Healthy Lifestyle

Can WiFi Signals Stunt Plant Growth?

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Image credit: 9b Hjallerup School

One of my passions is to share information with people who are trying to live a natural, and toxin-free lifestyle.  Today I ran across an article published by ABC news about the negative effects of Wi-Fi signals. In a Danish scientific study done by a group of high school students, they discovered that Wi-Fi signals equivalent to the signal strength emitted by cell phones caused plants and seeds placed near these signals to turn brown and die.  Cell phone use has long been a controversial topic. I personally can’t imagine life without a cell phone or wireless internet access.  But this study surely does make you think about the long-term effects on our health. Check out this article…

Essential Oils, Uncategorized

Finally! An energy drink that is HEALTHY!

Are you looking for an energy boost that is healthy and safe alternative to traditional caffeine drinks?  Young Living recently released NingXia Nitro.

This amazing drink balances your body in a healthy way while boosting energy and reducing the feeling of fatigue.  Check out some of the ingredients as described by Marc Schreuder, Young Living Vice President of Research and Formulations…

  • Green tea in Nitro provides better cognitive ability, reduces psychological distress, better weight reduction at the genetic level.
  • Ginseng in Nitro is claimed to be ant-fatigue, replenishes chi (life force) and stimulates libido.
  • Yerba mate essential oil (only in Nitro) reduces mental and physical fatigue, improves mood and combats stress, is equivalent to Clove oil in antioxidant activity, reduces cholesterol and blood fat, increases bone density, decreases inflammation, helps to lower body weight.
  • D-ribose in Nitro (500mg per tube) protects cells from oxidative stress, counteracts chronic fatigue and calms caffeine jitters.


Ningxia NITRO – for cognitive fitness, focus, acuity, performance

Directions: consume directly from the tube or mix with 2 to 4 ounces of Ningxia Red or water to enhance physical performance, lift mental fog or anytime you need a pick-me-up.

NingXia NITRO is an all-natural way to increase cognitive alertness, enhance mental fitness and support overall performance.  Its benefits are derived from a wide range of powerful cognitive enhancers, including a proprietary blend of the essential oils of:

  • Black pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Yerba mate
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint.

Bioenergy Ribose improves physical performance, speeds up recovery and increases overall energy reserves.

Supporting ingredients include:

  • B vitamins
  • Green tea extract
  • Choline
  • Korean ginseng

They have been added to sharpen the mind and invigorate the senses.

NingXia NITRO is a simple and convenient way to become more focused, support mental acuity and enhance physical performance. AND IT IS COMPETITIVELY PRICED!

Special thanks to Alan Zerr for information shared in this post!

For information about how to purchase NingXia Nitro, visit my website at

Essential Oils

What is the best brand of therapeutic essential oils?

My personal choice for the most powerful therapeutic essential oils Is Young Living Essential Oils.  I have found this company’s oils to be consistently effective and safe, and the integrity of the company and its executive team is the best I have ever encountered.  My friend David Steward explains why Young Living is the best choice in therapeutic essential oils very well:  

Twelve Questions to Ask Those Who Invite You to Join Another Company
by David Stewart, PhD

We are finding ourselves more frequently approached by competing essential oil companies to sell and promote their brand. They always claim to have “pure therapeutic grade” oils “as good or better than those of Young Living.” Maybe they do and maybe they don’t. Here are some questions to ask when approached by another essential oil company.

1. Does their company own any farms on which to raise herbs for oils? And if they do, are they new farms on land formerly polluted with herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals that contain residuals from the past, or are they farming land that is clean, which has never been cultivated or has been untilled for at least the last 50 years?

2. Does their company have their own fully equipped testing laboratory to verify an oil’s composition?

3. Do they have anyone on staff with a trained nose who can analyze oils by their smell? (There are less than 200 people in the world with noses sufficiently trained to discern the chemistry of a fragrance.)

4. If their company purchases oils from outside suppliers, do they visit the distilleries and farms of those suppliers periodically to observe if the herbs are grown organically, i.e. without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers?

5. Do they know if the grower has a testing laboratory on the farm to determine when the crop is at its peak for oil harvesting?

6. Do they know if the crops were actually harvested at their peak time and, if so, was there an inordinant delay in taking them to the still and into the cookers?

7. Do they know if their distillery personnel understand the art and science of distilling, exactly how to pack the cookers, how to administer the steam, how to maintain minimum temperatures and pressures throughout the cooker, and how to continuously monitor the process throughout distillation to make sure the oil produced contains all of its components in the proper proportions?

8. If their supplier makes a mistake in the distillation or harvesting processes that results in an inferior grade of oil, does that supplier sell the oil anyway or do they discard it?

9. Do they know if the the cookers in the distilleries of their suppliers have domed lids or cone shaped lids? Most stills use dome-shaped lids. Cone topped cookers deliver a better grade of oil than dome tops.

10. Do they know if their suppliers supplement the distillation process with solvents to exatract additional oil from the plant matter?

11. Do they know if their suppliers bottle their oils directly from the distillery without modifying the composition of the natural oil by adding anything or taking anything away?

12. Do they know if their company has tested their company’s oils side by side with Young Living oils in the same lab to make a fair comparison? And if so, where is the data?

This is not a comprehensive list of questions you could ask, but if their answer to any or most of the above is “no,” or “I don’t know,” then how do they know their oils are “pure therapeutic grade” and that they are “as good or better than those of Young Living?” Without such knowledge, how can they make any verifiable claims that compare Young Living Oils with their brand?

With Young Living, you know that the answer to all of these questions is “Yes.”

Young Living owns and operates four large farms in Utah, Idaho, France, and Ecuador, all of which were clean and free of chemicals for at least 50 years before Young Living agreed to buy the land. In fact, the land in Idaho had never been farmed before Young Living, and the Ecuador farm is being cleared from primitive jungle, free from human contamination for thousands of years.

Young Living also has an expertly staffed, fully equipped laboratory for testing oils including a gas chromatograph, a mass spectrometer, and other equipment whose value adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Young Living also has small labs on their farms to test the plants right from the field as they mature to determine the exact season and time of day to harvest the crop for the best oil. This is necessary because plants change their chemistry throughout the season and throughout the day, varying from week to week and hour to hour.

Gary Young is one of the few people in the world who can smell an oil and tell you what compounds are present, which are missing, and in what quantities. An essential oil company needs a person like that to check every batch of oil to make sure it is up to therapeutic standards. Such people can discern certain aspects of oil chemistry that a laboratory cannot measure.

Young Living markets more than 100 species of oils and cannot possible raise them all on their own farms. When they purchase from other growers and suppliers, they not only may initial site visits to verify that the oils are being produced and packaged properly, but they have a program of making repeated visits from time to time to make sure the standards are being upheld.

Gary Young has personally trained his distillers in the art of distilling. Besides the science to know exactly how to pack the cookers but the still operator must also learn the art of how to listen to the sounds of the steam inside the cooker and to be able to feel the outside of the cooker and diagnose how things are going inside to determine what adjustments need to be made.

Young Living distills oils at minimum pressures and temperatures to gently coax the oil and all of its compounds into the finished product, even though significant money, time, and labor can be saved by distilling at high pressures and high temperatures, like many companies do. High pressure/high temperature distillation may produce an oil with the fragrance compounds of an oil, but not with the therapeutic compounds. Young Living never uses solvents to finish off the distilling process as many companies do.

By climbing inside of an actual cooker and visually noting the patterns of steam flow, Gary Young was able to determine that a dome-shaped lid caused the oil-bearing steam to curl and back flow into the plant mass, thus altering the chemistry and losing some constituents, while a cone-shaped lid allowed the steam to spiral directly up, out, and into the condenser without turbulence.

Many of the techniques and skills applied in growing and distilling Young Living oils are trade secrets, known only to Gary Young and his trusted employees.

Young Living oils are bottled as they emerge from the still in their complete natural state without adulteration (adding compounds) or refinement (removing compounds).

In a few instances when mistakes were made and a batch of oil grown and distilled by Young Living did not measure up to Gary Young’s standards, the oil was discarded, poured out on the ground. Some companies would have sold such oil anyhow, if not to their customers, then to another retailer. Young Living will never do that. They would rather be in short supply of a given species than to market an inferior product.

While you are asking questions to another company representative, you might also ask how long they have been in business? Young Living was founded in 1991. Gary bought its first farm in 1992 near St. Maries, Idaho, and its second farm in 1995 near Mona, Utah. Gary Young and the company are committed to ensuring a current and future supply of top grade essential oils indefinitely into the future.

If you ever get the opportunity, visit a Young Living farm and distillery and you will begin to see for yourself the care and dedication it takes to produce the finest essential oils in the world.

The factors that make Young Living unique and outstanding in the world of essential oil companies are so numerous they cannot all be presented in an article like this. When your life and your health are depending on it, you cannot afford to use oils whose chemistry and origins are uncertain. I have complete trust in the quality and integrity of Young Living oils. That is why I will neither use nor consider any other brand.


Reprinted from The Raindrop Messenger, a free online newsletter, with permission from Dr. David Stewart. To subscribe or download back issues, visit

For information about Young Living Essential Oils, please visit my website:

Essential Oils

My favorite Sun Protection

This weekend I spent a couple of days working in the sun. I got a good amount of sun, but thankfully not a serious burn. It reminded me to share my favorite recipe for a natural sunscreen that works extremely well!

Bur first let me share some valuable background information from Young Living Essential Oils Crown Diamond Cherie Ross: “Certain natural vegetable oils and Essential Oils have been found to provide some protection against the sun. Sesame oil can block or reduce about 30% of the burning rays; coconut and olive oils about 20%, and Aloe Vera inhibits about 20%.YL Helichrysum Oil has been researched for its ability to effectively screen out some of the sun’s harmful rays.”

So here is MY favorite recipe for Sunscreen:

  • 4 oz of Avocado Oil (be sure it is organic)
  • 30 drops of YL Lavender
  • 10 drops YL Helichrysum
  • 3 drops YL Roman Chamomile.

Mix and apply.  I like to pour some into a smaller container for easy application.

Remember, this is not waterproof, so you will need to reapply after swimming!


And here is another Sunscreen recipe from the Young Living Blog…..


Now, if you do get too much sun, a great product to soothe the burn is Young Living’s LavaDerm Spray. The spray is nice when it hurts too much to touch a sunburn or a burn. I also have just used more of the sunscreen to soothe and heal if not too tender to touch.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils: The Healthy Pesticide

Today’s post comes from

Researchers from the Department of Entomology at the South Korean National Institute of Health decided to test three essential oils and their major constituents against a form of typhus for which there is no effective vaccine.

“Scrub typhus” is a form of typhus that is caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi, a Gram-negative α-proteobacterium. A Wikipedia article states that this typhus is found in what is called the “tsutsugamushi triangle” which extends from northern Japan and far-eastern Russia in the north, to the territories around the Solomon Sea into northern Australia in the south, and to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the west.”1

The typhus is transmitted to humans by the genus of mites called Leptotrombidium. In the larval form (called chiggers) the mites feed on rodents or humans who walk through brushy areas. “Leptotrombidium mites are therefore both vector and reservoir for O. tsutsugamushi.”2

While other forms of typhus belong to the genus Rickettsia, scrub typhus is categorized as Orientia. The Wikipedia article states that “Without treatment, the disease is often fatal. Since the use of antibiotics, case fatalities have decreased from 4–40% to less than 2%.”3 However, strains of the scrub typhus are becoming resistant to doxycycline and chloramphenicol. Because of great antigenic variations in the strains, there is no vaccine available for this chigger- and tick-borne bacterium.

Here is where the South Korean study4 brings hope. The researchers studied the essential oils of cassia bark, eucalyptus, and star anise along with their major constitutents: (E)-cinnamaldehyde; 1,8-cineole; and (E)-anethole.

The study showed that the efficacy of the essential oils deserves even more research. The researchers stated: “Results were compared with those of conventional repellents DEET . . ., IR3535 . . . , and permethrin. Based on the median repellent concentration (RC50) values, (E)-cinnamaldehyde, (E)-anethole, cassia bark oil, and star anise oil . . . exhibited significantly more potent repellency than DEET. . . . (E)-cinnamaldehyde, (E)-anethole, cassia bar oil, and star anise oil were approximately 43, 16,11, 8, and 4 times more effective than IR3535 (CC5, 6.51%). . . . The median residual duration time of repellency (RT50) was significantly more pronounced in DEET (RT50, 323 min) than in all essential oils and constituents (108-167 min). In the light of global efforts to reduce the level of highly toxic synthetic repellents, the three essential oils and their major constituents described merit further study as potential biorepellents for the control of L. pallidum populations.”5


  3. Scrub typhus, op cited.
  4. Shin EH, et al., “Repellency of cassia bark, eucalyptus, and star anise oils and their major constituents to Leptotrombidium pallidum (Acari: Trombiculidae),” J Med Entomol. 2013 May;50(3):579-84.
  5. Ibid.

Copyright © 2013 AIRASE. Posted with permission from AIRASE


Convention, Uncategorized

Discover the power of Essential Oils

Essential Oils are the ideal vehicle for achieving balance and harmony in each of the body’s systems.

Over the past few weeks I have been posting excerpts from my notes taken at the 2013 Young Living Essential Oils Convention. I realize the notes cannot do justice to the context and massive content conveyed, but I hope you have at least received a glimpse into the vast knowledge and inspiration that was shared.

If you would like to learn more about the power of therapeutic grade essential oils, please contact me via my website at and I will be happy to dialog with you privately.

Going forward, I may post less frequently, but thanks for following my blog and stay tuned for more great information about natural health and essential oils.  Blessings, Joyce

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed that’s all that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Convention, Food for thought


The following quotes were part of Darren Hardy’s (Success Magazine) presentation at the Young Living Essential Oils Convention in June.  


  • Pick a frustration and keep a Thanksgiving Journal for 21 days – When you change how you look at a situation, the situation changes.
  • When in doubt… Just DO the thing you DON’T want to do. That’s usually exactly what you SHOULD do.
  • Small seemingly insignificant moment-to-moment CHOICES are what bring success.
  • You cannot own success… Rent is due everyday. Success is earned by hard work.
  • Immediate gratification is a trap on the road to success.
  • When working to achieve a goal, list what are the things to achieving this goal you don’t want to do (hard, difficult, scary)? Then, spend 80% of your time doing those things.
  • You are 100% responsible – what you DO, DON’T DO and how you RESPOND to what’s done to you.
  • Pick a frustration and keep a Thanksgiving Journal for 21 days – When you change how you look at a situation, the situation changes.
  • Hard reality – GOOD HABITS: Hard to create, easy to lose.

  • Hard reality – BAD HABITS: Easy to create, hard to change

Do something every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt