More About Rose Hips

More about Rose Hips
Photo Credit: Helena Beautification Board, Helena, Alabama

After my last post, a friend wanted to know more about Rose Hips. She had visited a website that raised questions about possible deterioration of the Vitamin C during processing and storage. I asked Stephanie Tallent of Beeyoutiful for her insights and I thought you might enjoy reading her response.

“First of all, Beeyoutiful’s Rosehip C has both the whole Rosehips ground up in it as well as other forms of isolated stabilized Vitamin C. That being said, the amounts on the label are the guaranteed, tested, stable potency and quantity all the way through till the best use by date printed on each bottle.

“Second of all, while nutrients do indeed deteriorate in whole food supplements under certain manufacturing conditions such as high heat exposure/open to oxygen storage along with many other factors, there is still in my opinion value in including whole food forms of nutrients in formulations. Our bodies are designed to recognize and utilize nutrients *from food* and it is my personal belief that absorption of all nutrients are optimized when it is taken in conjunction with whole food.

“We carry several forms of Vitamin C . . . and have had years to use the different forms ourselves and to get feedback from our customers. I personally feel as though the Rosehip C formulation works more effectively for my body than formulations that do not contain whole foods.

“Obviously, there aren’t slews of studies documenting the nuances of absorptions between all doses, all forms (although maybe one day soon! Studies are ever increasingly being done with nutritional supplementation) but for now what we do know that is absolutely documented and tested to be fact are the types and potencies tested.

“There are many ways manufacturers can optimize and extend the nutritionally active parts of whole foods and we are fortunate to work with one that opts to take all available measures to ensure the maximum benefit possible.”

On another note, it’s easy to reach for those Vitamin C powders that are available in almost every pharmacy and grocery store. Before you bring it home, read the ingredients. Most of these contain SUGAR which most people avoid when trying to prevent sickness. Rosehip C contains no sugar- another good reason to consider adding it to your regimen for staying well!

Click here to purchase Rosehip C.

The Beauty of Rose Hips

Rosehip, Helena Beautiful
Photo Credit: Helena Beautification Board, Helena, Alabama

In case you ever wondered if roses have fruit, the answer is yes. The fruit of the rose is the beautiful rose hip. Most modern roses don’t produce rose hips, but they are commonly found on rugosa roses (Rosa Rugosa) and dog roses (Rosa Canina). The rose hip pictured here is courtesy of ‘Lena,’ a shrub rose in the Helena Earth Kind Rose Trial and is shared with the permission of Brian Puckett of the Helena Beautification Board.

Did you know that a fresh rose hip can have more than 60 times as much vitamin C as one orange? David Hoffmann in The New Holistic Herbal: “Rose hips are one of the best sources of vitamin C, which will help treat infections and boost the body’s immune system.”

Vitamin C has also been found to assist in the absorption of iron, making it a helpful ally for overall health, specifically anemia and other iron absorption disorders.

Additionally, studies conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center indicate that vitamin C is also helpful for the production of collagen, an important element in the structure of bones and muscles. This may be related to the findings of another study performed by the Institute for Social Medicine in Berlin. Their findings, published in International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology on February 1, 2010, suggest that the use of rose hip powder can reduce symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis.

David Hoffmann also suggests using rose hips for cough or throat issues. Here’s his recipe:

  • Remove the seeds from the hips and add to one pint of boiling water.
  • Pour the boiling rose hip liquid onto 3/4 lbs. of sugar, stirring gently until sugar is dissolved.
  • Store your rose hip syrup in the refrigerator and use as a cough medicine, as well as a tonic or throat gargle.

If you prefer taking your Vitamin C in tablet form, consider Beeyoutiful’s Rosehip C. (nutrition facts below). Rosehip C is a big part of our family’s sickness-avoidance regimen and was featured in Staying Well last month.

Thanks again to the Helena Beautification Board for the photo of the beautiful rose hip. And thanks to the health researchers who have helped us discover its beautiful health benefits!

ROSEHIP C NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 1 Tablet
Servings Per Container: 250
AMOUNT PER SERVING % DAILY VALUE
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 500 mg 830%*
Citrus Bioflavonoids 100 mg
(37% total bioflavonoids as Hesperidin)
Acerola Powder 100 mg
Rose Hips Powder (Rosae canina) (Fruit) 100 mg
Rutin Powder 10 mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
SUGGESTED USE As a dietary supplement, take 1 tablet 1 or more times daily, preferably with meals.
OTHER INGREDIENTS Dicalcium Phosphate, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Cellulose and Vegetable Coating.
ALLERGEN INFO Not manufactured with wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
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Stay Well!

It seems that almost everyone I know is either sick or afraid of getting sick! If there was ever a good time to work on boosting your immune system, this is it.

Two years ago, I shared some tips for immune system support. You can click to read those posts for some general advice and some products to consider: Be Immune! and Immune System Health.

But this year, I’d like to share some advice that’s a little closer to home. With so much sickness around us, we’re all trying to do what we can to stay well. Maybe you’d like to know what I have recommended for my own family.

Immune System Support Supplements from Smith Family Resources

Vitamin C  For general sickness-avoidance, I encourage everyone to increase their intake of Vitamin C. The best way to do that is to get it in food. Some of my favorites are sweet potatoes, blueberries, kiwi and kale. You can also take Rosehip C. And that reminds me, if you aren’t already taking a good daily vitamin, now would be a good time to add a super multivitamin. Our bodies need the right nutrients to be able to avoid sickness, so good food with the right supplementation is important.

Berry Well  For those exposed to respiratory viruses including influenza, I recommend taking the maximum dose of Berry Well at least twice a day until the length of the virus incubation period is past. Berry Well is an elderberry syrup that contains bee propolis, raw honey, organic echinacea root extract, and raw apple cider vinegar. The elderberries in Berry Well are grown naturally without the use of pesticides or chemicals but are not certified organic. Raw honey provides live enzymes that help the body fight colds and respiratory infections of all kinds. Propolis and echinacea are both considered to be natural antibiotics. Apple cider vinegar increases your body’s alkalinity, and the potassium in raw vinegar helps cells fight bacteria and viruses.

Monolaurin  Monolauricin is the substance found in mother’s milk believed to be responsible for that early boost in a baby’s immune system. Our favorite source for monolaurin is Lauricidin®. Lauricidin contains pure lipid monolaurin derived from coconut oil and some of our friends and customers have reported amazing things about its role in immune system support.

Garlic  I like to add garlic to food or to teas to help build healthy immune systems. But when there just isn’t time or I don’t want the smell, Odorless Garlic is a good substitute. The softgels are small and easy to swallow, but they can also be chewed. The taste is very mild and it really is odorless- no bad breath!

Probiotics  I shared a fun video about the importance of probiotics a while back, and it’s worth watching again. Our favorite probiotic is Tummy Tuneup, and during “sick season,” most of us take two capsules every day.

Click the picture to see the video!

And, as always, I remind everyone to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water every day, and get plenty of rest! These are the things I tell my own family, and they aren’t meant to be prescriptions for everyone, but I hope you found something helpful here! Stay well!

Immune System Health

Did you catch our Be Immune post last month?  Today, I’m following up on those thoughts to introduce another exciting new essential oil blend!

Immuni-T was designed to soothe the respiratory system and to support the body when it’s under attack from the common onslaught of germs.

Here are just a few of the essential oils in this blend.  (You can read a full list of ingredients by clicking on any Immuni-T link in this post.)

Tangerine Essential Oil (Citrus reticulata Blanco) – Has properties that assist the body in stimulating the lymphatic and immune systems; and it smells good!Immuni-T

Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) – Aids and soothes the respiratory and immune systems

Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) – Helps to stimulate the immune system, while blending well with the other oils to provide a pleasant aroma

Cedarwood Essential Oil (cedrus atlantica) – Helps the body to relax and rest, while directly supporting the respiratory system

Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia frerana) – Lends support to the respiratory and immune systems

Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) – Known for its benefits to the immune system

Spearmint Essential Oil (Mentha spicata) – Known for digestive support and for support to the body during feverish illnesses

What a line-up!  And that’s just a sample of the immune system goodness in the Immuni-T blend.  Click here to learn more!

Easy Peasy Breathie

http://smithfamilyresources.com/products/essential-oil-easy-peasy-breathieEasy Peasy Breathie was formulated to support the respiratory system while helping to calm the whole body to better weather the storms of illness and seasonal allergies.

Ingredients:

Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia frereana): Supports the respiratory system and can assist in loosening mucus

Ginger Essential Oil (Zingiber officinale Roscoe): Helps to soothe and calm the respiratory system

Juniper Berry Essential Oil (Juniperus communis): Helps to support the lymph system, encouraging the body to release toxins and heal quickly

Marjoram Essential Oil (Thymus mastichina): Promotes relaxation, helps to loosen mucus, and supports healing and boosting the immune system

Black Pepper Essential Oil (Piper nigrum): Helps to stimulate the immune system and support the body during illnesses, especially viral infections

Pine Essential Oil (Pinus sylvestris): Helps to loosen mucus and soothe the entire system

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus atlantica): Helps to loosen mucus and support the respiratory system

Rosalina Essential Oil (Melaleuca ericafolia): Supports the immune and respiratory systems

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil (Backhousia citriodora): Helps to strengthen the immune system

Click here to order Easy Peasy Breathie

Bandito Blend

Bandito Blend

You’ve probably heard the legend about a group of thieves who managed to avoid sickness as they plundered the homes of those who had died of the Black Death in 14th century Europe.  There are many versions of this tale, but most of them say that the bandits applied a mixture of oils or herbs to their clothing.  Some stories say that the oils they used repelled fleas which carried the disease.  The true details are not known, but the undocumented ones have inspired many present-day combinations to help avoid sickness.

Beeyoutiful’s unique combination of frankincense, cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus oils make up a wonderful-smelling blend called Bandito Blend.

  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) – supports respiratory health, antimicrobial
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamomum cassia) – antiseptic, antimicrobial
  • Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) – antiseptic and antimicrobial, also an analgesic
  • Lemon (Citrus limon) – cleans and sanitizes, provides a light citrusy tone
  • Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) – antimicrobial, supports respiratory health
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiate) – antimicrobial, supports healthy immune system and respiratory system
Here are some suggestions for the use of Bandito Blend:
  • Topical Uses:  Before going out during cold and flu season, apply with a carrier oil (we suggest Almond Oil) to soles of the feet, back of wrists, and neck.  You can also apply to skin with a carrier oil if you are feeling run down or have been exposed to an illness or you have become ill.  Rubbing diluted Bandito Blend (mixed 50/50 with carrier oil) down the spine can help release tension and support the immune and nervous systems.
  • Diffusing:  Bandito Blend an be diffused full-strength in order to help maintain a microbe-free home.  This is beneficial during cold and flu seasons.  Your home will be filled with the delicious aroma of spices while also being cleansed of unwanted germs.
  • Cleaning:   Add 1 drop per ounce of water for an all-purpose spray.  Add 10-15 drops per gallon of water to wash floors. 

If you’ve used other “thieves” blends, we invite you to try Beeyoutiful’s Bandito Blend.  We think you’ll enjoy the spicy aroma AND the affordable price!