Learn about Herbal Skin Care!

Learn about Herbal Skin Care!

Have you ever thought about making some of your own herbal and botanical skincare? Check out this simple recipe for making lotion bars!

I am both a Student of and Affiliate for the Herbal Academy. Here is a link to learn more about this brand new course.

Enroll in the Botanical Skin Care Course with the Herbal Academy

And if you need to order molds, jars or other supplies, this is a great time to try Amazon Prime by using my Affiliate link, too!

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Vitalibis Signature 600 CBD Oil

Vitalibis Signature 600 CBD Oil

Endocannabinoid deficiency can be present as a result of poor diet, lack of exercise, drug abuse, environmental toxins, genetic factors, chronic stress and compromised health. A deficiency within the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) can manifest itself into different issues: anxiety, sleep issues, pain sensation, etc.

And when deficient, the ECS can be supported by full spectrum, phytocannabinoids from the hemp plant. Learn more on our “Be Well” Blog

Vitalibis Signature 600 is a premium full spectrum, phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil blended with organic Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) from coconut oil. The “600” in the product name aligns to approximately 600mg of naturally occurring cannabidiol (CBD) plus other cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. per bottle. We have full transparency and our test results including our products amazing terpene profiles, are available right on the shopping cart!

To Order go to https://www.vitalibis.com/sueapito/ and first time customers use Discount Code sueapito10 for $10 Off.

For a 20% Discount select JOIN to learn about The Vitalibis 20 for 20 Program (our Preferred Customer Ambassador program)!

TO GO TO MY WEBSITE: click one of these links

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Cinnamon a Health Risk? Botanical names matter!

Cinnamon a Health Risk? Botanical names matter!

Just today I read a post from a fellow ocular melanoma patient, warning that they had been told that cinnamon was dangerous to the liver.

The concern with cinnamon is with ingesting too much coumarin. “True” cinnamon is called Ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamonum verum) and has very little coumarin!

But lots of people buy a cheaper version of this spice, also labeled as cinnamon, and this botanical is from a completely different plant. It is actually Cassia “cinnamon” (dried Cassia bark) which can be quite high in coumarin and for certain people, may be linked to liver damage. True cinnamon is fine to use as a culinary spice!

Here is a link to an article about Uses for Cinnamon.

To learn more about herbs and spices that you may incorporate into your journey of health and wellness, please visit the link below

The Herbarium Membership for Herbalists

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How Our Hemp CBD Oil is Different

How Our Hemp CBD Oil is Different

Sometimes, you really can tell a lot just by looking! 99% of the CBD Oil on the market today is different from Vitalibis hemp, full-spectrum CBD Oil. If you are already using CBD from another supplier, you may want to give ours a try. Chances are your product is produced from hemp that may not have been grown according to organic agricultural practices and may contain pesticides or contaminants from the soil like lead, and it might even be adulturated from residual solvents used to extract the cannabinoids! See below:

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Super-food from Hemp!

Super-food from Hemp!

I usually don’t eat a big breakfast so I’ve added #Vitalibis Super-food dietary supplement Daily Wellness to my morning routine.

New Customers, go to my website vitalibis.com/sueapito and create an account prior to 11:59 PM PST on February 27, 2019 (just click the right corner of the screen, no purchase necessary)

Then email customercare@vitalibis.com and let them know you are a New Customer of mine.

On February 28, 2019 Vitalibis will randomly pick 10 new Customers from all the Ambassador websites, and they’ll load $25 in product credit into their account for a future order! #Ambassador #affiliate

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CBD Oil Testing

CBD Oil Testing

Although CBD, short for cannabidiol, comes from the cannabis plant, it does not get you high. As long as it’s derived from hemp, it’s legal to buy over the counter.

When you watch the video above, or read the story on the NBC CONNECTICUT website, you’ll quickly realize not all CBD Oil products are the same! Along with making sure the product you purchase has the actual amount of CBD in a dose that the company claims, it’s also important to make sure products are tested for heavy metals, pesticides and toxins. Vitalibis does exactly that!

And we make those test results available for customers to download right from our website, too! Just click the links like the screenshot from my VIP Ambassador Vitalibis website below:

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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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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

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

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Andalou Naturals SPF 30

PRODUCT REVIEW: Andalou Naturals, Beauty Balm, Brightening, Sheer Tint with SPF 30

One of the things I take seriously is using skincare which is as natural as possible. It’s really hard to find USDA Certified Organic makeup and skincare because our certification system does not allow for many of the functional ingredients which are allowed by other Organic standards. And for me function comes first!

About three years ago I discovered Andalou Naturals, Beauty Balm. Not only does it even out my skin tone without looking or feeling like a true “foundation”, it has a SPF of 30! I use the version called Brightening.

I avoid chemical sunscreens and was happy to find out the active ingredient is mineral based, Zinc Oxide 20%. Sunscreen is legally an over-the-counter (OTC) drug in the USA, so products which are marketed as sunscreens have to follow the FDA labeling regulations; the sunscreen ingredient is listed as the *active ingredient* just like other OTC medicines one might ingest.

In addition, the ingredients are 97% Nature Derived, Non GMO Project Verified and contain many from botanical sources which are good for the skin like vitamin C and fruit and herbal extracts. And no toxic synthetic fragrances!

You may be able to find this product at your local Health Food store or pharmacy.

iHerb is one of the companies in my Affiliate Network, so I checked their website and they carry the line at a better price than I paid at Whole Foods the last time I bought it!

Disclosure: I have not been given this product to review. I purchased it and have used it for years. All opinions in this review are my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. Learn more about my Affiliate Network.