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Advice from the Aisles: Valentina's Home Brewed: Scent-sational!

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.

By Hailey Neal, Wellness Department
 

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Advice from the Aisles: Sun Protection

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.

By Hailey Neal, Wellness Department

Summer is upon us in the Queen City. Kayak rental shops are opening up their doors, dogs are romping around in the waves on North Beach, and here in the Wellness Department, we’ve already begun ordering our sun and bug staples. Before you spend any more Sundays digging away in the garden, you might want to stop on in and pick up a bottle of sunscreen to kick off your summer season. The only problem is, with almost 30 different kinds of sunscreen at our little store alone, how do you know you’re getting the best one for you and your family?

With this in mind, we’ve assembled a to-the-point comprehensive Q+A to help you know what to look for so that you can spend less time choosing a sunscreen in City Market and more time outside.

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Advice from the Aisles: Allergy Support

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By Hailey Neal, Wellness Stocker

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Advice from the Aisles: DIY Room Sprays

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.

Basil Lemon Thyme

By Wendy Neville, Wellness Buyer

Have you started your spring cleaning yet? The sun is out and the snow is melting - let’s put the winter behind us!

Spring inspires us to shed our layers, change things up, move out the various winter supplies from our homes, and do some cleaning. But maybe you’re not inspired quite yet? This can be a daunting and messy task, kicking up dust, mold, and more. And it’s usually just not that fun. You’d rather be playing in the mud, right?

So why would you want to make your own room sprays? Well, aromatherapy can boost your mood so that you are focused and enthusiastic, as well as refresh your space like new.

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Aromatherapy: The Power of Essential Oils

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Orange, Peppermint, Lavender

By Anna Wiens

Whether it’s the smell of a freshly brewed cup of coffee, the warning odor of a skunk, or the first flower bloom of the spring, scent has an impact on our mood and behavior.  Out of all of the five senses, smell is the only one whose neurons bypass the integration and sorting centers of the brain and instead are connected directly with the brain’s limbic system.  The limbic system is responsible for memory, emotions, and hormonal control. Therefore, smell is directly and uniquely linked with our memory and mood.  That is why a scent can trigger a sense of nostalgia or impart a distant feeling.  The sense of scent is said to be as much as 10,000 times more sensitive than the sense of taste.  In fact, most of what we perceive as taste is actually produced by smell. That is why you can’t taste much of anything when you have a stuffy nose. Modern science is just catching on to the traditional notion of using scent therapeutically.  Here we will explore some scent profiles and their traditional uses. We will explore three different scents used to calm, uplift, and focus. 

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