An arctic blast of wintry weather crossed much of the United States this week, leaving many of us suffering from dry hands and chapped lips. To help heal these skin irritations, try Calendula. No winter first aid kit should be without Calendula officinalis, made from the Garden marigold and used topically for generations to naturally speed the skin’s healing process. If you love skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other winter sports, or if you have sensitive skin easily irritated by the cold winter months, Calendula is your must-have medicine for healing chapped skin, wind burn, chaffing, rashes and other minor irritations.
Boiron Calendula topicals are available in cream, lotion and ointment formulas. The soothing and moisturizing texture of Calendula Cream works best on sensitive skin. The water-based Calendula Lotion works well as a general hand and body lotion and covers large surfaces (i.e., rash). And the occlusive formula of Calendula Ointment adheres to skin longer to promote healing by protecting and moisturizing the wound. These paraben-free formulas do not have a medicinal smell and do not contain artificial colors or perfumes.
Watch this short video to learn how New York-based plastic surgeon Shirley Madhère, MD, uses Calendula in her practice and why she recommends it to her patients for everyday skin irritations. So whether you’re hitting the slopes, building a snowman, or just trying to heal your dry, cracked hands and lips, Calendula is your go-to product all winter long.
Searching for the best medicines to get your family through cold and flu season? The Parent Advisory Board at KIWI Magazine recently selected their favorite natural cold and flu products for this year’s KIWI Awards, and four Boiron medicines made the list!
- Best remedies to beat a cold – Children’s Coldcalm Pellets
- Best remedies to beat a cough – Children’s Chestal Honey cough syrup
- Best remedies to beat the flu – Children’s Oscillococcinum
- Best remedies to beat a stuffy nose – Coldcalm Tablets
Over the last several years, an FDA panel has questioned the safety and efficacy of decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants in children under six years of age. Boiron homeopathic medicines fill that void for cough, cold and flu treatment options for little bodies. They work naturally with your child’s body without causing drowsiness, sleeplessness or hyperactivity. Oscillo and Chestal are recommended for children ages two and up, and Coldcalm for ages three and up. These Boiron children’s medicines can be found at Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe or you can use our store locator to find a natural products or health food store nearest you.
All moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers are invited to stop by the New Yorker Hotel this Tuesday evening for MommyBites’ Ultimate Moms’ Night Out! This annual holiday bash starts with comedy hour, presented by comic, writer and mommy Lisa Blythe Periman and comic and blogger Carolyn Castiglia, and continues with wine, food and a raffle. Attendees will visit with over 80 vendors showcasing the latest baby, kid and parenting products and services, and everyone who pre-registers for the event will receive a gift bag filled with some great swag!
Deborah and Kay from our public relations team will be on hand at the event to meet with attendees and share samples, coupons and information about our top products—Oscillococcinum for flu-like symptoms, Arnicare pain-relieving gel, and Camilia teething medicine. Look for conference updates and event photos on Twitter via @DeborahBoironPR.
What: Ultimate Moms’ Night Out Annual Holiday Bash 2013
When: Tuesday, December 10, 6:00-9:30 p.m.
Where: New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Avenue at 34th Street
How: Tickets are $25 ($50 at the door). Click here to register now!
Already heading to the event? Stop by the Boiron booth and say hi to our PR team. We would love to meet you!
To choose this year’s winners, the Better Nutrition editorial team and their contributing writers and health experts combed through hundreds of products, focusing on quality and type of ingredients, product uniqueness in the marketplace, popularity of product, and reader and expert feedback. This sixth annual guide to supplements brings together the team’s favorites from the industry’s leading natural product companies. Click here to download Better Nutrition’s shopping list of all 65 Best of Supplements Award winners to use as a guide at the health food store.
A winner in the homeopathic remedies category, Quietude temporarily relieves sleeplessness, restless sleep and occasional awakening without causing grogginess or a risk of dependency. It helps an overactive mind calm down, and it’s perfect for when your head hits the pillow but you keep going over your to-do list or replaying the day’s events. If you’ve had a particularly exciting day—whether it’s from good or bad news—prepare for bed by taking Quietude once in the early evening and then again at bedtime. Look for Quietude in the November 2013 issue of Better Nutrition. Available at Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe, you can also use our store locator to find a natural products or health food store near you that carries the Boiron product line.
If you’re one of the millions of people who take part in Black Friday shopping, it’s a good idea to have a plan before you hit the stores. Here are some tips that may help you get the best deals, and some peace of mind, this weekend, according to ConsumerReports.org.
1. Be prepared. This means studying the ads before Black Friday. Check one of the comprehensive Black Friday-focused websites to see whether you’re getting the best deal.
2. Shop online first. Before you brave the crowds at the stores, check to see if the retailer is offering the same—or better—deals on its website. Some retailers will even offer online exclusives you couldn’t get by walking into one of their retail locations.
3. Use social media. Before you decide to buy, visit the Facebook pages and Twitter feeds of your favorite retailers and see if they’re offering any incentives, such as discounts, when you “like” their page or follow them. Also, if you have friends who’ll be shopping on Black Friday for similar items, text, tweet, or post to a social-media site the best deals you encounter, and hopefully they’ll return the favor.
4. Get appy. Before you head out to the store, make sure your smart phone is charged and loaded with a few key comparison-shopping apps that will let you see special deals and compare prices while you’re in the store. Many include a bar-code scanner that lets you scan and compare prices, plus a QR-code reader that can sometimes get you coupon codes or special deals.
5. Create a budget—and stick to it. Many Black Friday sales, especially doorbuster specials that are typically available in limited quantities, are designed to get you into the store so retailers can try to sell you something more profitable. Decide ahead of time how much you want to spend, and resist impulse buying in the store, especially if you don’t know how good a deal you’re really getting.
And don’t forget your Arnicare! This non-greasy gel offers fast relief for aching feet and sore muscles caused by carrying way too many bags. A tube of the gel fits conveniently inside your purse or pocket—apply it at the first sign of pain, and keep on shopping!
The Thanksgiving holiday is synonymous with too much eating, too much football, and too much shopping! Thankfully, Boiron can help you survive this overload of pigskins, turkey and malls with a few key homeopathic medicines.
A game of touch football before dinner with your siblings, cousins and neighbors is usually a good idea. But when the game turns from touch to tackle, it’s inevitable that your body will receive some serious hits that will result in some serious pain. So when the game’s over, apply Arnicare Gel to your aching muscles and purplish bruises. Non-greasy Arnicare is quickly absorbed by the skin to help relieve muscle pain, stiffness and bruising. It’s also unscented, which means you’ll still be invited to sit at the family table for dinner.
Usually after football, there’s a mouth-watering feast you can’t wait to eat—turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, salad, green bean casserole, and of course, pumpkin and apple pies! Enjoy your dinner, but when your stomach is not so happy later, take Nux vomica, one of the most popular single homeopathic medicines. Nux relieves nausea, acid indigestion, hangovers, and most importantly, an upset stomach from overindulgence in food and drink. It also works when you feel a bit drowsy after a heavy meal like your Thanksgiving feast.
And finally, after football and after eating, there’s shopping. And not just regular shopping, but Black Friday—wake up at 2 a.m.—park your car three miles from the mall—stand in line for two hours—shopping! Patience is greatly needed but usually sorely missed during post-Thanksgiving shopping, so to ease your stress, try Sedalia. Sedalia tablets temporarily relieve nervousness, hypersensitivity and irritability due to stress (caused by being cut off in the parking lot more times than you can count) without causing drowsiness or interacting with other medications.
Arnicare Gel, Nux vomica and Sedalia are must-haves if you want to survive the beginning of the holiday season. Use our store locator to find the store nearest you that carries these products, and have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!
The holidays always cause a spike in the crowds at malls, airports, train stations and restaurants. And the more people there are in a confined space, the greater the chance that you’ll come in contact with a cold or flu virus. So this year, be prepared with Oscillococcinum, and don’t forget to let us know where you would like to take Oscillo this flu season. Tell us by submitting your favorite travel photo in the “Where Will You Take Oscillo?” Photo Contest, and you’ll be entered to win a trip for two to Paris! This exciting #oscillo2paris contest runs through March 30, 2014. No purchase is necessary to enter, and every participant is allowed to submit one original photo each week. Photo submissions must display somewhere you would like to go or take your Oscillo with you, with an optional creative caption. All photos will be judged on aesthetics and originality.
- One GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a five-day, four-night trip for two to Paris and $500 spending money. (The grand prize winner will be chosen from the 26 weekly winners.)
- One WEEKLY WINNER will be chosen every week and receive a box of Oscillococcinum 6 Dose and an Oscillo scarf.
- All contest participants will automatically receive one $2 OFF Oscillococcinum coupon.
The Holistic Moms Network (HMN) continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary throughout 2013. As part of the celebration, HMN is challenging you to participate in its Holistic Living Challenges, a special campaign with monthly challenges, great prizes, and opportunities to learn and inspire others.
With November being the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, this month’s challenge is “Express Gratitude Daily.” Experts at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, cite recent studies finding those who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure; higher levels of positive emotions; more joy, optimism, and happiness; more generosity and compassion; and fewer feelings of loneliness and isolation.
So get involved and share your experience for a chance to win great prizes, including a Boiron cough, cold and flu gift back, featuring Oscillococcinum flu medicine, Chestal cough syrup and Coldcalm tablets. Click here for more information and to enter the giveaway.
Moms everywhere juggle families, work and extracurricular activities without batting an eye. But when someone in the household is suffering from flu symptoms, especially Mom, all the balls come crashing down. As a mom of two boys and the news anchor of NBC News’ TODAY, Natalie Morales has learned from past experience. Now, she always has Oscillo on hand to nip those nasty flu-like symptoms in the bud.
“I can’t afford to be sick, who can?!” says Morales. “When I feel the first sniffle or sign of flu, I take Oscillococcinum. Even my kids love it, and it’s all natural, so I know it’s safe.”
Oscillococcinum works best when taken at the first sign of flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and fever. Clinical studies show Oscillo helps to reduce both the duration and the severity of flu-like symptoms. Recommended for everyone ages 2 and up, it does not cause drowsiness or interact with other medications. Oscillo is available at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Whole Foods Market, as well as local health food and natural product stores and online at Amazon.com. Click here to download a $1 off Oscillo coupon.
One of the fastest growing sports in the nation, pickleball is played by all ages, especially older Americans, who enjoy the ability to stay active. Often referred to as “oversized ping pong,” pickleball is played on a badminton court with a 34-inch net. Participants use a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. Named after Pickles, the family cocker spaniel of Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington state and one of the sport’s co-inventors, pickleball started in the mid-1960s. The first known pickleball tournament in the world was played in the spring of 1976 in Tukwila, Wash., and by 1990, the sport was being played in all 50 states. This week, the sport will hold its fifth National Pickleball Tournament in Buckeye, Ariz. at the Sun City Festival, and players will receive Arnicare Gel and coupons in their gift bags to help relieve those sore, stiff muscles post-match. For more information on pickleball, the USAPA National Tournament, and places to play near you, visit http://usapa.org.
Calling all new and expectant parents in the New York area! Head over to the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City on Wednesday night for the “Biggest Baby Shower Ever,” hosted by Big City Moms. The expo will feature a wide variety of top products and services in the baby industry, along with several seminars from some of the most highly-regarded figures in the pregnancy and parenting worlds, including best-selling author Tory Johnson; author of Mama Glow, Latham Thomas; lifestyle and parenting expert Samantha Ettus; and many more. Plus, make time to visit the stroller test drive track, get a massage, and enjoy a sweet treat and one of Big City Moms’ signature mocktails.
Boiron is proud to continue its participation at this latest Big City Moms event, and Deborah and Kay from our public relations team will be on hand to meet with attendees and share information about our Camilia teething medicine. Look for conference updates and photos from the event on Twitter via @DeborahBoironPR or @CamiliaUSA.
What: The Biggest Baby Shower Ever NYC
When: Wednesday, November 13 – 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. New York, NY 10011
How: A standard entry pass is $125. (All ticket holders receive a gift bag and a Baby Shower Bingo Card.) Click here to buy your tickets now!
Heading to the event? Make sure to stop by our Camilia booth and say “hello” to our team. We would love to meet you!
Family practitioner Dr. Lauren Feder, director of the Center for Natural Family Medicine in Los Angeles, Calif., recently shared with us her experience with Oscillococcinum flu medicine. Watch this short video to learn more about the benefits of taking non-drowsy Oscillo at the first sign of flu-like symptoms.
Packaged in 6, 12 or 30 doses, Oscillo is available at mass market retailers such as CVS, Walgreens or Target, as well as your local natural products or health food store. You can also find Oscillo on Facebook and Twitter.
Want to win a trip to Paris? Enter the “Where Will You Take Oscillo?” Photo Contest, and you could win a five-day, four-night trip for two to Paris and $500 spending money. Visit Oscillo.com/travel today to enter the contest.
One of our most popular homeopathic medicines, Nux vomica, is made from the seeds of the Strychnine tree (Strychnos nux-vomica) which is native to Southeast Asia, particularly India. In its micro-dosed form, Nux helps to relieve nausea, acid indigestion and hangovers. Most importantly, after a long night of eating every type of sweet or delicious Halloween-themed dessert, it helps to relieve an upset stomach from overindulgence in food and drink. Available at your local natural products or health food store, Nux is sold in a single multi-dose tube of approximately 80 pellets or in a Buy 2 Get 1 free pack (three tubes for the cost of two). So it may not be a bad idea to keep Nux on-hand this weekend to help with your post-Halloween recovery!
For many of us, Halloween is a fun time to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. But before you hit the pavement with your families and friends in search of some goodies, here are Halloween safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
And remember, nothing ruins a night of trick-or-treating more than the sniffles or a bad cough. So if your child starts showing symptoms of a cold or cough, be prepared with Children’s Coldcalm quick-dissolving pellets and Children’s Chestal honey-based cough syrup, and nip those symptoms in the bud! Happy Halloween from all of us here at Boiron!
Did you know that you can now find Camilia teething medicine and other kid-friendly Boiron medicines at weeSpring? weeSpring is a site that helps you share advice with your friends about baby essentials, like bottles, strollers and diapers. You can compare products within a single category or browse a trusted friend’s favorites. Expecting parents use weeSpring to ask their friends about the things they couldn’t live without and find out what they wish they’d never bought, while new parents use the site to pass along their own tried-and-true advice, while continuing to learn from their friends. Click here to sign up for free today! Plus, visit Boiron’s weeSpring page to offer your own thoughts on our medicines, such as Oscillo, Children’s Chestal and Arnicare. We greatly appreciate your feedback!
Calling all moms in the SoCal area! Head to BINI Birth in Sherman Oaks this Monday, October 28 for the Fall Health Panel, hosted by SoCal Moms. Led by three panelists—Dr. Lauren Feder of the Center for Natural Family Medicine, parent educator and green nest expert Rachel Myers, and licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Abigail Morgan—the program will focus on ways for your family to stay healthy this fall, including natural remedies to relieve cold and flu symptoms, healthy home tips and nutrition. The panels will also participate in an open Q&A with attendees.
Tickets for the event are $15 (or $25 if you bring a friend) and include raffle tickets, snacks, drinks, and a Boiron gift bag of cough, cold and flu medicines. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to BrightPink.org in support of breast cancer awareness. For more information and to register now, click here.
About Dr. Feder: Lauren Feder, MD, specializes in homeopathy, pediatrics and primary care medicine. Known for her holistically minded approach and combining the “best of both worlds,” Dr. Feder is a frequent lecturer for parents and professionals and is the author of Natural Baby and Childcare and the upcoming Natural Pregnancy, due in 2014. She is the director of the Center for Natural Family Medicine in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.drfeder.com.
Fall is here, and so are the inevitable aches and pains that come with raking leaves, games of touch football, and brisk walks in the park. So before pain gets in your way, head to your local Walgreens and pick up a tube of pain-relieving Arnicare Gel or Arnicare Cream. Now through October 26, look for additional savings in the in-store October Savings Book when you purchase either product with your Balance Rewards card!
Arnicare topicals work naturally with your body to relieve muscle pain and stiffness and reduce pain, swelling and discoloration from bruises. Non-greasy Arnicare Gel has a cooling effect and is quickly absorbed by the skin, while Arnicare Cream has a soothing effect and is preferred for use on sensitive areas. It’s great for massaging sore muscles.
Plus, for those parents suffering from sore muscles AND a teething baby, restore the peace in your home with Camilia teething medicine. Buy a box of Camilia 15 Dose for $4.99 through October 26 when you use your rewards card!
Don’t have a Walgreens in your area? Head to our store locator to find the retailer nearest you.
The Holistic Moms Network (HMN) continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary throughout 2013. As part of the celebration, HMN is challenging you to participate in its Holistic Living Challenge, a special campaign with monthly challenges, great prizes, and opportunities to learn and inspire others.
October is Holistic Living Month, so to encourage us to realign with our values and reconnect with our “tribe,” this month’s challenge is “Live More Holistically!” Get involved and share your experience for a chance to win great prizes, including a Boiron cough, cold and flu gift back, featuring Oscillococcinum flu medicine, Chestal cough syrup and Coldcalm tablets. Click here for more information and to enter the giveaway.