Today’s lifestyle is fast paced and seems to get faster all the time. Sports and recreation and just every day living can take it’s toll on our muscles and joints. Especially as we get older we really begin to feel the effects of all the years of overwork on joints.


sulfurzymeSulfurzyme is an awesome product support healthy joints.


Sulfurzyme combines the purest source of MSM with the power of Ningxia wolfberries. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a natural sulfur-bearing nutrient that occurs widely in nature (found in everything from mother’s milk to fresh vegetables). Sulfur is an essential component of all life forms and is important in keeping connective tissue flexible.


Wolfberries are a treasure trove of protein, amino acids, and more than 21 minerals. It is not well known, however, that in order for the sulfur to be properly metabolized, the body requires important trace minerals like molybdenum. That’s why Sulfurzyme is so effective, combining sulfur with wolfberries allows MSM to be completely metabolized. Together, wolfberries and MSM offer powerful support for muscles, joints, and skin.


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I have enjoyed the benefits of Sulfurzyme for quite a few years but recently began taking a higher dose because, let’s face it, I am getting older and I want to support my healthy joints. I love Sulfurzyme for joint support but there are actually lots of benefits. One benefit I have noticed is the the way Sulfurzyme helps my skin, nails and even my hair. My hair used to be straight but since using Sulfurzyme, my hair has become curly. I used to get a perm for a bit of curl to add body to my hair but I haven’t had to get a perm in several years. These days I have been wearing my hair straight so I have to blow it out and flat iron it when I want to straighten it.


Sulfurzyme is a combination of Methyl Sulfonal Methane (MSM) and Lycium Barbarum (Chinese Wolfberry) that together with ionic minerals create a great support to the immune system and also is supporting almost every major body function, and forestalling an array of degenerative conditions. I am ever more appreciating this as I am in my 50s and noticing the effects of age. 😉


When our bodies grow older and are chronically shortchanged of key minerals like sulfur and MSM, the bonds between our cells become increasingly rigid and brittle — a condition that can lead to a loss in skin flexibility and contribute to skin wrinkles. The internal manifestations of this cellular brittleness are far less visible but have a far greater negative impact on the body. MSM’s ability to reintroduce flexibility into cell structures, therefore, can have widespread restorative effects.

MSM is a natural sulfur that helps build the amino acids responsible for protein building and muscle formation. MSM has the ability to equalize water pressure inside of the cells. This is helpful to support healthy joints and tissues.


The Sulfurzyme ingredient, Chinese wolfberry, has been used in Asia since ancient times for its benefits against aging and for supporting healthy vision, kidney, and liver function. Wolfberry is higher in vitamin C than ascorbic acid, higher in beta carotene than carrots, and higher in amino acids than bee pollen. Wolfberry is very high in antioxidants.


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It can be a real challenge keeping balanced and on track when someone you love is going through a painful time and you become the caregiver. It is a challenge for both the person in need of care and the caregiver. Therapeutic grade essential oils can be very helpful in a variety of ways.

This is what my husband Mark and I have been going through lately. I have had to step into the role of caregiver. It’s not the norm for us at all. Mark usually does 90% of the cooking and 50% of the cleaning. He loves to cook and just don’t. 😉 I run 90% of our home business, he runs most of the household duties. Well, things have changed a bit over the past year but dramatically in the past couple of months. Mark has 3 bulging disks pressing on the nerve in his spine. It is VERY painful. Lately it is so bad he has been bedridden most days. He can get up for a few minutes but can’t take sitting or standing for very long. He has an appointment with a neurosurgeon next week. Hopefully some help soon.

I thought I would share a bit of all of this with you because you may have need of this information now or sometime in the future. Lots of things can happen to put someone in need of care, even young people.

Take Care of YOURSELF While You’re Taking Care of Others


It is a blessing that I am able to be working from home with Young Living Essential Oils. It allows me to take care of Mark but also have all kinds of oils and supplements that are helping support both of us through this stressful time.

Some days I need a little Clarity oil to get focused on things I need to to. I am running back and forth from my office to our bedroom to check on Mark and care for his needs, plus cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. Shifting back into a business mindset after being in caregiver mode can be a challenge. I used Young Living Clarity oil to get my mind focused on writing this article today. I love Clarity oil blend on normal days but really thankful I have it during this time.

Stress Away is an essential oil blend that is wonderful during times when things are going on. I find myself getting hyper when I have things to do and the interruptions keep coming. Just put some Stress Away on your hands and inhale deeply.

Lately I find myself using a LOT of Young Living Joy essential oil blend. Things have really changed for us. It makes me kind of sad when I see Mark suffering. Well, that’s an understatement. He can’t do the things he loves to do. He also feels discouraged about that. Joy is an oil that can help emotional support for both the one cared for and caregiver.

Sacred Mountain is another oil I find myself drawn to lately. When I use it I feel strong like a tree. Sacred Mountain is a blend of Ylang Ylang and conifer oils that promotes feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding, and protection when diffused. I diffuse it but I also wear it like a perfume. I love the smell.

Valor or Valor II – Use on the bottom of your feet to feel more balanced and confident as you go through the process of helping your loved one through this difficult time.

Harmony – Use on each of the energy center points of your body. There are seven of them along the body: tail bone/root, naval, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown (top of head). Helps with balance.

Peace & Calming
– The name says it all. 😉

Sleep can be an issue when a person is caring for someone with a health issue. Sleeping next to Mark, I can hear the painful outcries in the night. It is really difficult to sleep knowing your loved one is suffering. The problem is, you need your sleep so you can have the energy to take care of them.

Lavender and Cedarwood are my favorites for relaxing before bed time. Other options are Roman Chamomile, Stress Away, Valerian, Tangerine, RutaVala and Peace & Calming.

DIY Relaxing Bath Salts
4 cups of Epsom Salts
12 drops of Lavender
6 drops Cedarwood
Glass Jar

Directions:
1. Pour Epsom Salts into the jar and drop essential oil on top of the salts.
2. Seal and Shake to blend well.
3. Add 1/2 to one cup of the salt mixture and add under warm running water.
3. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
3. Drink plenty of water after enjoying your relaxing soak.

DIY Bedtime Linen Spray

4 oz glass spray bottle
2 tablespoons witch hazel or vodka
6-10 drops lavender essential oil
6 tablespoons water

Directions
In the spray bottle, combine the witch hazel or vodka and the lavender essential oil. Place the top on tightly and shake well for 15-20 seconds to combine the oil and witch hazel or vodka. Then take the top off and add water so the the essential oil distributes into the water. Replace the top and shake well again. Spray a bit on your hand to test the smell. If you want the scent stronger, add a few more drops of essential oil.

Shake well and spray on linens or other fabrics as desired.

Night Time Body Lotion
1/2 cup shea butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup almond oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops Stress Away or Cedarwood
Melt Shea Butter and Coconut oil together. Then add almond oil. Cool until almost hardened. Whip with mixer while adding essential oils. Continue mixing until completely mixed. About 5 minutes.
Use before bed time.

When caring for someone, you sometimes can find that you have worked a little too hard and need a little soothing for those tired muscles.

Muscle Roll On
20 drops Wintergreen
20 drops Copaiba
20 drops Peppermint
Mix in 10 ml roller bottle fill to top with coconut oil.

Soothing Relief Recipe 1
10 drops basil
8 drops wintergreen
6 drops cypress
3 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or or Base Recipe below.

Soothing Relief Recipe 2
3 drops lavender
4 drops cypress
3 drops wintergreen
4 drops marjoram
5-6 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops peppermint

Rub oil blend neat on location. Mix with V-6 Mixing Oil or Base Recipe below.

Base Recipe:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Beeswax, Shea Butter, or combination of the two:
SOFT: Use 2 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
FIRM: Use 4 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
EXTRA-FIRM: Use 6 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture
HARD: Use 8 Tbsp Beeswax per 1/2 CUP of oil mixture

SOFT – This is a good one if you are wanting something closer to a lotion.
FIRM – A little more firmness.
X-TRA FIRM – this version would be a good choice for a foot or elbow balm.
HARD – Good for a lip balm or deodorant.

DIRECTIONS
Place coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil and beeswax and shea butter in small glass jar. Place jar into pan and fill with approximately 2-inches of water. Heat over medium-heat, stirring mixture in jar until everything is melted. Remove pan from heat. Using a clean kitchen towel or wash cloth, carefully remove jar from pan and place on cutting board to cool. While cooling stir with knife to make sure contents stay well mixed.
Before adding your choice of essential oils, let the mixture cool a little but not too much. Letting the mixture cool helps to preserve and protect the delicate chemical constituents in the essential oils. You can speed the process by gently stirring with a clean knife. Add the essential oils while stirring and mixture is just starting to turn opaque and beginning to harden.

Supplements to support balance: Super Cal, Super B, Mineral Essence, OmegaGize, NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro, NingXia Zyng

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memoryWe all have memory problems from time to time. You know what I mean. Like the times when you go to get something in the other room and then you are standing there scratching your head trying to remember what you were going to do. It has happened to all of us but it seems to be a little worse as we get older.

When we are school ages we are getting our brain stimulated all the time with learning and tests. Once graduation is over and you are out of school, the constant stimulation of the brain tends to be much lower.

When I was in junior high and high school I used to play a card game called Speed. They key was to get your cards played and go out before the other players. As a young parson I was really fast. In the past few years I have tried to play this game with some young people and was trounced. I no longer have the quick thinking ability I had in my childhood. We all get older and just as our bodies need exercise, so does our brain. You know the old saying, “Use it or lose it.”

Here are a few ideas for supporting a healthy brain:

1. Get plenty of sleep. That can be a challenge as we get older. If you are anything like me, and you have a hard time relaxing when it’s time to go to sleep, you might find Lavender Essential Oil helpful. Lavender is known for it’s calming, relaxing and balancing effects, both physically and emotionally

2. Never stop learning. Read, read, read. Reading is a way to exercise your brain. Start a new hobby or learn to speak a foreign language; do anything that causes the brain to think.

3. Strengthen your brain. Mental exercises are important for keeping the brain youthful. Simple mental exercises can include things like memorizing a poem, doing crossword puzzles, and playing word games like Scrabble. I play Word Chums with my husband and a couple friends. I have noticed that I am much better at it than I was when I started playing. In the beginning I had a lazy brain and didn’t feel like making the effort to find a higher scoring word. Now I am loving the challenge.
MindWise
Games are a great way to have fun while stimulating your brain. I may be a 57 year old woman but I still love to have fun and play games. Mark and I enjoy racing with Mario Carts 8. Every now and then I like to add a little spiced rum to the mix. 😉

Daily mental chal­lenges will keep your brain alert and young, especially when you try things that you have never done before.

4. Get moving. In addition to strengthening the heart, exercise has been shown to promote the production of brain cells. In a University of Illinois study, adults who walked for 45 minutes three times a week improved their abil­ity to perform cognitive tasks by about 15 percent.

5. Increase your daily intake of antioxidants. Free radicals weak­en cell walls, including those in the brain. Antioxidants protect cells by dis­arming free radicals. Young Living’s NingXia Red is a great way to support your healthy brain and body.

MindWise is another of Young Living’s products that supports normal brain function. MindWise combines exotic sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis L.) nut oil with proprietary MindWise oil and Memory blends for a unique, powerful brain function-supporting serum. Native to the Amazon rainforest, sacha inchi nuts have a desirable nutritional profile that includes protein, linoleic acid, and α-Linolenic acid. Their high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids and unmatched percentage of omega-3 fatty acids make them a popular vegetarian option. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and pure essential oils complete the MindWise oil blend.

The proprietary memory blend features ALCAR, GPC, and bio-identical CoQ10, ingredients that have been studied for their support of normal brain function. With a unique, quick-absorption emulsion delivery system and generous amounts of vitamin D3, MindWise is a premium supplement that supports improved memory function and overall cognitive health.

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These gingersnaps are very intense flavor. I am a fiend for gingersnaps. These are a bit like a cracker. I use a mixture of einkorn and almond flour, along with Swerve Sweetener to make the carbs lower.
Each cookie has 8 carbs and 17 calories.

3/4 cup blanched almond flour
3/4 cup Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
5 drops Ginger Vitality Essential Oil
5 drops Cinnamon Vitality Essential Oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Swerve granulated Sweetener

In a food processor combine einkorn flour, almond flour and salt. Pulse in baking soda, vanilla, ginger and other spices. Add Vitality Oils, pulse in butter and Swerve until dough forms.
Roll batter into a long tube about the diameter of cookie size you want. Refrigerate for a couple hours. When firm, slice in 1/4 inch thick slices. Place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheets.
Serve

Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour

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The secret to long, healthy life may be to eat lots of fresh berries. The reason why? The aging process is now largely understood to be the action of free oxygen radicals that arise in our bodies through normal metabolism and cell function as well as from external environmental sources.

Most free radicals contain electrically unbalanced oxygen atoms. Free radicals can be thought of as partial molecules frantically looking for their missing parts. This makes them hungry and aggressive, ready to grab a chunk from whatever tissue is available (namely a piece of our bodies). Hence, they can cause problems by disrupting normal function at a cellular level. As long as our bodies can keep these radicals in check by dissipating them harmlessly, we stay youthful and healthy.

When we suffer an immune deficiency or experience excess stress from environmental factors such as ambient radiation, impurities in our air or water, toxins in our foods, etc., free radicals can be formed in our bodies at a rate faster than we can handle. These radicals aggressively attack our own tissues causing unhealthy mutations and irreversible damage. The consequences of this include accelerated aging, and a host of other problems.

There are foods and substances that absorb free radicals (containing antioxidants) and the more you partake of these, the more youthful and healthy you will remain.

* Scientists at Tufts University have developed a scale for the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the ORAC test.

* (ORAC-Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) The higher the ORAC, the higher the ORAC score, the more capable that particular food is of destroying free radicals, thus retarding the ageing process.

The top natural antioxidant foods as determined by Tufts University so far are as follows:
wolfberries-antioxidant
FOOD ORAC SCORE

Carrots 210
Oranges 750
Beets 840
Raspberries 1,220
Strawberries 1,540
Blueberries 2,400,
NingXia Wolfberries 30,300

COMPARE: Clove Essential Oil 1,078,700 per drop
Clove is the champion of with over 1 million!! That means a drop of Clove contains more than 300 times more antioxidant per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all known fruits.

ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE THE HIGHEST ORAC SCORES.

Essential oils have the highest ORAC scores of any known substance. According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, they are as follows:

Essential Oil – ORAC Scores

    Clove ….. 1,078,700
    Longevity (Blend) ….. 151,100
    Myrrh ….. 379,800
    Citronella ….. 312,000
    Coriander ….. 298,300
    Fennel ….. 238,400
    Clary Sage ….. 221,000
    German Chamomile ….. 218,600
    Cedarwood ….. 169,000essential-oil-antioxidants
    Rose ….. 160,400
    nutmeg ….. 158,100
    Marjoram ….. 139,905
    Melissa ….. 134,300
    Ylang Ylang ….. 130,000
    Palmarosa ….. 127,755
    Rosewood ….. 113,200
    Manuka ….. 106,200
    Wintergreen ….. 101,800
    Geranium ….. 101,000
    Ginger ….. 99,300
    Bay laurel ….. 98,900
    Eucalyptus citriodora ….. 83,000
    Cumin ….. 82,400
    Black Pepper ….. 79,700
    Vetiver ….. 74,300
    Petitgrain ….. 73,600
    Blue Cypress ….. 73,100
    Citrus hystrix ….. 69,200
    Douglas Fir ….. 69,000
    Blue Tansy ….. 68,800
    Goldenrod ….. 61,900
    Melaleuca ericifolia ….. 61,100
    Blue Yarrow ….. 55,900
    Spikenard ….. 54,800
    Basil ….. 54,000
    Patchouli ….. 49,400
    White fir ….. 47,900
    Tarragon ….. 37,900

    Cajeput ….. 37,600
    Peppermint ….. 37,300
    Cardamom ….. 36,500
    Dill ….. 35,600
    Celery seed ….. 30,300
    Fleabane (Canadian) ….. 26,700
    Mandarin ….. 26,500
    lime ….. 26,200
    Galbanum ….. 26,200
    Myrtle ….. 25,400
    Cypress ….. 24,300
    Grapefruit ….. 22,600
    Hyssop ….. 20,900
    Balsam Fir ….. 20,500
    Niaouli ….. 18,600
    Thyme ….. 15,960
    Oregano ….. 15,300
    Cassia ….. 15,170
    Sage ….. 14,800
    Mountain Savory ….. 11,300
    Cinnamon Bark ….. 10,340
    Tsuga ….. 7,100
    Valerian ….. 6,200
    Cistus ….. 3,860
    Eucalyptus globulus ….. 2,410
    Orange ….. 1,890
    lemongrass ….. 1,780
    Helichrysum ….. 1,740
    Ravensara ….. 890
    lemon ….. 660
    Frankincense ….. 630
    Spearmint ….. 540
    lavender ….. 360
    Rosemary ….. 330
    Juniper ….. 250
    Roman Chamomile ….. 240
    Sandalwood ….. 160

Compare these numbers with the berries and you can tell how potent essential oils really are. The last six oils on this chart are even more powerful than wolfberries.

Clove is the champion of all with an ORAC score over 10 million!! That means a drop of Clove contains 400 times more antioxidant per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all known fruits.
Of course, the comparison isn’t quite fair since oils are concentrates while fresh fruits are not, nevertheless, a 15 ml bottle of Clove Oil has the antioxidant capacity of 150 lbs of carrots, 40 quarts of blueberries or 16 gallons of beet juice.

TWO DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OIL OF CLOVE
Have the Antioxidant Power of . . .
2.5 tablespoons of NingXia Red Juice, 5 pounds of carrots, 2.5 quarts of carrot juice, 10 oranges, 20 ounces or orange juice, 2.5 pounds of beets, 1 pint of beet juice, 4 cups of raspberries, 2.5 cups of blueberries.

This means a drop of clove in your drinking water or a drop of any edible essential oil in anything you eat, is good support for a healthy immune system and you don’t have to eat a dozen oranges or drink a quart of beet juice every day to do it. A couple of spoonfuls of NingXia Red will do it, too.

The bottom is this: The benefits of breathing, applying and taking essentials oils internally while consuming NingXia Red and other supplements are far greater than you can imagine.
NingXia Red is a super-antioxidant berry juice containing juices from berries and essential oils rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene.

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