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!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June eNews

FOCUS:  Skin Care, Father's Day, Bug Protection, Hemp History, Giveaway


Because hemp is such a sustainable choice with a wide range of applications and potential for new innovation, we believe it should be more readily grown and used in this great country!  So this June, we are putting our hemp products front and center and spreading the truth about its use (and trials) throughout American history.  

Why not celebrate Hemp History Week ALL MONTH with 15% OFF select hemp-y products like: 
Dr. Bronner's Castille-hemp oil Soaps  (select samples while supplies last)
Lady Jane Hemp Products - protein powder, baking mixes, roasted/salted hemp seed snacks and hemp hearts
Merry Hempsters Lip Balms and Muscle Rub sticks
Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil
Onno T-shirts made with Hemp Fiber


Though they may not always show it, we oftentimes forget that Dads like to feel dapper and refreshed too!  Pamper your Papa this Father's Day with some natural grooming products for men.  

For Dads who are rockin' facial hair, find Badger Balm Beard Balm ($15.99), Beard Oil ($15.99) and Mustache Wax ($9.99) now available.  

You may be wondering, what’s the difference between beard oil and a beard balm?

Beard oil softens facial hair and nourishes the skin underneath creating the conditions for healthy beard growth. 
Beard oil is especially helpful during the first six weeks of beard growth, when itching can be a problem. It can be used to soothe skin underneath the beard at any time or as an intensive night treatment. Once a beard reaches the desirable length, beard balm is a daily, leave-in conditioner that works wonders as a moisturizer and styling aid to tame any rogue hairs, leaving your beard looking shiny and healthy.  

Beard balm, on the other hand, is like pomade made especially for beards. It’s thicker than beard oil, but not as thick as a beard wax.  With a blend of certified organic Jojoba and Babassu and powerful antioxidants, over time beards not only looks healthier, but feel softer as well.  Enjoy a pleasingly light aroma with subtle hints of Bergamot, Vertiver, Cardamom, and Black Pepper.

Every Man Jack Razor Set:  For Dads that prefer a sleek smooth look, this handcrafted razor gives maximum control and maneuverability. With six fine, stainless steel blades and an easy-to-rinse cartridge, the open flow design allows hair and shave cream to pass through cleanly, eliminating corrosion and extending blade life.  It’s built for the closest shave ever.  Set is made from 50% post-consumer recycled content, and includes 1 handle, 4 razors (SALE PRICE $24.99).

Warhorse Body Wash:  Containing a blend of Coconut, Sunflower, Castor, Avocado, Sweet Almond and Vitamin E oils with Dead Sea Salt and Essential oils that nourishes skin as it washes.  Warhorse body washes are 3rd party tested for pure ingredients; that is, Non-GMO certified, no synthetics used.  The Sunflower oils is grown on family farms in Southern states and expeller-pressed processed to ensure no chemical extraction is used.  Available in refreshing Eucalyptus-Mint or stimulating Lemon Verbena Lavender, just $9.99 each.


Bug repellent is a necessity for any Michigander during summer.  Especially when it's applied directly to skin, it's best to avoid all the nasty chemicals found in many standard repellents, and choose a product that is safe for children, pets, and the environment.  

Another good reason to eat your vegetables: Health Guru David Wolf suggests protecting yourself from the inside out with Vitamin B1 (Thiamine).  Food sources that are rich in B1 include asparagus, sunflower seeds, green peas, flax seeds, Brussels sprouts, spinach.  With enough of this vitamin in your system, you to become less attractive to mosquitoes by giving off a "yeasty" scent that is undetected by humans, but repulsive to mosquitoes.

Perfect for backyard activity or camping, try new Murphy's Naturals Mosquito Sticks and Candles.  Murphy's Mosquito Sticks are made from 100% natural, plant-based ingredients: Bamboo, Citronella, Lemongrass & Rosemary.  Nothing you don't want, there is NO D.E.E.T., petroleum or any toxins.  Each stick burns for at least 2 hours and comes in a paper tube of 12.  Candles are made with the same oils in a base of RSPO (Certified Responsibly Sourced) Palm Wax and last for about 30 hours. Just $11.99 each!

Buzz Away Extreme by Quantum Health is a clinically studied formula that offers up to 4 hour protection against mosquitoes, and 2.5 hours for ticks, with just one application.  It blends essential oils like geranium, citronella, cedarwood and lemongrass in a base of soybean oil (soybean oil itself has been studied by University of Florida Medical Entymology Lab as an effective base for repellent).  

To take more of a DIY approach, make your own bug sprays with these essential oils that are commonly used as repellents:

Mosquitos – citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender
Fleas – cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lemongrass, lavender, orange, pine,
Ticks – rose geranium, juniper, rosewood, thyme, grapefruit, oregano

Go for Young Living Oils to make your bug spray concoctions!  Use Coupon Code YL20N at check out to save 20% on Young Living Oils this month!

BUG BITE RELIEF with Homeopathics!
Even with proper precautions, bug bites can happen.  In the case of a bee or wasp sting, the homeopathic Apis Mellifica is a well known remedy to help ease pain and swelling.  Note that in case of swelling of eyelids, ears, throat, or limbs seek immediate medical attention.  Staphysagria is another homeopathic remedy that helps ease itching and swelling.  Available from Boiron in the blue tubes.  $7.99 each.  

We have found that blends of essential oils topically and homeopathics internally work well together.  Combination oils like Nature's Sunshine Tei Fu tend to cool and neutralize the itchy feeling.  Tea Tree is another oil used as an antiseptic in case of too much scratching!

Skin is the largest organ in the body, covering an average of 22 square feet.  Although we always want our skin to look it's best, we are especially aware of it during the warm months because more skin is showing!  Creams and topical treatments are important, but since our skin absorbs nutrients from the bloodstream, it is important to note when issues can be tackled from the inside out.  Here are a few key botanicals and nutrients to nourish skin. 

This potent caretenoid antioxidant is great to have on hand especially during times of increased sun exposure. It is a naturally occurring compound found in microalgae and the creatures that eat the algae, like salmon.  The pinkish-orange colored compound is what actually protects the algae from the sun's rays as it rises to the surface of the ocean.  

As one of the most powerful antioxidants known, it has been studied as having potential to benefit nearly all the body systems, from structural to circulatory to immune.  It even has cosmetic appeal, to help men and women maintain more youthful looking skin with documented improvements in wrinkles, age spot reduction, elasticity, skin texture and moisture.  Find Healthy Origins Astaxanthin in 4mg 60 and 150 softgels in our immune system section.

This gel utilizes the power of oxygen, aloe vera, lavender blossom extract, glycerine to support healthy skin.  CellFood's ability to deliver oxygen to the body at the cellular level— while at the same time scavenging free radicals— is at the heart of its detoxifying properties. And Cellfood’s wide array of plant-sourced trace minerals, enzymes and amino acids provides foundational cellular nutrition, giving the body what it needs to heal itself, as nature intended.  
This gel is a great topical way to help decrease the appearance of fine lines, refine oily skin, and renew skin texture.  It is great for sensitive skin with only the highest quality ingredients, no fragrance added, non-oily, and paraben free, no animal testing.  $33.99.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in humans, accounting for about 30% of the body's total protein.  There are several types of collagen; most commonly you hear about Type 1 & 3 when talking about skin, and type 2 for joints. 

The collagen molecule itself is much too large to be absorbed through the skin, so some beauty treatments actually inject it into the skin.  But there is another way!  Taken internally, it must be "hydrolysed" or broken down to be utilized where repair is needed in the body. 

NeoCell Super Collagen™ contains hydrolyzed Type 1 & 3 collagen, providing the amino acids necessary to boost collagen supply to help minimize fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity, support bone matrix, repair connective tissue, slow hair loss, thicken fine hair, and strengthen nails. 

Available in a 7oz powder that is best taken with orange juice (for Vitamin C), it provides 6600mg of collagen per serving!   You can also find it in 120 tablets providing 6000mg of collagen along with vitamin C.  Each is only $18.99!  Beauty Bursts Soft Chews are a tasty way to get 2000mg of collagen as well as 20mg of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C in a Fruit Punch flavored treat with just 2g of sugar per chew.  Hyaluronic Acid is an important component to boost skin moisture.  NeoCell Beauty Bursts are $21.99 for 60 chews.  
Try making your own treats with collagen powder.  Find a recipe for orange-cranberry collagen gelatin squares right here.

BioCell Collagen
 BioCell's collagen is unique in that its patented process creates a collagen that closely mirrors the composition of human joint tissue in a form the body can absorb.  Nicknamed the "Joint Juice," Jusuru is one of our favorite delivery systems for Type 2 collagen.  We first introduced it in a newsletter last September, so you can read more about it here.  But since we are talking about skin, BioCell has created a product that is specifically formulated with bioavailable collagen peptides for skin (BioCell collagen CG) called Stromaderm.

In addition to Jusuru, get synergistic support from Stromaderm Body Serum Spray!  A topical formula with BioCell Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids from Meadowfoam oil, and glycolic acid.  Clinical studies on humans showed a nearly 50% decrease in the appearance of deep lines, with improved skin hydration, tone, texture, and smoothness.  For best results, use twice daily, morning and night.  Spray Stromaderm on face, arms, legs, hands, wherever you want to see more youthful looking skin!

SAVE 20% on Stromaderm Body Serum Spray this month!


Chamomile has a long history of medicinal use.  Only now are we beginning to understand why it works so well for skin issues.  A study in human volunteers demonstrated that chamomile flavonoids and essential oils penetrate below the skin surface into the deeper skin layers. This is important for their use as topical anti-inflammatory agents.
Infuse chamomile in a lotion, or put in a cool bath to soothe skin rashes, eczema and psoriasis, minor burns and sunburn.  It may also speed healing and prevent bacterial infection.
In addition to topical use, Chamomile's reported anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions relax the smooth muscles of the uterus, stomach and intestine. The herb may therefore help relieve menstrual cramps, nausea, heartburn, and stress-related flatulence, irritable bowel problems and various gastrointestinal complaints. 

Find German Chamomile in our bulk section just just $2.03 per ounce. Organic Chamomile in tea bags is available from Celebration Herbs for just $6.09 per box of 24 tea bags.

Nature's Plus/Energy Times "Basket of Health" Raffle
From now through July, fill out the survey sheet with the option to get valuable e-coupons and discounts with your FREE Energy Times monthly online subscription, you will be entered to win a large "Basket of Health" compliments of Nature's Plus.  
No purchase necessary. One entry per household.  Winner will be drawn at the end of July.  Gift basket should be picked up within two weeks of notification.  Basket may be shipped at winner's expense.    


Young Living Essential Oils Classes
Tuesdays at 6pm
Marie Koch

Find out how Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) can brighten up your day-to-day activities!  Marie will be leading classes on the many uses and health benefits of essential oils in our Wellness Center. Classes are only an hour long, and cost regurlarly $5* per class.   You'll be amazed at how high quality oils can have so many uses!

*First time visitors and YL Distributors under HH4L attend FREE.  Bring a Friend for a free gift for a limited time!

**Be sure to check our calendar for the most up-to-date information on classes.  If Marie has to cancel a class, we will update the calendar as soon as we are informed.**

Adelpha Thermography
Mon. June 20
Linda Alchin RN

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.
After June, the NEXT DATE is Wed. Aug 24th.

DIY Lotion & Lip Balms Workshop
Wed. June 22   6-7pm
Rachael Ramirez

Need a fun activity?  Like to make your own gifts?  Join Rachael to make your own lip balm and lotion stick.  Get the fundamentals down and then you can experiment with adding oils or powders for aromatherapy, repelling insects, or skin soothing and protection.  Cost is $5 for materials.  Please register ahead so we know how many to plan for!  

6-12 Hemp History Week
7     YLEO Class: Make & Take
12   Bavarian Parade Sunday
14   YLEO Class: Reading Food Labels
14   20% OFF TUESDAY
19   Father's Day
20   Adelpha Thermography
21   YLEO Class: VitaFlex and Raindrop Techniques
22   DIY Lip Balm & Lotion Workshop
28    YLEO Class:  Food Recipes with Oils