Carla's Wolberry Trail Mix

Here's a great recipe that I make for Bill & I all the time!    Mix Young Living's Dried Ningxia Wolfberries with almonds (or any nut of your choice) and organic raw Coconut chips:

Young Living Dried Ningxia Red Wolfberries: Can be used in any recipes that call for raisins, or dried cranberries (muffins, porridge, salads etc). I suggest making a trail mix of dried Ningxia Wolfberries with almonds, and organic unsweetened coconut chips. This provides a highly nutritious snack throughout the day. 

Dried Ningxia wolfberries have an excellent nutrient and ORAC profile (see below)

Almonds are a very good source of vitamin E and manganese. Almonds are a good source of magnesium, copper, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and phosphorus. Fortunately, although one-quarter cup of almonds contains about 18 grams of fat, most of it (11 grams) is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. 

Coconut is high in fiber, B vitamins, plus iron and zinc. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). MCFA help to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease. MCFA do not have a negative effect on cholesterol. 

Wolfberries & The Traditional Chinese Connection :: Wolfberries Today

Did you know that a strong body of modern scientific evidence supports the wolfberry's legendary reputation?
Ancient references cited the wolfberry's ability to aid and protect the pancreas.* And modern Chinese scientists have determined that the wolfberry polysaccharide has “definite protective effects” on the pancreas cells that regulate the body's insulin system, the islets of Langerhans.*
Other researchers have determined that substances found in wolfberries have “prominent hepatoprotective activity,” meaning that they help protect the liver.*
Studies done in Beijing, China, show wolfberries to be effective in inhibiting inflammation and that they may induce an immune response.*
A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association concluded, “Wolfberry juice and its mixtures were shown to have immunomodulatory effects... by increasing splenic (spleen) microphages and splenic weight.”* There are a number of other studies that correlate increased spleen weight and improved immunological function.
Domestic and Foreign magazine published a story in the 1950s about the great herbal master Li Qingyun who lived more than 200 years and died in 1930. Li attributed his longevity to taking five grams of wolfberries every day. Li said, “From then on I became healthy and agile. I can walk a hundred li (a li equals half a kilometer) and not feel tired. I became better in strength and stamina than the average person.”
As studies continue, the science is clear—this remarkable fruit provides an abundance of health benefits!*
Not Just Any Wolfberry
The Ningxia variety of Lycium barbarum, as reported by the Xinhaua News Agency, “is far superior to ordinary Chinese wolfberry in both tonic effects and economic results.” Of the eighty different species of wolfberries worldwide, the Lycium barbarum variety of Ningxia is believed to have the highest levels of immune-stimulating polysaccharides.* Due to its superior quality, some medical studies done on the wolfberry have specified the use of the Ningxia wolfberry. And the Ningxia wolfberry won three gold prizes in the China Agricultural Fair and a gold prize in the Malaysia International Food Fair.
Ningxia's Perfect Geography for Wolfberries
The Huang He (Yellow) River originates in the Himalayan Mountains and flows through the Ningxia Province. This river creates a unique, mineral-rich, super fertile silt-water flood plain found nowhere else on earth. This unique geography produces incomparable wolfberries. Called “China's herbal medicine valley,” the area meets all of the stringent rules for China's prestigious “Green Certificate.”
A Perfect Infusion
NingXia Red
® uses only natural, whole-fruit Ningxia wolfberry puree to retain more health benefits of the wolfberry. From the patented puree process in Ningxia, China, to the careful blending and bottling in glass, the nutritional value of Ningxia wolfberries is preserved in each and every bottle of NingXia Red.

Wolfberries & The Traditional Chinese Medicine Connection :: The Ancient Tradition

It takes something truly extraordinary to last for 5,000 years. And, while Egyptians built the pyramids, and 2,200 years before Hippocrates became the father of Western medicine, Chinese physicians began recording their treasured medicinal legacy. Throughout these ancient writings, three health tonics consistently emerge: ginseng, ling tzi, and wolfberries. While ginseng was expensive and too potent for daily use and ling tzi was difficult to find, wolfberries were widely available and ideal for daily consumption.
NingXia Red® contains the amazing Ningxia or Chinese wolfberry, cherished for centuries, particularly in the Ningxia Province in China. Ancient medical texts mention the Chinese wolfberry's ability to regulate “vital energy,” “strengthen the physique,” and provide nourishment that can “lead to longevity.” The Chinese wolfberry was also said to “replenish vital essences” and “strengthen and restore major organs.”*

The most frequent references to wolfberries in early Chinese medical texts recommended wolfberries for strengthening the eyes, liver, and kidneys,* as well as for fortifying the “qi” (chi), or life force. The well-respected medical book, Shen Nung Ben Tsao, noted wolfberry benefits ranging from replenishing vital essences to strengthening and restoring major organs.* Li Shiz Hen, regarded by many as the greatest herbalist of all time, compiled the well-renowned physician's handbook Ben Cao Gang Mu. The book reports, “Taking in Chinese wolfberry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.”
The book also shares this account:
“The Bao Shou herb store recorded a wolfberry elixir that promotes longevity.... A barefooted man named Zhang passed the formula of this elixir to an elderly person at Yi Shi County, who followed the recipe and lived for over a hundred years. The elderly man could walk extremely fast as if he was flying. His gray hair turned black again....”
The Homeland of Ningxia Wolfberries
Of the eighty different species of wolfberries worldwide, only one comes from China's Ningxia Province. Known as Ningxia wolfberries, this variety, Lycium barbarum, is the one used in NingXia Red. It has by far the highest levels of immune-stimulating polysaccharides.*
The Xinhaua News Agency reported that the Ningxia wolfberry “is far superior to ordinary Chinese wolfberry in both tonic effects and economic results.” And the Chinese national census once reported that the number of Ningxia residents living more than one hundred years exceeds the national average by 400 percent.
Locals call the Ningxia Province “China's herbal medicine valley,” and protect it by meeting all of the stringent rules necessary to be awarded the prestigious “Green Certificate.” They also hold an annual two-week festival to honor Ningxia wolfberries

Stay tuned for information on the Wolfberry of today on Friday!

Wolfberries & the Traditional Chinese Medicine Connection :: What are they?

Wolfberries are the bright red, one-third to three-quarter inch fruit of the wolfberry plant. Of the eighty different species of wolfberries worldwide, the Lycium barbarum from Ningxia, China, is the variety used in NingXia Red. Called “goji” in their native China, wolfberries have a long tradition of use in folk medicine.

  • Ancient Chinese medical texts extolled wolfberries for strengthening the eyes, liver, and kidneys as well as fortifying the "qi" (chi), or life force.*
  • An early medical work, Shen Nung Ben Tsao (475–221 B.C.), sited benefits for wolfberries ranging from replenishing vital essences to strengthening and restoring major organs.*
  • The physician's handbook, Ben Cao Gang Mu, written during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 A.D.), stated, “Taking in Chinese wolfberry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.”
  • According to other ancient Chinese texts, wolfberries:
    • Nourish the yin
    • Support the blood, kidneys, and liver*
    • Strengthen the eyes*
    • Fortify muscles and bones*
Wolfberry—A National Treasure in China 
The good health and vitality of the elderly in Ningxia, China, has long been attributed to wolfberries. A bowl of fresh wolfberries a day is part of daily life in Ningxia. And a yearly two-week festival in Ningxia celebrates the wolfberry and the amazing health benefits of the fruit, which is considered a national treasure.

We will talk about the Ancient Traditions on Wednesday!

Stress Free "Scents"able Holiday Tips

Stress Free "Scents"able Holiday Tips

Holidays such as Christmas should inspire feelings of love and joy. For the majority it becomes a major stressor, financially, physically and emotionally. For some it triggers depression! Taking a proactive, “scents”able approach to the holiday season can help to promote the positive aspect of Christmas and prevent these negative scenarios! 

Young Living essential oils make unique gifts that are powerful, pleasant and can significantly affect the lives of the receiver in a positive way. 

Financial Benefits of Young Living products as gifts

  1. Become a Distributor and purchase products wholesale. Save ~24% off YL retail prices

  2. Purchasing in the Essential Rewards program provides further savings in price of products, reduced shipping costs, and earning 10-25% back in points toward free products

  3. Save your Essential Rewards points throughout the year to purchase Christmas gifts. You pay only for shipping, further reducing Christmas financial burden 

  4. Only pay shipping once: Drop ship your purchases to the gift recipients’ address

Attitude and Timing is Important: Use the Essential oils to make your Christmas experience a positive one. Wear or diffuse Christmas Spirit blend (orange, spruce, cinnamon) to help get you in a festive mood. Use the Stress Away blend when you feel yourself getting tense or agitated. Diffuse or wear the Abundance blend to attract abundance into your life. Start and finish your shopping early!

Tips for affordable essential oil gift giving: 

Young Living items for every budget can be found in the regular and Seasonal Essential   Holiday catalogues. Available online at or CAD catalog at USA Holiday catalog link 

Additional Gift Ideas beyond the current Seasonal Essential Catalogue: 

Essential oil infused Personal Care products: With therapeutic quality essential oils, a tiny amount of exposure in an everyday personal care product such as Grapefruit lip balm, Lavender shampoo or Thieves soap, brings many positive effects. Young Living personal care products DO NOT contain harsh chemical ingredients. Liven up someone’s everyday routine with the gift of a unique essential oil infused personal care product.  Your friends will be wildly enthusiastic the first time they try them!

Mini Gift: As little as one ml of a Young Living essential oil can be a powerful and welcome gift. Purchase a package of 2 ml Sampler bottles that you can fill with your favorite oils to give away (YL# 3194 $9.50 USD 25 bottles). Use these small treasures as an affordable small gift or to make regular gifts unique and special i.e. pair a book or music selection that is relaxing with a 2 ml bottle of YL Lavender or Peace and Calming.

Everyday Oils Kit: Contains Joy and Peace and Calming blends, as well as 8 other oils. YL #369503. A collection of ten 5 ml size Everyday Oils that can be used for every challenge in your life. The full kit makes an exceptional gift.  Divide the kit up and give the 5 ml bottles as individuals or pairs: The combinations are endless …use your imagination 

  1. Lemon and Frankincense for someone dealing with grief. (may lift mood) 

  2. Peppermint and Thieves oil for the students (may promote mental clarity, and support the immune system) 

  3. Peace & Calming & Lemon oil for someone struggling with anger and frustration 

  4. Lavender and Frankincense: parent of a hyperactive child or new baby

  5. Pan Away and Peppermint for someone dealing with occasional discomfort 

Small gifts for teachers, bus drivers, colleagues or Stocking Stuffer ideas:

  1. Roll on essential oils: ranging in price from $20 - $30 these handy blends make excellent powerful small gifts. Choices: *Valor (promote courage, confidence and self esteem), Tranquil (calm and relax body and mind), Rutavala (occasional lack of sleep, relaxation, rebalances energy).                                              

  2. Essential Lip Balms: Cinnamint, Lavender, or Grapefruit and New Vanilla Mint. Available in Xmas gift box set or individually. Nontoxic and moisturizing.

  3. Young Living Bar Soaps (available via NFR ordering): Long lasting moisturizing or cleansing formulas in a variety of scents: Lavender- Rosewood (calming), Lemon Sandalwood (uplifting) Melaleuca Geranium (Support skin health) Morning Start (uplifting, energizing) Peppermint Cedarwood (energizing) Sacred Mountain (grounding, protecting) Thieves (immune supporting) Valor (courage confidence) 

  4. Young Living Shampoos and Conditioners: Lavender Mint, Copaiba Vanilla (exceptional quality with soothing essential oils) 

  5. Lavender Hand and Body Lotion: Best lotion I have ever used! 

  6. Bath and Shower Gel (Available via NFR ordering): Non scented base gel (combine with a bottle of essential oil or make your own bath gel formulas and give to friends) Morning Start (energizing), Dragon Time (calming, PMS) , Evening Peace or Lavender (relaxing) 

  7. Children and Babies: Seedlings line infused with oils that calm and relax children naturally

  8. For the cook: Young Living essential oil cookbooks (YL #3947, and # 4369) paired with a bottle of any of the food flavouring oils Basil+, Cinnamon+, Black Pepper+ 

  9. Diffusers: many different choices. Unique gift! 

  10. Essential oil infused Epsom salts: Make your own blends, pack in a pretty jar and wait to hear the positive feedback. Essential oil infused baths are very powerful! 

  11. Ningxia Juice singles: quick energy for the over tired mom or executive, the athletes, the weight conscious, and students. 

  12. Ningxia Nitro (available via NFR ordering): gift an entire box or add a couple to any other gift or in Xmas stocking. Supports healthy energy levels, and focus and concentration

  13. Ningxia Zyng: a healthy alternative to toxic energy drinks. Add a couple of cans to any other gift

The Gift of Knowledge

  • From full textbooks to small pamphlets, to online education, your essential oil gifts can be paired with an educational tool. This site has many resources Online education at Health Learning Centre   

Suggested books/references (available at LSP Canada site) 

Essential oil Pocket reference

Essential oil Quick Reference Guide

Gentle Babies

No Vet for my Pet

Surviving when Modern Medicine Fails

Tear off sheets: 

No Vet for my Pet  

Animals 101

Gentle Babies
Bottle cards (Variety available) 


Pain, Stress, Vision, Ultimate Antiseptic 

Thieves household cleaner

With a little effort you can reduce your holiday stress levels, find unique and affordable gifts and have “Scents”able Holiday!

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