Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Thanks to everyone who came to our monthly Wellness Fair on July 21st. Watch for details on our next event.

It’s our second monthly wellness fair (July 21st) at Local Foods Market (72nd & Sheridan in Westminster, Colorado). We’ve got free yoga, a Q&A on hemp/CBD oil, a plant-based cooking demo, more than a dozen vendors with product demos and free samples, burgers and veggieburgers on the grill, incredible grocery deals, face painting for children and so much more.
Here’s the full schedule:
9 am-4pm – Vendors with product demonstrations and free samples; face painting and coloring for children
9:30-10:30 am – Free yoga with Palangi Fit ( – participants get a discount on smoothies or kombucha on tap
10:35-11:30 am – Plant-based cooking demo with Serving Healthy (
11 am-2 pm – Lunch on the grill: Veggie burgers, grass-fed hamburgers, beef hot dogs for sale ($4 each or $5 for a meal with chips & drink)
11:30 am-1:30 pm – Live music with Michael Gabriel (
Noon – CBD oil talk and Q&A with Functional Remedies (
Noon-2pm – Free Chair Massages from Charlene Jourdan of Sheridan Park Chiropractic (
1 pm – Wellness talk on stress hormones by Life Seasons (
2-5 pm – Iridology introductory consultations with Kathryn Brooks (15 minutes each, by appointment, $15 – cash only, signup in store)

Yoga with Palangi Fit

Kristine Eckley is the new owner of Palangi Fit and is excited to be a part of this incredible community. Yoga & kickboxing certified, she has a serious passion for movement and for breath; connecting the mind and body on various levels. All levels are welcome and beginners are encouraged to come try something new! Plangi Fit also offers kettlebells, bootcamp, and spin classes. Check out the studio at 64th & Olde Wadsworth in Arvada or online at

Plant-based cooking demo

Paul Webster is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer, former world class athlete, and a classically trained chef who studied in the United States, Italy, and France.
Paul believes a whole food, plant-based diet provides the most benefit for overall health. Paul owns and operates Serving Healthy LLC in Westminster.
For more information, visit

Live music with Michael Gabriel

Michael Gabriel is a singer-song writer new to the Denver area. From his website: Made a deal with my heart to follow it wherever it takes me – no matter how uncertain the path seems or how rickety the bridge appears. I’m a singer/songwriter/gypsy who has toured and recorded extensively in North America. Writing tunes and coffee have truly been the only constants and I have never grown bored with them. Find more at

CBD info with Functional Remedies
2014 Graduate from Colorado State University with a BS in Soil science. Eric’s passion for soil conservation and natural farming landed him an opportunity to work for Tim Gordon at Functional Remedies during the “dawn” of the hemp industry.
Working on the farm was a natural fit for the beginning of his journey. During the first season, the “farm team” grew close to 90 acres of high quality industrial hemp, by hand.
Now the retail “market manager” for Functional Remedies, Eric feels lucky to be apart of a rapidly growing retail initiative in the company, and overall in the hemp industry.

Free chair massages with Sheridan Park Chiropractic

Charlene’s desire is to help people work toward living free from pain. This motivates her to treat patients meticulously and with compassion. She looks to the cause and effect of the pain and dysfunction to reduce the issues and restore better function, while listening to the patient’s body to find what lies underneath the pain. She uses myofascial release, trigger point work and joint mobilization predominantly, but is also well-versed in European or Swedish work and a manual therapy form of Traditional Chinese Medicine referred to as Amma. Any of these techniques can be done with deeper or lighter pressure, depending upon the needs of the patient. Charlene moved to Colorado in the summer of 2015 after growing up in New York. Before becoming a massage therapist, she worked as a legal secretary for ten years but knew there was something different out there waiting for her. After a chiropractor encouraged her, Charlene enrolled in school and found her fulfillment as a massage therapist graduating from the New York College for Wholistic Health, Education and Research located in Syosset, New York, in August, 1999 with an Associates in Occupational Studies degree. Charlene is passionate about creativity and hobbies which are based in art. She practices a spiritual lifestyle and believes in a wholistic approach to health. Charlene has experience with celiac disease and the gluten-free lifestyle. She is enthusiastic about helping others find happiness and health.

Wellness talk with LifeSeasons

Amanda Leras, LifeSeasons Colorado/Rocky Mountain Territory Sales Manager. Amanda is a health enthusiast, certified Health Coach, CA, and MA. She is currently completing my studies on the topic of Autoimmune Disease.

Derek Leras, NASM PES, LifeSeasons Colorado/Rocky Mountain Territory Representative. Derek is a trained weight-loss specialist, performance enhancement specialist, nutrition program designer, and lab testing programmer. Find more at

Iridology with Kathryn Brooks
Kathryn Brooks is a certified Natural Health Professional and certified Iridologist with more than 25 years experience in the Natural Health Industry.
Kathryn has helped many of her clients prevent disease and help them regain optimal health after illness. Iridology is the science & practice of analyzing the delicate structures of the iris of the eye. Iridology introductory consultations with Kathryn Brooks (15 minutes each, by appointment, $15 – cash only, signup in store)

Others attending our wellness fair:

Nutritional Therapy

Megan Dodds is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and owner of Bedrock Functional Nutrition LLC. Megan approaches health and wellness from a foundational standpoint rooted in holistic nutrition, highlighting things like digestion, blood sugar regulation, among others, to discover the root cause of her clients’ symptoms and get them back to feeling vibrant again. She is passionate about educating clients to understand their bodies, so that they can take control of their health and discover what nutritional protocol is right for each individual.
To learn more, visit

Mobile Hair Salon

Kari Vince of Hair & There mobile salon will park her Airstream trailer converted into a mobile hair salon at Local Foods Market in the morning. Kari grew up in New York State, moved to Charlotte, NC, in her teens. She spent 6 years in the Mountainous High Country of Boone, NC, where she could blend her favorite hobbies: Hair Styling, and Outdoor Sports. Kari moved to Denver to start a new journey in her career! Growing up, her mother was a hair stylist/Barber, and being raised in a salon atmosphere inspired her to embrace the interaction with people, and to visualize and create ways to make individuals’ appearance radiate.

-Body & Brain hosting aura readings

Here are a few of this month’s vendors with product demos & samples:

Casa Alvarez Chile Verde

Merf’s Condiments

La Cruz specialty food

Ka-Pop chips

Peaceful Rebel – vegan cheese

Free2B chocolate

Nicecream – vegan ice cream sandwiches

Maple Water

Shine Potion kombucha

Mortal Kombucha

Sanctuary Chai

Hanuman Chai

Clean Cause yerba mate

Bing energy drink

Functional Remedies-Hemp/CBD Oil

Farm and Oven

These things take time


Got Milk?

Dairy is not for everyone. At Local Foods Market we have a variety of alternatives – from national brands to locally produced nut and seed milks.
Check out this article on the benefits of alternative milks:

Tick off the ticks

Last weekend we spent time at the Mutts N’ Struts event hosted by the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. We talked to pet owners about ways they can protect their pets from ticks and mosquitoes using essential oils instead of dousing them in chemicals. Here are the articles we shared at that event. You can find all the essential oils you need from several brands in our wellness section at Local Foods Market.

From Animal Wellness Magazine

Fleas are a fact of life for many dogs during the warm weather months. Disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes have also become a significant problem in many regions over the last number of years. But before resorting to potent chemicals to protect your dog against these blood-sucking pests, know that essential oils and hydrosols can be used as a natural insect repellent to fight against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Not only do they actively repel bugs, but unlike chemical treatments, they help improve your dog’s overall well-being at the same time.

Healthy dogs, fed fresh whole food diets, are more able to resist bugs. By contrast, a poor diet, high stress levels, chemical flea treatments and vaccines lower immunity and make infestation, irritation and illness more likely. However, even the healthiest dog can succumb to bugs in some climates and seasons. That’s when it makes sense to reach for aromatic extracts such as essential oils and hydrosols to help protect your pup.

6 effective pest-repelling oils
Many essential oils are natural insect repellents, and some are actually insecticidal. Below are a few of the most commonly available, inexpensive and effective oils. Make sure you use high quality essential oils from a company that sells to aromatherapists. Essential oils sold by supermarket chains or similar are generally of very poor quality and more than likely adulterated, increasing the chances of an allergic reaction.

1. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
This well-known and much beloved essential oil can be used as a natural insect repellent to deter fleas and other crawling bugs. It also soothes the irritation of flea bites. Because of its sedative properties, it’s good for dogs who are overly excitable or nervous.

2. Cedarwood (Cedrus Atlantica)
Cedarwood is a true insecticide, and its use is recorded throughout history. It is one of my mainstays for keeping fleas and mosquitoes at bay. It is also calming and grounding.

3. Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Geranium is one of my favorite oils to use in a tick repellent blend, and it also repels lice and fleas. It is cooling and relaxing.

4. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)
One of the best bug repellents we have, just a tiny amount of lemongrass oil is very effective. It is also good for arthritis and digestive problems.

5. Eucalyptus (lemon or narrow leaf, Eucalyptus citriodora or radiata)
This oil is particularly effective against flying bugs, including mosquitoes.

6. Lavender tea tree (also known as swamp paperbark or rosalina, Melaleuca ericifolia)
This is a gentler version of the well-known tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). Regular tea tree can cause temporary paralysis in some dogs, so I prefer the milder version, which repels fleas and ticks, and helps heal minor skin injuries.

Make your own natural insect repellent
Bug repellents made specifically for your dog, with his help, are more effective than any commercial repellent. What’s more, they have no unpleasant side effects and boost the immune system instead of suppressing it. And they’re fun to make!

The most basic way to make a lotion is to mix a few drops of essential oil into unscented aloe vera gel then thin the aloe vera gel to lotion consistency with filtered water (see recipe sidebar).

To increase the power of the potion, you can also add cold-pressed neem seed oil (Azidirachta Indica), one of nature’s strongest insecticides. Essential oils evaporate quickly, so they don’t last very long on their own. But neem lingers, staying active for a few days. Many people find the smell of neem unpleasant, even offensive. But it really works and has been shown to be effective at 1% dilution, so you only need a little. I use sweet-smelling essential oils to help mask the neem smell. Geranium, lemongrass and lavender tea tree are some of my favorites. You could also use patchouli (Pogostomen cablin) or ylang ylang (Cananga odorata). But, again, each dog has his own preference, so let him decide using the method described in the sidebar.

What if he doesn’t like essential oils?
Some dogs just don’t like essential oils. If your dog runs away when you pull out the oil bottles, here are some ways you can still protect him without rubbing the oils into his coat.

Add a few drops of lemongrass hydrosol to his water bowl. This inhibits fleas and mosquitoes.
Add a few squirts of the lotion recipe to a bucket ¼ full of water, to make a coat conditioning/flea repelling wash. Wet your dog down first, then sponge the conditioner on his coat, leaving it to air dry.
Use a hydrosol spray for daily applications, or around the face to protect from mosquitoes. Dilute a hydrosol such as eucalyptus or lavender (or both) 50/50 with distilled water.
If you are going to a bug-infested area, spray a kerchief with diluted bug repellent lotion and tie it around his neck. Remove the kerchief when you return home. [Editor’s note: A kerchief can get snagged on branches, fences, etc., so don’t use this method if your dog is going to run off-leash.]
When it comes to essential oils, always keep in mind that more isn’t better. Be sure to use the minimum amount and apply only when needed. If used undiluted or too often, essential oils can overwhelm a dog’s system and lead to allergic reactions. But if you allow your dog to help guide you to how, when and which oils to use, you’ll keep his immune system in tip-top shape, ready to repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, and avoid the diseases they often carry.

Sample recipe for pest-repelling lotion
¼ cup aloe vera gel
¼ tsp neem oil
3 drops cedarwood essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops lemongrass essential oil

The final gel should be the consistency of hair conditioner, so slowly stir in up to ¼ cup filtered water or geranium hydrosol.

This recipe makes half a cup of lotion. Rub a small amount through your dog’s coat every few days. Concentrate on the places pest congregate, such as in his ruff, between the legs and around the ears. Reapply after swimming, or if you know you are going to a bug-infested area.

From Medium

Essential Oils to Kill Ticks
There is a lot of talk these days about ticks. The Government of Canada and the Ministry of Health are warning us about ticks. They are posing a risk to our kids, our pets and ourselves. In light of this, we thought it would only make sense to address the issue and how essential oils can kill ticks and make our Summer more pleasurable.

Natural alternatives for pest relief are in great demand. Essential oils are a popular choice, and some can repel ticks even if they don’t kill ticks.

We find the essential oils most commonly promoted as tick repellents include eucalyptus, lavender,lemongrass, lemon, geranium, palmarosa, pennyroyal and cedarwood.

Let’s take a look at each one and how they can assist.


Eucalyptus makes a great repellant, but you must use caution around pets. Try pairing it withcitronella, or using Eucalyptus-Lemon essential oil. As always, if you are using it directly on the skin, ensure you are diluting with a carrier oil. This oil is safe to use in lotions or in a spray with water.


Lavender is an all-purpose insect repellent. In recent studies, lavender essential oil has performed well as both a tick deterrent, as well as a method of preventing tick eggs from hatching.

Lavender is safe to use on all ages, including babies. Make sure you are using a pure essential oil and not a fragrant or adulterated oil.

Use topically on your body, on clothing, on camp gear, rugs, etc.


Lemongrass is considered a natural tick repellent. This oil is safe to use to use in soaps, shampoos and lotions. If you are applying directly to the skin, ensure you mix it with a carrier oil.


Sprinkle lemon essential oil around the home and on your person, including under cushions and under pet beds, but similar to Pennyroyal, don’t add directly to pet fur. The oil is safe to use in diluted form for sprays and in lotions and soaps, but it may make the skin more vulnerable to UV rays, as lemon oil is photo-toxic.


Geranium has been used as an extremely potent repellent for ticks. Geranium can be applied directly to you or your dog’s collar.


Pennyroyal is a member of the mint family.

To use, sprinkle pennyroyal essential oil under cushions, rugs and pet beds in the home. Caution must be taken when using this oil, as it is not safe to add to skin lotions and creams. Do not use on pet fur, either.


Cedarwood essential oil is toxic to ticks, making it a great repellant. It is safe to use on people and pets. Cedarwood oil kills ticks in 6 different ways: death by dehydration, neutralization of bodily fluids, encapsulation and/or emulsification of bodily fats, prevention of breathing, pheromonal interference that interrupts processes necessary to metabolism, movement, reproduction and feeding, and dissolving insect larvae. Cedarwood is definitely a top choice to protect yourself against ticks.


Making a blend to spray on yourself and your family is easy. Here are some of our favourite blends to repel and/or kill ticks.

Tick Repellant №1


1 cup of water
10 drops geranium essential oil
5 drops cedarwood essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops lemongrass essential oil

1. Fill your spray bottle with 1 cup of water. If you are using a smaller bottle, just cut your amounts in half.

2. Add the essential oils, put the top on the bottle and shake.


Shake the bottle before each use and spray it on your clothes, skins and shoes. The scent will keep ticks away. Use it each time you go outside or into heavily wooded areas.

Tick Repellant №2


1/2 cup of water
20 drops lemongrass essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

1. Fill your spray bottle with 1/2 cup of water

2. Add the essential oils, put the top on the bottle and shake.

The directions are always pretty much the same — shake the bottle before each use and spray it on your clothes, skins and shoes. The scent will keep ticks away. Use it each time you go outside or into heavily wooded areas.

Tick Repellant №3


1/2 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup water
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops lemongrass essential oil
10 drops citronella essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

1. Add vinegar and water to spray bottle.

2. Add the essential oils, put the top on the bottle and shake.

Again — shake the bottle before each use and spray it on your clothes, skins and shoes. The scent will keep ticks away. Use it each time you go outside or into heavily wooded areas.

Tick Repellant №4


1/2 cup witch hazel
24 drops lavender essential oil
24 drops geranium essential oil

1. Add witch hazel to spray bottle.

2. Add the essential oils, put the top on the bottle and shake.

Shake the bottle before each use and spray it on your clothes, skins and shoes. The scent will keep ticks away. Use it each time you go outside or into heavily wooded areas.

These blends are safe for adults, kids and pets.

If you or anyone in your family are bitten by a tick, please seek medical attention immediately.

If are not using a blend, and plan to put the essential oil onto your skin, ensure you dilute the oil with a suitable carrier oil such as Grapeseed or Apricot Kernel.

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