​Antioxidants

We’ve all heard the hype about antioxidants and their positive effect on health, but what are they? What do they really do? Can antioxidants really transform our overall health? Overwhelming evidence suggests that eating whole fruits, vegetables and whole grains, all rich in antioxidants, can provide protection against aging and disease.   An antioxidant is…

​A to Zinc

Zinc is known as an essential trace element because very small amounts of it are required for human health. Our bodies need Zinc to function normally; therefore, being deficient in this mineral can lead to a number of issues including growth retardation, low blood pressure, depression, weight loss and diarrhea, among others.   The pancreas,…

​Free at Last: What You Need to Know About GMO

It’s impossible to shop in a natural food store or even the local grocery store without seeing the acronym “GMO.” Genetically Modified Organisms are plant or meat products that have had their DNA artificially altered at the gene level in a laboratory.   There is a growing concern about the safety of these genetically altered…

Colon Cancer

Any cancer diagnosis can be frightening, sad and confusing, especially when you don’t have all the answers. Colon cancer, also known as colorectal, is a cancer of the colon or rectum and usually originates from small polyps. Colon cancer affects millions of people each year, but with education and early detection, it can be a…

​Customer Uses Milkweed Balm for Pain Relief

Renee Mallette-Cota has been using Milkweed Balm cream to treat the neuropathy pain in her hands resulting from chemotherapy treatments. Prior to discovering Milkweed Balm, Mallette-Cota tried a number of prescription medications that left her feeling drowsy, dazed and hopeless.   “I was afraid I was going to have to stop working because I work at…

Fostering Community: Milkweed Collection Draws All Walks of Life

About five years ago while pregnant with her first child, Misty Wettergren came across an ad on Craig’s List for harvesting milkweed and began picking that day. Wettergren now handles a wild milkweed collection point in Michigan as part of the Monarch Flyway team.   “Milkweed grows everywhere, primarily on the side of the road,…

​Jojoba Oil Deconstructed

Jojoba oil is produced from the seeds of the Jojoba shrub that is grown in the dry regions of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Widely used in cosmetics and lotions, jojoba oil is an emollient which soothes the skin and unclogs hair follicles.   Due to its similarity to human sebum, jojoba is…