Monday, July 9, 2012

Herbal Insect Repellent

Tis the season for bugs and mosquitoes.  Protect yourself with an all natural, chemical and deet-free repellent that is safe for you, your family, babies, elderly and pets. JennScents Herbal Insect Repellent was formulated in 2003 and has proven to be a top product seller, over the years.

100% pure essential oils in addition to liquid, plant-based enzymes repel bugs and mosquitoes, keeping you safe. Peppermint, Thyme, Citronella and a proprietary combination of other essential oils not only deter mosquitoes, but also ants, mice, fleas and ticks. A must have for summertime, no matter where you live.

For those who didn't protect themselves in time, and are fighting bug bites with itching, redness, swelling and discomfort, try our Insect Bite Spray.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Amasai- Delicious, Easily Digestible

Amasai is a traditional food of the Maasai Tribe of East Africa.  It is a cultured dairy beverage renowned for nutrient density, digestibility and high probiotic and content.  

Plus, at Beyond Organic all of our dairy comes from cows that eat grasses not grain and are never given hormones, steroids and antibiotics.  Each dairy cow is tested for A2 genetics.  If you or a loved one has given up dairy for health reasons, it would be worth your time to read about the benefits of A2 dairy.

Plain Amasai can be used in place of milk, buttermilk, or heavy cream for most recipes.  Rule of thumb is 2 parts water to 1 part Amasai for milk.  To use in place of buttermilk or cream it is an exact 1:1 ratio, so a cup of cream equals a cup of Amasai.

Amasai is great in smoothies, shakes, dressings, cheesecake, pancakes, and more.  Jordan even uses it to make  homemade ice cream & pieBe creative and send me your favorite recipe.  Here are a few that we hope you enjoy.

Homemade Sour Cream (courtesy of Denise D.)
1 cup  Amasai
1/4 cup white vinegar
In a screw-top jar or mason jar with lid, combine the Amasai and white vinegar. Shake the ingredients up a bit to thoroughly mix and let stand, covered, at room temperature for about 24 hours or until it becomes very thick. 

You can store your sour cream in the refrigerator in the original jar you mixed it in (or use some other resealable container) for up to one week. Make sure that your sour cream is well chilled before using.

"Ranch" Style Salad Dressing (courtesy of LIsa G.)
1 C plain Amasai
1/2 C mayo (homemade with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, free-range eggs and sea salt so it's healthy)
1/2 T lemon jc.
1/2 T dried parsley or 2 T fresh
3/4 t Celtic sea salt
1 lg clove garlic pressed
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

Blend all ingredients and place in the refrigerator to let the flavors blend a couple hours.  (If this recipe seems sour to your tastebuds, leave out the lemon jc.) 

Sprouted Grain Pancakes (courtesy Bill R.)
Use Arrowhead Mills Sprouted Grain Pancake Flour, substitute butter or applesauce for the canola oil.  Use Amasai instead of milk.  Top with organic butter and Grade B maple syrup.
Plain Amasai is sold in packs of 6 or in the variety pack (includes 2 bottles of each flavor.)  Email me if you need help logging in to your account.
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Former Chamber Director On Healthy Eating

Independent Mission Marketer Jane Patton joined Beyond Organic because she loves the company’s nutritious foods and wants to share Beyond Organic’s mission with others. Her path to healthy living has inspired her to grow fruits and vegetables in her organic garden and make her own kombucha.
She has discovered the benefits of papaya leaf tea, easily steeped from three or four fresh leaves, so her papaya trees stay nicely trimmed! The Haas avocado tree she started from seed has grown to 40 feet tall in six years, producing an abundance of this healthy fruit. 
Jane recently resigned her seven-year position as president of the Haines City-Northeast Polk County Regional Chamber Commerce to move with her husband to Punta Gorda. During her chamber tenure, Jane worked with entrepreneurs interested in starting their own businesses. She shared networking techniques and suggestions to help business owners grow their bottom line. She is now focusing on building a great Beyond Organic team and believes the company’s amazing new products provide an outstanding business opportunity for anyone willing to join her on the journey.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Chicago Chiropractor Knows Your Heart

He knows if you are emotionally eating. He knows if you aren't practicing forgiveness. But most importantly, he knows how to help you. Meet Dr. Brown. Chiropractor, B.E.S.T. practitioner, weight-loss coach, Beyond Organic champion.

After graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL in 1998, Dr. Clarence W. Brown III served as a Document Solutions Consultant/Account Manager with the Xerox Corporation in Schaumburg, IL for three years before attending Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO, where he graduated in December 2005. He has operated his own chiropractic practice since 2006 specializing in N.U.C.C.A., Weight Loss and B.E.S.T. health care.

Aside from providing chiropractic services, Dr. Brown possesses a genuine interest in the total body care of his patients, including insuring that their dietary deficiencies are addressed. When he discovered that many of his patients were struggling with their weight and were lacking in basic nutritional knowledge, Dr. Brown began sponsoring “Weight-loss Challenges” to both his patient base and the community. The programs that he offers last several months and group instruction on topics such as weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, detoxification, processed foods, healthy eating, supplementation, and exercise are provided to the participants.

Dr. Brown has been featured on The Today Show and featured in several Chicago-land newspapers, magazines and radio programs. He is the developer of the ground-breaking "8 Steps of Forgiveness." Not only is Dr. Brown concerned about meeting the immediate nutritional needs of his patients, but he is also on a mission to provide extensive education on the emotional root causes of disease so that the legacy of good health may be passed on from generation to generation. His highly acclaimed lectures and presentations on how thoughts and emotions affect health and weight have transformed the lives of countless individuals who have struggled with health and weight issues for years without any relief or progress. He has proven that combined physical, nutrition and emotional protocols are absolutely necessary for permanent weight release and physical healing.

Dr. Brown is a proud supporter of Jordan Rubin and the movement that Jordan has created with his new endeavor, Beyond Organic. The products that Beyond Organic offers are truly beyond the current USDA standards for organic foods. Dr. Brown and his team of health and wellness professionals are revolutionizing the way food is produced and consumed in the United States. There is a massive shift in the way people think today about food and wellness. This shift is leading to the healing of so many preventable diseases. Join Dr. Brown and his team of Food & Wellness Revolutionaries as they provide the tools you need to live your healthiest life possible!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Aerospace Engineer & Naturapath Knows Food

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Loving Your Lymph

I seem to be talking about the lymphatic system a lot these days.  It's my favorite body system and the unsung hero in maintaining optimal health.  Anyone that hangs out around me long enough, either by taking a class, stopping by the shop or just having tea, eventually all health conversations eventually lead to lymph.

For those of you that have taken classes with Dr Kim Balas and Steven Horne you are probably familiar with the concept of ABC+D.  Well when you give your lymph some TLC you hit all four principles.  Here's how:  It activates the emotional healing response, provides nutrient transport to build, assists with detoxification or cleansing, and works as a direct aid for many ailments.  I find working with the lymphatic system useful for respiratory issues, male & female reproductive challenges, and anyone struggling with multiple emotional blockages.  By the way, if you haven't take this course yet, I highly recommend it if you want to either be a better herbalist or just take better care of yourself.

So when working with the lymph where do you start?  Essential oils and flower essences are a great place to start.  When we talk about different organs holding on to specific emotions I find that the lymph system is very much connected.  So if you find you've been unable to work through a specific emotional concern look to adding some lymphatic support.

Herbally, I love Nature's Sunshine Lymphatic Drainage and Lymphomax and find adding these to any of your herbal protocols will enhance their effectiveness.  Manual lymphatic drainage is very useful.  It is a very light touch, noninvasive therapy, usually performed by a licensed massage therapist.  I personally had a breast fibroid disappear after just one session.

Making good food choices is critical if you want to maintain a healthy lymph system.  Avoiding commercial dairy products is huge.  Most of today's dairy products, organics included is very mucus forming and congests the lymph.  Choose raw dairy from a local farm and take some time to understand the A2 factor.  The Amasai from Beyond Organic seems to be working well for many people.

Lastly, I cannot say enough about the benefits of cultured whey for the lymphatic system.  I've been personally consuming the one from Beyond Organic (Suero Viv) consistently for the past six months and it has become my favorite elixir.  I still drink my kombucha and coconut water but as far as having an affinity for the lymph system nothing comes close.  It's my new "secret" ingredient that seems to be making my herbal protocols all work faster.   Also a great detox option, read my post on The Suero Cleanse.

Whether you are a natural health professional or someone looking to take better care of yourself, I can promise you that the more you understand and love your lymph the better you will look and feel.

Tampa's Going Green Guru

Living a green lifestyle is important to Lisa Custer, founder of Going Green. She has always strongly believed in recycling, reusing and avoiding consumerism. This is one of the reasons she started the website, and is a partner in The Recycled Jeans Shop.

Lisa wanted to help get the word out about eco-friendly companies and events in the Tampa area in order to attract the mainstream consumer. She has since been chosen as a 2012 recipient for the Earth Charter Awards and sponsored numerous eco-friendly events in the greater Tampa area.

Along with that, Lisa believes that we should be nourishing our bodies with the best foods we can get. Although she is not a vegetarian, she would forgo eating meat at most meals simply because she does not like the factory farm product. She wants to know where her food comes from and that it was raised in a clean environment. This has lead her to be a loyal customer at many local CSA's and Co-op's. Over the past year, she has found herself talking more and more about the importance of knowing your food source as well as learning more about a nutrient dense diet and educating yourself on the role that diet plays in our health.

She is encouraged by Beyond Organic’s mission of changing the way we eat and is excited to be with a company that is passionate about educating and nourishing the consumer. She chose to be a part of Beyond Organic because of the passion that Jordan Rubin has for health and the quality, benefits and convenience of the products. Her family enjoys the products and she doesn't have to worry about what is in it before she gives it to them.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Stop The Nail Fungus!

Combat unwanted nail fungus with JennScents Nail Fungus Serum! Plant based enzymes will nourish and hydrate cells, breaking down thick protein walls and combating fungus.  A combination of 100% pure essential oils offer antifungal, antibacterial, anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory properties. Oregano is historically known to enhance circulation, fight against parasites and eliminate fungus.  Patchouli, often known for its grounding and balancing benefits, is a powerful antifungal, combating candida, parasites, yeast and athlete's foot. Check us out on Facebook for a special offer on this great product, just in time for the summer flip-flop season.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Green Protein Drink - Fabulous

Nature's Sunshine just introduced a new green, protein drink made with nutrient-dense plants, fruits and herbs; 75% of the Daily Value for 18 essential vitamins and minerals, green foods, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, nutritive herbs, fiber and more. It also provides 13g of vegetable protein per serving.
This vegan, dairy-free and lactose-free protein shake not only tastes great, but supports the intestinal and circulatory systems as well and overall health, energy and vitality.

Nature’s Harvest drink mix packs powerful nutrition. It contains a vegetable Protein Blend such as pea protein, adzuki beans, black beans, garbanzo beans and rice protein. Other nutritious ingredients include spirulina, quinoa, flax seed hull lignans, chia, chlorella, millet, alfalfa, carrot, broccoli, artichoke, spinach, asparagus, kale, beet, parsley, chlorophyll, sunflower fiber Blend (short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides [scfos], soluble dietary vegetable fiber, pea fiber, bamboo fiber), Essential Fatty Acid Blend (flax seed, borage oil), Antioxidant Fruit Blend (mangosteen, goji, watermelon, blueberry, cranberry, grape skin, grape seed, pomegranate, acerola, lemon bioflavonoid), medium-chain triglycerides, Herbal Blend (ceremonial grade matcha, lemongrass, chicory, horsetail and more.

It is so simple to make as well. I added a little almond milk, with water adn pineapple juice...and is sooooo delicious! Check it out at one of our Herb Shoppe's or visit to purchase online.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fennel - powerful to break down fat

As we begin to prepare for spring, and Spring Break, we are evaluating ourselves and wondering, how can we get in shape to sport a healthy, bikini body. Well, let me share a popular herb that I'm sure you've heard of...Fennel.

Most people think of digestion when you say Fennel. Or a galactagogue (increasing breast milk). But I bet you didn't know that it also works directly to reduce adipose
tissue. It contains ketones which are historically known to break down fat.

Because of its ketone action, it is a great remedy to help induce weight loss, primarily due to its diuretic and laxative actions, as well as a decongestant for the liver and gall bladder. Fennel not only assists in weight loss but it also restores rhythmic function to help balance the fluids in our body, assimilation of nutrients and stregthen detoxification processes. You can find this in our Herb Shoppe's as an herbal tea, liquid tincture, herbal formula and in an aromatherapy body spray and body lotion (best application).

Monday, February 20, 2012

Nature's Sunshine Health Seminar - April 28, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 9:00a-5:00p
Nature's Sunshine Educational Health Seminar with Lawrence Smith, ND
@ the Wesley Center in Clermont, FL
$35 pp (must be registered by April 20, 2012)

An introduction to Natural Health Body System School...Learn the fundamentals of natural health, discuss basic health needs and the keys to being healthier. Study all 10 body systems in depth including biology, basic functions, common problems of each system and health supplements that support each system. Find out how to get yourself and your family on a path to better health. Review Nature's Sunshine Products benefits, tools, quality, loyalty rewards program, proven business strategies and more. Bring your family and friends as you won't be disappointed. Includes educational materials.

Location: Wesley Center @ United Methodist Church (corner of Highway 50 & 7th Streets, 2 blocks from the Clermont Herb Shoppe). This will be 1 of 16 locations for this class and the only location in Florida. (must be registered by April 20, 2012) with Nature's Sunshine at 800-223-8225.

Friday, February 17, 2012

All About Diabetes - Controlling Blood Sugar Naturally

Friday, April 27, 2012, 6:00-8:00p
All About Diabetes - Controlling Blood Sugar Naturally with Lawrence Smith, ND, $25pp

Join us to gain insight and deeper understanding of diabetes and how it affects every aspect of our lives. Blood sugar imbalances are more common than we know. Learn simple herbal remedies, nutritional ideas and lifestyle "upgrades" to manage diabetes naturally. Create an effective herbal program for you that will offer results. The seminar fee is $25 per person (cash or checks payable to Lawrence Smith). Registration and payment deadline is April 25, 2012.

Location: Cheeser's Palace (across the street from Clermont Herb Shop)
Cheeser's Palace has kindly created five different menu options for you to preorder so you can have dinner while you learn. Please pre-order your food. Click here for menu options and ordering details.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cholesterol is NOT The Enemy

Friday, March 23, 2012, 6:00-8:00p
Cholesterol Is Not The Enemy with Dr. Kim Balas, Ph.D, $25pp or $40 per couple

Join us to gain insight and deeper understanding of the importance of cholesterol and its affects on our health. Dr. Balas is a nationally renowned speaker, expert in blood chemistry and has authored several health-related books including “Understanding Cholesterol and Your Health”. This seminar will help you gain an understanding about the vital role cholesterol plays in our body functions as well as common health concerns related to unhealthy cholesterol and natural alternatives to combat these cholesterol concerns. Learn how healthy habits, proper nutrition and herbal supplementation can improve your cholesterol health and quality of life. Cholesterol is not our enemy, and can help us understand and improve our internal health. The seminar fee is $25 per person or $40 per couple (cash or checks payable to Kim Balas). Registration and payment deadline is March 15, 2012. Dr. Balas’s classes fill up fast so reserve your seating today.
Location: Cheeser's Palace (across the street from Clermont Herb Shop)
Cheeser's Palace has kindly created five different menu options for you to preorder so you can have dinner while you learn. Please pre-order your food. Click here for menu options and ordering details.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Specials at Clermont Herb Shoppe

Valentine's Day Specials at Clermont Herb Shoppe & Day Spa. Can you believe we are already half way through February 2012? It's time to commit to fulfilling your New Year's Resolution of taking more time for yourself. Just an hour massage or a 2 hour package of massage and facials can do your body, mind and emotional state wonders. Click here to learn about the fabulous specials we have to share with yourself or a special someone,

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Suero Cleanse

When it comes to cleanses, I have done them all! Herbal, juice, wheatgrass, lemon juice, colonic, emotional, technological... So when Jordan Rubin, author of Living Beyond Organic and founder of Beyond Organic (a new food company) suggested a Suero Fast, I said Game On.

The fast consists of drinking 8oz of Suero Viv (cultured whey/essential oil beverage) every hour for 12 hours. We tried it yesterday as a family- me, my dog, and husband. I could only get down 32oz and had to stop because I was worried if I drank anymore I wouldn't be able to sleep. My husband Bill was able to drink 80 oz- the goal was 96oz. My dog drank 4oz and then demanded dinner.

So, even from our partial fast (we ended up eating a couple of sardines and an sprouted grain english muffin w/raw cheddar) we felt great. Cultured whey (different from isolated whey found in protein drinks) has been used for centuries as an all over curative. It was made popular by spas and healing resorts in Switzerland.

Cultured whey is a great source of potassium, flushes excess sodium (ie, ladies- helps with swelling) and is great for the lymphatic system (cellulite is the first thing that comes to mind here.) Clearing the lymphatic system can be beneficial for things like allergies, breast swelling, menstrual disorders, prostate issues, swollen hands, feet and legs. To learn more about the benefits of cultured whey check out the writings of Christopher Vasey.

So, after my personal experience I decided to create a modified version of the fast and incorporate it into a whole body cleanse. You can do this cleanse with any of your favorite seasonal herbal cleanses or by itself. And remember, while you don't necessarily need to fast from all foods, making better food choices will only enhance the effects. So, watch the sugar, wheat, and alcohol.

Suero Cleanse
Start with 4oz of Suero Viv on Day One. Increase to 16 oz (one bottle) on Day Two and add one additional bottle per day until you reach 4 bottles per day for women/6 bottles for men. Stay on that amount for 2-3 days and then back down by one bottle per day. After that 1/2-2 bottles per day maintenance as needed.

A few things to expect might be increased bowel activity and urination. This has been the most common comment so far. Overall feeling of not being puffy, stagnant with increased energy, stamina and overall sense of well-being. Diminished food cravings, feeling of satiety. Looking forward to hearing about your experiences.

Keep in mind the standard disclaimer, check with your doctor first, info provided only for educational and entertainment purposes. We do not prescribe, diagnose or make any claims.

You can pick up Suero Viv at many Herb Shoppes, Chiropractic Offices, Natural Health Practitioner offices and other specialty groups. Order online at The Health Chic Market or find someone near you.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Clermont Herb Shoppe & Day Spa Valentine's Day Spa Specials

Check out our 2012 Valentine's Day Spa Specials that offer a great value on therapeutic massages and facials at You can now conveniently purchase gift certificates online in an efficient and presentable way. Just choose a template, write a message and check out. It's as simple as 1-2-3!

This Valentine's Day, give the gift of "stress relief" to the one you love. Nothing says I Love You more than a relaxing massage or therapeutic facial. Enjoy these specials...

$50 Massage & Reflexology: a 25 minute Neck, Back & Shoulder Massage, releiving tension and quieting teh mind; and a 25 minute Reflexology session.

$50 Hydrating Repair Facial: combat chronic dryness, environmental and sun-damaged skin with this deep penetrating hydrating facial sure to relieve dry, flaking and inflammed skin, leaving a healthy, youthful appearance; 55 minute treatment.

Free $25 gift certificate - with Gift Certificate purchase of $100 or more. The gift that keeps on giving.