What is an NHP?

NHP means Natural Health Products.

According to Health Canada’s website “Natural health products (NHPs) are naturally occurring substances that are used to restore or maintain good health. They are often made from plants, but can also be made from animals, microorganisms and marine sources. They come in a wide variety of forms like tablets, capsules, tinctures, solutions, creams, ointments and drops.” (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/index-eng.php)

For certain Young Living essential oils this means that Health Canada determined that sufficient scientific evidence exists to substantiate that these oils can help restore, maintain, or improve health.

Young Living can provide you with essential oils as a natural alternative to relief you for:

  • Headache
  • Acne
  • Cough or cold
  • Eczema and Dermatitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Strains, or Sprains
  • Digestive Discomfort
  • Burns, Cuts, Bruises, and Other Minor Skin Irritations
  • Stressed and Uptight

Young Living’s NHP registered oils will have a Natural Product Number (NPN) that will appear on the label. Which according to Health Canada’s website means, “… that the product has been authorized for sale in Canada and is safe and effective when used according to the instructions on the label.” In addition, NHP registered oils will display an expiration date. Young Living Canada’s NHP oils are currently registered under a three year expiry. Rest assured, there has been no change to the raw materials used to create our essential oils, or the way our oils are distilled, bottled, stored, or shipped. However, the registration of oils as NHPs means the addition of an expiry is required to ensure we meet all Health Canada requirements


Lavender as medicine?

Lavender is a well-known plant all over the world. Who doesn’t know the pictures of the endless lavender fields in France or has seen the fields themself. The sight of the fields are magnificent, the smell is relaxing and makes you so sleepy.

For centuries lavender is used in the aroma therapy but also as medicine. Dried lavender was placed between the clean sheets to keep a nice smell and leave the bugs out. When the sheets were placed on the beds the lovely smell helped to enhance sleep and relax. Doctors used the lavender herbs and oils for burns, cuts and abrasions.

A lot have changed since then and the chemical world had its uprise in our household and medicine cabinet or through prescriptions by doctors. The laundry is done with nice smelling soap, if you have a headache or have problems to sleep you just take a pill, there are plenty of over the counter or prescription ointments available for burns and cuts.

But nowadays there is also proof that all these chemicals together with an unhealthy lifestyle (unhealthy food, no exercise, stress, etc) are not very good for you on the long-term. People are developing all kind of lifelong problems like asthma, eczema, thyroid problems, are overweight, or many more problems.

Don’t misunderstand me. I am not against the modern products or medicines. But I believe that a lot of products can be replaced by natural products like herbs and essential oils or essential oils-infused products. We just have to learn how to live healthy again.

Young Living is selling a package with 11 oils (this month even 12) and Lavender is one of them. Or you can buy the bottle separately. But you should try it. Really. Diffuse it in your bedroom and I can almost guaranty you, you will sleep a lot better.

I normally grabbed that nice bottle with white pills if I had one of my headaches again (and I have them a lot due to a neck injury). I was addicted to them and over the years I had to take more and more to get the same effect. Now I use Lavender. I have a little container with coconut-oil and added Lavender and  sometimes also Peppermint to it. The Lavender relaxes my muscle and the Peppermint gives a great cooling feeling in my neck. And the amount of pills I take is a lot less, and I mean a lot less than a couple of years ago.

Really you should try it.


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