Antioxidant Series


Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation by other molecules.  Oxidation is a chemical process that can create free radicals which can lead to other reactions which further can damage cells including creating cancerous cells.   Thousands of antioxidants have been identified that are in foods, vitamins & minerals or more simply put, those foods, vitamins & minerals contain compounds that have antioxidant properties.  Antioxidants protect cells from the damage that leads to heart disease, cancer and other diseases related to aging.

We are going to look at some of those foods, vitamins & minerals that have antioxidant compounds and look at the many benefits that are derived from adding these to your diet and regimen.


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Coming….Green tea, dark Chocolate, Grapes, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc, selenium

Classes & Events at Willow Health are fun & informative

Tai Chi Easy

Highly adaptable easy Tai Chi/QiGong practices for anyone

What is Tai Chi Easy?
Tai Chi Easy was created by Dr. Roger Jahnke, Doctor of oriental medicine, Dr. Roger Jahnke spent over 25 years mastering and studying different forms of Tai Chi/Qigong and other mind and body practice, He then developed a modified version he named Tai Chi Easy that is highly adaptable, so that with regular practice -results can be beneficial to people of any age, physical condition and/or health or state of mind.

How is it Easy?
Tai Chi Easy can be done sitting, standing, in a wheel chair or even be practiced in bed.  Tai Chi Easy consists of Gentle Movements, Breath Practices and Mind Practices such as Relaxation, Visualization or Mediation.

Benefits for all:

  • Stress reduction
  • Heart Health/Circulation
  • Emotional release
  • Immune Boost
  • Digestion and Sleep improvement
  • Balance improvement/Flexibility
  • Overall vitality & longevity enhancement

Private sessions are available.  Contact Barbara @ 267-271-1177 /

Who We Are

Barbara is a Certified Tai Chi Easy Practice leader in Pennsylvania. A member of The Healer Within Foundation.  Like all HWF members, we empower and help people learn self-care practices to support disease prevention, accelerate healing and decrease unnecessary mental and physical suffering. My certification is from the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi .  I am also hold a Certification for Professional Life Coach from The Master Coaching Academy. Specializing in Stress Management.

Check out our schedule of Tai Chi Easy classes.

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The Power of Pressure Points

Did you know that per Chinese studies, your body has 340 know pressure points, 28 of these are in your hands?  Pressure points or reflex points, are found throughout your body.  When worked in the right manner, these points can offer pain relief for people of all ages.

Join us for a great opportunity to learn self-help techniques in Hand Reflexology that can ease a variety of conditions that ail you.  Reflexology works on the principle that there are reflex points on the hands that correspond to every part, gland, and organ in the body.  By applying pressure to these points, tension is relieved in a corresponding body part and the body is encouraged to return to its normal balanced state.

We will review certain techniques & how to ‘work’ the reflexes in your hands that relate to common ailments, as well as your specific disorders.

Hand Reflexology is one of the more accommodating therapies when it comes to self-help care, which can assist in relieving headaches, improve sleeping & boost your energy, just to name a few.  The benefits are unlimited!

Fee: 2 Hour class for Only $30
Will also receive a Hand Chart, plus written step-by-step techniques to take home with you

View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.

Instructed By Georgeen Harris, Certified Reflexology Practitioner
Please call 215-694-8928 to reserve your spot!



Nurse & Naturopath

How to Make Deodorant & Lip Balm

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Do you want to make your own deodorant that has ONLY healthy ingredients in it. No preservatives, No chemicals! It is easier then you think to make a deodorant that works great and leaves you smelling like a rose.   When we are done with the deodorant we will make Lip Balm. 

In this class:

  • We make deodorant 2 different ways, as a liquid, a cream or a solid.  The students pick which 2 we make that night.
  • We discuss the ingredients and the methods for making them
  • We make lip balm
  • You will walk away with a solid bar of deodorant, lip balm and instructions for everything we do
  • This class includes handouts of everything that is discussed including detailed instructions and recipes.

Barbara Myers demonstrates how easy it is to make your own personal care products.  Read more about Barbara.

There is a $40 fee for this class.
You must register to attend this class.  NO DROP INS!!
To register call 215-997-2838 or email

View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.

Barbara Myers is a Naturopath, Master Herbalist, Nutritional Counselor & a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner.  Barbara is also the owner of Willow Health Food & Wellness Center. 




Pomegranates have been enjoyed for thousands of years and are a symbol of hope, fertility and abundance in many cultures. They’ve been found in Egyptian tombs, eaten by Babylonian soldiers prior to battle and incorporated into Persian wedding ceremonies to symbolize a joyous future.

It’s even been suggested that it was pomegranates, not apples, that grew in the Garden of Eden. This is probably not true but fun to think about.  Pomegranates are sometimes referred to as the Chinese apple or “jewel of the winter” (in North America, pomegranates are in season during early winter), pomegranates are one of the world’s most popular fruits.

Ruby red, delicious and nutrient rich pomegranates pack a powerful punch in safeguarding  health.  The primary source of pomegranate’s benefits come from its antioxidant content, particularly ellagitannin compounds like punicalagins and punicalins, which account for about half of the pomegranate’s antioxidant ability. It’s also an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C, with one pomegranate providing about 40 percent of the daily requirement for this vitamin.

Pomegranate juice has been analyzed to have greater antioxidant capacity than red wine, grape juice, blueberry, cranberry juice, green tea or acai juice.  It’s greater capacity is primarily because it contains the most of every type of antioxidant.

Pomegranates contain three types of antioxidant polyphenols, including tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, in significant amounts.  Antioxidants are nature’s way of providing your cells with an adequate defense against the toxic effects of free radicals.  If you don’t have an adequate supply of antioxidants to help neutralize free radicals, then you can be at risk of oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated tissue and organ damage. Antioxidants may also help to lower chronic inflammation in your body. Providing your body with these important micronutrients, you will be able to resist cellular damage and aging caused by our constant exposure to pollutants.

Health Benefits of Pomegranates

Pomegranate’s antioxidant activity is known to inhibit cell proliferation and invasion, and promote apoptosis (cell death) in various cancer cells.   In one study, pomegranate extract was found to inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells by inducing cell death.  According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:

“In test tubes, pomegranate extracts made from juice, rind, and oil slow down the reproduction of cancer cells and may hasten their death. Some extracts also help reduce blood supply to tumors, starving them and making them smaller. Most studies have focused on breast and prostate cancer cells. In one other study, pomegranate juice extract given to mice slowed down the growth of lung tumors. However, most of these studies have been in test tubes or in animals, not humans.”

In men with prostate cancer, those who drank pomegranate juice significantly lengthened the time it took for their PSA levels to double (from about 15 months to 54 months).  Men whose PSA levels double in a short time are at an increased risk of death from prostate cancer, so the results suggest that pomegranate had a powerfully protective effect.

Pomegranates for Heart Health

There is evidence to suggest that the antioxidants in pomegranates also benefit your heart in a number of ways, including lowering systolic blood pressure, slowing, and even reversing the growth of plaque formation in arteries, and improving blood flow and keeping arteries from becoming thick and stiff.

According to the authors of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, mice that drank pomegranate juice reduced the progression of atherosclerosis by at least 30 percent.

“In this experimental study, we have established that polyphenols [antioxidant chemicals] and other natural compounds contained in the pomegranate juice may retard atherogenesis,” said Claudio Napoli, a professor of medicine and clinical pathology at the University of Naples, Italy.

The research is published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pomegranates Help with Arthritis and Joint Pain

Pomegranates or pomegranate extract may help reduce joint pain and decrease inflammation in arthritis sufferers. The antioxidants in pomegranates may also help to reduce inflammation that contributes to the destruction of cartilage in your joints, a key reason for the pain and stiffness felt by many osteoarthritis sufferers. One study even found that pomegranate extract blocked the production of a cartilage-destroying enzyme. Researchers concluded:

“PFE  [pomegranate fruit extract] or compounds derived from it may inhibit cartilage degradation in OA [osteoarthritis] and may also be a useful nutritive supplement for maintaining joint integrity and function.”

A Possible Natural Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Leading erectile dysfunction drugs treat erectile problems by increasing nitric oxide production, relaxing your blood vessels, which increases penile blood flow.   Pomegranate juice has been shown to protect nitric oxide and enhance its effects on certain biologic systems, which suggests it may be useful for helping erectile dysfunction.

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Nattokinase is a proteolytic (protein digesting) enzyme extracted from the popular Japanese food natto.  Natto (the food) is made from fermented soybeans and has been eaten in Japan for over 1000 years.

Nattokinase is believed to be very useful in reducing heart disease by thinning the blood and dissolving excess fibrin & clots.  Alternative health practitioners have called this enzyme a “clot-buster” for its ability to dissolve blood clots.

Nattokinase was first discovered in the 1980’s by Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi, a University of Chicago researcher.  His studies found that the enzyme in natto had fibrinolytic (clot busting) abilities.  He named this enzyme Nattokinase.  In one study he placed nattokinase on blood clots at body temperature and the clots completely dissolved within 18 hours.

We have a protein in our blood called fibrinogen and when we are injured our bodies convert the fibrinogen into fibrin – a thread like web that is part of the clotting process, which stops the bleeding, forms a scab and induces healing.  Once the healing is completed our body uses plasmin, a protein we produce which breaks up and dissolves fibrin.  As we age, our plasmin production decreases and the fibrinogen production increases, so excess fibrin can accumulate in our blood vessels.  If fibrin is not eliminated, it can thicken and form clots which can then lead to more serious issues such as heart disease, heart attack and stroke.  Nattokinase is very effective at dissolving fibrin.

Nattokinase also contains vitamin K2.  Vitamin K2 is necessary for proper blood clotting and it prevents hardening of the arteries which can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart failure and dementia.  Vitamin K2 is also necessary for building healthy bones.  Without K2 our bodies will not properly utilize calcium and Vitamin D to build bone.  Nattokinase can reduce bone loss as we age because of the K2 in it.  A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2006, found that, “Women who ate more than four packets of natto per week (40 grams/packet) reduced bone mass loss at the top of their thigh bone by over 80% and in their lower arm by 60%.”

Natto is a very popular food in Japan.  Many believe this natto consumption is one of the reasons that the Japanese people live longer and have fewer heart attacks.

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How to Make Lotion class

Want to make your own lotion that has ONLY healthy ingredients in it. No preservatives, No chemicals! It is easier then you think to make a lotion that is just as you LOVE IT.
In this class:

  • We make lotion 3 different ways
  • We discuss the ingredients and the methods for making them
  • You will walk away with a sample size of each of the lotions we make

This class includes printed handouts of everything that is discussed including detailed instructions on how to make lotion and three recipes.

Barbara Myers demonstrates how easy it is to make your own lotions.  Read more about Barbara.

There is a $40 fee for this class.
You must register to attend this class.  NO DROP INS!!
To register call 215-997-2838 or email

View our calendar of events to see when this class is offered.