Category Archives: Seasonal

New For Summer – Lip Balm, Sunscreen & Bug Spray – Oh My!

New at Blossom for the summer – Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm, Badger Anti-Bug Spray, & Goddess Garden Sunscreen.

Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm: Don’t forget to protect your lips when you’re out in the sun! Badger Unscented Sunscreen Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 15 delivers UVA-UVB protection in a certified natural product. This unscented formula is safe for kids and the rest of the family. Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm is eco-friendly and features the active ingredient zinc oxide. Cruelty free.

Blossom Natural Health - Badger Goddess Garden ProductsBadger Anti-Bug Spray: Good For the Skin. Bad for the Bug.®  Badger’s Anti-Bug Shake & Spray is a totally organic & natural bug spray repellent. Using pure essential oils to naturally keep bugs, mosquitoes and insects away from you and your family. This organic Shake & Spray bug repellent naturally repels insects with the pleasant aroma of Citronella, Rosemary, and Wintergreen essential oils. Badger Shake & Spray contains no DEET, petroleum products, or synthetic chemicals, and has been independently lab tested for efficacy – so it’s safe and effective for the whole family!

Goddess Garden Organics – We are carrying The Goddess Garden SPF 30 Facial Sunscreen, an SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Spray for Kids & and ‘After Sun Gel’.
• SPF 30 natural Facial Sunscreen: Certified organic facial sunscreen packed with nourishing and natural antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients including coconut oil, green tea, and immortelle. Easily worn with makeup, this sheer formula is non-greasy and lightly scented with lavender essential oils. Gentle formulation works well with dry and sensitive skin types!

• SPF 30 Kids Natural Sunscreen Spray: Protecting your children from the sun could never be easier with this mineral-based, lotion spray sunscreen. Formulated sunscreen uses only gentle plant-based ingredients [including aloe vera, sunflower oil, and shea butter] & non-nano zinc and titanium.

• After Sun Gel: Enjoy the healing powers of aloe vera gel, without the sticky residue! This lightweight after-sun gel is silky and fast absorbing, making it ideal anytime your skin can use a little extra help. Not just for sunburns, this year-round healing gel can help counter the effects of chlorinated pools or salt water, and can also ease the discomfort of extra-dry winter skin. This unique formula contains organic tea tree and lavender essential oils to cool and soothe sunburned or irritated skin, while allantoin rehydrates your skin for a healthy, youthful look. Use after your outdoor outings, or try as a daily moisturizer or shaving gel.

Allergy Relief Through Sublingual Immunotherapy With seroSLIT

For the many who suffer from indoor and/or outdoor allergens [Pollens, Molds, Trees, Weeds, Grasses, Dust Mites, & Pet Dander], there is an alternative to allergy shots.

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is a treatment for the management of seasonal & perennial allergies, and asthma. SLIT is self-administered by the patient, by placing varying concentrations of highly purified allergen extracts under the tongue – allergy immunotherapy without shots!

SLIT is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and allergy specialists throughout the world as a viable alternative to allergy shots.

How does SLIT compare with conventional allergy medications?
SLIT (sublingual immunotherapy) is a treatment for allergic diseases and asthma, where patients are orally administered a small, precise dose of substances to which they are allergic (allergens) to stimulate your immune system.  The dosage of allergens is gradually increased over time – just enough to stimulate the immune system, but not enough to cause a full-blown allergic reaction. This helps the body’s immune system to build up a tolerance to the allergens, which can reduce/eliminate your allergy symptoms over time.

Conventional allergy medications, such as antihistamines and inhaled/topical steroids, are designed to temporarily mask allergy symptoms, and require life-long use. The cost of these medications is substantial, may have long-term side-effects, and are not addressing the root cause of your reaction.

In Contrast, the process of SLIT treats the underlying cause of allergy and/or asthma symptoms.  SLIT desensitizes or “re-educates” the body’s immune system so that it does not overreact to allergens from natural exposure, thereby reducing/elimination allergy symptoms, and the long-term need for allergy medication.

Which types of allergies can be treated with Immunotherapy?
The most common allergies that are treated with SLIT include Allergic Rhinitis (Hay fever), Water/Itchy Eyes, Asthma, Chronic Sinus Infections, and Chronic Cough. SLIT may be a good treatment choice  if allergy medications do not provide sufficient relief, allergic triggers are difficult to avoid, allergy medications cause intolerable side effects, or you are concerned  about the long-term use and effects of medication.

SLIT vs. Allergy Shots
The difference between allergy shots and SLIT is how the allergen extracts are administered. Allergy shots are given on the surface of the body [usually on a weekly schedule]. With SLIT, the allergens are placed under the tongue using a sublingual sprayer. SLIT is preferable for most allergy and asthma sufferers due to its convenience, and overall lower cost. No pain, no shots, just effective allergy relief.

Don’t hesitate in contacting Blossom Natural Health and Wellness for any further assistance in helping to diagnose and treat your allergies.

 

Staying Healthy During Flu Season

It is that time of year again and many are contacting the clinic with questions about the prevention and treatment of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, runny nose, cough and stomach symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Sometimes a flu virus can come on slowly or it can hit suddenly without much notice.

I incorporate several effective naturopathic approaches in the prevention and treatment of the flu.Below are my natural medicine recommendations for prevention and treatment:
Lifestyle for Prevention
• Get plenty of rest and drink enough water. Maintaining a balanced sleep routine is one way to keep our immune system healthy. Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to rejuvenate for the next day. Consistent inadequate sleep lowers the body’s defenses needed for fighting viral infections.
• Reduce or avoid refined sugar in your diet, especially things like soda, candy, and baked goods & Increase fruits and vegetables in your diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and quality proteins is a foundation for a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that eating a sugary snack or meal can depress the immune system for several hours, creating a window of time during which it is easier to get the flu.
• Continue or establish a regular exercise routine. It helps to keep you healthy by reducing or countering stress [excessive stress can decrease immune function and make it easier to come down with the flu], enhancing circulation, and offering another mode of elimination via perspiration.
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially before eating.

Supplements for Prevention
Below are some basic guidelines for supplements to use preventively for an average adult, not currently taking other medications. These supplements foster good immunity while helping to create and maintain healthy mucous membrane tissue, which is essential for fending off germs. Most over-the-counter medications only treat the symptoms of the cold or flu virus. Nutritional supplementation, and immune-stimulating & antiviral botanicals can support the body’s natural defenses.

Note: These are only guidelines; if you also suffer from other, unrelated illnesses please consult your primary care physician first. Dosages depend on what other pharmaceuticals a patient might be on as well as underlying chronic diseases and/or other nutritional/herbal supplements taken.
Vitamin C –  can greatly enhance the immune system’s ability to fight infections of many kinds. In controlled trials Vitamin C has been shown to aid in the prevention of influenza, as well as shortening the duration and reducing the severity of infections already contracted.
Beta Carotene – which creates vitamin A in the body. This crucial nutrient boosts immune function by lowering the amount of free radicals, helping to eliminate the cause of sickness.
Zinc – Zinc plays an important role in maintaining healthy immune function. Low levels of zinc are associated with a decrease in T cell function, a vital white blood cell that helps fight infections.
Vitamin E – Optimizes immune function / response. Studies have shown that those with reduced levels of vitamin E are more susceptible to flu infection.

I also recommend the use of the following botanical medicine products to help prevent flu.
Echinacea – Echinacea also has the immune stimulating polysaccharides that give it an important role in naturopathic antiviral treatments. These polysaccharides naturally enhance the body’s resistance to infection.
Larch arbinogalactans – Larch arabinogalactans are polysaccharides derived from the wood of the Western larch tree. These polysaccharides stimulate the immune system to fend off infections. Larch arabinogalactans have been studied and shown effective in adults, as well as children, which makes it a great choice for keeping the whole family healthy through the flu season.
Sambucus nigra [Elderberry] – Research demonstrates that elderberry extract has particular immune-modulating and antioxidant properties that neutralize the activity of viruses so they can no longer enter the cell and replicate. The berries also contain vitamins A and C, and the flavonoids quercetin, anthocyanin and rutin, all of which boost immune function.
Astragalus membranaceus – Astragalus is used to strengthen the immune system over time, building resistance to illness and disease. Clinical trials as well as pharmacological data provide evidence for its usefulness in the prevention of the common cold and immune enhancement.

Each of the above botanical products helps to bolster immune function and keep the mucous membranes doing their job.

Spring Is Here!

While we love to see Nature coming into bloom, for many, this also means it is allergy season. With naturopathic medicine, you can treat your Seasonal Allergies.