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Beat the cold and flu with these tips

Hands up, those with the dreaded cold virus! I’ve personally put up a valiant fight. Both of our kids have been down with a virus that starts in the throat and sticks around for weeks.

I feel that I would have been much more sick had I not had some great tools at my disposal.

Here are some tips (based on our family’s experiences) that have worked:

•Beekeepers Bee Propolis Spray: I cannot say enough about this stuff. When our youngest was crying because her throat hurt so much — bam! I sprayed her four times, and like magic, she would say it felt better. Why? Propolis has been called ‘nature’s antibiotic’. It is what bees make to heal and repair their hives. The Propolis spray also doesn’t have to be used when in need. It is so high in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory that some athletes use it regularly to recover from strenuous workouts. Whatever the case may be, it works!

•Hedd Wynn Oil of Oregano: Yes, it’s nasty. But it works, too! It didn’t prevent the cold virus from taking hold, but I like to think that it stopped the throat thing from turning into something far more sinister. Some people dilute it in a bit of juice and then drink it. Not us! I administer it directly to the back of the throat. It works best when applied directly on the ‘infected’ area.

•Moonshine Mama’s Winter Warrior: I won’t lie; I think I’m addicted to this. I drink it straight up at three times the recommended dosage. There is no harm in doing so. In fact, there is the preventative dosage and then there is the ‘I will not go down with this virus’ dosage.

Here are a few reasons why the Winter Warrior is so effective:

1) Elderberry has been scientifically proven to shrink mucous membranes. And yes, that means all that fun stuff in your sinuses. Take that!

2) Juiced,organic turmeric and ginger. These two are major powerhouses on the anti-inflammatory front. They are also very high in antioxidants. As a side benefit, they are also great on the gut if you’re feeling a bit nauseous.

Organic bone broth (especially chicken): We get ours from Home on the Range on Main Street (they currently have it in stock in chicken, turkey, and beef). Bone broths are so nourishing and grounding. We’ve been making a chicken noodle soup and alternating between chicken and turkey broth.

Finally, combine all of the above with the usual practices of washing your hands, getting lots of rest, and eating lots of broth, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

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United and free

Three bottles of United & Free Skin Care Product

 

United & Free- locally made using environmentally conscious sourcing methods, biodegradable formulas, and believe in using the cleanest ingredients available.

Their products are gluten friendly and gentle enough for all skin types and are cruelty-free: no animal bi-products in our formulations.

Make sure to try the tester of Absolut, Face and body moisturizer at the till on your next visit in.

https://www.unitedandfree.com

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Blume Turmeric and Beetroot latte mixes

Another fantastic local product! Blume is a Vancouver based company that creates hassle-free latte mixes, that taste good and are good for you. Produced in small batches with only the nest ingredients, our mixes are 100% organic, vegan, caffeine free and gluten free. No available in our online store: Beetroot & Turmeric

Use these mixes at home to create golden milks and turmeric lattes, or use it on vegetables, in smoothies, juices, baked goods and even in face masks. Just add your milk of choice and you have a healthful latte.

Just in time for fall and winter.

https://itsblume.com/story/

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Recipe of the Week – Andrea’s Delicious Curried Coconut Butternut Soup

 

Each week Sprout will be featuring a recipe from our staff. This week’s recipe is from our staff member Andrea.

The ingredients are 10% off for the week until Sunday, October 15th, 2017. Bon Appetite!

Andrea’s Delicious Curried Coconut Butternut Soup

  • 2 Cups chopped Butternut squash
  • # 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp curry powder
  • 5 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Cook vegetables and spices till onion is soft (approx 3 min). Add Chicken/Veg broth and coconut milk and bring to a boil or until squash is soft

Serve with fresh cilantro.

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Time for some ‘shine

Have you tried Moonshine Mama’s yet?

Juiced with love on Saltspring island, Melinda & her all star team use only the highest quality, organic ingredients. Ginger, turmeric root, coconut oil, raw honey and pepper- comes in 3 flavours: Lemon, lemon lime and sour cherry. Soon the Winter Warrior will be available too!

It’s a daily elixir- I find it’s quite effective in supporting our immune systems to ward off colds and flus in the fall/winter. Personally, I drink it all year!

Make sure to try it on your next visit. Each jar contains 16, 1 oz serving

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New fun things

 

Fall. I love it. It’s my favorite season, and it’s when I can really focus on my beloved Sprout.

The picture is a taste of some new items in stock now. Just ordering some beautiful large S’well bottles to add to the line up. Stay tuned on more new products and categories coming soon.

And, for you dear clients who have moved away: our online store is operational and ready for your orders! No matter where you live, you can have a dose of Sprout. If there is an item you want, but we haven’t got online yet, just drop me a line and we can make it happen.

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Back to reality, back to School

Sprout has all the latest eco wares to get your family back-to-school ready.

Locally made gogo Bags use a high grade, tight weave of cotton and provide you with a great alternative to plastic wraps. A ‘Snack Set’ has both a sandwich pocket and a snack pocket. Sandwiches do not dry out and cut apples don’t brown.

Try Utencil – a great all in one fork, knife and spoon that folds right up. Reusable and handy in a lunch-bag.

Quo water bottles come in 2 sizes. These silicone bottles are collapsible when empty. A great solution for those heavy backpacks.

Onyx stainless steel containers are fabulous in lunch-bags and picnic baskets – both Sprout kids use them and have for at least 6 years

Last but not least- PUR Potent Wow’s ‘No More Theives’ hand sanitizer. Essential oils formulated to clean your hands when you can’t wash them right away. Non-toxic and a great way to avoid all those nasty germs you know are coming 😱

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Stock up on these items before your camping trip!

Severin spent last weekend camping in Squamish and made sure to bring the whole Carina Organics line of body care. These products are made here in North Vancouver and are 100% biodegradable and safe for the environment.

She also brought the Caboo wipes, again biodegradable and perfect in those camping situations when you have no running water.

We’ve got you covered at Sprout.

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