O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Psalms 43:3

And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. D&C 88:118

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Beeyoutiful Herbals- Schoolhouse Review

Beeyoutiful.com is an online store which carries natural products to promote health and wellness. I can’t describe Beeyoutiful any better than they can, so here is their purpose in their own words:
At Beeyoutiful.com, we believe that each individual is responsible for their own health. It is not a doctor's responsibility to keep you in good health. Instead they are a tremendous resource, especially for those times when urgent care is required. But, they are only one of many resources. And the tools they use, while powerful, are not the only tools available. But a tool is worthless unless one knows how to use it…
As much as is in our power, we want to aid others in obtaining and maintaining good health.
Our mission is to do good to all men.

Beeyoutiful carries many products for children and adults from herbal supplements to skin, hair, and body care products. The Schoolhouse Review Crew had the opportunity to review several of their products. The ones I reviewed are primarily herbal in nature although others reviewed skin care products.

In the interest of full disclosure, before I share my opinions and experiences on these products, I need to state the following: I am a Master Herbalist. I earned my Masters of Herbology from The School of Natural Healing. I am not a doctor or nutritionist. I understand and teach about the historical usage of herbs. Please do not take anything I write in this post as medical advise, diagnosis, or an attempt to cure anything. You should consult with your doctor for that type of information.

PhotobucketBerry Well is a syrup made from Elderberries, Echinacea, Apple Cider Vinegar, Propolis, and Raw Honey. All of these ingredients are have immune helping properties, are anti-bacterial and anti-viral and are helpful for colds and flus. Berry well does contain a very small amount of alcohol to assist in the proper extraction of the Echinacea. The amount present in one dose is less than the alcohol consumed in 8 ounce of cola. I am very sensitive to the smell and taste of alcohol and was unable to detect it. There is an excellent article detailing some of the properties of the ingredients here.

We used Berry Well when we got a cold over the summer. Since I am pregnant and prefer not to use what I typically use while pregnant, I decided to use some Berry Well. Please remember that use of Berry Well in pregnancy is not evaluated by the FDA. I felt comfortable using it because elderberry is a mild herb, honey, apple cider vinegar, and propolis are also mild herbs, and I know that in small quantities Echinacea is not harmful in pregnancy even though it is usually found on lists of counter indicated herbs in pregnancy. I noticed that it helped my head remain clearer and I was able to get over the bad part of my cold within about a day. Usually colds last longer for me when I am pregnant. I also gave some to Pumpkin Pie. She really liked the flavor and it helped balance her fever so she was able to get better quickly. When Butterfly began to get sick, I gave her some too. It also helped her get better fairly quickly. Berry Well costs $19.75 for an 8 ounce bottle with tiered discounts available for orders of more than 3 bottles.

 PhotobucketOw!-Ease is a salve to relieve pain and speed healing of bumps, bruises, and contusions, strains, strains and pulled ligaments and muscles. Ow!-Ease should not be used on broken skin. It comes in a 1 ounce tube similar to a lip balm tube to allow easy application. It costs $15.00 with bulk discounts available for 3 or more. Ow!-Ease is made from Extra virgin olive infused with organic chamomile, organic calendula, organic St. John's Wort, organic arnica, cayenne, coconut oil, beeswax, lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil. Arnica has long been known to be healing to bruises, strains, and sprains. Cayenne has a constituent which is actually analgesic. Chamomile, calendula, St. John’s Wort, lavender and rosemary oils are soothing as well. Both cayenne and arnica help bring relieve the pressure in the blood vessels to alleviate pain and speed healing. There is a brief article on Ow!-Ease and its use here (you will have to scroll down to Ow!-Ease).

We used Ow!-Ease quiet a few times. With 4 children there is always someone bumping something. Just the other day while Butterfly was at a friend’s house for a book club she got a bonk. She was waiting to be picked up and was playing in the backyard with another girl. They were trying to catch a bunny and her friend ran under the trapeze bar with rings and pushed it. Butterfly ran after her but didn’t see the bar as it came swinging back. The bar hit her on the cheek bone. It was immediately red. When we got home (2 miles or so) she had a small bump and it was bruised. She said it was hurting too. We rubbed some Ow!-Ease on it and the pain subsided. The bump flattened and most of the bruise went away. Over the next couple of days she asked for the Ow!-Ease to rub on her bruise whenever it began to hurt. I found it was really helpful in minimizing the pain from bumps and bruises.

PhotobucketMiracle Salve is an all-purpose first aid salve. Miracle can be used for many purposes including the following (taken from website):

• Cuts and abrasions (cover with a bandage if necessary!) • Stubborn splinters (to help them work their way out) • Insect bites and stings • Inflamed and swollen injuries or bruises • Painful hemorrhoids • Diaper rash and tender bottoms • Dry, chapped skin • Minor burns • Yeast-related rashes like eczema and psoriasis • Cold sores • Post-staph infection and skin surgery sites (to reduce scarring apply daily for 2 to 3 months).
Miracle is made from coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, organic plantain leaf, organic comfrey root, organic calendula flowers, propolis, lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil. It is a smooth and creamy salve that is easy to apply yet sticky enough to stay in place. A 2 ounce container costs $15 and a 4 ounce container costs $25 . Both are available with tiered bulk discounts for orders of three or more. For an excellent article about the properties about each ingredient and more uses for Miracle, please go here.

In the 4.5 weeks we have been using Miracle, we have used half our container. The first thing I tried Miracle on was dry hands. I have chronically dry hands and nothing really helps. Sometimes they hurt because they are dry. I was getting ready for  bed and my hand was bothering me. I rubbed a little Miracle into my hands and the pain was gone as well as the dryness. I loved how smooth and creamy it was without being heavy or greasy. I also packed Miracle for our trip to homeschool camp. I was really glad I did! When we were at camp, a little girl was swinging on a swing and hit her cheek on the trunk of a tree. It was instantly red and was a fairly large abrasion on her cheek. That night, her mom brought her to my cabin and asked for some salve. She put the Miracle Salve on her daughter’s cheek and covered it with a bandage. Her little girl, who was only 4, wouldn’t keep bandages on during the day because they were bugging her. The only time her mom could put the bandages on her was at night. She used the miracle salve that night and there was noticeable improvement the next day. By the end of camp, it was mostly healed. I saw her a couple days ago and her cheek bears no mark from her injuries. Also at camp, I used Miracle multiple times on myself and my children. Thankfully our camp doesn’t have many mosquitoes thanks to the many bats- but there are a few. I got a particularly itchy bite and couldn’t find my plantain salve (plantain is the bug bite remedy). I then remembered miracle and glanced at the ingredients again since I had only had it a couple of days. I saw the plantain and was thrilled. I rubbed some on and instantly the itch was gone. The bug bite was gone shortly thereafter. One evening during camp I burned my wrist on a rice cooker. Ouch! it stung and hurt really badly. I got relief from the pain by using Miracle. the lavender essential oil is excellent at removing the heat from a burn and calendula is also soothing. I kept Miracle on my wrist the rest of camp and a few days after camp. There was a very faint scar where the burn was on my wrist after about a week and a half after it healed. Now, about two weeks later, the scar is almost invisible.

Photobucket B.A.L.M. or Beeyoutiful All Natural Lip Moisturizer in peppermint contains grape seed oil, shea butter, beeswax, and peppermint essential oils. One lip balm tube costs $3 each or $2.70 each for orders of 3 or more. It is also available in orange.

When I first got my Beeyoutiful package, the first thing I tried was the lip balm. I am pretty picky about lip balms because so many are full of chemicals that actually dry out your lips and make you use more balm. Not only that, but because it is going on your lips, inevitably you will consume some of the lip balm. I will not use any lip balm that is not 100% natural with a short ingredient list. B.A.L.M. fit the bill. Going on, it was smooth without being slimy, sticky, or too thick. It also had a nice mint tingly sensation. It quickly absorbed without leaving me with dry lips. It definitely passed my lip balm test.

Photobucket Beeyoutiful Views DVD is a collection of short video clips with Stephanie Tallent covering many of the products that Beeyoutiful carries. She discusses their properties, uses, and tips.
I thought that for someone new to herbal products, this video might be a good thing to watch. Stephanie goes through many of Beeyoutiful’s products and explains why she likes them and how she uses them with her family. She also throws out periodic tips while she is talking. Many of the video clips are on the website, but if you don’t want to do the digging, it is available for $3.00.

Be sure to check out what the other crew members thought about Beeyoutiful products. Some of them got to review some pure mineral makeup from Beeyoutiful’s sister site Beeyoutiful Skin.   Photobucket Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine. No part of this review is to be construed as medical advise.

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