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 Medicine for the People
   January 2011

Stress and the Immune System

With the winter season in full swing, now is the time to take preventative steps to keep your immune system vital and strong.  One of the ways in which the Immune system is weakened is when there is an increase in stress.  Stress can be either a physical stress, such as inflammation from chronic pain, or emotional stress.  Emotional stress is caused by work, school or life in general leading us to overextend ourselves.  Anytime stress is present, it affects and decreases the optimal functioning of the immune system.
Any of the following can also be caused by stress;
  • Decreased Immune function
  • Blood sugar dysfunction
  • Excessive release of cortisol
  • Dominant sympathetic nervous state
  • Digestive complaints
  • Insomnia
  • Muscular tension/Headaches
Be proactive to protect yourself from the onslaught of colds and flu this season.  Using botanicals to support the central nervous system and strengthen the Immune system is an easy was to stay healthy all season. Drinking The Herb Shoppe’s Peaceful Feeling Tea, or taking the Stress Free tincture formula will nourish your nervous system and help you reclaim balance from your stress.  Another option is to take the Immunity Boost formula which will not only support stress reduction, but also has herbs to tonify your infection fighters!

Reiki healing sessions are now available at
The Herb Shoppe on Fridays.  

Reiki is a gentle touch healing technique, which aids the body’s natural healing process. Reiki can assist with reducing stress, building immunity, calming the mind and emotions, and supporting other medical treatments.

Full treatments are available and so are a new series of “lunch-time Reiki." 
Reiki Master Nanci Olson-Gundry will offer free 15-minute sessions for first time clients. If you have been curious about energy medicine, interested in trying Reiki, or in need of relaxation during a lunch hour.
January 14 and 28 From 12:00-1:30pm Free 15 minute Reiki sessions for first time clients Call in advance to schedule a time or sign up the day of at The Herb Shoppe’s front counter.  
Wednesday Night Free Lectures
Every Wednesday at 6:15

jan. 12th: John Frieden
The flower remedies of Dr. Edward Bach

jan. 19th: Dori Oilver
Fermented Beverages for Health

jan. 26th: Dr. Sarah Wylie ND
Mayan Vaginal Steams

feb. 2nd: Dr. Emily Cleveland ND
Herbs for the Heart

Growing Medicinal Herbs

PART I: Planning and Preparing the Garden
feb. 20th
10:00-12:00 pm

PART II: Growing, Caring for, and Using your Herbs
feb. 27th
10:00-12:00 pm

$65 for both, or $35 individually

Vitamin D and Immune Health       http://merrimackvalleychiropractic.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/VitaminD1.png

Forget the apple. The largest study of its kind to date shows that vitamin D each and every day is what will keep the doctor away when it comes to the common cold or the flu.

Vitamin D can be obtained through eating dairy and salmon, and also through daily sunlight exposure.  Here in Portland it is best to supplement with Vitamin D October through May, 2-3000 IU’s per day. 

Not only is Vitamin D proven to help ward off colds and flus, but it is directly attributed to elevate mood.  If you are affected by the wintertime blues, identifying a Vitamin D deficiency could make a positive difference in your life. 

Here at The Herb Shoppe we carry high quality Vitamin D in a liquid drop form from Biotics Research.  Just one drop is 2000 IU!

A great opportunity…..

The School of
Traditional Western Herbalism
3-year Herbalist Training Program
in Portland Oregon
Matthew Wood, MS RH (AHG)
Primary Instructor
Paul Bergner RH (AHG)
Margi Flint RH (AHG)
Deborah Frances, ND
Jim McDonald
Scott Kloos and others

The School of Traditional Western Herbalism is a plant medicine education center in Portland Oregon offering a unique 3-year  herbal studies program for beginning-advanced students and practitioners of herbal medicine. Our program is a wonderful opportunity to study with some of the most respected and knowledgeable herbalists in the country.

For more information: Please visit our website http://www. portlandherbalschool.com for more information. Or email us at info@portlandherbalschool.com.

Next Month:
Poplar Bud Season

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