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Winter Breeze Natural Vapor Rub- Winter 07-08 Catalog

By Maranatha Owens

I can remember many times as a little girl being laid up in bed feeling horrible.  You know the routine-aching body, stuffed-up nose, so congested I could barely breathe, let alone sleep.  Then, in would come my mama with soothing words, a hot water bottle, and the relief that only Mentholatum® or Vicks® Vaporub® could bring.  She would slather it on my chest, throat, back, and under my nose and then tie an old paisley handkerchief loosely around my neck to hold in the warm sensation and vapors.  My body relaxed, and my nose cleared just enough to drift off to sleep.

As I aged, I continued to use Vicks®  when I was in need, but the more I learned about the awful side-effects of petroleum on the body, the worse I felt about continuing to use it and a multitude of other “body products” and topical medications.  Most cosmetics, like Vicks® , are either petroleum-based or contain some petroleum by-product.

 

So, what’s so bad about petroleum, anyhow?

For starters, petroleum-based cosmetics and skin care products have been found to contain the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane.  Products ranging from body lotion to lip balms, hair-relaxers, baby soap, and Vicks® contain this and a multitude of other cancer-causing impurities.winterbreezeweb

So instead of continuing to slather myself and my family with petroleum-based vapor rubs, I decided to create an all natural alternative that I could feel good about using.  Every ingredient is simple, safe, and effective.  Instead of using petroleum as a base, Winter Breeze vapor rub uses beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil. This all natural base will soothe, nourish and heal your skin. Eucalyptus, menthol, tea tree, camphor, and wintergreen essential oils work synergistically to help clear the head and sinuses, thereby relieving congestion, headaches, and pain around the eyes and face.  They also have amazing antiseptic properties that help prevent infection from occurring.  In addition, tea tree and eucalyptus contain immuno-stimulant properties to boost the body’s natural defenses.

With all this, who needs the toxic chemicals found in Vicks®?  Winter Breeze has all of the good stuff and none of the bad.  Use it liberally, and do remember to use an old paisley handkerchief or other soft, dry cloth to hold in the vapors.  Winter Breeze can be rubbed on the soles of feet and is safe enough to use a small amount on babies.  It also makes a great rub for mild aches.

I hope none of us need it this winter, but when the inevitable cold comes, it’s nice to know that there is a safe, effective alternative to reach for.

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The New Super Hero for Your Kids- Winter 07-08 Catalog

By Nancy Websternancy_small

Siren-like wailing rose and fell from the kitchen table. Then, shaking uncontrollably, my husband collapsed on the floor in front of the sink.

For the past ten years, the scene of my then five-year-old daughter choking down our family food supplement while my husband laughed himself into oblivion has been one of our favorite home videos. Every time we watch, memories of gagging on green slime overcome us. But what a different scene the camera would capture nowadays.

“Andrew, close the refrigerator! We’re not through with dinner yet.”

We routinely call our current five-year-old son back to the table until it’s time to take vitamins. You’d think he was pulling ice cream out of the freezer for dessert, but what he wants is the chilled Beeyoutiful SuperKids vitamins our children take after dinner.

It’s the orange, sweet flavor they love, reminiscent of that yummy, chewable baby aspirin my husband and I remember taking as children. The sweetness comes from xylitol rather than sugar (see the Beeyoutiful summer ’07 catalog to review the cavity-prevention merits of xylitol). And the orange taste comes from real orange juice. Our children think of it as a dessert supplement! But I think it’s simply the best bunch of kid’s vitamins ever devised.SuperKidsOrangeWebProBottle_1

The Elusive Nutrition Dream
Ever since high school I’ve read about ways to improve health. The problem is, time and again, Real Life gets in the way of a perfect diet.

Before children, my husband and I lived in Los Angeles where ambitious “gardening” would have been to grow a tomato plant in a pot on the front steps of our apartment. A cross-country move gave us more outdoor space, but our subdivision yard in Atlanta still yielded only enough room for a small organic garden. I augmented our home-grown produce by hauling our growing crop of babies to the local farmer’s market every week. We had more money for groceries, but since I spent most of my time nursing babies and chasing tricycles around the neighborhood instead of soaking and prepping healthy foods, the perfect diet still remained out of reach.

But now that we live on a farm all the challenges are gone—not! Life-long city slickers don’t become country folk overnight. We often can’t find where our free-range chickens ranged to do their laying. For the frustratingly brief time our cow was giving milk, she boasted interminable mastitis. The one time we actually achieved a sizable garden, it was so successful we couldn’t put up the food fast enough and much of the produce rotted on the ground. And fresh, wholesome meat? My daughter’s sheep became pets—and you can’t eat your pets! Honey? My son’s bees either swarmed or died after just one good season of production. The challenge of converting to country living is exacerbated by my homeschooling of eight children (several with special needs) and helping my husband with his business. So even here, the perfect diet eludes us.

Unfortunately, finding the right supplements to help isn’t easy. Many sold on the cheap are made from synthetic combinations that fool your body into thinking it’s got the real thing. What’s worse, many inexpensive vitamins are chock full (so to speak) of artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners, and some are stuffed with fillers like wheat gluten or yeast that can trigger allergies.

Even some of the good health enhancers are not without problems. Our kids complain about the stifling odors of essential oils, and if you take five or six different specific-purpose vitamins, opening and closing the containers can seem like the job that never ends. Juicing is a superb way to complement meals, but the mega-amounts of produce and the hours required to juice for a large family each week make regular juicing prohibitive.

When my years-long search finally led me to SuperKids from Beeyoutiful, my biggest problems were solved. These liquid multivitamins contain all the ingredients you want in a single supplement, plus generous extras, all derived from real food substances.

A Radically Good Supplement
Free radicals. You’ve likely heard much about how they affect our health—and for good reason. Free radicals are damaged, lonely cell molecules missing an electron mate because of too much oxygen. This misalignment is caused by things like poor diet and chemical pollution. These free agents go crazy in body cells until they can steal an electron from some unsuspecting stable molecule. The theft, of course, then makes the once stable molecule lonely and crazy, too. This chain reaction damages cells and compromises the overall health of your body.

I first learned about these bad guys when our daughter with Down syndrome was seven months old. At the time she had “failure to thrive,” so under the supervision of a specialist, we began what is called targeted nutritional intervention—giving her selected vitamin supplements as antioxidants to counter the negative effects of too much cellular oxygen. (People with Down syndrome are especially susceptible to free radical damage because of their extra chromosome.) Within a month of starting the vitamin plan, Grace began growing noticeably. She gained alertness and motor skills by the day. We followed the regimen for more than three years, and today, at age eleven, she is extremely healthy and high functioning.

SuperKids is perfectly equipped for free radical warfare. Although a human body can produce some antioxidants for itself, it must have the input of foods containing antioxidants like vitamins C and E, bioflavanoids, and carotenes to successfully wage a serious health-building war. These vitamins stop the free radical chain reaction by providing an electron to stabilize the molecules. Since few of us maintain a perfect diet, our bodies need these reinforcements.

Neutralizing free radicals provides long-term benefits such as decreased tumor rates, heart attack prevention, and increased longevity. The exciting benefits arise because antioxidants affect metabolic processes that bring about changes we can feel and see in our physical health (better joint movement, improved skin conditions, faster healing), our emotional health (better ability to cope with stress), and our psychological state (increased alertness).  It’s not just old people who need this assistance!

The list of antioxidant ingredients in SuperKids is phenomenal. Lycopene, for example, is extracted from ripe tomatoes, and it exhibits the highest overall antioxidant activity of any carotenoid. Lycopene is especially known for reducing cancers—a protection needed even for children these days.

The aloe vera juice in SuperKids treats bugs and internal boo-boos largely by smoothing out the digestion, thereby maximizing the bioavailability of the included vitamins and minerals.  Your children will enjoy happier and more regular trips to the bathroom, thanks to aloe’s helpful work in the colon. Meanwhile, the manganese, zinc, selenium, and other colloidal minerals plus the Vitamin D in SuperKids enhance your children’s absorption of calcium. This helps bone growth which takes place the fastest between ages four and 12. Healthy bones are much better at surviving bike wrecks and falls from tree houses.

Some moms say their children are more active after taking SuperKids. I suspect this is because these children are experiencing cell improvements, and the moms may be seeing for the first time what their children are like when their little bodies are in prime working order.SuperMom

There’s not a food out there that could provide so many health benefits to my children for the twenty-cents-per-serving cost of SuperKids. Knowing how wonderful Beeyoutiful’s SuperMom vitamins have been for me (I’m coping much better with Real Life now, even as the old-lady hormones rage. And SuperMom vitamins reversed the extreme hair loss of my 16 year-old-daughter!), I am thrilled to have SuperKids formulated especially for my little ones—and for my niece, whose idea of vegetables is French fries!

Beeyoutiful vitamins are now a family affair, and I enjoy more peace of mind knowing that gaps in the family diet have been adequately and easily filled. But I must admit there’s not as much to laugh about in our more recent videos of vitamin taking. Which reminds me: we still need to submit that slime-eating scene to Funniest Home Videos. It just might be a winner.

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The Ultra Way to Keep Your Family – Winter 07-08 Catalog

By Nancy Webster

 

I look forward to Easter shopping-but not for jelly beans and chocolate rabbits. What I crave are those cheap-plastic, pastel buckets. In my house, they have a vital purpose far beyond holding candy-filled fake eggs and artificial pink and green grass. Since we inevitably employ them several times a year, I stash the little pails around the house so they’re always near at hand. That way, when some family member catches a stomach bug, the buckets are ready to catch the results.

A variation on this preparedness scenario doesn’t require Easter buckets but lots of tissues. It can also mean dewy bedroom walls from an all-night run of the humidifier when a cold strikes. A worse variation is bronchitis or respiratory flu.ultra_immuneweb

I must admit, it’s the sick times that make me question the wisdom of having such a large family because our team goes down for so long by the time a bout with illness runs through all ten of us. But thanks now to Beeyoutiful’s Ultra Immune, I have fewer and fewer times to wish down our family size.

These extraordinary black pills could win a look-alike contest for licorice jelly beans, but they’re even more powerful at knocking out and preventing health problems than jelly beans are at causing them! Ultra Immune is jammed with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-microbes-in-general ingredients, the superstar of which is allicin. The most potent component of garlic, allicin is the main reason garlic has such remarkable health properties.

 

My Home Health Test

In the ounce-of-prevention-worth-a-pound-of-cure department, your best strategy is to take one or two gel caps every day when you’re feeling fine. Chances are, you’ll stay that way, even during cold and flu season. Or if you prefer, pop two capsules the minute you start to feel sick, and you’ll likely cut your down time dramatically. Even at the onset of illness, Ultra Immune gives your body the extra fight it needs to get well sooner.

I’m my own best example that Ultra Immune works. The past couple of years have brought many hard situations, and the stress has challenged my vitality as never before. With my 50th birthday only two years away, I realize youth is no longer here to help me through. As a result, hardships got me so run down, I caught every cold and virus that found its way into the family. I even had a bout-unusual for me-with bronchitis. Then I started taking Ultra Immune every day. Once on the regimen, the difference in me showed immediately. My children have had colds, sinus infections, bronchitis, and a lovely stomach bug or two, but I’ve sailed through each without even a hint of sick feelings. Now that mother has done her duty as family guinea pig, it’s time to get the whole crew on Ultra Immune.

 

The Alternative to the Alternatives

I’ve dabbled with alternative medicines for a number of years, but confusion, lack of money for some of the fancier treatments, and a lack of consistency because of my houseful of daily work have slowed me down.  Nevertheless, I’ve tried. I’ve imposed raw garlic on older children, slathered essential oils-both fragrant and odious-on little people, and sampled sundry health diets and foods. While all have their good points, I’m honestly just a tired, getting-older mommy looking for an easy fix. Thankfully, Ultra Immune is both easy and effective. Call it my “silver bullet” to ward off Easter buckets, but there is solid science and a rich history of natural medicines behind Beeyoutiful’s amazing black pills.

Cultures as far back as the ancient Egyptians and Chinese knew the health benefits of garlic. The catch is, though, that you must eat it in the right form, or it just won’t work. If you crush it, that “magic” allicin can be destroyed in as little as ten seconds. Slicing the garlic better preserves its healthfulness, but you still must eat it quickly to gain the benefits.

So what, exactly, does allicin do that is so helpful? Researchers have found that allicin lowers both bad cholesterol and blood pressure, thus helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It also provides anti-cancer, antioxidant, and anti-microbial assistance. And along with being the hero for preventing and healing colds, strep, and flu, allicin even reduces vulnerability to more frightening diseases like tuberculosis and SARS.

If you want this incredible ally on your family’s side, you have to look carefully for it. It does not come “ready made” in garlic. Allicin is actually composed of two substances, allinase and allin, which in the right conditions combine to form the miracle worker. Fresh garlic will not necessarily contain a high level of allicin. Dried garlic powder used for cooking contains both allinase and allin (the allicin precursors), but not necessarily allicin. Garlic oil doesn’t have it at all.

If you think your “garden variety” dietary supplement is an answer, read the packages very carefully. A label that offers “allicin potential” suggests that the manufacturer is just guessing at the value of allicin included. Not only that, the term “allicin rich” is meaningless. It says nothing about the actual amount of allicin in the product. If the label lists only the “allin amount,” you may end up with no allicin at all because allin content is significant only if it can associate with sufficient allinase enzyme to produce allicin.

What you want to see on your allicin supplement is the name AlliSure®. This is allicin powder extract, stable and ready to be used by the body. No further allinase conversion is necessary. AlliSure®-the allicin source in Ultra Immune-is produced through a patented process which formulates allicin liquid from raw garlic. The liquid is spray-dried to produce allicin powder. You also want to see on the label the actual amount of allicin contained in each dose, expressed in micrograms. Ultra Immune contains an optimum 12.5 micrograms of stabilized allicin.

 

Even More for Your Money

Ultra Immune doesn’t stop with allicin to help you fight off the inner bad guys. It also contains black elderberry extract which, according to studies, helps flu patients recover in 3.1 days compared to the average 7.1.

Ultra Immune adds the power of olive leaf extract, yet another wonder for its ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses. The extract is known, too, for fighting the common cold, flu, cold sores (herpes), ear/eye/nose/throat infections, impetigo, pink eye, parasites, and a host of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.

As if that’s not enough, Ultra Immune offers the benefit of two powerhouse essential oils. Rosemary oil serves as an antiseptic for flu viruses and colds, and helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. It is also used to heal ulcers and canker sores. Ultra Immune’s oregano oil (my personal favorite of all the essential oils because it fights so many bad things) destroys antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and is even considered effective against anthrax.

Other germ warfare equipment includes ImmunEnhancerTM AG, a substance derived from Larch tree bark (a fast-growing type of pine), that can help speed the immune system’s response to undesirable organisms so effectively that it is often compared to Echinacea. IETMAG has also been shown to promote the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria.

Perhaps the best aspect of Ultra Immune gel caps compared to any alternative is that there is no garlic taste or smell although the oregano oil fragrance is still there. That might make it a bit hard to get Ultra Immune into a baby, and pregnant mommies should be careful about using Ultra Immune because rosemary oil carries with it the potential for miscarriage. However, if the rest of the family is taking Ultra Immune, many of the germs that try to take over will be stopped in their tracks, so even the unprotected won’t succumb.

I’d still recommend keeping a few Easter buckets around for the stray germ that may sneak through your family’s protection network, but if you start putting Ultra Immune into your loved ones, those buckets will collect a lot of dust between service calls!

 

Nancy Webster is a home schooling mother of eight and an avid researcher on health and nutrition.

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Eucalyptus Bath Salts- Summer 2007 Catalog

by L. Robbins

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Until a few months ago, I had never heard of bath salts. Then, I began using Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Bath Salts. It was wonderful to soak for 20 to 30 minutes in my tub and come out with hydrated, silky soft skin! Plus, I was relaxed, and my body aches were gone so I could fall asleep quickly.

For years I had heard of people traveling long distances to go to a hot spring or paying large sums of money to go to a spa, and I couldn’t understand why. I knew that in Hot Springs, Arkansas, people came from all over the world and paid to get into the baths that contained the water from the hot springs. I thought if all they wanted was a hot bath, they could stay home and get into a hot bath. I just didn’t understand the therapeutic value of a mineral bath until I began researching it.

While immersed in a warm mineral salt bath, our bodies absorb the minerals and oils that are in the water. The minerals and nutrients go quickly into the blood stream where they can be used by the body. Sea salts and Epsom salts contain many minerals beneficial to the muscles, bones, and circulatory system. I was surprised to find that Dead Sea salts even help with skin conditions like psoriasis. These mineral salts heal and condition the skin, leaving it smooth and moisturized.

People from all over the world have traveled to the Dead Sea over the years to bathe in its mineral-rich waters for relief of arthritis, rheumatism, and other health problems. The waters of the Dead Sea are unique, containing 27% of various salts and minerals in comparison to 3% in normal sea water. Sodium comprises eighty percent of normal sea salt, but the highest concentrations of mineral salts in Dead Sea salts are magnesium, potassium, calcium and bromides. Magnesium is important for combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging, and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective in preventing water retention, increasing circulation, and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Bromides relax the muscles and ease muscle stiffness and tension. Sodium is important for lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function).

I never knew exactly why we always used Epsom salts in hot water to soak our very sore or swollen feet, but it always made them feel so much better. The swelling would go down, and the pain would go away. When we had a very tired, achy body, we would put it in our bath water. It was just “the thing to do.”

Epsom salts are named for the mineral rich water of Epsom, England. The village of Epsom was 17th century England’s first spa town because of the marvelous magnesium-rich water in its wells. The village was well known and people came to use the water externally and internally, for its great health benefits.

Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is one of the most effective means getting the magnesium our bodies need. Researchers and physicians report that raising your magnesium levels may improve heart and circulatory health-reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure. Also, magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation. Epsom salts improve the body’s ability to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes. It also delivers sulfates, which are extremely difficult to get through food, but which are readily absorbed through the skin. Medical research indicates sulfates are needed for the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and help to detoxify the body’s residue of medicines, heavy metals, and environmental contaminants.

It’s no wonder that my skin feels so soft, silky and hydrated after a hot bath to which I have added 3 to 4 tablespoons of Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Bath Salts. My research shows that the jojoba oil, grape seed oil, and olive oil, in combination with the Dead Sea salts, provide exceptional skin conditioning and moisturizing.

Natural jojoba oil is an excellent moisturizing agent, which leaves a rich, velvety, non-oily feel to the skin while retarding water loss and enhancing the flexibility and suppleness of the skin. Because it is rapidly absorbed, the pores and hair follicles remain open and thus maintain their proper functioning. In addition to relieving dry, itchy, flaky skin, jojoba oil effectively treats rashes, sores, cuts, bruises, burns, sunburns, acne, psoriasis, and eczema. It may also reduce wrinkles and stretch marks and lighten and help heal scars. It even has some anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Grape seed oil has emollient properties that impart a rich, silky luster to the skin while soothing skin irritation. This oil has mild astringent properties and possesses regenerative and restructuring qualities for better control of skin moisturization. Grape seed oil is also noted to be e?ective for reducing stretch marks.

The moisturizing and skin softening benefits of pure virgin olive oil have long been known. For centuries Mediterranean beauties have relied on it to help maintain fresh, dewy complexions and lustrous hair.eucnewlabelwebsized

The final benefit of Beeyoutiful’s Eucalyptus Bath Salts is the eucalyptus oil. It is great for helping to open study heads and noses due to allergies or colds. When I take a hot bath with these salts added, it’s like using a vaporizer. My nose opens up, and if I have a sinus headache, it goes away.

I usually take my hot “salt bath” just before bed and sleep very well. Plus, I don’t have to use body lotions very often anymore. Now that I know how beneficial hot mineral baths really are, I am even more pleased that I can have them in my own home at a fraction of the cost of going to a spa

 

 

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