Ask the Nurse & the Naturopath

Barbara Myers, ND, CNC, MH is the traditional Naturopath and Beth A. Mahon RN., BSAC, GRRNS, AHAI, Community Health nurse. The Nurse & the Naturopath consultation services offered by Willow Health are designed to educate and pursue optimum lifestyles, thus resulting in a healthier community.

This is a free service taking and answering health & wellness questions.  You may leave your question in the comments below or if you would like privacy, you can email me

Golden milk

Golden milk or tea is a nourishing and healing drink that contains powdered Tumeric, Cinnamon, Ginger and honey.  Black pepper or Cayenne can be added as well.

We are going to just give you the basic recipe and you can make it yourself to your own taste.

All these ingredients are available at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center. 

  • To make approximately a quart of Golden milk, use a quart of a liquid such as water, almond milk, coconut milk or a combination of these such as 16 oz. coconut milk and 16 oz. water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of powdered Tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered Ginger or fresh Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or black pepper (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until all ingredients are combined.  Pour into a pan and slowly heat while stirring.  Adjust the amount of honey, Ginger and Cinnamon to your own palate.

Tumeric is a strong anti-inflammatory.  It also helps the liver and gallbladder and it provides a defense against cancer.  Ginger is a strong anti-inflammatory and is best known for its digestive and intestinal relief.  Cinnamon eases allergies, reduces pain and helps to fight candidas.

Elderberry Syrup

This is the Elderberry syrup we make in our “How to make herbal preparations” classes.
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All these ingredients are available at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center. 

Place berries, water, and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Smash the berries to release remaining juice and strain the mixture. Allow liquid to cool and stir in honey. Will last for 2-3 months stored in the fridge.

Elderberry syrup is excellent for fighting the flu and viral infections particularly of the respiratory system. It also tastes good on pancakes & French toast. Elderberries make a excellent wine as well as jam or jelly.












Rosehip Syrup

Rosehips are the seeds pods of certain varieties of Roses.  They are also an excellent source of vitamin C, having 50% more vitamin c then an orange.  This syrup is great for colds, sore throats, kidney ailments and it tastes great over pancakes or French toast.   Rosehip seed oil is an healing and therapeutic oil for the skin.

All these ingredients are available at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center. 


  • 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup dried Rose hips. If they are fresh, cut in half and remove the seeds.
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup raw local honey (You can add more or less. Make it to your taste.)


Bring to a boil and then transfer immediately to a thermos and allow to steep overnight. Vitamin C breaks down as the Rose hips are heated and boiled so we want them to only come to a boil and then transfer them.

When done steeping overnight, strain the Rose hips out of the syrup and place the syrup back in a sauce pan. Add the honey and heat gently until the honey is dissolved. Store in a refrigerator. It should last a few months refrigerated.


How To Make Magnesium Oil

Magnesium oil applied topically can help with muscle aches & pains and cramping.  One can absorb magnesium when applied topically and can be an alternative to those who do not like to swallow those big mineral pills.

All these ingredients are available at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center. 


1 to 1 ratio for Magnesium Chloride Flakes to distilled water


  1. Boil the distilled water. Distilled water extends the shelf life of the magnesium oil.
  2. Add the water and magnesium chloride flakes together and stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely before putting it in a container of your choice. This will last up to 6 – 12 months.


Chemical free bug repellent spray for people & animals

All these ingredients are available at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center. 

2 oz. distilled water
1 ½ oz. witch hazel
20 drops of the following essential oils:

  • Citronella
  • Geranium
  • Cedar
  • Lemongrass

Other essential oils that repel fleas, ticks, etc.

  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Tea tree
  • Cinnamon

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

Diatomaceous earth is available for SALE at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center

What is Diatomaceous earth

DE is not earth or dirt.  It is the fossilized remains of microscopic shells created by one-celled aquatic plants (diatoms).  Over the eons, as these diatoms fossilized, they retained their tubular shape and holes.  Their shape and hardness produces extremely pure and consistent DE.

Microscope picture of DE

DE microscopeThere are different grades of DE.  When buying it is important to get FOOD GRADE DE.   The DE sold at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center is rated food grade by the USDA and GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the FDA.   It is almost pure white and consists of 89-94% silicon dioxide (also called silica) plus trace minerals.

DE is used internally for two reasons, first for immune system support and secondly as a parasite detox and cleanse.  DE should eliminate most parasites with one week to 10 days when taken daily.  It does not affect eggs to it should be taken an additional 30 to 60 days to destroy newly hatched parasites.

DE is approved by the USDA for feeding to animals.  This is an excellent way to rid your pet of the parasites they are so prone to pick up.

Powdered DE – how it looks when purchased


For best results, DE should contain 85 to 92% silica.  Taking DE with a little organic apple cider vinegar  will make the silica more readily available.

Some of the reported benefits of silica:

  • fades age spots
  • stimulates metabolism for higher energy
  • beneficial for hair, skin & nails
  • beneficial for the respiratory system
  • benefits the cardiovascular system
  • can reduce joint pain
  • helps with irregularity

Some of the reported benefits of DE:

  • DE has a negative charge that attracts positively charged bacteria
  • DE can remove heavy metals and radiation from the body

DE – Eliminating parasites in the human body
DE for internal use
DE – Natural treatments for healthy younger looking skin
DE & Silica anti-aging benefits



Jin Shin Jyutsu practice sessions

If you have taken a JIN SHIN JYUTSU class
anywhere, at anytime in the past you will
want to take advantage of this opportunity to practice
the flows and get more comfortable  with applying it.

One hour practice sessions will be offered at
Willow Health Food and Wellness Center.

$10 per session
Bring a mat or blanket, or sit in a chair.
Relax and feel the stress melt away as you are taken through
the steps of a JIN SHIN JYUTSU flow by practitioner and self-help
instructor, Karen Kearns.

Special Discounts at Willow Health


Amazing Grass – 20%
Country Life – 15%
Curamin – All curamin & curamed is 20% off. All other Terry Naturally products are 15% off.
Doctors Best – 15%
Mega Foods –  15%
Nordic Naturals –  15%
NOW – 15%
Rainbow Light – 10%
Solgar – 15%
Source Naturals – 15%
Twin Labs – 15%


My morning and evening drink

I have this first thing in the morning and last at night.

All these items can be purchased at Willow Health Food & Wellness Center

1 hot cup of water
1 teaspoon of raw unfiltered wildflower honey
2 teaspoons of Braggs apple cider vinegar w/the mother
3 drops of DoTerra Lemon essential oil

Both apple cider vinegar and honey work synergistically together to improve your overall health, promoting good digestion, relieve joint pain and allergy symptoms.  Each have a host of other benefits.  Lemon essential oil is beneficial for digestion, liver problems, fighting colds, flu and viruses.