Dried wolfberries. Delicious but also nutritious. Photo from wstefano, Wikimedia Commons

In our last post, I included some testimonials showing how different people had benefited from drinking Ningxia Red. Gary Young, has also incorporated the wolfberry into numerous nutritional supplements and meal replacement formulae.

Ningxia wolfberries are also found in these other nutritional products:

Balance Complete™ Vanilla Cream Meal  Replacement

This is quite yummy. I have it for breakfast in the mornings (alternate it with powermeal – see below). You can make some great shakes with it. We typically add fruit like apples, bananas, strawberries and blueberries (when in season) as well as Ningxia Red juice and some coconut milk. Occasionally I will add an egg to it as well. It keeps me going till about lunch-time. If you find you’re still feeling hungry, add an extra scoop or add an egg. Balance Complete is high in fiber and protein, along with good fats, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  It’s designed to be a powerful energizer, immune system booster and cleanser.
Along with the high antioxidant benefits from Ningxia wolfberry powder you’re getting these healthy ingredients:
brown rice bran, barley grass, aloe vera, cinnamon powder and a whey protein blend.

Read other people’s testimonials

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The Miracle of MSM: the Natural Solution for Pain

MSM or  methysulfonylmethane is a sulfur-based nutrient that has been found to be a natural and side-effect free remedy to many types of pain and inflammatory conditions.  The Miracle of MSM, by Stanley Jacob, Ronald Lawrence and Martin Zucker, is the most informative book you will find on this supplement.  Based on their research and their experiences treating thousands of patients, this book explains how to take MSM, how much to use, when to use it and with what foods, to relieve pain from such conditions as osteoarthritis, back pain, chronic headaches, muscular pain, fibromyalgia, tendonitis and bursitis (Check out our article  on Sulfurzyme – an MSM product endorsed by Dr Ronald Lawrence, one of the authors of the book).

Buy the book

“Here is something natural, a supplement that appears to be safe and is helping many people. Why shouldn’t you be one of them?”– William Regelson, M.D., coauthor of The Melatonin Miracle

About the Authors:

Stanley W. Jacob, M.D., is director of the DMSO Clinic and professor of surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.

Neurologist Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., is a founding member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Association for the Study of Headaches.

Martin Zucker has written extensively on natural healing, nutrition, fitness, and alternative medicine for more than twenty years.

Essential Oils for the Skin – Part Three

We continue from our last post, looking at essential oil products made for the skin. You will notice from some of the testimonials, that a number of these products serve multiple functions, e.g. people have reported wolfberry eye creme actually helping their vision, or the Sandalwood moisture cream helping someone to sleep. Folks, these skin products aren’t just skin products, like the ones you might buy at the supermarket. They contain pure, therapeutic grade, unadulterated essential oils. So these skin products don’t just help you look good, they have the potential to make you feel good and improve your health.

6. KidScents Lotion

This was actually designed to moisturise and protect children’s very sensitive skin, but as you’ll see, adults are putting it to good use as well. It includes MSM, shea butter, aloe vera, almond and wheatgerm oils, extracts of calendula, chamomile, orange blossom and algae. The essential oils used are Cedarwood, Western Red Cedar leaf, Rosewood and Geranium.

Testimonials:

Angie Eichholz   
Sedalia, MO, United States
2007  Kidscents Lotion helped with a raw nose

Read the full testimonial

the following testimonial is from friend, Artemis:

Although this was designed for children’s skin, we’ve found it to be one of the best skin moisturisers that Young Living has. At a meeting that we held recently, my husband Noel had everyone put KidScents Lotion on the back of one hand, and leave the other hand untouched. Within minutes it was obvious how much softer the skin was on the hand that received the lotion, and how much “plumper” the skin looked (ie. healthy and radiant). We were all soooo impressed.

7.  Orange Blossom Facial Wash

This one can be used morning or night to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, without removing the natural oils in your skin. It includes MSM, Wolfberry seed oil, aloe vera gel, extracts of orange blossom, rosebud, calendula, chamomile, St John’s Wort, Gingko Biloba, kelp and grape seed. The essential oils used are  Lavender, Rosemary Verbenon, Lemon and Patchouli.

Testimonials:

(See Michelle O’s testimonial http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/701 )

8.  Sandalwood Moisture Cream

To nourish and revitalise your skin, try this one. It’s recommended you use after cleansing and toning your skin. It contains Goats cream, which has been used for centuries to revitalise dehydrated skin. Also included are MSM, Wolfberry Seed Oil, Shea butter, tocopherol (vitamin e), and extracts of gingko biloba, grape seed, chamomile and orange blossom. The essential oils included are Sandalwood, Myrrh, Rosewood, Rosemary Verbenon and Lavender.

Testimonials:

Marlene Kosnac   
Greenwood, DE, United States
2006  Rosacea is starting to disappear

Read the full testimonial or send a question http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/1413

Jan Meredith   
Eugene, OR, United States
2004  Better sleep at night

Read the full testimonial or send a question

See also Michelle O’s testimonial http://www.oil-testimonials.com/essential-oils/701 on using sandalwood moisture creme as part of a facial

9.  Tender Tush

Tender Tush was developed with babies in mind, as it helps to protect and nourish skin in the nappy area. However as you’ll see in some of the testimonials, a lot of women are using it for themselves. Its soothing ingredients of coconut, olive and wheatgerm oils make it suitable for alleviating skin redness and irritation, as well as stretch marks and keeping skin supple.  It also includes cocoa butter, beeswax, almond oil and the essential oils of Sandalwood, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, cistus ladanifer, blue tansy and Frankincense.

Testimonials:

Beverly Boytim   
Willis, TX, United States
2008  Diaper rash gone with Tender Tush

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Karen Hanna   
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
2007  Tender Tush cleared up some cold sores.

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Inge Wegner   
Glen Ellyn, IL, United States
2006  Dry hands are history

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And from my friend, Artemis:

OK – for the first time in my life, I took the plunge and decided to get waxed “down there”……and it was a lot more than a bikini line wax! The beauty therapist asked me if I had any lotion to put on it, and I thought of Tender Tush. Originally designed for nappy rash, I figured it was the perfect thing to put on my red raw skin! It was absolutely fantastic, and took the “smarting” out of the skin and was extremely soothing. I then decided to try Young Living’s Sandalwood Moisture Cream over the top….and that did sting, so I didn’t try it again. But the Tender Tush was brilliant, and I can imagine how soothing it must be to a baby’s sore bottom as well.

10.   Wolfberry Eye Cream

This one is great for easing puffy eyes and those dark circles. It helps to tighten the skin. Use it before bedtime or in the morning. It’s formulated from the extracts of Ningxia Wolfberry seeds.  It’s rich in vitamin E and linolenic and linoleic acids and is highly regarded in China for its skin regenerative properties. [1] The cream includes MSM, Aloe Vera gel, Goat’s cream, Avocado oil, Shea butter, Kukui nut oil, Almond and Jojoba oils, Rosehip seed oil, Witch hazel extract and the essential oils of Lavender, Rosewood, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense and Geranium.

Testimonials:

Kathleen McCoy   
Chicago, IL, United States

2004 Wolfberry Eye Crème in nose for scab removal

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Janet Prescott   
San Diego, CA, United States

2008  How I am restoring my vision

Read the full testimonial or send a question

Anna Scott   
Rural Hall, NC, United States

2004  Vision Improvement

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That concludes our series on essential oils for the skin. If you have any questions about these oils please contact us. To obtain any of these oils or oil based products, please visit our site.

Till next time

Cheers

Anthony

Further Reading: Essential Oils Desk Reference, P225-231

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1] Essential Oils Desk Reference, P231

Continuing in our search for alternatives to the many cosmetics we buy, we look at skin care in this post. Here is a brief list of essential oils which are beneficial to the skin:

  • Cedarwood – Often used to soften and moisturize the skin.
  • Frankincense – Was long used in the Ancient World to combat premature aging of the skin. Research at Ponce University in Puerto Rico shows that it enhances DNA repair.
  • Geranium – Aids in Skin regeneration
  • Lavender – Promotes tissue regeneration and found to be effective in dealing with acne, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks and burns.
  • Myrrh – Used in the Middle East for thousands of years for chapped and cracked skin and wrinkles.
  • Rosewood – Helps restore skin elasticity
  • Roman Chamomile – Used for Acne, dermatitis and eczema.
  • Sandalwood – Used for skin revitalization.
  • Tea Tree or Melaleuca (Melaleuca Alternifolia) – Used to heal conditions such as Acne and sores. A potent anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory oil it makes a great topical cleanser.

Another ingredient which is important to your skin care, and which we last mentioned in our post on Hair, is MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane). Teri Williams, a cover model for Vogue Magazine, described this nutrient as “absolutely dynamite for the skin” and “…the single most important nutrient to support healthy skin and hair”. [1] Read the rest of this entry

Essential oils for the Hair.

Last week we looked at how many of the products we use for our day to day grooming – shampoos, soaps, moisturisers, etc – are in fact harmful to our bodies and our environment. This is actually nothing new. Most people you talk to will agree that we are putting way too many chemicals into ourselves. But when it comes to doing something about it at the supermarket shelves, we tend to forget about all that.

So we ended last week’s post by stressing the need to do our research before spending those hard-earned dollars, and I included some useful tools towards that end.

This week, we look at how essential oils can be beneficial to our hair.

Some oils to Consider

Essential oils are great for nourishing, strengthening and cleansing both the hair follicles and the hair shafts. Essential oils are also effective in fighting fungal infections that may be at the root of things like dandruff.

If you have a dry scalp, then some oils you may want to consider are Cedarwood, sandalwood, geranium and patchouli. If it’s an oily scalp you have then peppermint, lavender and lemon oils could be handy. Read the rest of this entry