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Healthy Connections

  
  
  
Vega One, Vega Sport Products

Spring is coming and with it comes the desire to “get in shape and get healthy.” Below are some suggestions to help you do just that.

Supplements for the Cold and Flu Season

  
  
  
elderberry

Naturally, the very best option to avoid the cold or flu is to keep your immune system in prime condition by healthy diet and healthy lifestyle. But alas, there are many variables to life and occasionally we need to give our immune system a supplemental boost. There are numerous options to avoid a cold or flu, as well as options to treat these conditions. Below are a few of those possibilities that we keep in stock at the Viroqua Food Co-op.

Making Your Own Herb Infused Oils +Soothing Personal Lip Balm Recipe!

  
  
  
jars of herbs

Mary Kehoe,


Herbs & Spices Buyer

 

Introduction to Ayurveda Workshop in Viroqua Wisconsin

  
  
  
introduction to ayurveda in viroqua wisconsin
The Viroqua Food Coop Presents
Ayurved Susan Frank
Saturday, October 15,   2-4 p m
Vernon Memorial Hospital
Community Room #1
Viroqua, WI 54665
 

Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “the science of life”.

Wellness Demo 9.17.11

  
  
  

Saturday September 17th

Chris Braddy will be in the store demoing Barlean’s Fish & Flax oils, Natural Factors Whey protein and Oxylent multivitamin/minerals.

Magnesium The Miracle Mineral

  
  
  
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More than seventy-five years ago, scientists declared magnesium to be an essential mineral for our physical health. In 2006 the World Health Organization re-declared the prime importance of magnesium to health. And yet, due to modern farming practices and present day food processing procedures, this mineral is largely depleted from our soils and food supplies.

Herbal Bug Repellents at the VFC!

  
  
  
viroqua food coop badger balm buzz away all terrain

I am pretty sure we are all happy to be enjoying the warmth and sunny days of summertime, but perhaps are not so thrilled with the accompanying return of the insect population. Insects are an annoyance at best and a source of serious health concerns at worst.

Ticks are a major concern here in the Coulee Region because they are carriers of Lyme disease and its co-infections. Many herbal insect repellents include Rose Geranium, as it is known to repel ticks. At the Co-op you will find these repellents which contain essential oil of Rose Geranium: Badger Balm Anti-bug Shake & Spray, Bite Blocker, Buzz Away Extreme and All Terrain Herbal Armor. Melissa Farris of Veriditas Botanicals recommends Rose Geranium essential oil as the only safe and effective oil to use on your dog for ticks and fleas, (for small dogs under 20 lbs, 1 drop between shoulder blades 1-3 times per day depending on exposure (woods, high grass) for medium dogs of 20-60 lbs use 2 drops and for large dogs of 60-100 lbs use 4 drops applied as recommended above). More is not better and do not use on cats.

Essential oils which are useful to repel mosquitoes, gnats, flies and no see-ums are lemongrass, lemon eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint, rosemary, clove and cedarwood. I have never met a no-see-um in Wisconsin, but if I do I am heading straight for the repellent as no-see-ums have a knack for taking the fun out of being outdoors especially at dusk. Should you decide to make your own insect repellent, we have most of the essential oils needed.  Essential oils should be diluted in a base of a carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, castor oil or grapeseed, also available at the coop.

A new item at the Co-op is a plastic wrist band impregnated with Peppermint oil. They come from Canada where the mosquitoes can be quite an issue and are reported to work very well. The band can be placed on belt loop, stroller or backpack as well and work up to 120 hours and is non toxic.
As always read the ingredients to make sure you are getting the repelling properties to target your insects of choice, and use according to directions.

Carol Willis, Wellness Manager

Beauty with a Conscience: Natural Cosmetics

  
  
  
Viroqua Food

In the VFC Wellness department we have several new cosmetics, skin care products and some reformulated and improved sunscreens.

Cleansing Formulas and Weight Management

  
  
  
internal cleansing

by Carol Willis, Wellness Manager

Nourishing our Immune System

  
  
  
immune support

Ideally we would get all the nourishment we need for optimal health from our foods. Unfortunately, modern life is not always conducive to doing so. VFC’s Wellness department comes to the rescue with immune enhancing supplements to help fill the gap. I want to introduce you to a few of them; probiotics, aloe vera juice, essential fatty acids and olive leaf extract.

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