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April Health Genie: Reviving Bitters

Urban Moonshine Bitters

Note: These articles are not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie:

I’ve been hearing a lot about bitters lately.  What are they and why should I use them?

Thanks,
Tessa Tonic

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Topical Treatments for Inflammation

Arnica

Note: While this article discusses, in part, the medicinal properties of various herbs, it is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Cristi Nunziata, Herbal Education Coordinator

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury and infection or the result of autoimmune conditions. While in some cases the use of pharmaceutical and over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs may be necessary and should be considered on an individual basis, when a minor injury is to blame, pharmaceuticals can often be avoided by turning to herbal allies instead. Topical use of herbs, in the form of a compress, bath, homeopathic preparation, or infused oil or essential oil, is a gentle way to address inflammation while avoiding potential side effects of drugs or the internal use of herbs.

March Health Genie: The Story of Probiotics

Probiotics

Note: These articles are not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Whether it’s after a regimen of antibiotics, for digestive support, or aiding in immunity, many people seek a quality probiotic.  A common question that arises during the process of one’s decision to buy a probiotic is why are some products refrigerated and others not?  We covered this topic briefly a few years ago, but here is some additional information.

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Baby Care Product Safety: Getting Your Wee Ones Off to a Clean Start

Vermont baby

By Cristi Nunziata, Herbal Education Coordinator

A growing number of people are becoming more conscious about what they are putting in their bodies, buying only seasonal, local, organic, and non-GMO foods. But what about what we put on our bodies? And more importantly, on the bodies of our babies? While one would assume that baby care products consist of only the mildest and safest ingredients possible, unfortunately, that is not always the case.

February Health Genie: Oil Massage - the Key to Hydration and Warmth

Massage Oils

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

For many, winter is a time filled with itchy dry skin, flaking scalp, cracked finger tips, and low immunity.  There is a simple, cheap, and enjoyable solution to these common problems: oil massage.  This technique, also known as Abhyanga, has been used for centuries and has many therapeutic applications. 

It is a great practice to pick up now, in the middle of the winter, as it is very hydrating. Most soaps and body washes strip the skin of its natural oils and leave the skin bare and scaly. Performing oil massage on a daily basis keeps the skin hydrated and protected. 

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