What are antioxidants?

What are antioxidants?
I remember first hearing about goji berries a few years back. They were being touted for their health benefits, and that's about all I recall. But I had no idea WHY they were called such a superfood, and I definitely did not know that it truly matters WHERE they are grown.

Over the years, I've done more research and learned so much about goji berries. And it's true that they have INCREDIBLE health benefits. From all I've been able to find, they are actually the highest source of antioxidants found in food today!

If you don't know what antioxidants are, sit tight for one second. Here's a super quick science lesson...
Free radicals are unstable atoms within the body that are missing an electron in their outer shell. Because of that, they are looking for something to grab onto to fill that electron need, and therefore they react quickly with other substances.

While the process of free radicals forming is normal, we also accelerate the process by our lifestyle - smoking, drinking alcohol, eating processed/fried foods, and being exposed to environmental toxins (which are largely unavoidable in today's society).

Additionally, as the body ages, it loses its ability to fight the effects of free radicals. Once formed, free radicals can start a chain of damaging chemical reactions. The result is more free radicals, more oxidative stress, and more damage to cells, which leads to degenerative processes, as well as "normal" aging.

Various studies and theories have connected oxidative stress due to free radicals to:

*central nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimer's and other dementias

*cardiovascular disease due to clogged arteries

*autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer

*cataracts and age-related vision decline

*age-related changes in appearance, such as loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, graying hair, hair loss, and changes in hair texture


*genetic degenerative diseases, such as Huntington's disease or Parkinson's

So free radicals can obviously do some pretty intense damage to the body.

Here is where antioxidants enter the scene!! They are here to save the day, and help your body naturally fight the process of damage caused by free radicals.

Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.

They are basically superheroes within your body!

While there ARE artificial supplements created to give antioxidant value to the body, it is widely known that food is the absolute best source, and THAT is exactly why we're talking about goji berries!

*Science lesson complete*

We choose to purchase our goji berries and products made from those berries from Young Living, because their goji berries have been shown to have 3x the antioxidant value of all other goji berries.

Why are they so much higher on the antioxidant scale?

Well, like realty...it's all about...LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.

Young Living's goji berries (sometimes called wolfberries)  come from a province in China called the Ningxia province. It sits right at the bottom of the Yellow River, which is known for its extremely high mineral content because it collects all those minerals as it runs down the mountains.

There are a handful of food and drink products available from Young Living that are made with these Ningxia wolfberries, and you can easily get yours by adding them to your next Essential Rewards order!

Organic Dried Wolfberries
Ningxia Berry Syrup
Wolfberry Crisp Bars
Ningxia Red
Ningxia Nitro
Ningxia Zyng

Search for these in your Virtual Office and try them all!

Curious about this, but not yet a Young Living member? You can actually get started with a Ningxia Premium Starter Kit!

It comes with a 60-day supply of Ningxia Red (a delicious puree drink made primarily with Ningxia wolfberries) and a box of 14 Ningxia Nitros! (I like to call the Nitro our "natural 5-hour energy drink" because it provides sustained, even energy levels for close to 5 hours...and without the caffeine jolt!)

The starter kit also comes with a bottle of Stress Away essential oil, a member favorite (that I think smells like a tropical vacation) that is sure to be a favorite in your home.

You can grab yours RIGHT HERE if you're ready to get started! 

Plus, as soon as you grab your kit, you'll ALSO have access to all our online team resources, education, classes AND a 24% discount on all other products you ever purchase from Young Living! It's like a win-win-win-win-win-etc.!

If you'd like to do more research on what makes the Young Living Ningxia berries unique, you can hop on over to NingxiaRed.com and read about the history and the products. We can't wait to hear your Ningxia success story!

Standards Far Beyond the Standard

Standards Far Beyond the Standard
This week we are headed to the 2018 Young Living International Grand Convention. While we are there, we will be visiting our Mona, Utah farm.

Melissa  | Mona, UT
I've been to this particular farm three times already, and it is truly the most peaceful place I have ever been.

One of the things that REALLY sets Young Living apart is our farms. We own about a dozen farms right now and we partner very closely with several more to bring the world the absolutely purest, highest quality of essential oils.

Young Living farm | Mona, UT

Young Livings offers full transparency by allowing anyone - Young Living member or not - to visit any of our farms.

This is INCREDIBLE and completely unheard of for a company of its size!

Lavender  | Mona, UT

Millions of people around the world have discovered the benefits of pure essential oils, derived naturally from plants, and Young Living is committed to establishing and maintaining the ultimate, industry-leading standard in essential oil products. In this company, the non-negotiable benchmarks for delivering a product that customers can feel great about are multifaceted and exacting. 

Young Living is proud to offer an extensive line of essential oils and essential oil-infused, plant-based products that represent the best of nature—through the standards of their Seed to Seal program.

Clary Sage | Mona, UT

Young Living embraces a rigorous quality control standard to help ensure our products meet strict specifications. Seed to Seal is their set of standards that helps ensure that with every pure essential oil and Young Living product your family uses, you’re enjoying the benefits of our global resources, industry leadership, and over two decades of innovation. 

The result is a pristine final product that you know has been created with conscientious Sourcing, Science, and Standards—the three pillars of Seed to Seal.

As the leader of the essential oils movement, Young Living is paving the way for every other essential oil company to improve processes that protect our planet and ensure the highest quality standards.

I have personally witnessed the process and have even been involved in it myself! 

Planting at the Mona, UT farm | June 2017

It's truly an incredible honor to be allowed to help plant the starts that will eventually grow, be distilled, and bottle as our precious essential oils! If you'd like to read more about the extensive Seed to Seal process, the three pillars (Sourcing, Science, and Standards), our testing processes, and more, visit THIS LINK.

Young Living Distillery | Mona, UT

Not a Young Living member yet? There's no better time to join! We would love to welcome you to our team and support you along your journey! To become a member and get started on your own journey with Young Living, click here.

We'll see you on the other side!

Dream Team

Dream Team
I'm a dreamer.

Yes, in the way you typically imagine dreamers...to have big goals and visions for life. But also in the way that comes while I am sleeping.

I dream at night, pretty much every night. I have for as long as I can remember. Sometimes they are good dreams and sometimes they are terrifying.

I haven't done a scientific study or anything, but I have noticed over the past few weeks something that seems to be a trend. When I forget to run my diffuser at night, I sometimes have bad dreams. Scary dreams. Dreams that wake me with anxiety.

But when I diffuse Stress Away and Lavender on my nightstand at night, I always seem to dream pleasant dreams. This can make the difference in a good day started right or a day started hours earlier than I prefer because I woke up with a start, adrenaline racing.

These oils I talk about? They aren't just pretty smells. 

They have changed our lives in so many ways. This is just one small piece of it. But I am so thankful. Thankful someone shared with me.

Young Living friends: Don't keep the changes in your own life to yourself. Tell someone. Tell everyone. These oils change lives. They bless others in ways you cannot even imagine. And we are all thankful someone told us. Share the love.

But What's the Catch?

But What's the Catch?
I have absolutely 100% asked this question to sales people more than once! Have you?

"Hey, that's a great price! But what's the catch?"

If you're at a retail store, you may find some small print "catch".
If you're at a car dealership, you can be sure there is a catch, and probably not a small one.
And with Young Living, there is a catch too.

When I purchased our first essential oils collection five years ago, I thought I was stocking our natural health arsenal with products we would use when the need arose. I had already accumulated some things (mostly supplements) and was excited to add a few more items for those "just in case" moments.

We used our oils occasionally and saw occasional results. Why didn't we use them more or see more results?
Because no one told me about the catch.

I want you to know that there IS a catch and it's important that you understand what it is. The catch is this:

You must be willing to educate yourself, think for yourself, and act according to those findings.

I was going with the flow, doing minimal research on how to use our oils, and seeing that...every once in a while...they were successful. But that catch? When I caught that there was a catch necessary? That changed my life.

You see, just like with healthy foods and exercise, you will not be incredible results if you do not use the oils.

Shocking, isn't it?

When was the last time you dropped 30 pounds and felt amazing after eating just 1 serving of broccoli?
I'll bet it was never. Because you need to eat a lot more broccoli, a lot more consistently, and far fewer donuts to lose 30 pounds.

And the same goes for oils. You must use them consistently - every day - to see real results that last.

So is it a little bit of work? Sure, a little bit. Maybe an extra few minutes in your day. But it is OH SO WORTH IT, my friends.

When first getting started, we ALWAYS recommend a Premium Starter Kit with a diffuser. The cost of the oils alone is worth more than the cost of the entire kit! Which of course, means that the diffuser is actually FREE.  In total, the kit is valued at over $300 AND it includes access to our team Facebook pages, tons of support, lots of giveaways, the option to refer your friends if you desire, and so much more!

But I wanted to be sure you knew about the catch. Without your knowledge of that catch, you might experience:

- Lack of productivity
- Lack of a great night's sleep
- Lack of quality air in your home
- Lack of great digestive health
- Lack of fresh, clean laundry
- Lack of a thriving immune system
- Lack of support from a likeminded community
- Lack of financial hope
- A flat-out lack of results with your oils

So with full knowledge of the catch, I'd like to invite you to join us! Choosing to invest in our health with Young Living is one of the best things we've ever done. It has changed our family dynamics so very much.

Our health has changed.
Our finances have changed.
Our hope has changed.

We don't want you to miss out, friends.

Dear sweet mama friends...

Dear sweet mama friends...
My sweet mama friends,

Sometimes my heart breaks over wishing I had known then what I know now. Over wishing I had the tools then that I have now.

I remember those moments, those days, those nights, those stages. And I think...if I had only known then what these precious little bottles could have done for my babies.

For the sad cries.
For the sleep.
For the moments of frustration.
For the “What else I could try?” moments.

I tell you this because I hate to see you stuck where you are. I hate that you feel you have no other options. Because there ARE options. And I wish someone had told me about them when I was where you are today.

These tiny bottles of goodness, straight from the earth, will be such a gift to you whenever you are ready to take the leap.

Let me help you.
Let me show you how.
Let me tell you what I wish I had known.

Please, my sweet mama friends.
My heart hurts for you.
I love you.

And I just want to bless you with the same thing that has blessed our family over and over and over again.

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