Natural Remedies for Thicker Hair & Stronger Nails


Is your hair thinner than it used to be? Do you have nails that break off easily? Hair loss or thinning may be a sign that your body is out of balance. There are some simple natural solutions you can try to have thicker hair and stronger nails. Here are some suggestions for foods, herbs and essential oils that may help improve these conditions.


1. Take Fish Oil.

Make sure you are getting proper amounts of vitamin A & D and essential fatty acids.

  • Blue Ice cod liver oil is the fish oil of choice. It is the gold standard in pure fish fat/oil from the liver of the cod fish extracted through fermentation rather than cold/hot temps or chemical extraction as the rest of the industry uses. Blue Ice is available at The Lamb Shoppe.
  • OmegaAvail Ultra with lipase, vitamin D3, K1 & 2 by Designs for Health is another great product.


2. Balance Your Thyroid Gland.

Whether you have an overactive or underactive thyroid gland, hair growth may be affected. If you have thyroid issues, work closely with your healthcare professional as it requires a complex holistic approach. Sometimes iodine may help balance your thyroid. If this is the case for you, add sea vegetables such as kelp, nori, dulse, kombu and wakame to your diet. Liquid kelp available at The Lamb Shoppe may also offer support.


3. Eat Foods Rich in Biotin.

It is well known that biotin encourages hair and scalp health. Here are some foods that contain good amounts of biotin.

  • Grassfed meat
  • Wild caught salmon
  • Pastured eggs
  • Sprouted nuts and seeds
  • Cabbage, onions, garlic, and broccoli. If you have hypothyroid, limit the amount of raw cruciferous veggies and opt for eating them cooked or fermented.


4. Take Organic Sulfur.

Organic sulfur is used by the body to build hair, bone and nails. The Lamb Shoppe carries organic sulfur that is 99.9% pure. Many other products on the market contain fillers such as anti-caking agents which renders the product ineffective. Studies and clinical trial have shown that those taking organic sulfur have reported noticeable differences in hair and finger nail growth.


5. Use Herbal Remedies.

  • Stinging Nettle. Not only does this herb support the whole body, but it is one of the best for promoting hair growth. This plant helps stimulate circulation. Use Nettle as a tincture, tea, or juice. Another excellent traditional remedy for hair loss and making your hair thicker and stronger is to make a Nettle root infusion. Nettle is very rich in numerous vitamins and minerals.
  • Horsetail. Taken as a tincture in small dosages over a two to three week period helps to thicken hair and promote stronger nails due to its high silica content.
  • Sage, Rosemary and Nasturtium. These are all stimulating herbs that improve circulation and nerve supply. Nasturtium is an old-time hair tonic and used for baldness and hair loss due to its high sulfur content. Tinctures of all of these herbs are available at The Lamb Shoppe.
  • Walnut Leaves. This recipe comes from Austrian herbalist Maria Treben. Add 1 cup of hot water to 2 heaping teaspoons of finely chopped fresh walnut leaves. Steep for at least one hour. Massage into scalp as a hair rinse.


6. Try Essential Oils.

Add 2 drops of any of the essential oils below to 1 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil and massage into scalp and let sit for at least 30 minutes before shampooing out. Also, try adding these to your shampoo and conditioner.

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger
  • Thyme

Tip: For thicker eyelashes, add 1 drop of Rosemary essential oil to your mascara. This not only acts as an antibacterial, but it helps to thicken lashes at the same time!

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Note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice from your professional healthcare provider. Please consult your qualified healthcare provider for treatment of medical problems.

Dandelion Stems for Gallstones

Using Springtime Weeds to Benefit Your Liver & Gall Bladder


dandelion (2)It is well known among herbalists that Dandelion has a beneficial effect on the liver. The whole plant of this common weed has medicinal properties, from the root, leaves, flowers, to the stems.

According to Maria Treben, renowned Austria herbalist, the fresh stems of flowering Dandelions eaten daily may bring relief to chronic liver inflammation. Born in 1907, Treben used traditional German/Eastern European remedies handed down from previous generations.

Here are the recommendations:

1. Eat 5-6 fresh stems of flowering Dandelions. Chew very thoroughly and swallow. Do this for one week.

2. Diabetics should eat up to 10 stems daily while the plant is in bloom for at least 1 week. Dandelions contain inulin which may help to lower blood sugar.

3. If your system is weak and you are extremely tired, it is recommended that you eat the stems for a 2 week period.

NOTE: Do not cut off the flowers from the stems until after you have washed the plants. Also, only eat plants that have never been chemically sprayed.

How does this work?

While the stems of the Dandelions are quite mild in flavor, the bitterness of the plant caused the gastric juices to flow and helps to remove waste matter from the stomach. Fresh stems are said to remove gallstones painlessly by stimulating the liver and gall bladder. Logically, this makes sense because a congested liver eventually will lead to stagnant material which, in turn, results in gallstones. The Dandelion helps to stimulate flow in the body and move out the impurities.


For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


More information on using Dandelion medicinally.

12 Reasons to Take Chlorella

Chlorella Tablets

Chlorella Tablets

Chlorella is one of the best “green foods” available today. Chlorella is a micro algae that has an amazing ability to bond to metals, chemicals and some pesticides. Sadly, in today’s world, our bodies have absorbed far too many of these harmful products and it is important to rid our system of these chemicals to help maintain optimal health.

While chlorella may be considered a food, it typically is available in pill form or in a green powder. This superfood does more than just help your body eliminate heavy metals and toxins. It has a special selectivity which makes sure that it will not bind to the important minerals your body needs to function. So, it is very discriminating and just selects what needs to be eliminated. That’s what makes it so remarkable!

Not all products on the market are equal. Look for “Broken Cell Wall” ONLY as this is the form that is effective. Also, be sure that the quality is good and it was sourced from clean waters free from contamination and harvested in a non-polluted environment. The Lamb Shoppe has superior quality chlorella tablets available.


12 Reasons to Take Chlorella

1.      Purifies blood and cleanses toxins

2.      Helps with processing more oxygen

3.      Promotes optimal blood pressure

4.      Supports elimination of molds

5.      Promotes growth and repair of tissues

6.      Removes toxic metals from body

7.      Boosts immune system

8.      Helps digest food efficiently

9.      Eliminates bad breath & freshens breath

10.    Energizes and reinvigorates the body

11.    Balances pH in body

12.    Normalizes blood sugar

9 Ways to Combat Spring Allergies

Pollens can be an allergy trigger

Pollens can be an allergy trigger

Allergy season is here. And if you are one who suffers from allergies, you know just how irritating the pollen from trees, grasses and weeds can feel when they trigger an immune response from you.

These allergic responses may indicate you have a compromised immune system. Your immune system goes into hyper-drive responding to the allergen, or particles that are foreign to your body. A whole cascade of chemicals are responsible for making you suffer from allergies, but histamines are the most commonly known. Histamines cause the airway to constrict and cause the tissues to release fluid. As a result you may encounter hives, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, wheezing and a sore throat or cough.


9 Health Tips for Springtime Allergy Relief:

 1. Foods are Powerful Medicine

Since foods can be your body’s most powerful medicine, it is important to eliminate high allergy foods from the diet. High allergy foods are especially challenging for the body when the immune system is already in high gear.

Wild Caught Salmnon

Wild Caught Salmon

An anti-inflammatory diet will help improve spring time allergies. Foods to avoid are mucus forming foods, especially dairy. Grains can also be very inflammatory for the body. Some great allergy fighting foods include those rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as wild caught salmon, grassfed meats and eggs, walnuts, and flax oil. Probioitics are also beneficial for boosting your immune system.


2. Quercetin Helps

Quercetin is a flavonoid that reduces histamine levels. It is a mast cell inhibitor. Mast cell produce histamine and result in the allergy symptoms. Quercetin also heals the gut and is anti-inflammatory. Foods with high levels of quercetin are apples and onions.

Try making a homemade applesauce with fresh apples, diced ginger (excellent anti-inflammatory) and cinnamon stick.

Designs for Health makes a helpful supplement called HistaEze™ which contains quercetin, nettle leaf and vitamin C. This can be ordered directly from The Lamb Shoppe’s Designs for Health E-Store or purchased at our shoppe.


3. Vitamin C

Take at least 1000-3000 mg daily of vitamin C. Note that too much vitamin C will give loose stools, so if needed take less. Rose hips are loaded with vitamin C, so go ahead and add these to that homemade apple sauce too. Rose hips are available in the dried herb section at The Lamb Shoppe.


4. Nettle Tea or Tincture

Mother Nature has a way of balancing itself. While pollens are filling the air, a natural remedy is growing nearby—Stinging Nettle! Nettles have amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties.



Early spring is the perfect time to pick fresh Nettle and make your own infusion from it. Simply pick the young Nettle plants (you may want to use gloves) and loosely fill a quart jar with the fresh greens. Then fill with hot water. Cover and steep for at least 1 hour. Drink this tea daily during allergy season. Try to drink 1 quart per day for maximum benefits. Not only will this provide natural antihistamines, it is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

In addition, you can steam fresh Nettles and eat them as a steamed green. I love making nettle soup with homemade chicken broth. If picking fresh Nettles is not your forte, you can use dried Nettle leaf (1 cup per quart jar and steep for at least 6 hours, strain and drink). The Lamb Shoppe also has Nettle tincture which can easily be taken as drops under the tongue. Call 320-587-6094 if you want us to mail out a Nettle tincture for you.


5. Neti Pot/Saline Spray

For a traditional way to clear out the sinuses, try this easy method. The neti pot is a small pot designed with a special spout used to irrigate the sinus cavity. If you are new to this, just tilt your head to the side and pour the solution in one nostril until it flows out the other, repeating the process on the opposite side. Although it may be uncomfortable at first to put water in your nose, after you have mastered this technique, you will find it works very well. Prepare a saline rinse with distilled water and a little unrefined sea salt. If you have a tendency to develop sinus infections, try adding a drop of colloidal silver or Lugol’s iodine. If the neti pot seems too daunting, try using a saline nose spray. It is made the same way, but you spray it in your nose instead. All of these items may be purchased at The Lamb Shoppe.


6. Local Raw Honey

Many people use local raw honey to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Make sure your source is local and that it actually is raw. Raw honey will tend to crystallize and be thick. Take one teaspoon a day and see if it helps you. The Lamb Shoppe has local raw honey.


7. Adrenal Supportive Herbs

Adrenal supporting herbs are typically adaptogens. Adaptogens strengthen the body by making you more resilient to the negative effects of stress. Examples of adrenal supporting herbs are Holy Basil, Ashwaganda, Ginseng, Rhodiola, Schizandra, Reishi Mushroom, and DGL Licorice.

A really nice supplement for adrenal support is Adrenotone which contains a combination of standardized herbs and nutrients which are known for rejuvenating the adrenals. .


8. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of those incredible foods that helps almost everything. It is a fermented product and is alkalizes the body while providing good amounts of potassium and other minerals. If you are using apple cider vinegar for allergy relief, take it consistently and add a bit of raw honey and lemon juice to make a healthful, good tasting drink.


9. Melaleuca, Lemon, Lavender,  Peppermint or  Eucalyptus Essential Oils

Studies have shown that some essential oils can be beneficial for seasonal allergies. Try diffusing one or more of these oils in the air. Melaleuca or tea tree oil has been found to reduce swelling due to histamines. A 2012 study showed that topical application of lemon oil resulted in a reduction of mast cells. Apply one drop of peppermint oil of the base of the neck two times a day. Lavender or Eucalyptus maybe diluted and applied to the sinuses and the bottom of the feet.

5 Herbs for Better Sleep


Sleep is a time when our body heals and rejuvenates itself. Better sleep makes us happier, healthier and more relaxed in every way. Most of us spend about 1/3 of our lives asleep or trying to get that needed sleep. That is why it is very concerning to know that an estimated 30% of the American population suffers from regular insomnia. Here are 5 simple herbs that may be useful in helping you achieve a better night’s sleep.Lemon Balm Tea-iStockphoto

1. Lemon Balm.

Also known as melissa, this top notch anti-anxiety herb is both a stomach soother and a sedative. It has been used as a relaxant since the Middle Ages in European folk medicine. Not only does this herb help you sleep, it improves mood and gently calms the mind.

2. California Poppy.

Studies have shown this herb to improve both sleep latency and quality. It is also a gentle analgesic and muscle relaxant and so it is also used to relieve pain that keep you awake at night.

3. Passion Flower.

This is best used when your mind has “circular thinking” and it just won’t quit. Herbalists consider this herb for insomnia that is a result of mental worry, overwork, or nervous exhaustion.

4. Chamomile.

The herb of choice for those who can’t relax. Chamomile is a traditional sedative herb that is safe for children and adults alike. The tea is commonly used for insomnia and restlessness that is combined with irritability, particularly in children.

5. Hops.

With a long history as a sleep herb, this mildly estrogenic plant is wonderful for promoting deep sleep. A number of research studies have shown that a combination of Hops and Valerian is often an effective sleep remedy.

7 Reasons Why Grass Fed Meat is Best

Pastured Meat is Healthy for You

lamb chopsThe Lamb Shoppe has been raising animals on pasture for over 25 years. We sell beef, lamb and chicken in our farm store. We have always known grass fed meat is healthier. So, we are glad that finally health experts all agree and confirmed what we’ve known all along. The scientific research clearly backs the health benefits of grass fed meat (see links below). There is no doubt that grass fed meats, poultry and dairy products offer a healthier and environmentally friendly alternative to those raised on factory farms because they eat fresh, green grass from carefully managed pastures getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine. At The Lamb Shoppe, our livestock are raised on pasture so the animals can stay healthy and so we have a superior quality product to offer our customers.

Here are some well-documented health benefits of grass fed meats:

  1. Because pasture-raised animals do not live in crowded, highly stressful conditions, like their factory farm counterparts, they can be grown without growth hormones and antibiotics.
  2. Grass-fed meats are lower in total fat and thus fewer calories.
  3. Grass finished animal products are higher in Omega-3 fatty acid, which is regarded by health experts as “good fats” or “heart healthy”. The Omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent heart disease and contribute to healthy brain and nervous system functioning.
  4. Grass-fed meat and dairy products have naturally occurring CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). This fatty acid may protect against heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, improve immune functioning, help build lean body mass, and act as an antioxidant.
  5. Grass-fed meat has higher vitamin E levels. This fat soluble vitamin is a potent antioxidant and may lower risk of heart disease and cancer.
  6. Pasture raised livestock are cleaner and healthier for human consumption because they have lower amounts of the very dangerous strain of E.Coli.
  7. No Genetically Modified crops (GMO) are fed because the animals are eating only fresh grass.

Not only does our meat taste great, but it’s good for you too, so go ahead and indulge yourself!  When you buy products from our farm, you can be assured that you are getting the highest quality available from a family you can trust and get to know.

Special inside tip from our farm to consumers…

Did you know that not all grass fed meats are the same? If possible, get to know your farmer and how they farm because some farmers feed dried hay during the winter and still claim their meat is grass fed.

But, you need to understand that there is a huge difference in the nutritional profile of fresh grass and dried hay. At The Lamb Shoppe we feed “wet wrapped” hay during the winter months. Wet wrapped hay is baled while it is still wet and then preserved in an air tight seal. This method of preservation actually allows the hay to safely ferment while still maintaining all the nutrients as fresh grass. Unless your farmer does this method of winter feeding, you do not stand to gain the amazing nutritional benefits of real grass fed meat.


Links on Health Benefits of Grass Fed Meats:

Eat Wild
Organic Consumers
Mayo Clinic

5 Steps to a Healthier Heart

Understanding the Connection Between Heart Health and Inflammation.

Set those cholesterol numbers aside for a moment and look at the real link to heart health: Inflammation. It has been well documented that chronic inflammation is a common thread to many of today’s degenerative diseases including diabetes, depression, heart disease, and cancer. Chronic inflammation can be measured through blood tests. If you have inflammation in your body, an extra protein is released from the site of inflammation and circulates in the bloodstream. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) and plasma viscosity (PV) blood tests are commonly used to detect this increase in protein, and thus are markers of inflammation. Research shows that inflammation and heart disease risk are characterized by a high CRP blood level. Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirm the role that C-reactive protein plays in increasing cardiovascular disease risk. The results show that people who had the lowest levels of C-reactive protein had significantly reduced rates of heart attack. The studies also revealed that reducing CRP levels alone cuts heart attack risk plus it slows the progression of atherosclerosis. So the question really then becomes, “What can you do to reduce inflammation so you can have a healthier heart?”

Here are steps you can take to better heart health:

1. Eat Healthy Fats.healthy fats

Avoid the unhealthy fats such as hydrogenated oils, cooking with refined vegetable oils, eating processed foods and grains. All these foods are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Another really harmful ingredient is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) as it is highly inflammatory. Stay clear of foods containing this. To keep healthy, eat an abundant supply of goods fats. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are the key. Eat plenty of coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, grass fed meats, eggs and butter, wild caught salmon, avocados, flax and chia seeds. Remember, omega-3 are the good fats and keep you healthy. The Lamb Shoppe offers a very wide selection of grassfed meats and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

2. Take CoQ10 Supplements.

This supplement sparks energy production for your heart and fires up the mitochondria that provides your body with power. It also is an antioxidant that protects your heart from free radicals. Here’s a link for good quality CoQ10. In most cases, 100 mg is adequate per day.

3. Take Hawthorn.Hawthorn

This herb is invaluable and considered one of the all time most potent heart tonics. It has been used for over 2000 years. Not only does it improve blood circulation, but it also contributes to cholesterol reduction and helps to normalize blood pressure. The Lamb Shoppe has locally grown Hawthorn available in the tincture form and also carries the pill form and dried herb.

4. Eat GarlicTurmeric Root and Cayenne.Turmeric Root (2)

Foods are medicines. Garlic helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is best to eat garlic fresh, freshly crushed, fermented or as garlic oil. Turmeric root contains curcumin which is clinically shown to be a strong anti-inflammatory. Cayenne pepper is a fantastic blood normalizer and beneficial to heart health.


5. Take Vitamin D and K2 Supplements. IMG_1294 (3) B

Plenty of vitamin D with adequate supplies of K2 will greatly assist the body to reduce inflammation. A top quality supplement that I recommend is Green Pasture’s Blue Ice. It is a high vitamin fermented cod liver oil that offers rich amounts of vitamin D and A in the proper ratios. The fermented cod liver oil with butter oil offers ample amounts of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 takes the calcium out of the blood and puts it into the bone matter to prevent harmful calcification. Another superior product is Designs for Health Omega Ultra Avail with K1 & K2. This product also contain lipase which helps the body to digest fats. The Lamb Shoppe offers all of these excellent supplements. Designs for Health Products may be ordered on-line at  and shipped directly to your home for your convenience.

Final Thoughts…

Remember, cutting sugar out of your diet and adequate exercise are both very important to maintaining a healthy heart too. Other inflammatory foods are conventional dairy and grains.     References: S.E. Nissen, et al., “Statin Therapy, LDL Cholesterol, C-Reactive Protein, and Coronary Artery Disease,” N. Engl. J. Med. 352 (1), 29–38 (2005). P.M. Ridker, et al., “C-Reactive Protein Levels and Outcomes After Statin Therapy,” N. Engl. J. Med. 352 (1), 20–28 (2005).

Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth is one of the hottest “new” trends as a super food among nutrition experts today. It could likely earn the title as the most healing food you can consume. But those of us who have been making and using bone broth for decades know that this age-old food has been a part of traditional cultures for centuries and for good reason.

 “Let food be thy medicine…”



Bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds such as collagen, glutamine, glycine, proline, arginine and chondroitin sulphates to name a few.

Those who suffer from digestive disorders such as leaky gut or intestinal inflammation can highly benefit from consuming bone broth. In addition, bone broth has properties that help alleviate inflammation, whether it be “in the gut” or “in the joints”. Plus, the mineral-rich broth is a wonderfully easily assimilated way to get the minerals needed for healthy teeth, bones, skin, hair and nails.

The glycine in bone broth has properties to help detoxify cells from chemicals and may even improve brain function.


Be Sure to Use High Quality Bones from Grass Fed Meat

It is critical to find the best quality bones you can from animals that are pasture fed. For the most therapeutic effect, be sure to use a top notch product. Be sure to read why grass fed animals offer the best source of bones. The Lamb Shoppe has 100% Grass Fed beef and lamb bones available for sale. These bones for broth are reasonably priced and offer the best quality product available anywhere. In addition, you can purchase free-range chickens at The Lamb Shoppe to make a rich chicken broth.


How do I Make Bone Broth?

It is very easy to make bone broth and anyone can master it quickly. The Lamb Shoppe has included two basic recipes for you to use as a guide. One is Traditional Chicken Bone Broth and the other is Basic Bone Broth. You can follow these recipes exactly or add your own twist to the basics. Consider adding extra dried herbs to get even more health benefits, ask us at the shoppe to guide you on which dried herbs may be best for you.


How Much is Best?

It is recommended that you consume 8 ounces one or two times per day as a soup, a plain beverage or doing a bone broth fast for a few days. Many people like to do one batch a week and freeze extra for times when time is short.





Basic Bone Broth


  • 2 pounds (or more) of bones from grass fed meat
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon or more of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • several cloves of garlic
  • Optional: 1 bunch of parsley, additional herbs or spices to taste, for the last 30 minutes of cooking.


  1. Place bones in a large stock pot, add apple cider vinegar and water, and let the mixture sit for 1 hour so the vinegar can leach the minerals out of the bones.
  2. Add more water if needed to cover the bones.
  3. Add the vegetables bring to a boil and skim the scum from the top and discard.
  4. Reduce to a low simmer, cover, and cook for 24-72 hours.
  5. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, throw in a handful of fresh parsley (and additional herbs) for added flavor and minerals.
  6. Let the broth cool and strain it, making sure all marrow is knocked out of the marrow bones and into the broth.
  7. Add sea salt to taste and drink the broth as is or store in fridge up to 5 to 7 days or freezer up to 6 months for use in soups or stews.

Special Notes:

This recipe is suitable for fish, chicken, beef, bison or lamb bones.

If you are using raw bones, especially beef or lamb bones, it improves flavor to roast them in the oven first.  You may place them in a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes at 350.

  • Beef, Bison, Lamb broth/stock: 48-72 hours
  • Chicken or poultry broth/stock: 24-36 hours
  • Fish broth: 8 hours



Traditional Chicken Bone Broth



  • 1 whole chicken or 2 to 3 pounds of bony chicken parts, such as necks, backs, breastbones and wings. Gizzards and Chicken Feet (the feet are full of gelatin & very good for you).
  • water to cover
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • one 8-inch strip of kombu (long dark seaweed) (or sea salt)
  • several black pepper corns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
  •  celery stalks, coarsely chopped with leaves
  • 10 slices astragulus root, or a handful of shredded
  • handful of calendula blossoms, dried
  • 1 bunch parsley


  1. Place chicken or pieces into a large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar and all vegetables except parsley. Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bring to a boil, and remove scum that rises to the top.
  2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for at least 24 hours. The longer you cook the stock the richer and more flavorful it will be.
  3. About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley. This brings more minerals to the stock.  Broths provide nutrients for connective tissue and are especially available to the body. It is great to have some in the freezer so it can be used whenever you need it.