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CBD oil versus Copaiba Essential Oil

I would have to say it was about two years ago when I first heard the word CANNABIDIOL.  Have you heard of it?  Do you know what it is?

“Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
CBD does not appear to have any intoxicating effects such as those caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana, but may have a down regulating impact on disordered thinking and anxiety.” (Wikipedia)

I first understood it to NOT have the psychedelic effects but then my teenage son informed me that it absolutely does.  Apparently I have a (teen) relative who was using it for “pain” but then I discovered (through reading a text message) that he liked the “high”.

Listen, I’ve not done a lot of research, I’m not hip to the lingo but I do know that it has to do with the amount of THC in the CBD.  I only know that from watching the documentary “The Sacred Plant”.  I think it’s an awesome “tool” to be used wisely for people who suffer from cancer and/or some type of chronic pain.  That is if you can find a supplier to make it for you because buying it on the “open market” is extremely pricey.

I ain’t gonna lie, I considered it for my TS son thinking it could possibly be an answer to eliminating his tics but there was no way I was going to encourage him to smoke it (big eye roll) so now what?  Well, I found that you could get it in oil form but the price tag for approximately a 5mL bottle was over $200, needless to say we never attempted that route.  I was never going to be a serious “buyer”, I just wanted to check it out, maybe give it a try.  We’ve done well with using essential oils to help him and they’ve done wonders so it was just something I “looked into”…very briefly.

But what if you could have the “effects” of the CBD without any of the psychedelic attributes AND pay ⅙ of the cost?!  Would you be willing to give it a try?

I’m here to tell ya, there’s something else (and no I’m not referring to the after world like Prince was lol)… it’s a new essential oil that doTERRA released last week called COPAIBA and there seems to be a lot of hype surrounding it.

Copaiba

First of all Copaiba essential oil is a unique blend of four different species.  It is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil.

Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Copaiba essential oil comes with a wide range of other supportive qualities including: nervous system, cellular support, cardiovascular health, digestive health, emotional balancing, immune support, inflammatory response, respiratory system and reducing neuronal excitability.

The most prevalent compound in Copaiba is the cannabinoid beta-caryophyllene (BCP). In fact our Copaiba essential oil contains 60% beta-caryophyllene.  Caryophyllene may be neuro-protective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.

Copaiba and Cannabis share the same chemical compound however they are NOT to be confused as one in the same!!!

This is one time you don’t want to tune out as I talk about chemical compounds 🙂
CBD – interacts with CB1 receptors
THC – interacts with CB1 & CB2 receptors
BCP – interacts with CB2 receptors

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Cannabis and psychoactivity deals exclusively with CB1 receptors, which are concentrated in the brain and the central nervous system. Copaiba interacts with CB2 receptors, which are concentrated in the immune and endocrine system.  There is no THC in Copaiba therefore it is physically impossible to feel “high” like you would with Cannabis because the two simply don’t interact with the same receptors.
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CB2 receptors are found all throughout the body and have wide impacts on health. BCPs bind to these receptors and have a mountain of evidence to backup their support against temporary inflammation, easing tension and discomfort, providing protective effects on kidney and liver systems, provide protection against auto-immune disruptions, easing anxious and depressive feelings and even helping to abstain from unhealthy habits such as alcohol dependence!

CB2 activation is correlated with the concentration of BCP’s.  CBD oil is 35% BCP while Copaiba is 60%. This means that even if you are using high quality cannabis oil, it may be the BCP’s that are doing all the work in easing your health issues and you could switch to Copaiba and get even more relief.  Uh heller?  Do you need to read that again?  MORE BCP IN COPAIBA THAN CBD = POTENTIALLY MORE RELIEF!

But hey, listen if you’re already using essential oils, caryophyllene IS a cannabinoid and is in other oils, you just may not be aware (Black Pepper, Ylang Ylang, Melissa), of course nowhere near these concentrations or purity.  Another fact you may not be aware of (I wasn’t) is that BCP’s are also in plenty of foods.

Want to read more about caryophyllene? Check this out!

Using various usage models, beta-caryophyllene-rich Copaiba essential oil, through its activation of CB2 receptors, has the ability to positively influence our health in ways we are just beginning to understand!

Following is a phenomenal testimony shared on Facebook this last week:
Jim D / September 15 at 4:39pm
“Holy mother of all oils!!!
I was spending $385 a month on another oil (yes a 30 day supply for $385) that dōTERRA does not sell to get relief from the years of abuse my spine took through sports and a terrible auto accident. It’s effects would wear off after about 14 hours. But, wow! This oil here is $35 with your wholesale account and 2-3 drops 2-3 times a day is giving me the same results. I am blown away. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system similarly to other options that I mentioned above but for a fraction of the price and with zero negative side effects.
If some days you just wish you could make those nagging over stimulated nerves just stop, this is the oil for you. I wish I could say more but because I sell doterra oils I have to limit the way I share my personal experience. This is so good for so much.
Straight, undiluted 2-3 drops under my tongue three times daily and direct to the location.
And the other oil made me drowsy. Not so with this oil.”

Ready to give Copaiba Essential Oil a try?  Head over to my website and order yours today!  You can pay retail OR become a Wholesale Customer for $35 (like a Costco membership) and receive a 25% discount for one year (no purchase requirements).  Remember if you’re ready to fully jump on board this essential oil train you can purchase any enrollment kit and your enrollment fee is waived ❤

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of  Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤

**I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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BOGO Day 3 the BEST free oil special yet!

OH MY WORD OH MY WORD OH MY WORD!!!!!

This is the BEST bogo thus far…EVER!!  Ya’ll if there’s only ONE bogo you’re gonna wanna order fast THIS IS IT because it’s gonna SELL OUT!!

Buy one Peppermint and get one Past Tense FREE!!!  It’s just a $24.67 value but it’s a must have!

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Peppermint is one of the top used, most known essential oils and Past Tense is MY most used (my son’s and maybe even my sisters).

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described by Carl Linneaus in 1753. A high menthol content—like that found in the doTERRA Peppermint essential oil—distinguishes the best quality Peppermint from other products. Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral hygiene, Peppermint also helps alleviate occasional stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function.* Peppermint continues to be one of the best-selling favorites among doTERRA essential oils.

  • Rub on temples after you wake up for a morning energy boost
  • Diffuse when feeling fatigued or low on energy
  • Take one to two drops in a doTERRA Veggie Capsule to alleviate occasional stomach upset*
  • Promotes digestive health
  • Place one drop in your mouth to help freshen breath
  • Add two to three drops to your favorite smoothie recipe for a refreshing twist
  • Place one drop in palm of hand with one drop Wild Orange for a mid-day pick-me-up
  • Helps reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion
  • Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
  • Commonly found in oral health products
  • Promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing when diffused
  • Blends well with Lavender for a soothing massage blend
  • Add to cold water compress or foot bath to cool off when overheated
  • Inhale for a non-stimulant, invigorating pick-me-up on long drives
  • Add to shampoo or conditioner for a stimulating hair massage
  • Repels bugs naturally
  • Spritz around windows and doors
  • Add to water/vinegar as a window cleaner
  • Diffuse during study-time to stay focused
  • Apply topically to relieve feelings of tension

Some of the most common peppermint oil uses include:

  • Reduces stomach aches
  • Soothe digestive issues
  • Freshens bad breath
  • Relieves headaches
  • Antimicrobial properties
  • Improves mental focus
  • Clears respiratory tract
  • Boosts energy
  • Releases tight muscles
  • Cost-effective natural solution to replace pharmaceutical drugs
  • Sinus care
  • Joint therapy
  • Muscle pain relief
  • Reduce hunger cravings
  • Natural energizer
  • Fever reducer
  • Skin health
  • Acne treatment
  • Hair growth
  • Sunburn relief

I cannot honestly think of one reason why anyone on the planet would choose not to have peppermint oil in his or her medicine cabinet at home!

And that’s not even ALL, oh the recipes I could share!

Peppermint

Past tense, past tense, oh how I love thee past tense…

PastTense Tension Blend
With a perfect mix of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils, PastTense Tension Blend offers a convenient and easy way to ground and balance emotions. This proprietary blend was carefully crafted with essential oils that contain cooling, calming, and soothing properties and can be used in a variety of different ways to help reduce stressful and anxious feelings. The calming effects of PastTense oil can quickly be felt when applied.

To help ground and balance emotions, PastTense uses a fresh, cooling aroma that can ease stressful feelings and promote a sense of calm.

  • Eases feelings of tension
  • Helps reduce stress and anxious feelings
  • Help provide grounding and balanced emotions
  • Add to temples and back of neck before taking a test
  • Apply to bottom of feet before an important meeting to help ease stressful feelings
  • Apply to wrists while traveling to help calm emotions
  • Massage into shoulders, neck, and back for a cooling, soothing sensation
  • Calms emotions
  • Packaged for convenient application in a roll-on bottle

This my friends is THE BEST essential oil for headaches…there I said it…I’m not supposed to use that word but I want y’all to understand how miraculous this oil is!  True, you need to know the reason you have this pain in your head (allergies typically work best with PEPPERMINT) but this is a great overall, #1 GO TO for any kind!!

PastTense 1

Can y’all sense the excitement in my room???  I had these bad boys ordered first thing this morning because I know they won’t last.  Each account can order UP TO 5 bogo specials each day (yes, I am maxxed out).  This would be THE DAY for you to open your own customer account in order to get the discount….doesn’t matter if you’re simply a retail customer, you can still order the bogo specials you just don’t get them at a discount 😦  How sad…become a wholesale customer today by going to my website to “Join & Save” (there’s a $35 enrollment fee when not ordering an enrollment kit, this gives you one year at 25% discount)

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

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BOGO Day 2…2 for the price of 1

I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care WHO knows it ❤ (if you’re a movie connoisseur then you can name that movie in one try)

What am I in love it?  BOGO!!!  FREE OILS!! doTERRA!!!!

Day #2 BOGO Special is….

Buy TerraZyme and get DigestZen FREE

BOGO 2

Ok, so I realize if you’re not an avid oiler you may not know what TerraZyme is but that’s ok because by the time you finish reading you will AND you’ll realize YOU NEED IT in your life 🙂

TerraZyme is a digestive enzyme complex.  It has a blend of active whole food enzymes (and support cofactors) that help strengthen the body’s production of enzymes which is important in the process of healthy digestion of food nutrients and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy, often deficient in today’s world because of over-cooked, processed and preservative-laden foods.  The powerful combination of digestive enzymes found in dōTERRA TerraZyme supports the body’s constant production of enzymes critical for healthy biochemical functions, including healthy digestion of food nutrients and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy.  dōTERRA TerraZyme includes a variety of whole-food enzymes that help with the digestion of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars, and fiber.

Added bonus—-if you are gluten free and unknowingly consume but then sudden realize, pop a couple a couple of these bad boys real quick to help relieve or even alleviate the symptoms that normally occur.

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion and metabolism of enzyme-deficient, processed foods*
  • Supports conversion of food nutrients to cellular energy*
  • Promotes gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance*
  • Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes*
  • Proprietary blend of 10 active whole-food enzymes
  • Contains the doTERRA tummy tamer blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and Caraway Seed
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetable capsules
  • Safe and effective

Take one to three vegetable capsules with meals throughout the day. If your meal includes lots of fresh, raw foods, take one capsule. If your meal includes highly processed, cooked foods or food products known to cause specific GI discomfort, take two to three capsules with meal.

Cautions:

Some people may experience an initial change to digestive schedule and function when they begin using enzyme supplements. For most people, these symptoms are mild and should disappear after a few days. Pregnant or nursing women and people with known medical conditions should consult a physician before using. Does not contain wheat or milk products. Does not contain ingredients made from animal products.  *My family has a plethora of food allergies and we have all taken these without any discomforting issues to speak of.

TerraZyme

The FREE is….
DigestZen®  Digestive Blend ($41.33 value)

DigestZen is a wonderful companion to aid in the digestion of food, soothe occasional upset stomachs, and reduce uncomfortable gas and bloating.

DigestZen is known as doTERRA’s “tummy tamer” blend due to its ability to aid in digestion, soothe occasional stomach upset, and maintain overall digestive health.* This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.* DigestZen is great to have on hand when stomach upset occurs and is safe and effective. DigestZen is a healthy, natural, and gentle way to soothe an upset stomach or maintain a healthy digestive system.*

  • Add a few drops to water to take internally or rub on the stomach before flying or taking a road trip for a calming aroma.
  • Have DigestZen on hand when enjoying heavy holiday meals to promote digestion.*
  • Take DigestZen with you when traveling or trying new foods to soothe occasional stomach upset.*
  • Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.*

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid (I simply put one drop under my tongue)
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

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Each day this week doTERRA will offer up a new bogo special that’s only good for THAT ONE day.

Guess what retail customer, wholesale customer, wellness advocate… it doesn’t matter how you choose to buy you get the deal!!

Simply check back here each day to see what the daily special, visit my website and add the “buy oil” to your cart and the “free oil” will automatically show up after processing.

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

 

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BOGO essential oils?? YES – FREE OILS

Any of you wanna be oil users who say “it’s too expensive”…THIS WEEK is for YOU 👈🏻

Every day this week doTERRA is offering BOGO specials. Now is the time to stock up, add to or start your collection.

I’m so excited I could wet myself!!

Just a couple of times a year doTERRA offers the Macdaddy deal… BOGO SPECIALS!!!  Y’all that’s buy one get one FREE!!!  I wait all year for these essential oil specials to roll around.

I’m an oil HOARDER so it’s like Christmas around here every time I add a new oil to my collection but getting TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE is like Christmas and vacation all rolled up into one 🙂

Each day for the enxt 5 days doTERRA will offer up a new bogo special that’s only good for THAT ONE day.

Guess what retail customer, wholesale customer, wellness advocate… it doesn’t matter how you choose to buy you get the deal!!

Simply check back here each day to see what the daily special, visit my website and add the “buy oil” to your cart and the “free oil” will automatically show up after processing.

I could hardly sleep last night wanting to get up 12 MST to check out today’s special (yikes)

Ok already, shut up and share the special right??

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Day #1 BUY a Melaleuca and receive FREE Purify

MELALEUCA (tea tree) is great for cleansing the skin! Purifies the air, works wonders on mold, yeast, fungus, itchy rash, ingrown toenails or just promoting healthy immune function

Some of the many traditional uses include:

  • Acne
  • Bacterial infections
  • Chickenpox
  • Cold sores
  • Congestion and respiratory tract infections
  • Earaches
  • Fungal infections (especially Candida, jock itch, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus)
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Head lice
  • MRSA
  • Psoriasis
  • Dry cuticles
  • Itchy insect bites, sores and sunburns
  • Boils from staph infections

    And this list doesn’t even include the many household uses that can replace store-bought products in your cabinets:

    • Anti-microbial laundry freshener
    • Insect repellant
    • Natural deodorant
    • Acne face wash
    • Removes foot order
    • Removes mold
    • Household cleaner

    PURIFY will replace unpleasant odors while protecting against environmental threats. This cleansing blend produces a smell that purifies the air in a natural, safe way.

    Some of the many traditional uses include:

    • aroma that purifies the air in a natural, safe way.
    • Refreshing aroma
    • Eradicates unpleasant odors and clears the air
    • Protects against environmental threats
    • Diffuse to purify and freshen the air
    • Freshen smaller rooms (or a car) by placing a few drops of Purify Cleansing Blend on a cotton ball and putting it into the air vent
    • Add five drops to a small spray bottle with water and use to wipe down countertops
    • Add a few drops to the rinse cycle when doing laundry to help eliminate odor
    • Apply to soothe skin irritations
    • Use to soothe away irritations from bug bites

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Vios ~ Plant Based Nutrition Review

There’s a new kid in town….
Vios Nutrition! Vios is Greek for LIFE ❤

I’m always looking to better my health and the health of my family so when I hear “Plant-based nutrition” (though we do eat meat) it always peeks my interest.  And then I hear the word “convenience”…well heck yeah, count me in (y)

THEN the real kicker—- “All Víos products contain quality certified organic ingredients, are gluten-free, non GMO and 100% vegan. There are no preservatives, nothing artificial, no fillers and no sugar added. Pure quality ingredients… the way nature intended.” so y’all know I was gonna check that out!

Vios Nutrition is a new, LOCAL (to me, NC) company and if I recall correctly they were just established in April, 2016 and reached $1 million in sales within their first year!!  WOW!

Víos currently only offers 2 products, PHYTE and Matrix.  With all the key words I look for in nutrition products I ordered “samples” of these products and anxiously awaited their arrival.

PHYTE is a phytonutrition greens supplement that contains a powerful proprietary blend of cereal grasses, spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa leaves, and other greens. This unique combination of greens provides essential vitamins, minerals and proteins, and promotes overall good health. PHYTE is rich in chlorophyll, which is vital for the synthesis and function of healthy oxygen-rich blood, boosting stamina and endurance. PHYTE also contains essential enzymes and fiber that aid in digestion and help maintain healthy pH balance.

It’s a concentrated super, whole food, grown without pesticides and harvested at the plants’ peak nutritional level.  There’s no added yeast, sugar, salt, egg, fats, flavors, gluten, dairy or preservatives making it a perfect fit for my family’s dietary needs (no beef, corn, dairy, eggs, gluten, sugar, wheat or yeast).

MATRIX is a complete, plant-based meal replacement shake with a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, natural vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, branched chain amino acids pre and probiotics, and high quality fiber. Matrix is whey-free, with no added sugar, salt, synthetic vitamins or minerals, fillers or preservatives. It is also dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and is USDA Certified Organic.

Matrix’s protein blend promotes muscle strengthening and conditioning; its fiber and carb blend helps boost stamina, energy and endurance; pre- and probiotics promote digestive health and support the body’s immune system; and its revolutionary adaptogen mix helps the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety and fatigue. Matrix is only 140 calories and contains 21 grams of protein.

Ingredients list is long but ALL REAL INGREDIENTS!! The protein comes from a blend of pea powder, millet powder, quinoa powder and pumpkin seed powder.  The adaptogen (herbs) blend consists of ashwagandha root, maca root and schizandra berry (uh yea, I had to look that one up too, it’s a real thing) powders.  Fiber in the mix is from golden flax seed, apple pectin, psyllium and aloe vera herb powders.  Then there’s a list of pre & probiotics as well as enzymes but those are some words that you won’t understand unless you already know what they are so I’m not gonna go into listing them 😉  Matrix also offers extracts of  vanilla, luo han guo, licorice and stevia.  Again, this product contains NO added yeast, sugars, salt, egg, dairy, synthetic vitamins or minerals, fillers or preservatives.

In the days leading up to arrival, I took a look at the owners and staff, and the business opportunity in the form of investment options.  Just think, what if YOU had gotten in on the bottom level of Facebook or Whole Foods, where would you be today?  I don’t have a plethora of cash laying around and there are lots of opportunity to spend what little there is on much needed repairs to our house but I started thinking…. “I’ve tried a lot of “vegan” proteins that leave a LOT to be desired, IF the Matrix was something I and my children could drink and would actually enjoy then there’s other people who are going to get excited about this product.  I mean look at our booming health food industry and the circle of “alternative options” is getting bigger, people are becoming more interested in “organic” products and wanting a “better way”…what if this is it?  What if I could take this high risk opportunity in a new company and it got BIG? What if my minimal investment actually paid off?”  I’ve never considered myself a dreamer and I’ve never (EVA) been a risk taker but my mind has been spinning with excitement, anticipation and what if’s!

THEN IT CAME!! My products arrived and I joyfully….sat them aside!  What was I waiting for?  I’d done all the research, I knew the products were good for me, all the anxious, giddy, excitement I had waiting (& studying) for them to get here and then I was afraid lol (yep that’s me, crazy like a fox).  BUT TODAY I BIT THE BULLET, I DID IT!

The PHYTE is your typical “greens” type powder, a dark, rich green that smells like…well, honestly, smells like grass haha (what else would you expect).  It contains barley grass, wheat grass, alphalfa leaf, sprouted barley, spirulina, chlorella, spinach leaf, nettle leaf and dandelion leaf with apple pectin, brown rice bran, beet juice powder and licorice root.  I have NEVER had a greens powder that I could drink in plain water so I did NOT attempt to do so this time either (though I may try it again just to see).  I added 1 c coconut water, 1 organic apple and juice of a 1/4 lemon with the greens pack and got it down with no problem!  Now, I ain’t gonna lie, I wasn’t as excited at the idea of trying the Phyte as I was the Matrix….I mean greens is greens am I right?  It looked rather disgusting but truly it didn’t taste bad at all.  I noticed almost immediately that I “felt” good, I felt healthy, I felt like I had gotten adequate “green” into my dietary which offered me a boost of “energy”.  I noticed I was being silly with my little, not my usual sarcasm but unbeknownst to me silly on her 9yo level haha.  Only downfall was that just including 2g protein I was still hungry.

Approximately 30-45 minutes later upon opening the Matrix I thought if it tastes half as good as it smells we have definitely picked a winner here.  Other vegan proteins I’ve had no matter what I added I couldn’t make it taste good enough to finish (bleeeeck) but I actually tasted this one just mixed with plain, unsweetened almond milk and it was “ok”, I mean I could’ve gotten it down and probably even finished it but wouldn’t have “enjoyed it”.  Like I said, OK, it had some what of a “dirt” taste BUTTTT once I added 6 cubes of ice and JUST a tsp of natural peanut butter….OHHH MYYY WORD!  I loved it!  Literally, it smelled like birthday cake (now my Dr. Axe whey protein smells like birthday cake and I love the taste but my son can’t have it because of the dairy), it didn’t have the “vanilla” taste I expected and there was no nasty aftertaste.  As a matter of fact the aftertaste was somewhat of a “sweetness” in my mouth 😀  Not only was it satisfying to my tastebuds but it was also pleasingly satiety (I never can use that word right)satisfying.  Didn’t make me feel FULL but satisfied…like I could’ve added another ounce or two with a tad more peanut butter and woulda been too much but just several more swigs woulda been good.

And added bonus which some will consider a TMI (but if you’ve stuck w/ me for long you know I’m all about sharing too much information haha) but within 30 mins (heck maybe less, because if was BEFORE this paragraph) I had my second BM today 🙂  (If y’all know my story, I used to go WEEKS and not have one but once I started watching what I ate and supplemented correctly I’m regular…but not regular like a “healthy body” should be.  Every time you eat, you should poop!  I’m typically 1-2x/day but it’s just now noon time and I’ve been 2x so whoop whoop)

I could’ve added the PHYTE and the MATRIX together rather than having two separate drinks but I wanted to be sure I tasted them individually

Bottom line, I will order MORE!
Not sure yet about the investment but it’s now something I’ve become MORE interested in since trying the products.  Just have to figure that out pretty quickly as that option is only available 6 more days (yikes)

OH…one more thing about the company…
“A key aspect of living The Víos Life is to help improve the communities where we live and serve, and to assist those who are less fortunate in the developing world. We are proud to partner with Hydrating Humanity, a faith-based non-profit humanitarian organization providing clean, safe water, hygiene training and hope for people in developing nations.

Each year, inadequate access to safe drinking water and improper sanitation cause an estimated 1.9 million deaths in developing countries, mostly among young children. Hydrating Humanity’s core purpose is to help connect resources to needs in developing nations throughout the world. It does this by first recognizing the strengths a particular community has, then partnering with that community to empower the people for a change, at a local level, that is sustainable long after Hydrating Humanity has left.

Víos is committed to supporting Hydrating Humanity’s critical mission. Each time a Brand Partner joins the Víos revolution, we provide six months of clean drinking water and hygiene training to a person in a developing nation, helping the organization to spread hope throughout the world.”

I ❤ ❤ ❤ working with a company that GIVES BACK!!

 

*Disclaimer – This review was written by hotsparkmama with no outside influence or any compensation from this company or their representatives.  I tried a new product that I enjoyed and wanted to share with others.  I will however, be looking into the investment opportunity with this new company, Vios Nutrition.

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Day 24 and Beauty & The Beast

IT…IS…amazing what a good night’s sleep will do
It’s also…

Amazing what praising can do—HALLELUJAH!
I don’t worry when things go wrong
Jesus fills my life with a song…

✟ Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them

I know what it’s like, I’ve been there, to feel like you can’t pray, to feel burdens so heavy that it takes everything you have to put one foot in front of the other.  Carrying such a heavy load that you don’t feel God is listening, that you begin to doubt your salvation.  These are the times that you lean on your Christian family the most, the times you let them help you carry that heaviness, the time you need them to pray for you, on your behalf.  Encourage others around you in this situation.  It’s a tough place!  Go before the throne room and plead with God to bless them and lighten their load.  Today I find myself burdened for one of “those” friends, I’m heartbroken for their needs, teary for their hurts.  Their journey is hard, the road is long but God will carry them through.  We must go through the valley to stand upon the mountain.  Though we may be empty but God is full and His grace is sufficient for His children.  Let’s be the “two or three” that gather ❤

I got up this morning thinking “I’d like to make some cinnamon bread for my family and then tomorrow I’ll use that to make them (eggless) french toast” :p  Started mixing and then it hit me…. I WANT BE HOME TODAY!!  I got the bread in the oven but we won’t be having it today :/  Realizing the bread won’t be ready for breakfast today and the fact I can’t really rely on DH to take it out of the oven I decided to also make some Paleo Strawberry Breakfast Cookies which I already know my family loves ❤ ❤ (I however will be having an FP shake due to all of yesterday S’s that have left me feeling “thick” this morning)

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
(8 oz)
FP/Chia tapioca shake
(16 oz)
S/2 scrambled eggs & strawberries 20 oz
E/Popcorn 16 oz
Spark 16 oz
S/Strawberry cookie & almond butter bar (I cut these into maybe 2” squares) 16 oz
E/Overnight oats (which I’d forgotten I had) and asparagus (haha) 16 oz

I woke up feel so much better today, dare I say “fantastic” but that seemed to be short lived.  I haven’t felt great since that horrendous knock in the head the other night.  I had a “spell” while driving today but luckily I was sitting in “stop’n go” traffic (Praise the Lord, God is so good).  Had I been MOVING there would have been disaster.  Met up w/ my cousin for our mom’s day out together (we do this maybe once a month), today we went to see Beauty and The Beast.  Can I just say I had some hesitancy with taking my little when it first came out.  It was all the hype I was hearing about a homosexual couple kissing and the “obvious” love of a man for another….yes, it had me concerned.  Hey listen, I don’t judge people for how they live but I ain’t bringing it into my home ya know?

Oh my soul the Cinematography of this movie (I hope I’m using that word correctly….had it been a cartoon I would’ve said the animation…) was completely amazing!  The actors chosen for each part, in my opinion were spot on (except for one)!  Emma Watson as Belle?  Oh well, I believe she may now be my favorite actress! I LOVED IT!

The original, animated version is still one of my favorite Disney movies (but ya’ll, even in that one the “three bar ladies” were “scantly clad” and Gaston was showing a hairy chest…no hairy chest in this one.  I must admit, I was NOT crazy about the fella who played Gaston as I expected it to be a much physically larger man).  And the homosexuality?  The kiss?  I NEVER SAW A MAN KISS!  Yes, Le Fleur had an obvious man crush on Gaston but it wasn’t like he was all over him…kids wouldn’t pick up on it.  When the wardrobe dresses three men as women, two scream and run away while the third turns to smile, well if I’m not mistaken that was in the original animated one as well (I plan to rewatch it to see) and at the end Le Fleur and that man do have a dance (quickly seen as they bump into each other and make eye contact).  Bottom line, I give Disney a thumbs up on this one and I will be taking my little to see it 🙂

I’m sorry I haven’t had much nutrition talk lately, I’ve got so much going on trying to maintain all my facebook groups, hotsparkmama, my schooling,  ebay, the kids’ ball schedules and still keep a happy home ❤  I ain’t gonna lie, this life ain’t for the faint of heart, I love every minute of it but I am TOO BUSY!  Therefore, I will be taking a short break from here (not exactly sure how long).  There are some Advo changes being made and I have to determine what I can and can’t share here (which means there may be quite a bit of editing and/or removal of a LOT of posts).  AND I have a friend who wrote an amazing book about motherhood that I need (AND WANT) to finish in order to write a review 🙂

 

 

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The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

 

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