Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama


Friday, July 19, 2013

Get off the hormonal roller coaster!

http://smithfamilyresources.com/products/vitex

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

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Where to start??

You say you're interested in essential oils, but you don't know where to start??
 
http://smithfamilyresources.com/products/almondoil

100% Pure & Natural prunus amygdalus dulcis
 
Consider starting with Beeyoutiful's Sweet Almond Oil.
 
This natural oil is extracted from almonds and is a great carrier oil.
It can also be used directly on the skin as a moisturizer or a massage oil.
 
Many essential oils can cause irritation if used directly on the skin.
They can be used safely when added to a carrier or base oil, such as almond oil.

Sweet Almond Oil mixes well with Beeyoutiful's entire line of essential oils.
 
Many of our favorite essential oil recipes use almond oil as the carrier oil:
 
 
 
 
My personal favorite is for
 
Add 3 drops of lemongrass oil to 1 tsp. of sweet almond oil.
Apply to temples, wrists, bottoms of feet.
 
This is our family's fever treatment now--so much safer than over-the-counter medications!
 
 While you're on your way to adding to your supply of essential oils,
you can use sweet almond oil directly on the skin
as a moisturizer
or a massage oil.
It is a great cuticle repairer,
and it can also be used to remove make-up from skin.
 
Beeyoutiful's Sweet Almond Essential Oil -- the perfect way to start with essential oils!
 
http://smithfamilyresources.com/products/almondoil

 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Just for Fun

Leave a comment.  What were the first four words you saw?  Did they describe you.  Emoji

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.

Pain Free, by Pete Egoscue

Friday, July 5, 2013

Banana Bread - Sugar-Free AND Delicious!

 
I found a banana bread recipe on Pinterest last week.  The picture looked good, so I followed the pin to 8 Weeks to a Better You Recipes.  Heather Larson claimed to have made really good banana bread without using sugar or oil.  I thought it might be too good to be true, but I tried it anyway.  It really was good!  Even my children who love sweets enjoyed it and didn't miss the sugar.  Here's the recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much we did!
Ingredients
·         2 cups whole wheat flour
·         1 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1/2 cup sugar free applesauce
·         3/4 cup honey
·         2 eggs, beaten
·         3 mashed overripe bananas
 
Directions
1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2.    In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
3.    Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!


Helena Fireworks Grand Finale, Video courtesy of Steve Norris
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"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 festival...it 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.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!