Health Notes

March's Health Genie

Dear Genie,
I love buying food in the Bulk department of the co-op, but can’t find many Gluten-Free varieties of items.  You have a lot of these products prepackaged in your store, so why not have them in the bulk department too?
GF Co-op member

E-newsletter Features: 

Herb of the Month: Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

A very popular beverage and medicinal tea herb, chamomile has recently moved from the Bulk loose tea section to the Bulk medicinal herbs section at City Market. While chamomile makes a tasty tea, it also has a great many medicinal benefits.

Herb of the Month: Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)

Native to China, dong quai is a tonic herb with an interesting sweet and spicy flavor. It is mostly known for its effects on the female reproductive system, but it also serves as a circulatory and liver tonic. Rarely used on its own, dong quai is often used with other herbs. It may be used over a long period of time to build and nourish the body.

Aloe Barbadensis: Not Just for Your Skin!

If you have heartburn and digestive upset, try using aloe as a supplement. Ttraditionally, aloe is used to relieve pain from burns and sunburns; however, aloe’s usefulness doesn’t end there. Some studies have shown that its anti-inflammatory properties may extend to uses within the body as well.

Herb of the Month: Kava (Piper Methysticum)

In our fast-paced society, we all are affected by stress and anxiety from time to time. Hopping on an airplane or speaking in front of a large crowd are a couple of examples of activities that might have your heart beating a little faster. Beyond a racing heart, stress may lead to muscle tension, insomnia, or even a panic attack. Kava is a great remedy for reducing the many uncomfortable symptoms of stress and allowing you to cope with these difficult situations.