

Take a Mustard Bath with Dr. Singha’s blend of mustard and refreshing herbs like eucalyptus, rosemary, wintergreen and thyme. This stimulating formula is popular in England, used to soothe sore muscles, and encourage sweating and gentle cleansing for glowing skin. Available in pouches and 8oz containers for $4.49 or $13.99, respectively.

Of course, we have gourmet mustard from Brownwood Farms. Their Famous Kream Mustard is a perennial winner at the Napa Valley Mustard Fest. Give it a try this summer while it is ON SALE for just $3.99/10oz jar (Reg. $6.99).


with Rachael Ramirez & Suzan Moody 
DATE: Thurs. July 21
TIME:  6:00 - 7:00pm
COST:  $5 for materials

Show your feet some love and step on in to this workshop/spa night!  

-  Enjoy a foot soak while you..
-  Watch Rachael prepare a DIY foot scrub to use that night, with extra to take home
-  Learn foot massage techniques and reflexology points. 
-  Try out our Pacifica nail polish colors (2 colors available to try, others may be purchased) 
-  Get sized for a toe ring, if interested (toe ring prices vary).  

One lucky attendee will be chosen for a complimentary DETOX FOOT SPA session with Suzan that same night (a $30 value)!

It's kind of like a DIY pedi-pampering night for just $5!  Grab your friends and come to Healthy Habitz 4 Life!  

Registration is required.  Call 989-652-0537 to sign up.

Linda will not be coming in July, but will be back to do infrared mammography in August.  
NEXT DATE:  August 24th

YOUNG LIVING Essential Oils Classes are on SUMMER BREAK!
Marie Koch is planning to come back to lead classes in September.

July 4    Independence Day - We Are OPEN
July 12  20% OFF TUESDAY
July 21  Foot Pampering Night

Please click this link and get your coupon as a thank you for subscribing to our monthly newsletter!  You may show it on your smart phone and give us your name, or print it off.  Limit one per customer.  Hurry, it expires at the end of July!