Essential Oils Blending Basics

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Note: The Essential Oils mentioned in this article are the Nature’s Sunshine EOs. However, you can use other Authentic Essential Oils.

Because of their unique natural properties and powerful individual benefits, blending essential oils can be a bit of both art and science. But not to worry. There’s not really a “wrong” way to blend, and with Authentic Essential Oils experimentation is half the fun!

Getting Started

Oil blends are typically created for a specific purpose. Some are worn as perfume while others are created for boosting feelings of energy and cheer, or bringing a sense of calm. Step 1 for blending beginners is deciding what you’d like to accomplish. Are you blending for fragrance or blending for benefits?

 

Personal Perfume

Wearable blends used as perfume are built on personal preferences of top, middle and base “notes”. (“Notes” are determined by how quickly an Authentic Oil’s scent fades after being exposed to oxygen.)

Top notes are the lightest scents; the first ones we smell and the first to evaporate. Top notes are usually derived from flowers, leaves, and flowering herbs. Examples of top notes include Organic Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Ravintsara.

Base notes are deeper. Their fragrances last the longest and they are often more “earthy” in scent. These oils ground the entire blend and are often derived from trees, roots, and barks. Some favorite base notes are Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Organic Frankincense and Organic Neroli.

Middle notes bring harmony. They balance the top notes with deeper base notes and bind all the fragrances together. Middle notes are most often derived from whole herbs and spices and include Roman Chamomile, Jasmine, Rose, Tea Tree, Organic Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon Leaf, and Clary Sage.

 

Blends with Benefits

If you’re blending for support with a physical or emotional need, choosing oils from the same aroma category is a great way to start. First, research the oils most recommended for your desired outcome. Since Lavender is often recommended to help with feeling calm, use Organic Lavender to start a blend for use before bed. Peppermint helps with feeling more alert and mentally aware, so it’s a great choice for blends that help with focus or tension. Once you’ve identified one core oil, choose two or three additional oils from the same aroma categories and mix and match.

Floral – Organic Lavender, Organic Geranium, Jasmine, Organic Ylang Ylang, Rose, Neroli

Citrus – Grapefruit, Lemon, Organic Orange, Bergamot, Red Mandarin, Lemongrass

Woody – Pine Needle, Cedarwood, Cypress, Sandalwood, Organic Frankincense, Wild Myrrh

Herbaceous – Sweet Marjoram, Wild Rosemary, Clary Sage, Wild Oregano, Wild Thyme, Tea Tree

Spicy – Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Peppermint

 

Ready, Set, Go!

To start creating a brand new “uniquely you” blend start with small amounts and don’t be afraid to play! Choose an oil to “anchor” your blend (lavender for a restful blend for example) then experiment with additional oils to add specific benefits, as fragrance variation, or just to incorporate your favorites. We recommend starting with three oils in a blend then growing to five and even up to nine.

Start blending in very small batches to save ingredients during experimentation. Try 3 drops of your anchor oil or a favorite top note in a glass roll-on bottle, then add 5 drops of a middle note and 2 drops of a base note. Allow the blend to rest for 24 – 48 hours then give it a try. Smell it straight from the bottle. Apply carrier oil and try it on your skin. If it’s a keeper, fill the remainder of your bottle with Carrier Oil and you’re ready to apply. If you think it needs a boost, add an additional middle note and try it again. Vary the number of drops, the number of oils, and the oils themselves until you find a mix you absolutely love.

 

Foundation of Favorites

For inspiration, here’s a list of favorite oils and blend suggestions for the most common benefits you might be after. Try various ratios of these oils in your own blends, or add or subtract oils until your blend is simply the best.

For Energy & Uplift

  • Peppermint 
  • Lemon
  • Organic Orange
  • Organic Ylang Ylang 

 

For Relaxation & Calm

  • Organic Lavendar
  • Organic Frankincense
  • Roman Chamomile

 

For Joy

  • Red Mandarin
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon

 

For Protection

  • Tea Tree
  • Wild Oregano
  • Clove Bud
  • Cinnamon Leaf

 

For Grounding & Balance

  • Cedarwood
  • Sandalwood
  • Cypress
  • Wild Myrrh

 

For Motivation

  • Organic Ylang Ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon

 

For Gratitude

  • Cinnamon Leaf
  • Sandalwood
  • Organic Orange
  • Organic Frankincense

 

For Healing and Release

  • Helichrysum
  • Sandalwood
  • Rose

 

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

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Safety Tips in Using Essential Oils with Pets.

Essential oils and pets

You may have heard about the healing properties of essential oils.

Could they have similar effects for our pets?

Which ones are safest for our four legged companions?

 

Essential oils are known to help with everything from skin irritations to fighting fleas. Lavender is popular for dogs because of its calming effects, and peppermint is thought to stimulate circulation.

Essential oils are often used by veterinarians in ways that you probably didn’t even notice when you were there during your last appointment. One recent survey, reports BARK Magazine, reveals that veterinarians use essential oils in disparate ways. “They were diffusing lavender in waiting and exam rooms, using essential oils for odor control, doing light massage with frankincense, blending lemongrass in sweet almond oil for cruciate or joint injuries.”

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils – the concentrated, aromatic oils extracted from plants through distillation, most often by steam. “To get an idea of how precious these oils are, consider how much of the plant is required to produce them: 220 pounds of lavender yield only seven pounds of lavender essential oils,” says the author of The Holistic Dog 

The author of Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals, Kristen Leigh Bell, explains, “Oils that are produced specifically for the aromatherapy industry are typically made with the same care and attention that goes into a fine bottle of wine.”

Whether you decide to use aromatherapy for your companion animal or just yourself, it’s important you exercise the safe use of essential oils. Pets have a stronger sense of smell than humans and smaller bodies, so the biggest mistake pet owners make is using too much essential oil.  One of the best ways to avoid this mistake is by using a high quality aromatherapy diffuser that you can control the amount of oil emitted.

Another important aspect of using safe essential oils around pets is to use only high-quality therapeutic grade essential oils. Other, lesser-quality essential oils are made with additives or are stretched with carrier oils that may trigger pet sensitivities. They also may be a blend of oils that include other botanicals or absolutes that resemble the smell of the botanical but potentially contain solvents that could be unhealthy for you or your pets. So make sure that you do your due diligence and get the best quality essential oils.

Many people worry about the impact of essential oils on their pets. However, as long as you use the correct essential oils and avoid any of the oils that may trigger issues for your pets, they are perfectly safe. Also make sure that you are exercising best practices when introducing essential oils into your home by using a quality diffuser and only therapeutic grade oils in a safe and prudent manner. Finally, go slow and monitor your pets to see how they react. Since every pet is different, an essential oil that can benefit one might trigger a different response in another.

Based on research, remember this about using essential oils with your pets: LESS IS MORE. 

Always start with 100% pure essential oils, and then DILUTE these oils before using them on your dogs. 

  • A rough guideline is to add about 3-6 drops of essential oils to 1 oz. (30 ml) of carrier oil.
  • Use a smaller amount of diluted oils on small dogs vs. big dogs – and less amounts of diluted oils on puppies and senior dogs.
  • Use a hydrosol, a water-based byproduct obtained during the steam distillation process of an essential oil.

 

Hydrosols: the safest method 

A hydrosol contains water-soluble parts of a plant as well as a very small amount of some essential oil components. Since hydrosols are not highly concentrated like essential oils, they can be used undiluted as-is. Essential oils can also be added to a hydrosol for synergistic effects.

“Hydrosols are a gentle, water-based by product from the steam distillation of plants. … However, keep in mind that not all hydrosols or essential oils are safe for your pets,” adds Heather Wallace, ESMT, CCMT, Bridle & Bone Wellness LLC.

 

Before using essential oils or aromatherapy at home with your pets, keep these safety tips in mind and be sure to check with your vet if you have any questions or concerns. Dogs and cats are more sensitive to essential oils than we are, so even if you’re familiar with them for yourself, remember that it’s a different story with your pet.

  • Essential oils should always be diluted before use, even if just inhaling.
  • Most issues that pets have are due to the inhalation of pure, un-diluted essential oils.
  • Only use essential oils when needed to address a specific, on-going and active concern … not to “prevent” a health issue.
  • Do not add essential oils to your pet’s food or drinking water.
  • Avoid using essential oils with puppies and kittens under 10 weeks of age, use hydrosols instead.
  • Check with a holistic vet before using any essential oils on pregnant pets. In particular, do not use stimulating oils (e.g. peppermint, rosemary, tea tree) on pregnant pets.
  • Do not use oils on epileptic pets or pets that are seizure-prone. Some oils, such as rosemary, may trigger seizures (in humans too).
  • Do not use oils in or close to the eyes, in the ears, directly on or close to the nose, on mucous membranes, or in the anal or genital areas.

 

Below is a short list of essential oils that experts say are safe to use on animals.

  • Lavender: Universal oil, can use pure or diluted. Useful in conditioning patients to a safe space. May help allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, car ride anxiety and car sickness, to name a few.
  • Cardamom: Diuretic, anti-bacterial, normalizes appetite, colic, coughs, heartburn and nausea.
  • Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory, non-toxic, gentle and safe to use. Good for skin irritations, allergic reactions, burns.
  • Spearmint: Helps to reduce weight. Good for colic, diarrhea, nausea. Helps balance metabolism, stimulates gallbladder.
  • Thyme: Pain relief, good for arthritis and rheumatism. Antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, excellent for infections and other skin issues.

Five Essential Oils You Want To Avoid In Pets

Camphor: Camphor is an aromatic oil derived from the wood of Cinnamomum camphora. It is also synthesized from turpentine. Camphor oil is used for aromatherapy as well as for treating respiratory diseases and joint pain.  If applied to a pet’s skin (and unfortunately, it often is), it can cause severe irritation that, you guessed it, leads to licking and subsequent ingestion. And if eaten in great enough quantity, it can result in seizures, liver failure, and death.

 Citrus Oils: Citrus oils, obtained from the fresh peels of ripe fruits, are used as flavoring agents. Citrus oil derivatives (D-limonene; linalool) are also used as insect repellents in people. You can find these derivatives in flea shampoos, dips, and sprays designed for dogs and cats as well. Many are marketed as safe alternatives to other flea control products. The problem is: They aren’t. Cats, puppies, and older dogs are especially sensitive to citrus oil products, especially concentrated “dips”, which can cause seizures, coma,  and death. As a result, they should be avoided.

 Pennyroyal Oil: This oil is used commonly employed as a topical insect repellent and as an oral digestive tonic in humans. In pets, people sometimes use it as a topical flea treatment for their pets. But they usually regret it later, as pennyroyal oil can be nasty stuff if ingested, blowing out the liver and leading to vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, seizures, and death.

 Oil of Wintergreen: Used to treat muscle aches and pains; oil of wintergreen contains a glycoside that releases methylsalicylate, a derivative of aspirin. Some pet owners have been known to apply it over the arthritic joints of their pets. Hopefully you know by now that aspirin can be highly toxic to cats and in dogs, can cause stomach, liver, and/or kidney issues in those dogs already taking a non-steroid or steroid anti-inflammatory medication. As a result, oil of wintergreen should not be used on pets at any time.

Melaleuca Oil (Tea Tree Oil): Melaleuca is an essential oil that comes from the leaves of the Australian tea tree. In people, it is used for treating everything from skin infections to repelling insects. In pets, it’s been used as a topical flea repellent. Unfortunately, the active ingredients, called terpenoids, can be highly toxic, especially to cats. As to be expected, the more concentrated the product used, the worse the effects. It can be very dangerous for your pets. Symptoms have included:

  • Muscle tremors
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty in walking,
  • Low body temperature
  • Excessive salivation.

 

My personal experience with tea tree oil with one of our dogs is the main reason I don’t use tea tree oil at all on our pets. Years ago, I was out of town so my husband took care of our sons and dogs. It was bath day for the dogs. He knew that I was using essential oils and knew where I kept them. He had read that if you put tea tree oil in the bath water for your pet, it helps with flea control. He put in 10 drops or more. (Yikes!) You can’t use that theory…. if 2 drops are good, so is 4 drops… wait.. 6 or more is even better, right? NO! Not with essential oils.

Later that day, I was in a meeting when one of my sons called me telling me that our dog, Apollo, couldn’t get up or use his hind legs. Trying to stay calm, I reminded my sons that I am miles away and that dad, whose was home, will have to take care it. So funny, our sons would always come to me first, sometimes walking right by dad to ask or tell me something. (Hahaha)

My husband took the dog to the vet and kept me updated on how Apollo was doing. Apollo had experienced temporary paralysis due to the tea tree oil! Blood work was also done at the vets to make sure there wouldn’t be any further issues. Whew! We were very lucky and grateful that this experience wasn’t fatal for Apollo.

 

The bottom line

Be sure to consult with your vet before trying any essential oils with your pet. If you’ve tried aromatherapy with your dog or cat and had success, we’d love to hear about it! Please leave your comments below!

 

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

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Links:

https://organicaromas.com/blogs/aromatherapy-and-essential-oils/using-essential-oils-around-your-pets-1

http://www.mpcoftexas.com/public/Five_Essential_Oils_You_Want_To_Avoid_In_Pets.cfm

https://www.rover.com/blog/essential-oils-safe-dog/

 

 

NEW Essential Oils from Nature’s Sunshine.

I am LOVING the NEW Essential Oils form Nature’s Sunshine Products. (NSP) Visit my website or contact me for ordering details. 

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~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

 

Cedarwood Atlas

 

Cedarwood Atlas

Provides a base fragrance note, emitting a rich and refreshing woody aroma that is both warm and sweet. When diffused aromatically, Atlas Cedarwood oil may facilitate an impassioned sense of protection, wisdom and abundance.

 

 

Cypress

Cypress

Sports a medium fragrance note with refreshing hints of evergreen and spice with clean, earthy undertones. When used aromatically or in blends, this powerful, woodsy essential oil provides emotional grounding and a deep connection to inner peace and belonging in high-energy moments.

 

Lime

Lime

Delivers a top fragrance note with a naturally fresh aroma. When diffused, Lime uplifts, inspires and stimulates the senses promoting a positive mood.

 

 

Ravintsara

Ravintsara

Ravintsara is steam-distilled leaf oil that creates an intense, deep, crisp, and cooling aroma. When used aromatically or in blends it encourages deep breathing, clears brain fog and boosts motivation.

 

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Nature’s Sunshine Product Spotlight: Detox Basics

Detox Basics

 

Benefits:

  • Supports gut health and microbiome balance*
  • Supports liver health and detoxification*
  • Provides daily support for the natural elimination processes of the liver, kidneys and bowel*
  • Provides powerful antioxidants to help fight free radicals*
  • Supports the liver, circulatory, glandular and immune systems*
  • Offers a shelf-stable product that requires no refrigeration*
  • Is safe for daily use*

How It Works:

Detox BasicsTM provides your body with the nutrients it needs to help neutralize, prepare and convert toxins for transport and elimination on a daily basis.*

Ingredients:

Vitamin A, Berberine from Indian Barberry root, N-Acetyl Cysteine (glutathione precursor), Vitamin C, Milk Thistle seed extract, Dandelion root, Bacillus coagulans (shelf-stable probiotic), Inositol, Choline bitartrate, Turmeric rhizome and prebiotic fiber (food for probiotics).

Recommended Use:

Take the contents of one packet (2 tablets, 4 capsules) before a meal, once daily.

 

Q&A WITH DR. TRIPP (NSP Chief Scientific Officer)

Q: What else helps with toxins?

A: Our new Detox Basics formula was designed to help with DAILY detoxification. Cleansing is only advised from time to time, but we can nourish the body with important nutrients (included in Detox Basics) every day to provide needed detox support:

  • Milk Thistle for liver detoxification support
  • Berberine IR for gut health support and to combat endotoxins
  • N-Acetyl-Cysteine to help upregulate critical cytochrome P450 enzymes, which help process potentially toxic compounds including drugs
  • Turmeric and Vitamin C to support the immune system
  • Bacillus coagulans produces lactic acid in the gut, which changes the microenvironment to support healthy microbiome balance

Eating cruciferous vegetables also helps because they assist in hormone balance and in the breakdown of toxins and excretion of heavy metals.

When we clean up the gut and resupply the “good guys,” we give our microbiome the best chance to not just survive, but thrive.

 

Q: What makes new NutriBiome Bacillus coagulans unique?

A: Bacillus coagulans is a unique, gut-friendly, spore-forming bacteria. Studies show that this strain provides relief from digestive upset, including occasional diarrhea, bloating and gas. It helps detoxify the microbiome and supports immune health. Interestingly, Bacillus coagulans is a heat-stable spore, so it’s got a higher survival rate in the stomach’s acidic environment than most probiotics. That makes Bacillus coagulans highly versatile and portable. I think people will really love it.

 

 

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

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What Role Does Mucus Play in Digestion?

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For those that suffer from allergies or sinus infections, you may get the impression that mucus is a bad thing. There is even OTC medicines to help remove the excess of mucus. However, what if I told you that mucus is very important and vital to our body and health?

Mucus plays a hugely important role in digestion, in addition to helping establish the overall health of other areas of your body.

In this article we’ll focus just on how mucus helps in mechanical digestion, and why you need to make sure that your body has a suitable amount.

Why does it help?

The first question to answer regarding mucus and its role in digestion is why mucus is a helpful substance. Mucus, though it doesn’t look like it, helps destroy bacteria and viruses, in addition to trapping particles, preventing water loss, lubricating the movement of materials through your body, and protects all the surfaces it touches from damage.

You have mucus in your mouth, in the form of saliva, and even in your eyes. The viscosity of the mucus depends on where it’s located in your body. In your nose, for examples, it’s thicker in order to fight against the potential viruses, dirt, and other irritants which can easily enter the nose. With your digestive tract, however, mucus is a bit different.

How does mucus help digestion?

Your stomach is lined by a protective layer of mucus, which is responsible for creating the enzymes that help your body digest proteins. Additionally, the mucus lining your stomach helps prevent your stomach lining from the negative effects of excessive exposure to acid or pepsin.

Now, as for your digestive tract specifically – mucus helps there as well. Since mucus works to lubricate items in your body for easy movement from one area of the body to another, it’s important to have enough in your intestinal tract.

The intestines can easily be perforated or otherwise harmed by sharp objects you’ve eaten that haven’t been completely ground down yet (potato chips, crackers, etc.). Mucus coats these objects so they flow through your intestines at a much more productive rate, ensuring that your body is able to process the food you eat as efficiently as possible.

Mucus from beginning to end:

Now that you can see how mucus is important in many different aspects of your health, let’s look at the process it plays from beginning to end in your digestive system.

First, the saliva in your mouth (a form of mucus) breaks down your food, fights bacteria in your mouth, and removes plaque from your teeth. Then the mucus lining your throat lubricates the food as it enters your stomach.

There, the protective mucus membrane on the lining of your stomach protects it from acid exposure. Once it’s done in your stomach, the food moves to your intestines where it’s once again coated in mucus to move freely through your entire digestive tract.

It may not be outwardly apparent, but without mucus it’s easy to see that our bodies wouldn’t function as well as they could.

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

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5 Things You Need to Know about Meal Replacement Shakes.

Hoping to sip your way to a healthier and slimmer you? Then meal replacement shakes might just be your golden ticket. These shakes are low in calories and high in essential vitamins and minerals.

But, before you decide, you need to really understand what meal replacement shakes are and how they work. Read on to learn five things you need to know about meal replacement shakes before deciding if this weight-loss method is right for you.

1. Meal replacement shakes aren’t what you think they are.

You’ve seen your neighbor drinking them, and you’ve seen them advertised on TV showing people’s amazing before and after photos. But do you really understand what a meal replacement shake is? First off, they’re not going to magically help you shed 50 pounds (no matter what that inspiring commercial showed), they’re not meant to be used to starve yourself and they’re not protein shakes.

Meal replacement shakes do contain ample amounts of protein and other nutrients your body needs, and they can help you lose some weight, when used right. That means you drink a nutrient-rich shake in replacement of one or two meals a day to help you cut your calorie intake during that mealtime.

2. Successful meal replacement diets require more than drinking shakes.

You can’t drink a shake, wait 10 minutes, step on the scale and expect to see that you’ve lost a couple pounds. If you really want to lose weight, you have to eat less and exercise more than you currently are. Meal replacement shakes help with the first part. When you drink a shake packed with good nutrients, it’s less than eating a normal meal that’s typically filled with unneeded calories, fats and sugars. It should also keep you full longer so you don’t get the munchies before your next meal.

The exercising part, that’s on you. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends you exercise 150 minutes a week.

3. Meal replacement shakes are filling—when they’re made with the right ingredients.

A growling stomach too often keeps people from being able to lose weight. Feeling hungry, and having others hear your hunger pains, is what causes many of us to overeat during and in between meals. But, meal replacement shakes help keep you full and slim down. And the best meal replacement shakes contain a healthy trio of ingredients:

  1. Protein—Helps you stay fuller for a longer time frame.
  2. Fiber—Makes you feel full instantly.
  3. (Good) Fat—Work with your body’s hormones to tell you to stop eating.

4. It’s an easy, convenient diet to follow.

Some people worry they won’t be able to follow the strict rules some diets require. But with meal replacement shake diets, it’s a pretty easy daily system to follow that doesn’t require calorie counting at every meal or reading every label of everything you cook with. Just replace one or two of your meals a day with a meal replacement shake, most choose breakfast or lunch, and then eat a healthy mid-afternoon snack and a balanced dinner.

Along with easy to follow, it’s also convenient. Wouldn’t you rather sleep longer and whip up a shake in five minutes or less in the morning that you can drink in the car on the way to work than wake up 20 minutes earlier to make and eat a hot, healthy breakfast?

5. You can choose whichever meal you want.

The best time to drink a meal replacement shake is whatever time you feel is best for you. Nobody knows your body better than you. Some people choose breakfast because they’re not super hungry in the morning and need something convenient, and shakes are light and filling, plus easy to make and take. Others pick lunch so they’re not tempted to get a calorie-filled, drive-thru meal on their 30-minute lunch break or for dinner as a post-workout source of protein that supports muscle repair and recovery. It’s up to you to decide which meal or meals you want to replace with a shake.

If you’ve decided to try meal replacement shakes, then you need some delicious, nutrient-dense shakes to drink. Check out our favorite shake recipes that give you a healthy, well-balanced meal replacement option and don’t skimp on the flavor.

 

 

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

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7 Common Signs of Nutrient Deficiency

Food alone may not provide sufficient micronutrients for preventing deficiency.

This study from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition analyzed 70 athlete’s diets. Every single diet was deficient in at least three nutrients. Some diets were missing up to fifteen nutrients! Another study they performed showed that people following one of four popular diet plans (including Atkins, South Beach, and the DASH diet) were also very likely to be micronutrient deficient, particularly in six key micronutrients:

  • Vitamin B7
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Chromium
  • Iodine
  • Molybdenum

Similarly, the United States Department of Agriculture says the majority of Americans are deficient in many of the same nutrients and are not meeting the required daily amount of things like vitamin E, folate, calcium and magnesium.

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So how do you know if you’re deficient? First of all, if you’re not eating A LOT of fruits and vegetables, especially greens, then you are probably deficient in a lot of these areas. There are also many different symptoms that could tell you you are deficient in some critical nutrient. Here are 7 of them:

1. Poor Night Vision

Vitamin A, known as retinol, is essential for promoting good vision and overall eye health. It also helps to maintain healthy skin and soft tissues throughout the body.

2. Cracks at the Corners of the Mouth

This is more likely to occur for those following vegan and vegetarian diets because it’s harder to get sufficient zinc, iron and B12.

3. Sores or Discoloration of the Mouth and Tongue

Water-soluble B-vitamins are essential for the health of the mouth and tongue. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t store them, so we have to constantly replenish them.

4. Weak, Spotted or Ridged Nails

These are common signs of a deficiency in zinc, an important trace mineral needed for the proper function of the immune system. Zinc also serves an important role in cell division and growth.

5. Poor Blood Clotting

Essential for normal blood clotting, vitamin K also plays a vital role in bone mineralization and cell growth. Lack of vitamin K can result in bruising, frequent nosebleeds and brittle bones.

6. Weak Muscles and Bones

In advanced cases it’s called rickets (for children) or osteomalacia (for adults), but it boils down to a deficiency in vitamin D, an essential nutrient for growth, health and maintenance of the structural system.

7. Frequent Cramps in the lower legs or ‘Restless Leg’

Magnesium, calcium and potassium support proper muscle development and growth. Lack of these important nutrients can cause persistent discomfort in the feet, calves and back of the leg.

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~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

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