by Ed Slingerland | Mar 1, 2023 | Blog, frequently asked question, Newsletter
What is the difference between PREbiotics and PRObiotics? Our bodies are home to 100 trillion bacteria: the microbiome. A large proportion of these live in the gut, which is also known as the intestinal flora. In a healthy intestinal flora, beneficial and harmful bacteria are in balance. In this case, the inside of the intestinal wall is completely occupied by bacteria. As a result, the harmful bacteria cannot multiply because there is insufficient space and food for new bacteria. Thus, the balance is maintained.
The harmful intestinal bacteria can cause diarrhoea, infection or intestinal inflammation.
In contrast, the good gut bacteria help keep the bad gut bacteria under control; they help boost your immune system, reduce gas and improve digestion. The body also needs the good gut bacteria to synthesise certain vitamins and absorb certain nutrients.
So while prebiotics and probiotics are both good for health, the difference between prebiotics and probiotics is really what they do and where you can find them.
Prebiotics are mainly found in vegetables, fruits and grains, but also in legumes and nuts. So prebiotics are fibres, but not all fibres are prebiotics!
PRObiotics are mainly found in dairy products that contain large amounts of useful lactic acid bacteria. These bacteria, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, survive stomach acid and therefore reach the gut.
Young Living has 2 very nice probiotic products: Life 9 contains a combination of nine friendly bacterial strains with a total of 17 billion live bacteria.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Bifidobacterium lactis
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus
- Streptococcus thermophilus
- Bifidobacterium longum
- Bifidobacterium breve
- Lactobacillus salivarius
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
KidScents® MightyPro is a unique supplement specially formulated for children over the age of two. This dietary supplement contains more than eight billion live cultures
- lactobacillus paracasei
- lactobacillus acidophilus
- lactobacillus rhamnosus
- lactobacillus plantarum
- streptococcus thermophiles
- bifidobacterium infantis.
by Ed Slingerland | Feb 6, 2023 | Blog, frequently asked question, Newsletter
Why is there always Ylang Ylang in perfume?
Ylang-ylang is a yellow, star-shaped flower from the Cananga tree. The flower is found in tropical rainforests in India and parts of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia., Australia, as well as on the Farm Finca Botanica in Ecuador. The flower has a wide range of benefits (based on scientific research and cultural traditions), ranging from beauty (it is known for its fragrance) to wellness benefits such as:
It brightens your mood. In a 2009 study, the flower increased calmness in participants. Whether applied directly to the skin or inhaled through a diffuser, the flower’s constituents can be a great stress reliever.
It acts as an aphrodisiac. There is no research to support this claim. However, the flower’s soothing properties have been associated with stimulating sexual desire and balancing mental health. In Ecuador, ONLY WOMEN pick the flowers ( of which the heart of the flower turns red)… You now understand why!
It supports the appearance of the skin. The main ingredient -linalool- uses its action to nourish, moisturise and help repair the skin. Read more about it in a 2017 study.
by Ed Slingerland | Jan 1, 2023 | Blog, frequently asked question, Newsletter
Are essential oils or oil products suitable for detox?
Essential oils are powerful tools for detoxifying the body. They can be used in a variety of ways, including diffusing them into the air, applying them topically to the skin, or taking them internally. When used properly, essential oils can help to cleanse the body of toxins, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.
There are a few things to keep in mind when using essential oils for detox. First, be sure to only use high-quality, therapeutic-grade oils. Second, start slowly and increase the amount you use gradually as your body becomes more accustomed to them. Finally, pay attention to how your body responds to each oil and make adjustments as needed.
Some good essential oils to use for detox are lemon, grapefruit, peppermint, rosemary, and ginger. diffusing these oils into the air is a great way to purify the air and promote detoxification. You can also add a few drops to a bath or apply them topically to the skin. When taking essential oils internally, be sure to start with just a drop or two and increase the amount gradually. You can add them to water, tea, or smoothies, or put a few drops under your tongue.
by Ed Slingerland | Nov 1, 2022 | Blog, frequently asked question, News, Newsletter
Why does Young Living use fish collagen in its skin care products?
There are always questions about why Young Living uses certain compounds while “the competitor” uses a different compound for the same effect.
Alejandra Castellon, MSc Sr. Manager of Product Development – Nutrition at Young Living Essential Oils, explains why and how Young Living uses Collagen in its skincare products.
Check out the whole video HERE!
by Ed Slingerland | Oct 1, 2022 | Blog, frequently asked question, News, Newsletter
What does the phrase “Pure Therapeutic Grade” – used to describe some essential oils – mean?
The phrase doesn’t really mean that much… “Therapeutic Grade”, “Pure Therapeutic Grade”, “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade”, “Clinical Grade”, “Pharmaceutical Grade” etc. do not actually say anything about the quality or purity of an essential oil.
These terms are simply marketing or trademark terms used by some companies. Sometimes the term is used to describe the company’s quality standards, but since the terms are not regulated by any third party or government agency, they are simply terms used by companies for marketing purposes.
By definition, all essential oils are “therapeutic.” This simply means that they have some effect on the body’s systems. As long as you buy 100% pure essential oils, you don’t have to worry about using an inferior product.
Well-respected companies like Young Living provide documentation in the form of GC/MS tests and also provide the country of origin, Latin (botanical) name and other information about chemotypes.
by Ed Slingerland | Sep 1, 2022 | Blog, frequently asked question, News, Newsletter
Is a Wolfberry the same thing as a Goji berry?
Qouqi, as the Chinese usually refer to the Wolfberry berry, was too difficult for most people to pronounce and was transmuted into Goji sometime in the 1970s.
The Goji and Wolfberry berry are both part of the Lycium berry family, and they both have the same red color and virtually the same taste as well. Is it getting confusing already?
The “common” Wolfberry grows in several regions in China, but the specific berry Young Living uses for its Ningxia products only grows in the mountains between China and Inner Mongolia – referred to as Ningxia – where the melt water from the mountain caps is so clear that it contains no pollution, guaranteeing quality.
D. Gary Young went to those remote hills of China over twenty years ago where he met Dr. Songqiao Chao. He introduced him to the bright red Goji berry. The locals found the berry not only delicious, but also useful because of its properties. Gary soon saw that those who consumed Goji berries benefited. He discovered that Chinese biochemists at the Ningxia Institute of Nutrition had analyzed the Goji berry and found that it was one of the most nutritious food sources in the world.
In Tibetan medicine, doctors use Wolfberry for its properties and often include it in formulas that include other botanicals and herbs. According to Tibetan medicine, Wolfberry has neutral and sweet energetic properties. Currently there is a very good study (1) that shows very well that Young Living’s Ningxia-Red can be a good supplement for almost anyone.
We do not diagnose or prescribe drugs or diets. Therefore, when in doubt, always contact your treating physician first.