Psoriasis Helped by Maintaining an Alkaline System

Psoriasis is a non-infectious skin disorder that is marked by skin patches or flaky skin that can occur in limited areas – such as the scalp – or that can cover up to 80-90% of the body. The overly rapid growth of skin cells is the primary cause of psoriasis. In some cases, skin cells grow four times faster than normal, resulting in the formation of silvery layers that flake off.

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Young Living for Natural Skin Care

Treating Psoriasis with pH Balance 

Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dry skin, allergies, and similar problems indicate an excessive acidic pH in the body. The more acid in the blood and skin the less you will see a therapeutic effect from therapeutic-grade essential oils. People who have a negative reaction to therapeutic-grade essential oils are usually highly acidic.

 

An alkaline balance must be obtained and then maintained in the blood and skin for the essential oils to work the best. 

 

Young Living’s supplements AlkaLime and MultiGreens are both helpful for this balancing and knowing effective ways to restore the body to an Alkaline pH. If you also have fungus issues you will see improvement regarding that problem as will when you begin making your body more alkaline.   Continue reading

How to Restore the Body to an Alkaline pH

An alkaline environment in the body is hostile to fungi (and I might also add, hostile to many types of cancer), which require acidity to survive and thrive. Lowered yeast and fungus (read more about Vaginal Yeast and Fungus at the end of this article) populations translate into lower levels of body-damaging, disease-inducing mycotoxins. Some of the most common varieties of pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and fungi that live in the intestines are inactive. However, when the body is weakened by illness, stress, and excess acidity caused by stress, these bacteria become harmful and active, changing into an invasive mycelic form.

The importance of alkalinity to health is something we all might consider paying more attention to – it alone can mean a better quality of health, or a poor quality of health. As the liver’s filtered ability becomes impaired the blood becomes increasing acidic, unfriendly bacteria and fungi that populate our intestinal tracts thrive in an acid environment and are responsible for secreting mycotoxins, which are the root cause of many debilitating human conditions. In fact, many researchers believe that most diseases can be linked to blood and intestinal acidity, which contributes to an acid-based yeast and fungus dominance.

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Essential Oils and Young Living Products for Daily Usage

Here is a list of some ways I use Young Living’s essential oils and products in place of conventional products found in the stores. This is only a partial listing, there are many more ways to use the essential oils and products. I use this list as a guideline for ways to make toxic products in my home a thing of the past. All of Young Living’s products contain therapeutic-grade essential oils no matter which you choose. 

Here’s an article I wrote on the 5 ways of applying Young Living Essential Oils.

FIRST AID

Headache/Migraine Relief Tablet…. Peppermint, M-Grain, MultiGreens

Fever Reduction Tablet……….. Peppermint, Lavender, Exodus, ImmuTune, Super C

Burns/Cut/Scrapes…………….. Lavender, Melrose, LavaDerm Mist, Rose Ointment

Sore Throat Lozenges………… Thieves Spray, Thieves Lozenges, ImmuPower, Exodus II Continue reading

Organic Food Fraud – Whole Foods or Rip-off

How many of you have been buying organic produce for 20 years or longer? Have you noticed what I have… that there is no difference between the so-called organic and regular produce in your supermarket or health food store??? I have, I noticed a difference around 1998.

True organic produce smells, feels, and tastes very different than conventionally grown. The first clue that gave it away for me was the fact that real organic produce has much less water in the plants, noticeably less, so much so that you can see it with your own eyes and feel it with your fingers! When I noticed that the organic produce I was buying looked and felt as moist as the conventional, I knew something was wrong.

Organic produce also goes bad in the fridge much differently than conventional. True organic, pretty much dehydrates and becomes limp. Whereas conventionally grown rots, smells foul, gets moldy (from all the moisture), slimy, etc. In my unscientific tests I have found there is absolutely NO DIFFERENCE between the organic produce and conventional produce in taste, smell, touch, and going bad in my fridge.
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Build and Restore Core Intestinal Health with Young Living’s LIFE 5 Probiotic

Probiotic (means “for life”) are sometimes known as healthy intestinal flora or beneficial bacteria and have long been used to culture yogurt, sauerkraut and other fermented foods.

Life 5

Life 5

Recently, science is revealing that probiotics are more vital than anyone ever imagined and are especially beneficial for the bowel. Many don’t realize that the bowel is the source of core health and vitality. It is there that the all-important transfer of nutrients to the bloodstream takes place. It is also the command center of the immune system and eliminator of waist products. For the bowel to work properly a partnership with billions and billions of probiotics is necessary for every critical intestinal function.
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Calcium – for bone health, truth or hype?

Calcium is in the news and headlines. The New England Journal reads… “Studies show limited Benefits for Calcium.” Interestingly, the article is referring to Calcium Carbonate and Vitamin D as a preventative for broken bones. The medical profession just discovered that Calcium Carbonate doesn’t work. It is about time! Calcium Carbonate is chalk. The human body is NOT designed to process and utilize chalk! It can cause arthritis and calcium deposits.

Calcium Lactate and Calcium Citrate are digestible in the body. But to really help effectively they use Magnesium along with Vitamin D to help absorption. Vitamin C also helps with the absorption of Calcium. To prevent broken bones, add Phosphorus also. Boron is also in the bone matrix. Trace minerals are also essential for strong bones. The right mix of calcium and minerals help nerves, muscles and organs function.

Hmmm, could it possible that the New England Journal of Medicine article and the industry are influenced by the big pharma industry who is pushing bone health drugs on us that come with side effects???

Let’s take a look at what bone health is…
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Energy Drinks vs. NingXia Red – enjoy great taste without spikes in blood sugar

The NingXia Red juice experience vs. the other energy juice experience…

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S-ORAC activity of “equal” size portions of NingXia Red and other familiar antioxidant drinks:

1 – Sibu-Balance

1 – Tahitian Noni

1.2 – Frequent Sea

2 – Via Viente

8 – Goyin

9 – Xango

13 – Xocai

33 – Monavie (check out this Free Bee Gas scam!)

43 – G3

68 – Himalayan Goji (a CBC MarketPlace News interview and video on Goji)

85 – Ageless Xtra

87 – Vibe

363 – NingXia Red

Clearly, these activity scores demonstrate NingXia Red does have the highest S-ORAC, ORAC, and SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase) activity among its competitors [results are from the third party Brunswick Lab].

You would have to consume daily to equal one ounce of NingXia Red:

4 Pounds of Carrots
2 Quarts of Carrot Juice
8 Oranges
1 Pint of Orange Juice
2 Pounds of Beets
2 Cups of Raspberries
2 Cups of Blueberries
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How Many Bushels of Produce Does it Take to Equal One Ounce of NingXia Red Juice?

4 Pounds of Carrots
2 Quarts of Carrot Juice
8 Oranges
1 Pint of Orange Juice
2 Pounds of Beets
2 Cups of Raspberries
2 Cups of Blueberries

18 Amino Acids
21 Trace Minerals
6 Essential Fatty Acids
Vitamins: B1, B2, B6, and Vitamin E
More Beta Carotene than Carrots and More C than Oranges

NingXia Red juice provides all of that in a formulation without junk juices, no sugar or artificial sweeteners, and no caffeine. NingXia Red is a great tasting juice that has good stuff in it for you!

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All Natural Soaps with Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils

Handcrafted in small batches, natural soap is gaining converts. Customers are snapping up product in record numbers because it is not only pure, natural, and nontoxic – it is also good for the skin. Evidence abounds of the healing powers of handmade natural soap, particularly when therapeutic-grade essential oils are included. Eczema and psoriasis sufferers, as well as people that have sensitive skin or are hypoallergenic often find immediate relief by switching to natural soap.

What is most important with handmade soap is what is not included.

As a rule, top quality handmade soaps, are devoid of artificial colors, fragrances, and preservatives that can cause allergies, irritation, and even cancer.

Handmade soaps also can have “hand-lotion-in-soap” effect. Most good hand lotion is an emulsion of water and glycerin with vegetable oils and waxes. All these ingredients are present in handmade soap and comprise up to 40% of the bar. While the “hand-lotion-in-soap” effect may reduce lathering, this is what makes handmade soap extraordinarily mild and moisturizing for dry and sensitive skin.

The Secret to Creating a Top Notch Handmade Soap

Master soap makers create handmade soaps with natural ingredients that are blended in small batches and poured into wooden block molds. When ready, the soap is wire cut into bars, placed on oak drying frames and aged in a special curing room, usually for up to a month. This process removes excess alkali from the bar soap, a major cause of dryness and irritation often found in conventional bar soaps.

Handmade natural soap can be made from a number of renewable vegetable and botanical sources, such as saponified oils of palm, coconut, and olive, as well as therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Rosemary extract can also be used as a natural preservative. The result is a soap that does more than just cleanse the skin. It can also act as a therapeutic skin treatment with powerful antioxidant and skin-protecting properties that can be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, pigmentation, inflammation, and more.

Many people complain that commercial soaps make their skin feel dry and itchy, or worse. Trapped free alkali is the most common irritant in soap. Soap is made from oils (an acid) mixed with water and alkali (a base). Acids and bases neutralize each other to form a salt–in this case soap with glycerin as a byproduct. Oils that did not find the alkali are “free” or “super-fatted” which makes soap milder while reducing lather and shelf life. Alkali that does not find oils is “free alkali”, which makes soap harsh and drying. The handcrafting process for natural soap removes the excess alkali that other soaps leave in.

 

This is why I LOVE purity…

And, why I sell Young Living Essential Oils! 

 

“Natural” Can be Unnatural

Unfortunately, the term “natural” can be used in very deceptive ways. If an ingredient was a coconut “umpteen” generations ago, some will claim it to be natural, even if you can’t pronounce the ingredient.

Handmade soaps stick to a very strict definition of “natural.”

Essential oils, organic, botanical, and vegetable wax sources such as cocoa butter and shea nut butter are used to alter the characteristics of the soap.

The main ingredient in many mass-produced bar soaps is a mysterious substance known as “tallowate”

These are the fatty remains of slaughtered cows, sheep, and horses. Brains, fatty tissues, other unwanted parts of diseased or dead animals are collected into large vats and used to create “tallow.” This tallow is shipped off to commercial soap makers where it is processed into bars soaps.

The Body’s Largest Organ: The Skin

With skin covering approximately 20 square feet of the human body, it is the largest human organ and is your first line of defense against harmful substances, temperature, infection, and dehydration. For adults, the skin is between 15 and 20 percent of total body weight. Therefore, healthy skin is very important for overall well-being.

The skin can absorb many types of toxins and petrochemicals due to its large surface area. This can result in cancer-caused compounds slowing building up in the body and accumulating in the fat.

This is the primary reason why you would not want to buy soaps made with poor quality essential oils, or use poor quality essential oils. There are some I’ve seen who say it doesn’t matter and to use a high quality essential oil is a waste when you can get the same scent from a synthetic.

Since skin is one of our largest organs – I certainly don’t want cheap essential oils in my soaps!

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration does not regulate the ingredients in soap

Some ingredients in mass-marketed soap including Isopropyl Alcohol, fragrances, DEA, FD&C Colors, Propylene Glycol and Triclosan have been proven harmful to human health. Isopropyl alcohol’s drying effects can also remove protective oils and create microscopic cracks in the skin, which can trap and harbor bacteria and other pathogens. DEA (diethanolamine) are hormone disrupting chemicals known to form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. Dr. Samuel Epstein of the University of Illinois has found that repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of liver and kidney cancers.

Visit this database and see how your current personal care products rank in toxicity

Regarding coal-tar derived FD&C colors, A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients states “many pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation…and absorption (of certain colors) can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death.” Do you really want pretty colors when they could cause sensitivity, irritation or worse?

Instead of synthetic colors, German chamomile can be used instead. Rich in chamazuline, an intense blue pigment, chamomile actually has anti-inflammatory properties that accelerate skin healing. Moreover, other compounds in chamomile and other therapeutic-grade essential oils combine therapeutic action with delightful aromas. Peppermint oil imparts a delightful fresh fragrance to a soap while containing compounds such as menthol that act as a pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory.

Learn more: What are Essential Oils Good for – learn a little about many

Sadly, many of the compounds in the commercial fragrances use in bath and body products are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. The word “fragrance” on a soap label can mean any of 4,000 different ingredients, most of which are synthetic.

Not only are fragrances potentially carcinogenic, according to Home Safe Home author Debra Lynn Dadd, “Clinical observation by medical doctors has shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope and other behavioral changes.”

A surprising number of people experience a dry-skin reaction from many common fragrances.

Do you really want these substances being applied intentionally to your skin?

Propylene glycol, the main ingredient in automotive antifreeze, is found in many soaps. Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the Environmental Protection Agency in the US requires workers to wear protective gloves and goggles when working with this substance. Material Safety Data Sheets required by OSHA warn against skin contact because it can have systemic impacts such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.

Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical found in some bar soap, is a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans. It is also a chlorinated aromatic compound, similar in molecular structure to some of the most toxic chemicals on earth: dioxins, PCBs and Agent Orange.

Learn more: Skin Care Ingredients – Myths and Facts about the personal care products we use daily

Selecting The Right Soap

Carefully review the ingredients in the soap you are currently using. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients or your skin is dry or irritated, identify a natural vegetable-based soap bar that addresses the needs of your skin type. Another way to test for the right soap: wash one forearm with the soap near the elbow joint. Skin tends to be very sensitive in this location and potential irritation will be noticed quickly.

YOUNG LIVING NATURAL BAR SOAPS WITH THERAPEUTIC-GRADE ESSENTIAL OILS

Young Living Bar Soaps

Lavender-Rosewood Bar Soap
Lemon-Sandalwood Bar Soap
Melaleuca-Geranium Bar Soap
Morning Start Bar Soap Peppermint
Cedarwood Bar Soap
Sacred Mountain Bar Soap
Thieves Bar Soap
Valor Bar Soap

YOUNG LIVING BATH & SHOWER GELS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Dragon Time
Evening Peace
Morning Start
Sensation

Young Living also has a “Bath & Shower Gel Base” – this does not contain any essential oils and is intentionally formulated so that you can ADD YOUR OWN favorite essential oil, I love this option!

 

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Related articles:

A study on PubMed – Effect of antibacterial home cleaning and handwashing products on infectious disease symptoms: a randomized, double-blind trial.

Plug-in, Spray, Liquid or Gel Air Fresheners – an Environmental Health Hazard in your Home

Make Your Own Nontoxic Dryer Sheets with Essential Oils

What are Essential Oils Good for – learn a little about many [this is good for choosing essential oils that you would want to put in the Bath & Shower Gel Base]

Effective and Edible Toothpaste and mouthwash

Holiday Gift Idea – Soothing Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oil Massage Collection

pH Balance and Creating an Alkaline System

The concept of pH was first introduced by Danish chemist S. P. L. Sørensen at the Carlsberg Laboratory in 1909. The name, pH, has been purported to come from a variety of places including: pondus hydrogenii, potentia hydrogenii (Latin), potentiel hydrogène (French), and potential of hydrogen (English).

Why is pH important?

Understanding that your pH balance is one of many useful health indicators and no the sole measure of health, pH plays an essential role in the breakdown of food and in providing an optimal environment for the microbes that colonize in the intestinal tract.

Lack of proper pH balance can be linked to many degenerative diseases. Often problems of feeling fatigued, low energy, chronic sinus problems, sore throats and swollen glands, yeast infections and a general lack of zest for life are improved when proper body pH is restored. When we start to address these concerns, we often see improvement.

pH and Immunity

In addition to mineral depletion, many researchers believe that blood and intestinal acidity can be linked to disease through fungus and yeast overgrowth. When the intestinal tract is highly acidic, the unfriendly bacteria and fungi that live in that environment thrive. These organisms secrete mycotoxins, poisonous waste products which must be neutralized by our immune systems. If our bodies become overwhelmed by large quantities of these toxins our health can be compromised. Read about how Alergies are Acquired.

pH and Bone Loss

The relationship between bone loss and blood acidity is an emerging area of study. It is thought that as the body is digesting acid producing foods such as red meat, poultry, and eggs the net dietary acid load increases as pH drops, and the body looks for a way to bring the balance back. Calcium and other elements in short supply can be borrowed from the bone to restore balance. Resulting in bone density loss.

Balance pH for Better Health

Many in the field say that restoring our health takes a minimum of 90 days for cells to rejuvenate and achieve optimal pH balance. So make sure whatever health endeavor you take on you give it enough time.

The Alkaline Diet, built around moderate protein, low to moderate carbs and fats in a 4 to 1 alkaline ratio, is a mirror image of the high-protein, high-fat, low-carb Atkins diet. The Alkaline Diet is for people who feel unwell on a high-fat, low-carb diet. It’s also for those leading stressful lives and who consume large amounts of acidifying foods – protein, sugar, processed foods, cereals, starches and caffeine with few alkalinizing vegetables.

Improving Your pH Naturally

Our bodies will find balance if we give them what they need through diet and nutritional supplements. Young Living has created supplements to address this health issue, they can be found here.

First, consider boosting your diet by consuming more “green foods” which contain chlorophyll in abundance.

To achieve a good pH balance the following Young Living supplements may be helpful:

MegaCal (#3280) – has a 1:1 ratio of Calcium to Magnesium (Natural Health Researchers say that 2 out of 3 American children are deficient in Calcium and Magnesium, which may contribute to ADD and ADHD. Magnesium is responsible for regulating calcium, sodium, and potassium in the body.

MultiGreens (#3248) – a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems to relieve stress, and promote energy metabolism and glucose utilization.

Mineral Essence (#3222) – a balanced, full-spectrum ionic mineral complex enhanced with therapeutic-grade essential oils. According to two time Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling, PhD, “you can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Ionic minerals are the most fully and quickly absorbed forms of minerals available.

NingXia Red (#3003) – a great tasting, excellent antioxidant drink that is also acid-binding. Learn more about NingXia Red.

AlkaLime (#3199) – a precisely balanced alkaline mineral and therapeutic-grade essential oil powder formulated to safely balance the acidity of the digestive system. This formula helps counteract overconsumption of processed sugars and foods that may turn to sugar in the body, such as pasta, bread, and processed corn products. Read more, Acid Reflux, Yeast and Fungus – a way to create an Alkaline system

JuvaSpice (#3279) and JuvaPower (#3276) – are powders used to season vegetable juices, soups, and other foods. High in antioxidants and one of the richest sources of acid-binding foods. JuvaPower is rich in liver-supporting nutrients and has intestinal cleansing benefits. JuvaSpice supplies extra fiber to support proper digestion.

Life 5 (#3099) – is a hi-potency probiotic, restores intestinal health by providing three of the most health-promoting super strains of probiotics ever prepared in a supplement.

Sulfurzyme capsules (#3243), or powder (#3241) – combines wolfberry with MSM (a naturally occurring organic dietary sulfur that helps maintain the structure of proteins, protects cells and membranes, preserve the molecular framework of connective tissue, supports the immune system, liver, circulation, and proper intestinal function, and scavenges free radicals. Wolfberries contain minerals and coenzymes that support the assimilation and metabolism of sulfur.

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Therapeutic-grade essential oils are also more effective in a person whose body is closer to optimal healthy pH. Often when individuals do not like the smell of essential oils, it is a sign of too much internal acidity. When the body is too acid it holds onto toxins and we tend to have less oxygen in our cells. Less cell oxygen may set us up for a host of degenerative health conditions.

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Young Living’s therapeutic-grade lemon essential oil, a couple drops in a “glass” of water, for example will help to create a more alkaline system in conjunction with other healthy supplement and dietary practices. Lemon essential oil comes from the rind, not the inside fruit part we typically make lemonade-aide from. Lemon essential oil has an alkalizing effect.

Reduce Acid Foods

It’s essential to remove high acid sources from the diet, as no amount of alkalizing supplements or personal care products can balance a very acidic environment without changes being made to minimize acidic causing foods. The more acidic a body is the more detoxification will be required.

• Manage meat intake to keep acidifying proteins down to 4 ounces per meal. Preferably grass-fed, free range, organically raised animal products.

• Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars (particularly artificial sweeteners) – opt for whole grains in moderate amounts and use Stevia or Blue Agave as a sweeter.

• Avoid all processed foods (if it comes in a can, bottle, box or plastic bag – it’s processed. These foods have little if any nutrition and have zero vibrational frequency, which means they have no life-force).

• Opt for fresh locally grown organic fruits and vegetables.

pH Value Chart

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30 Reasons to have a shot of NingXia Red a day

30 Reasons to have a shot of NingXia Red juice a day:

1) Historically in China, those individuals that eat the Ningxia Wolfberry enjoy a longer and more productive life, better eyesight, less heart disease and cancer than a majority of cultural groups studied!

2) NingXia Red is made from the “puree” of the organic wolfberry of the NingXia Province, rather than reconstituted from concentrate – which makes a HUGE difference in the nutrient and S-ORAC value!

3) The Ningxia Wolfberry provides ample antioxidants to strengthen the immune system!

4) Antioxidants in the juice help fight free radical attacks that occur thousands of times a day to each cell of the human body!

5) Highest S-ORAC rating for fighting the most abundant free radical that causes damage to our cells…The Super Oxide free radical!

6) Ningxia Wolfberry is powerful in helping the liver function properly! Boosting Glutathione levels! Glutathione is the most important antioxidant and detoxification enzyme in the liver!

7) Helps promote good eye sight and eye health! Ningxia Wolfberry is high in antioxidant carotenoids including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Beta-carotene is good for the retina. Zeaxanthin is needed for good eye sight. Ningxia wolfberry has the highest amount of zeaxanthin and other carotenoids of any food known!

8 ) The main constituent in the Ningxia Wolfberry according to studies in China is Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharide (LBP). LBP helps to rebuild white blood cell counts! Phagocytes and the activity of Natural Killer cells are increased which can bind to cancer cells.

9) Studies have shown ningxia wolfberry can help lead to the regression of cancer.

10) Other nutrients found in the Ningxia Wolfberry have been shown to help prevent Liver Cancer.

11) Other studies show Ningxia Wolfberry useful in the regression of malignant melanoma, Renal cell carcinoma, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and other cancers.

12) Also the Ningxia Wolfberry enhances T-cell function!

13) Eating Ningxia Wolfberries enhances Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD). SOD’s scavenge free radicals that damage the DNA of cells! Ultimately this scavenging increases our ability to live healthier, longer lives.

14) Ningxia Wolfberries free radical scavengers help to strengthen and support the cell walls. This supports efficient transport of flavonoid nutrients across the cell membrane or wall.

15) Strengthens the brain neuro-transmitters against free radical activity, possibly slowing age related memory loss!

16) In many cases eating the berry helps to lower or stabilize blood sugars!

17) Minerals and Vitamins in the Ningxia Wolfberry act as enzyme cofactors in the digestive process!

18 ) Has a B vitamin complex, essential to the body!

19) Anti-fungal properties due to an amino acid called Solavetivone.

22) Anti-bacterial properties due to Solavetivone amino acid.

21) Anti-viral properties due to Solavetivone amino acid, as well.

22) Reduces pain caused by inflammation. The wolfberry contains Beta-Sitosterol, a natural anti-inflammatory!

23) Ningxia Wolfberry contains natural Vitamins including multiple B’s, C and E!

24) Trace minerals including rare Germanium contained vary rarely in food today!

25) 6 Essential Fatty Acids… necessary for optimal health!

26) Amino Acids like L-Arginine… necessary for maintaining, building and repairing our cells!

27) High Acid binding ability…to gobble acid in the body that creates inflammation and stress in our system, slowing down the process of aging, illness and disease.

28 ) The micronutrients found in the berry help to counteract mutations that can lead to cancer!

29) Eating Ningxia Wolfberries have been shown in research studies to decrease the amount of oxidation to cholesterol (fat) which leads to a process that creates plaque in the arteries! Oxidized cholesterol creates “sticky foam cells” that build up on artery walls!

30) Promotes a sense of well-being!

Bonus: the side effects of serious use of NingXia Red and Young Living essential oils.

Two more reasons…

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NingXia Red Juice Cost 

For the cost of a Star Buck’s coffee you can have 2-4 servings of NingXia Red juice per day!

That 2-4 servings could be enough for 1-4 people, depending on how many servings a day you prefer.

· NingXia Red 1 liter bottle (#3003) costs $1.17 per 1 oz. serving
· NingXia Red 2 Pack (#3023) costs $1.13 per 1 oz. serving
· NingXia Red 4 Pack (#3043) costs $1.10 per 1 oz. serving
· NingXia Red Combo Pack (#4700) costs $1.25 per 1 oz. serving
· NingXia Red Singles 30 Pack (#3168 ) costs $1.33 per 1 oz. serving
· NingXia Red Singles 100 Pack (#3169) costs $1.15 per 1 oz. serving

* these costs are based on the “wholesale/distributor” prices, learn more about the membership choices. If you prefer to be a “retail” member, simply add 24% . For example: the 1 liter bottle, 1 oz. would cost $1.54 per serving.

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Please contact me if you have questions.

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Information excerpted from:

The Ningxia Wolfberry: A Powerful, Natural Ally Against Disease and Aging, by Dr. Hugo Rodier, MD.

Discovery of the Ultimate Superfood, by Gary Young ND, Ronald Lawrence MD and Marc Schreuder.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not meant to treat or cure any disease. Please seek proper medical advice if you are dealing with any disease or illness.

Skin Care Ingredients – Myths and Facts about the personal care products we use daily

ALBUMIN
MYTH: The chief ingredient in artificial face lifts. It is being touted as a wrinkle treatment.

FACT: The last time a serious case concerning consumer claims came up was in the 1960’s. Both of these products were temporary wrinkle removers. The formulas contained a bovine serum albumin that, when dried, formed a film over wrinkles thus making wrinkles less obvious (Brumberg).

BENTONITE
MYTH: This is a naturally occurring mineral used in facial masks. It differs from true clay, kaolin, in that when mixed with liquid it forms a gel. It can have sharp edges which scratch the skin. Most bentonites can be drying to the skin (Hampton).

FACT: Bentonite is used in formulations and masks. It forms films which are gas impermeable, effectively trapping toxins and CO2, in the skin which needs to vent and escape, suffocating the skin by shutting out the vitally needed oxygen.

BIOTIN (Vitamin H)
MYTH: An exotic ingredient promoted as being necessary and beneficial for skin and hair care.

FACT: A deficiency of this vitamin has been associated with greasy scalps and baldness in rats and other experimental animals. Fur-bearing animals, however, have a very different hair growth from human beings. Biotin deficiency in man is extremely rare. Biotin is considered a worthless additive in cosmetic products (Chase). The molecular size of Biotin is too large to penetrate the skin.

COLLAGEN
MYTH: Some companies imply that collagen can support the skin’s own collagen network. Others claim it can be absorbed to moisturize skin.

FACT: The collagen in creams and lotions acts like any protein ingredient in that it merely provides a coating on the skin’s surface (Chase). The collagen molecule cannot penetrate your skin because it is much too large to be absorbed by the epidermis (Brumberg).

Collagen, elastin, or other proteins and amino acids cannot get into the skin through topical application. The molecules of these substances are simply too large to penetrate your skin (Novick).

Cosmetics manufacturers have heralded it as a new wonder ingredient, but according to medical experts, it cannot affect the skin’s own collagen when applied topically (Winter). It suffocates the skin trapping toxins and keeping out oxygen.

ELASTIN (Not cross-linked Elastin)
MYTH: Another ingredient promoted as being beneficial for skin and hair care.

FACT: Elastin is included in some skin care products, but nowhere near as much as collagen. It too cannot be absorbed by the epidermis (Brumberg). In a cosmetic product, they cannot restore tone to skin. When used in such products as moisturizers, they act like all other commercial proteins – by forming a film that holds moisture (Chase).

HUMECTANTS
MYTH: Ingredients which draw moisture to and aid in moisturizing skin.

FACT: Most moisturizers contain humectants that act as water attractors, they actually pull moisture out of your skin (Valmy). The problem with humectants, including propylene glycol and glycerin is that although they are most effective when you are in areas with high humidity, if you are going to be in an extremely low humidity atmosphere, such as in an airplane or even a dry room, they can actually take moisture from your skin.

Here’s why: Humectants are on the search for moisture that can be absorbed from the environment. If the environment is so drying that there is no moisture to be had, they will get it from the next best source – your skin. When this happens, the ingredient, which is supposed to help your skin retain moisture, instead does the opposite (Brumberg).

A substance used to preserve the moisture content of materials, especially in hand creams and lotions (Winter). SEE PROPYLENE GLYCOL. These are natural or synthetic compounds that are used to prevent water loss and drying of the skin. They also form a smooth feel to cosmetic lotions. Some are safe, some aren’t.

HYPOALLERGENIC
MYTH: A product to which you are not allergic.

FACT: Hypoallergenic means “less than” and the word hypoallergenic tells the consumer that the manufacturer believes the product has fewer allergens than other products. There are no federal regulations defining allergens, nor are there any guidelines. So “hypoallergenic” has little meaning (Brumberg).

KAOLIN
MYTH: A very beneficial fine natural clay originally from Mt. Kaolin in China, hence the name.

FACT: Quite drying and may be dehydrating to the skin. It also may be contaminated with impurities (Hampton). Used in formulations and masks. Forms films which are gas impermeable. Effectively traps toxins and CO2, in the skin which need to vent and escape. Then suffocates the skin by shutting out the vitally needed oxygen.

LANOLIN
MYTH: A beneficial moisturizer.

FACT: Advertisers have found that the words “contains Lanolin” help to sell a product and have promoted it as being able to “penetrate the skin better than other oils,” although there is little scientific proof of this. Lanolin has been found to be a common skin sensitizer causing allergic contact skin rashes (Winter). Lanolin usually contains pesticides used on sheep and wool.

LAURAMIDE DEA

A partly natural, partly synthetic chemical used to build lather and thicken various cosmetic products. Also used in dishwashing detergents for its grease-cutting ability. Can be drying to the hair, cause skin and scalp itching and allergic reactions (Hampton).

LIPOSOMES
MYTH: Nanosphenes or Micellization – Ultimate anti-aging agent.

FACT: Liposomes are one of the newest entries in the “Fountain of Youth” arena. According to one recent theory, cellular aging involves the edification of skin cell membranes. Liposomes, which are tiny bags of fat and thymus gland extract suspended in a gel, are supposed to merge with your aging skin cells, revive them and add moisture to them.

See what I use for my wrinkle prevention.

Current scientific understanding does not support the rigidification theory. The cell membranes of young and old persons are alike. As a result, it is likely that liposome-containing moisturizers represent nothing more than another expensive allure (Novick).

MINERAL OIL
MYTH: is a beneficial moisturizer.

FACT: Mineral Oil is an oil manufactured from crude oil and is very much a petro-chemical. It is a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons separated from petroleum. Dr. T. G. Randolph, an allergist, has found that this and many other cosmetic chemicals cause petrochemical hypersensitivity. The allergic reactions can become quite serious in time leading to arthritis, migraine, hyperkinesis, epilepsy and diabetes.

Taken internally, mineral oil binds the fat soluble vitamins A, D and E and carries them unabsorbed out of the body, and although little mineral oil is able to penetrate the skin, this tendency is so dangerous that Adelle Davis in Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit says that she “personally would be afraid to use this oil even in baby oils, cold creams and other cosmetics” (New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1970, p. 46).

The fact that mineral oil does not penetrate the skin well makes it inappropriate for use in an absorption base in a skin cream of any kind. In fact, mineral oil-containing cosmetics can produce symptoms similar to dry skin by inhibiting the natural moisturizing factor of your skin.

Petrolatum, paraffin or paraffin oil and propylene glycol are other common cosmetic forms of mineral oil. Toxic. Avoid them (Hampton). Has tendency to dissolve the skin’s own natural oil and thereby increase dehydration. Mineral oils have been found to be probably the single greatest cause of breakouts in women who use a new product (Chase). Serious carcinogens are commonly found in Mineral Oil.

NATURAL COSMETICS
MYTH: No artificial ingredients. Pure, all-natural, or from nature.

FACT: There is no legal definition for “natural” which is why you see natural everywhere. A chemist’s definition of organic simply requires that the molecule contain carbon (Hampton). In cosmetic terminology, the term “natural” usually means anything the manufacturer wishes.

There are no legal boundaries for the term. There are no guidelines surrounding what can or cannot be inside a “natural” product. Most cosmetics called “natural” still contain preservatives, coloring agents and all the other things you can think of that sound very unnatural (Begoun).

pH

pH stands for the power of the hydrogen atom. Skin and hair do not have a pH. A scale from 0 to 14 is used to measure acidity and alkalinity of solutions. pH 7.0 is neutral. Acidity increases as the pH number decreases and alkalinity increases as the pH number increases.

Usually the pH of a cosmetic will not change the natural pH of the hair or skin because the hair and skin contain keratin, fatty acids and other substances that adjust the pH levels with which they come into contact. As long as a pH is not unusually high or low there is no problem – pH wise – with a cosmetic.

Naturally the high pH of cold wave solutions and hair straighteners can damage the hair and skin, but even this is rare providing a proper conditioner or moisturizer is used after such pH alterations. There is no such thing as a “pH balanced” product because a product’s pH will drift during shelf life and alter when applied to the hair and skin.
A product’s pH is not a danger to the body, but the synthetic chemicals used in cosmetics – often to alter the pH to please the ones who fall for the “pH balanced” story – are (Hampton).

PLACENTAL EXTRACT
MYTH: Placental Extract to rejuvenate and nourish aging skin.

FACT: Placental extracts are another big hype. In moisturizers, these ingredients allegedly supplement the vitamin and hormone content. The manufacturers of these products take advantage of the belief that since the placenta nourishes the developing embryo, an extract of it can nourish and rejuvenate aging skin.

Placental extracts can do no such thing (Novick). The value of a cosmetic depends on its active ingredients and with cosmetics containing “placental extract” it is impossible to tell what you are getting (Chase).

Temporary means temporary, but it’s still nice, every now and then, to be able to get a smoother look. Some ingredients include sodium silicate, bovine serum albumin and human placental protein (Bromberg). Worst yet many may come from aborted fetuses or might not be properly sanitized.

PROPYLENE GLYCOL
MYTH: a beneficial humectant.

FACT: It is the most common moisture-carrying vehicle, other than water, in cosmetics. It has better permeation through the skin than glycerin and is less expensive, although it has been linked to more sensitivity reactions. Its use is being reduced and it is being replaced by safer glycols (Winter). A moisturizer that has been shown to provoke acne eruptions (Chase). See HUMECTANTS.

ROYAL BEE JELLY
MYTH: nourish and moisturize the skin.

FACT: This substance is found in beehives. It is secreted from the digestive tubes of worker bees. The male bees and the workers eat royal jelly for only a few days after they are born, but the queen bee eats royal jelly all of her life. Because royal jelly is associated with the health and long life of the queen bee, it was believed that this substance could have some age-retarding properties, it doesn’t.

There has been extensive research done on the value of royal jelly and the scientific consensus is that it is worthless for humans. Anyone who claims that it has special powers is a fraud (Chase). Eggs, milk, honey and royal bee jelly are other favorites of some moisturizer manufacturers. Without question, eggs are nourishing for the embryo, milk nourishing and life-sustaining for infants, and honey and royal bee jelly nectar for bees.

When applied to the skin, however, they do little for you, although they may give a moisturizer a smoother consistency or a lush look (Novick). Highly touted as a magical ingredient in cosmetics to restore one’s skin to youthfulness. If stored for over 2 weeks, royal jelly loses its capacity to develop queen bees. Even when fresh, there is no proven value in a cosmetic preparation (Winter).

SEAWEED
MYTH: nourish and moisturize the skin.

FACT: This plant has gelatinous properties. It is the major ingredient of the thin, clear masks that peel off in one piece. These masks allow the skin to build up a supply of water. Seaweed is also used in face creams and lotions where it gives body and substance to the products, not to the skin (Chase).

SODIUM CHLORIDE

(Salt – NaCI) Used to increase the viscosity in some cosmetics. Can cause eye and skin irritation if used in too high concentrations (Hampton). Its usually used to make a cheap, watery consistency product look thick and rich.

SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)

Chemical name: Sodium Lauryl “ether” Sulfate. An ether chain is added to SLS. Called a premium agent in cleansers and shampoos. In reality it is very inexpensive and thickens when salt is added in the formula and produces high levels of foam to give the concentrated illusion it is thick, rich and expensive. Used as a wetting agent in the textile industry. Irritating to scalp and may cause hair loss (Wright). SEE SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE.

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS)

No one making any claims about this one – and for good reason. Upon examination an anionic detergent, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, commonly found in soaps and shampoos, that showed penetration into the eyes, as well as systemic tissues (brain, heart, liver, etc.). SLS also showed long-term retention in tissues. In soaps and shampoos, there is an immediate concern relating to the penetration of these chemicals into the eyes and other tissues, not to mention what gets “absorbed” through the skin while using these products.

This is especially important in infants, where considerable growth is occurring, a much greater uptake occurs by tissues of younger eyes and SLS changes the amounts of some proteins in cells from eye tissues. Tissues of young eyes may be more susceptible to alternation by SLS (Green). Forms nitrates, a possible carcinogen when used in shampoos and cleansers containing nitrogen-based ingredients.

These nitrates can enter the blood stream in large numbers from shampooing, bubble baths, bath and shower gels and facial cleansers. These synthetic substances are used in shampoos for their detergent and foam-building abilities. They can cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff and allergic reactions.

They are frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the parenthetic explanation “comes from coconut.” “Let’s save the coconut from defamation of character and NOT use products with sodium lauryl sulfate, etc.!”(Hampton)

Dr. David H. Fine, the chemist who uncovered NDELA contamination in cosmetics, estimates that a person would be applying 50 to 100 micrograms of nitrosamine onto the skin each time he or she used a nitrosamine-contaminated cosmetic.

By comparison, a person consuming sodium nitrite-preserved bacon is exposed to less than 1 microgram of nitrosamine (Hampton).

TYROSINE
MYTH: An amino acid which can help you attain a deep, dark tan.

FACT: Some tanning accelerator lotions do contain Tyrosine. You can be sure they’ll advertise it if they do – an amino acid that’s essential to melanization (darkening) of the skin. Melanization is an internal process and spreading lotion on the skin’s surface does nothing to fuel it. Similar logic would have us trying to rub food through our pores to satisfy hunger (Matarasso).

Manufacturer’s claims for the efficacy of tan accelerators remain unproven; a recent, independent study of these products failed to demonstrate any augmentation of tanning. Indeed it is doubtful that sufficient amounts of tyrosine can penetrate to the level of the skin where it could enhance melanin production (Novick).

AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids, i.e.: Glycolic, Lactic and others)
MYTH: Exfoliating the skin to removes wrinkles and exposes young skin.

FACT: Removing the outer layer of the skin exposes the young skin to the harsh aging and damaging environmental agents. Use of AHA’s could make you age much faster. You could look better today but may not be such a pretty sight in 10 years.

Your outer layer of skin is your first and most important line of defense. Everything should be done to make it healthy and keep it – NOT LOSE IT. The FDA reported their deep concern with exfoliating the stratum corneum and the aging and health risks associated with this potentially dangerous procedure. (May 1994)

Learn how therapeutic-grade essential oils can literally take the place of all those nasty chemical products and get your skin and wellness on the right track – I swear by the Young Living essential oils! Learn how to use them.

Learn more about making the switch from poisonous products to safe solutions.

Hair Care – is the Shampoo you’re using to make you look beautiful now going to make you look ugly later?

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Begoin, Paula Blue Eyeshadow Should Still Be Legal, Beginning Press, 1988 
Brumberg, Elaine Take Care of Your Skin, Harper & Row Publishers, Inc. 1989 
Chase, Deborah The New Medically-Based No-Nonsense Beauty Book, Henry Holt and Co., 1989 
Friend, Tim “USA Today,” 4-10-90 
Green, Dr. Keith Detergent Penetration Into Young and Adult Eyes Department of 
Opthamology, Medical College of GA, Augusta, GA. 
Hampton, Aubrey Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients 
Organic Press Metarasso, Dr. Seth L. “Faking lt” – Muscle & Fitness, November, 1990 
Novick, Dr. Nelson Lee Super Skin, Clarkston, N. Potter, Inc., Publishers, 1988
Valmy, Christine 8 Vons Ulrich, Elise “Mid-Air Skin Care” – Entrepreneurial Woman, July/August 1990 
Winter, Ruth A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, Crown Publishers, Inc. 1989 
Wright, Camille S. Shampoo Report, Images International, Inc., 1989

Acid Reflux, Yeast and Fungus – a way to create an Alkaline system

Many people have symptoms of an “acidic” system and are looking for ways to get relief. Young Living has what I think is a terrific product called AlkaLime (#3199).

AlkaLime is a specially designed alkaline mineral powder contains an array of high-alkaline salts and other yeast/fungus-fighting elements, such as citric acid and essential oils.  It precisely balanced, acid-neutralizing mineral formulation helps preserve the body’s proper pH balance – the cornerstone of health.

By boosting blood alkalinity, yeast and fungus (and many other conditions) are deprived of the acidic terrain they require to flourish. AlkaLime is a mineral supplement that is precisely balanced, acid neutralizing mineral complex for pH balance. It also contains the therapeutic grade essential oils of lemon and lime.

AlkaLime may help reduce the following signs of acid-based yeast and fungus dominance: fatigue/low energy, unexplained aches and pains, overweight conditions, low resistance to illness, allergies, headaches, irritability/mood swings, indigestion, colitis/ulcers, diarrhea/constipation, urinary tact infection, and rectal/vaginal itch.

Suggested Use:  Stir one rounded teaspoon into six to eight oz. of distilled or purified water and drink immediately. To aid in alkalizing connective tissue, AlkaLime may be taken one to three times per day before meals or before eating.  As an antacid, AlkaLime may be taken as needed.  Otherwise an ideal time to take AlkaLime would be prior to bedtime.
 
By taking AlkaLime at betime it helps to reduce the acid which causes those terrible aches and pains that hit you at night time and you will have a better nights sleep.

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To read more about the importance of having an alkaline system read a previous post (I have some testimonials there too).

Learn more about making the switch from poisonous products to safe solutions.

The information found here is for your better understanding of natural health and is not intended to treat, prescribe or diagnose. Please consult your physician if your condition is serious.

Guidelines for Safe Use of Therapeutic-grade, AFNOR/ISO graded Essential Oils

The least you need to know is that all essential oils are NOT created equal. There are many different qualities. Learn more about proper growing and distillation practices and why these are vitally important.

When I speak or write about essential oils, I am ONLY referring to the Young Living Essential Oils. Do NOT take the information you find here and expect to get the same results you could get with Young Living essential oils.

I CANNOT vouch for the quality and purity of any other brand of essential oil on the market. Many of them contain solvents or petro chemicals, or both. Others still, contain no real essential oil in them and are ENTIRELY synthetic. In either case, none of these types of essential oils are, in my opinion, fit to ingest, apply topically, or even inhale – as your body WILL be absorbing whatever nasty stuff the manufacturer allowed in the processing.

Disclaimer: My articles are for educational purposes only. How you chose to use any essential oil is entirely your own responsibility. Please, use them mindfully – they are extremely potent.

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BEFORE YOU START

YL oil applied directly to the skin w/V-6 massage oil.

YL oil applied directly to the skin w/V-6 massage oil.

• Always skin test an essential oil before using it. Each person’s body is different, so apply oils to a small area first. Apply one oil or blend at a time. When layering oils that are new to you, allow enough time (3 to 5 minutes) for the body to respond before applying a second oil.

• Exercise caution when applying essential oils to skin that has been exposed to cosmetics, personal care products, soaps, and cleansers containing synthetic chemicals. Some of them—especially petroleum-based chemicals—can penetrate and remain in the skin and fatty tissues for days or even weeks after use. Essential oils may react with such chemicals and cause skin irritation, nausea, headaches or other uncomfortable effects.

• Essential oils can also react with toxins built up in the body from chemicals in food, water and work environment. If you experience a reaction to essential oils, it may be wise to temporarily discontinue their use and start an internal cleansing program before resuming regular use of essential oils. In addition, double your water intake while using essential oils.

• If skin irritation or other uncomfortable side effects persist, discontinue using the oil(s). 

You may also want to avoid using products that contain the following ingredients to eliminate potential problems:

- Cosmetics, deodorants, and skin care products containing aluminum, petrochemicals, or other synthetic ingredients.

-Perms, hair colors or dyes, hair sprays or gels containing synthetic chemicals.

Avoid shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwash, and soaps containing synthetic chemicals such as sodium laurel sulfate, propylene glycol, or lead acetate.

-Garden sprays, paints, detergents, and cleansers containing toxic chemicals and solvents.

If you are uncertain if the personal care products you’re using contain toxic ingredients find out here.

CAUTION: Essential oils may sting if applied in or around the eyes. Some oils may be painful on mucous membranes unless diluted properly. Immediate dilution is strongly recommended if skin becomes painfully irritated or if oil accidentally gets into eyes. Flushing the area with a vegetable oil should minimize discomfort almost immediately. DO NOT flush with water!  Essential oils are oil soluble, not water-soluble. Water will only spread the oils over a larger surface, possibly exacerbating the problem.

**Keep all essential oils out of reach of children and only apply to children under skilled supervision. 

If a child or infant swallows an essential oil:

Administer a quality vegetable oil, such as olive oil, or a mixture of milk, cream, yogurt, or another safe oil-soluble liquid. Call a Poison Control Center or seek immediate emergency medical attention if necessary.

Note:  If your body pH is low (4.0 to 5.0), you also could have a negative reaction to the essential oils.

There are important guidelines to follow when using essential oils, especially if you are unfamiliar with essential oils and their benefits.

• No list of do’s and don’ts can ever replace common sense.

• It is foolish to dive headlong into a pond when you don’t know the depth of the water. The same is true when using essential oils.

• Start gradually, and find what works best for you and your family.

FURTHER GUIDELINES FOR SAFE USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS

1. Always keep a bottle of a pure vegetable oil handy when using essential oils. Vegetable oils dilute essential oils if they cause discomfort or skin irritation.

2. Keep bottles of essential oils tightly closed and store them in a cool location away from light. If stored properly, essential oils will maintain their potency for many years.

3. Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Treat them as you would any product for therapeutic use.

4. Essential oils rich in menthol should not be used on the throat or neck area of children under 30 months of age.

5. Angelica, bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine, and other citrus oils are photosensitive and may cause a rash or dark pigmentation on skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays within 3 to 4 days after application.

6. Keep essential oils away from the eye area and never put them directly into ears or directly into the nasal cavity. Do not handle contact lenses or rub eyes with essential oils on your fingers. Oils with high phenol content—oregano, cinnamon, thyme, clove, lemongrass, and bergamot—may damage contacts and will irritate eyes.

7. Pregnant women should consult a health care professional when starting any type of health program.

8. Epileptics and those with high blood pressure should consult their health care professional before using essential oils. Use caution with hyssop, fennel, basil, wintergreen/birch, nutmeg, rosemary, peppermint, sage, tarragon, and Idaho tansy oils.

9. People with high blood pressure should avoid using sage and rosemary.

10. People with allergies should test a small amount of oil on an area of sensitive skin, such as the inside of the upper arm, before applying the oil on other areas. The bottom of the feet is one of the safest, most effective places to use essential oils.  

11. Before taking GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) essential oils internally, dilute one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of an oil-soluble liquid like honey, olive oil, or soy or rice milk. Never consume more than a few drops of diluted essential oil per day without the advice of a physician.

12.  Do not add undiluted essential oils directly to bath water. Using Bath Gel Base or Sea Salt for all essential oils applied to your bath is an excellent way to disperse the oils into the bath water. When essential oils are put directly into bath water without a dispersing agent, they can cause serious discomfort on sensitive skin because the essential oils float, undiluted, on top of the water.

13. Keep essential oils away from open flames, sparks, or electricity. Some essential oils, including orange, fir, pine, and peppermint are potentially flammable.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The information found here is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe, or substitute for professional medical assistance. It is provided as information only for your better understanding of holistic health. Always apply common sense and careful handling practices when using essential oils. In case of medical need, please consult an appropriate licensed professional.

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What’s all the “pH-uss” about pH in Cosmetic Products – Myths and Facts about acid and alkaline

pH stands for the power of the hydrogen atom. Skin and hair do not have a pH. A scale from 0 to 14 is used to measure acidity and alkalinity of solutions. pH 7.0 is neutral. Acidity increases as the pH number decreases and alkalinity increases as the pH number increases.

Usually the pH of a cosmetic will not change the natural pH of the hair or skin because the hair and skin contain keratin, fatty acids and other substances that adjust the pH levels with which they come into contact. As long as a pH is not unusually high or low there is no problem – pH wise – with a cosmetic.

Naturally the high pH of cold wave solutions and hair straighteners can damage the hair and skin, but even this is rare providing a proper conditioner or moisturizer is used after such pH alterations. There is no such thing as a “pH balanced” product because a product’s pH will drift during shelf life and alter when applied to the hair and skin.

A product’s pH is not generally a danger to the body, but the synthetic chemicals used in cosmetics are a danger. Oftentimes, companies do alter the pH to please the ones who fall for the “pH balanced” story (Hampton).

So tell me, who’s selling “Snake Oils!?”