Pure Essential Oils: Start with 5


But aren’t there like 5 million?

For people who are new to essential oils, everything about them seems overwhelming. You might as well be speaking a foreign language when you start rambling on about extraction methods and botanical names. Absoluteum grandiflorum? Pogostemon cablin? T36-C5? T40-C3? C-3PO…ok, the last one is a Star Wars character but you get the point. Foreign.

So, how do you use them?

Essential oils can be used both aromatically and topically…

  • Armomatically means that you inhale them, either by opening the bottle and sniffing them, putting a few drops on a pillowcase or article of clothing, OR you can diffuse them into the air using a diffuser.
  • Topically means that you apply them directly to your skin, some neat (full strength) and others by diluting them with a carrier oil (such as coconut or almond oil).

Ok, so which 5?

If you’re new to essential oils and want to know which of them would be good to start with, here are a list of the 5 oils that would make a great “starter pack”…


Botanical Name: Boswellia carteri
Country of Origin: Somalia
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Fresh, woody, spicy, balsamic with a citrus top note
Application: Neat: Can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

How to use it:

  • This treasured ancient oil is highly versatile
  • Rub into palms and inhale or apply on temples for rejuvenation
  • Promotes healthy-looking skin
  • Apply to the bottom of the feet
  • Diffuse to help elevate mood and focus

Blends well with: Bergamot, cinnamon bark, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, orange, patchouli, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.


Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Country of Origin: France, Bulgaria
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Sweet, floral, herbaceous
Application: Neat (can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

How to use it:

  • Wonderfully calming and versatile
  • Add a few drops to warm bath or to your pillow at night
  • Can help condition skin and be used as a skin fragrance
  • Massage on temples, scalp and forehead
  • Diffuse for a light, but luxurious aromatic experience

Blends well with: Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, melaleuca, patchouli, peppermint, and rosemary.


Botanical Name: Citrus limon
Country of Origin: Argentina
Extraction method: Cold pressed
Aromatic Notes: Clean, sugary citrus, slightly sour
Application: Neat (can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

*Photosensitive: May increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after application.

How to use it:

  • Apply on chest or massage over the stomach
  • Use in your dishwasher or laundry for added freshness
  • Known for its natural cleansing and purifying properties
  • Diffuse for a fresh, clean scent

Blends well with: Eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, lavender, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.


Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Country of Origin: USA
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous, with a vegetative back note
Application: Sensitive (dilute as needed for young or those with sensitive skin)

How to use it:

  • Dilute this extremely versatile oil with PURE™ Coconut or Sweet Almond Oil before use as needed
  • Dilute and apply to the abdomen
  • Dilute and rub on temples, forehead and bridge of the nose
  • Diffuse or put in humidifier for a clean, cool, exhilarating aroma
  • Approved for use in natural insect repellants

Blends well with: Eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, melaleuca, and rosemary.


Botanical Name: Melaleuca Alternifolia
Country of Origin: Australia
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Notes: Fresh, woody, earthy, herbaceous
Application: Neat (can be used without diluting with a carrier oil)

How to use it:

  • Apply to the skin as a gentle antiseptic
  • Apply to the skin to penetrate and soothe burns, bites, and minor wounds
  • Diffuse or put in humidifier for a refreshing, comfortingly aromatic aroma
  • Use the 100 or so Melaleuca products containing tea tree oil

Blends well with: Lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, myrrh, oregano, peppermint, and rosemary.

Sun Shades Mineral Sunscreen – Sun Safety Made Easy


Hey! Sun worshiper! Yes, you…

Lets chat. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and although there are many environmental elements that threaten the health of your skin, the sun and more specifically the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays pose the biggest threat. According to the National Cancer Institute, over 1 million people a year get skin cancer. Many of the grocery store brand sunscreens only go halfway on sun protection. They protect you from the UVB rays, but many do little against the skin damaging and cancer causing UVA rays.

UVA vs. UVB Rays

  • UVA are the aging rays that can penetrate deeply into your skin. This increases the risk of wrinkling and age spots.
  • UVB are the burning rays that reach the surface of the skin where they can damage the DNA.

What the SPF?

SPF is a measure of the amount of direct UVB sunlight required to turn sunscreen-protected skin red. If your skin would normally start turning red after 10 minutes of unimpeded sun exposure, a sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ delays that amount of time by 30 times. Said differently, it would take 300 minutes of exposure before your skin would start to burn.

Don’t be fooled by high SPF’s. In a world where bigger is always better, sunscreens like to tout high SPF’s as a positive when in reality, the FDA has banned the sale of sunscreens with SPF values greater than 50+, calling them “inherently misleading.” They don’t offer the same scale of protection and they encourage people to apply too little and stay in the sun too long.

The SPF rating shows the sunscreen’s performance in absorbing and blocking UVB radiation. But what about UVA protection? Most SPF ingredients don’t protect you from UVA rays and the midday sunlight is 95% UVA rays.

Sun Shades® 

Sun Shades Sunscreen products are broad spectrum, meaning they protect against BOTH UVA and UVB sun rays. They also prevent signs of premature aging and rejuvenate skin with natural vitamins and minerals.

The two key ingredients in Sun Shades Mineral Plus Sunscreen 30+ and Sun Shades Sport 45+ that deliver broad spectrum protection against UVA rays are:

  • Zinc Oxide found in Sun Shades Mineral Plus Sunscreen, is an exceptional sun protector that acts like tiny mirrors that reflect damaging UVA and UVB rays away from the skin before they can age and burn the skin. It is a light transparent, hypoallergenic cream that dries without leaving the white, chalky film typically associated with zinc oxide used in most other sunscreen products.
  • Avobenzone, a principle ingredient in Sun Shades Sport, provides broad spectrum protection from the sun’s UVA rays and the rays before they reach the skin and maintains the protection even during long periods of sun exposure.

Other ingredients in Sun Shades Sunscreen include:

  • The seeds of the Lipstick Tree, valued by the aztecs for their sun protection properties, are known for their ability to protect the skin from free radical damage.
  • Kukuinut oil helps protect skin with a proactive shield that makes the skin less susceptible to damage.
  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant helps reduce redness and heal overexposed skin.
  • Vitamin C, an essential vitamin, helps neutralize free radicals and help skin retain its elasticity.
  • Vital ET®, a unique ingredient designed for sensitive skin, helps reduce the appearance of redness and swelling on the skin.

Can I just stay out of the sun? 

Sure, if you want to be a vampire… no, but seriously, if you stay out of the sun, check your vitamin D levels. Sunshine causes the body to produce vitamin D, a critical function as you can’t get the amount of vitamin D you need from food. Vitamin D, technically a hormone, strengthens bones and the immune system and reduces risks of breast, colon, kidney and ovarian cancers and perhaps other disorders.

Vitamin D can also be attained through supplementation.


Pain-A-Trate’s Secret Weapon Revealed


A secret weapon?

Pain-A-Trate has three natural therapeutic ingredients that work in combination to deliver deep, soothing pain relief. But its the fourth natural therapeutic ingredient, its “secret weapon”, that makes Pain-A-Trate much more effective at alleviating soreness and numbing pain than grocery store brands.



A white, crystalline substance formed in the cinnamomum camphora tree that thrives in eastern asia. For centuries, camphor has been treasured for its pain-relieving and other medical uses. It is also widely used in aromatherapy.

coolCool to the touch, camphor an immediate cooling sensation for sore muscles, and helps numb aches and pains.


A crystal made from the oil of mentha arvensis, or cornmint. Cornmint can contain more than 60% menthol. Grown in india, it benefits farmers by growing in the off-season, when fields would otherwise lie fallow.

warmMenthol actually stimulates the skin’s cold receptors, producing a cooling sensation that later transforms into a deep heating sensation for sore muscle relief.



A component of the oil naturally distilled from the wintergreen plant. Wintergreen oil is a traditional remedy used by Native Americans to relieve pain. The wintergreen plant is native to North America.

warmMethyl salicylate speeds blood flow to your muscles and helps reduce muscle inflammation and pain. It produces a soothing, heating sensation. It actually nullifies the pain receptors in your muscles, causing the muscle to relax.


The fourth ingredient and “secret weapon” that makes Pain-A-Trate so effective is…


The pure oil of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant which is native to Australia. Melaleuca Oil has phenomenal penetration abilities.

melaleucaMelaleuca Oil’s penetrating power takes the cooling, relieving properties of camphor and menthol and the heating, soothing properties of methyl salicylate deep into muscles.

This “secret ingredient” makes Pain-A-Trate much more effective at alleviating soreness and numbing pain than grocery store brands.

Were you at all surprised?

Vitality Pack – Powered by Oligo


Multi’s 101

Multivitamin/multimineral complexes are the most common dietary supplements and are often the most controversial. Besides quality of ingredients and the amount of each ingredient in a product, bioavailability is a major concern.

Simply put:

What do you absorb and what, literally, goes down the drain?

It’s all about the minerals…

While vitamins get a lot of the credit for good health, minerals are just as critical. In fact, without minerals, vitamins cannot be metabolized and are rendered useless. Yet too many of us aren’t getting enough minerals or minerals in a form our bodies can actually use.

Humans were not designed to eat minerals from the soil. We were intended to obtain our minerals from plants!

Therefore the ideal way to get minerals is from the foods we eat. The problem is:

  • We don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables
  • The fruits and vegetables we eat contain fewer minerals due to modern farming practices and the soil their grown in

Unlike minerals in natural foods that are incorporated in bioorganic structures, minerals in dietary supplements are usually in an inorganic form: gluconates, sulfates, chlorides, oxides etc. 

While the majority of minerals in these forms dissolve easily in the acidic environment of the stomach, as they pass into the intestines where absorption takes place, they crystallize (or solidify), making them very difficult, if not impossible, for the human body to absorb.

In addition, some minerals catalyze free radical generation, depending on their form. Thus, antioxidants in supplements could be oxidized during digestion.

The Vitality Pack

Not only does the Vitality Pack offer superior nutrition at a better price, it’s also the only multivitamin-mineral in the world powered by Oligo® to offer unmatched levels of mineral solubility and antioxidant protection.


What is Oligo?

Oligo is a one of a kind technology allowing for better absorption of minerals and vitamins and protection from free radicals.

How is it different?

To create the ideal mineral form, Melaleuca started from the ground up—literally—by looking to the ideal source of minerals: fruits and vegetables.

Oligo™ mimics fruits and vegetables by binding minerals with proteins and fibers. The Oligo-bound minerals in the Vitality Pack have been scientifically proven to be 10 times more absorbable and protect antioxidant vitamins 5 times better than the leading national store brands.


In 2010, Oligo achieved another milestone. For the first time ever, a complete multivitamin-mineral formula was tested for absorption using actual human intestinal cells. The study showed that Oligo is not only the best in laboratory conditions, it’s also superior when it comes to the ultimate test—the human body. In fact, Oligo was proven to deliver up to 4 times greater absorption through actual intestinal cells compared to non-Oligo multivitamin-mineral forms.

Big claims Melaleuca… can you back them up?

For years Melaleuca customers have been saying there’s nothing in the world quite like Oligo. And on September 25, 2012 and April 15, 2014 Oligo technology was granted patents protecting its composition, how it’s made, and its benefit in the body!

To view Oligo Patent No. 8,273,393 and 8,697,158 click on the links below:


Sugar-free FiberWise: More fiber. More benefits.


What is Fiber?

Fiber is a component of plant foods that is never broken down and absorbed by the body—allowing it to perform important functions that no other food can. The two forms of fiber, soluble and insoluble, both play important roles in maintaining optimal health.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance during digestion. In this form it traps excess sugars, fats and cholesterol as it moves through the intestines, helping sweep them out of the body. It also plays an important role in lowering LDL cholesterol and reducing blood glucose levels after eating.

Insoluble fiber is never dissolved. Instead, it acts like a sponge, soaking up to 15 times its weight in water. Its primary benefit is to provide bulk, which can help promote feelings of fullness while also speeding up the movement of food through the digestive system, promoting regularity.

In short, fiber: 

  • Promotes Digestive Health
  • Promotes Healthy Weight Loss
  • Helps Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease
  • Sweeps Away Toxins and Waste
  • Supports Immunity
  • Improves Regularity



Available in both peach and orange, Sugar-free FiberWise provides a scientifically balanced blend of seven fiber sources: psyllium, oat, apple, rice bran, inulin, maltodextrin fiber, and fructooligosaccharide (FOS). And being sugar-free, it provides an option for those concerned about maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.

In addition to seven forms of natural fiber, FiberWise Drinks also contain a proprietary blend of soothing herbs, antioxidants, and probiotics to make each one a truly one-of-a-kind health supplement.

G12-Leaf-iconSoothing herbs such as ginger help reduce occasional intestinal gas and bloating, while peppermint and licorice root help balance intestinal flora and soothe mild indigestion.

057275-green-grunge-clipart-icon-food-beverage-food-grapes4-sc44Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E help fight free radical damage during digestion and throughout the entire body.

_____icon-probioticsProbiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus are “friendly” bacteria that help break down food in the intestines as well as create an environment that keeps “bad” bacteria in check.  

If fiber is found naturally in foods, why supplement?

The average adult only eats 15 grams of fiber per day, and with women needing 25 grams and men 38 grams, we aren’t getting enough through our diets. A single serving of FiberWise mixed with water or made into a shake, can deliciously close that gap, giving you 12 grams of beneficial fiber, with 0 grams of sugar. Its pretty impressive!

Timeless Age-Defying Serum – 9 ingredients for timeless beauty


Seeing spots?

Dark spots on the face and hands are one of the first signs of aging. As a natural reaction to sun exposure, pigment builds up to protect the body. The age when these spots debut varies greatly depending on skin health and exposure to the sun, but they can appear as early as the twenties and become more prevalent in the thirties and forties.

Many products on the market address these dark spots with harsh alpha hydroxy acids that irritate skin or with unstable antioxidants that are essentially useless. 

Timeless Age-Defying Serum provides solutions found right in nature. The cutting edge ingredients in the serum target telltale sun spot, discolouration, and uneven skin tone while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Stable antioxidant vitamins C and E and patented AHCare® remove dead skin cells, allowing skin to more rapidly renew, reducing the appearance of dark spots for a luminous, even complexion.

What’s best is that Timeless is light on your skin, affordable and smells like heaven!



Timeless Age-Defying Serum visibly lightens sun spots, discolouration, and uneven skin tone while reducing fine lines and wrinkles with these nine powerful ingredients:

  1. THE NOURISHER – Vitamin C
    Nourishes skin & collagen while providing antioxidant protection for long-term benefits.
    Works instantly to reveal fresh, youthful-looking skin.
  3. THE LIGHTENER – Apple Enzymes
    A natural exfoliator that lightens & brightens dark spots & discolouration.
  4. THE PLUMPERS – Eight Amino Acids
    Mimic skin’s natural moisturizers & promote skin elasticity.
  5. THE LIFTER – Goji Berry
    Lifts the appearance of the skin while delivering age-defying peptides & antioxidants.
  6. THE MOISTURIZER – Tremella Mushroom
    Hydrates skin better than hyaluronic acid while scavenging free radicals.
  7. THE REINFORCERS – Mineral Trio
    Zinc, copper, & magnesium boost ingredients while restoring skin tone.
  8. THE SOOTHER – Allantoin
    Soothes newly revealed skin & helps keep skin supple.
  9. THE CONDITIONER – Vitamin E
    Naturally conditions skin while minimizing scarring & sun damage.

Powerful and gentle, patented AHCare® delivers alpha hydroxy acids in conjunction with the amino acid argireline in a way that virtually eliminates the irritation regularly associated with alpha hydroxy products for highly effective results without redness, itchiness, or burning.

A final note…


Vitamin C is a fragile ingredient that can easily oxidize from exposure to heat, light, and air.

If vitamin C oxidizes before it touches your skin, it is completely useless.

The unstable vitamin C found in many other brands is called L-ascorbic acid. Timeless uses a stabilized form of vitamin C called vitamin C ester that is clinically proven to withstand heat, light, and oxygen exposure and maintain its potency. The quality of this stabilized vitamin C is simply incomparable.

Natural Insect Repellent – Melaleuca 1, Bugs 0


So, its Summer…

With summer comes bugs… and with bugs come bites. Normally, our only options are to slather ourselves in chemical-ridden bug sprays or offer up our blood as a sacrifice to the pests while we attempt to enjoy the outdoors. Not anymore!


Melaleuca brings customers a family-friendly insect repellent that is all natural, DEET-free, and dermatologist tested.

Harnessing the power of five essential oils, Melaleuca’s new Natural Insect Repellent keeps biting bugs at bay. Not only does it work to deter fleas and ants, it’s 99% effective against ticks and mosquitos, so you can get out and enjoy nature with confidence.

And because it contains no harsh chemicals, it’s safe for your kids, your dog and the environment.


All-natural and DEET-free, Melaleuca’s new Natural Insect Repellent contains a pleasantly aromatic blend of:

  • Thyme Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Cinnamon Leaf Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Rose Geranium Oil

And while bugs hate it, your family will love the woody fragrance.

So say goodbye to these guys:


And say hello to the rest of your summer…


Children Playing in Sprinkler


(This product can be used both indoors and outdoors for worry-free, bite-free protection)

NutraTherm – Stimulant-Free Fat Burner


Introducing NutraTherm

Get a naturally powered, stimulant-free metabolism boost with NutraTherm. A proprietary blend of three clinically-tested ingredients that helps your body:

  • Accelerate metabolism
  • Slow sugar absorption
  • Break down and burn fat
  • Increase calorie burn

hover1Green Coffee Bean Extract
Backed by multiple clinical studies, this proprietary, decaffeinated extract helps slow blood sugar absorption and supports the release of fat for enhanced metabolic support.

Unlike most green coffee bean extracts, this proprietary version is standardized to contain at least 45% chlorogenic acid. This natural compound is what powers the glucose regulation and fat burning effects from green coffee bean extract.


Green Tea Phytosome Complex
Clinically shown to deliver up to three times the beneficial properties of traditional green tea extract, this highly bioavailable, caffeine-free complex provides a thermogenic effect that helps promote fat utilization and greater calorie burn.

This potent, standardized green tea extract is combined with natural phospholipids to deliver up to 3X greater bioavailability of EGCG, which has been clinically shown to increase calorie burn and fat utilization, leading to improved body composition when combined with a low-calorie diet.


Capsaicin Pepper Extract
Using a controlled-release beadlet technology to help avoid burning or discomfort, this hot pepper chili extract promotes fat breakdown and thermogenic energy production.

The capsaicinoids in this highly concentrated hot pepper extract have been clinically shown to provide powerful, controlled-release thermogenic and lipolytic (fat-mobilization) benefits without the worry of gastric or oral discomfort.

A metabolism boost helps with WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

With a slower metabolism, your body is less efficient at converting what you eat and drink into energy. NutraTherm helps boost your metabolism, supporting your body’s ability to slow sugar absorption, burn fat, and burn more calories—all keys to better weight management.

Access Bars – 12 patents on a pre-workout inspired by squirrels?



Dr. Larry Wang, a research scientist at the University of Alberta, was intrigued by how these little ground squirrels could double their body weight quickly, and then eat and drink nothing for 6-8 months during hibernation, but were able to survive harsh winter conditions utilizing their fat for heat, energy and liquid.

That led to an 18 year journey of research and science. He learned through his research that humans, unlike the ground squirrels, cannot access their fat stores on demand… in simple terms you have a “fat guard” that kicks in anytime you do any form of exercise. So typically when you do any form of exercise…your body is forced to use glucose or sugar which leads to a build up of lactic acid and causes you to have poorer muscle fiber recruitment!

In short, you are tired and sore too soon to have your workout live up to its potential!


Your body is programmed to store fat. It’s a survival instinct. When you exercise, a natural fat guard called adenosine is released. Adenosine slows fat burning: it saps energy and it reduces muscle power.

Even death cannot change this physiological process. You could be freezing with 100 pounds of body fat to keep you warm and our body will still freeze to death. Think of adenosine like a hand brake. Its there to conserve energy AT ALL COSTS.

If your body won’t let us ACCESS your fat to save your life, what makes you think it will let you ACCESS it when working out?


Using patented technology, Access blocks adenosine—and unlocks your body’s ability to turn fat into fuel. It asks “what if fat was an asset not a burden?” And it delivers…


With Access, you power your workout with your own fat—not with extra calories from a traditional exercise bar. In fact, being a relatively low-caloric product (140 Kcal), its ability to help you sustain intense activity for two hours or longer is clear indication that stored fuel (fat, in particular) must have been accessed in such an endeavor.



Access bars allow you to access this fat using natural ingredients, specifically xanthines.

The best form of xanthines are found in a specific cacao tree and together with a proprietary blend of ingredients, including CLA (naturally sourced from safflower), Access releases the brakes that adenosine applies to the system and allows our muscles to be able to work harder and longer with less soreness and fatigue.

There are NO banned or close to banned substances in the Access bar. The bar has been successfully used by Olympic medallists and professional athletes without any problems. The ingredients contains no stimulants or harsh chemicals, and have none of the negative side effects common in other “fat burners.”

*see ingredient label below


You can eat Access on your way to the hiking trail or the gym. It doesn’t even have to be what you’d usually consider a workout; you can eat Access before you mow the lawn, shovel snow or do vigorous housework. There is also research to suggest Access works while you’re sleeping.


1. You must use the Access Bar or Shake on an empty stomach

Don’t eat anything for two or three hours before you eat it. Why? The Access Bar is a special formulation of natural food ingredients and must not be disturbed by other food items. So don’t mix it with sugar or any calorie-containing food or drink.

(water and black coffee are ok)

2. Eat or drink your Access 15 minutes before starting your workout

This will give your body the time it needs to kick-start the fat-burning process.

If you’re doing something that lasts longer, say a four-hour hike, you can eat another Access Bar or Shake after an hour and a half or two hours. Many athletes like to cut the bar into smaller pieces and then eat them as they go, and that’s fine as well.


  • 12 PATENTS
  • 5 BOOKS

Dr. Wang has extensive training and research in energy metabolism, exercise physiology, effect of natural compounds on exercise, aging, and obesity.



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