Let’s Shop.

I am wishing you a Happy celiac awareness month. Whether you are celiac or gluten sensitive, May is a great time to stock up on nonperishable and frozen gluten-free foods. You will find specials, discounts and extra coupons during this month. Also consider attending one of many gluten and allergy friendly expos and events where you can sample items before you purchase them, collect coupons and learn tips.


Remember your freezer is a great resource. You can cook more than you can eat in one day and then put the leftovers into individual size containers and freeze. You just made your own frozen meal.


In addition, I also freeze flours and flour mixes. Remember after you open gluten free flour or flour mixes to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. I found the article to be very helpful: http://www.glutenfreegigi.com/research-based-facts-about-storing-gluten-free-flours/


What are your shopping storing tips?


Until next time,


Love, light and laughter,
Certified Holistic Health Coach

How To Ease The Itch Of Eczema

As I rolled out of bed one chilly February morning, I happen to look at my right forearm. I was surprised and confused when I saw a round red and flaky spot. Even though it was not itchy or spreading, I tried a couple activated charcoal patches because they would help pull the toxins that were causing my reaction out of my body. Since there was no change, I ignored it until March when I was on vacation. I went to a wellness spa. I applied a drop or two of oregano essential oil with coconut oil onto spot before going into the infrared sauna for 35 minutes. Later that day I started to itch. The itch was so intense I could not sleep and a rash develop and spread over my arms, torso and legs. I went to an urgent care facility and the doctor told me the original spot was eczema and the rash was an allergic reaction to the oregano oil. She prescribed topical ointment for the original spot. When I got home the itchy rash was still spreading. So once again I went to the urgent care. The doctor said it was eczema and prescribed oral steroids and Clairton. I am still healing my eczema and sometimes the itch is very intense. When I start to itch, I do one or more techniques from the list below.


What do you do when you itch?


1. Put ice on the area for 5 to 10 minutes.


2. Take an oatmeal bath. I cut two 8-inch pieces of unbleached cheesecloth. Put one on top of the other to form at. Then I place ½ cup of Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats in the middle. I pull up all the corners and tie it. This will form a ball shape. Place it into a cool/warm bath. Relax in the bath for 10-20 minutes. Pat dry.


3. Take a sea salt with food grade hydrogen peroxide bath. I place ¼ cup of salt and 1/8 cup of hydrogen peroxide into a cool/warm bath. Relax for 10- 20 minutes and pat dry.


4. I do Lee Holden’s Evening Qi Ritual for 20 minutes :


5. Do acupressure:



Three Ways To Warm Up

As I sit at my dining room table watching the sunlight dance on the snow, I am looking forward to warming up my body. My first simple and refreshing way is to drink a cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Another favorite flavored water is cinnamon, which is very easy to do by putting an inch of cinnamon stick into  boiling water. Turn off the stove and let steep for 10 minutes. Sometimes I replace cinnamon with 1 teaspoon of sliced ginger or turmeric. I enjoy these flavored waters when I wake or after a walk in nature which is the second way I like to warm up. My third way is be giving, whether it is a smile or a donation to a cause. Have  you heard that when you give it helps your immune system? Which creates a win/win approach.


Are you ready to warm up from the inside by giving to a worthy cause? The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo is providing you an opportunity to help others and yourself. On Saturday, 40% of each $5 fee for the March 21 gluten free , dairy free and egg free cookie class will be donated to the Kalamazoo gospel mission. That is right. The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo will donate $1 dollar and Vicky Mitchell will donate $1 of the fee to the Gospel mission. In addition, The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo will donate 5% of sales on March 21 to this non profit organization. You can feel the healing joy of giving by stopping by and donating needed items at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission table at the Natural Health Center of Kalamazoo on Saturday March 21.


You may be wondering what The Kalamazoo Gospel Mission is. For over 80 years this non profit organization has supported the community. Not only do they provide the critical needs of food and shelter, their long-term discipleship programs help men and women change the behaviors that lead to homelessness.

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