Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New Postcard Maps!


It's getting harder to count our postcard pins!
We're still hoping to
receive a postcard from
each of the 50 states.
If you live in one of our "blank" states,
please send a postcard to
Smith Family Resources
 P. O. Box 190
Helena, AL  35080.
We're also Postcrossers.
Since September,
we've received 31 postcards from 15 different countries!
We pin and map all our Postcrossing postcards,
and we're learning a lot about the world in the process.

Thank you for all of the great postcards!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Jumpstart Your System with Spirulina

This post is excerpted from an article entitled "Natural Energy For You and Your Little House" by Nancy Webster which appeared in Beeyoutiful's Spring 2013 catalog.  Nancy Webster is a homeschool mother of eight and leader of the Southern Middle Tennessee chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. She is an ardent researcher on nutrition and alternative approaches to good health. Nancy lives with her family on their “partially working” farm in Tennessee.

      "Even if you’ve made great changes in favor of eating more nutrient-dense, whole foods, it also takes superfoods to help your body stay in top health. These days, pollution, stress, your past history of junky eating and pharmaceutical use all work against every glass of raw milk or organic veggies you consume. Superfoods, though, are super full of nutrition, and because they are nature-made, your body can easily absorb and use their goodness.

     "So where do you start with adding superfoods to your diet? Which one will jumpstart your system and help you feel like washing windows after folding four loads of laundry, cooking for a crowd, and/or a long day at the office? Spirulina!

     "This humble, algae-like plant (called a cyanobacteria) is one of the most potent protein and nutrient sources available. And boosting energy is just one of its many abilities. Spirulina also works to relieve congestion, sniffling, and sneezing caused by all types of allergies. It boosts the immune system, helps control high blood pressure and cholesterol, protects from cancer, and more.

     "How does spirulina come by this impressive resume? As a source of protein, it is 65 percent complete protein. By comparison, beef is only 22 percent complete. Spirulina contains all the essential amino acids, plus some, and provides a healthy portion of Omega-3 (like in salmon) as well as Omega 6 and 9. Omega-6 is gamma linoleic acid (GLA), known to be anti -inflammatory (for arthritis relief!), to increase fat burn after exercising, and to make beautiful hair and nails.

     "Spirulina is high in chlorophyll, which removes toxins from the blood and boosts the immune system. Chlorophyll and iron are a great friend to pregnant mamas, as the tendency for anemia at this season of life is significant. That’s why spirulina is a main ingredient in Beeyoutiful’s SuperMom multi-vitamins. The easily absorbable, non-constipating iron content of spirulina is 58 times that of raw spinach and 28 times that of raw beef liver. Spirulina is replete with vital minerals most of those pretty veggies at the store can’t provide any more, thanks to being grown in depleted soils.
     "If weeds get the best of your garden, or your kids (or you!) don’t like vegetables, or you simply wish you could juice but just can’t swing it, handy, mineral-rich spirulina is the way to get your cancer-fighting daily quota of greens. Calcium and phosphorus are two of the major mineral players in this fantastic superfood. If these minerals are lacking or out of balance in the blood, tooth decay is in your near future. So spirulina is also recommended as part of a tooth remineralization program. And because the calcium content is more than 26 times that of milk, spirulina is excellent for children, the elderly, and pregnant women, and especially for folks who are casein- or lactose-intolerant.

     "If your nerves are on edge or your digestion is off, you need spirulina for all the B complex vitamins it contains. Our gut is our “second brain,” and it needs the B’s to work well. Do you have candida? Most people do these days, and spirulina has been shown to encourage and support the growth of healthy bacterial gut flora, which helps keep candida overgrowth under control. Because candida will cause and worsen symptoms, this is especially important if you have an autoimmune disease such as Crohn’s, chronic fatigue, lupus, or fibromyalgia.

    "So how much spirulina do you need to get you going? A therapeutic serving size is between three and five grams, preferably broken up throughout the day. Since six tablets of Beeyoutiful brand spirulina equal three grams, a bottle will last one person approximately one month. For more serious health conditions, take the higher amount, but build up slowly to this dose to avoid detox reactions." 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 6 Tablets
Servings Per Container: 33 (approximately)
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 10
Sodium 40 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 0.5 g <1 td="">
Protein 2.0 g 4%
Vitamin A (100% as Beta-Carotene) 11,250 IU 225%
Thiamine (Vitamin B-1) 75 mcg 5%
Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) 110 mcg 6%
Vitamin B-12 2 mcg 33%
Calcium 15 mg 2%
Iron 1.5 mg 8%
Spirulina 3.0 g (3,000 mg)
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) 30 mg
Chlorophyll 25 mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Suggested UseAs a dietary supplement, take 6 tablets daily.
Other IngredientsSilica, Inulin (from chicory) and Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source).
A Vegetarian Formula.
 Contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg and preservatives.

Click here to order Spirulina

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Geranium Oil

Geranium oil can be used in many practical ways
in your home!
Skin:  Geranium oil can be added to your favorite lotion
to help soothe skin discomfort.
Massage:  Add 2-3 drops of Geranium Oil to
1 teaspoon of Sweet Almond Oil
for a great massage blend! 
 Stress relief:  The soothing fragrance of Geranium Oil
can chase away the stress of the day.
Add a few drops to your room diffuser
to help soothe tension.
PMS:   Geranium oil can provide a pick-me-up
for women suffering from PMS.
Insects:  Geranium Oil is an excellent insect repellent.
Before working or playing outside,
put a few drops on your hat or shirt
to keep gnats and other pests away.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Helena Postcards

These beautiful, full-color Helena, Alabama postcards
are available now from Smith Family Resources.
$1.00 each
Quantity Discount Pricing:
25-99 postcards - $.75 each
100 or more postcards - $.50 each
Free shipping to any U.S. address!
Free local delivery available upon request.
Buy postcards to mail to your friends,
or consider buying postcards to resell
in your place of business!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Essential Oils for Spiders

These are a few of the essential oils spiders hate most:

 Thanks to Steve Tallent for this spider repellent recipe and how-to:
"A mixture of any or all of them should do the trick. I personally take no chances and mix a bit of all of them together in varying ratios until it smells good. Grab a reusable spray bottle and squirt a bit of natural dish soap (just a tiny bit, not much is needed), a small splash of white vinegar, pour in the essential oil mixture and add a couple cups of water. Shake thoroughly and then go to town spraying down any and all surfaces that you want protected. I’ve been known to spray down the floor around our beds as an extra measure of protection. We have diffused eucalyptus essential oil in high concentrations in closed-off rooms for a few hours at a time and come back to find all the spiders in there curled up dead. It’s well worth it to get rid of a known spider issue inside a house!"

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Postcard Exchange Progress

At last count, we had received 33 postcards
from 22 different states!
If you live in one of the blank states on our map,
please send us a postcard!
Did you notice that we haven't heard from anyone in Alabama yet??
Our initial goal was to learn about the United States of America,
but we've branched out into learning about other countries as well.
We joined Postcrossing
 a little over a month ago.
Postcrossing allows people to receive
postcards from all over the world.
We've received postcards from
Germany, Russia, Poland, Finland, and the USA.
Click here to see our Postcrossing postcards on Pinterest.
Last week, we learned about Pikes Peak in Colorado
and reindeer in Finland!
The postcards are piquing our curiosity,
and we're enjoying learning about a wide variety of things!
Are you involved in a Postcard Exchange
or Postcrossing?
What are you learning?
We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Paraben-Free: Why Does it Matter?

Last week we introduced our
Paraben-Free Moisturizer.
Why does it matter?
What's a paraben anyway?

Parabens are petroleum-based preservatives.
They're commonly used in cosmetics and personal care items.
Read a shampoo bottle and you'll probably find parabens in the ingredient list:
methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben to name a few.

Thanks to parabens,
your shampoo, lotion and deodorant will last for years.
They're also entering your body when you use these products.
Research has shown that your body may absorb as much as
five pounds of cosmetic chemicals each year.

Check your facial cream and moisturizer labels.
See any parabens there?
When the moisturizer is absorbed into your skin,
so are the parabens.
When the parabens enter your bloodstream,
they mimic estrogen,
sometimes causing hormonal imbalance.
Parabens also commonly cause allergic reactions
and contact dermatitis.

We are delighted to offer you an alternative
to lotions and moisturizers with chemical preservatives.
Try our Paraben-Free Moisturizer!

Paraben-Free Moisturizer
comes in an airless pump container,
so there's absolutely no waste--
no moisturizer left in the bottle to be thrown away!
You'll enjoy every drop of this moisturizer!

 We invite our local customers to call or email to place your order
and arrange for pick-up or local delivery!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Introducing... Paraben-Free Moisturizer

Introducing our newest product:
Paraben-Free Moisturizer
This moisturizer is made from a paraben-free lotion base,
Beeyoutiful's Almond Essential Oil, and Vitamin E oil.
We invited some of our friends to try it,
and we've been delighted with their feedback!
"I have very sensitive skin, and this moisturizer is great for me."
"I've had dry skin on my arm for several days.
Nothing I've tried has helped.
This moisturizer made a difference after just one application!"
"Oooh! It feels great!"
Try it for yourself!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Postcard Exchange: Last Call!

Today's the day!
If you signed up to participate in our Postcard Exchange,
you'll be receiving your address list very soon!
Our Postcard Exchange includes families
from eleven different states--and counting!
This is the last call!
If you'd like to get in on the fun,
send your mailing address to
Your mailing address will be shared ONLY with others
who ask to be a part of the postcard exchange
and will NOT be added to any database.
Your email address will NOT be shared with anyone
and will NOT be added to any database.
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lavender Oil
Lavender just may be the most useful essential oil of all and definitely one to consider adding to your aromatherapy collection!
Lavender is a great massage oil!  Lavender's anti-inflammatory properties help to relax and relieve sore, tense muscles.  Massage several drops of lavender oil into your feet. You can also mix a few drops of lavender with almond oil for an overall body massage.  Even babies benefit from a lavender oil massage!
For a soothing soak, combine 4-5 drops of lavender oil with a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil and add to a warm bath.
 Suffering from insomnia?  A couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillow will often bring on a restful sleep. You might also use lavender oil in a diffuser beside your bed.
Lavender also has anti-fungal properties. Apply a few drops to toenail fungus or athlete's foot once or twice daily.  Within days, the lavender begins to break down the cell wall of the fungus and prevents new growth. If the skin becomes dry from this treatment, add a few drops of almond oil to moisturize.

Lavender promotes quick regeneration of skin cells, so burns and wounds heal more rapidly when treated with lavender oil.

For regular use, even when you have no physical or emotional complaints, use lavender oil as a perfume by dabbing it on your pulse points. This is far preferable to synthetic fragrances which can soak in and harm your body.

 Beeyoutiful's pure lavender essential oil is steam-distilled from the lavender plant.  Although it is considered safe to use internally as well as undiluted on skin and in bath water, it's always best to test for skin allergy or sensitivity first.  Apply a drop diluted with a bit of olive or almond oil to the inside of your elbow.  If there is no reaction after 10 minutes, you are probably not hypersensitive to lavender.
Start enjoying the benefits of lavender today!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil
This high-grade Eucalyptus Oil helps clear nasal and chest congestion caused by colds and sinus infections.
Open inflamed bronchial tubes; apply in compresses to soothe muscle strains and arthritis pain, spritz a sick-room to kill germs.
You can even kill tenacious dust mites on bed sheets by adding Eucalyptus Oil to your washing machine!

Click here to read more about eucalyptus oil.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thanks for the Postcards!

We introduced our Postcard Exchange here on August 6.
Since then, we've received 26 postcards
from 18 different states!
We started this photo album for our postcards.

Thanks for sharing your part of the country with us!
If you haven't already joined in,
it's not too late!
Send a postcard to
Smith Family Resources
P. O. Box 190
Helena, AL  35080
We promise to reply to the first postcard from each state,
and we'll do our best to reply to all!

If you would like to exchange postcards with others,
please send your mailing address to
Your address will be shared ONLY with others
who ask to be a part of this postcard exchange.
Our list, which will be sent to all participants on September 30,
now includes families from six different states,
and we'd love to add families from 44 more!
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Your mailing address will be shared ONLY with others who ask to be a part of the postcard exchange and will NOT be added to any database.
Your email address will NOT be shared with anyone and will NOT be added to any database.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Do you need a miracle?

Do you have chapped lips?
Do you have dry skin?
A minor cut or scrape or a burn?
Do you have a little one with a skinned knee?
Did you say yes to any of these questions?
Then, you need a miracle!
Well, actually, you need Miracle Skin Salve!
Miracle's primary ingredients are coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, bee propolis, organic plantain leaf, organic comfrey root, organic calendula flowers, and essential oils of lavender and rosemary. Beeyoutiful's suggested uses: "Apply directly to minor skin irritations or injuries. Miracle is designed to promote tissue repair for minor cuts, scrapes, bites, burns and some skin maladies like psoriasis, eczema, cold sores and skin fungi."

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Last Text

I don't usually post things like this, but this video really moved me.  I don't text while I drive.  I've taught my teenaged drivers not to text while driving.  But every once in a while, I'll pick up my phone and read a text.  I'm sorry to admit it, but it's true.  After watching this video, I won't do that again.
(If you don't see a video below, click here.)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ultimate Defense

Ultimate Defense is Beeyoutiful's finest probiotic, designed with embedded predigested food sources for the bacteria. It also contains soil-based organisms that do not necessarily colonize the GI, but help greatly in their passage through. Ultimate Defense is specifically designed to establish complete, lasting colonies of intestinal flora in a world that sterilizes, processes and denaturalizes all food sources.

Ultimate Defense is a combination of 13 different bacteria, fermented greens to feed them as colonies get established and soil based organisms to potentiate the bacterial activity in the intestines. A healthy GI bacterial flora is thought to improve overall health and immune system function.

Compare with Tummy TuneUp

Ultimate Defense
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Capsule

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Proprietary Probiotic Defense™ Blend of: 515 mg †
Fermented Greens [Barley Grass (Hordeum vulgaris),
Oat Grass (Avena sativa), Wheat Grass (Triticum aestivum),
and Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)],
Freeze-dried Probiotic Strains (1 Billion cfu)
[Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus
brevis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum,
Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus
paracasei, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium bifidum,
Bifidobacterium brevis, Bifidobacterium longum, and
Saccharomyces boulardil],
Super Green Foods [Alfalfa Juice Concentrate,
Atlantic Kelp (Laminaria digitata), and Dulse (Palamaria
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule 4 times daily with water, preferably on an empty stomach. Start with 1 capsule per day and gradually increase to 4 capsules per day.

Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Fermented Molasses, Probiotic Cultures, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Chicory Root Inulin/FOS (fructooligosaccharide) and Silica. Contains milk derivatives.

Contains NO Salt, starch, corn, soy, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

Manufactured in the USA.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Postcard Exchange

Join our Postcard Exchange!
We are studying American History
and learning about the 50 states
this year in our homeschool.
We would LOVE to have a postcard
from every one of the United States.
Will you help us?
Please send your postcard to:
Smith Family Resources
P. O. Box 190
Helena, AL  35080
We promise to reply to the first postcard from each state,
and we'll do our best to reply to all!

If you would like to exchange postcards with others,
please send your mailing address to
Your address will be shared ONLY with others
who ask to be a part of this postcard exchange.
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Your mailing address will be shared ONLY with others who ask to be a part of the postcard exchange and will NOT be added to any database.
Your email address will NOT be shared with anyone and will NOT be added to any database.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Get off the hormonal roller coaster!

Vitex, also called chaste berry, is an herb, not a hormone.  The pituitary gland responds to it by raising progesterone levels.  Vitex is known for its ability to nourish and support the female endocrine system as it regulates estrogen and progesterone levels.

PMS and menstrual problems - cramps, flooding, headaches depression, water retention, constipation, acne, breast tenderness, and irritability - are all eased by this wonderful herb. Because Vitex helps regulate cycles, you can more accurately calculate the start of your next period. And as you transition towards menopause, your body will become estrogen-dominant, causing hot flashes, irregular cycles, depression, mood swings, and flooding. Enhanced with Dong Quai - a Chinese herb known for relieving menopausal symptoms - Beeyoutiful's Vitex addresses these mid-life problems.

For whatever natural reason they're out of equilibrium, Vitex is a vital aid to help re-balance your hormones so you can feel "normal" again. Be sure to give your body a minimum of three cycles and up to a year to soak in and respond to the hormone stabilizing work of Vitex. Because it is safe for long-term use, many women take Vitex for several years in a row if necessary. It is a great companion for all stages of being a woman.

Caution: Not for women who are pregnant or nursing. (Beeyoutiful's Vitex contains Dong Quai) This product effects hormone balance, and if there is a chance you may become pregnant or are trying to achieve conception we recommend only taking it from menstration until ovulation unless otherwise directed by a physician and our recommendation is that you do not take at all during pregnancy or nursing.

Vitex with Dong Quai
300 mg - 90 Vcaps®

Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 Vcap®

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Chaste Berry Tree (Vitex) Extract (Fruit) (Vitex agnus castus) 300 mg*

(Standardized to min. 0.5% Agnusides)

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) (Root) 150 mg*

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.

Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 1 Vcap® 2 to 3 times daily with water or meals.

Other Ingredients: Cellulose (capsule), Maltodextrin, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Silica. A Vegetarian Formula.

Contains NO Sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.

Manufactured in the USA


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pain Free

Starting today, you don't have to live in pain. That is the revolutionary message of this breakthrough system for eliminating chronic pain without drugs, surgery, or expensive physical therapy. Developed by Pete Egoscue, a nationally renowned physiologist and sports injury consultant to some of today’s top athletes, the Egoscue Method has an astounding 95 percent success rate. The key is a series of gentle exercises and carefully constructed stretches called E-cises. Inside you’ll find detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions for dozens of E-cises specifically designed to provide quick and lasting relief of:
  • Lower back pain
  • hip problems
  • sciatica
  • bad knees
  • migraines and other headaches
  • stiff neck
  • sore shoulder
  • shin splints
  • sprained or weak ankles and many foot ailments
  • bursitis
  • tendinitis
  • and much more.
Plus special preventive programs for maintaining health through the entire body.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Helena Fireworks Grand Finale, Video courtesy of Steve Norris
Note: Other video selections will pop up at the end of this one. We have no control over which video selections are included by YouTube.
Please be aware that these are not Smith Family Resources' recommendations. Thank you!

"The day will be the most memorable in America.
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade...bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward, forevermore."
-John Adams,
in a letter to his wife after the Continental Congress decided to proclaim the American colonies independent from Britain.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Essential Oils: Therapeutic Grade?

Are Beeyoutiful's Essential Oils therapeutic grade?
I was recently asked this question, and I answered incorrectly.  I wanted my customer to know that the oils we sell are of the highest quality, and that they are not simply fragrance oils.  I had heard the term "therapeutic grade" and knew that it implied the highest quality, and I mistakenly answered affirmatively.  Please forgive me!
Here's the correct annswer:  Beeyoutiful's Essential Oils ARE of the highest quality.  The oils are 100% pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, and undiluted. Every batch is sample-tested to make sure that it is so, before bottling, during bottling, and after bottling. In addition, tests are done to make sure that the oils meet a certain standard of active components. The oils are tested for purity by gas chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, or both. The testing method is listed on each bottle.

And this part of the answer may surprise you:  There is no such thing as "therapeutic grade." 
The term "therapeutic grade" was coined by a particular multi-level marketing provider of essential oils.  But there is no formally approved grading standard used consistently throughout the essential oil industry.  There is no standards committee.  There are no independent certifying agencies.  Terms like "therapeutic grade" and "medicinal grade" are simply marketing.  While they may have meaning as defined by the company using the terms, they should not be taken to mean that oils with that label are actually superior to other oils not claiming such a grade.
The next time I'm asked this question, I'll be better prepared.  I will say that Beeyoutiful's oils are of the highest quality and are used for therapies, for medicines and for aromatherapy.  They are not called "therapeutic grade" or "medicinal grade" or even "aromatherapy grade," because there is no such thing, except in marketing. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Oregano Oil
100% Pure & Natural origanum vulgare
Aromatherapeutic GC/IR Verified - 1 fl. oz.
Oregano Oil has a strong, spicy, camphorous aroma that can be as uplifting and invigorating as it is cleansing and refreshing. Used for centuries by many civilizations, it’s modern day popularity stems from it’s volatile* oil content and strong purifying properties. Beeyoutiful’s Oregano Oil is 100% Pure and Natural and steam distilled from dried flowering tops. Today, oregano not only reigns in the kitchen, but also rules in the world of aromatherapy.  

*Volatile, in this case, doesn't mean that it blows up easily!  It means that it is readily vaporizable at a relatively low temperature.

Origanum Vulgare Oregano Oil is respected by medical scientists for its all-around healing capability, and it is the opinion of many experts that it is safe for internal use.

Especially in these uncertain economic times, it’s prudent to keep a bottle (or two) on hand to help you avoid extra trips to the internist, dermatologist, allergist, and dentist. Beeyoutiful’s pure, therapeutic Oregano Essential Oil is distilled from origanum vulgare, the oregano plant which grows wild in the Mediterranean region. You will probably not find this oregano in the grocery store. The one labeled “Oregano” in the spice section is in most cases not really oregano. It’s Spanish marjoram (origanum marjoram) which does not share wild oregano oil’s healing abilities.
The compounds carvacrol and thymol are the oil’s unique healing ingredients, and its flavonoids provide natural antiseptic action. Oregano oil also contains many minerals such as copper, niacin, and beta-carotene along with essential nutrients and anti-oxidants that some experts believe help to lower blood pressure, help degenerative arthritis, and slow aging.
Some experts recommend calming an upset stomach and mild indigestion by drinking a glass of milk or juice mixed with 2 to 3 drops of oregano oil. Or you can chug it in water (if your lips burn after drinking, apply lip balm or carrier oil for instant relief).
Try it to ease the sniffling , sneezing, and watery eyes from an allergy attack. Oregano Oil contains rosmarinic acid which acts as a natural antihistamine, reducing fluid buildup and swelling during an allergy episode. Some experts recommend taking a couple of drops internally while inhaling the vapors from a diffuser, a drop on a tissue held to the nose, or even dissolved in a bowl of steaming hot water.
Some recommend to boost your immune system, especially during the cold and flu season, with a daily dose of 3 drops 3 times a day. A European study showed wild oregano to be the best of 70 plants in immune-boosting capability. If you travel on planes or spend time in other enclosed areas, you can’t help but breathe stale, re-circulated air, but regular oregano use will keep your system fit for combating the germy-ness. If you still manage to succumb to the flu, get extra sleep, drink plenty of water, and frequent doses of oregano oil to shut down the illness. Rub diluted Oregano Oil onto the chest (Check for sensitivity first!) to break up mucus and act as an expectorant. If it can be avoided, don’t confuse your body with over-the-counter, symptom-treating medications.
Lab tests show that oregano oil treats even strong, antibiotic-resistant superbug staph infections like MRSA. Strep, E-coli, and other bacteria also hate Oregano Oil, which kills bacteria without downside effects such as yeast infections. Oregano oil has even been shown to combat giardiasis. For empatigo or other flesh-eating sores, try applying the diluted oil while taking regular doses internally throughout the day.
Gargle several times a day with 2 to 3 drops of Oregano Oil in water and then swallow it to help combat a strep throat. Take 4 drops 4x/day as a remedy for bronchitis, and breathe vapors from a few drops in a bowl of steaming hot water—preferably with a drop or two of eucalyptus oil added as well. This regimen may be able to help whooping cough because of oregano’s anti-spasmodic effects.
Dilute Oregano Oil with carrier oil for acne, being careful to avoid contact with your eyes. This will help to kill bacteria that aggravates even hormonally-induced acne.
Candida is an overgrowth of fungal yeast in the body which starts in the intestines— often due to use of antibiotics or a diet of processed foods and sugars—and then spreads throughout the body via the bloodstream. Oregano oil combats systemic candida and treats yeast-related symptoms such as:
• Nail fungus—Dilute a drop of Oregano Oil with carrier oil and apply regularly to unsightly finger and toenails. Also rub into peeling, fungal athlete’s foot infections.
• Psoriasis and eczema can also be improved for many with regular Oregano Oil treatments.
• Thrush is yeast in the mouth. Gargle and swallow 2 drops of oil in water 3 times a day.
• Vaginal yeast infections—Remove applicator from half a tampon, soak tampon in olive oil, add 2 or 3 drops of Oregano Oil, replace applicator, and insert. Repeat several times per day. If oregano oil is used around genital area, be certain it is diluted and carefully check for sensitivity ahead of time!
• Dandruff is frequently based in a yeast infection of the scalp. Add a drop of Oregano Oil to a dab of shampoo in your hand, and massage it into the scalp when washing your hair. Or add a few drops of oil to the entire shampoo bottle, and shampoo frequently.
• Mouth ulcers and cold sores can respond to oregano oil, also has been an effective remedy for herpes.
Work to neutralize the poison and lessen the pain from bee stings, spider bites, and even snake bites with oregano oil (and see a doctor immediately!) Mix Oregano Oil with water in a spray bottle and spritz liberally to help repel mosquitoes and other irritating bugs.
Research in Turkey, where medical use of oregano oil is common, shows that oregano oil works better than ibuprofen and nearly as well as morphine for controlling chronic pain, making it valuable for arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers.
As “icky” as it sounds, if you eat any imported fruits and vegetables or have pets, you almost certainly have parasites. These pests cause many symptoms from fatigue to anemia and worse. But before you spend money on expensive parasite cleanses, consider giving your body a few months of oregano oil treatment. Start with two weeks of heavy attack (4 drops in liquid 4x/day). Then scale back to a maintenance dose of 2 or 3 drops 3 times a day. You should notice an improvement in your energy level. The cavacrol and thymol phenols work together for a double punch of microbial power.
Try oregano oil in cooking, too! It makes mouthwatering Italian dishes with just a drop. And the anti-bacterial qualities make it one of nature’s finest preservatives. Used in meat, eggs, milk, or salad, it slows the growth of microbes and reduces the risk of food poisoning.
Directions for Safe Use Diluting with olive, coconut, or another non-petroleum carrier oil is important when using oregano oil externally because full strength it is stout enough to burn the skin (a ratio of 1:4 oregano oil to carrier oil works well). Internally, oregano is generally considered safe by many experts when taken even daily in small amounts (9 to 10 drops per day in juice, water, or milk for adults—half or quarter the amount for children). Taking larger amounts (4 drops 4x/day) for illness should be limited to 2 weeks at a time, and you should take a 2-week break between heavy usages. High levels of prolonged use can damage the liver and kidneys, including reducing the body’s ability to absorb iron. Oregano oil may be put into capsules to avoid the taste. Some health experts discourage the use of oregano oil by pregnant mothers—especially during the first trimester—because it may cause contractions and bleeding. Moderate use after then likely will cause no problems, but it is very important to check with your health care provider to be sure its use is appropriate for you.
The secret to healing well with alternative treatments like Oregano Essential Oil is to jump on a health problem before it gets out of hand, and treat it consistently. Since oregano is not addictive and has no side effects when used in the moderate amounts described above, repeated use is not a problem. So if you have ailments or want to avoid getting them, Oregano Essential Oil will treat you royally.
Important: While most people are not allergic to oregano oil, it is recommended that you test to make sure you’re not one of the few who are. Apply a drop diluted with a bit of olive oil to the inside of your elbow. If there is no reaction after 10 minutes, you are probably not allergic to oregano oil.
Mixes well with: Atlas cedar, basil, bergamot, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, and wintergreen.

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