BLOGGING from my HEART

Northern Lights, Finca & Dalmatia

NORTHERN LIGHTS FARM is located in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.  This is one of our corporate owned farms, located on the Alaska Highway. I really want to go to this farm and experience the Northern Lights, and distill some Northern Lights Black Spruce.  After extensive searching and research this property was purchased in 2014.  This is a main source for Black Spruce essential oil, which is used in many of the blends. This land remains free of synthetic chemicals or fertilizers.

 

This is a picture of the sky and the beautiful Northern Lights that occur during certain times of year.  It is something on my bucket list to see the display of Northern Lights one day.  I’m going to make a trip and at the same time make arrangements to visit the farm!

 


Another beautiful picture of the peaceful and serene surroundings at the farm in Fort Nelson, British Columbia.  Other oils that are produced at this farm are Ledum, Yarrow and White Spruce.

 

FINCA BOTANICA FARM is another corporate owned farm located in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Here is 2000 acres of lush, rich soil located in a tropical climate.  A clinic is located here as well, at this clinic there is an opportunity to receive care for your body using natural essential oils.  Spa treatments, massage and more.

The Finca Botanica Farm in Guayaquil, Ecuador, has 2,000 acres of rich soil that provides year-round harvests and lush botanical life – all thanks to the tropical climate. The farm is proving to be the perfect place to harvest oils that are in short supply throughout the world, such as helichrysum. Building this farm and its state-of-the-art distillery started as a passion project for Gary Young.  The tropical climate helps to nurture the botanical life and the year-round harvests.

Oils produced at the distillery located onsite are Ylang Ylang, Palo Santo, Mastrante, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus Blue, Dorado Azul, Ocotea, Plectranthus Oregano, Rosa Muerta, Cardamon, Geranium, Hyssop, Ishpingo, Rosemary, Ruta, Thyme, Vetiver and the chocolate products.

Here’s a fun fact: Palo Santo essential oil comes from the dead fallen trees located at the farm. Most of the oil is found in the trunk and roots of the tree and they remain on the ground for 2-4 years before they are actually harvested. It’s possible to get an all expense paid trip to this farm for 2 if you reach the Platinum level within the Young Living company! There are several trips given for each rank attained beginning at Silver.

The D Gary Young Foundation has built a school at the farm.  Here children can attend all grade levels and receive a superior education. Graduates from the Young Living Academy are choosing to attend universities of higher education, which is something not many of the children in this area have an opportunity to do, especially the females.  This school is offering a lot for the families in this area of Ecuador.  Young Living is also providing jobs for the people at a good wage, helping to make the living there better for them.  The school was built entirely out of donations to the Young Living Foundation. All administration fees are paid for out of Young Living corporate.  You can also sponsor students with a portion of your Young Living Thank You check.  I sponsor a young girl myself.  I am happy to say I get a Thank You check every month from Young Living just for sharing what essential oils and oil infused products have done for my family and others.

DALMATIA AROMATIC FARM is a corporate owned property and distillery located in Split, Croatia

Dalmatia’s landscape reflects its deep cultural roots and makes an ideal home for the botanical helichrysum. That’s why this farm was founded with the intention of becoming a sustainable source for the popular Helichrysum oil, but the location has since continued to grow and cultivate even more botanicals.   Oils cultivated and distilled on sight at the distillery located at the farm are Helichrysum , Sage, Juniper and Bay Laurel. Those are some of my absolute favorites right there.

I have been to Croatia in the past and it was beautiful.  I intend to return once again and will include a visit to this farm as well when I go back. Fun fact: Did you know that Helichrysum loves to grow in rocky soil? This farm was discovered with the helichrysum plants already flourishing on the land, but needed a bit of care to get it up to par.  A distillery was also built at the location and it is flourishing today! Here is a picture of the helichrysum plant growing there.

Idaho, Utah and Hawaii

Skyrider Wilderness Ranch in Tabiona, Utah is one of Young Living’s newest locations! This is where many global leaders meet for retreat and other events that are hosted here. Nestled in the hills of Tabiona, Utah, this ranch is close to Gary Young’s heart.  This is where the company grows the unique einkorn grain.  Young Living has Einkorn Flour, Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix, Einkorn Rotini and Einkorn Spaghetti.  This grain is one of the earliest forms of wheat used by man and is easy on the digestive system. Of course it is NON-GMO and all of our products are grown without the use of chemicals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a photo of einkorn heads.  The harvest is done the old fashioned way, with a horse drawn harvester.  The fields are beautiful and the buffalo still roam out here at the ranch!

St. Maries Lavender Farm in St. Maries Idaho is where everything started for the company! This was decades ago when Gary Young brought pure, authentic lavender and melissa seeds from France and planted them on the 200 acres of this beautiful piece of land.  Today, this farm holds 120 acres of organically grown melissa, making it the largest producer of Melissa essential oil in the world.  Lavender, Melissa and Idaho Tansy are produced here.

Kona Sandalwood Project on the Big Island, Hawaii is a partnership location.  Currently they are doing a reforestation project here to preserve the cultural values.  At this location only the dead or dying sandalwood is harvested to maintain the ecological balance and to follow the deeply rooted Hawaiian belief in humans’ responsibility to maintain a respectful relationship with the native lands of Hawaii. Royal Hawaiin Sandalwood is harvested at this location.

 

Highlands Flat Tree Farm, Naples, Idaho

This farm located in Idaho is near and dear to my heart since I spent a week in 2015 working there.  It was such a life changing experience, I have not had such an experience since then.  It was January of 2015 that I along with 29 other members of the team I am under attended a week long work/learning adventure here.  We did it all, planned meals, cooked, cut trees, prepped product, cut trees, hauled trees with draft horses, distilled and even bottled and labeled our own 5 ml bottle of Idaho Balsam Fir.  Yep, right out of the tap at the distillery!

This farm is home to beautiful conifer trees from which essential oils derived from the great outdoors are produced.  It’s the location of the annual Winter Harvest and Spring Planting projects.  Members are allowed and even encouraged to participate firsthand in the Seed to Seal process.  This farm is in a rural, peaceful setting.  Here you can experience the thrill of working at the world’s first fully automated, state-of-the-art essential oils distillery.

Oils that come from this location are Idaho Blue Spruce, Idaho Balsam Fir, Pine, Idaho Ponderosa Pine and Western Red Cedar.

There is a team of draft horses here that help to bring trees in narrow areas where the trucks cannot get into.  It was a first time experience for me when they allowed us to use the team to bring trees up out of the forest.  I love horses and these horses are some of the biggest I’ve ever seen up close and personal.


I happened to be there during Winter Harvest, but I would love to go back at spring planting time to experience that part of the Seed to Seal process.  They have nice wood cabins, a full kitchen, shower and bathroom areas, laundry facilities and hot tubs onsite that use the floral waters from the distillery.  Nothing is better than sitting in a hot tub of Idaho Balsam Fir floral waters.  These waters are collected off of the steam chambers in the distillery, they smell great, and are so relaxing.

 

Young Living’s Seed to Seal Guarantee

Young Living’s Seed to Seal Guarantee

With a vision “to bring Young Living Essential Oils to every home in the world”, no other essential oil company has been around longer than Young Living.  Nor does any other company enforce the same strict principles on their corporate farms, partner farms or Seal-certified suppliers. I love that the company I represent carries a SEED TO SEAL GUARANTEE with every product they produce and package.  Young Living introduced the Seed to Seal promise as a symbol of the commitment they have to provide your family with the best essential oil and oil-infused products in the world.  The Seed to Seal promise ensures that with every targeted supplement, every skin care solution, and every pure essential oil you use, you are enjoying the benefits of their global resources, industry leadership, and decades of innovation. This results in a pristine final product that you know is created with conscientious sourcing, science and standards.

Young Living sources from corporate-owned farms, as well as partner farms and Seed to Seal certified suppliers that adhere to their partnership principles.  This empowers them to source conscientiously with priority on quality, sensitivity to community impact, and mindfulness toward the local ecosystems.  Ultimately, this empowers you to feel fully confident using Young Living Products.

When Young Living says a farm adheres to our Seed to Seal Partnership Principles they mean it! To be a partner farm you must meet the following 5 requirements:

#1 AN ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIP

The sourcing and Executive teams hand select renowned suppliers of premium botanicals and building relationships with them for decades. They continue to foster and expand those relationships daily.

#2 SEED TO SEAL SPECIFICATIONS

ALL FARMS whether a partner farm or corporate owned farm, or Seed to Seal certified supplier must sign declarations that they will follow our strict Seed to Seal specifications.

#3 BINDING AGREEMENTS

Young Living backs up signed Seed to Seal declarations with legally binding contracts that require the partners to deliver on those declarations.

#4 STRINGENT TESTING

Young Living has spent MILLIONS of dollars on a state-of-the-art lab with cutting-edge testing instruments, as well as a world class team of researchers. If the team finds that a supplier’s product doesn’t meet the demanding standards, it never reaches the warehouse.  Trust me this happens.  Product has been refused, thus causing a shortage or out of stock situation until product can be sourced that does meet the strict testing.

#5 ONGOING AUDITS

In addition to it’s testing, Young Living verifies the quality of the oils via a third-party audit of the supply chain.  The intricate global sourcing network is designed to bring members superior products, and they are proud to have implemented and objective audit process.

While the quality of the products begin in the fields, it’s proven in the lab with research from the R&D team’s 180 years of combined experience.  They also test product samples as needed with two independent, respected, and accredited labs.  They create pure, effective formulas to provide your family with products that contain the cleanest and most innovative ingredients available.

Young living is the leader of the modern day essential oils movement and a close partner with the earth, it’s part of thier stewardship to do business responsibly from sustainably sourcing rare botanicals, to uplifting local communities, to going above and beyond to comply with local environmental rules. Young Living chooses to partner with sources they know produce pure essential oils and ingredients ethically and legally, setting a top-tier standard for sustainability that you can trust.

Young living farms stand apart in the essential oil industry.  That’s why their essential oil farms play such and integral role in the Seed to Seal promise.  They have invested unprecedented time and resources to ensure that these standards are prioritized at each of the corporate-owned farms, partner farm, and Seed to Seal certified supplier.  This ensures your home and family get the very best nature has to offer.

WHISPERING SPRINGS FARM, Mona, Utah

This farm is extra special because I have been here and planted product, as well as checked out the distillation facility.  This farm grows Lavender, hyssop, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Goldenrod, Balsam Fir, Melissa, Roman Chamomile, Juniper, Blue Yarrow, Spearmint and German Chamomile. A little side note is that if you attend convention in Utah then you will be able to go and visit this farm, see the distillation and possible plant or pull some weeds.  None the less, you can say you have had a firsthand look and been able to see the production of the purest essential oils on the plant!

The Whispering Springs Farm is an iconic farm, not only to Young Living but also to the essential oil movement and the wellness community. This lavender farm is just a short drove from the Young Living Global Headquarters and is home to events such as and Annual Easter Egg Hunt, the Lavender Day Festival, the Essential Oils and Animals Conference, and the Fall Festival Draft Horse Show and Rodeo.

Here there is a product store, a small lake to enjoy or paddle boat, an arena for jousting events, a horse barn where they store the beautiful draft horses, a distillery, picnic area, small play town and playground for the kids.

Remember, the farms are open for visitation, just call ahead to check on the hours or to set an appointment before you visit a farm.  Here is the number and address for the farm if you are ever nearby.

  •  (800) 371-0819
  •  3700 N Highway 91, Mona, UT 84645

 

 

Organic Cornbread

I’ve made cornbread for years. Tonight even my husband said, “whatever you did different, keep doing it!”. The only difference was that I’ve slowly started to use more organic ingredients in my cooking. 1 C. Organic cornmeal 1/2 C. Organic flour 1 tsp. Aluminum free baking powder 1/2 tsp. Himalayin Pink or Sea Salt 1/2 tsp. Organic baking soda 3/4 C. Organic Buttermilk 1/4 C. Olive oil 1 Free Range Organic Jumbo egg(I have chickens) Tad of coconut oil Preheat oven to 450 degrees Place cornmeal in a bowl, sift together remaining ingredients into cornmeal. Add buttermilk and oil and mix well, add egg and mix well. Place in glass baking dish oiled with coconut oil, bake 15-20 mins Like I said, I’ve used this for many years, but tonight I used all organic ingredients. It was much more flavorful.

TWISTED SWEET LIES – IS HFCS on YOUR HOLIDAY LIST

TWISTED SWEET LIES – IS HFCS on YOUR HOLIDAY LIST

CHEMICAL OVERLOAD?? COULD IT BE HFCS? 

Crazy angry kids, shouting and aggressive behaviour?

 

Rosalie here,

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Have you ever thought those HORRIBLE behaviours and outbursts could be from a TOXIC CHEMICAL OVERLOAD??  And do you know about HFCS? You might think is just plain sugar, but it’s not. HFCS is from the corn plant, innocent right?  NO!  It’s a genetically altered corn plant, highly processed and in almost all of our processed and packaged foods. Stop giving it to your kids and see if it doesn’t make a difference right now, today! READ THE LABELS of everything you buy, it’s even in that healthy thing called yogurt!  Surprise, surprise!

The following is from Dr. Mark Hyman’s website

IF YOU CAN’T CONVINCE THEM, CONFUSE THEM – Harry Truman

The current media debate about the benefits (or lack of harm) of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diet misses the obvious. The average American increased their consumption of HFCS (mostly from sugar sweetened drinks and processed food) from zero to over 60 pounds per person per year.

During that time period, obesity rates have more than tripled and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven fold. Not perhaps the only cause, but a fact that cannot be ignored.

Doubt and confusion are the currency of deception, and they sow the seeds of complacency. These are used skillfully through massive print and television advertising campaigns by the Corn Refiners Association’sattempt to dispel the “myth” that HFCS is harmful and assert through the opinion of “medical and nutrition experts” that it is no different than cane sugar. It is a “natural” product that is a healthy part of our diet when used in moderation.

Except for one problem. When used in moderation it is a major cause of heart diseaseobesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more.

Why is the corn industry spending millions on misinformation campaigns to convince consumers and health care professionals of the safety of their product? Could it be that the food industry comprises 17 percent of our economy?

The Lengths the Corn Industry Will Go To

The goal of the corn industry is to call into question any claim of harm from consuming high fructose corn syrup, and to confuse and deflect by calling their product natural “corn sugar”. That’s like calling tobacco in cigarettes natural herbal medicine.

In the ad, the father tells us:

Like any parent I have questions about the food my daughter eats–-like high fructose corn syrup. So I started looking for answers from medical and nutrition experts, and what I discovered whether it’s corn sugar or cane sugar your body can’t tell the difference. Sugar is sugar. Knowing that makes me feel better about what she eats and that’s one less thing to worry about.”

Physicians are also targeted directly. I received a 12-page color glossy monograph from the Corn Refiners Association reviewing the “science” that HFCS was safe and no different than cane sugar. I assume the other 700,000 physicians in America received the same propaganda at who knows what cost.

In addition to this, I received a special “personal” letter from the Corn Refiner’s Association outlining every mention of the problems with HFCS in our diet–whether in print, blogs, books, radio, or television. They warned me of the errors of my ways and put me on “notice”. For what I am not sure. To think they are tracking this (and me) that closely gives me an Orwellian chill.

New websites like www.sweetsurprise.com and www.cornsugar.com help “set us straight” about HFCS with quotes from professors of nutrition and medicine and thought leaders from Harvard and other stellar institutions.

Why is the corn industry spending millions on misinformation campaigns to convince consumers and health care professionals of the safety of their product? Could it be that the food industry comprises 17 percent of our economy?

But are these twisted sweet lies or a sweet surprise, as the Corn Refiners Association websites claim?

Here are 5 reasons you should stay way from any product containing high fructose corn syrup and why it may kill you.  

  1. Sugar in any form causes obesity and disease when consumed in pharmacologic doses.Cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup are indeed both harmful when consumed in pharmacologic doses of 140 pounds per person per year.When one 20 ounce HFCS sweetened soda, sports drink, or tea has 17 teaspoons of sugar (and the average teenager often consumes two drinks a day) we are conducting a largely uncontrolled experiment on the human species.Our hunter gatherer ancestors consumed the equivalent of 20 teaspoons per year, not per day. In this sense, I would agree with the corn industry that sugar is sugar. Quantity matters. But there are some important differences.
  2. HFCS and cane sugar are NOT biochemically identical or processed the same way by the body. High fructose corn syrup is an industrial food product and far from “natural” or a naturally occurring substance. It is extracted from corn stalks through a process so secret that Archer Daniels Midland and Carghill would not allow the investigative journalist Michael Pollan to observe it for his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The sugars are extracted through a chemical enzymatic process resulting in a chemically and biologically novel compound called HFCS. Some basic biochemistry will help you understand this. Regular cane sugar (sucrose) is made of two-sugar molecules bound tightly together– glucose and fructose in equal amounts.The enzymes in your digestive tract must break down the sucrose into glucose and fructose, which are then absorbed into the body. HFCS also consists of glucose and fructose, not in a 50-50 ratio, but a 55-45 fructose to glucose ratio in an unbound form. Fructose is sweeter than glucose. And HFCS is cheaper than sugar because of the government farm bill corn subsidies. Products with HFCS are sweeter and cheaper than products made with cane sugar. This allowed for the average soda size to balloon from 8 ounces to 20 ounces with little financial costs to manufacturers but great human costs of increased obesity, diabetes, and chronic disease.Now back to biochemistry. Since there is there is no chemical bond between them, no digestion is required so they are more rapidly absorbed into your blood stream. Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis (the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol) this is why it is the major cause of liver damage in this country and causes a condition called “fatty liver” which affects 70 million people.The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin–our body’s major fat storage hormone. Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.But there was one more thing I learned during lunch with Dr. Bruce Ames. Research done by his group at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that free fructose from HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body’s energy source).This depletes the energy fuel source, or ATP, in our gut required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. Little “tight junctions” cement each intestinal cell together preventing food and bacteria from “leaking” across the intestinal membrane and triggering an immune reaction and body wide inflammation.High doses of free fructose have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and accelerated aging. Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is part of a complex of nutrients and fiber that doesn’t exhibit the same biological effects as the free high fructose doses found in “corn sugar”.The takeaway: Cane sugar and the industrially produced, euphemistically named “corn sugar” are not biochemically or physiologically the same.
  3. HFCS contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA. An FDA researcher asked corn producers to ship a barrel of high fructose corn syrup in order to test for contaminants. Her repeated requests were refused until she claimed she represented a newly created soft drink company. She was then promptly shipped a big vat of HFCS that was used as part of the study that showed that HFCS often contains toxic levels of mercury because of chlor-alkali products used in its manufacturing.(i) Poisoned sugar is certainly not “natural”.When HFCS is run through a chemical analyzer or a chromatograph, strange chemical peaks show up that are not glucose or fructose. What are they? Who knows? This certainly calls into question the purity of this processed form of super sugar. The exact nature, effects, and toxicity of these funny compounds have not been fully explained, but shouldn’t we be protected from the presence of untested chemical compounds in our food supply, especially when the contaminated food product comprises up to 15-20 percent of the average American’s daily calorie intake?  
  4. Independent medical and nutrition experts DO NOT support the use of HFCS in our diet, despite the assertions of the corn industry. The corn industry’s happy looking websites www.cornsugar.com and www.sweetsurprise.com bolster their position that cane sugar and corn sugar are the same by quoting experts, or should we say misquoting … Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has published widely on the dangers of sugar-sweetened drinks and their contribution to the obesity epidemic. In a review of HFCS in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,(ii)he explains the mechanism by which the free fructose may contribute to obesity.He states that: “The digestion, absorption, and metabolism of fructose differ from those of glucose. Hepatic metabolism of fructose favors de novo lipogenesis (production of fat in the liver). In addition, unlike glucose, fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion or enhance leptin production. Because insulin and leptin act as key afferent signals in the regulation of food intake and body weight (to control appetite), this suggests that dietary fructose may contribute to increased energy intake and weight gain. Furthermore, calorically sweetened beverages may enhance caloric over-consumption.”He states that HFCS is absorbed more rapidly than regular sugar and that it doesn’t stimulate insulin or leptin production. This prevents you from triggering the body’s signals for being full and may lead to over-consumption of total calories. He concludes by saying that:“… the increase in consumption of HFCS has a temporal relation to the epidemic of obesity, and the overconsumption of HFCS in calorically sweetened beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity.”The corn industry takes his comments out of context to support their position. “All sugar you eat is the same.”True pharmacologic doses of any kind of sugar are harmful, but the biochemistry of different kinds of sugar and their respective effects on absorption, appetite, and metabolism are different, and Dr. Popkin knows that.David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and a personal friend, has published extensively on the dangers and the obesogenic properties of sugar-sweetened beverages.He was quoted as saying that “high fructose corn syrup is one of the most misunderstood products in the food industry.” When I asked him why he supported the corn industry, he told me he didn’t and that his comments were taken totally out of context.Misrepresenting science is one thing, misrepresenting scientists who have been at the forefront of the fight against obesity and high fructose sugar sweetened beverages is quite another.
  5. HFCS is almost always a marker of poor-quality, nutrient-poor disease-creating industrial food products or “food-like substances”. The last reason to avoid products that contain HFCS is that they are a marker for poor-quality, nutritionally-depleted, processed industrial food full of empty calories and artificial ingredients. If you find “high fructose corn syrup” on the label you can be sure it is not a whole, real, fresh food full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Stay away if you want to stay healthy. We still must reduce our overall consumption of sugar, but with this one simple dietary change you can radically reduce your health risks and improve your health.While debate may rage about the biochemistry and physiology of cane sugar versus corn sugar, this is in fact beside the point (despite the finer points of my scientific analysis above). The conversation has been diverted to a simple assertion that cane sugar and corn sugar are not different.

The real issues are only two.

  • We are consuming HFCS and sugar in pharmacologic quantities never before experienced in human history–140 pounds a year versus 20 teaspoons a year 10,000 years ago.
  • High fructose corn syrup is always found in very poor-quality foods that are nutritionally vacuous and filled with all sorts of other disease promoting compounds, fats, salt, chemicals, and even mercury.

That being said, I would watch what I give to those littles we love this Holiday Season.  You owe to them and yourself.  If you want to give a gift, give a gift of good health, no toxins this year.

I know I’ve been giving you a lot of information.  But here is a list of 20 dangerous toxins I am positive you have in your home and some of their side effects.  This is TRUTH folks.  Do you really want to continue doing the same things?  Do you really want to continue to ignore the TRUTH?

It took me ZERO DAYS to decide what to do once I started discovering the truth about TOXINS.  What have you decided so far?  You have 2 choices.  Remain the same or make a change.  What are you going to do?  If I haven’t heard from you yet, then I am going to assume you have chosen to remain the same and ignore the TRUTH.  I would ask that those of you I have heard from, pass this along and share the TRUTH with those around you.  

Labels on cosmetics and body care products are a tough code to crack. The industry is so shockingly unregulated that it’s usually impossible to trust the claims that manufacturers place on their products. A word such as “natural” can be used by anyone for anything. Even “organic” is misleading. Companies are supposed to use an organic label only if ALL ingredients are certified-organic, but they can also say it’s “made with organic” if it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. Regardless, 30 percent still leaves a lot of room for toxins. Are you willing to risk it with the 30% mark?

The whole industry has a “innocent-till-proven-guilty” approach to ingredients. Unless a chemical used in beauty products is proven to cause harm to human health, it is classified as GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe.” This classification is upheld by the U.S. FDA and hardly has the best interests of consumers at heart. Remember the FDA is the same group that approves all of the deadly medications out there.  The same poisonous and deadly medications that they end up recalling a short time later after enough people have died or experienced severe side affect.  How long will you be comfortable trusting them?

Do you carry around toxins in your handbag? I bet you do.  I did for many years, and if you are like me, you didn’t know any better.  Got some red lipstick in there? Hand or body moisturizers? Sunscreen? Because you are concerned about toxins in the environment I’d thought you’d like this information! After I found out about this I no longer carried a TOXIC HANDBAG.

 

Synthetics, PHTHALATES, dyes and other horrid chemicals in our personal products are known to cause cancer, joint and muscle aches, problems with memory and concentration and more. I know you are interested in finding out why you are having headaches daily.  I understand why you may be wanting to give up and succumb to the medications you are told will help you.  I know you are tired of being sick and tired.

 

You have the right to know the dangerous TOXINS that are in personal products.  Big corporations lie to us everyday. If you knew there was an answer wouldn’t you want to know?  If you did know the answer wouldn’t you want to start doing what it takes to change things.  When you find out, you are going to also want to share it with those you love and care about.  You will want to share the information with your mothers, sisters, daughters and other people in your circle of close friends and family.

 

It’s horrible being lied to every day.  It’s horrible that the advertising companies think we are so dumb all they need to do it cover up these dangerous toxins with pretty packages and make them smell pretty.  It’s degrading to me that they see women being dumb and willing to purchase anything that might make us feel, look or smell pretty, all the while they are filling us with TOXIC poison. They first fill our eyes and minds with advertising lies, making promising claims of beauty.

 

But it doesn’t stop there.  These same companies are making us sick, disrupting our hormones and thyroids.  The very things that make a woman tick is being destroyed by these TOXINS.  Is this what you want for your daughters and granddaughters, or your friends and yourself.  How much longer are you going to ignore the truth?  I’m giving you just a few things in this report, there is so much more to the big picture of consumable poisonous TOXINS. We can FIX THIS NOW! Let’s put a stop to this!

 

So here you are sick.  You are tired.  You experience headaches.  You have emotional mood swings that affect your family life, your work and school life.  They affect every relationship you are in.  You can no longer control your emotions and can’t figure out why.  You have high blood pressure and more stress because of all of this. I feel your pain, I was in the same place.

 

************************YOUR PROBLEM is NOT YOUR PROBLEM***************************

 

Your problem is that you don’t know what you don’t know. It very well may be the cause of TOXIC poisoning, you are frustrated not knowing the cause of all these ill feelings. Feeling alone and lost and not knowing can be so frustrating!

 

I know your frustration with feeling sick and tired all the time.  I feel your pain if you’ve gone to Doctors with constant headaches with no explanation.  I know what it’s like to be exhausted all the time only adding to stress and moodiness. I was always tired and had no motivation.  My exhaustion took time away from my family.  My hormones were going crazy and I had horrible mood swings.  My thyroid was out of whack. I was told it was due to my age and perfectly normal.  All I needed were a few prescriptions to be filled and I’d be fine.

 

I was able to change all that by making better choices for myself and choosing non-toxic products and using essential oils for my emotional well-being.  It saved my family life and my sanity!  I didn’t just save myself from the toxins but, I also saved myself from the side effects I would have experienced after starting the cycle of taking medications.

 

Did you know there are dangerous toxic chemicals in makeup, deodorant, lotions and other body products?  What you put ON your skin goes IN the body.  Our skin is the largest organ of the body and the first line of defense against sickness and disease. Things like FD&C and D&C are suspected carcinogens.

 

“Fragrance” is a cover up word to protect ingredients companies really don’t want to reveal to protect their secret formula. Phthalates are known endocrine disrupters and have been linked to certain cancers. Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. Formaldehyde, Toluene(a potent solvent that can dissolve paint), and Propylene glycol are just to name a few. To really find out what is in the products you use, you can check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database to research toxic chemicals that could be in your cosmetic and personal care products.

 

Fortunately there is an answer, a safe non toxic alternative when it comes to your face and makeup. Here I only discuss about using alternative and natural personal body products such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, facial moisturizers and more. And folks it is not available in stores.  If non-toxic is where you want to go, I’VE GOT YOU COVERED FROM HEAD TO TOE!

 

Years ago I decided I was not going to keep POISONING my face and my body every day!  If you knew you could do something about what was making you sick, wouldn’t you do something about it?  I was so ready and finally had a place to start.  I found out I could fix my problem myself without doctors or medications.  I didn’t need to be sick and tired anymore.  No more time wasted sitting in a Doctor’s office or wasting money for medication.

The best thing we consumers can do is read ingredient lists carefully in order to avoid chemicals that are known to be harmful, even though they continue to be widely used. Go grab your shampoo, your moisturizer, body lotion, maybe that favorite candle you just think you can’t give up……………go on, I double dog dare you!  Go get a few things right now and let’s see if any of the following items might lurk inside.  Look at the ingredient list and let’s see what you have that’s making you sick.

 

 

 

Coal Tar: A known carcinogen banned in the EU, but still used in North America. Used in dry skin treatments, anti-lice and anti-dandruff shampoos, also listed as a color plus number, i.e. FD&C Red No. 6.

DEA/TEA/MEA: Suspected carcinogens used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps.

Ethoxylated surfactants and 1,4-dioxane: Never listed because it’s a by-product made from adding carcinogenic ethylene oxide to make other chemicals less harsh. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found 1,4-dioxane in 57 percent of baby washes in the U.S. Avoid any ingredients containing the letters “eth.”

Formaldehyde: Probable carcinogen and irritant found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives, shampoos. Banned in the EU.

Fragrance/Parfum: A catchall for hidden chemicals, such as phthalates. Fragrance is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.

Hydroquinone: Used for lightening skin. Banned in the UK, rated most toxic on the EWG’s Skin Deep database, and linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity.

Lead: Known carcinogen found in lipstick and hair dye, but never listed because it’s a contaminant, not an ingredient.

Mercury: Known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara and some eyedrops.

Mineral oil: By-product of petroleum that’s used in baby oil, moisturizers, styling gels. It creates a film that impairs the skin’s ability to release toxins.

Oxybenzone: Active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight.

Parabens: Used as preservatives, found in many products. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity.

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD): Used in hair products and dyes, but toxic to skin and immune system.

Phthalates: Plasticizers banned in the EU and California in children’s toys, but present in many fragrances, perfumes, deodorants, lotions. Linked to endocrine disruption, liver/kidney/lung damage, cancer.

Placental extract: Used in some skin and hair products, but linked to endocrine disruption.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG): Penetration enhancer used in many products, it’s often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both known carcinogens.

Silicone-derived emollients: Used to make a product feel soft, these don’t biodegrade, and also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumour growth and skin irritation.

Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES): A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, it’s absorbed into the body and irritates skin.

Talc: Similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Toluene: Known to disrupt the immune and endocrine systems, and fetal development, it’s used in nail and hair products. Often hidden under fragrance.

Triclosan: Found in antibacterial products, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, it is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. Avoid the brand Microban.

 

Now I’ve given you some TRUTH, what will you do with it?

I want to help you get started now!  I want to help you end the feelings of being lied to, the feelings of being confused and overwhelmed.  I want to help you figure this out and fix it now before it’s too late.  I have a form you can fill out to answer a few questions.  After I get to know a little about you, we can set up a quick phone session.  We can strategize together and get you to the next step in becoming TOXIC free.  Here is the link: https://rosalielopez.wufoo.com/forms/z241dsl06hfm1d/

 

 

Can we talk about it a bit? I’d really like to help you set up a plan to start a journey of toxic free living.  Get on the road to better health and wellness, there is no better time than this.  I want to give you the gift of health this Holiday Season.

 

 

You can do this!

Rosalie

P.S. You owe it to yourself to start somewhere.  The alternative is to DO NOTHING and continue on a road to MORE SICKNESS and DISEASE.  Stop that now.  Here is the link: https://rosalielopez.wufoo.com/forms/z241dsl06hfm1d/

 

 

Chicken Caprese Pizza

This has got to be one of the most incredible things I have tried, eva! I mean I love caprese chicken and I certainly love me some pizza, so why not try them together?  It was a huge hit, I’m telling you, huge!

I assure you this is as tasty as it looks, a delicious twist on a pizza, but yet very satisfying.  My niece and I love to cook and we can get together and come up with some strange, but tasty dishes.  I want to say this one is tight up there as I might call it a number one hit wonder!

CHICKEN CAPRESE PIZZA

INGREDIENTS

1 12 ” Pizza crust of your choice

2 TBL virgin organic olive oil

2-3 cloves coarse chopped organic garlic

8 oz fresh organic mozzarella ball

Whole fresh organic basil leaves

2 Whole fresh organic roma tomatoes

3 Tbl organic wild honey

3 Tbl organic balsamic vinegar

1 chicken breast, organic wild raised, cooked and chopped into small bite size chunks.  You may use 1/2 to 1 cup left over cooked chicken cut into bite sized pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat oven to 410 degrees

Place crust onto parchment paper

Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with chopped garlic.

Slice mozzarella thinly and place slices onto crust

Slice roma tomatoes and arrange slices over cheese

Arrange basil leaves, as many as desired.

Add chopped chicken as desired.

Bake until cheese is bubbly and melted, I prefer a bit of browning on the edges.

While pizza is baking make a reduction of the honey and balsamic in a shallow pan. To do this bring honey and vinegar to a bubbly boil and turn off heat.  Drizzle over hot pizza immediately after removing from the oven.
Thank you for joining me in the kitchen once again.  Please share this and some of my other recipes.  I have a lot of healthy and alternative recipes if you suffer from gluten intolerance and want a grain free life.  There are many grain free, and paleo delights if you take a look around.  Thank you for enjoying part of your day with me in the kitchen.

Rosalie Lopez, Things That Warm the Heart

Magical Chocolate Cake

Magical Chocolate Cake

I know, I know, what am I thinking?? I promote great whole, real food eating, eating clean and healthy, etc, but you know when I eat real food every day of the year I do find myself indulging in some occasional off the road sweet sensations. I strive to make is as “healthy” as possible, but a girl needs her chocolate right? Of course, and this is one of the most delicious, moist and decadent cakes I’ve ever made. Enjoy this holiday season and try this out, it is sure to become an annual request. Remember to use organic, raw ingredients whenever possible!

It is said that the coffee enhances the flavor of the chocolate, I couldn’t agree more!

I call this a Magical Chocolate Cake!

INGREDIENTS

2 C organic sugar, raw is best. May I suggest raw organic sugar processed in a food processor to make a fine medium.

1 3/4 C organic flour

3/4 C Organic Raw Cacao Powder, I find mine on AMAZON

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 Jumbo farm raised eggs

1 C organic buttermilk

1/2 C organic virgin olive oil

1 C organic strong black coffee, reserving 1 TBL for frosting if not using the coffee liquor

2 tsp organic vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9″ round baking pans

Stir together sugar, flour, cacao, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed with hand mixer for 2 minutes, (batter will be thin). Pour evenly into baking pans.

Bake 30-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost using recipe below.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE FROSTING

12 TBL organic butter

4 1/2 C organic confectioners sugar

1 C plus 2 TBL raw organic Cacao powder

pinch of salt

2 tsp organic Vanilla extract

2 TBL organic buttermilk

6 TBL organic heavy cream

1 TBL coffee liquor or 1 TBL reserved strong black coffee

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Stir in cocoa, salt, buttermilk, heavy cream, liquor(or coffee). Gradually add powder sugar, beating to a spreading consistency, you may add a bit more cream if it is to thin for desired consistency. Place first layer on cake plate and pour desired amount of frosting on center and spread to the edges. You may need to reheat to thin for the finish. Place top layer on top of bottom layer. Pour warm frosting over top layer letting it run down the sides and onto plate in no certain way, just let it go!

Toxic HANDBAG!

Toxic HANDBAG!

Stop applying these dangerous toxins to your body!

Did you know there are dangerous toxic chemicals in makeup, deodorant, lotions and other body products.  What you put ON your skin goes IN the body.  Our skin is the largest organ of the body and the first line of defense against sickness and disease. Things like FD&C and D&C are suspected carcinogens.  “Fragrance” is a cover up word to protect ingredients companies really don’t want to reveal to protect their secret formula.

Phthalates are known endocrine disrupters and have been linked to certain cancers. Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. Formaldehyde, Toluene(a potent solvent that can dissolve paint), and Propylene glycol are just to name a few.  To really find out what is in the products you use be sure to check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database to research toxic chemicals that could be in your cosmetic and personal care products.

Fortunately there is an answer, a safe non toxic alternative when it comes to your face and makeup. Here I only discuss Young Living’s makeup line, but they also have a complete line of personal body products such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, facial moisturizers and more.  If non-toxic is where you want to go, WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED FROM HEAD TO TOE!

 

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