Stumped about an ingredient or recipe? Got a health query? Here’s your chance to ask Sheree your most compelling questions! 

Q: With spring coming, I just know my allergy symptoms will be back. Any advice? 

A: Allergies are sometimes a symptom of an underlying digestive disorder. Pure aloe vera juice is a supplement with incredible abilities to soothe and heal the digestive system. Additionally, eating a teaspoon or more of locally produced honey each day can help build the immune system and increase the body’s ability to deal with potential allergens. Allergy sufferers should avoid NSAIDs such as aspirin, Ibuprofen and Advil® as they tend to aggravate these conditions. Also, reduce your intake of dairy products: high dairy consumption has been linked to many chronic inflammatory conditions especially asthma and allergies. 

Q: What is guayusa? 

A: Though it is prepared and consumed like tea, guayusa (pronounced why-you-suh) is not related to camellia sinensis the parent plant of white, green, oolong and black teas. It is produced from the leaves of a caffeinated holly plant, and is a distant cousin of yerba maté (pronounced yerb-ah mah-tay). (Yerba maté has a stronger, more bitter taste than guayusa). If you’re trying to reduce or eliminate coffee from your diet, guayusa could serve as a helpful tool to help you reach your goal.  

Q: My coconut oil has been around a while; is it still okay?  

A: The best way to judge coconut oil is by the smell. If it smells rancid or metallic, then it’s best to ditch it. But if it smells like coconut (or smells pretty much like nothing) then it’s probably fine. 

Please remember your health is your own responsibility. Nothing here is to be construed as medical advice. This information is not meant to replace the guidance offered by your health practitioner.