Wondering if you really could handle Vitamineral Green or curious about the taste of Earth? We are happy to welcome Doug from Healthforce on Tuesday,February 19th who will be in our Wellness Department from 11 am to 2 pm,offering samples and smiles. Come by for a sip and a chat. You wouldn’t be the first person to claim that Healthforce has changed your life for the better.
Natural oral health care on sale!
With flu season getting started,now is a great time to invest in preventative health care products,such as those available from the Health and Beauty Aids Department (HABA). Visit the Co-op to stock up on items to keep your mouth clean and happy.
Many caregivers and health providers believe good oral hygiene is key to preventing a range of chronic illnesses and maintaining overall health. According to a Journal of Infectious Diseases from 2008 zinc can help boost the body’s ability to fight off the common cold and reduce the severity and duration of cold during winter. Find locally made Zand zinc lozenges on sale in HABA this month. Some may also want to use these lozenges to build up zinc levels in the body to reduce the potential of catching a cold or the flu. Read more Fortify with Natural Mouth Care and Zinc …
2013 Co-op Wellness Fair Saturday March 23 11am –2pm
With samples and raffles in store,a free informational fair on the 3rd Floor,and short presentations from local Wellness Practitioners in our large meeting room. Hope you can join us –follow the balloons to the 3rd floor!
3rd Floor Presentations in Room 309:Read more Co-op Wellness Fair March 23 …
Locally made health and beauty goodies!
Winter is a time when many of us get swept away and can forget to take care of ourselves. This season give the gift of self-care with gentle and locally made health and beauty care products.
The Co-op’s Health and Beauty Aids section carries an amazing range of personal care products,including many that are made by local Skagit Valley and Washington State artisans and herbalists.
Stop by HABA and find the perfect assortment of gifts for the holidays! Read more Local Gift Basket:Healthy and Beautiful …
Visit the Co-op’s Health and Beauty Aids section and you’ll find a host of festive gifts from your favorite body care companies,including Zum from Indigo Wild. Refresh your home and bathroom with an array of hand made all natural products. From classic frankincence and myrrh to spearmint and grapefruit –you’re gonna feel and smell festive!
Stocking stuffer sized gifts include adorably packaged all natural goat’s milk soaps in various flavors,such as Mazel Zum with almond and orange essential oils,Kwan Zum with grapefruit and sandalwood and Jingle Zum –a fresh and woodsy burst of pine and spruce. And there’s so much more.
Don’t forget the holiday room fresheners and Zum’s everyday line of fun and relaxing scents,like their new Dragon’s Blood Zum products:Zum Bar,Rub and Tub Crystals. These balms and soaps are made with quality ingredients to remedy dry skin,and the restorative resin from the Dracaena Tree,a succulent shrub based in African and Asian rain forests. Fortunately no dragons were harmed in the making of any of these products.
Enjoy the holiday season with fresh and lively scents from Zum!
For hardcore Vegans,folks who avoid all animal-based products,finding a D3 supplement has just gotten much easier. Up until yesterday,the Coop did offer a vegan form of a D vitamin,but it was a D2 which some people felt would not be as readily absorbed.
Thankfully,we now have in-stock and on-sale Country Life’s Vegan D3 available in 5000 IU in 30 or 60 soft gels. They are certified gluten-free,as is the complete line of Country Life and…maybe the best part…the plant source for the D3 is lichen. Yes,lichen. The thing that I spent all of my life until 30 seconds ago believing to be a fungi,only to find out (thanks to www.lichen.com) that actually “Lichens are composite,symbiotic organisms made up from members of as many as three kingdoms.”
Whoa. I wish I had learned that in high school.
If that doesn’t amaze you and shake off some of the no-sun crust that might be forming on your mind and mood,then consider taking some of these lichen Vitamin D3 (with the power of three kingdoms!) to see if that helps.
by nancylee bouscher
Made with love in New Hampshire since 1973,MegaFood starts with fresh,local food to deliver authentic nourishment.
Health and Beauty Aids Open House
Friday July 27th
Big Changes in our Health And Beauty Aids Department are on their way:come see our freshly streamlined department,and meet our three newest lines of supplements:MegaFood,Vitanica,and Gaia Herbs.
11am-3pm:Company Representatives will be in-store to share free samples and product knowledge including Barleans,MegaFood,Vitanica,and Healthforce.
Enter to win wonderful prizes!
Savings on your favorite products,including new lines –up to 20% off (including Health Force large size Earth and Vitamineral Greens)!
Call to sign up for a FREE makeover from Gabriel Cosmetics –space is limited. 336-9777 Read more Health and Beauty Aids Open House …
by nancylee bouscher
A short history of Chia seeds at the Co-op:These tiny beads seeds lived happily in the bulk herbs section for oh-so-many years somewhere between celery seeds and dandelion root. They had regular visitors,a few dedicated people who used chia seeds to eat,drink or maybe to use on their Chia Pet.
Then one day Oprah mentioned them on television. I remember this day because suddenly many,many people were asking for chia seeds. Like so many before them,now that they were in the lime light,chia seeds had fans flocking to them. They were moved into the upscale bulk,now next to sesame and flax seeds. They started getting invited to parties,everyone wanted chia seeds to sign their yearbook –chia seeds has “made it.”
For good reason too. They are tiny powerhouses of omega-3,calcium,protein and fiber. In one tablespoon of chia seeds there are 2.4 grams of Omega-3,64 mg of Calcium,2 grams of protein and….wait for it….4 grams of fiber. In one tablespoon!
Folks want fiber to help with digestion- which can aid in weigh loss or detoxification. Plus,there’s no grinding involved,like with flax seeds. Chia seeds can be eaten raw or soaked which will prompt the lil’dots to produce a gel-like sac and quickly turn water into something thicker. So everyone wanted chia. The wanted,they got and then there was no more.
No more chia. Sad,sad day for co-op-ers. Until,one day,a clever gal found some chia and another clever gal ordered over 150 twelve ounce bags of chia from Spectrum Organics. So now,chia seeds are back!
They are planning their stage set,their costumes are at the cleaners and they want to schedule a performance in your morning smoothie. Come on and get ‘em soon! You can find them,under the big lights!,in the Health and Beauty Aid Department really close to those clever gals.
As the natural foods industry has grown,so has the natural supplement and body care products industry also grown. As the sales for organic lotions and no-filler vitamins has increased,so has the number of companies interested in creating these products. While some companies have altruistic motivations,others are focused on profit. When a products becomes only a way to make money- rather than to truly help and heal people- corners are cut and standards are lowered…
And while some stores will stock all options available to them,the Coop’s buyers in the Health and Beauty Aid Department are deeply grateful for the trust that our customers put in us,and we don’t not take that trust lightly. So,we look a bit deeper at a product before ordering it for our shelves,and offering it for our customers.
With more shelf space in our department,we have the excited (and sometimes daunting) task of tracking down high quality offerings. We are very pleased with our three newest Read more Getting to know the new supplements in our Health and Beauty department …
Unscented and Lavender Skin Soothers are good for all types of dry and itchy rashes,and Great for eczema,Rosacea-like redness,and Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin from pools/swimming). Made with olive oil,beeswax,angelica sinensis (Dang Gui),Potentillae Chinensis Herb (Bei Zi Cao) and Mentha Haplocalyx Herb (Bo He / Mint). NO colors,fragrances or chemicals added.
Super Dry Skin Soother is amazing on dry,rough feet,“sandal feet”,and cracked heels. It soothes away sunburn,windburn,and dryness from heat. This is Emily’s preferred product for psoriasis.
Emily Skin Soothers products are natural and effective skin care solutions for babies and adults,powered by herbs. Their products are made with sensitive skin in mind. Their goal is to make wonderful and extremely effective products that have very few,simple and natural ingredients. Read more Emily Skin Soothers Uses for Spring and Summer …
Just in time for the sunshine,a new line of Goddess Garden sun care lotions arrive at the Co-op. Protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun everyday with natural,safe sun care. Goddess Garden Sun Body Lotions are gluten free and non-GMO,as well as certified Cruelty Free (no animal testing of any kind) and Reef Safe. The sunscreen is made from a base of 95% organic ingredients,including organic aloe vera juice,shea butter and cocoa seed butter.
Nova Covington founded Goddess Garden in 2009 as an way to provide safe,effective organic body care for her family. Based in Boulder,Colorado,the company makes biodegradable sun care lotions using natural minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to reflect broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunlight. Unlike many chemical based sunscreens,Goddess Garden’s lotions are certified organic,non-greasy and won’t absorb into skin. Read more Goddess Garden:New Sun Body Lotions …
Getting active out there? Sick of taking harsh pharmaceutical anti-inflammation medications like Ibuprofen and Acetamenophen? Try Zyflamend Whole Body,from New Chapter –it’s designed to support anti-inflammation for the entire body,including aching joints,sore muscles and cardiac health. Read more Zyflamend Whole Body:Gentle Anti-Inflammatory …
A prior room mate suffered so from his allergies that he would spend the spring inside with all doors and windows tightly closed and the air purifier cranking away on high speed –just trying to gut it out. This is one way to deal with the many pollens bursting forth during this time…but if you’d prefer to carry on about your business,we’ve got some Allergy Relief in store for you. Here’s a little sample of our Health &Beauty manager’s picks to help you fully enjoy the promise of Spring…
Come join us for a festive and informative day at the Co-op:
it’s our annual Free
Wellness Fair and Open House
Saturday February 25th,from 11-2pm
- In-store raffles,samples,and demos
- 3rd Floor Wellness Fair practitioners and presentations on the half hour between 11am and 2pm.
Follow the balloons to the 3rd floor!