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Nine FAQs about Beeyoutiful’s Essential Oils

FAQs About Beeyoutiful's Essential Oils

We often receive questions about our essential oils, and many customers are curious about the quality of our product, especially in relation to our low prices. We’ve assembled a few of the most frequently asked questions here for your reference.

FAQs About Beeyoutiful's Essential Oils

How are your oils extracted?

Our citrus oils are extracted by a cold process of expeller pressing. The rest of our oils are steam distilled from their plant parts. Read more here about how our oils are made.

Are the oils “low heat steam distilled”?

212 degrees is the lowest temperature at which water turns to steam. Steam can be heated much higher than 212 degrees, but steam will turn back into water before its temperature gets lower than 212 degrees. We use temperatures appropriate to each kind of plant product; some plants will release their oils at lower temperatures than others. Our oils are distilled at the lowest heat possible to extract the desired component parts, and they are tested to have sufficient active components to meet our standards.

What’s the quality level, and how is it assured?

Our oils are 100% pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, and undiluted. Every batch is sample tested to make sure that this is so, before bottling, during bottling, and after bottling. The oils are tested for purity by gas chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, or both, as well as any other testing appropriate to that oil from a wide range of available technologies.

It is possible to have a totally pure and undiluted oil that is functionally dead. To ensure maximum potency, tests are also performed to make sure that the oils meet a certain standard of active components.

Beeyoutiful's lavender essemtial oilMy second bottle of Lavender doesn’t smell the same as my first bottle did.

Variations are natural and inherent in any plant-based product. Think of how one crop of strawberries might be sweeter, or more red than another. In the same way, two pure and undiluted essential oils of the exact same variety but different batches could smell different, and it is not because of a difference in quality.

How long do essential oils last?

Because so many essential oils have inherent antibacterial properties, they generally have very long shelf lives if stored properly (in tightly-capped dark glass, away from heat and light, refrigerated if possible). In fact, certain oils are sometimes used in small amounts as a natural preservative agent in other products. Most undiluted oils will maintain potency for 2-3 years or longer, and will be used up long before rancidity becomes a factor.

Are your essential oils “therapeutic”, “aromatherapy”, or “medicinal grade”?

Unlike the “USDA Organic” seal you have probably seen on vegetables and packaged products in the supermarket, or the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) labeling on medicines, you won’t see official labeling on essential oil products simply because there are no official standards or grades for quality or purity. Therefore, quality control and claims of efficacy are left up to each company.

“Therapeutic grade” oil is a term generally understood to be the highest quality grade of essential oil, but without any enforcement around these terms, anyone can claim to carry “therapeutic grade” oils. Some companies have actually trademarked terms like “therapeutic grade” or “medicinal grade”. This is done in an attempt to differentiate themselves in a competitive industry and make it appear that their products alone meet some kind of higher standards. In reality, there are no official standards, and such trademarked terms are meaningless marketing.

Certainly not all oils are the same quality, and there is no way to find out the genuine quality of most oils short of sending samples for laboratory testing.  It comes down to simple integrity. Beeyoutiful is committed to full disclosure and will never make meaningless claims about our products. While our oils are indeed embraced by many for therapeutic and medicinal uses, we refuse to label them with empty words.

For more information on grading oils, read this helpful article.

Beeyoutiful's Eucalyptus Essential OilIs it safe to take your essential oils internally?

If we were to simply answer a blanket yes to this question, and a customer went out and drank an entire bottle of Eucalyptus Oil, they would most likely get very sick. Essential oils are very concentrated, very powerful, and should be respected and very carefully and sparingly used. Some oils are safe in tiny doses; some oils should never be used internally, ever. In addition, there is no single oil that is perfectly safe for everyone. Something that is safe for one person may not be safe for others, especially children, due to various underlying health conditions (including pregnancy), other medications, allergies or sensitivities.

We cannot tell you what is safe for you.  We are not doctors and we cannot prescribe. Our goal is to be very clear about the high quality, purity, and stringent testing of our products and trust that our customers will do their own thorough research and use the products intelligently. In our personal experience, if a particular 100% pure, unadulterated, undiluted essential oil is considered by industry experts to be safe for a specific use, including internal, we are comfortable using ours in that way in our own homes.

If your oils are of such good quality, good enough to that you use them internally, why are the bottles labeled “For Aromatherapy Use Only”?

In order for us to advertise our products for internal use, we would be obliged to meet stringent legal requirements and pay literally millions of dollars each year for liability insurance. Doing this would entail a mountain of work for our very small staff and greatly increase our risk in the marketplace, not to mention raise prices dramatically for our customers. We choose instead to focus on getting quality products out into the hands of people who have learned how to use them safely, and doing our small part to educate more people in the use of great products.

Beeyoutiful's chamomile essemtial oilHow can your oils be priced so inexpensively if they are of such excellent quality?

Along with lowering our costs and liability as mentioned above, we usually try to get a species of plant that is not the rarest and most expensive. There are something like 200 species of lavender, so if you compare the Latin species names on our bottle of lavender with a different manufacturer, they will almost certainly be different. (Note: sometimes plant species is very important, e.g. German vs. Roman Chamomile, and sometimes it is not important at all. Research your oils and insist on knowing what variety is in the bottle!)

Many companies in niche industries like to use a network marketing or distributor-based business model. This means that there are many people along the chain that have to get paid in the form of commissions on each sale. These layers of costs can’t help but make the products much more expensive when they finally get into your hands.

Instead, we work directly with family-owned manufacturers who don’t gouge us on price, and we pass on the savings by selling our oils directly to you at a price that’s not artificially inflated. We have a comfortable margin of profit that lets us pay the bills, do research, and put out training materials, and that is how we choose to price all of our products, including our essential oils. In this way, we’re able to keep the prices lower than many other companies.

Read this article for an introduction to using Beeyoutiful’s essential oils. We recommend The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy as a handy home reference tool. Consider signing up for our email series offering 101 Ways to Use Essential Oils

Behind The Scenes: How Beeyoutiful Essential Oils Are Made

How Beeyoutiful's Essential Oils Are Made

Don’t you love to go behind the scenes and discover how things are made? We do, and we thought you might like to know a bit about how a plant product is turned into an essential oil.

All of Beeyoutiful’s Essential Oils are produced utilizing only steam distillation or cold pressing with no additional ingredients (that’s why we can call them Essential!). We also provide a few blended products such as Tension Tamer that include essential oils, and these are clearly labeled as diluted with additional carrier oils.

Most of our oils are extracted using steam, while the citrus oils (such as Orange, Lemon, and Tangerine) are released through pressure.

How Beeyoutiful's Essential Oils Are Made

Steam Distillation

1. The plant material is placed on a screen in a steam still. Steam from a boiler is introduced under the screen where the plant material is held. The steam vaporizes the essential oil in the plant material. Both steam and oil vapor rise to a condenser.

2. The steam and oil are condensed to a liquid, and fed to a receiving vessel.

3. The essential oil rises to the top of the liquid in the receiving vessel. It is separated from the condensed steam liquid (water or hydrosols). The water may be returned to the boiler and reboiled into steam.

Cold Pressing

1. The whole fruit is scarified, which means the peel or rind is mechanically pierced to open the sacs containing the essential oil.

2. The whole fruit is then pressed which squeezes out the juice and oil.

3. The oil and juice, which contains the peel and other fruit solids, are centrifuged to separate the liquids and solids.

4. The oil liquid layer is then separated from the juice liquid layer.

What about chemicals?

Further physical processing such as filtering and distillation of either the steam distilled or cold pressed essential oils may follow, if it’s needed to remove any remaining debris, waxes, etc. However, we NEVER use chemical solvents or additives in anything labeled as 100% pure essential oils. When we say it’s a pure oil, we really mean it!

Plant Quality & Species

The plants we use are obtained from many sources, and we carefully select the species and quality of those plants. The final quality of an essential oil involves many factors, so we start at a high level by weeding out things like old stale plant parts, and insisting on choosing the specific plant species used.

When you purchase an essential oil, always look past the common names (Chamomile) and insist on a label that bears the Latin binomial or scientific name (Chamaemelum nobile) so that you know exactly what’s in the bottle. Not all varieties of the same kind of common plant will have the same therapeutic properties.

Product Standards

Even a very pure oil could be completely dead, containing little to none of the active constituents that would make the oil valuable for health-building purposes. Each kind of oil will have different functional properties and we have a set of standards in place for each one.

A partial list of the components that may be analyzed include Specific Gravity, Refractive Index, Optical Rotation, Flash Point, Infrared Absorption (as published in FCC), Solubility, Taste/Odor, Color/Appearance, Heavy Metals and Predominant Active Chemical Components. We employ state-of-the-art analytical equipment that allows highly specialized analyses, such as Gas Chromatography and Infrared Spectrometry.

As a general guideline, we follow the specifications used by the Essential Oils and Flavor Industry and published in The Essential Oils by Guenther, as well as Fenaroli’s Handbook of Flavor Ingredients. These texts, as well as other sources of scientific information, detail specific physical and chemical properties of a particular oil.

Once an oil passes all of our quality checks, it’s bottled, labeled, and ready for use in your home medicine kit!

For more information on how to use Essential Oils, we recommend The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. Consider signing up for our email series that includes 101 Ways to Use Essential Oils for free weekly tips sent straight to your inbox!

Chamomile: An Essential for Everyone (Even Babies!)

chamomile essential oil from Beeyoutifull.com

“Being a new mom was amazing but Baby and I often had a few hard nights peppered in there. When our second son was born, he had colic very badly (I later realized it was due to foods I was eating while nursing). One of my favorite momma tools was a drop of Chamomile Essential Oil in his baby lotion. Massaging him with this lotion blend often soothed us both and helped us get some much needed rest!” ~Mary

Chamomile is a fragrant, beautiful, safe, and easy to use herb. It has an aroma reminiscent of ripe apples along with many desirable qualities. It’s known for its relaxing and calming effects on both the body and mind, and it’s widely considered to be gentle and safe for use on all ages, even newborn babies. It’s gentle on the skin and won’t affect any animals in the home.

chamomile essential oil from Beeyoutifull.com  It’s an investment in your family’s health. 

Harnessing the essential oil of this wonderful herb makes it even better! Extracting the oil concentrates the health-supporting power of acres of plants into a small bottle.

Most essential oils require a large quantity of raw material to produce a small amount of pure oil. For example, it takes 66 pounds of fresh rosemary to extract just one pound of oil. With Chamomile, that ratio is dramatically higher: it takes a thousand pounds of the tiny white flowers to produce a single pound of essential oil. (That’s one significant reason why Chamomile Essential Oil is expensive and considered an “investment oil”!)

Safe for all ages.

Chamomile’s chemical makeup has active components that are milder and less overwhelming for children. Many oils contain naturally occurring menthol, which can be problematic for children as it’s hard for their tiny bodies to process. Chamomile contains no menthol.

While many essential oils are completely off limits or should be used on children only with caution, in general, thoroughly diluted Chamomile Essential Oil is considered safe for external use on children. Even though Chamomile has a very low reaction rate, as with any essential oil, always test for sensitivity first.

Pregnancy and Nursing

Pregnancy, for all its beauty and glory, can be a complicated kind of tiring. Backache, insomnia, nausea, heartburn, aches, pains, and more can combine to make it a stressful experience.

relaxing pregnancy massage blend from Beeyoutiful.comA massage with special floral oils is a comforting treatment during this special time. A spouse or another loving family member or friend can do the honors. Studies have shown that both mothers and babies benefit from regular massage during pregnancy, and massage by the baby’s father contributes substantially to his bonding with mother and baby.

The aromas in this recipe are relaxing, and the composition of the oils brings physical relief.

Pregnancy Massage Blend

10 drops Chamomile

10 drops Geranium

10 drops Lavender
2 tablespoons of a favorite carrier oil (like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil)

For Fussy Babiescalming baby massage blend from Beeyoutiful.com

Use Chamomile in a massage oil to calm your baby, or add a drop to warm bath water or your favorite natural lotion.

Baby’s Massage Oil

1 drop Chamomile
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Geranium

2 tablespoons of a favorite carrier oil (like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil)

Chamomile for The Entire Family

ear ache remedy from Beeyoutiful.comEar Ache Remedy

3 drops Chamomile

3 drops Lavender

1 tsp olive oil

Moisten a cotton ball with the oil mixture and rest lightly in the ear opening, allowing the oil vapors to enter the ear. Leave in place for up to 6 hours. (A persistent ear ache may be a sign of infection and should be investigated by a doctor.)

Hay Fever Blend for DiffusingHay Fever Blend for Diffusing

3 parts Chamomile

3 parts Lemon

2 parts Lavender

Use in a diffuser or pot of steaming water and inhale the oil vapors. You can also put one drop of each oil on a tissue and sniff it throughout the day.

Eye Renewal Treatment

5 drops Chamomile

1 oz Jojoba Oil

Store in a dark glass container. After cleansing face at night, gently pat mixture around eye area, especially the areas prone to fine lines and wrinkles. (Avoid getting too close to the eye or oil will seep into the eye itself, ouch!)

Is Beeyoutiful’s oil from Roman Chamomile or German Chamomile?

We use Chamaemelum nobile, commonly known as Roman Chamomile. We chose to carry this variety for several reasons.

  • Roman Chamomile tends to be somewhat lower in the active components than the German kind, making it that much safer for use with young children.
  • While German Chamomile is reputed to have stronger effects on inflammation, Roman is considered better for calming (a major reason many choose to use it with restless children).
  • Even though it’s still a pricey oil, Roman is less expensive than German.

Chamomile has become a staple in our essential oil kits and we turn to it frequently. How do you use it in your home?

The Detoxifying Power of Eucalyptus

Five Days of Immunity Boosters: The Detoxifying Power of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus. What a funny-sounding name for an even more exotic plant! You might recognize eucalyptus as the preferred habitat of Koalas in Australia. The cuddly-looking marsupials live almost exclusively in groves of eucalyptus trees, and the pungent leaves are nearly all they ever eat.

While we can’t recommend making eucalyptus a part of your own diet (it’s toxic to humans when taken internally), the oil extracted from the leaves can play a very important role in detoxifying the air you breathe, your home and laundry, and even your body.

Five Days of Immunity Boosters: The Detoxifying Power of EucalyptusEucalyptus contains high levels of cineole (also known as eucalyptol), a chemical compound widely studied and shown to have a massive range of beneficial properties. Studies have shown that eucalyptus oil is:

  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • antioxidant
  • analgesic
  • insecticidal
  • a respiratory aid
  • an immune booster

We’ve grown to rely on eucalyptus essential oil for so many uses! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Use eucalyptus in household cleansers to disinfect your home (see one of our favorite and most-requested recipes below). Add a dropperful along with your laundry detergent to rid your linens of dust mites and bacteria (especially appropriate after sickness has visited!).

Include eucalyptus in homemade salves as a pleasant scent and natural preservative. Add a few drops to shampoo or body wash to combat dandruff, ringworm, lice, and scabies.

Dilute thoroughly with a carrier oil and use topically as a rub for sore muscles and sprains, a soothing balm for minor cuts and scrapes, or an antifungal foot treatment. Use eucalyptus-based lotions or creams on the chest, back, and soles of the feet to soothe respiratory issues. (When using on the skin, always dilute eucalyptus with a carrier oil and test for sensitivity.)

Dab a few diluted drops on your body (or place a eucalyptus-dampened cotton ball in a loose pocket) to act as a bug repellent. Spray around your home to ward off invading creepy-crawlies. Dab on insect bites to cool and calm itching.

Use eucalyptus as a base when diffusing essential oils. The distinctive scent of eucalyptus blends well with many other plant oils (especially those that also contain cineole, such as Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Basil) and helps to stretch more expensive oils and make them last longer.

Take a bit of olive oil and eucalyptus and mix with bath salts, then soak in the perfumed water to soothe irritated skin and enjoy a rejuvenating  dose of aromatherapy.

Eucalyptus supports respiratory health and breaks down mucus; breathing the aromas has historically been helpful with colds and congestion, allergies, and asthma.

Producing pure essential oil requires a large amount of the herb, flower, or plant. It takes over 100 pounds of eucalyptus leaves and stems to produce just two pounds of oil! This distillation process concentrates the powerful plant compounds into a potent and easy-to-use liquid form, making it simple to keep eucalyptus on hand.

Even with the costs of distillation, eucalyptus essential oil is one of the least expensive oils available, and given its versatility and ease of use, its low price means it packs an even bigger wallop. Once you realize the benefits of eucalyptus, you may come to love it as much as koalas do!

NOTE:  Eucalyptus Essential Oil is not considered appropriate to use while pregnant or nursing, and should NOT be used with children under 10 years old. (Spearmint is a much safer choice for children.) If you are on medications or have a medical diagnosis, please consult with your doctor prior to using Eucalyptus because it can interact with medications and is contraindicated in some situations. Eucalyptus Essential Oil should always be diluted when used topically. The maximum concentration with mixed with a carrier oil should be 20% (to achieve, mix 20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil).

Learn more about Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Essential Oil and watch a delightful 1-minute video here

For even more ideas on how to use eucalyptus essential oil, read longer articles here and here.

All-Purpose Disinfectant Spray

Hold Up Sickness with Bandito Blend

Hold Up Sickness with Bandito Blend

by Nancy Webster

The summer before last, our family took on and won a self-imposed No Air Conditioner Challenge. If you’ve ever enjoyed the intense humidity of summer in the southeastern US, you can understand why this was truly a challenge. Although this kept our electric bill low, we wound up paying a high price in the form of mold. Every closet, cabinet, dresser drawer and their contents were affected. What a clean-up job that was as we washed clothes and closets down with diluted bleach!

We did a modified version of air conditioning this summer, using it on the hottest days and a few really hot nights, but relying on open windows and fans the rest of the time, in hopes of no mold and a moderate electric bill. Unfortunately, we still got some mold, especially inside the dresser in the bedroom where four children are packed.

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Knowing that chlorine bleach displaces iodine in the body (among the chemical’s many other toxic effects), I was excited when my Beeyoutiful® friends introduced convenient Bandito Blend. A few years back, I found a recipe for a homemade essential oil mold and germ-killing cleaner, but I’ve had too much on my plate to ever collect all the oils to make it myself.

Just ten minutes after quickly mixing up my Bandito mold killer and spritzing it on all parts of the dresser, my daughters’ room went from throat-catching and moldy-smelling to sinus-clearing and wonderfully fresh-smelling. The mold is dead and gone, along with any spiders, dust mites, and germs hiding out in there. And I not only didn’t hurt my body, but actually helped it as I inhaled the antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antifungal mist while I worked. Now we will run our diffuser with full-strength Bandito Blend in the room to keep more mold from growing.

Wise Bandits

When we studied the Middle Ages in our homeschool, our youngest son was fascinated (and probably a little creeped out) by stories of the Bubonic Plague which swept through Europe in the mid-1300s. He especially liked the story of the bandits who plundered the corpses and their homes but did not catch the very contagious Black Death themselves, because they were protected by rubbing their bodies with certain essential oils and herbs before a looting mission.

A well-known essential oil blend is named after these thieves, but Beeyoutiful has improved on the recipe by adding the king of oils, Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), to the already powerful blend of oils in Bandito Blend.

There’s a reason the Wise Men brought Jesus frankincense. Two thousand years ago, it was already considered a valuable cure-all, even though back then they didn’t have microscopes to see how it worked. Frankincense is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumoral, immune-stimulating, antidepressant, and muscle-relaxing abilities. It is anti-germs-of-all-types and is an expectorant, too, so it supports respiratory health.

Bandito Blend also contains two kinds of Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicumand Cinnamomum cassia), which is antiseptic and antimicrobial; Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), which is antiseptic and antimicrobial and also analgesic (pain relieving); Lemon (Citrus limon), to clean and sanitize and “lighten” the heavier scents of the other oils; Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), which is antimicrobial and supports respiratory health; and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata), which shares many properties with Rosemary and also supports a healthy immune system.

To Eat or Not to Eat

In Essential Oil World, you will hear sometimes quite lively discussions over oil qualities, for good reason. The FDA says an essential oil may be labeled as “100% pure” as long as it contains 52% actual plant oil. So buying over-the-counter oils is risky, as they may be diluted almost fifty percent and may not be safe for internal consumption. Beeyoutiful.com is very conscientious about this and sells only truly 100% pure essential oils.

The other discussion you will hear regarding essential oils is about the safety of internal use. Beeyoutiful.com’s position on this is that internal use is up to your comfort level. They know their oils are properly distilled and truly pure. (Some companies call this “therapeutic-grade.”) Internal use by pregnant and nursing moms, young children (

Rosemary oil, a Bandito Blend ingredient, can cause miscarriage and depletion of amniotic fluid, although this seems to be only when used in large amounts. Some are concerned about eucalyptus oil being used for children or internally. However, eucalyptus oil is an ingredient in many time-honored cold salves, lozenges, and syrups for children and is said to be toxic only if ingested in large amounts. Again, internal use is your decision, so carefully consider your situation, then research, ask your doctor, and only do what you are peaceful and confident in doing.

Plague Prevention

Prevent spreading germs by mixing one drop of Bandito Blend per one ounce of water for an all-purpose spray. Add vinegar for extra power. Use this to sanitize and clean sickrooms, kitchens (it cuts grease, too), garbage cans, lunch boxes, public toilet seats, shopping cart handles, coolers, and more. To kill sickness-causing mold, increase the drops of Bandito Blend. We used 5 drops, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (optional; it helps suspend the oil in the mixture), and 1/2 cup water on our moldy dresser. For more concentrated mold, an even stronger solution may be required.

Before leaving home or if you’ve been exposed to an illness or are feeling run down, boost your immune system by applying carrier-oil diluted (1:1 ratio) Bandito Blend to the soles of your feet and back of your wrists and neck. Spritz the family’s toothbrushes before and after use to keep “plagues” from knocking out the whole family. Add a drop or two to liquid hand soap for further prevention.

When You Get Caught

This powerful oil blend is your go-to help when colds and flu strike. Is your throat sore? Spray or swab a 50% dilution of edible carrier oil (like grapeseed, coconut or olive) and Bandito Blend in there. The clove oil will numb the pain while the others kill germs and help you fight back. Or gargle with warm water and a drop of Bandito Blend, and then swallow.

Bandito Blend is a breath of life especially to those sick with coughs and sinus infections. Diffuse it full strength or fine mist spray a diluted version into the air periodically to clear the lungs and stop air-borne germs. Rub an oil-diluted Bandito Blend in the “hot spots”, including the chest and down the spine to release tension and boost the immune and nervous systems. Add 1 drop to 1/2 cup of warm (not hot) water and sip or mix with a teaspoon of honey to soothe coughs. If your lungs are really having a hard time, consider doing an enema with about 20 drops of Bandito Blend added to the water.

Oral Health

Canker and cold sores stop hurting and go away when you apply a drop of Bandito Blend to them. You may need to reapply a few times. Gingivitis, or gum infection, is greatly improved when Bandito Blend is applied directly or mixed in a bit of water and swished. Oil pulling, which draws toxins from the entire body and especially the mouth, is enhanced when a drop or two of Bandito Blend is added to the coconut or sesame oil and swished for 15 minutes and then spit in the trash. (Don’t swallow pulled oil!) This can help prevent tooth decay, too.

Wounds

Bandito Blend can be applied to cuts, scrapes, and open wounds to kill germs and speed healing. It can also be used safely on dogs, horses, sheep, goats, and cows, but not on cats.

There are many more uses for Bandito Blend, but the best part is just how wonderful it smells. Your nose not only enjoys the scent but takes that wonderfulness inside your head and your body, so you can almost feel the smell! Now I hope my daughters don’t start enjoying this feeling so much in their refreshed and mold-free bedroom that they forget to come help me in the kitchen!

 

Nancy Webster is wife to Greg, mom to eight children, and grandma to a granddaughter. Her family lives on a partially-working farm, where they homeschool around milking the cow and weeding the garden. Nancy is a long-time student of alternative health and diet and volunteers as a Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader for Southern Middle Tennessee.

Feel the Breeze!

Feel the Breeze with Beeyoutiful's Essential Oil Diffuser

So many of our readers and customers use essential oils as part of a health-supporting strategy, and we’re excited to make our diffusers available more easily than ever before!

Using only cold air and no heat or water, the Breeze naturally atomizes the essential oils without damaging their molecular structures or powerful therapeutic properties. The Breeze delivery system emits a micro-fine vapor of pure and natural essential oils that permeates the air.feel the breeze

I’ve used this diffuser in my own home for about 18 months and appreciate that it’s sturdy, easy to use, and doesn’t have an open oil reservoir or delicate glass parts that can shatter easily. Even if the Breeze were knocked off a table, it would be hard for it to spill or break.

The Breeze is easy to clean, too. If you notice that the flow of vapor is slower than it used to be, or you’ve been using a lot of the stickier oils, you might need to wash out the atomizing nozzle.

After disconnecting the bottle and tubing from the atomizer, simply submerge the atomizer nozzle in either hot soapy water or rubbing alcohol for one hour. If any oil residue is left, run rubbing alcohol through the atomizer for 20-30 seconds to help loosen any remaining stickiness. (Your diffuser isn’t made for long-term dispersal of liquids, nor are your lungs intended to breathe atomized alcohol, so do this only for short periods just for cleaning!)

Sometimes folks ask how long a bottle of essential oil should last in their diffuser, but that’s a really hard question to answer. It all depends on which diffuser you’re using, the speed of the air flow, and the viscosity of the oil (some of the more resinous oils, such as frankincense, are “stickier” and might diffuse more slowly than thinner, more slippery oils such as eucalyptus).

I got curious about this myself and decided it was time for a little experiment. I put about a quarter inch of oil in the bottle of my Breeze (a couple droppers of Eucalyptus and about 10 or so drops each of Lemongrass and Bandito Blend).

Then I screwed on the nozzle, turned on the air flow to the lowest setting, and waited. It took 2 hours to use up that quarter-inch of oil. It could have gone much faster, if I’d increased the air flow, and if I’d used a gummier oil, it might have diffused more slowly, but now I have a rough gauge for how long to run my Breeze to disperse a certain amount of oil.

We’d love to know how you use essential oils in your home. What’s your favorite oil? (Mine’s Lemongrass.) Do you have a great-smelling “recipe” you like to diffuse? We’re using a lot of Cassia and Orange these days (it’s never too early for the scent of holiday spice!). Share your best essential oil tips with us! And if you learned something from this post, please mention it to your friends using the buttons below. Thanks!

Bee Allergy Free – Spring 2014 Catalog

Bee Allergy Free

by Tal Ewing

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When you suffer from seasonal allergies like I do, you only want one thing: relief! You want your nose to stop running, your eyes to stop itching, and your throat to stop burning. You want to be able to go outside without having to take a pill or squirt something up your nose that you know is probably not good for you in the long run. But how can you get to a point in your life where you can live without the pills and the sprays? For most of my life, I thought that was impossible. I remember my parents giving me spoonfuls of liquid antihistamines and taking every over-the-counter and prescription allergy medicine on the market. I took allergy shots for almost a decade. However, nothing seemed to work long term. The more medicine I took, the worse my allergies seemed to get.

BerryWell_2So, when I first met Steve and Stephanie Tallent, they pretty much knew just one thing about me: Tal has bad seasonal allergies. I’m sure that my wife (the beautiful, wonderful Mary Ewing) had told them stories of my sneezing, hacking, and doctors visits and that I was the perfect person to test a new elderberry product for them. So, on our first meeting they came bearing a gift of a bottle of what became Berry Well. It was that gift that helped lead me to finding a few natural solutions that have helped me achieve freedom from the pills and sprays. In fact, since that first meeting I have been able to stop all of my allergy medications and find true freedom from my allergies. Here’s how I did it and how you can, too!

Watch what you eat. This is the part that most of us hate to hear, but it is vital. When I finally realized that allergies are all about inflammation, I started to look for those things in my diet that lowered my body’s natural immunity and caused it to overproduce histamines. I grew up eating the Standard American Diet(SAD). We did not know better, so by the time I met Mary, my diet consisted primarily of peanut butter and jelly, coke and ramen noodles. (Hey, what’s a bachelor on a tight budget going to do?!) But I was also on antibiotics monthly because of it.

As we began to clean up our diets, we not only focused on eliminating things such as sugar, processed foods, and additives, but we made sure to include putting back nutrients that had been missing. The body can only repair itself if given the correct building blocks, so ensuring adequate intake of healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, as well as nutrient-dense fresh fruit and vegetables, give the body the proper base for health. Eliminating the non-foods or foods that trigger inflammation in the body decreases the likelihood of over-producing histamines.

Take the essentials. Be sure that you are getting the essential vitamins you need to build a healthy immune system. I finally realized that my allergies were a symptom of my body’s inability to regulate itself. So, I started listening to my wife. She encouraged me to take a probiotic, since a significant portion of immunity is regulated by the gut. I began with Tummy Tuneup, alternating with Gut Guardian. I also take Digest Best with my meals; Mary tells me this is because enzymes support digestion which in turn decreases the inflammation caused by poorly digested foods.

My daily regimen also includes SuperDad, Cod Liver Oil and B-Better to support and fill in the gaps in my diet. I added these to my daily doses of Berry Well, and I began to see a significant decrease in the time I spent dealing with my allergy episodes. This was the basis for my healing regimen, but there are several things that I also use, either when I know I am prone to more symptoms or when I am actually experiencing them.

First, I will add Vitamin D3. I usually consume it in two forms, as D3 and also in Cod Liver Oil where it is naturally paired with Vitamin A for an added punch. Vitamin D is a natural anti-inflammatory and also works to boost the immune system. Decreasing the levels of inflammation helped to decrease my allergic responses as well. The added benefit of fewer infections also helped keep me out of the doctors office! Although the spring allows for extra sunlight, I would often have to avoid time out of doors due to higher allergens. But as I took my D3, I was able to spend more time out of doors and naturally get my sunlight as well.

Then there’s a miracle substance called Colostrum Transfer Factor. Colostrum’s active ingredients not only boost the immune system and help make it difficult for bacterium to attach to the mucous membranes, but they also regulate the immune response. This prevents over-production of some of the lymphocytes and T-cells that cause the allergic responses. So taking Colostrum can keep you from getting sick,and makes sure that allergies are not running wild at the same time.

Optimally, we would all have access to raw honey, and pollen too. These help give small exposures to local allergens and gradually decrease the body’s reactions to them. Finding a local beekeeper that has healthy bees and then using a teaspoon of their honey every day can help decrease your allergies. If you do not have access to good quality raw honey, Bee Strong is a great alternative and is easy to swallow!

When I start to feel like I am getting an allergy attack or a cold, I take an extra dose of Berry Well accompanied by a dose of D3 and Vitamin C. This helps my body boost its ability to handle the additional stress it is under.

Calm your allergies with essential oils. This was the last step I took, but it has been one of the most beneficial in helping me find true allergy relief. If you suffer from allergies, you realize that you cannot always control your environment. Trees are going to pollinate, flowers are going to bloom, and the house is going to need dusting. There is something that you can do, though, to help neutralize those threats to your body: fight them with essential oils. I use a combination of eucalyptus, frankincense, and peppermint oils to calm my body when my allergies begin to flare.

During allergy season, we run the diffuser with a base of Eucalyptus Oil almost round the clock. We add to it either Frankincense, Peppermint, or Rosemary– usually depending on our mood that day! Frankincense and Peppermint both help tremendously when we feel short of breath or stuffy, and Rosemary has been very good for hay fever symptoms.

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There have been times when my allergies have led to slight asthmatic symptoms as well. I used to carry an inhaler, and although I still own one for rescue purposes, I have rarely had to use it because I prophylactically use oils! We keep a small vial of pre-mixed oils that I rub on my chest twice a day when allergies are at their peak.

Allergy Rub
3 teaspoons of Almond Oil
10 drops of Frankincense
5 drops of Peppermint
Always make sure to check for sensitivity when rubbing on the skin. This can be rubbed on the chest and neck as needed to prevent breathing difficulties or help open up the respiratory passages.

Rubbing the feet with diluted essentials oils such as peppermint, thyme, rosemary, or frankincense can also help aid in relief. This can be done prior to bed or after a warm shower.

Sometimes, when all else fails and my allergies are still bothering me, it is time to reach for extra tools. While I still increase my supplements like Berry Well, sometimes I just want to breathe and open up my nasal passages quickly. Enter the neti pot or similar nasal passages flushing device! I include sea salt and xylitol in my mix to help soothe my nasal passages. The salt helps to mimic the isotonic fluids present in the nasal passages and decreases irritation. Xylitol helps to eliminate germs and other toxins found in the nasal passages and makes it hostile for them to try to reestablish their reign. This can be used as needed throughout the day. Discard any leftover liquid at the end of each day, unless you add a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract to preserve the liquid.

Homemade Nasal Wash
1/3 teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 teaspoon of Xylitol
1 cup of filtered or distilled water
4 drops of GSE (optional)
Mix well and use nasal washing device to administer as needed.

While I still might have to wear that paper mask when I cut the grass, by following these three steps, I’ve found that my body is healthier and better equipped to handle the allergens that come my way. That is the key to achieving lasting allergy relief.

Tal Ewing lives in Arkansas where he is a school teacher. He is married to our own Mary Ewing, and is the busy father of their five adorable children. He enjoys sports, outdoor activities, working in ministry opportunities as well as studying theology. He and Mary hope to soon have acreage where they can expand their backyard chickens into a small hobby farm!

How Pure Are Beeyoutiful’s Essential Oils?

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When we travel to conferences, we are often closely questioned by long-time users of essential oils. The questions usually center around why our essential oils are so inexpensive. Here are some of the most common questions, along with our responses.

Are your essential oils “therapeutic”, “aromatherapy”, or “medicinal grade”?

Let me start this answer with a little scenario. If I ask somebody if a product is “organic”, what I mean is “certified organic”. There is a standard set by a committee of farmers and industry leaders. They meet and vote on changes to the standards every year. Then several certifying agencies exist that review practices and procedures, do testing, and certify a farm and its produce as “organic”. Then when you go to the supermarket and buy a box of crackers made from those organic ingredients, you can trust that the label that says Certified Organic means something. Or, you might have something that hasn’t been through the certification process, but a farmer can show you that it was grown “organically” or according to organic specifications.

There is no such system for essential oils. There is no standards committee. There are no independent certifying agencies. You will see some companies have actually trademarked their terms, “therapeutic grade” or “medicinal grade”. This is marketing on their part, a way of differentiating themselves from the competition and making people feel like the oils they are getting are of the highest quality while others meet inferior standards. But the truth is that there are no set industry standards.

There are differences in essential oil quality, to be sure, as some are diluted, adulterated, contaminated, or poorly handled, but there is no grading system for essential oils. While there are a couple of things you can do at home to spot really low quality or highly diluted oils, there really is no way to find out the quality of most oils short of sending samples for testing. It is not like beef where you have grade A, certified by the USDA, with an inspector there to certify each batch, and a label placed on products that meet the grade.

So to finally answer the question, while our oils are used by us and many others for therapies, for medicines, and for aromatherapy, we do not call them “therapeutic grade”, or “medicinal grade”, or “aromatherapy grade” because there is no such thing, except in marketing. We are committed to a straightforward, honest approach to selling our products, and stay away from such gimmicks.

More info:

http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/therapeuticgradeessentialoils.asp

Is it safe to take your essential oils internally?

This is another question to which there is not just a simple yes or no answer. The FDA and the litigious nature of our society hamper what we can say about our products. For instance, if I were to simply answer yes to this question, and some individual went out and drank a 4oz bottle of Eucalyptus Oil, they would most likely get REALLY, REALLY sick. In addition, something that is safe for one person may not be safe for another due to things like allergies,sensitivities, or contraindicated health issues. We are not doctors, and therefore we cannot prescribe. We cannot tell you what is safe for you. All we can do is be very clear about the high quality, purity, and stringent testing of our products. And if reliable research show that it is safe to use a particular 100% pure, unadulterated, undiluted essential oil for a particular use, including internal, it should be safe to use ours. We do.

What’s the quality like and how do you know?

The oils are 100% pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, and undiluted. Every batch is sample tested to make sure that it is so. In addition, tests are done to make sure that the oils meet a certain standard of active components, as it is possible to have a totally pure and undiluted oil that is functionally dead. We don’t want that. The oils are all tested for purity by gas chromatography and/or infrared spectroscopy, and the tests performed will be listed on the bottle. In addition, most batches are personally reviewed by multiple certified aromatherapists to make sure that texture, aroma, clarity and all the rest is up to our standards.

How are your oils derived?

A few of them, especially the citrus oils, are extracted from their plant parts by expeller press, a cold process. However, most are steam distilled.

Are the oils “low heat steam distilled”? 

When I tell people that most of our oils are steam distilled, some will follow up with the above question. Or they will ask, “You mean 212 degrees?” Yes, that is right. 212 degrees is the lowest temp at which water turns to steam. Then these folks will tell me how 212 will kill the nutrients in the oils. They promote “low heat steam distillation”, which is the term one company has come up with for their distillation process.

I believe these people have either misunderstood, or been deceived. They think that steam distillation is possible at less than 212 degrees. Steam can be much hotter than 212 degrees, but steam will turn back into water before its temperature gets lower than 212 degrees. We don’t use gimmick phrases, but our oils are distilled at the lowest heat possible to extract the desired component parts.

If your oils are such a good quality, good enough to be used internally, why do all of the bottles say, “For Aromatherapy Use Only”?

Simple answer is cost and bother. Namely, the cost and bother of insurance. In order for us to advertise our products for internal use, we need to generate a lot of training materials on the proper use of the essential oils internally, generate all sorts of warnings that take into account various conditions (such as pregnancy), and we need to pay for millions of dollars of insurance coverage.

Doing this would be a lot of work for our small staff, and greatly increase our risk in the marketplace. We choose instead to focus on getting quality products out into the hands of people who know how to use them, and doing our small part to educate more people in the use of great products. And so, we’re able to keep the prices lower than many other companies.

How can your oils be so cheap if they are of such excellent quality?

There are a number of reasons. One is that we don’t pay for costly insurance in order to make claims about our products which increase our risk of getting sued. Another is business model. A lot of companies in niche industries like to use a network marketing-based business model. This means that there are many people along the chain that have to get paid. These layers of costs can’t help but make the products that are getting into your hands much more expensive.

We work with a few family-owned manufacturers and distributors who don’t gouge us on price, so we get a great deal. We could charge a lot more for our products, as there is certainly enough wiggle room in the industry to do so. We have a margin of profit that we are comfortable with, that lets us pay the bills, do research, and put out training materials, and that is how we choose to price all of our products, including our essential oils.

And lastly, we usually try to get a species of plant that is not the most rare, and therefore most expensive. If you compare the Latin words on our bottle of lavender with one from a different manufacturer, they will almost assuredly be different. There are in the neighborhood of 200 species of lavender. (Note: sometimes species or type is very important, e.g. German vs. Roman chamomile, and sometimes it is much less important.) So two pure lavender essential oils could smell different, and it is not because of a difference in “grade” or “quality”.

We believe the key is to be happy with the essential oils that you get. Some that have experienced our oils prefer to use all of our oils over a more costly brand. Some people prefer the costlier brand over all of our oils. Most people are in the middle, having favorites among the costly oils, or favorite uses for the costly oils, and favorites among our oils as well. The most important thing is to learn to use products that will help make your family healthy, and get products that work.

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