Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Stevia

Stevia, a pleasant tasting herb that is native to Paraguay, has been used daily for centuries in the diet of the Guarani Indians who called it kaa he-he, or “sweet herb." It was “discovered” in the late 1800’s by an Italian botanist, after which it began to be cultivated on farms for use, rather than just growing wild.

Gradually, stevia’s popularity spread to other South American countries, and then to Europe. In 1970, an extract of stevia was introduced in Japan and in 1988, it began to be used in numerous food products there, from ice cream and candies to pastries, soft drinks, and even toothpaste.

Stevia has no known toxicity or side-effects and, when used in whole plant form, it has often been used as a digestive aid. The leaves have been used topically as a support in fighting acne, dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions both by the Guarani and others who are familiar with the stevia plant.

Stevia leaves are known to reduce scar tissue formation as well as to promote softer, smoother skin. Anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties have been found in both the whole plant as well as the extract and because of this, both have been used topically to promote wound healing and also in mouthwashes and toothpastes to inhibit bacterial growth that can lead to cavities.

Stevia Extract will bring some delightful sipping to your favorite teas or coffees, iced or hot. Just mix 2-3 drops Stevia Extract into your steaming mug or icy glass. Also add it, along with your favorite fruit, to your kefir smoothie for a nutritious snack. For a vanilla kefir smoothie, simply blend kefir, vanilla, and Stevia Extract to taste.

Also try Stevia Extract in homemade foods such as ice cream, jam, pickles, salad dressing, ketchup and mayo, and in a variety of cooked and baked dishes. The possibilities are endless!

Stevia Extract, Regular or French Vanilla, 2 fl. oz.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

PMS Relief

For relief of PMS symptoms, try this essential oil recipe from Stephanie Tallent of Beeyoutiful.  Prepare 1/3 cup of a carrier oil (sweet almond or jojoba--or in a pinch, olive or coconut).  Add the following oils to the carrier oil:
  • geranium oil, 20 drops
  • chamomile oil, 10 drops
  • peppermint oil, 5 drops
  • lemon oil, 5 drops
  • lavender oil, 5 drops
Watch this video to see Stephanie prepare the blend...
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ow!-Ease

Watch Stephanie Tallent and Noelle Tallent demonstrate when and how to use Ow!-Ease

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Some of you have told me that even though you've enjoyed reading about using essential oils, you're just not ready to start mixing oils and making your own family remedies.  Consider adding Ow!-Ease to your family's first aid supplies.  The herbs and oils have already been combined for you!

Ow!-Ease relieves pain associated with sprains, strains and pulled ligaments and muscles, bruises, and contusions. It works quickly and effectively to help reduce swelling and muscle pain, and is excellent as a rub for body builders, construction workers, and gardeners alike.

Bruises are caused by broken capillaries leaking blood into surrounding tissues. You've seen them go from black to blue to green to yellow as they gradually heal during the course of a few weeks. You can cut that time in half by rubbing Ow!-Ease on the area as soon as possible after a bruise-causing injury -- from a little bump, to a sprained ankle, to a broken bone. Amazing arnica will get to work immediately, stimulating and increasing the action of white blood cells whose job is to digest congested blood. Arnica also reabsorbs trapped fluids from bruised tissues, helping to quickly take down the swelling and pain.

Pleae note:  Ow!-Ease is not safe for internal use—orally or on broken skin.

Suggested Use:  Apply directly to bruises or contusions.

Ingredients:  Arnica, extra virgin olive infused with organic chamomile, organic calendula, organic St. John's Wort, organic arnica, cayene, coconut oil, beeswax, lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil.

Ow!-Ease, 1 oz.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Essential Oils in the Emergency Room!

This FOX 17 NEWS Story gives some amazing numbers gathered from the use of Diffuser World's Aroma-Ace Essential Oil Diffuser at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The numbers given in this video are nothing short of AMAZING!



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Monday, July 23, 2012

Aroma-Pro Nebulizing Diffuser

Watch Stephanie Tallent of Beeyoutiful demonstrate how to use the Aroma-Pro Essential Nebulizing Diffuser...

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Aroma-Pro Essential Oil Nebulizing Diffuser
plus applicable sales tax and shipping

This offer is not available for internet sales. Please call (205-567-7030) or email smithfamresources@att.net  to order your diffuser from Smith Family Resources.
 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

If you don't have a diffuser...

If you don't have a diffuser, you can still enjoy the wonderful aromas of essential oils in your home.

Here are three room methods to try...

Candles - Light a candle and wait until the wax begins to melt. Then add 1-2 drops of the essential oil of your choice to the warm wax. Be careful not to get the oil on the wick.

Humidifiers - Add 1-9 drops of the essential oil of your choice to the water.

Water Bowls - Put boiling water into a bowl and add 1-9 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Close doors and windows and allow five minutes for the aroma to permeate the room.

These methods and others are described in The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valeria Ann Norwood, available from Beeyoutiful.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Drive the Blues Away!

I just discovered a delicious aroma--lemongrass!  I knew about using lemongrass for reducing fever, but I had never tried it in my diffuser.   Today I learned that lemongrass essential oil has been used to help eliminate bouts of depression, moodiness, nervousness, or anxiety.  Lemongrass can be applied to the temples or the bottom of the feet to stimulate blood flow, which helps relieve depression.  But it can also be used for aromatherapy.  I diffused it in my home today, and I really did enjoy the aroma. It was very pleasant and relaxing.  According to Beeyoutiful, "diffusing lemongrass in your home can help drive the blues away!"