Self-Study before You Self-Medicate

Self-Study before You Self-Medicate

I was shocked and disappointed to read a post from a member of an Ocular Melanoma Support Group I belong to, who shared a photo of her collection of dietary supplements that she takes. The front line of bottles were from a multi-level-marketing company which sells essential oils. On the end of the row was a container of eye droppers and a large bottle of empty capsules. This cancer patient is ingesting essential oils. They are putting them into a capsule, and making their own dietary supplements. This is a practice which is not only dangerous for a healthy person, but could prove life-threatening to a person who has cancer which has metabolized to their liver.

A *true* dietary supplement will be formulated to provide nutritional benefits missing from the diet or which the body is not creating for itself. That is why they are called dietary supplements – they supplement the diet.

No one’s diet is lacking in essential oils!

So in reality, this individual is using essential oils as drugs. DIY medicine. And if it was a salesperson who advised them how to make these capsules and told them which essential oils to ingest, then basically that person is practicing medicine without a license. Prescribing essential oils for ingestion is illegal unless the laws of that country, or in the case of the USA the state, allows it

If you are going to use herbs or essential oils for self-care, you really need to learn proper basic safety first. Even non-medical use of EOs like inhaling them to lift your mood, or applying them as cosmetics, have some risks if used incorrectly or for an inappropriate purpose.

” Internal use carries the greatest risk of the three application methods, is best reserved for acute situations (i.e. severe illness), and should be conducted under the supervision of a medical professional or aromatherapist trained in the internal use of essential oils. ” — from A GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY

Like what you read there? The Herbal Academy has some courses which are on sale during the early bird registration period, which runs through February 20, 2019! The new courses become available for access on or after February 20th.

Herbalism Courses for all levels

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Listen to your Body

Listen to your Body

There are many occasions when we experience symptoms of our body being out of balance. Perhaps you have a headache or muscle cramps. Lots of people would self-medicate with an over-the-counter (OTC) drug like Tylenol or Motrin. But those symptoms are also the same ones a person might experience from being dehydrated! But lets say the person drank a couple glasses of water to treat their headache or muscle cramps. That does not make water an OTC drug!

That is the way I think of using CBD Oil. Sometimes our bodies might be sending us signals that our body is not making enough cannabinoid naturally. Perhaps by taking a dietary supplement like CBD Oil, we can achieve better balance and our symptoms go away! That also does not make CBD Oil an OTC drug!

Learn more about the Endocannabinoid System in this video by Vitalibis.

Anandamide the “bliss molecule,”

The Endocannabinoid system modulates physiological processes like inflammation, memory or pain. Examples of Endocannabinoid (the chemicals produced by our own bodies) are anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). Hemp contains among other cannabinoids, the plant based cannabinoid Cannabidiol or CBD Oil.

Stress Management

Stress Management

When I was released from the hospital last year, I had a lot of trouble getting back into my normal sleep routine. I did some research and asked my oncologist whether it would be “OKAY” for me to try CBD Oil. He said yes! So I ordered some from an herbalist friend of mine. Honestly, I didn’t give it much time to see if it helped me get balanced out because it tasted like what I imagine old “bong water” would taste like. But I recently learned about Vitalibis CBD Oil which is extracted using short bursts of heat in a patent-pending method, and no solvents. Now that I am an Ambassador with the company (meaning I sell the products from my affiliate website) I have to be very careful even sharing my personal experiences as testimony for how well the product works, because doing so might be considered making a medical claim and one of the things that helps this company stand apart, is they follow the rules for marketing dietary supplements and do not make any implied medical claims. The thing about holistic medicine is, there is no one size fits all treatment. I might do well with CBD OIl to balance out my bodily functions and feelings, someone else might like an herbal tea, or perhaps a flower remedy! I put my herbal studies on hold when I learned my cancer had spread and I am just getting back into that again, but I wanted to share an Affiliate Link for the Herbal Academy, which is where I have been studying herbs and where people can learn how to care for themselves with herbs!

Enroll in the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course

Vitalibis Signature 300 CBD Oil

Vitalibis Signature 300 CBD Oil

Vitalibis full spectrum, hemp cannabidiol (CBD) oil is extracted using a patent pending extraction method which uses short bursts of heat instead of CO2 or other solvents. The result is, instead of tasting like (I imagine) old bong water tastes, it tastes like toasted pine nuts! So we don’t need any flavorings to mask the taste like other brands.

When comparing things like strength, dosage and price it is important to know exactly what is in the bottle. Our CBD Oil is not an isolate but a full spectrum oil containing beneficial elements like other phytocannabinoids, terpines, fatty acids, chlorophyll, flavonoids, etc. Each bottle has 300mg of naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD), which means the 30 ml size bottle with 30 servings per bottle, delivers 10mg of cannabidiol per dose.

TO ORDER: click one of these links

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Aromatics International Essential Oil Collection

Right after my hospitalization from the adverse effects of immunotherapy treatment, I walked away from my essential oil hobby. I gave my website EssentialAromatherapy away to someone I knew would care for it and evolve it to their own special place online.  I gave away all my aromatherapy books, courses, and most of my essential oils to friends who I knew would appreciate them. I think without realizing it, I was preparing not to be here today.

But I am here and I am not done fighting to survive this cancer! In the cancer community, there is an acronym NED, for the health status “No Evidence of Disease“. Well, I still have cancer tumors in my liver, so I still have stage IV cancer, but what I also have is “No Expiration Date“!  So I coined term #NED2 to symbolize that!

When I first considered joining Vitalibis as a Brand Ambassador to sell CBD Oil products, part of the reason I took the leap and jumped right in, was the fact that the company also has a small selection of curated products which include essential oils from a brand with an exceptional reputation, Aromatics International.

“All of Aromatics International’s essential oils are either certified organic, wildcrafted, or organically crafted. “

Learn more about their philosophy of blending in their informational video

FTC DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the the Vitalibis Ambassador Program. I was not compensated for this post. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my link To view the Aromatics International Essential Oil Collection look under the link for Products then Curated Products


Vitalibis.Ambassador.SueApito on Facebook!

Vitalibis.Ambassador.SueApito on Facebook!

I am going to continue writing articles about CBD Oil and hemp oil products in addition to other health and wellness topics, but I feel it is important for my new #sidegig as a Vitalibis Brand Ambassador to have a separate Facebook Business Page.  Check it out – I hope you “LIKE” it!

20% Discount Plan!

A year ago this month, I was released from 8 days in the hospital. I was unable to sleep through the night, and had trouble falling asleep. Here is a screen shot from my FitBit.

Even when I was asleep, I wasn’t able to fall into a deep sleep, and it is during the deep sleep stage that the body heals. I started to research dietary supplements which might be helpful. My oncologist said “No” to melatonin. I asked about CBD Oil and he said that was fine!

I immediately contacted an herbalist friend of mine who recently started selling CBD Oil. I was confused about the laws since growing hemp was not legal in many states in the USA*, I didn’t understand how selling an extract from hemp was legal. I did a LOT of research! I’m in the process of adding some of those links to my blog. I ordered some CBD Oil but honestly, the taste was so “pot” tasting and smelling that I could not tolerate it.

So last week, read about Vitalibis full spectrum CBD Oil and learned that it is produced using a new patent pending extraction method which does not use any solvents. The result is a product that does not have that “taste” and smell that I dislike. I wanted to learn more! I contacted my friend who is an Ambassador with the company and I was so impressed with what I heard, I immediately ordered!

I chose the Vitalibis 20 for 20 Program – for a one time enrollment fee of $20, customers become an “Ambassador” and receive a 20% savings on all their personal product purchases. The company also offers free shipping on $50+ orders. This 20% discount is not just for a month, or for a year, but the $20 “membership” fee entitles customers to a 20% discount on the products forever! And there are no monthly minimums to retain your membership.

What happens is, you get your own web page to log into in the future. The product pages all display the discounted prices. It’s that simple!

And for someone like me who knows a lot of people who themselves either use CBD Oil or who are interested in trying it, all I have to do is share my website address and when these people order from my website, I earn a small commission! Most customers will choose this Ambassador program just for future discounted ordering and not for the income earning opportunity, but I like to be able to earn a little extra money from a “side gig” social sharing program.

Potential customers can of course, choose to order and pay full retail price, but as an Ambassador I can offer new customers a $10 Discount coupon off your first order [of $50 or more, everyone gets free shipping on orders $50+]! Just email and I will send you an email like the one below.

DISCLAIMER: Information contained on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment or diagnosis. All persons should consult their medical care provider prior taking or relying upon any essential oil or herbal product, especially women who are pregnant or nursing, and persons with known medical conditions.

FTC DISCLOSURE: This website may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using the links from this website. I am a member of the the Vitalibis Ambassador Program. I was not compensated for this post. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my link

*The 2018 Farm Bill allows hemp cultivation, allows the transfer of hemp-derived products across state lines and puts no restrictions on the sale, transport, or possession of hemp-derived products, so long as those items are produced in a manner consistent with the law.

Our Endocannabinoid System

We all know about our respiratory system and our digestive system, but did you know we also have what is known as the Endocannabinoid System? Learn more:

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I am proud to share the opportunity to purchase these full spectrum, phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil products on my Vitalibis Ambassador website.

I am a member of the the Vitalibis Ambassador Program. I was not compensated for this post. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my link

Vitalibis products are manufactured in the USA and contain less than .3% THC.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS – contact me for information on how your charity can benefit from an affiliation with Vitalibis, too! Email