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These are ALL THE REASON you need NingXia Red in your life———

Hormonal Balance

In traditional Chinese medicine, many menopause symptoms are ascribed to a deficiency of kidney yin. For ages, wolfberry has been the yin tonic of choice to restore hormonal balance, which is the main ingredient in our NingXia Red!

Maintain Healthy Gums

The main goal of periodontal treatment is to control infection. This is best accomplished when leukocyte function is at its peak. Wolfberry can increase the number and activity of all types of leukocytes, and it can help fight gum issues by promoting the production of cytokines. Studies also showed that wolfberry’s polysaccharides could improve the attachment and growth of periodontal tissue.

Enhance Immune System

The immune system is your body’s armed forces. More than 40 years of research have revealed wolfberry’s ability to regulate immunity by commanding and controlling many of the body’s important defense functions. Wolfberry polysaccharides enhance and balance the activity of all classes of immune cells, including T cells, cytotoxic T cells, natural killer cells, lysozymes, necrosis factor-alpha and the immunoglobulins IgG and IgA and interleukin-2 (IL-2). IL-2 has been under study since 1983 and has been used for some immune system issues. Just 2 ounces a day is a great way to start your day.

Build Strong Blood

Wolfberry is a renowned blood builder and rejuvenator. In one study, the berry caused the blood of older people to revert to a markedly younger state. Wolfberry has also been used in a number of recent clinical trials for treating low production of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

Cognitive Function

Wolfberry is the premier “brain tonic” in Asia. It contains betaine, which is converted in the body into choline, a substance that enhances memory and recall ability.

Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Wolfberry has been used in China for years and its polysaccharides have been shown to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. It also contains betaine, which may help with liver issues and the vascular system. NingXia Red is low on the glycemic index.

Respiratory Support

Wolfberry is used by Chinese herbalists, either alone or combined with other herbs for respiratory support.

Improve Lymphocyte Count

A lymphocyte is any of a group of white blood cells important to the adaptive part of the body’s immune system. The adaptive portion of the immune system mounts a tailor-made defense when dangerous invading organisms penetrate the body’s general defense. Wolfberry helps increase lymphocyte count and helps activate the system when the body is under attack.

Ease Morning Sickness

In China, wolfberry in the form of a hot tea is commonly used by first-trimester mothers to prevent morning sickness. Drinking this tea is a quick and effective remedy. It can be duplicated by combining 2 ounces (60ml) of high-quality wolfberry juice with hot water.

Alleviate Stress

As an adaptogen, wolfberry helps the body adapt and cope with stress. It provides the energy reserves to help you handle just about any difficulty.

Inhibit Lipid Peroxidation

Accumulation of sticky lipid peroxides in the blood can lead to cardiovascular system issues. Wolfberry increases levels of an important blood enzyme that inhibits their formation.

Optimize Cardiovascular Health

Wolfberry contains sesquiterpenes that benefit the vascular and cardiovascular systems. Its anthocyanins help maintain the strength and integrity of coronary arteries.

Restoring Yin/Yan Balance

In traditional Chinese medicine, headache and dizziness are often said to be caused by deficiencies in kidney yin (the vital essence of substance) and yang (function). Wolfberry is among the most frequently used herbs for restoring yin/yang balance.

Support Vision Health

Since ancient times, wolfberries have been popular in China for their vision-improvement properties. Modern Chinese scientists found that wolfberry is able to reduce the time it takes for vision to adapt to darkness. It also improves vision under subdued light, and blind spots were reduced in some patients taking wolfberry. Its powerful antioxidant carotenoids may also protect against macular degeneration and cataracts.

Enhance Fertility

Wolfberry has long been used by Asian physicians in treating infertility in both men and women. In women, wolfberry is said to have an unmatched ability to restore jing (reproductive essence). In men, wolfberry polysaccharides have been found to extend the life of sperm cells and were shown to be potent inhibitors of stress-induced structural degradation and testicular cell death.

Support Digestive Health

Wolfberry has long been used in the treatment of atrophic gastritis, a weakening of digestion caused by reduced stomach cell activity. Wolfberry itself is easily digested, especially when taken in its highly bio-available juice form in NingXia Red.

Suppress Seasonal and Environmental Irritants

A study noted that wolfberry reduced antibodies associated with seasonal-type reactions, presumably through the mechanisms of promoting CD8(+) T cells and regulating cytokines. Wolfberry’s master molecule polysaccharides also enhance cell-mediated and humoral immune responses, increasing the normal activity of T cells, cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells.

Protect Children’s Health

One of the most beneficial uses of wolfberry is its ability to strengthen the immune system to protect children from harmful health issues. As an adaptogen, wolfberry has the rare ability to help children adapt to adverse conditions.

Improve Disease Resistance

The free radical Superoxide has been implicated as playing an important role in the onset and progression of human disease. Superoxide is neutralized in the body by the enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). You produce less SOD as you age. At any age, the stress of everyday life can overwhelm your body’s ability to produce enough SOD to ward off illness. Wolfberry has been shown to result in a remarkable 40 percent increase in the important SOD enzyme.

Support Normal Kidney Function

Wolfberry has a reputation as a kidney supertonic, influencing both yin and yang.

Strengthen Muscles and Bones

Wolfberry facilitates the secretion and release of HGH, responsible for many of the body’s important maintenance, repair and development functions. These include the production of lean muscle and incorporating calcium into bones and teeth.

Protect DNA

DNA is the most important chemical in your body, ensuring that your 100 trillion cells are faithfully reproduced as healthy duplicates. Exposure to chemicals, pollutants, and free radicals cause DNA damage and breakage, leading to genetic mutations, and even death. Wolfberry’s betaine and master molecule, polysaccharides, can help restore and repair damaged DNA.

Restore Healthy Sexual Function

The wolfberry is revered as one of the premier sexual-tonic herbs in all of Asian medicine and is legendary for helping spark passion. An old Chinese proverb cautions men traveling far from their wives and families: “He who travels 1,000 kilometers from home should not eat wolfberry!” Modern scientific studies have shown that wolfberry markedly increases testosterone in the blood, thereby increasing libido for both men and women. I guess that means a daily glass of NingXia Red can help in the bedroom ?

Improve Quality of Sleep

Wolfberry has enjoyed long use throughout Asia in the natural treatment of sleep issues. In several medical study groups of elderly people, nearly all patients taking wolfberry reported better sleep quality.

Support Healthy Liver Function

Wolfberry contains a novel cerebroside that was shown to protect liver cells, even from highly toxic chlorinated hydrocarbons.

Provide Antioxidant Protection

Oxidative stress or damage caused by reactive oxygen species, such as free radicals and peroxides, are implicated in a number of the diseases and conditions that plague us. Our bodies are in a constant state of trying to balance the rate of oxidative damage; wolfberry contains a complete spectrum of antioxidant carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin that neutralize free radicals.

Help Manage Weight

In an Asian anti-obesity study, patients were given wolfberry each morning and each afternoon. Results were excellent, with most patients losing significant weight. In another study, wolfberry polysaccharides were shown to reduce body weight by enhancing the conversion of food into energy instead of fat.

Remember all you need is 2 ounces a day to accomplish all these health benefits. Order your NingXia Red today with the “Premium Starter Kit with NingXia Red”


Gluten Free, Vegan Apple Crisp

We recently moved to Asheville, NC and I must say- one of my most favorite things about this city is the Farmers Markets!  We have one that we can walk to and their selection of fresh apples were immediately purchased to make our favorite gluten-free, vegan treat. 

This is an old recipe that we have easily made gf/df/all the frees- and my kids even love to help make it since it’s such an easy recipe ?  My favorite kind of apples to make this with are Honey Crisp or Pink Ladies!

Also, cinnamon seems to be a spice that loses it’s “cinnamon-ey-ness” quickly in the cupboard, so the addition of non-GMO Cinnamon Bark Vitality Oil from Young Living gives it tons of extra cinnamon-ey flavor!


  1. 6-8 apples, peeled, and diced (see picture below for the perfect size!)
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon (can also use 2 tsp cinnamon if not using the oil below)
  4. 5 drops cinnamon bark vitality oil (can use 8-9 drops and no ground cinnamon also!)
  5. 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (King Arthur Brand is my favorite GF blend!)
  6. 1 cup organic cane sugar
  7. 6 large, rounded tablespoons of vegan butter (we use Earth Balance)


Preheat oven to 350 F.

  1. Cut the apples and place in a 9 x 13 glass pan.
  2. Mix the water, cinnamon, and cinnamon vitality oil and pour over the apples in the pan evenly.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour and the sugar together and use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter.  (if you do not have a pastry blender, you can use a fork)
  4. Cut the butter in until it resembles a crumbly mixture with small pea-sized crumbles like below- and pour over the apples in the pan.
  5.   Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes until the apple mixture is bubbly and the topping is crisp!

Enjoy it with some dairy-free vanilla ice cream or coco-whip on top!

Happy International Essential Oil Day!

It’s the 2nd annual International Essential Oils Day (#IEOD)! It’s a great day to honor the late founder, D. Gary Young, on his birthday by recognizing the benefits of essential oils for all. A 25 year legacy has been left for us to enjoy and be empowered by!

One of the best things we have with Young Living is their Seed to Seal promise! As a biology teacher, I do a lot of research. Not just for class with my students, but on my own time (also, I’m an Enneagram 1… is there any other way?!). So scientifically, this company knows what they are doing! They research, track when the best time for harvest is, and so many other things! They make sure that what it’s that bottle is 100% essential oil, distilled and prepared without all the junk! When it comes to wholeness for the home and what we put into our bodies, this company is the real deal! And today for #IEOD, Young Living will be giving 5% of their global sales (up to $250,000) to the YL Academy.

What can you do to celebrate #IEOD?

Try a new oil or diffuser blend
Share you oils with a friend. You know their gonna take one of your bottles at some point anyway!
+ Take the Essential Oil Quiz to test your Oily IQ
Plant a tree to give back to nature.
+ Learn more about D. Gary Young or the Seed to Seal Process
+ Reset your mind with some powerful blends crafted by Gary Young himself
+ Get a good night’s sleep with these oils tonight

Happy #IEOD!

An Introduction

Hi friends! My name is Rhoda and I’m so glad you’re here! I’ve been married to my husband for 11 years (woah, and known him for 17 total), and we have 2 boys Simon, and Grayson! We live in the DFW area, and I teach high school biology and coach track and cheerleading. My current obsessions include a cup of coffee, Jesus, and Enneagram (#1 baby! Hit me up for real, I love chatting all things Enneagram!). ?

Over the last 6 years we have made lots of small lifestyle changes…From working out, to eating plant-based and using less toxic chemicals in our homes and on our bodies. In 2018 I decided it was time to share about how Young Living has changed our family for the better! I’ve thought long and hard about this journey of sharing my personal life with you. I think it’s necessary. This world needs more authenticity in it so that we can learn from each other…so we can heal…so we can make rockstar decisions for the generations to come. So I hope you find what you’re looking for while you’re here. And I hope you enjoy the journey, too!

Find me on Facebook and Instagram @essentiallyrhoda

Let’s hang together!


Hey friend.  I know essential oils may seem weird.  Truly- we have been there too- in a place where we felt like people just wanted to hang out with us, take us to lunch, just to have us “join their team”, or “get started with them”.  It feels yuck to feel like a cog in someone else’s business.  I’m thankful for those experiences actually, because they help me approach our family business in a whole new way.

If I could, i would go sit with you for coffee and listen to your story.  See where I could help, and offer suggestions, knowing that I will never have all the answers!  Sometimes the answer is just feeling like someone else is saying, “Yes, me too!” and that makes us feel less alone!

In the previous post here, I’m shared with you how oils impacted our life in an amazing way.  I know our story isn’t your story, but if you want to hear us say it in our own words, here it is:

But you probably want to know what essential oils even do, right?  Do they work?  What’s the big deal anyways?!  I get it- I wanted to know the same things.  That’s why we also put together this video where David explains the exact science of how oils work for us.  I promise it’s not boring- I don’t even like science and I love listening to him explain it- it’s so cool!  Both his chemistry/ pharmaceutical research & his natural healthcare background give him a well-rounded perspective on essential oils that are pretty interesting!

Ok, so now you know!  If you are more curious now, feel free to drop me a DM on Instagram and reach out there- I’m always wanting to listen and see how I can help <3

Our Birth Story

Dear Elisha,

Sweet boy, you are truly an answer to prayer. You came into this world during a very dark season of grief and sadness. With your birth came new joy and hope. You did that for us. Thank you, dear son. You have been the most gentle, sweet, calm baby we’ve ever had, and we know that’s all God’s grace!


Elisha’s birth story!

The day started with my regular, don’t-call-the-midwife-yet, contractions: those painfully annoying ones that had been part of my pregnancy story for the past 2 months. The kind that hurt bad enough to make me very uncomfortable, but not bad enough to call the midwife yet. Needless to say, we didn’t know that it was the day. Some women just know! For me, I woke up every morning thinking I’ll be pregnant forever, although we know that’s impossible! You see, I had never, in all 4 pregnancies before Elisha, gone over 39 weeks. But being adjusted regularly, having no membrane sweeping, etc., he stayed in there until 40 weeks, 5 days!


At about 9 pm, I was sitting in the living room with my girls when I felt a snap/pop in my belly. It was a STRANGE feeling that I hadn’t experienced before! So I got up and walked around, and sure enough, it was my water breaking!! PRAISE THE LORD, we were so excited that Elisha was finally about to bless us with his presence. Our plan was to have him at home, in the birthing pool, upstairs in a room I thoroughly prepared just for this moment. (I know – I had high expectations ? ) But the timing of his birth couldn’t have been more perfect. The kids went to bed shortly after my water broke, after they recoded the sweetest video for Elisha welcoming him home! It worked out wonderfully this way because we didn’t have anyone to help with the kids. My mom had passed away exactly one month before this day, and she was supposed to be here to watch the kids.


At about 9 pm, we texted our midwife Amber that my water broke and that Elisha was coming! She advised me to rest until my contractions picked up, so I cleaned and we made sure everything from the birthing kit was where it needed to be. Items such as the hose, bowls, a gazillion towels, etc.! Jesse filled up the diffuser with lavender and frankincense. This is the best calming blend for such an occasion! It’s really a magical combo. Also, we HAD a playlist ready for his birth, but in the craziness of it all, when it was time we just played Pandora on shuffle on our Sonos speaker. It worked out so well though because the songs that played really resonated with my heart that night. We continued to move things to our new birth room, thanking the Lord for this new baby. At about midnight I decided to finally try and rest, only to wake up 30 minutes later to the real deal!


My contractions kept intensifying until 1:00 am, and we kept our midwife informed along the way as they prepared to arrive. Still thinking baby was a few hours away from being born, we didn’t call our chiropractor quite yet!!! Dr. Jen was so excited to be able to adjust me as I was contracting to help prepare my body for his birth…but Elisha had a different plan!


What happened after that was a whirlwind, happening faster than I expected, kind of experience! I was applying oils ALL OVER THE PLACE at this point – PanAway on my back, and Valor on my chest and palms for deep breaths. Our birthing team arrived at 1:35, and at this point my body did something I have never experience with my other births! I had always gotten an epidural before transition ever happened, but this time, I felt my body pushing on its own! I didn’t know what was happening. The pool was only ½ filled, but my body was not going to wait – it kept pushing. I remember apologizing because I didn’t mean to push, but the birth team encouraged me to follow my body’s lead.


After about 10 minutes, I asked to get in the pool as soon as the next contraction slowed down. Once I was in there, it really did help with the pain. I got into my “I CAN DO THIS” mindset and did something I didn’t know I could do – had the baby on my own! (even though I may have proclaimed that I was NEVER having a baby again in the mist of the pain ? … Sorry, Babe ? I love having your babies!)


Since this was my first natural birthing experience, I kept asking questions like, “What hurts worse, the head or the body?” I was encouraged that once his head was out that the rest would be easier, and it was! Man, whoever said the “ring of fire” was the worst part was right, because IT HURT LIKE NOTHING ELSE I have ever experienced before!


After Elisha’s head was out, I was only one push away from seeing his beautiful face! At 2:04 am he was born! They put him on my chest right away, and I cried. I cried because the sun had shone after the storm of my mom’s passing. I cried because I can do very hard things. I cried because it was so magical and painful at the same time!


I transitioned to a nearby chair soon after the placenta was delivered, and Dr. Jen arrived shortly after. My poor friend missed his birth because it was SO FAST, but when she arrived she was so kind to adjust both me and the baby! I know that’s why he has been such a sweet, calm baby ever since.


I thank the Lord for Elisha’s beautiful birth story! I thank Him because we could have him at home, and our children could come down only 5 minutes after he was born. I am thankful I didn’t tear or bleed out. I am thankful for the soothing voice of my dear husband telling me I could do it. I am thankful for my birthing team that spoke Scripture over me as I was in the worst pain of my life. I am thankful my friend Jen could come and adjust us, and our friend Reagan could takes pictures of the moment! If we ever do have another baby, this is how I want it to be done!

Timing of everything:

Water broke at 9 pm

Started to fill up the birthing pool at 1:20 am

Birthing team arrived at 1:35 am

Elisha was born at 2:04 am

My chiropractor arrived at 2:26 am


Oils + Supplements used during pregnancy:

  • Sulfurzyme for my SPD
  • Digize for my acid reflux
  • PanAway + Valor for aches and pains
  • Peppermint for nausea
  • NingXia Red (EVERYDAY) for a strong immune system, nausea and energy!
  • NingXia Nitro for energy
  • Super C for a high quality vitamin C boost
  • Smarty Pants prenatal because I couldn’t swallow my Master Formula pills
  • Super B for energy
  • Claraderm spray to prepare the perineum for birth 6 weeks prior to delivery (helps with the stretching)
  • **Chiropractor adjustments every week of pregnancy**

Oils + supplements used during labor:

Oils + supplements used for recovery:

also a huge shout out to my friend Jen Brown who made this adorable “Oily Babe” onsie for Elisha! She and her husband make custom shirts that are so cute and great quality! @primalcreeklife


If your an expectant mama needing to get started on your oily journey, I’d love to help you get started. We have a whole facebook community dedicated to pregnant mamas and mama’s of little ones.