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In Hunger Mountain Coop’s Wellness Department you'll find the finest selection of homeopathic remedies, herbal tinctures, dietary supplements and vitamins in Central Vermont. Our trained, knowledgeable staff carefully selects all of the items we carry and will personally assist you in finding natural alternatives to enhance your health and well-being.

Do you enjoy aromatherapy baths on a cold winter night, or lighting sweet incense on lazy summer evenings? Everyone needs to be pampered from time to time, and we have a variety of ways with which you can soothe yourself from the stresses of everyday life: soaps, oils, bath salts, body perfumes, shower gels and lotions. Also, we specialize in local Vermont products from herbal elixirs to felted soaps. Take a look around, and please let us know if we can assist you in any way.

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Wellness News


Spring brings with it the promise of enjoying the outdoors – gardening, hiking, and camping. It is also a time of high tick counts. Some reports are predicting an increase in tick counts this spring and summer. Here are some basic tips to help you and your family prepare for the outdoor season. 


Tick prevention strategies:

1) The way you dress can help. Wear light colored clothing and tuck pants into your socks. Wearing a hat can help you see ticks better.


2) Avoid areas with dense brush. Walk in the center of trails when possible.


3) Apply tick repellent (see our selection below).


4) Do tick checks daily. Prompt removal of ticks can do a lot prevent transmission tick-borne illnesses. It takes more than 24-36 hours of attachment for a deer tick to transmit Lyme disease.


5) Bathe as soon as possible after coming indoors.


6) Tumble dry clothes for 10 minutes after coming inside. This will help to kill any ticks that are in the folds of clothing.


7) Keep Mowed Buffer Zones. Ticks prefer tall grass so maintaining a section of mowed lawn creates a buffer zone.

Here are some additional links:


Here are some of our favorite bug repellents (available at the Co-op):  


● Green Mountain Tick Repellent, Dorset, VT: Contains geranium, lemongrass, and cedarwood essential oils. Currently on sale for $9.69.


 Badger Anti bug Shake and Spray, Gilsum, NH: Certified organic and 100% natural. $9.99. Other Badger Bug products includeBadger Anti-Bug Balm (tin), Anti-Bug Balm (stick), and Anti-Bug Sunscreen.


Lakon ByGone Bugz, Montpelier, VT: GMO-free sunflower oil or olive oil, essential oils of eucalyptus citriodora, rosemary, wintergreen or sweet birch, peppermint and geranium. $8.99.


All Terrain Natural Herbal Armor, Newport, NH: contains an essential oil blend of 25% concentration. Non-irritating. $8.49



Raw honey has so many wonderful attributes which can contribute to health and well-being. Raw honey is pure honey that has not been heated, pasteurized and/or processed in any way. All of the natural vitamins, enzymes, and other natural nutrients remain in the honey. Its natural goodness is preserved.


Here are some ways in which raw honey can support health:

Honey is a great energy booster – it is an excellent source of carbohydrates that in turn provide energy and strength.


Raw honey helps to support a healthy immune system – it helps inhibit the growth of viruses, infections, and bacteria. It also fosters a healthy digestive system. By strengthening the immune system, it is often effective during occasional respiratory discomfort.


Honey provides support for occasional sore throats – a spoonful of honey can be used to coat the throat in a protective layer that soothes irritated tissue.


Supports healthy skin – simply dab on blemishes nightly for occasional breakouts or luxuriate with a honey facial. A honey poultice can promote healing of a rash or abrasion.


One of my favorite sources for honey at Hunger Mountain Co-op is Mcfarline’s Apiary Honey. It’s raw and from untreated bees in Benson, VT. Tim Mcfarline harvests honey only once a year, so the blend is from all of the seasons. We carry both the one-pound and three-pound sizes in the Wellness Department.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that raw honey not be given to infants under one year of age.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Please consult your doctor or health care provider with any questions. 







by Eleanor Baron, a third-year clinical intern at the VCIH

Spring weather has us heading outside to enjoy walks in the woods, garden chores, and maybe even an early season swim or paddle. Safe spring and summer fun starts with good planning and a few basic tools and strategies to protect against sunburn and insect bites. When those unexpected troubles do occur, having some simple things on hand and knowing how to find a backyard herbal ally or two can save the day.


Many of us need sun protection, especially at the beginning of the season, when we are at our most vulnerable. Awareness (and with it, controversy) has grown in the last few years about the risks associated with chemical sunscreens. We know now that some of the commonly used ingredients actually mimic our hormones and disrupt vital hormonal functions in our bodies. Some cause skin allergies, with even a so-called inert substance like methylisothiazolinone being called out by the American Contact Dermatitis Society as “allergen of the year.” And yet, the question of whether sunscreens actually prevent skin cancer remains unanswered. Before you choose a sunscreen, check it out on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Skin Deep” website at — there’s even a phone app you can use while you’re shopping. You’ll find a good assortment of safer options to choose from at The Coop.


Don’t forget the simple things that can help, like covering up with long-sleeves in the hot sun, even if it’s not with today’s high-SPF fabrics. Eating more lycopene, especially in the form of cooked tomatoes, boosts your skin’s natural protection, as does eating a diet rich in healthy saturated fats, which are so important for healthy, resilient skin. If you’re not very, very fair, you might want to experiment with using some natural oils like coconut, carrot seed or raspberry seed oil, which range in SPF from 6 to 40. Use caution, and experiment with a small patch of skin to be sure it’s enough protection.


If you do get a burn, you have a few options for soothing remedies. Aloe juice, whether from a bottle or from your houseplant, will be immediately soothing and just may stop a burn in its tracks. Burned skin loses moisture easily, so stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. A soothing home remedy can be made by mixing equal parts of apple cider vinegar with a strong tea made from mint, plantain, calendula flowers and lavender flowers. When cooled, spritz on sunburned skin and enjoy a little herbal relief. Moistened green tea bags on burned skin can also feel soothing, as can soaking in a cool oatmeal bath.


With the ever-growing threat of serious tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and various mosquitoborne illnesses that come and go with the seasons — not to mention the pleasure-sapping swarms of black flies that can make early season outdoor adventures frustrating finding a good insect repellent may also be on your to-do list. Again, the EWG website can be of help in sorting through the options. You may want to make a simple repellent using essential oils like citronella, lemongrass, cajeput, clove, cedar, rosemary, eucalyptus, catnip, lavender or mint (you choose), using just a few drops mixed with distilled witch hazel and water in a small spritzer bottle. Or you can look for an all-natural alternative made with similar ingredients; there are plenty of good ones. You’ll find some excellent options at The Coop.


If you do get bitten, head into the backyard to find a plantain leaf; you won’t have to look far! Look for a low plant with a cluster of rounded, long, and pointed leaves joined together in a rosette. (Plantago major is a common and easy-to-identify local variety.) Chew a leaf without swallowing and press the green wad of chewed herb directly on your bite (it’s called a spit poultice). You won’t be disappointed! This is such a safe and easy way to sooth a bug bite, you’ll want to teach your kids to do the same. For information on the specific issues related to tick bites, check the International Lyme and Associated Diseases website at And since ticks often hop on bare ankles and head up, tucking your pants into your socks really does help when you’re out for a hike. Remember to check for ticks when you come back inside, using a hand mirror and a sharp pair of tweezers or a tick-remover tool. Ticks love to hide in warm, moist places, so be thorough!


Most importantly, go outdoors! Spending time in nature is in itself a healthy choice, reducing your chance of depression, boosting your vitamin D levels, and strengthening your body and spirit.


Sliding-Scale Herbal Consultations ($5 to $10)

Available at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in Montpelier with third-year clinical interns. Call 802.224.7100 to schedule an appointment, or read more at


Coop Sunscreens

As we enter the spring and summer, The Coop has a wide array of sunscreens. 


Badger‘s line of sunscreens are local, natural, and mineral based. They offer broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays using the mineral zinc oxide.


· Badger Baby Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $13.39

· Badger Kids Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $13.39

· Badger Broad Spectrum Lavender SPF 30 $13.39

· Badger Anti-Bug Broad Spectrum SPF 34 $14.39

· Badger Damascus Rose Broad Spectrum Anti-Aging SPF 20 Face Sunscreen $21.99

Alba Botanica offers a number of mineralbased sunscreens. They are gluten free and biodegradable. The active ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.


· Alba Fragrance Free SPF 30 $9.99

· Alba Kids SPF 30 $9.99

· Alba Facial SPF 20 $9.99

All Good from Elemental Herbs has a broadspectrum unscented sunstick and lip balm. Both are mineral based.


· All Good Unscented SPF Sunstick $7.99

· All Good Unscented SPF Lip Balm $3.49