We couldn’t be more excited to announce the arrival of our essential oil line, Veriditas!
Veriditas Botanicals is the only 100% certified organic essential oil company on the U.S. retail market. These essential oils are pharmaceutical-grade and are of the highest quality around.
Like wines, the quality of essential oils can vary greatly. There are exceptional fine wines and there are high volume, mass produced wines in which the integrity of the wine has been compromised. Just as there are commodity wines filled with additives and preservatives, there are commodity essential oils, which often contain synthetics or other additives to "extend" the oils. If you care about the quality of your wine, you should care about the quality of the products you put in and on your body.
Stop by our shop during business hours and sniff our testers for yourself! Let’s get healthy together, Sonoma!
By Danielle Schwaderer, ND
The acacias are in full bloom in Sonoma Valley and our community members are starting to feel the effects of seasonal allergies. Allergic reactions to various grasses and tree pollen can elicit common allergy symptoms including runny nose, sore/scratchy throat, sinus pressure, itchy eyes, excessive tear formation, asthma, puffy eyes, hives, rashes and eczema.
The symptoms associated with allergies are often driven by an unbalanced immune system, in which T helper cells activate eosinophils and an IgE mediated immune response. This common immune response (Th2) is responsible for producing excess histamine and the symptoms that are common to those suffering from allergies. Shifting the immune response away from a Th2 profile and being supportive of the Th1 immune response is a therapeutic goal for seasonal allergy sufferers.
Additional therapeutic goals for allergy season include limiting exposure to allergens, reducing circulating histamine and giving special attention to the gut and adrenal glands, which can all be crucial leading up to and during allergy season.The following recommendations can be utilized by many, to limit or reduce common symptoms associated with allergies:
Pollen Exposure: Wear a mask when outdoors, plan outdoor activity after the hours of 12pm (pollen counts are typically highest early morning to 10am) and close the windows when indoors.
Pollen Hygiene: Wash clothing and hair after outdoor activity. Do not place wet clothing outdoors to dry when pollen counts are high, as pollen can stick to wet clothing.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C can help reduce circulating histamine levels and prevent its release in the body. During allergy season, adults are encouraged to supplement vitamin C at levels approximating 2g per day (2,000mg). To enhance absorption and utilization, try vitamin C in one of two forms: liposomal vitamin C or buffered combinations of vitamin C.
Quercetin: Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the symptoms of allergies in humans and prevent activation of inflammatory cytokines. Typical adult doses range from 250-500mg daily. Read more here.
Omega-3's & Fish Oil: Anti-inflammatory agents can be beneficial for reducing inflammation and improving the integrity of the skin. Fish oils and other omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial for those whom are prone to dryness or rashes during allergy season. Typical adult dosing of omega-3's is 1000mg of combined EPA + DHA daily.
Probiotics: Probiotics found in fermented foods and supplement combinations are necessary for a healthy and balanced allergy (T-helper cell) response and overall gut immunity.
Herbs & Mushroom capsules: To balance a healthy Th1/Th2 immune response. There are a wide variety of botanical herbs and medicinal mushrooms that help the body modulate the Th1/Th2 immune response, encouraging a shift away from the Th2 (allergic) profile to a Th1(anti-viral/anti-bacterial) immune profile.
Bee Products: Local honey, bee pollen and propolis are longtime naturopathic remedies during allergy season. The premise is similar to that of a vaccine: by consuming honey from bees carrying pollen in close geographic proximity to the allergy sufferer, one may be able to appropriately mount an effective response to the allergen that they are responding to.
Saline Sinus Rinse: Saline rinses are useful for thinning mucous and removing allergens and irritants in the sinus cavity. They are especially useful for those prone to sinusitis or sinus infection and can be administered daily by netti pot or as a simple lavage. Read more here.
Eye Drops: Even though excessive tearing is a symptom of allergies, the quality of the tears are typically not sufficient to keep the eye properly lubricated. Allergy sensitization drops or tear stimulation drops can be helpful during allergy season to help fight excessive tear formation.
Consider Allergy Testing: Regional blood allergy tests are available to determine allergic reactions to different pollens, grasses, pet dander, molds and more.
Anti-inflammatory Foods: Maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet during allergy season is always advised to reduce inflammation and prevent excessive mucous formation. Focus on vegetables and lean meats is and avoid foods like sugar, dairy, gluten, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers), soy and other personal food sensitivities.
As always, if you are on pharmaceutical medications, are pregnant or breast feeding, please speak to a health professional before beginning your supplement regime.
By Danielle Schwaderer, ND
Steam inhalations provide therapeutic benefits to ailments of the respiratory tract. This home remedy can provide relief to irritated tissues of the upper respiratory tract, nasal and sinus cavities. When combined with herbs or essential oils, steam inhalations can deliver healing volatile oils to the targeted area for enhanced tissue healing during cold or flu, bronchitis, sinusitis or sinus infection, allergies, runny nose or cough.
1. In a large pot or pan, fill with water.
2. Add herbs or essential oils of your choice (see below for recommendations).
3. Bring water and herbs/oils to a boil.
4. Turn off burner.
5. Drape a hand towel over the back and top of the head.
6. Slowly lower the head from far away to the pot, testing the temperature of the steam.
7. Stay in position where steam is tolerable and breathe as many times as possible.
8. Alternate slow breaths: Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Inhale through the mouth and exhale through the nose. As many times as possible.
9. You can cover the pot and leave on the stove until the next inhalation. Discard ingredients after 24 hours.
Dr. Danielle's Top Herb & Essential Oil Picks:
Many fresh, dried or organic essential oils can be used to augment the therapeutic effects of steam inhalation. The top pics for therapeutic effects to the respiratory system are listed below:
Suggested Use: Perform steam inhalations multiple times per day when acutely ill. Steam inhalations are recommended for adults only.
*Caution is advised: Steam can burn the skin. Lower your head slowly towards the steam, testing the temperature. Be sure to turn off the stove prior to performing the inhalation.
If you are interested in finding out more information about our top cold & flu season products, call or stop by Sonoma Roots Natural Medicine!
Please remember that these tools are not intended to take the place of medical expertise. If you have not been diagnosed with a cold or flu, or you or a loved one you are caring for have a fever exceeding 102 degrees, consult your doctor.
Immune Booster Benefits:
How to Get An Immune Booster Shot:
The Immune Booster injection, available at Sonoma Roots Natural Medicine is available by appointment. Dr. Danielle would be happy to discuss with you individualized protocols that may be of benefit to you during the cold & flu season or during acute illness.
Immune Booster: (Engystol) $35
Super Immune Booster (B-12 + Engystol + vitamin D): $55
Engystol Product Literature
Study: Antiviral activity of Engystol® and Gripp-Heel®: an in-vitro assessment
Antiviral Activity of Engystol®: an in vitro analysis
Effects of the Homeopathic Preparation Engystol on Interferon-γ Production by Human T-Lymphocytes
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult your physician or Dr. Danielle for proper diagnosis and to see which of these treatments may be relevant to you.
Bieler Broth Recipe:
Zucchini or summer squash, 4 medium
Celery: 3 stocks
String beans: 2 cups, ends removed and chopped
Parsley: 2 bunches, stems removed
Water, filtered: 1 quart
Salt: to taste
Butter (grass-fed) or ghee: optional when consumed fresh
Place water, zucchini, celery and string beans in a pot. Boil for 30 minutes. If freezing the broth, add parsley to boiling water for the last 5 minutes. Blend all ingredients in batches, adding the parsley and ghee or butter if consuming fresh.
By Dr. Danielle:
Every Friday, I have the pleasure of assisting quality of life protocols for patients experiencing side effects of conventional cancer treatments. My work with Cancer Support Sonoma at the Sonoma Valley Hospital is a humbling experience, one that I do not take for granted. This post is specifically for the patients that I have consulted with that would like to re-visit the melatonin research articles that have I presented at one of our visits.
As an overview of melatonin, it's use goes far beyond improving sleep. When it comes to cancer, melatonin has been cited as being effective for reducing the side effects associated with chemotherapy (hair loss, low platelets, nerve pain, weakness, etc) and may have direct inhibitory effects on the formation, growth and spread (metastatic behavior) of breast cancer cell types. While the majority of melatonin research is performed in relation to breast cancer, it has notable adjuvant benefits in prostate, lung, and colon cancers, as well. Below, are several notable articles and research studies on the effect of melatonin on breast cancer cells and prognosis.
An Overview of Melatonin in Breast Cancer - Melatonin: an Inhibitor of Breast Cancer
Effect of Melatonin in Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition Markers and Invasive Properties of Breast Cancer Stem Cells of Canine and Human Cell Lines
Circadian Regulation Metabolic Signaling Mechanisms of Human Breast Cancer Growth by the Nocturnal Melatonin Signal and the Consequences of it's Disruption By Light At Night
Susan G. Komen's Description of Melatonin
EDITED: Additional Melatonin Articles and Other Cancer Types
Role of Melatonin and Cancer Treatment
Melatonin Suppresses the Growth of Ovarian Cancer Cell Lines
Benefits of Melatonin in Solid Tumors When Used Concurrently With Chemotherapy
Chia seed, whole: 2 Tbsp
Coconut milk, unsweetened: 1/2 cup
Homegrown plum: 1 whole, diced
Coconut oil: 1 tsp
Pumpkin seeds: 1 Tbsp
Directions for Chia Porridge:
1. Place chia seeds and coconut milk in a saucepan over low/medium heat, stirring frequently until plump.
2. Add additional ingredients after the chia porridge is added to a bowl.
My Food Choices on the BodyBoost Cleanse:
Typically, I have a breakfast similar to this one. I may have a protein snack (1 medium boiled egg or 1/4 chicken breast) a couple of hours later. Lunch is often a 32 oz blended greens drink and possibly a handful of nuts or a protein snack, depending on what I had earlier in the morning. Dinner includes veggies and a little bit of protein.
The cleanse is actually much easier as it seems. I encourage everyone to try at least the food portion of the cleanse to give the body optimal nutrition and a break from environmental chemicals. Aside from the dietary aspect of the seasonal cleanse, the cleansing practices of the rest of the cleanse simply contributes to whole body wellness and optimal health and vitality.
Free Downloads Now Available!
Our Summer BodyBoost Cleanse materials are now available for download here! Read about the cleanse then choose if a 3-day or 10-day option is for you! Many of us will be starting the cleanse come mid July. Grab a partner and join us!
About Our Blog: