Natural Easter Egg Dyes You Already Have

Using natural ingredients you may already have in your kitchen, you can dye Easter eggs without worrying!
Artificial food coloring is one of the most common allergens found in most processed foods. Using food coloring or dye tablets bought from most grocery stores in your Easter weekend festivities can be harmful!

 

Why you should be using natural food dyes instead of artificial food coloring:

  • Colors often will soak through the shell and stain the egg
  • Artificial dyes have been linked to behavioral and attention problems in children (read more on the science)
  • Food coloring may have negative effects on long term health, contributing to terminal conditions such as cancer (read more on the science)

 

Keep reading to discover common, natural household ingredients you can use to replace artificial food coloring or coloring tablets, without compromising your Easter weekend plans!

Choose your color!

Red/Orange

  • Chili Powder
  • Yellow Onion Skins
  • Paprika
  • Dill Seed (left to soak for a long time)

Yellow

  • Chopped Carrot Tops
  • Orange Peels
  • Cumin
  • Yellow Apple Skins + Chopped Fennel Tops
  • Turmeric
  • Dill Seed (less soaking time)
  • Chamomile Tea (strongly brewed)
  • Green Tea (strongly brewed)

green

  • Purple Cabbage used to dye brown eggs
  • Spinach
  • Red Onion Skins
  • Hibiscus Tea (strongly brewed)

Blue

  • Red Cabbage
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Blueberry Juice (gives a steel blue color)

Lavender

  • Grape Juice (no boiling, just mix with 1-2 tbsp vinegar per cup and get coloring!)

pink

  • Amaranth Flowers
  • Avocado Skins
  • Beets

brown

  • Strong brewed coffee (no boiling, just mix with 1-2 tbsp vinegar per cup and get coloring!)

 

 

Directions

  1. Bring natural dye agent (such as beet chunks) to boil in just enough water to cover the ingredients
  2. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until you see your desired color
  3. Remove from heat, let dye cool to room temperature (this is a good time to hard boil some eggs!)
  4. Strain the dye so there are no remaining chunks, just the liquid (WARNING: do not store dyes in plastic containers, the containers may be stained. Using glass jars is recommended)
  5. Add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar per cup of dye
  6. Carefully place eggs in the dye
  7. Store in fridge for a couple hours, or overnight (the longer they sit, the more vibrant the colors are!)

Some tips:

  • All natural or organic produce should be washed before use
  • Hard boiled eggs should be wiped off with a washcloth or paper towel to remove any oils that would prevent the dye from sticking
  • Mix some colors and have fun with your combinations!
    • Red + Blue = Purple
    • Blue + Green = Teal

Let us know which natural ingredients you try! Post your pictures to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #NaturalMakersEaster, or tag @MakersPharmacy to be featured on our social media pages! We will be trying some of these ourselves, so we will succeed or fail right along with you! We will randomly select a winner from the tagged posts to receive a giveaway prize on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019!

 

Happy easter weekend!

World Sleep Day! – March 15th

World Sleep Day

Perhaps my favorite “holiday” of the year! World Sleep day is a day for not only celebrating all the wonderful things good sleep habits can do for us, but also gives us a wonderful opportunity to share some helpful hints with you about how to get snoozing! If you haven’t caught our Facebook live videos, we have already gone over a few of these tips. I will include specifically what we have in store in this blog post, as well as lifestyle tips to work synergistically with any over the counter solutions you pick up.

 

Lets look at the facts:

Insomnia is not the only sleep disorder out there, but it is the most common. According to The American Sleep Association, 30% of American adults report acute insomnia, and 10% struggle with chronic insomnia.

The average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, but everyone is different! Listening to what your body is telling you throughout the day will give you clues as to how much sleep you really need.

The amount of sleep your body needs may be changing with the seasons, or due to time changes, stress levels, changes in prescription medications, and many other factors. When was the last time you noticed a significant change in your sleep requirements?

 

Why is sleep important?

Adequate sleep can do wonders for your overall health, and can even help motivate you to stay on track with other healthy habits like exercise, diet, and hydration. More benefits to sleeping well below!

  1. Sleep promotes healthy memory, focus, and cognition!

    Have you ever found yourself forgetting what you walked into a room for? Having trouble sticking to one task? Finding it hard to work out complex problems? This could be due to a lack of sleep.

  2. Getting enough sleep boosts your immune system functioning!

    Keeping the cold and flu at bay can be tricky, don’t let the nasty germs get the best of your exhausted immune system!

  3. While you are sleeping, your body goes back and repairs some of the inflammation that can build up due to stress and other chronic conditions.

    Inflammation can affect everyone and every major system in your body.

  4. Adequate sleep leaves your mood balanced for the next day.

    Ever heard of the saying “Bright eyed and bushy tailed?” someone may use it to describe you if you have had a great night’s rest!

  5. Reducing your risk for heart disease and stroke is BIG.

    The most effective form of treatment is prevention.

How to get on the sand-man’s good side!

Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow. Even if you are, you may struggle some days to turn your brain off when it’s bedtime! It doesn’t hurt to have some of these products on hand for when an insomnia emergency arises. No one plans on staying up stressing about their to-do list all night!

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

  1. Hydrate: Drink lots of water, but not RIGHT before bed. one 8 oz glass can help you stay asleep, but you definitely don’t want to have to fall back to sleep after every trip to the bathroom!
  2. Exercise daily, but try to keep it at least 3 hours ahead of your bedtime
  3. Write down daily gratitude/reflections to get those thoughts running out of your brain and onto a page you can set aside (literally) when you need shut eye
  4. No screens 1-2 hours before bed. The blue light in the screens can keep your brain from winding down.
  5. Eat a healthy balanced dinner so you don’t wake up for any midnight snacks!

over the counter solutions

  1. Green Goo “Unwind” Bath Salts

    Perfect for those nights when you have a little extra going on in your mind. After an especially stressful day, this 100% natural lavender & bergamot scented soak will wash away the day’s problems just in time for sleep!

  2. Be Well “Get Some zzz’s” tea or The Republic of Tea “Beauty Sleep” tea

    Both products are wonderful for bedtime, and are caffeine free. The Get Some zzz’s tea has organic roobios, chamomile, passion flower, and Valerian root. The “Beauty Sleep” Tea is Chamomile and Rose, and promotes skin-repairing collagen production to leave you waking up with a fully refreshed complexion!

  3. Makers Vitamin B-Complex Supplement

    While B3 helps increase REM as well as the quantity and quality of your sleep by converting tryptophan into serotonin, B6 acts as a cofactor (along with floate) for serotonin and dopamine, and B12 works to stabilize your circadian rhythm throughout all 24 hours!

  4. Makers Magnesium Chelate Supplement

    Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer, and will help you loosen up so you aren’t stiff as a board while you’re trying to fall asleep! This may also help you wake up with less muscle soreness.

  5. CatecholaCalm Supplement

    This supplement, along with our other adrenal support products can help if you think stress or anxiety is to blame for your messed up sleep patterns. Come in and ask us which would be best to try today!

Come in through the end of March to see our Focus Table, which highlights these products and a few more to help you get (and keep) your sleep problems in check. You are always able to ask our pharmacists for advice when choosing supplements. We understand that so many choices can get overwhelming and are here to help YOU!

Your Team

When a coach selects players for a team, each player comes with a different package of strengths. Some play better in specific positions than others. Those players are meant to communicate & share to make the team successful. This is the same in health care.
I so appreciate when a provider asks questions about what we do, how we help patients, and why our pharmacy is different from a big chain. I am so happy to share our customer service model, which is like our business motto. We make medications with YOU in mind!
Pharmacists have a different type of training than dentists, doctors, naturopaths, physical therapists, nutritionists, and nurses, but when this TEAM works together with YOU in mind, YOUR health improves.
I respect each physician, dentist, PT, ARNP has a different approach to healthcare. What I respect even more are those practitioners who embrace the team approach to improve patient outcomes. I hear from patients every day who appreciate knowing their team is working together so they can feel better! GO TEAM!
-Michelle Moser, RPh, Owner of Makers Compounding Pharmacy

What You Need to Know About Everyday Stress

In today’s world, stress is unavoidable. Everyone experiences it, especially around the busiest time of year! Since we all face these challenges, we might as well be talking about the cause and getting the effects under control before they can diminish the hard work that we all put into being our healthiest and feeling good. Though humans have evolved so that we don’t have to flee from predators every day, we still experience stress. Some of us even develop adrenal fatigue! Our bodies just aren’t built to deal with chronic stress, yet it seems to be everywhere!

Everyone has their hobbies, but most of us don’t need to use our fight or flight response every day. However, our adrenal glands don’t differentiate between the stress of needing to run away from a saber tooth tiger and the stress of driving in rush hour traffic. From the perspective of our adrenal glands, stress is just stress. The constant barrage of stressors in our everyday life can wreak havoc on the balance of hormones necessary for feeling our best. Over time, the sustained use of our body’s natural responses to stress can exhaust the adrenal glands and leads to adrenal fatigue, which can then negatively affect your health.

It is estimated that around 75-90% of patients visiting their primary care physicians are there due to the adverse effects of stress on our health. Adrenal fatigue occurs when our adrenal glands cannot release adequate amounts of the hormones and neurotransmitters that they are responsible for.

Symptoms you may experience with adrenal fatigue include but are not limited to the following.

 

–          Fatigue

–          Non-refreshing sleep

–          Lack of energy

–          Sugar and salt cravings

–          Mild depression

–          Frequent infections

–          Inability to get out of bed in the morning

 

–          Panic attacks

–          PMS

–          Allergies

–          Low libido

–          Feeling overwhelmed

–          Irritability

–          Joint pain

–          Reduced Memory

The adrenal glands are small and are located right next to your kidneys. These glands may be small, but they have a big job overseeing how our bodies react to stress. By secreting hormones such as cortisol and signaling that familiar rush of adrenaline, the adrenal glands are great at handling stress in short bursts. The reason we have this “short term solution” approach to stress is to provide our bodies with the means to run away from immediate impending danger. You are probably familiar with the “fight or flight” response that all animals have in order to ensure the survival of their species.

If our adrenal glands are not functioning properly, other hormone pathways may also be negatively affected, and our overall health may decline.  When it is impossible to eliminate all stress from our lives, it can seem hopeless! Don’t worry. We can help you cope with adrenal fatigue. In addition to improving your diet, exercising regularly, getting more sleep, and other lifestyle modifications such as meditation, our pharmacists recommend some supplemental products that will help you improve your adrenal function and improve how you react to stress.

 

–          Coenzyme-B

–          Relora

–          Super Stress Support

–          L-Theanine

Makers Brand
–          Catecholacalm

–          Stress Arrest

Designs for Health Brand
–          Cortisol Manager

–          HPA Adapt

Integrative Brand
–          Vitamin D (boosts your immune system to reverse adverse effects of chronic stress)

–          Vitamin B (reduces inflammation and lowers Blood Pressure)

–          Magnesium Glycinate (Muscle relaxing, helps your body use vitamin D)

–          Lavender Oil (in moderation can help reduce stress)

Additional Vitamins and Supplements

Finding Hormone Harmony

Many of us are far too familiar with the symptoms of hormone imbalances. Often times, we write it off as something that’s “just a part of life” or tell ourselves there’s nothing to be done because an aunt, mother, grandmother, etc. had the same issues. The hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, lack of libido, and inability to get a good night’s sleep are all things that should not be a part of your daily life.

Your time is far too precious to be spent feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. Besides, when it comes down to it, most hormonal imbalances aren’t written into your DNA. They are usually much more reliant on environmental factors and are much easier to control and manipulate than most women are led to believe.

To understand how to deal with hormone imbalances, it’s important to first understand a little bit about how hormones actually work in your body. Cholesterol is the mother of all hormones. Therefore, if you are on cholesterol lowering drugs, you may have hormone imbalance symptoms such as depression, acne, disrupted sleep cycles, etc.

If you suspect a hormone imbalance, the first step would be to explore different testing options. We have available take home testing kits that would allow you to measure hormone levels throughout a normal day in your life all from home. The test results will be forwarded to your Makers pharmacist and your physician so you will have two people on your team who are on the same page!

If you are currently on hormone replacement therapy medications and are unhappy with your results, now is not the time to give up! There are different types of hormones, including bio-identical hormones which are much more accessible to your body’s natural enzyme pathways than synthetic hormones. In addition, trans-dermal hormone creams are much better at mimicking the body’s physiology and getting the hormone where it is needed in the most efficient way.

On average, it takes 2 years for a woman to re-address a symptom that is not taken care of by a visit to their physician. You don’t need to spend that much time minimizing your symptoms and not living your most comfortable life. No one deserves to be forced to live with symptoms that are the result of a very treatable problem. Start with the basics instead of treating the symptoms and feel healthier!

For questions or comments about this blog, please call 360-757-6677 anytime M-F 9:30-5:30 to let your Makers Pharmacist help you!