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LOCAL GOODS REPORT from GENERAL STORE PASO ROBLES VINO DOG T R EAT S WORTH THE WALK DOWNTOWN FROM LUCKY AND LUCY OF THE GENERAL STORE Dear Neighbors, We are the Official Dogs of the General Store. This title of Official Dogs comes with some perks - Lucky has a dog bed in the office, and Lucy personally samples the Jax & Bones toys to make sure they’re Lab-tested. Sometimes we’re even at the register, though our tails (Lucy) are powerful enough to knock over piles of chanchitos. (Those are little 3-legged pigs that we sell, and they are a sign of good luck and friendship, but we don’t get the appeal...they don’t even smell like real pork.) We are happy to report that the General Store will be celebrating National Pet Month in April with some special events. More on that next month, but why wait? We’re kicking off Pre-National-Pet-Month by highlighting one of the newest local products to hit our shelves, Vino Dogs gourmet dog treats. They are all natural, gluten free, and made fresh to order right here in Paso. Let us read you guys the ingredients in these Vino Dogs Pumpkin Oat Treats: pumpkin, egg, whole rolled oats, peanut butter...sounds like a smoothie our parents might drink! The Vino Dog treats are great for our digestion, are full of natural fiber, and don’t have the sugar or calories of other treats. (Yes, it matters to us.) We asked Rickie Bobbie, the official mascot of Vino Dogs, how his treat empire came about. Ricki Bobbie: My mom started making dog treats for me after hearing a lot of scary stories about dog treats making pets sick, and the horrible ingredients being put into them. She wanted fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Pretty soon, she was making it for my friends who have health issues like diabetes and cancer. General Store: What is up with the jerky? It’s ridiculous. RB: The jerky is made with the best top round and chicken breast we can find, with nothing else added. RB: Is your job hard? RB: Paso wineries are usually super dog friendly, so we go often. I love meeting people, and I’m very, very cute, so there’s a lot of dealing with the public. COME GRAB A BAG! AND TELL THEM WE SENT YOU. WE’RE WORKING ON SOME KIND OF COMMISSION ARRANGEMENT. Signed, Lucky & Lucy and the Team at General Store Paso Robles 52 PASO Magazine, March 2018
THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE NUTRITION CENTER The Power of Essential Oils Are you looking for a natural, nontoxic way to relieve stress, anxiety, and sleepless nights? Did you know that lavender was found to be as effective as the drug Lorazepam for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder? The aromatic and therapeutic properties of essential oils have proven to be effective in their mood elevating, calming, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. When essential oils are inhaled, the volatile compounds affect the limbic system in your brain, which controls emotion and memory. A 2002 Japanese study revealed that certain oils would stimulate the sympathetic nervous system activity where others would calm it. Many essential oils such as tea tree, oregano, eucalyptus, lavender, thyme, and rosemary have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Diffusing essential oils not only helps reduce bacteria and unpleasant odors in your home or office, but will also help you relax, ease tension, and improve concentration and mental clarity. In a 2006 study conducted by Geochang Provincial College in Korea, using ylang ylang along with bergamot and lavender oils once a day for four weeks reduced “psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension.” We now carry Dr. Axe’s Ancient Apothecary pure and organic essential oils. One of the most popular blends is called Rest & Relaxation which consists of lavender, ylang ylang, clary sage, and bergamot. The benefits of this blend, which is considered a “nervous system restorative” include a feeling of inner peace, deeper sleep, and release of nervous tension. These oils also have been proven to support normal cortisol levels in a clinical setting. Another favorite single oil is orange. It is uplifting, calming, supports immune function and reduces nausea. Try diffusing a few drops and make your world brighter! Visit The Natural Alternative for the highest quality essential oils from Dr. Axe’s Ancient Apothecary, on sale at 20% off during the month of February. We also carry beautiful diffusers and glass spray bottles for those that wish to blend their own aromatherapy sprays. Sandy Walton, our essential oil expert, can help you choose specific oils for calming, energizing, diffusing and other uses. Testers are available to help you discover the oils that best meet your needs. Follow us on Facebook for additional information on the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. A new oil is spotlighted every Wednesday! Wishing You Essential Wellness, Bobbi, CNC, ACN, MH The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only. Please consult with your medical practitioner if health challenges exist. New Spring Arrivals! March 2018, PASO Magazine 53