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Essential Health is just that. We have found life to be so much more expanding when our bodies are radiating life force and vitality. This is essential, wouldn’t you agree?

Signals of Adrenal Imbalance



Greetings and a warm welcome to Self-Health We are so pleased you are able to use our educational offerings in your personal journey to vibrant Self-Health!

The following are some quick ways for you to check into your body-talk. We have personally found that health is an inside job and that you are your very own best guide in this arena. Do you know of anyone else who is with you 24/7?

POSSIBLE signs of Adrenal fatigue:

Weakness, dizziness Increased perspiration Brown spots on skin
Chronic fatigue Bowel disorders Allergies/tendency towards asthma
Low blood pressure Poor circulation Weakness after colds/ Influenza
Nails that are weak with ridges Swollen ankles Muscular and.or nervous exhaustion
Tendency to hives Salt craving Respiratory imbalances

After reading a list like this, one might come away feeling exhausted. It might be better to make note of the ones that you have a tendency towards. This is only a partial list that is for your information and self-awareness. Adrenal health is a growing concern in our fast paced culture. A quick vacation or going to bed early for a few days CAN help your precious adrenals.  We are finding that a new lifestyle design is very beneficial in creating a greater adrenal equilibrium coupled with consistent nutrition and multi-system supplemental approaches.  See Essential Supplements

Thank you for taking a moment and asking your body which of these signs it is sincerely wanting you to pay attention to?

Then ask your body how you should proceed? We offer an easy, self-health approach to designing your own health-ful lifestyle that truly could change your life!

Just a thought!
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 Want Adrenal Balance?                                      

As we all know it is what we do 80% of the time that gives us the results we seek or don’t seek in our lives. The 80/20 rule is probably pretty accurate.

So having said that the following pointers are just that…guidelines for the 80% part of our lives. I believe one reason we might experience adrenal burnout is because we want to do it all NOW. So as I share this list with you know you can not do it ALL now. Your body will so appreciate you slowly adding one or two of these lifestyle shifts a week or even a month. Allow them to become your habit before you add more.

Please make this a gentle, kind process for yourself and your body. This is truly about low-stress. If any of these create more stress for you, hold off on adding them to your life. Remember…make small action steps for they truly do add up exponentially.

Here we go. We will begin with the beneficial do’s:
  • Be in bed before 10:00 pm and sleep in until 9:00 am whenever possible.
  • Adrenals love breakfast and prefer it be eaten before 10:00 am consistently.
  • Increase your whole, organic vegetable and fruit consumption making them your new best friends.
  • Try adding a glass of water in the morning with 1/4 tsp of good salt (salt that is air dried and from the sea) stirring until it is completely dissolved. If you have an aversion to this much salt adjust according to taste. Ziquin offers a sea based liquid mineral called Nanomeds that I enjoy in my water
  • Laugh several times a day enjoying your return to adrenal balance.
  • Eliminate the things in your life that take away your energy.
  • Begin to believe in your ability to facilitate recovery.
  • By keeping a food diary or journal track which foods are energy robbers.
  • Each day do something that pleases you and makes you smile.
  • Take your nutritional supplements everyday. 
  • Eat an abundance of whole foods or foods that can be eaten the way Nature grows them.
  • Use your mind as the positive healing tool that it is.
  • Choo choo choo choo your food well.
  • Laugh each day as you make whatever lifestyle changes you need to make each day.
  • Always have breakfast.
  • Create low-stress choices for yourself in every potentially stressful situation then act on them.
  • Allow yourself to be patient with your recovery; it is the journey that counts.
We have shared the glass of salt water with many clients who are suffering from adrenal exhaustion. Each time they come back to us commenting on how this simple addition to their daily routine has changed not only their energy patterns but also their sleeping patterns.  They invariably went from low energy to improved energy; from insomnia to deep sleep. It is very important that you use only real, pure, quality salt that has been air dried.

This is a world of duality. So here are the lifestyle choices to gently let go of. Please begin to avoid:

  • Being harsh or negative with yourself.                                                                                                          
  • Staying up past 10:00 pm
  • Caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and white flour products.
  • Foods that are refined and processed.
  • If you have blood sugar imbalances, you may be assisted by staying away from sugar and fruit juices. Might be best to eat only whole fruit (all the co-factors are present) .
  • Feeling sorry for yourself.
  • Getting overtired or exhausted.
  • Coffee, even decaf.
  • Eating sweet fruits like dates and raisins.
  • Eating starchy carbohydrates by themselves (ex. Eating bread or pastas by themselves)
  • Foods that make you feel foggy in your thinking or pull your energy down in anyway.
  • Foods you are addicted to.
  • Skipping breakfast.
  • Pushing yourself beyond your reasonable limits.
  • Situations that are high-stress.

Please know that these are guidelines to get you started. By now you have consulted with your health care professional and are actively choosing Self-Health Essentials relevant to you and your lifestyle. Remember, who else is with you 24/7?

© 2012 Self-Health Essentials LLC

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 Easy Homemade Sauerkraut
For most of my life I have not enjoyed sauerkraut.                                  

Each time Robert would try a different recipe…I would assist him and after it was fermented take one bite then leave the batch for his lucky digestive system. You may or may not know that sauerkraut is really good for your entire body but particularly your digestive system.

One day we found sauerkraut at a Health Food Store that I really liked. I liked the taste as well as the texture. We decided to create our own version of the concoction. We decided to use our Champion juicer to grind the green cabbage into fine pieces instead of the food processor. We found that the finer pieces fermented quite easily.

So now I love sauerkraut our way. I share this recipe with you so you can bless your digestive system with a wonderfully tasty and beneficial fermented food. YUM!

     Robert and Tessa’s Easy Sauerkraut
3 heads of organic cabbage (about 5 lbs)
2-3 Tablespoons of Celtic or air-dried sea salt (or not)

Chop your organic green cabbage up so it will fit into your juicer.

Juice it.  Save the pulp.

Mix the pulp and juice and salt.
Place in a crock, covering snugly with a lid or plate that just fits inside the crock. Tamp down to pack kraut. Best to place a heavy object on cover to hold it in place. This also keeps the cabbage in the brine. Now cover the whole thing with a towel and place in an unobtrusive corner of the kitchen.

The beauty of juicing the cabbage is you have created the brine quite easily. If the cabbage is not covered by the juice (it should be) add water until the cabbage is covered; then let it ferment for 6-7 days. May take less time with this juicing step.

Mix and put into clean, glass jars with lids.
Put in refrigerator and enjoy.

We use our sauerkraut on many many many things…salads are my personal favorite. With a little organic extra virgin olive oil, the taste is quite wonderful replacing salad dressings.  You can add other vegetables, fruits, herbs or spices. I encourage you to start simply then explore your organic vegetable section of your market to personalize your sauerkraut.

Can you believe I am saying this?
Yours in Self-Health!
PS We will be sharing some articles on the self-healthy benefits of eating fermented foods shortly!
References: Wild Fermentation, The Flavor, nutrition, and craft of live-culture Foods by Sandor Ellix Katz
                      ISBN 1-931498-23-7
©2012 Self-Health Essentials LLC

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What to Avoid to attain Adrenal Well-Being


As you know you are a very intricate being. Between physics and medicine, we have constant reminders that the interplay between our Mind and Body is constant and much more active then we might truly understand.

The following lifestyle experiences are offered to support you in the inner inquiry with the sincere knowing that most of these are within your personal parameters of perception and action to re-design. Ask us how?

  • Poor Food and drinks as stimulants (sugar, caffeine, excessive carbohydrate)
  • Trying to be perfect
  • Staying up late even when fatigued and therefore lack of deep restorative sleep
  • Staying in situations that are no-win (for example: double binds)
  • Being consistently in a position of powerlessness
  • Poor food choices
  • Lack of enjoyable and replenishing activities
  • Constantly driving oneself
  • Over exercising
  • Environmental toxins
  • Relationship turmoil
  • Skipping meals

You will note that many of these circumstances involve how we might create our relationships. These relationships seem to encompass every interaction we have with our outside world. Do these interactions have our bodies constantly in a fight or flight mode?

This is a very subtle awareness. By that we mean that when one is interacting in a relationship with self or another, we are very unlikely to have the awareness in that moment of the potential physiological consequences, often until it is too late.

For example, you are late for an appointment and instead of pushing yourself out the door in a flight mode perhaps calling ahead to have a more calming drive time would be a good self-health alternative?  Would this simple action step begin to layer off some of the “external” stimulants our lifestyles can produce for us? Would this simple step begin to re-design a more favorable wellness approach for your adrenal system? Could this step save you a cold or flu episode in the near future?

Research is showing the strong relationship between the emotions and emotional wisdom and their affect on the health of the body. This plus the importance of consistent whole food nutrition and supplementation is being supported everyday in new reasearch. It often takes a multi-faceted approach to support our bodies in creating a new homeostatic way of relating to itself.

Please take a moment to wonder about your personal relationship with yourself and your body. This might be a very good list to play with and give another look at in a few weeks time. This would allow you to gently anchor the possible cause with effect of some of your lifestyle realities.

Thank you for enjoying our educational offerings!

 © 2011 Self-Health Essentials LLC

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Adrenal Self-Healthy Nutrition

We have come to truly understand the significance of our daily intake of whole food nutrition and basic foundational nutrient supplementation. Your adrenals are on the clock. This clock is one that is timed to the light of day.

From sunrise to sunset your adrenals are monitoring and adjusting your energy levels based on natural cycles. Your body needs you to be consistent in your timing of when you eat and what you eat and how you eat. We would like to share with you some general guidelines for nutritional adrenal support. Please know that we will be updating and expanding this information often.  En~joy!

  • It is always best to eat a wide variety of whole, organic, minimally processed foods. This is body wisdom for all of our systems.
  • It is recommend that one who desires to step out of adrenal exhaustion to eat a fat, protein and carbohydrate source with every meal.
  • You will greatly benefit from eating lots of vegetables with each meal…especially ones that are brightly colored..
  • If you can, avoid fruit in the morning. Experiment with having these potassium rich foods a little later in the day?
  • Mixing 1-2 Tbs of Essential Oils into your grains or vegetables on a daily basis will certainly bring a smile to you adrenals. ( Learn about Macadamia Nut, Kukai Nut and Black Current seed Essential Fatty Acid Blend, that really makes the veggies sing and also supports your Adrenals wonderfully)
  • Eat the best quality food you can afford. Some would say that this is a Self-Health Essential in all facets of your wellness. As you know, your food becomes you!
  • For those with moderate to severe adrenal depletion, increasing your protein intake and decreasing the whole grains and fruit from your food plan will better serve you. Please know that as you make these simple shifts your body will respond. How quickly is truly a personal experience, is it not? Patience is a gentle herb that will do wonders for your adrenal replenishment.
  • A consistent whole food nutritional lifestyle will really help your adrenals. We have also found  that for an already deficient body, we benefit greatly by adding low-stress supplements that are easily absorbed and created to replenish a body that has little extra energy to use for breaking down nutrients. 

We highly recommend that as with any general guideline you go within your own reference systems and carefully choose the foods that are best for you!

This inner reference system is one that we develop with intention, skill and sometimes guidance. It is our sincere wish for your Self-Health; that with these educational offerings you will develop your own personal Self-Health guidance system, this could be a health essential!

© 2012 Self-Health Essentials LLC

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Nutritional Solutions for Mood Disorders and Depression Part I


Did you know that it is our brain that makes us distinctly human? It is the basis of our emotions, memories, behaviors and moods. Because of our brain, we can read, write, compose and appreciate music, communicate with others and plan for the future. A balanced brain is the foundation for a life that is happier, more satisfying and one that can sustain healthy aging.  In this article we are looking at the importance of balancing lifestyle with nutrition to support each of us in a healthful approach to mood disorders.


Researchers believe most mood disorders are caused by complex chemical imbalances in the brain. The body responds to all sorts of factors both internally and externally from the thoughts we think to the kinds of foods we put into our body. In the field of nutritional science, we are looking for the most natural ways to support and balance those conditions using diet, supplementation, mind-body exercises and creative relaxation techniques.

Each year, almost 44 million Americans experience a mood disorder. 7-14% of children will experience an episode of major depression before the age of 15. While 20-30% of adult bipolar patients report their first episode during their 20s. Almost everybody will be challenged by depression at some point in their life. Research is showing that children are even more impacted by mood disorders than ever before. Statistics are showing pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for antidepressants. At least four percent of preschoolers — over a million children– are considered clinically depressed.

There are two primary classifications for mood disorders. They are bi-polar (also known as manic-depression) and depression alone.

Symptoms of Depression can include:                                                              

Sadness Difficulty Sleeping
Fatigue Hopelessness
Despair Sense of Inferiority
Dejection Exaggerated Guilt
Changes in Appetite Feelings of Incompetence
Loss of Interest Inability to function effectively

The second classification is Bi-Polar. It includes all of what is listed above with these following signs added:

Rapid, unpredictable emotional changes
Racing thoughts, flights of ideas
Increased interest in activities, overspending
Over-inflated self-esteem
Poor judgment

What Can I do?





  1. Create a plan, which works on changing your depression that includes: nutrition and dietary supplements, exercise and learning more about how to reduce stress and cortisol levels by more rest.
  2. It’s important to realize that rest does not need to mean deep sleep. Listening to relaxing tapes or watching fish in a bowl can be restful. People with active mood disorders may need more rest because of the exhaustion from the emotions.
  3. Breathing exercises are also very effective in bringing down anxiety or lowering tension and stress.
  4. As a dietary strategy, one can use the Ziquin products as part of a nutritional plan for people who are challenged by mood swings and stress. The Mind and Body Tonic, EFA Complete and All Xymatic are foundational to finding balance between mind and body health. They can be useful in balancing the blood sugar, which helps people to stabilize cravings for sugar, feelings of irritability and loss of confidence.  It is important to keep nourishing the body since most people who suffer from depression will stop eating or eat too much of the wrong foods. Eating too many carbohydrates, sweets, caffeine drinks, drugs or alcohol can imbalance the brain. In the Mind and Body Tonic the vitamin B and D help to produce serotonin and melatonin which support the body to rest and relieve distress.

© Self-Health Essentials LLC 2012


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Can Oregano, Other Essential Oils Destroy Strep Pneumonia Cells ?                                                                

Researchers have found that some essential oils, oregano, thyme and rosewood oils,
in particular, create an autolytic reaction in organisms, including Streptococcus pneumonia.
Dr. Diane Horne of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, told the 98th general assembly of
the American Society of Microbiology about the serendipitous discovery of the impact of the
oils on cells such as Streptococcus pneumonia.

A co-researcher was spraying aromatic oils in the laboratory. "When I looked at the S. pneumonia
that I was preparing for another experiment, the cells were just falling apart," Dr. Horne reported.
Dr. Horne and coworker Sue Chao, of the Young Living Essential Oil Company of Payton, Utah,
tested the autolyzing properties of 74 different essential oils.

The best results occurred with oregano, thyme and rosewood and intermediate inhibition of the
pathogens was achieved with cinnamon oil and clove oil, Dr. Horne said at a poster presentation
at the meeting. Dr. Horne pointed out that the oils also showed efficacy against E. coli and several
species of fungi.
COMMENT: It is amazing what one can do with herbs. This is a wonderful piece of research
documenting the effectiveness of oregano. It is still not to late to get your garden up and running
and plant some oregano. Oregano is a hardy perennial. For you non-gardening types, that means
this plant will return year after year and provide you with a natural, inexpensive way to stay healthy.
It is a bit late to plant seeds for the season but you can get some good plants from any nursery. I would
recommend the Greek oregano which only grows about 18 inches tall. Avoid the taller 4 foot plants
(Oregano vulgare) as they do not have as much of the effective essential oils.
( this is a fun plant to grow I have several at my store and home. I love our essential oils and the
research that has been done by Dr. Sue Chao is phenominal– this is why I call this company my
herbal liquid pharmacy– Care to learn more see below on my signature line.

Find these oils at


S. pneumoniae (figure 1) is a leading cause of pneumonia in all ages (particularly the young and old),
often after "damage" to the upper respiratory tract (e.g. following viral infection). It also causes middle
ear infections (otitis media). The organism often spreads causing bacteremia and meningitis. S. pneumoniae
is ? hemolytic and there is no group antigen.

Direct Gram staining or detection of capsular antigen in sputum can be diagnostic. The organism grows well
on sheep blood agar.

Pneumococci are identified by solubility in bile. An autolysin (peptidoglycan- degrading enzyme) is released
by bile from the cell membrane and binds to a choline-containing teichoic acid attached to the peptidoglycan.
The autolysin then digests the bacterial cell wall resulting in lysis of the cell. If the cells are grown in ethano-
lamine instead of choline, ethanolamine is incorporated into the teichoic acid. The autolysin then cannot lyse
the cell wall. Understanding how the autolysin works has led to the suggestion that antibiotics (including
penicillin) work together with the autolysin in killing of pneumococci in vivo.
The organisms are also identified by susceptibility to optochin (ethyl hydrocupreine) (figure 2)


This is highly prominent in virulent strains (figure 1c) and its carbohydrate antigens vary greatly in structure
among strains. The capsule is anti-phagocytic and immunization is primarily against the capsule. Capsular
vaccines are available for susceptible individuals; immunity is serotype-specific. Using appropriate type-specific
antisera, the capsule on isolated bacteria can be "fixed" and becomes visible microscopically (the Quellung
reaction) which is useful in microbial identification.

The organism also produces pneumolysin that degrades red blood cells under anaerobic conditions
(observed as ? hemolysis).

Complement activation by teichoic acid may explain the attraction of large numbers of inflammatory cells
to the focal site of infection.
Most strains of S. pneumoniae are susceptible to penicillin. However, resistance is quite common.

This was taken from this location http://pathmicro. fox/strep- staph.htm

Don't you just love the net it has many things you can research if you like – But for those that are new I do
strongly recommend our own research it is a magnificent book called the Essential Oil Desk Reference
this is a must and can be purchased at this location
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http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/ Streptococcus_ pneumoniae- - Is the reference location of the below article. – It is amazing
the power of our YL oils and there is no reason that every family should not have them in their home. Look at what one
drop of oregano cost ($.12) compared to the office call.-

S. pneumoniae (figure 1) is a leading cause of pneumonia in all ages (particularly the young and old), often after
"damage" to the upper respiratory tract (e.g. following viral infection). It also causes middle ear infections (otitis media).
The organism often spreads causing bacteremia and meningitis. S. pneumoniae is ? hemolytic and there is no group antigen.
Direct Gram staining or detection of capsular antigen in sputum can be diagnostic.

The organism grows well on sheep blood agar.

Pneumococci are identified by solubility in bile. An autolysin (peptidoglycan- degrading enzyme) is released
by bile from the cell membrane and binds to a choline-containing teichoic acid attached to the peptidoglycan.
The autolysin then digests the bacterial cell wall resulting in lysis of the cell. If the cells are grown in ethano-
lamine instead of choline, ethanolamine is incorporated into the teichoic acid. The autolysin then cannot lyse
the cell wall. Understanding how the autolysin works has led to the suggestion that antibiotics (including
penicillin) work together with the autolysin in killing of pneumococci in vivo.

The organisms are also identified by susceptibility to optochin (ethyl hydrocupreine) (figure 2)

This is highly prominent in virulent strains (figure 1c) and its carbohydrate antigens vary greatly in structure
among strains. The capsule is anti-phagocytic and immunization is primarily against the capsule. Capsular
vaccines are available for susceptible individuals; immunity is serotype-specific. Using appropriate type-
specific antisera, the capsule on isolated bacteria can be "fixed" and becomes visible microscopically
(the Quellung reaction) which is useful in microbial identification.

The organism also produces pneumolysin that degrades red blood cells under anaerobic conditions
(observed as ? hemolysis).

Complement activation by teichoic acid may explain the attraction of large numbers of inflammatory
cells to the focal site of infection.

Most strains of S. pneumoniae are susceptible to penicillin. However, resistance is quite common.

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Below are tests done and several Young Living Oils that Joy Lindsy sent us a while back.


One of our very skilled and credentialed team members, clinical microbiologist Mary Anne Mathewson from San Diego, did some testing in her lab a few months ago to check out several YLEOs for her neighbor's toddler who was diagnosed with MRSA, and whose parents had tried all sorts of medications to no avail. I wrote about it at the time, but was unable to transfer the pictures in her excellent report to e-mail. I have continued to work on it, and I believe you will now be able to receive the full report, pictures included.

Many thanks to members like Mary Anne, who continue to prove to those who are not knowledgeable yet about the power of therapeutic- grade oils, just how potent and viable they are. I understand that Mary Anne's neighbor did use Oregano and Thyme successfully after seeing these test results.

Here is her report:

The Power of Young Living Therapeutic Essential Oils

I am a clinical microbiologist and have worked in hospital settings for the past 25 years. I have witnessed the steady increase in antibiotic resistant strains of various bacteria. The bacteria are able to quickly transfer resistance from one strain to the other. The resistant strains are not only hospital acquired, but are now found within the community; day care centers, military recruits, gym locker rooms, chronic care facilities. The New England Journal of Medicine April 7th, 2005 sites the growing prevalence of Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in cities across the US.

Some of the infections have been associated with necrotizing fasciitis.

There is an ever-increasing need for us to fortify our immune systems, as well as look to natural methods to support and protect our bodies and maintain the balance of nature. The bugs are outsmarting the drugs!

I chose to investigate the affect of therapeutic grade Young Living essential oils, all of which have been frequency tested. This means they must conform with the AFNOR (French Association of Normalization) standards for therapeutic- grade essential oils. These oils are steamed distilled at low pressure and temperature. This preserves the complex chemical constituents of the oils. The plants harvested have been grown on organic farms without pesticides, herbicides or fungicides and are free of any synthetic chemicals. The oils I tested are Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Oregano (Oreganum compactum), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) and Thieves (a blend of clove, lemon, cinammon, eucalyptus and rosemary).

I tested these oils with these three bacteria: Methicillin- resistant Stapylococcus aureus (MRSA), Escherichia coli (the most common cause of urinary tract infections), Acinetobacter calcoaceticus (cause of many nosocomial, hospital acquired infections).

Procedure: A 1/2 McFarland suspension of each bacteria was made in tryptic soy broth.

A blood agar plate was completely covered with the bacteria. A 50 microliter sample of oil, equivalent to one large drop, was inoculated onto each individual plate. Olive oil was used as a control. The plates were then incubated for 24 hours in a non-carbon-dioxide2 incubator. Pictures were taken after 24 hours. Four days later, measurements were taken of the area where there was no growth of the bacteria.

RESULTS: When viewing the pictures, note the white to gray area is bacterial growth.

Note: each oil caused inhibition of bacterial growth on the plate.

Area of inhibition


Olive Oil Oregano Thyme

Thieves Geranium Melaleuca

Thyme 100%

Oregano 100%

Geranium 1 3/4 inch

Melaleuca 1 1/2 inch

Thieves blend 1 1/4 inch


Area of inhibition E. Coli

Olive Oil Oregano Thyme

Thieves Geranium Melaleuca

Thyme 100%

Oregano 100%

Geranium 3/4 inch

Melaleuca 2 1/2 inches

Thieves blend 1 1/2 inches


Area of inhibition Acinetobacter

Olive Oil Oregano Thyme

Thieves Geranium Melaleuca

Thyme 100%

Oregano 95%

Geranium 1 1/8 inch

Melaleuca 7/8 inch

Thieves blend 2.0 inches


CONCLUSION: Thyme and Oregano are consistently the most effective in inhibiting the growth of all three bacteria; MRSA, Escherichia coli, and Acinetobacter calcoaceticus.

Geranium is second in inhibition to thyme and oregano, when in contact with MRSA.

Melaleuca alternifolia is second in inhibition to thyme and oregano when in contact with Escherichia coli. Thieves blend is second in inhibition to thyme and oregano when in contact with Acinetobacter calcoaceticus.

Bactericidal activity of the oils has not been verified, but this work shows the strong antibacterial powers of two oils in particular; Thyme and Oregano. Each oil has unique chemical constituents. Thyme contains 59-90% alcohols and 12-21% monoterpenes. Oregano contains 60-80% phenols and 10-25% monoterpenes.

These constituents contribute to their antibacterial activity. These oils can be diffused, taken internally in gel capsules and placed topically on the body, including the feet. These two oils should be diluted 20-80 (one part essential oil to four parts vegetable or massage oil). These findings confirm what is already in the literature. Essential oils, the life- blood of the plant, are antibacterial.

These oils are Gods gift of healing to us. I love to share my passion and love of essential oils.


To Your Optimum Health

Written by Mary Anne Mathewson, CLS, ASCP

References: N Engl. J. Med. 2005:1436-1453, 1485-1487

Stewart, David PHD,DNM (2005)The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple.

Young, Gary D.,N.D. (2002) An Introduction to Young Living Essential Oils.

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Your commitment to other people must be an extension of your commitment to yourself, not at odds with it.

- Paul Ferrini

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One more Testimony on Oregano

Hello Everyone,

From time to time I take my Nansee to an ND Scientist who
specializes in viruses, bacteria, parasites & of course cancer. It's
a long story but mainly we go to have her blood checked. The doctor
knows I am with Young Living Essential Oils. so when I called to make
an appointment he asked if I had an unopened bottle of Oregano and if
so please bring with, I would like to test it.

I have never presented Young Living to him as my main objective. I
was there for care for Nansee. In due time & the right time of course
I will.

When we walked in there was a lady leaving who had Influenza. The
doctor checked Nansee's blood under the scope and then asked if I
brought the Oregano. I handed the bottle to him & he said I want to
tell you something about Gary Young but first I need to get something
to test this with from the other room. When he came back he started
to talk about the test procedure. I reminded him he was going to tell
me something about Gary. Yes Indeed he was.

Your Gary Young is a genius when it comes to essential oils and is
considered a genius in the scientific community. He has without a
doubt the best farms in the U.S. and second to none in the world.
Guess who's gloating hearing all of this? Next he said, aside from
that he also has built the best distillers in the world. All of his
studies of the oils around the world has sure paid off and of course
the contribution of his formulations and writings has put him on top
of a select group.

While he was talking he opened the Oregano and said. " You were
right Maurice, this is good stuff, no need to test it as the smell of
carvatrol in the oil is perfect as is the color." Trust me folks
I had no idea this man new so much about essential oils.

Next, Would you like to see what your Oregano will do to Influenza.
I have it on a slide from the lady who just left. Look in the
telescope first to see what it looks like. It was a black spidery
mass surrounded by blood. Now her sample is between two slides and we
will apply the Oregano to the edge. If it is as good as I say, it
will suck the black mass to it and you will see the mass turn white.
This means of course that it is destroyed. He applied the oil to the
edge and said look now into the scope and tell me what is happening.
I was amazed. The oregano was pulling the black mass toward it and
the mass was turning white.

I then asked him for advice on Anthrax. How would he use Thyme. He
said he would bond Thyme and Oregano and take internally. Bond I
replied. Yes, it has to bond or it will not work. Take a glass flask
and drop in your Thyme. Next put your carrier oil in and mix. Now add
the Oregano and mix. This is how you bond two oils and they must bond
or it's a waste and will do no good.

There you have it. What an exciting day. Maurice
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Don't expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic
Grade essential oils and supplements. Also each person is different so they
may not work as well for you as it does for others so try another oil or supplement
that would work better for you.

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Nutritional Solutions for Depression and Mood Disorders Part II

Depression and mood disorders are characterized by extreme feelings. These feelings can include feelings of dejection, sadness, and emptiness. Symptoms can include poor appetite accompanied by inadequate diet and weight loss, or increased appetite with weight gain: insomnia or excess sleep; changes in usual activities; loss of interest; fatigue; loss of concentration and feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt.

In certain cases depression is indeed appropriate to a life event. To be diagnosed as depression, the depressed state must  be experienced for at least one month and should be defined as inappropriate to one’s life’s events. The causes of depression are categorized as psychological, sociological, biochemical or physiological. Specifically, they can include an overreaction to one's life’s events or to stress, lack of sunlight during the winter months (Seasonal Affective Disorder), poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, allergies, environmental and microbial factors or any serious physical disorder.

Good nutrition is a vital part to appropriate psychiatric care. Studies have shown that nutrients can profoundly influence biochemistry and brain activity. Among nutritionally oriented doctors, it is believed that diet is often the cause of depression and that our Western diet –which emphasizes junk food, snacking, processed foods and poor eating styles- is the primary contributor to mood disorders.

Some Nutritional Lifestyle Suggestions

vAvoid Caffeine and sugar. Research is showing many individuals experience a wonderful lift emotionally after eliminating caffeine and sugar from their diets.

vIncrease your consumption of tryptophan-rich foods. L-tryptophan is an amino acid that essentially is responsible for the production of serotonin, which is the part of our brain chemistry that can elevate mood and assist in normal sleep. Research has shown that in depressed individuals, the transportation of tryptophan maybe inhibited. A complex carbohydrate rich meal has been shown to facilitate the body’s ability to absorb tryptophan. Some tryptophan rich foods include turkey,raw  milk, bananas, figs, and dates.

vAvoid over processed and rancid fats. Bad fats can inhibit the synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain,and can cause the blood cells to clump together resulting in poor circulation to the brain. On the other hand, healthy fats, like organic extra virgin olive oil, organic virgin coconut oil, raw organic butter and avocados ensure vascular flexibility and improved circulation.

Eating quality proteins that contain essential fatty acids can increase alertness. Some foods that contain essential fatty acids are wild caught salmon, sardines, organic almonds and sunflower seeds. Please make these organic whenever possible.

vIncrease your exercise. We keep hearing that gentle exercise done 3-4 times a week will make a great deal of difference in one’s ability to balance a mood disorder. Studies show a decrease in depression with an increase in movement and exercise.

vStudies have also shown the benefits of appropriate supplementation with whole food vitamins, systemic enzymes, Essential Fatty Acids and minerals. Why Ziquin

Some food sources that are rich in nutrients to support balance moods and healthy out look on life include:
vSpinach and Kale- source of folic acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and calcium
vSweet peppers- source of Vitamin B6
vBroccoli- source of folic acid, riboflavin, Vitamin C, and calcium
vParsley- source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin C, and riboflavin

We at Self-Health Essentials support you in making these simple action steps in gaining balance and peace of mind. Please know this information is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your health care provider.These are suggestions to begin as you gather your many resources.

We wish you much success in your Self-Health journey.
© Self-Health Essentials LLC 2009

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An Adrenal Supporting Lifestyle
 Robert Brauer, NTP

Managing the stress in your life is key to supporting your adrenals. The most important factor in managing the stress is understanding the mind-body connection in regards to stress. We know that what makes a situation stressful for one person may not be stressful for another. Remember the example of a person in a car stuck in the middle of rush hour traffic.  It can be perceived as an opportunity for listening to a self-health audiotape or perceived as highly frustrating. Either way the operative word is perception. Whether a situation is stressful or not is based on our perception. And our perception is based on what we believe to be true. Our beliefs determine our perception. So if we believe bumper-to-bumper traffic is stressful, guess what for us it will be. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can learn to change how we perceive things by changing how we look at things and yes even our beliefs. Letting go of our fears is the first step toward creating a fuller, more satisfying life. We need to seek joyful, loving and fulfilling activities, ones that stimulate us to grow and be happy at heart. After all we are worth it! Let this be our mantra. I do those things that give me joy and let go of those things not in harmony with my joy.

Providing nutritional support. Now let’s talk about a day-to-day adrenal supporting plan. 

On a fresh sheet of paper make a heading “health drains” and list everything and everyone in your daily life that are health-limiting factors. The following are examples;

Junk food, alcohol, overwork, chemicalized water, coffee, financial pressures, unhappy work or home environment, prescription or non-prescription drugs, lack of fresh air, tobacco, lack of sleep, soft drinks and chemical pollutants. The idea is to minimize as much as possible those health-limiting factors in your life that take away from supporting your adrenals and overall health.  

Someone who has adrenal fatigue have used up much of the body’s stored nutrients and are in desperate need of new supplies just to continue to function, let alone heal. Good quality food is the best source of these nutrient. Nutritional supplements can increase your ability to heal and speed your recovery.

If you have adrenal fatigue, when you eat is almost as important as what you eat. Low blood sugar is in itself a stressful situation that further drains yours adrenals. Therefore, avoid letting your blood sugar levels drop too low by eating natural, high quality food at frequent, regular intervals. Small high quality meals are ideal. It is important that you eat before 10:00 am. If you eat breakfast earlier in the morning around 8:00 am then you will want to have a snack around 10:00 am. You need to replenish your waning glycogen supply after the previous night’s energy requirements. Then lunch at noon, a snack sometime between 2:00 and 3:00 pm and your evening meal around 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Later in the evening, before bed, just a couple of bites of a high quality snack is often the key to successfully getting through the night without sleep disturbances or feeling wrecked in the morning.

It is best to combine fat, protein, and whole food carbohydrates at every meal and snack. Eating sugar or sugary foods is hard on your body. It makes blood sugar rise too high, too fast, and subsequently fall too low, leaving your body starving for fuel again.

Salt craving is a common symptom in all stages of adrenal fatigue. Most people with adrenal fatigue have low blood pressure, not high. Salt is a welcome addition to the diet in adrenal fatigue because it not only helps increase blood pressure, but also helps restore some of the other functions related to sodium loss within the cells. If you have concerns about taking salt and high blood pressure check with your doctor. We recommend natural unrefined sea salt and Ziquin Nanomeds. Another way to naturally increase sodium levels are to take sea vegetables like kelp and dulse.       

Vegetables that are high in sodium and helpful in supporting adrenal recovery include the following; kelp, dulse, green and black olives, beet greens, celery, zucchini, and Swiss chard. Please refer to the recipe for adrenal recovery soup that is posted on our blog.

People with adrenal fatigue are hugely lacking in several vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids and this is where high quality supplemental can speed recovery. Both Ziquin’s mind and body tonic and EFA complete is crucial to supplying the body and adrenals of the nutrients it so dearly needs. 

Summary of what to eat: Eat a wide variety of whole, natural foods. Combine a fat, protein and carbohydrate source with every meal or snack. Eat lots of vegetables, especially the brightly colored ones. Use unrefined sea salt if you crave it. Eat mainly whole grains and vegetable sources of carbohydrates. Eat high quality foods.

Adequate rest. For people with adrenal fatigue, it is important to be in bed and on your way to sleep by 10:30 pm. Although most people’s schedules do not allow it, it also helps to sleep in until 9:00 in the morning. For those who have a day job, sleeping in on the weekends until this time is highly beneficial. Sleeping in until 9:00 am gives your adrenals a chance to rest, allowing your cortisol levels to rise. Normally cortisol levels rise rapidly from 6:00 to 8:00 am, but quite often in adrenal fatigue these levels do not rise as high and/or drop faster than normal. Also when your cortisol levels are lower, as in adrenal fatigue, it takes longer to feel fully awake in the morning. Sleeping in, therefore, is not only restorative for your adrenals but also helps you feel much better when you wake up and during the rest of the day.

If you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep this is a sign that your cortisol levels are probably low due to depleted or exhausted adrenal function. As mentioned before the reason you awaken in the middle of the night is due your body releasing adrenaline instead of cortisol to raise your blood sugar. This works as a brain stimulant, which naturally keeps you awake. To help counteract this have a light snack that contains protein, unrefined carbohydrate, and a high quality fat before going to bed, such as a slice of whole grain bread with almond butter.

Other things you can do to improve your sleep.

1)     Be sure to get enough physical exercise during the day. Rapid breathing expels volatile gases out of your body that become harmful if they build up. The increased blood flow helps keep plaque from building up in your arteries while stimulating your liver to perform more efficiently. Cell function improves with accompanying acceleration of carbon dioxide, oxygen and nutrient exchange. Exercise normalizes levels of cortisol, insulin, blood glucose, growth hormone, thyroid, and several other hormones and puts more oxygen into your brain. Exercise also decreases depression.

2)     Avoid coffee, caffeine containing beverages and chocolate because they act as stimulants. These can interrupt sleep patterns and increase morning lows.

3)     If you are having difficulty going to sleep and usually watch TV or work on a computer late at night, try having an 8:00   PM limit on these visual stimuli.

4)      Some common herbs used to promote better sleep are hops, catnip, valerian root and licorice root.

5)     Try to schedule breaks around times when you feel more tired so that you can lie down for 15-30 minutes. Lying down is much more restorative than sitting, for the person with adrenal fatigue.

6)     Laughter. Norman Cousins found that two important keys to rebuild your adrenals are laughter and vitamin C. He laughed himself back to health from a debilitating disease. We recommend a whole food natural source of vitamin C like Acerola cherries.

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Another Reason to Avoid Juices by Kathy Abascal

As we discuss in class, juices pose a number of problems and our bodies actually do better without them. First, we typically strain the fiber out of most our juices, fiber we need to grow the right intestinal flora. Second, … Continue reading 


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