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NOW Foods Oregano Oil FAQs

Where is your Oregano Oil derived from?

It is derived from Origanum vulgare, which is grown in the eastern Mediterranean region, predominantly in Turkey. It contains a minimum of 55% carvacrol, one of the active components naturally occurring in Oregano, and is derived from a variety known commonly as “wild oregano”.

Our product is all natural and not genetically modified in any way. NOW Oregano Oil products (also known as Oil of Oregano) are 100% steam distilled without the use of chemicals and GC/IR Verified by qualified analytical chemists.

How do I dilute Oregano Oil?

Because the Oregano Oil is highly concentrated, it should not be used undiluted unless it is being used solely for Aromatherapy (smelling it). Even then, please exercise caution. Although this is a natural product, it is very concentrated.

We recommend the use of a professional aromatherapist or a recipe from a reputable aromatherapy book when using pure essential oils for any other purpose. As a general rule, it is best to dilute essential oils in Olive Oil, Almond Oil or any other food grade carrier oil before using, first mixing thoroughly to match the proportions given by the expert source. NOW Foods does not recommend using essential oils for other than aromatherapy uses.

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/oregano-oil.html
References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/

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What's New? Lily Of The Desert

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Lily of the Desert is one of the largest U.S. growers, processors and manufacturers of chemical-free, certified organic aloe vera in the natural products industry. Being vertically integrated allows us to maintain the highest standards of quality control and eliminate third-party pricing. This is unique among aloe vera product companies in the natural products industry. Controlling quality every step of the way allows Lily of the Desert to dictate the industry-leading standards of quality and maintain product integrity from the farm to the bottle.

All Lily of the Desert products originate from mature, organically-grown aloe vera plants, which are grown free of chemicals in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the desert of Mexico. Once harvested, the aloe leaves are placed in refrigerated trailers to ensure no beneficial components are lost, and are then shipped to our state-of-the-art processing facility for precise inspection. Each outgoing batch is scientifically tested to validate quality and product efficacy. Quality is maintained and monitored every step of the way to ensure customers receive the best benefits naturally derived from aloe vera.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/lily-of-the-desert.html

References
 Lily Of The Desert (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/5769/

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Seasonal Recipes of NOW Foods Essential Oils

 

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Choose a recipe below, and add the NOW essential oils to a diffuser and enjoy!

Autumn Air

8 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

6 drops Lime Essential Oil

6 drops Sage Essential Oil

Buttery Pumpkin Spice

1 drop of Cardamom

1 drop of NOW Cinnamon

1 drop of NOW Nutmeg

3 drops of NOW Vanilla

Holiday Cheer

4 drops of NOW Cedarwood Virginian

4 drops of NOW Cypress

6 drops of NOW Rosewood

1 drops of NOW Pine

2 drops of NOW Balsam

1 drops of NOW Orange

Holiday Eggnog

10 drops of NOW Vanilla

1 drops of NOW Cinnamon

2 drops of NOW Nutmeg

Holiday Wreath & Flowers

4 drops of NOW Cedarwood Virginian

4 drops of NOW Cypress

1 drops of NOW Rosewood

6 drops of NOW Pine Needle

2 drops of NOW Balsam

1 drops of NOW Lavender

Holly Jolly Holidays

2 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

2 drops of NOW Ginger

1 drops of NOW Clove Bud

2 drops of NOW 2 drops of NOW Nutmeg

4 drops of NOW Lemon

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

2 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

5 drops of NOW Balsam Fir Needle

1 drops of NOW Juniperberry

Santa’s Sugar Cookies

2 drops of NOW Tangerine

24 drops of NOW Vanilla

2 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

1 drops of NOW Ginger

Stroll thru the Orchard

10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

4 drops Ginger Essential Oil

6 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

Wintermint Icicles

3 drops of NOW Peppermint

3 drops of NOW Pennyroyal

1 drops of NOW Eucalyptus

1 drops of NOW Tea Tree

2 drops of NOW Rosemary

Gingerbread Aroma

3 drops of NOW Cinnamon

1 drops of NOW Clove

2 drops of NOW Ginger

1 drops of NOW Nutmeg

2 drops of NOW Vanilla

Cinnamon and Spice

1 drops of NOW Orange

1 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

1 drops of NOW Clove

5 drops of NOW Vanilla

1 drops of NOW Nutmeg

It’s the Holly-Days Again

8 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

3 drops of NOW Cypress

30 drops of NOW Pine

1 drop of NOW Orange

Cinnamon & Spice & Everything Nice

5 drops of NOW Orange

24 drops of NOW Cinnamon

4 drops of NOW Nutmeg

10 drops of NOW Ginger

Melt My Heart Mistletoe

2 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

3 drops of NOW Pine

1 drop of NOW Juniperberry

2 drops of NOW Rosemary

1 drop of NOW Eucalyptus

1 drops of NOW Ylang Ylang

Fresh Fallen Snow

1 drop of NOW Wintergreen

20 drops of NOW Pine

60 drops of NOW Grapefruit

Warm Fall Bouquet

12 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

3 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

3 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil

2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil

References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Seasonal Recipes. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Personal-Care/Ingredients-Guide/Recipes/Seasonal-Recipes.htm

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SweetLeaf: 100% Natural Stevia Sweetener

SweetLeat Natural Sweetener

Award-winning SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener is unique in the marketplace because it’s America’s original stevia-based sweetener.

For natural, zero-calorie, zero-carb, zero glycemic  index sweetness, look no further. SweetLeaf™ offers a variety of sweet solutions made from stevia, a naturally sweet plant that is much sweeter than sugar. It is also completely calorie-free, all-natural, and has a zero glycemic index.

SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops™, made with stevia leaf extract and natural flavors, can be added to foods or beverages – from yogurt to oatmeal, water to coffee, sauces to smoothies – for sweet, sugar-free flavor. The drops are available in 17 flavors and come in a convenient dropper bottle. A little Sweet Drops flavor goes a long way, making every bottle an impressive, and tasty, value.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/sweetleaf.html

References
 SweetLeaf (n.d.). Retrieved from http://sweetleaf.com/

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Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Melanoma Risk

An article published on January 20, 2015 in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute reveals the finding of Erikka Loftfield, MPH, and her colleagues of an association between increased coffee consumption and a reduced risk of malignant melanoma.

The analysis included 447,357 participants in the National Institutes of Health-AARP prospective study initiated in 1995-1996. Dietary questionnaires completed upon enrollment were evaluated for the intake of regular and decaffeinated coffee. The subjects were followed for a median of 10.5 years, during which 2,904 cases of malignant melanoma were diagnosed.

A trend was observed between increasing coffee intake and a decreasing risk of malignant melanoma over follow-up. Among men and women who consumed four or more cups of coffee per day, there was an adjusted 20% lower risk of developing malignant melanoma in comparison with the risk experienced by those who were non-coffee drinkers. The protective effect of coffee drinking was observed only in association with coffee that was not decaffeinated and was restricted to those with malignant melanoma as opposed to melanoma in situ.

In their discussion of the findings, the authors suggest several mechanisms to explain the protective effect of coffee against malignant melanoma. “Coffee contains numerous bioactive compounds, including polyphenols, diterpenes, trigonelline, and caffeine,” they write. “The predominant chlorogenic acid in coffee, 5-O-caffeoylquinic acid, and to a greater extent its metabolite caffeic acid, have been shown to suppress UVB-induced skin carcinogenesis in mouse epidermal cells by inhibiting cyclooxygenase (COX-2) expression. COX-2, which is overexpressed in response to UVB exposure and in human melanoma cells compared with normal melanocytes, is thought to play a functional role in the development and progression of malignant melanoma.”

“Because of its high disease burden, lifestyle modifications with even modest protective effects may have a meaningful impact on melanoma morbidity,” they conclude.

References
Life Extension (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.lifeextension.com/WhatsHot/2015/1/January-Whats-Hot-Articles/Page-01?utm_source=eNewsletter_EZX500E&utm_medium=email&utm_term=WhatsHot&utm_content=Header&utm_campaign=2015Wk19&l=0#Coffee-drinkers-have-lower-melanoma-risk

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What's Nutiva Organic Red Palm Oil

Grown on small organic family farms in Ecuador, our Red Palm is certified Organic, Non-GMO and Fair Trade. Nutiva partner with Natural Habitats™ to ensure that no deforestation or habitat destruction results from the growing or harvesting process.

Nutiva’s unrefined red palm oil has a mild carrot-like flavor, with a rich, buttery texture. Some red palm oils have a strong or harsh flavor, however, Nutiva’s proprietary cold-filtration process removes any strong flavor while retaining the nutrients. It’s ideal for soups, sauces and sautéing. It also turns regular popcorn into delicious (and healthy!) movie theater-style popcorn.

Nutiva is excited to be launching a full line of new red palm oil products to provide even more ways for you to integrate red palm into your diet.

Natural Habitats seeks to empower and support farmers. Committed to the sustainable production of organic and fairly traded products, they also contribute to social development in the community through education and nutrition programs. They allocate 1% of sales to social and environmental stewardship programs. Projects have included building a small health clinic and providing sports uniforms for the local youth.

The region in Ecuador where Nutiva Organic Red Palm Oil is grown has numerous small family farms, averaging 10 hectares (about 25 acres), interspersed throughout the regional forests. These subsistence farms were planted many years ago and are now being worked by second and third generation farming families.

Palm oil grown in Southeast Asia is associated with destruction of rainforest and orangutan habitat. It is important to note that in addition to the work we do with Natural Habitats, orangutans do not live in Ecuador and Nutiva’s red palm does not contribute to deforestation or habitat destruction.

References

Nutiva (n.d.). Organic Red Palm Oil Retrieved from https://store.nutiva.com/red-palm-oil/

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Pycnogenol boosts cognitive function in middle-aged professionals

Looking to give your professional life a competitive edge? A report published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences revealed that Pycnogenol®, a proanthocyanidin supplement derived from maritime pine, improved memory, focus and decision-making among healthy professionals between the ages of 35 to 55.

The study, conducted at Chieti-Pescara University in Italy, included 59 professional men and women assigned to a controlled health plan with or without supplementation with 150 milligrams Pycnogenol® per day for 12 weeks. Tests of attention, memory and executive function were conducted before and after the study period and blood samples were analyzed for free radicals and other factors.

Plasma free radicals were lower by the end of the study among those that received Pycnogenol®, while varying nonsignificantly among the control group. While aspects of cognitive function improved in both groups, the increase was more significant in the Pycnogenol® group. These subjects showed improvements in mood, mental performance, sustained attention and subjective memory, as well as in daily tasks such as simple decision making and dealing with people.

“This study completes a number of research observations indicating that Pycnogenol® can naturally help improve some aspects of cognitive functions throughout life,” stated lead researcher Gianni Belcaro, of Chieti
Pescara University’s Department of Biomedical Science. “Multiple studies have been conducted using Pycnogenol® and showing its positive effects in managing and improving some attention parameters in children with ADHD, in improving results of specific cognitive test in students and in improving several aspects of cognitive functions in adults over 60.”

“These latest findings are supported by decades of research on Pycnogenol®’s ability to naturally regulate oxidative stress levels (that may significantly affect some cognitive functions) and confirm the positive impact on overall cognitive function,” he concluded.

References
Life Extension (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.lifeextension.com/WhatsHot/2015/1/January-Whats-Hot-Articles/Page-01#Pycnogenol-boosts-cognitive-function-in-middle-aged-professionals

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Organic India: Herbal Supplements to Support True Wellness

ORGANIC INDIA was formed in the 1990′s by a small group of people from around the world who met in Lucknow, a town in northern India. They had traveled to meet H.W.L. Poonja, the spiritual teacher fondly known as “Papaji.” Drawn by the search for truth and self-realization, they came to hear Papaji’s simple teachings:

“Keep Quiet. The eternal truth exists within you. Do not entertain a single thought and the truth will reveal itself to itself.”

Inspired by Papaji’s lifetime of service, this group of visionaries (and future founders of ORGANIC INDIA) together created a holistic business that would eventually change the face of agriculture in northern India. Their idea was simple: establish a sustainable business model to support the livelihood of thousands of impoverished farmers in India by providing training and education, enabling self-sufficiency and skills that could be passed on to future generations.

This idea became a movement as organic and biodynamic farming methods were developed and practiced. The founder’s mission to offer safe effective herbal products to the world is the driving force behind an organic revolution that started with ORGANIC INDIA and is now taking root all across India.

ORGANIC INDIA is inspired by and lovingly dedicated to Sri H.W.L. Poonja, Papaji, and Sri Ramana Maharshi, one and the same, embodiment of truth, of unconditional love for all beings and all creation, of supreme peace, of selfless service, of limitless compassion, of eternal wisdom, Sat, Chit, Ananda, Moksha.

 

References

Organic India (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.organicindia.com/

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Maximum Metabolism Diet & Exercise Plan

What is ‘The Maximum Metabolism™ Plan’?

The Maximum Metabolism plan is designed for you to safely and permanently:

  • Increase your Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR)
  • Lose excess body fat
  • Build and tone muscles
  • Create a positive change in your appearance
  • Develop healthy lifestyle habits
  • Achieve a greater feeling of personal well-being

The Maximum Metabolism plan allows you to eat healthy, delicious and filling food — while reducing fat and calories. You’ll increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR…metabolism when you’re resting) to burn fat more efficiently on a daily basis. You’ll develop a simple daily exercise regimen to maintain muscle tone — while still burning more fat. You’ll acquire the good habits so all-important in maintaining a leaner, healthy body.

What we ‘do’ is what we ‘get.’

The key to weight-loss is multi-faceted. It embodies more than simply “going on a diet” if you hope to make it permanent. The long-term answer lies in changing our eating habits and exercising properly. (Most of us know how to eat right…we just don’t do it.)  There are generally deep emotional issues around our being overweight. So a strong “will” and determination is necessary to make the required changes in our lifestyle. That’s why it’s important for you to decide just how much weight you should lose — not somebody else. It’s good to ask for support from those significant others in your life. (Though sometimes those nearest and dearest to you can inadvertently sabotage your earnest efforts to achieve well-being.) So learn to feel good about the steps you are taking towards your goal. Acknowledge yourself every day.

Ten Steps to changing your life

  • 1. Supplement each day at the proper time to increase your energy, BMR and determination.
  • 2. Exercise for 20 to 60 minutes, preferably in the morning, 5 to 7 times a week.
  • 3. Eat a low-fat, balanced diet of three meals and two snacks every day.
  • 4. Take a complex multi-vitamin daily , such as Source Naturals Life Force™.
  • 5. Eat at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day.
  • 6. Drink six to eight glasses of water every day.
  • 7. Limit or stop drinking alcohol.
  • 8. Stop eating two to three hours before bedtime.
  • 9. Reach for your walking shoes before reaching for the fridge.
  • 10. Acknowledge yourself and the steps you took towards your goal each day.

What kind of ‘exercise’ is required?

A combination of a regular walking program with appropriate aerobic and weight exercise is essential for best results. The Maximum Metabolism exercise plan takes only a short time each day, and is designed to help you reduce stress, increase energy levels, burn calories, lose unwanted fat and gain muscle tone. And remember, the more muscle tissue you have…the higher your basal metabolic rate (BMR)…and the more calories you’ll burn.  It’s best to exercise in the morning so that you get the higher BMR benefit all day long. Another important, though less known, benefit of daily exercise is that it causes the release of endorphins, or ‘feel good’ hormones in the brain.

Walking & Aerobics

Walking has become a very popular aerobic exercise simply because it works. One only needs good shoes, comfortable clothes and several minutes a day. It will improve both leg strength and toning, preserve lean muscle mass, and help you lose fat.  The average optimum walking distance and pace ranges from 1-4 miles a day at about 3-6 miles per hour. This translates to between 10 and 20 minutes to walk one mile. After stretching your leg muscles for a few minutes, start with a short distance and gradually work your way up to longer and more swiftly-paced walks. The object is to walk at a brisk pace, so that you’ll start burning calories immediately, and after approximately 18 minutes, begin to burn fat.

Beginner’s walking program

  • Total exercise time: 45 minutes.
  • Warm-up: 3-4 minutes of stretching.
  • Total walk time: 35-40 minutes.
  • Aerobic workout: Mileage – 1.5 miles.
  • Pace: 2.5 miles per hour.
  • Cool-down: 3-4 minutes of after-walk stretches.
  • Frequency: 5 times a week.
  • Weekly mileage: 7.5 miles.

Advanced walking program

  • Total exercise time: 60 minutes.
  • Warm-up: 5 minutes of stretching.
  • Total walk time: 45-50 minutes.
  • Aerobic workout: Mileage – 3 miles.
  • Pace: 4 miles per hour.
  • Cool-down: 3-4 minutes of after-walk stretches.
  • Frequency: 5 times a week. (You can walk 3 miles a day for 5 days – or 2 miles every day.)
  • Weekly mileage: 15 miles.

For a change, you can switch certain days of your walking plan with other aerobic exercises such as jogging, biking or dance aerobic workouts. You can use an exercise bike, rower, treadmill, stepper or swim laps. You could join a health club, or do it with a friend. The point is to exercise regularly on an established, weekly basis.

Weight Training

Another very important aspect to regaining a healthy new you is getting involved in some form of appropriate weight training. Whether you decide to join a club, or check out some of the excellent books on the subject for in-home use, weight training can be a significant part of your attaining a healthy body. We simply need to understand that as we get older and less physically active in our daily lives, it’s increasingly necessary to reverse the sedentary process that got us here in the first place.

A good weight training program can rebuild, reshape and continually increase the size of your muscles. Muscle makes you look and feel thinner, as muscles take up 20% less space than fat. Adding muscle will:

  • Raise your metabolism further to melt more fat away.
  • Tighten flabby body areas.
  • Allow you to eat more calories of favorite foods.

So get out there and enjoy your surroundings, the weather, the new day, and a newly emerging healthy you.

References
 Source Naturals (n.d.). Maximum Metabolism Diet & Exercise Plan. Retrieved from http://www.sourcenaturals.com/articles/2783/

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Introducing to Popular Yacon Syrup!

We’re glad that the Most Popular Yacon Syrup is Now In Stock!

Probiotic Sweetener with Low Glycemic Index!

Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. The syrup from this sweet root is raising eyebrows in the medical community and natural product world for its medicinal qualities. It contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which pass through the digestive track unmetabolized, providing few calories. The sugars, however, are metabolized by the bifidobacteria in the large intestine and contribute to improved digestions and absorption of vitamins, such as B-complex. The undigested portion of yacon serves as prebiotic-food for ‘friendly’ bacteria. Other benefits of FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, increased absorption of calcium and magnesium and improved elimination of toxic compounds. Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. It may help diabetics regulate and normalize glucose levels in the blood due to its FOS content. It is considered hypoglycemic and holds promise as a sweetener for diabetics and others who choose not to consume sugar.

Traditional Ethnobotanical Information

This delicious root crop has been grown in the Andes by the Inca and their descendants. Related to sunflowers, Yacon has large succulent roots that have a juicy, watermelon flavor. From this we produce an exceptionally sweet syrup which can be used like honey or maple syrup.

You hold in your hands the finest traditional botanical available on earth. This botanical is a long standing favorite in South America where it has been empirically selected for its effectiveness over many generations. Only organically cultivated or sustainably wild harvested plants are collected and shipped to our laboratories.

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