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ESSENTIAL OILS: why you need them in your life.

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Essential oils are the new black in the naturopathic, home remedy world. Chances are, you've heard a friend raving about her new bottle of lavender, or you have a bottle of peppermint oil on your shelf from Bed Bath and Beyond that you bought because it smelled nice. But few people know what exactly essential oils are, where to find non-synthetic brands, or just how much power is packed into those little 15ml bottles. So what's the big deal?

Extracted from the bark, leaves, roots, stems, and fruit of a plant, essential oils are a highly concentrated substance that contain the "essence" of their plant--the smell, but also the healing and nutritional capabilities. There are hundreds of different essential oils, which can be overwhelming; so today we're going to focus on a few that everyone should have in their homes.

Peppermint

One of the best oils on the market, with dozens of uses and health benefits--peppermint oil is a must have. It gives a cooling sensation when applied, which is perfect for muscle pain, cramps, and joint stiffness. It can reduce muscle spasms, leading many doctors to recommend it for nausea, and digestive problems like bloating, indigestion, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

Other uses? Peppermint unclogs sinuses and soothes sore throats, providing relief for colds, coughs, asthma, and bronchitis. It acts as a natural, chemical free bug repellent, treats acne, sunburn, and bug bites, freshens breath, stimulates hair growth, and relieves headaches.

Bonus: Colicky infant? Teething toddler? Peppermint has been proven to heal colic and sooth teething gums.

Frankincense

Yes--the wise men's gift to Jesus is also an essential oil! It is commonly used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety, counteract insomnia, and decrease painful inflammation. But it can also boost your immune system, and even help prevent and/or treat cancer.

Bonus: take advantage of its antiseptic and disinfectant powers--use it as a household cleaner.

Lavender

Hands down the most used essential oil in the world, the benefits of Lavender were first discovered over 2,500 years ago. Ancient Egyptians used it in their mummification rituals.

Today, Lavender is a versatile oil. It reduces anxiety, improves brain function, and promotes deeper sleep in adults and children. It also has powerful skin benefits; it heals burns and wounds, restores skin complexion, reduces acne, and slows signs of aging.

Lavender can also be used to protect your body from symptoms of diabetes, and soothes symptoms of cancer and chemotherapy. It is used to treat migraines as well.

Bonus: it smells amazing. Dab a little bit on your neck and wrists as a natural, sweet-smelling perfume.

Eucalyptus

The benefits of Eucalyptus oil were first researched by Australian physicians. Today, people all over the world are using it for cold and flu relief, sinus and allergy treatment, and respiratory issues.

It also has many around-the-house benefits: use it as an odor remover, an air cleanser, a spot remover, and a natural soap. It is great for killing mold in your home.

Bonus: it is 100% safe to use on pets!

Clary Sage

Considered one of the top essential oils for hormones, Clary Sage is most commonly used to relieve symptoms of menopause or heavy menstrual cycles. It relieves cramps, staves off hot flashes, and corrects hormonal imbalances.

It can also be used to reduce cholesterol, increase circulation, and kill bacteria and infections. Preliminary studies have shown that it kills Leukemia cancer cells.

Bonus: need a confidence boost? Clary Sage alleviates anxiety, and leaves you feeling joyful and relaxed.

Cinnamon

Highly concentrated and packed with antioxidants, Cinnamon is great for your heart. It stabilizes blood sugar, boosts circulation, combats cardiovascular disease, and heals damage from heart attacks or strokes.

Other uses? Cinnamon reduces ulcers and promotes digestion health, burns fat, relieves depression, and kills parasites your body gets from undercooked meat, unclean vegetables, or traveling overseas.

Bonus: it has been shown to act as a natural aphrodisiac.

 

The most important thing to remember when in the market for essential oils? Check their quality! There is no third-party governing body that regulates essential oils, so companies that give their oils a "grade" or have "certified" on the bottle are not referring to external standards. Many companies sell adjusted, altered, or even synthetic oils. How can you avoid this?

Buy Nature's Sunshine! They back every bottle of our oils with our SureSource Guarantee, and have spend decades building trusted partnerships with their customers and suppliers. For each essential oil, they can provide several documents--signed by botanists, third party experts, and lab technicians at each phase of the product's life cycle--that certify pure, natural authenticity.

Stock up on our essential oils, knowing they're full of pure, concentrated plants, and have fun finding your favorites!

 

Sources

www.draxe.org

www.naturesunshine.com

Magnesium Complex: what it can do for you!

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An estimated 80% of adults today are magnesium deficient. This is a condition referred to as hypomagnesemia, and it often causes symptoms such as muscle aches or spasms, poor digestion, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. More serious symptoms include:

  • hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • kidney and liver damage
  • migraine headaches
  • restless leg syndrome
  • worsened PMS symptoms
  • behavioral disorders and mood swings
  • osteoporosis
  • recurrent bacterial or fungal infections
  • tooth cavities
  • eclampsia
  • muscle weakness

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical functions in the body--making it one of the most important minerals our bodies need. Unfortunately, few people are tested for hypomagnesemia, and many people don't realize they are deficient.

What makes magnesium deficiency so common? There are a few factors at play. Soil depletion lowers the amount of magnesium in the crops we eat. Digestive disorders, high rates of prescription medication, and antibiotic use damage the body's ability to absorb magnesium. We naturally lose magnesium every day from normal activities, but if those stores are not replenished, then our bodies can become deficient.

Here at Nature's Finest, our solution is the Magnesium Complex supplements from Nature's Sunshine. Jim recommends starting with 2 capsules a day, and working up to a dose that best meets your body's needs. Give us a call, or drop by the store to pick up a bottle today!

 

SOURCES:

https://www.naturessunshine.com/us/Printable/GetProductDetailsPdf?productID=1859

https://draxe.com/magnesium-supplements/

How to Jumpstart - Or Kill - Your Immune System

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This time of year, germs seem to be everywhere. Whether it's the common cold, the flu, a stomach bug, a mystery respiratory virus, or something much, much worse, it seems like coming down with some sort of sickness is inevitable. It doesn't have to be.

Below are two lists: one containing the best things you can do to preserve and promote a healthy immune system, and another containing the worst things.

Beneath that, we have a list of things around the house that are most likely to be germ hot-spots, and things you'll want to clean very, very well.

BEST:

  • Probiotics: gut health comprises 80% of the immune system. Keep the gut healthy, and the immune system will be, too!
  • Exercise: this boosts white blood cell activity to fight off infection.
  • Weight Management: make it a goal to obtain and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity cripples the immune system and several other processes and organs in the body.
  • Diet: eat organic whole food - mainly fruits and vegetables. These are high in antioxidants and nutrients the body needs to support healthy immune function.
  • Supplement: some of the best natural, herbal supplements to support a healthy immune system include ionic silver, elderberry, echinacea, vitamin C, and garlic, though there are many, many more!
  • Water: stay hydrated and drink half your body weight in water daily. This will allow the body to better flush out toxins.

WORST:

  • Smoking: this inhibits immune function and can leave the body more susceptible to disease.
  • Alcohol: prevents the body from absorbing nutrients necessary to proper immune health. As a result, this causes the immune system to be sluggish in response to infection.
  • Stress: it's no secret that stress damages the body. The immune system is no exception. Stress reduces immune response, weakens white blood cells, and causes inflammation. Relaxation techniques and calming herbs can help relieve tension.
  • Sugar: it's no secret sugar is bad for you. Aside from meeting all the requirements of being an addictive drug, sugar also prevents white blood cells from killing germs and bad bacteria.
  • Processed Foods & Sodas: the chemicals, preservatives, and pesticides used in the growing and processing of these foods are toxic on the entire body, not just the immune system. Combine this with sugar and you can say goodbye to your immune system.
  •  Prescription Medications: both prescribed and over-the-counter medications are very foreign and toxic to the body. They weaken the body rather than heal, and prolonged use of antibiotics can have severe damage on the immune system.

THE TOP GERM HOT SPOTS:

  • The Kitchen Sink
  • Kitchen Washrags/Sponges
  • Children's Toy
  • Telephones
  • Keyboards/Remote Controls
  • Toothbrushes
  • Public Soap Dispensers
  • Vacuum Cleaner

The best, most effective cleaners for problems such as  these are GNLD's Green, and Nature's Sunshine's Silver Shield. Both can be diluted and sprayed on objects, surfaces, and even pets! They're gentle and extraordinarily safe. We carry both!

For more information on immune-boosting supplements or any other questions you may have about this article, please feel free to contact us. We're always more than happy to help.

Reach us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com). Or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

 

Sources:

 Sourav. "What Causes a Weak Immune System?" Published 04 May, 2010.

< http://healthmad.com/health/what-causes-a-weak-immune-system/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

Anonymous. "6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally." Published 11 September, 2014.

< http://www.budwigcenter.com/6-easy-ways-boost-your-immune-system-naturally/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

Alyssa Shaffer. "10 Worst Germ Hot Spots." No date.

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Fight the Mystery Virus, Colds, & Flu Naturally!

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It's early September again. Temperatures will soon be dropping, and with this drop comes - you've guessed it! - colds, flu, viruses, and more. Already there's a sickness dubbed "the mystery virus" documented in ten states and sweeping the nation quickly. Its symptoms include normal cold signs, such as sneezing, sniffling, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, etc., but the real kicker is the wheezing. People and children, particularly, with asthma can have a difficult bout with the virus, and therefore are advised to take precautions.

With this virus spreading, it's easy to fret. However, at Nature's Finest Nutrition, we have three products to promote prevention and recovery from this virus, and they're listed below with their historical uses and benefits.

 

1. NEOLIFE'S HERBAL RESPIRATORY FORMULA.herbal resp

According to their website, this product: "keeps lungs clear for easy breathing."

It also:

  • Promotes clear, quiet breathing, clear bronchial lining, and reduced congestion.
  • Supports regular and unrestricted bronchial and pulmonary airflow.

Its ingredients and historical uses include:

  • Elecampane root, to help promote air flow to the lungs.
  • Elder flower, to help relieve sneezing, itching, and other discomforts often associated with dust and pollen.
  • Thyme, to promote clear, quiet breathing and reduce congestion.

The great thing about this herbal formula is that it can be taken on an empty stomach, and a great deal of it can be taken for a short period of time.

 

 

2. NEOLIFE'S RESP-ELEVEN.resp-eleven

It is said to "help clear your sinuses and soothe distressed tissue for free, comfortable breathing."

It also:

  • Supports normal airflow in the sinuses and lungs.
  • Promotes a healthy immune response.

Its ingredients and historical uses include:

  • Horseradish root to support normal airflow in the sinuses and lungs, and promote a healthy immune response.
  • Pleurisy root and hyssop to promote clear, open airways, free of restrictions or excess moisture content, especially in the upper respiratory tract.

This formula does need to be taken with food.

 

 

3. NATURE'S SUNSHINE'S SILVER SHIELD.

This colloidal and ionic silver product is completely non-toxic, using particle-size colloids for maximum use in the body. It uses a patented technology called Silver Sol  shown to be several times more effective than colloidal and ionic silver products. Its cellular formation is super-charged to spread throughout the body at an exponential rate to heal the bosilverdy faster.

It's historical uses include:

  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-viral
  • alleviating colds and flu
  • stimulating the immune system
  • fighting and killing nearly any of infection (including yeast and even leprosy!)
  • boosting wound healing
  • soothing burns, sunburns, and diaper rash
  • cleansing the body, blood, and brain
  • combating pneumonia, MRSA, Malaria, AIDS, HIV, and more!

Also, like the Herbal Respiratory Formula, large amounts of this product can be taken in small windows of time. A bottle a day may safely be taken for several days in a row, and unlike any other colloidal silver products, Silver Shield can be taken without the risk of ever turning the skin blue. 

Thank the new Silver Sol technology. There's nothing like it!

If you have any questions about dosages for these products, or anything of that sort, call us at (423) 899-8422 or contact us by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com), or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We’re always eager to help!

 

 

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Sources:

"Herbal Respiratory Formula < http://neolife.com/en-us/product/NeoLifeNutritionals/All/HerbalRespiratoryFormula >

"Resp-Eleven" < http://neolife.com/en-us/product/NeoLifeNutritionals/All/RespEleven >

"Silver Shield" < http://www.naturessunshine.com/us/product/silver-shield-waqua-sol-18-ppm-4-fl-oz/4274/ >

Dr. Gordon Pederson. (2008) A Fighting Chance. American Fork, Utah: Sound Concepts.

Nature's Sunshine's Mood Elevator

JOIN THE THOUSANDS WHO’VE EXPERIENCED LIFE-CHANGING & LIFE-SAVING RELIEF WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS!This safe, side effect-free formula has literally saved lives, and it’s not hard to see why. With benefits ranging not only from stress and anxiety to healing PMS issues, detoxifying the liver and relieving insomnia, MOOD ELEVATOR has benefits for you.

• Negates feelings of anger, depression, frustration, and moodiness. • Strengthens body tissues • Encourages sense of wellbeing • Detoxifies the liver • Nourishes the adrenal glands • Provides energy • Promotes digestive function • Stimulates circulation • Reduces pain and inflammation • Lowers fever • Alleviates nausea and vomiting • Eases insomnia, restlessness, anxiety and irritability • Optimizes liver health • Triggers production of nervine hormones serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. • Relieves PMS symptoms

Recommended dose: one capsule daily.

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To purchase Mood Elevator or to contact us for more information, visit our website at http://www.naturesfinestnutrition.com/

Disclaimer: I do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. I recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. I assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and I suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Is Menopause Driving You Crazy?

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Here are some natural solutions.

Menopause is a natural phase of life. It occurs when the ovaries cease to produce estrogen and cause several symptoms, the most common of which are hot flashes. There are also mood swings, dry membranes, nervousness, and fatigue.

When we consume the standard American diet, consisting of so-called “junk,” processed, and packaged foods, we are not getting the nutrients our body needs, and our endocrine gland system is put out of balance. Were it balanced, the adrenal glands would make a chemical replacement for the estrogen our bodies no longer make. Thus there would be no symptoms.

Most women go to their doctor to get put on synthetic estrogen. These medications, whether it is the patch or some of the known cancer-causing pills, are only a quick fix.  They do not heal the endocrine gland system. They merely cover up menopausal symptoms, causing more harm than good.

 

Here are three simple steps to put your system back in balance.

  1. Balance your hormones. Begin with the NeoLife glandular program. It consists of Formula IV, Premium Protein, and their Multi Mineral. These will heal and balance your endocrine gland system and cause your adrenal glands to start producing a completely natural estrogen replacement.
  2. Use the correct herbs. To target hot flashes specifically, take NSP Flash Ease. It consists of herbs containing several natural types of estrogen that a woman’s body needs. For both natural estrogen and progesterone, take NSP C-X. It soothes the entire glandular system and will ease menopausal symptoms.
  3. Supplement with the right progesterone. The Restored Balance Cream is a progesterone cream that naturally provides all the chemicals a woman’s body needs to function properly during menopause.

 

Testimonies:

 “About 30 years ago I had fibroid tumors and other female problems.  The doctors recommended a hysterectomy.  I came to see Jim and started on a nutritional program, including Female Corrective Herbs.  The fibroids shrunk!  I never had a hysterectomy, and never had my tubes tied.  After that I conceived and had two more children!”

-Victoria G.

 

 “I used to wake up all throughout the night, sweating – my hormones were off. I chose to use Flash Ease and now I can sleep all night long. I am so happy! It really does work.”

-Tina R.

 

 For more information on how you can purchase the listed products, visit our website, naturesfinestnutrition.com for more information.

Things You Didn't Know About the Liver

There are at least 561 known functions of the liver. Here are a few:

  • Converts food into energy.
  • Average weight is 3 1/2 pounds.
  •  Converts beta-carotene into vitamin A.liver
  • Filters and discards estrogen from the blood stream. However, a weak or toxic liver is not always able to do so. The mutated estrogen goes back to do its job, but cannot function properly, so it causes problems in the bones, breast, uterus and ovaries. So although the part of the body has the symptoms, the issue usually originates within the liver.

Symptoms of a weak liver are:

  • Flatulence
  • Hypoglycemia
  • periodic discomfort in the right side
  • poor night vision.

It is important to note that a stressed liver will over-produce cholesterol.  Cholesterol medicine is designed to slow down the function of the liver so it will produce less cholesterol, but it ends up slowing down all its functions.   

Also, often before there are symptoms, the liver is both toxic and weak

Some herbal recommendations to put your liver back in balance are*:

  1. Liver Cleanse – The first choice. It cleanses and restores liver function, if having hormonal induced problems.
  2. Chinese Mood Elevator – Cirrhosis, strengthens liver.
  3. Chinese Liver Balance – Liver stress and inflammation.
  4. Gall Bladder Formula – Soothes bloating and gas, supports the liver, and stimulates function.
  5. Milk Thistle Combination – Detoxifies and builds liver.
  6. Cascara Sagrada – Encourages increased secretion of bile.
  7. Dandelion – Nourishes the liver and purifies blood.
  8. Fennel – Contains potassium, sulfur, and sodium.
  9. Safflowers – Aids sluggish liver.
  10. Saw Palmetto – Cleanses bacteria in liver.
  11. White Oak Bark – Helps prevent infection. Normalizes liver function.
  12. Yellowdock – Used to support liver during hepatitis.

*To order the listed products, go to our website at http://www.naturesfinestnutrition.com/ and click the tab labeled "ORDER". From there, click "Nature's Sunshine Products" to begin placing your purchase or continue to our website for other contact/purchasing information.