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The Fantastic Five – Summer 2010 Catalog

The Fantastic Five

Beeyoutiful’s Super Heroes

by Marissa Greentree

If Beeyoutiful were a movie, there would be five featured players who would get rave reviews from me. They’re all stars of my medicine cabinet, and I’d like you to know what makes them so special.

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SuperMom was the very first Beeyoutiful product I had the pleasure of meeting. I introduced myself as a single mom of a one year-old, and the two of us became fast friends. SuperMom and I have met every morning at breakfast for months and our relationship has been a genuine blessing.

My life before SuperMom was plagued with every-other-day migraines due to the insurmountable stress of my world. In the middle of a divorce from an abusive husband and hiding with my little one fearing for our safety, I was also jobless for nearly six months and on every form of welfare imaginable. Isolation and a lack of trustworthy friendships added to my increasing anxiety.

Lack of energy immobilized and debilitated me, an especially acute problem since daily survival required exceptional amounts of energy. Being a single mom to an infant was no picnic. Sleepless nights due to teething or illness, doctor appointments, learning to feed a child with food sensitivities, discipline, and meeting my son’s emotional needs drained my emotions and my body.

I was desperate for relief. I’d taken other supplements in the past, but nothing had really helped. My migraine medication was becoming a live-in nuisance instead of a distant acquaintance. I wanted the meds to move out and a real life to move back in.

That’s when SuperMom showed up—just in time. Now she is a regular daily benefactor of increased energy, decreased migraines and overall happiness in my home. Migraine meds visit only when extreme stress or mounting anxiety necessitates a short-term boost. SuperMom helped me get my life back! My divorce is now final and my friend-pool is growing. I’m still a single mom but now I have the energy to be, well, a super mom! Any minor headaches I continue to have are combated with my next Beeyoutiful favorite.

Tension Tamer

A bottle in my cabinet and a bottle in my purse…check! I don’t go anywhere without Tension Tamer. This tiny roll-on stick of essential oils has been with me through thick and thin over the last couple of months.

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Whenever I feel a headache coming on or feel my neck muscles tightening due stress, I whip out Tension Tamer and let the aroma settle me back into relaxation. The cooling effect on my neck, shoulders, temples and behind my ears is truly wonderful. Supplemented with a few deep breaths, Tension Tamer helps my entire body slow down so I can think clearly and allow my body to heal itself.

Tension Tamer has gone with me into important meetings and helped me keep my cool. It’s been by my side during confrontation and assisted me in remaining calm. It’s given my body just enough “tension taming” to allow my mind to clear before bed so I have a rejuvenating and restful night’s sleep.

What’s more, I’ve been thrilled at how little I have to use to get the results I want. Tension Tamer isn’t expensive at all when I take into account how long one small bottle lasts. And unlike some treatments, the smell doesn’t make me sick, because there are no added fragrances which I’m allergic to. I can use it as much as I need to without worrying if I’m going to add to my headache or help it.

Whether I’m at home or out-and-about, I know I can count on Tension Tamer to help relieve my headaches and muscle tightness in a pinch. I never leave home without it!

Berry Well

The first time I tried Berry Well, I was having an allergic reaction to a feather down comforter. Within minutes after gulping down two tablespoons, my allergy attack stopped! I was in shock. I didn’t have to grab Claritin or an inhaler or eye drops. I knew from that moment on, my cabinet would never again be without Berry Well.BerryWell_2

Since that time, I’ve used Berry Well to help fight colds, drainage, runny noses and coughs by giving my immune system the boost it was begging for. And I don’t have any adverse side effects with Berry Well like I would with over-the-counter allergy medications. Normally, cold and allergy meds knock me out or make me hyper, drain my body of energy and leave me feeling worse than before. Berry Well helps me almost instantly and I find I can manage my normal daily activities.

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I love starting my day with Laveshmint Hydrating Toner. When I get out of the shower and feel the mist of this cool, refreshing spray, I can face the day with confidence.

My skin is so sensitive that most products (I’ve tried them all!) make my skin break out, but Laveshmint Hydrating Toner actually makes my skin feel refreshed with no irritation. It’s great to find a product that works with my skin instead of against it.

The scent is amazing as well. It’s just strong enough to provide a hint of lavender but soft enough not to be overwhelming. What a great addition to my daily routine!

Lavender Essential Oil

Essential oils are a new addition to my life and I’m in love! Why did I not know about essential oils before now? I now use them for many things—cleaning, fighting insects, aches, stress, as a sleep-aid and for relaxation. The aroma freshens my home, calms me and my son and goes a long ways towards helping my body take care of itself.

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Essential oils in general can be used in a remarkable variety of ways but Lavender Essential Oil is, so far, my favorite. What a diverse oil! I’ve loved its scent and have used it for years but I never knew it could be used for more than just the smell.

I was amazed and thrilled to discover it helps with headaches, sunburns and high blood pressure. I was taken off my high blood pressure medication due to, I believe, a great combination of the Beeyoutiful products I’d been taking. I much prefer the scent and safety of Lavender Essential Oil to battle bugs than any poisonous sprays. It’s also a wonderful oil to add to my wet candle wax in order to infuse my home with the thrilling aroma of lavender.

These five Beeyoutiful stars are fantastic. And unlike some things in movies, you really should try them at home!

Marissa Greentree is a freelance writer who contributes regularly to Beeyoutiful catalogs. She’s mom to a 19 month-old boy and, a survivor of domestic violence, she now advocates for others in similar circumstances. Her hobbies include singing, song-writing, interior decorating, scrapbooking and card-making.

Healing Our Sick Approach To Healthcare – Winter 2008-2009 Catalog

By Dr. Adam Hughes

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Recession, unemployment, rising food prices, and stock market crashes are a few of the depressing subjects you hear about daily. While political and financial leaders do their best to revive our beaten down economy and begin the long climb out of the hole we’ve dug for ourselves, one of the most controversial issues lately has been government bailouts of, first, financial institutions and now the auto industry. The cost is approaching the trillion-dollar mark.

While I don’t fancy myself a true expert on economics or politics, neither do I believe the actions taken by our leaders will provide a long-term remedy for this economic crisis. The planned “fixes” just don’t address underlying causes of our financial turmoil. As a result, while some policies may reduce the pain of the immediate crisis, treating symptoms will only prolong the malady, just as addressing symptoms of a disease only prolongs its effects on the body.

Wealth Loss, Health Loss

Our economic bleeding is similar to the healthcare problems we face.  Profuse amounts of money are spent on medical care each year-and it’s not doing any good. Chances are you or someone you know are on multiple medications for a number of illnesses. Many people take 5 to 10 different medications every day, and many are in and out of the hospital several times a year. Most Americans have come to think of this as a normal part of health maintenance, and that wrong-headed thinking is perhaps the greatest crisis of all. The truth is we are meant to be healthy.

While we call our medical services “healthcare,” what it really amounts to is sick-care-trying to fix people when they’re broken. To be sure, there are plenty of modern medical procedures that save people’s lives, and for those we should be grateful. Our emergency care, for instance, is unsurpassed and can hardly be applauded loudly enough. But when it comes to dealing with chronic conditions and illnesses, major improvements are essential.

The paradigm for sick-care typically revolves around diagnosis and treatment of disease symptoms. This allopathic approach generally assumes that the correct illness-fighting intervention is to reduce symptoms of the disease-a disease that is often said to be brought about by a failure of genes to properly regulate and control the body.  If the symptoms are reduced, the treatment is considered a success.  Examples include therapies such as taking medication to eliminate a headache or to lower blood pressure, or surgically removing a dysfunctional gallbladder. With these procedures, symptoms and pain are decreased, but the underlying cause of the problems is ignored. The regimen turns a blind eye to the vital question of why a patient is sick. Sadly, the ultimate consequence of this approach is that whether or not the patient actually becomes healthier is totally disregarded.

Why So Sick

Most of the billions spent every year on sick-care are used up treating chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. The United States expends more money than any other country doctoring these illnesses. We have the greatest number of hospitals, doctors, and nurses in the world, and our medical services inventory grows every year. Although we make up only about 4% of the world’s population, we consume more than 60% of the world’s pharmaceuticals. So with all of the time, effort, and money put into healthcare, we should be the healthiest folks around, right? But no-the World Health Organization ranks the United States as only the 37th “healthiest” county in the world. And the sick-care model of medicine is to blame.

A paradigm shift away from sick-care to true healthcare is vital. The World Health Organization makes a respectable attempt in defining health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence disease or infirmity,” but I prefer a more scientific and biological characterization of “health.”

A key term in medical biology, homeostasis refers to “optimal functioning of an internal environment”- everything works the way it is designed to. For the human body, homeostasis occurs when all of our cells are functioning at an optimal level. That’s when sickness and disease are absent.  A true healthcare model, then, should have as its goal to move the body towards homeostasis. That means we must also figure out why the body was moving away from homeostasis in the first place.

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One of the more difficult aspects of this paradigm shift is what it requires of each of us as individuals. As it is, sick-care is not just the fault of care providers. Users buy into it because it’s easier to “let someone else take care of me” than to take personal responsibility for being healthy.

Many people assume disease and sickness are just a part of life, often stemming from genes passed down from their parents. Patients tell me all the time that the reason for their pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, headaches, or whatever, is because their parents had the same problem. While genes do play a role in how health is expressed, they do not tell the whole story. More and more studies show that genes are greatly influenced by our environment. Yes, your mom may have passed down a gene that can lead to a defect in heart function, but just because the gene is there does not mean it has to be expressed. Environment can turn genes on and off. This is why lifestyle is so crucial in true health and wellness care.

Lifestyle changes over the past 100 years have generally been for the worse. Our distant ancestors lacked cars, refrigerators, grocery stores, vaccines, blood pressure medications, hospitals, and computers. Yet they were surprisingly healthy when compared to the chronic conditions we face today. Heart disease, diabetes, and cancers were unknown to our ancient cousins except in rare cases. Genetic research has demonstrated that we share the same genes as our ancestors, yet our health rates continue to decline every year. Clearly, the genes haven’t changed-environment and lifestyle have. Our forebears had no choice but to eat organic foods, drink water free of modern-day pollutants, breathe smog-free air, and engage in significant, daily physical activity. By contrast, most Americans are lucky if they can squeeze even one of these healthful patterns into their lives.

Healthcare would acknowledge that well being is a natural state. Our bodies were designed to be self-sustaining. Think about it: when you cut your finger and cover it, does the bandage do the healing? No, of course not. Your body heals itself. We are all born with an inner intelligence governing our bodily functions and health.

Our bodies don’t make mistakes. Every action and reaction on the inside has a specific purpose-to maintain homeostasis and good health. Succumbing to an illness is not a mistake or a genetic problem. Diseases are simply the body’s way of adapting to stress in our environment. Given the right environment and lifestyle, we adapt and heal from the inside out. But when the environment is fraught with chronic stress and bad lifestyle choices, our body’s ability to adapt diminishes, and sickness and disease progress. Most stresses on the body come in the form of toxicities and deficiencies.

Being Toxic Wastes Us

When you face most any health problem, chances are you are either toxic in something bad, or deficient in something your body needs to thrive. The bad stuff includes pollutants, junk food, contaminated water, and heavy metals.  What’s worse, people are often deficient in vital nutrients, minerals, essential fats, helpful bacteria in our intestines, and exercise.

Toxicity and deficiency create sickness and pull us away from homeostasis.  For good health it’s necessary to create an environment and lifestyle that benefit your genetic makeup and create health naturally.

Adding to the problem that we are on our own in choosing this path, insurance companies don’t pay for such changes. But if you hope to be-and stay-genuinely healthy, you can’t afford to wait around for insurance companies, the government, and physicians to address our needs and for it to cost nothing. And whether our country eventually adopts government-sponsored “universal healthcare” or continues with more free market options, the health of our nation will continue to decline. No matter what treatment delivery system we use, the “answer” will be more drugs, more surgeries, and less well-being for patients.

I do believe there’s hope for a cultural change toward a healthy healthcare system. People will eventually realize our current system is bankrupt-in all ways. We must encourage our leaders, scientists, politicians, and physicians to shift healthcare in the direction of true health and well-being, rather than focusing on who is going to pay for our badly broken sick-care model. And personally, you can choose every day to create a better environment for yourself.

God designed your body to heal from the inside out as long as there body to do its job is no interference. Remove toxic stresses from your life, and allow the body to do its job. The health you salvage just may be your own.

In his Columbia practice, Dr. Hughes focuses on a modern approach to Chiropractic, emphasizing lifestyle changes rather than strictly focusing on pain relief. Th is way, patients receive relief from their health problems, while at the same time learn better ways to live a healthy life and prevent future problems. This is a far more comprehensive and holistic way approach the patient’s overall health and wellness. Dr. Hughes has a passion for educating patients on better ways to eat, move, and think – utilizing the latest technologies and research regarding the central nervous system, spinal health, whole food nutrition and enzymes. His office is located at 622 West 7th St., Columbia, TN 38401. Phone# 931-380-1144

Good Scents of Balance- Fall 2008 Catalog

by Nancy Webster

Essential Oils Heal the Body and Sooth the Mind

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Our doctor was mystified twice over. First because he identified the painful rash on my ten-year-old daughter’s chest and neck as shingles-something only old folks are supposed to get. And second, the usually tenacious condition was already going away! “Whatever you’ve been putting on her, keep it up,” he ordered. I’d been slathering my daughter with tea tree oilfor a week. She healed quickly and bears only the slightest scars today.

More recently, a pre-teen foster daughter we hosted for six months routinely suffered emotional meltdowns because of a traumatic childhood. When I blended lavender with other essential oils for her to inhale during an “outbreak,” her mood calmed quickly.

Head lice plagued our friends with six children. Fearing the carcinogenic properties of over-the-counter head lice medicines, they treated everyone’s hair with tea tree oil. The family was quickly, and safely, lice-free.

Testimonies like these offer just a few reasons why I’ve kept essential oils in our medicine cabinet for more than ten years. Produced by the distilling of selected plants, pure essential oils offer potent healing assistance to the body and mind. Essential oils go a step further than regular herbs because they absorb directly into the bloodstream and trigger systems in the brain for emotional well-being.

When in Aroma, Enjoy What the Aromas Do

Perhaps you’ve heard of aromatherapy. While it’s become something of a buzzword, not everything that claims to have aromatherapy qualities actually does what only essential oils can. “Aromatherapy” lotions and candles sold next to pickled eggs and caffeine pills at gas station convenience stores seriously misuse the term just to make a sale. So do many air fresheners, cleaning products, and facial tissues. Most, if not all, of these products use chemical-based, synthetic oils which do not provide health benefits-they can actually be harmful.

True aromatherapy is provided only by pure essential oils. Although your nose may not readily detect the difference, when exposed to the real thing, your brain’s limbic system gears up to help you concentrate better, relax, or perk up your mood, depending on the particular oils you use. In the 14th century, during the Black Death plague, workers in the perfume industry showed a remarkable tendency not to get sick. They were in constant contact with essential oils, the primary source for scents at the time. Essential oils still do the job today.

Here are a few easy ways to capture the healing character of essential oils:

  • Rather than dosing your child with cough and cold medicines, fill a medium-size bowl with boiling water and add a couple of drops of tea tree or eucalyptus oil. Let him/her breathe the healing vapors deep into the lungs.
  • Dilute the oils with a carrier like olive or sweet almond oil. Then rub a sick person’s chest, neck, and soles of their feet for an antibiotic effect against germs and viruses.
  • Add a drop of peppermint oil to a glass of water, and drink it to soothe indigestion and nausea.
  • A drop of oregano oil in water swished in the mouth and swallowed helps heal mouth ulcers and sore throats.

Many times, essential oils can be incorporated into things you do anyway, like bathing and washing your hair. Oils make your home smell fresh the healthy way instead of with chemicals. And you can massage sore muscles and tired backs with health-giving oils rather than cheap lotions. Or add essential oils to your natural cleaning and laundry products to give not only a nice smell, but also antibacterial and anti-fungal (mold!) protection.

Oils Take to the Air

One of the easiest and most effective ways to get the full advantage of aromatherapy is to use a diffuser. While you can always put a drop of essential oil on a tissue, cotton ball or even your pillowcase, a diffuser distributes oils through the air so the whole room is purified and every breath brings healing. Beeyoutiful now carries one of the best diffusers available. It works by nebulizing (breaking the oils into separate molecules) before dispersing them into the room. These smaller molecules are more readily absorbed by the lungs, making this the most therapeutic of the diffuser-styles.

Essential oils can be combined to create appealing and complex aromas for specific therapeutic uses. Blending with a targeted purpose is called essential oil synergy. Working together, oils heal more effectively than on their own. Tea tree and lavender oil are often paired, and there are many specific blend recipes available on the internet.

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A Great Start with Oils

Since there are more than a hundred different essential oils, sorting through the nearly countless possibilities for using them can be overwhelming. To help with the selection, Beeyoutiful carries several champions of the essential oil line-up. Eucalyptus, known for opening up bronchial tubes and clearing stuffy noses, has been part of the Beeyoutiful product line almost since the company began. And this fall, four splendid, highly versatile oils have joined the team: lavender, oregano, peppermint, and tea tree oil. To help you maximize your aromatherapy experience, I’ve noted below a quick rundown of what to expect from each.

Lavender-think “fresh.” The purple, gently scented flowers grown in most herb gardens have been used throughout history as a natural antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-depressant, sedative, and de-toxifier. The name comes from the Latin word “lavare”, which means “to wash.” The fresh, clean fragrance is a reminder of lavender’s internal and emotional cleansing attributes. Lavender promotes healing and scar prevention after injury or burns. You’ll want to avoid the fake lavender fragrance now added to many baby skin care products. Use the real thing, and you’ll see your colicky, stressed-out baby relax. While you’re at it, try some on yourself after a rough day of mommy-ing. A lavender massage not only relieves sore muscles and arthritis pain but also menstrual cramps and discomfort from bladder infections. Skin problems like acne, eczema, wrinkles, and sunburn are soothed by lavender.

Oregano-the strong man. Used by folks as far back as the ancient Greeks, oregano is a potent antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic oil, a warrior against germs, Candida, and parasites which contribute to skin infections and digestive problems. Oregano strengthens the immune system. It’s safe for internal use and can zap a sore throat (including strep) in short order. Just gargle and swallow a few times a day for three days. Even the antibiotic-resistant staph. infection MRSA can be treated with oregano oil.

Peppermint-think “perky.” Besides the anti-nausea benefit noted earlier, cool, refreshing peppermint stimulates the mind, increasing mental agility and improving focus. Try peppermint aromatherapy when you’re working on taxes or some other tough project requiring concentration. If you’re feeling down and overwhelmed, a dab of this oil perks up your limbic system to keep you plugging away. Peppermint oil cools the skin, reducing redness and calming irritation and itchiness. Inside, it eases spastic colon and boosts the digestive system. Peppermint breaks up congestion pain from migraines, headaches, sinus, and chest congestion, too.

Tea tree oil-the jack-of-all-trades. This one works for most every sick bug and cleaning need you have. Just don’t swallow it. Made from a tree that grows only on the east coast of Australia, tea tree oil is antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. Use it for first-aid on cuts, scrapes, and burns-and as a wart remover. Tea tree oil helps control problems as diverse as dandruff, head lice, vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, athlete’s foot, cold sores, and ringworm. And did I mention shingles-and its cousin, chicken pox? Inhaling tea tree oil vapors helps colds and bronchial distress. What’s more, bugs hate tea tree oil, so it makes a great repellent and treatment for insect bites. It even relieves itching caused by poison ivy. Add tea tree oil to your laundry to kill dust mites and for disinfection after sickness. For a great way to avoid toxic cleaners, use tea tree oil mixed with vinegar, borax, and water to get the same cleansing results, and add it straight in your dishwasher or garbage disposal.

The bottom line? For more healing, cleansing, and mind-soothing results than you can count, these oils are essential.

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