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Twelve Questions

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Have you ever been curious if other essential oil companies live up to the high-pure-quality that most of know we receive from Young Living?

Below are twelve questions, developed by Dr. Stewart, that you can use to engage with the other essential oil producers. Make a chart, call each one, and then you decide.

These are Dr. Stewart’s “Twelve Questions to ask an Essential Oil company”

1. Does their company own any farms on which to raise herbs for oils? And if they do, are they new farms on land formerly polluted with herbicides, pesticides, and chemicals that contain residuals from the past, or are they farming land that is clean, which has never been cultivated or has been untilled for at least the last 50 years?

2. Does their company have their own fully equipped testing laboratory to verify an oil’s composition?

3. Do they have anyone on staff with a trained nose who can analyze oils by their smell? (There are less than 200 people in the world with noses sufficiently trained to discern the chemistry of a fragrance.)

4. If their company purchases oils from outside suppliers, do they visit the distilleries and farms of those suppliers periodically to observe if the herbs are grown organically, i.e. without pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers?

5. Do they know if the grower has a testing laboratory on the farm to determine when the crop is at its peak for oil harvesting?

6. Do they know if the crops were actually harvested at their peak time and, if so, was there an inordinate delay in taking them to the still and into the cookers?

7. Do they know if their distillery personnel understand the art and science of distilling, exactly how to pack the cookers, how to administer the steam, how to maintain minimum temperatures and pressures throughout the cooker, and how to continuously monitor the process throughout distillation to make sure the oil produced contains all of its components in the proper proportions?

8. If their supplier makes a mistake in the distillation or harvesting processes that results in an inferior grade of oil, does that supplier sell the oil anyway or do they discard it?

9. Do they know if the the cookers in the distilleries of their suppliers have domed lids or cone shaped lids? Most stills use dome-shaped lids. Cone topped cookers deliver a better grade of oil than dome tops.

10. Do they know if their suppliers supplement the distillation process with solvents to extract additional oil from the plant matter?

11. Do they know if their suppliers bottle their oils directly from the distillery without modifying the composition of the natural oil by adding anything or taking anything away?

12. Do they know if their company has tested their company’s oils side by side with Young Living oils in the same lab to make a fair comparison? And if so, where is the data?

This is not a comprehensive list of questions you could ask, but if their answer to any or most of the above is “no,” or “I don’t know,” then how do they know their oils are “pure therapeutic grade” and that they are “as good or better than those of Young Living?” Without such knowledge, how can they make any verifiable claims that compare Young Living Oils with their brand?

With Young Living, you know that the answer to all of these questions is “Yes.”

This is not posted to degrade any essential oil brand. It is posted to assist those in determining a brand that best fits the standard they may have predetermined or are trying to determine is best for them.

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Could “Seed to Seal” top an organic certification?

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Have you ever been curious why Young Living essential oils do not state “organic” on their label? Do you know about Young Living’s Seed-to-Seal purity promise? Could their Seed-to-Seal promise top an organic certification?

Our friends over at “The Essential Family” did a beautiful job with explaining the answers to all of these questions and more.

Hint: We choose the “Seed to Seal” purity promise over an organic certification for our essential oils!

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Click/Touch HERE to read the carefully researched information that Kristen (aka The Essential Family) has put together for you!

Holiday Gift Giving: $49 Tablet

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We pardon this “off topic” post for a special service announcement. You can get a Kindle Fire Tablet for only $49! How cool is that?! Continue reading

Turmeric: “Happy” Seasoning Recipe

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If you have not read or heard about all of the amazing benefits of turmeric, you should seriously take a few minutes to check it out. Due to federal regulations, we are not able to provide you with the specifics but it is a wonderful seasoning that will provide a lot of great support for your body systems. We call it our “happy” seasoning and use this on just about everything. It is beautiful on an omelet sprinkled with additional black pepper and parsley!

DIY “Happy” Seasoning Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Garlic Powder
1/2 Cup Onion Powder
1/2 Cup Oregano
1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar
1/4 Cup Turmeric
1/4 Cup Ground Mustard Powder
1/4 Cup Salt-Free Chili Powder
1/4 Cup Paprika
1/4 Cup Ground Cumin
1/4 Cup Black Pepper

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a dry VitaMix blender (or high speed blender of your choice) and blend on high speed for about 30 seconds (give or take) or until well blended.

Store in an air-tight container. Makes approx. 3 1/4 cups

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You can literally use this seasoning on just about everything! It is fantastic on omelets, veggies, meats, etc. Lightly cover broccoli with olive oil (we use a mister) then shake on this seasoning and roast the broccoli in a 375 degree oven for approx. 20-30 minutes (exact time will depend on how you like your broccoli cooked, longer roasting time equals softer broccoli).

This seasoning recipe made enough to fill my neat stainless steel dredge (seasoning shaker) and another container (see photo above)! I truly wish I could have showed you how beautiful the pork shoulder looked when it came out of the oven BUT my family dug into it too quickly. It really was that good!

Need some supplies? Here are some of our favorites . . .

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Seasoning Shakers: If you’re interested in the seasoning shaker shown above, you can click/touch here to purchase your own directly from Amazon. They come in a set of four, which is great because I love making my own seasonings!

Label Maker: If you’re interested in the label maker I use, click/touch here to purchase it directly from Amazon. We use ours all the time. Little tip, remove the top three batteries between uses and this will lengthen the life of the battery.

Vitamix Blender: Did you know a certified refurbished Vitamix is backed by a 5 year warranty? Sure does! Click/touch here to purchase your certified refurbished Vitamix directly from Amazon.

Ingredient sources (we use Frontier Co-op brand spices and seasonings and Nutiva brand for our coconut sugar)

1/2 Cup Garlic Powder

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1/2 Cup Onion Powder

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1/2 Cup Oregano

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1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar

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1/4 Cup Turmeric

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1/4 Cup Ground Mustard Powder

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1/4 Cup Salt-Free Chili Powder

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1/4 Cup Paprika

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1/4 Cup Ground Cumin

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1/4 Cup Black Pepper

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