Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama

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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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Liquid Chlorophyll
Because molecules of chlorophyll from plants have a similar structure and function to hemoglobin in human blood, taking chlorophyll can help relieve anemia caused by a low red blood cell count. Chlorophyll stimulates the production of red blood cells and helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the body and the brain, which means more energy for you. It is sometimes recommended that women take chlorophyll during menstruation and after childbirth to lessen a heavy flow and the accompanying exhaustion.
Chlorophyll has great cleansing properties as well. It is called an "internal deodorizer"—not the most catchy of titles. But regular use of chlorophyll can improve bad breath, as well as lessen the odors of urine and feces, and odors accompanying perspiration.
Watch Stephanie Tallent talk about how useful Liquid Chlorophyll is and how she uses it!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Natural Sunscreen: Bee Shade

Beeyoutiful’s Bee Shade is a chemical-free, paraben-free, and toxin-free sunscreen option, providing 30 SPF, to protect your skin from damage without exposing yourself to dangerous ingredients found in most sunscreens. The barrier-providing active ingredients are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. These two amazing minerals block the damaging effects of the sun, providing you with the protection you need to enjoy the outdoors when it is not possible to protect the skin in other ways! The supporting “inactive” ingredients work to nourish and moisturize your skin to support that healthy glow.

All-Natural Ingredients:

Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide- Both are naturally occurring minerals that deflect the sun’s rays from your skin. As they sit on the skin’s surface, they disperse the sun’s rays off the surface of the skin thus effectively blocking them from actually penetrating the skin.

Aloe Vera Gel- This nutrient-rich gel from the Aloe Vera plant that not only nourishes the skin with an almost complete range of nutrients, but it provides moisturizing and healing benefits as well.

Beeswax- Considered nature’s waterproofer. It does double duty providing a natural base for the minerals, without having to use dangerous petroleum-based waxes.

Shea Butter- This natural, plant-based moisturizer provides the sunscreen with density and body while providing you with extra moisturizing benefits.

Green Tea Extract- In several studies, green tea has been shown to reduce skin damage from the sun. While it cannot block UV rays, it works synergistically with the other ingredients to help neutralize the damage of free radicals and inflammation that can result from over exposure.

Coconut Oil- This plant oil not only adds moisturizing antifungal protection to your skin, but naturally provides a measure of sun protection on its own.

Eucalyptus Oil- Eucalyptus Oil not only provides a great anti-microbial element to the sunscreen to help naturally preserve and stabilize the formulation, but it also assists absorption of the other oils into the skin by releasing oxygen molecules and helping to open the pores.

Gylcerin- A natural humectant that helps to draw in and maintain healthy moisture levels on the surface of the skin.

Sunflower Oil- This vitamin-rich oil helps to infuse nutrients into the skin.

Sunflower Wax- Aids the beeswax in waterproofing the sunscreen.

Lecithin and Jojoba Oil- These provide emollient factors to keep your sunscreen creamy.

Vitamin E and p-Anisic Acid work together as natural preservatives.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Eucalyptus Oil
Want to learn how to use eucalyptus oil in your home?
Click for a fun and informative video from Beeyoutiful's Steve Tallent and his children!

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Cod Liver Oil Benefits Pregnancy

Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of cod liver oil during pregnancy.
If you can't view the video below, click here.

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Stephanie Tallent explains how taking Cod Liver Oil can be very beneficial for your body
before and during pregnancy.

Cod Liver Oil, 100 softgels
or Cod Liver Oil liquid, 7 fl. oz.

Liquid or Softgel

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cod Liver Oil - A Must for Every Household!

Cod Liver Oil contains large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and the sunlight vitamin D, plus essential nutrients that are hard to obtain in sufficient amounts from the modern diet.
From learning disabilities and ADD, to osteoporosis and heart disease, cod liver oil is a must for every household. Cod liver oil is also recommended for pregnancy.

Cod Liver Oil

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Softgel

Servings Per Container: 100

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Calories 5

Calories from Fat 5

Total Fat 0.5 g

Trans Fat 0 g †

Cholesterol 0 mg 0%

Vitamin A (from Cod Liver Oil and Retinyl Palmitate) 2500 IU 50%

Vitamin D3 (from Cod Liver Oil and Cholecalciferol) 270 IU 68%

Cod Liver Oil 650 mg †

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 softgel 1 to 3 times daily, preferably with meals.

Other Ingredients: Gelatin, glycerin, water.

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

Notice: Contains retinyl palmitate.

Liquid Cod Liver Oil

Beeyoutiful's Liquid Cod Liver Oil has a pleasant lemon flavor that helps eliminate gastric discomfort that is often associated with straight cod liver oils. Can be mixed with honey or other type pleasant foods and swallowed.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Teaspoon (5 ml)

Servings Per Container: 40

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value*

Calories 40

Calories from Fat 40

Total Fat 4 g 6%*

Saturated Fat 0.5 g 3%*

Trans Fat 0 g †  

Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g †

Monounsaturated Fat 2 g †

Cholesterol 15 mg 5% 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids 1,000 - 1,300 mg

Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)** 320 - 510 mg

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)** 460 - 640 mg

Other Omega-3 Fatty Acids 100 - 300 mg

Vitamin A 1750 - 3200 IU

 Vitamin D 180 - 450 IU **

 * Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
 † Daily Value not established.
** Typical Profile of naturally occurring nutrients (per serving)

Suggested Use:  Take 1 teaspoon daily with a meal.

Other Ingredients:  Genuine Norwegian Cod Liver Oil (Gadus morhua), Natural Lemon Flavor and Natural Antioxidant Blend (proprietary blend of Rosemary Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate and Natural Tocopherols). Contains fish (cod) and soy derivatives.

Contains NO sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, milk, egg or preservatives.

Notice:  Product of Norway.  Manufactured in a pharmceutically licensed facility.

Softgels and Liquid Cod Liver Oil - Manufactured in the USA.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Smith Family Resources at CHEF


June 20-21, 2013

 25th Annual CHEF of Alabama
Homeschool Convention and Curriculum Fair
Gardendale First Baptist Church, 940 Main Street, Gardendale, AL 35071

CHEF of Alabama (Christian Home Education Fellowship) functions to support homeschooling families in various ways. Each year, they host a convention which includes a variety of seminars and workshops, as well as opportunities to review new curriculum and used books.
Click here to learn more about this year's convention.

We'd like to invite our homeschooling friends to visit us in the Vendor Hall again this year.  We'll be there sharing information about our products  and giving away Scripture Melodies coloring pages and sheet music.

FREE shipping on any order placed at the Convention!
Mention this post and receive a free gift with any order!

Monday, June 3, 2013

All-Natural Deodorant

ALL-NATURALdeodorant for men and women, available from Beeyoutiful!
On sale, only $6!
Click on any link in this post or on the banner below
to order yours directly from Beeyoutiful.