Brain power oilTwo weeks ago I talked about (Essential oils that help your brain) a number of essential oils that have been shown by research to be beneficial to our brain and in particular our cognitive abilities. It would be remiss of me to not mention a number of oil blends and oil based supplements that could also benefit people. Essential oil blends are great in that you can combine a number of different but complementary essential oils, such that the resulting blend is greater than the “sum of the parts”. You basically amplify the effects that you would get using a single oil.

Brain Power™

Brain Power™ contains the oils: Blue cypress (Callitris intratropica), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), frankincense (Boswellia carteri), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), melissa
(Melissa officinalis) and sandalwood (Santalum album). It was formulated to help give your brain a boost with essential oils that are high in sesquiterpenes. Of the oils included, Cedarwood has the highest
concentration of oxygenating sesquiterpenes. No other essential oil exceeds it. It’s followed closely by melissa, then sandalwood and blue cypress, with frankincense coming in fourth. Why is this so important?
For memory retention and recall, the brain has to have oxygen coming to it. You also have helichrysum in this blend because of its chelating capacity. What is that you say? It will help clear the brain of any chemicals and heavy metals such as lead and mercury, and open the blood vessels up so that the oxygen can get through. Melissa is calming and uplifting. Frankincense is an oil that has been used to battle depression, while lavender is an oil that’s been documented to improve concentration and mental acuity.

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Travelling in India with essential oils

 I was asked just recently what essential oils and essential oil products I took with us to our trip to India last year. So this post is bit of a run-down on what we took and why.
Bear in mind we didn’t need to use all these things.

Food and snacks:

  • Balance complete
  • Ningxia red sachets
  • Wolfberry crisp bars

Being a little unsure of what to expect with regards to food, we brought some food and snacks with us. As it turned out, we had no problems food wise. However the following things came in handy for breakfasts and snacks when out and about. Balance complete is a delicious meal replacement powder, that is high in fiber, protein, good fats, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. I combined this with Ningxia Red juice, which we brought in small sachets, and local coconut water. Coconut water is a nutritious beverage in its own right (see my post The benefits of coconut water). The wolfberry crisp bars came in handy on the long drives we occasionally had travelling through India.

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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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In my last post I mentioned Ningxia Red as the beverage made from the Ningxia wolfberry. This delicious juice contains pureed Ningxia wolfberries (the skin, seeds and pulp), and 4 other high antioxidant fruit juices. It’s sweetened with a low GI nectar from a cactus called “Agave” (pronounced Ah-gar-vay) and contains essential oils that assist the body in assimilating the nutrients from the juice.  The 4 other antioxidant super foods are: blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates and apricots.

  • Blueberries are high in vitamins A, B complex, C and E, copper, selenium, zinc and iron. It’s rich in the antioxidants anthocyanins, flavonoids and carotenoids. Studies have shown anthocyanins to be great for eye health and healthy neurological function. [1]
  • Raspberries are rich in Vitamins B and C, manganese, folate, riboflavin, magnesium, niacin, potassium, copper and ellagic acid. Ellagic acid works against free radicals. Raspberries are a great source of dietary fibre.
  • Pomegranates have higher antioxidant levels than red wine or green tea [2] and research suggests they are beneficial to cardovascular health.
  • Apricots contain Vitamins A,C and E, potassium, iron, beta-carotene and are very high in fibre. They’re also high in antioxidants, specifically lycopene.

The essential oils in Ningxia Red are Lemon and Orange. Gary Young pioneered the use of essential oils in foods and food supplements. Essential oils work to assist the transport of nutrients to the body’s cells. So in the case of Ningxia Red, they work synergistically with the wolfberries and other fruits. Lemon and Orange essential oils are also both very high in the antioxidant d-Limonene, which is known to support immune function and is anti-cancer. Ningxia Red is likely to be one of the most potent antioxidant juices you will find.
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Closeup of wolfberries near Wuzhong, Zhongning County, Ningxia, China (Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve made references in the past to wolfberries and Ningxia Red (the beverage made from wolfberries),
but nonetheless this is a long-overdue post. Because if I had to credit the one thing that has done
the most to improve my health and wellbeing over the last few years, it would have to be the
Ningxia Wolfberry (Lycium Barbarum). Do you have poor eyesight, suffer high cholesterol or diabetes?
Do you want to improve your overall health and longevity? If your answer is YES, then I think you’ll
find the information in this article interesting.

When I first heard of the Ningxia wolfberries in 2003, there were some pretty amazing claims put forward; that the people from the region of China where these berries originate live in good health to well past 100 years of age, in large part a result of their consumption of this food source. I didn’t believe it  at the time, so I did some research and sure enough there had been studies done in China which showed that this food source definitely had some amazing benefits.


That was 2003. I’ve been using Ningxia Red, the beverage that Young Living make out of the wolfberries

Ningxia Province in China (Created by User:PhiLiP, Wikimedia Commons

(more on that later), since then. I can honestly say I experience far less colds and flus, and when I
do get them they don’t last very long. In addition, my eyesight improved. I am short-sighted and many years ago I obtained prescription glasses to handle this. Well, I can’t even remember the last time I used those glasses or feeling the need for them. I visited the optometrist for an eye check-up earlier in the year and he did confirm, that my eyesight had in fact improved. So I’m definitely not going mad.

So what’s in the wolfberries that makes them so potent and what can they be useful for?

Health Properties of the Ningxia Wolfberry

There are at least 21 essential minerals, 16 different amino acids and significant amounts of Vitamins
B1 (thiamin), B3 (niacin) and C. In fact Wolfberries are the richest known food source for Vitamin B1,
which you need to metabolise carbohydrate and for the proper functioning of your thyroid. It’s also very high in Protein.

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Discovery of the ultimate superfood

I began using Ningxia Red, the beverage which is made up from the Ningxia Wolfberry, some 7 years ago. And I credit it not just with the improvement in my health and eyesight, but that of my family. When Gary Young first began investigating the Ningxia wolfberry in the early 90s there were claims that people in the Ningxia region were living healthy lives of more than 100 years. Further research has shown this berry to be one of the most potent foods known to Man – in fact, of all foods it has the highest antioxidant capacity. This book presents some pretty impressive evidence and information concerning the Ningxia Wolfberry and other foods such as the pomegranate. If you’re interested in not just a long life, but a healthy one, I highly recommend this book.  You can read more about Ningxia Red here.

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The doubts in many people’s minds over the vaccines and medicines being produced by the pharmaceuticals continues to grow. A lot of people just don’t realize how strong many antibiotics and vaccines actually are. In many cases, the cure can be more damaging than the illness.  Only just recently we saw health authorities in Australia warning doctors not to give the flu vaccine to children under 5 (so much for the idea that vaccines should only be given to the weakest in our society – children and the elderly), after a child fell critically ill and others developed serious adverse reactions after receiving the vaccination in Western Australia. [1]

Meanwhile in the U.S., health authorities recommended that doctors suspend the use of Rotarix, a vaccine used to treat children suffering from rotavirus (a diarrhea inducing infection), after the vaccine was found to be contaminated with DNA from a pig virus. [2] Surprise, Surprise. For more information on the latter, check out the video from the National Vaccine Information Center in the U.S. at the end of this post. You’ll also find a good article on the subject and an interview of Barbara Loe Fisher from NVIC on Dr Mercola’s site. To get access to the article, you’ll be asked to subscribe to Mercola’s newsletter. This is FREE, and believe me well worth it.

Building an ‘arsenal’ of essential oils

Coming back to the title of this post…Last week we discussed Thieves essential oil as a powerful but relatively safe preventative measure against many airborne infections. It’s also worth using if you have already contracted a cold or flu as it will help build your body’s immunity and help it to recover, WITHOUT damaging the good bacteria in your body. On a number of occasions I’ve taken Thieves oil internally, using a gelatin capsule, with anywhere between 4-8 drops of oil.

It is by no means the only essential oil effective against germs and viruses.

Immupower is another essential oil blend that will strengthen your immunity. It contains Cistus, Frankincense, Oregano, Idaho Tansy, Cumin, Clove, Hyssop, Ravensara and Mountain Savory. It can be diffused, directly inhaled or applied to cotton balls (4-8 drops) and placed on vents. It can also be applied topically around the navel, chest, temples, wrists, under the nose or on the Vita Flex points on the feet. When applying topically dilute it with olive oil, 4 drops of olive oil to 1 drop of Immupower.

Inner Defense Softgels, formulated to tackle the largest range of pathogenic organisms, this blend is made up of Thieves, Oregano and Thyme and comes encapsulated in a vegetable capsule. The Essential Oil Desk Reference recommends 1-2 capsules a day. [3]

Ningxia Red juice is a great companion to Inner Defense or any other essential oils. Its constituents include foods that have the highest antioxidants known to Man – blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates, apricots and top of the list, the Ningxia Wolfberries. It also contains Lemon an Orange essential oils. I could write an article or two just on this beverage alone, and we will come back to it in future, but for now let’s just say that it’s a good way to build one’s immunity up on a day to day basis. My own experience with it is that I feel it’s improved my health immeasurably over the past 6 years. Definitely a part of the ‘arsenal.’

RC and Raven. RC is a blend made up of Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Myrtle, Pine, Spruce, Marjoram, Lavender, Cypress and Peppermint. I mentioned RC and Eucalyptus Radiata in my post last week. Research has found RC to be the most potent oil blend against the MRSA bug (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). [4] Raven contains the oils Ravensara, Eucalyptus Radiata, Peppermint, Wintergreen and Lemon.

A friend of mine, Artemis, suggests that if you have a cold or flu, you should alternate between these two oils – “RC contains oils that are more antibacterial, whereas Raven contains oils that are more antiviral. However, I have never really noticed this. What I do notice is that RC decongests (so it’s great to use when we are all stuffed up), whereas Raven does the opposite. So if my nose is running profusely and won’t stop (the proverbial “dripping tap”), then Raven is the oil that I would use. I put it around my throat area, as it’s a little stronger to use on sensitive skin like the face. And normally I’d apply these oils several times a day as needed. I have also observed that I can put RC on just before I go to bed and it won’t affect my sleep, whereas Raven keeps me awake so one of the oils in it must be a stimulant ” (Most likely the peppermint and lemon – Anthony).[5]

Myrtle, is another great oil listed by Artemis for the cold and flu season, particularly those nasty coughs – “I first fell in love with Myrtle when I realized its benefits to coughing. I have used it on many people during coughing fits (or that nasty tickle in the throat that leads to hacking coughing at the tail end of a cold). In virtually everyone I’ve used it on, the coughing has stopped pretty much instantly, and they had minimal coughing for the next couple of hours.  When Noel’s son Robin was sick one day and we had no RC on hand, Noel gave him some Myrtle. He rubbed it on his chest, and voila! 4 hours later he was feeling well enough to return to work. It’s become one of Robin’s favourite oils. Then I tried Myrtle on a lady at one of my playshops, and she was experiencing wheezing in her chest. And voila! Wheezing stopped.” [6]

Purification is an oil blend I’ve mentioned in previous articles with reference to insect bites. But it’s also good for cleaning the air and keeping airborne pathogens away. Aside from diffusing it, I would try rubbing it on the soles of my feet. It contains Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca and Myrtle. Some very powerful oils in this blend.

Peppermint and Lemon are two oils that are a ‘must have’ in the anti-cold/flu arsenal. Peppermint is great for when you get that headache. I just rub 2-3 drops around the base of neck. And for when I get that tickle and bit of phlegm in the back of my throat, (that to me signal the onset of a cold or flu) I put 3 drops of Peppermint oil and 3 drops of Lemon oil (and if I have Eucalyptus Radiata on hand, 3 drops of that as well) on a spoon and down the hatch. It sure gives you Zing, but for the germs it’s the equivalent of a knockout punch. {:-)

This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are other oils which are also quite powerful against infections. Lemongrass, I’ve mentioned on a previous occasion as being effective against MRSA, while Rosemary is antiseptic, antifungal and antimicrobial. Eucalyptus Radiata, which I mentioned briefly, is anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial and an expectorant. I hope you’ve found this list useful for building your own ‘armory’. If you would like any more information on any of these, feel free to contact us.

Till next time




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] Calls for calm amid flu jab scare, ABC News, Sat Apr 24th

[2] CNN, March 22 2010

[3] Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007, p192

[4] Inhibition of Methicillin-Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus (MRSA) by Essential Oils. Author: S.C. Chao,  D.G. Young, C.J. Oberg and K Nakaoka, Journal: Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 23 (444-449) (2008)

[5] Artemis’ oils bulletin: RC and other oils for the cold and flu season, 6th July 2008

[6] Ibid

Welcome to the world of Essential oils


Over the coming weeks some of the topics we’ll be visiting include:

  • Cheap essential oils – Do they exist?
  • Allergic reactions to essential oils
  • Essential oils for spiritual development
  • Swine flu and other menaces
  • Essential oils for ante-natal and neo-natal
  • Essential oils for the brain

If you’re totally new to essential oils, I urge you to check out the short 4 minute video on my post – Essential Oils – A brief history. On the same post you’ll also find The Missing Link. This is an excellent intro to how and why essential oils work.

What’s my background in essential oils? My journey began in 2003, when I came across a juice made of wolfberries from the NingXia region in China and developed by a man named Gary Young. There were some amazing claims put forward regarding the longevity of people in the NingXia region, attributed to the wolfberries.

Doing my own investigation, I uncovered research showing that the wolfberry had in fact the highest level of antioxidants in any food known to Man. So I bought my first bottle of this juice, now known as NingXia Red. And I’ve been using it ever since.

Furthermore, I came  to learn that Gary Young was something of an authority in the world of Essential oils, devising his own means to safely and effectively distill essential oils. His company Young Living produce and sell not only the Ningxia red juice, but a multitude of essential oils, oil blends, and essential oil products (food supplements, personal and beauty care and cleaning).

I began experimenting with and using Young Living’s essential oils and I haven’t looked back.  If I had a tummy ache, I would apply peppermint oil and in less than a minute start to feel better. With headaches I could apply either peppermint oil or lavender and do away with headache tablets for good. Oil blends such as Abundance and Joy would lift my spirits, as well as make a healthy alternative to after shaves.  And my health and wellbeing have improved immeasurably. Flu’s and colds that would sometimes last weeks are a thing of the past.