Essential Oils – Elite Tips

  •  Vendors
    • Plant Therapy – best choice, only one that is independently certified.
    • Be Young essential oils
    • Mountain Rose Herbs
    • Edan’s Garden.
    • Solution Benefits
  • General
    • Essential oils damage your esophagus undiluted, don’t drink undiluted.
    • Mint (peppermint oils) has to be organic (high use of Roundup Ready)
    • Forest bathing hack. Cypress oils (eucalyptus, peppermint, etc.) smell and diffuse.
  • Lemon balm
    • As tea, nootropic enhances memory, alleviates anxiety
  • Peppermint Oil
    • Increases your oxygen capabilities with just 1 drop before working out.
  • Thieves essential oil blend is great to fight off infection, mosquitoes, etc. mosquitoes hate cinnamon.
  • Oregano Oil
    • Oregano oil drink diluted to kill bad bacteria (candida) and help heal gut. Honey and oregano oil only kill bad bacteria.
    • Antibacterial and anti-fungal
  • Eucalyptus Oil
    • You can use eucalyptus oil for season allergy relief in a variety of ways. You can put several drops into your Neti pot, inhale it via a diffuser or use it in your laundry detergent as an antimicrobial agent.
    • An interesting study out of Egypt evaluated the effect that various essential oils had in killing the highly allergic house mites and found that eucalyptus oil ranked amongst some of the most potent.
    • For an eco-friendly, biodegradable addition to your natural detergents add 25 drops of eucalyptus oil to each load of wash during allergy season, especially if you or the kids are running around outside.
    • Also, if your allergy symptoms are going strong, mix eucalyptus oil with coconut oil and rub it on your chest and behind your ears and diffuse it in the air during the day and while sleeping.
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
    • The almost unbelievable cancer-killing capacity of Indian frankincense has been well established in scientific literature for several years, but its life-giving power doesn’t end there.
    • In a study published by Phytotherapy Research, for instance, when mice took 1-10 mg of frankincense orally it was discovered that multiple levels of their immune systems were stimulated including IgG, IgM, and interferon.
    • In layman’s terms, frankincense can boost the immune system like no other and if you suffer from seasonal allergies, make sure you implement it into your natural health regimen.
    • I simply rub frankincense behind my ears and on my chest or diffuse frankincense essential oil in my home and office three hours daily.

Cosmetic / Facial Care – Complete List of Tips


  • Hair Care / Hair Loss
  • Moisturizers
  • Skin
  • Misc

Hair Care / Hair Loss

  • Natural hair loss prevention supplement and reversal using holistic 4-prong method. Great for skin, overall stress-management and anti-aging:
  • Nonsurgical hair restoration system or hair restoration surgery.
  • Hair loss (episode 249 with Ben greenfield)
    • Need fat soluble vitamins 3 to 7k IU, more for the more obese you are. Take with vitamin k to avoid calcification risks.
    • Fish oil: 2 to 5 grams per day. Omega 3 low leads to hair loss.
    • Magnesium deficiency: take 500 to 1000 mg (until your stool gets too loose)
    • Selenium (Brazil nuts)
    • Zinc, but with an alpha reductase inhibitor to reduce conversation to DHT. Too much DHT leads to hair loss. Pumpkin seeds have zinc AND reduce conversion to DHT
    • Adaptogens
  • Castor oil: unrefined and cold pressed hexane free
  • Rosemary Oil
    • Improves memory
    • Prevents and reverses male pattern baldness when applied topically.
      Any truth? One recent study compared minoxidil (an over the counter hair loss treatment) to rosemary essential oil. Both were rubbed into the scalp on a daily basis. At six months, both groups had experienced a significant increase in hair growth, with the rosemary group having slightly less itchy scalps.
  • Peppermint oil stimulates hair growth. A 2014 animal study found that compared to saline, jojoba oil, and minoxidil, topical peppermint oil stimulated the most hair growth with an increase in dermal thickness, follicle number, and follicle depth.
  • Natural Topical Remedies (Can be mixed together in any combination)
  • Onion and Garlic: sulphur increases collagen which helps hair growth. Crush these up, blend with coconut oil, boil, and massage into scalp.
  • Oils: Emu, Coconut, Castor, Almond, Lavender, Olive, Avocado
  • Hibiscus: crush and mix with coconut oil
  • Amla
  • Aloe Vera
  • Having the right amount of Copper to Zinc ratio
    • Have mineral status tested by serum, urine or hair mineral analysis
  • Massage
  • Silica (can supplement or get from food)
  • Food sources of silica include leeks, green beans, garbanzo beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, celery, asparagus and rhubarb
  • Minimize Di Hydro Testosterone (DHT)
    • Minimize estrogen levels
      • External exposure
        • Avoid xenoestrogen exposure (pesticides, fertilizers, chemical fumes, plastic containers, etc.
        • Avoid soy (both fermented and unfermented) and flax
        • Creatine MAY cause baldness in men as it increases DHT which is connected to hair loss in people genetically susceptible to hair loss.
      • Internal production
        • Green tea
        • Pumpkin seeds
        • Giant Dodder
        • Tomatoes, watermelon, carrots, mangos
        • Supplement with Saw Palmetto
        • Supplement with Myomin (aromatase inhibitor and estrogen blocker)
        • Flavone rich herbs: passionflower and chamomile tea
        • Fermented foods (apple cider vinegar, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented dairy, etc.
  • Maximize testosterone levels
  • Maca powder (not capsules): 1-2 tablespoons/day.
    • As with spinach a good bit of maca needs to be eaten to have the good effects noted. Of the powder of any type, raw, sun dried, cooked or gelatinized, it takes 3 to 6 tablespoons of maca intake daily to have its positive actions.
    • Use gelatinized maca powder if you have stomach issues with regular
    • Black gelatinized (raw also a good option) maca would be the optimal choice with multiple studies of it’s benefits, ranging from learning/memory to bone density.
  • Increases testosterone, progesterone (which is an aromatase inhibitor) and blocks the action of estrogen with a natural E blocker known as Di Indole Methane (DIM)
  • Supplement with Enkindle (herbal formula). Note: extremely expensive
  • Hair Products / Other
    • Polysorbate 80: will neutralize DHT in hair follicles and help cut back on hair loss
    • Nizoral Shampoo: removes DHT from hair follicles
    • Creatine MAY cause baldness in men as it increases DHT which is connected to hair loss in people genetically susceptible to hair loss.
    • Shampoos with Keratin to boost growth

Natural Moisturizers

  • Macadamia Oil: Because palmitoleic acid is found in the sebum of human skin, macadamia oil can also double as a potent skin moisturizer.
  • NOTE: Squinting causes lines and wrinkles. Avoid squinting by using glasses and avoiding moisturizers/products that irritate your eyes and make your squint.
  • Jojoba Oil: plethora of benefits, including balding mitigation when applied to hair as it unclogs hair follicles, so use Jojoba shampoo. Even has SPF 3 protection.
  • Avocado oil, which also has SPF 10 protection.
  • Emu oil is a great moisturizer.
  • Olive oil is great moisturizer due to Polyphenols.
  • General Skin Care
    • Annmarie Gianni Skin Care
    • Purigenex Intensive Collagen System: top notch collagen face mask.
    • Nuskin Ageloc
    • Thorne Clay SkinCare bar
    • Ben Greenfield Anti-Aging Serum


  • Sunscreen: Badger Balm. Other good sunscreens are Raw Elements Eco Formula, Kabana Skincare and Mexitan.
  • Cologne: Zen for Men Cypress Yuzu Spray Cologne by Enchanted Meadow
  • Female-specific
    • Makeup: 100% Pure, BiteBeauty and  Josie Maran – these companies use healthy food-based or plant-derived ingredients, like Manuka honey and mango seed oil.
    • Nail Polish: Scotch Naturals. This is a 100 non-toxic nail polish.
    • Fragrance: Lavanila or Pacifica Perfume – similar to the men’s cologne I use, the bases are all healthy essential oils.
  • Use water/wet face when applying skin lotions/products to absorb better
  • Lemon squeezed onto a conch shell creates a paste that can be applied to reduce scars.
  • (Need to research) Sauna breaks down collagen, which you stop naturally producing after age 35.
  • Mother dirt probiotic soap
  • How to lighten skin
    • Don’t scrub face with towel
    • Use oil-free moisturizer with chamomile or other soothing botanical
    • Cinnamon, peppermint, aloe vera, or lemon juice (for acne too) work well
    • Put lemon juice in an abalone seashell overnight, and apply the paste in the morning (improves scars and redness)
    • Papaya soap
    • Hydroquinone
  • Acne mitigation
    • Don’t wash / rub face too roughly as that increased oil production and acne. Very gentle.
    • Minimize grain/sugar consumption
    • Apply tea tree oil
    • Orange oil:
      • Improves acne
      • Reduces anxiety through lowered cortisol and pulse rate
    • Good acne cleaning face wash. Wet face and apply Manuka honey for ten minutes. Rub in circles all over your face.


  • For allergic conjunctivitis and red eyes:
    • Use tear gels at night and tear/eye moisturizer in morning.
    • Avoid using Visine as it has a rebound effect. It is a vasoconstrictor which then causes a rebound/more redness.
    • Biggest factors for redness
      • Dryness
      • Wind
      • UV Damage
  • Oil of oregano to cure toe fungus.
  • Non-nano zinc oxide is best sunscreen as has large particles to not be absorbed through the skin.
  • Don’t Q-Tips as they push the earwax back which builds up in your ear. Instead use hydrogen peroxide to flush it out.
  • Having a beard promotes your face self-moisturizing and traps helps allergens (as nose hairs do too)
  • Avoid being in ocean during 10-2 hours as it deflects of the water and damages eye.
Skin Care Simplified: 4 Step Holistic Health Guide to Glowing Skin For Men (and Women)

Skin Care Simplified: 4 Step Holistic Health Guide to Glowing Skin For Men (and Women)

How come women get all the attention for amazing skin care products? Seems unfair, but then again most female-oriented skin care products are absolute chemical-ridden garbage. It’s time to level the playing field! Not really, the program and products below will work equally well for both sexes, but I recently had a guy friend ask me about my skin care regimen so I wanted to let the cat out of the bottle (?). I never considered myself the authority on amazing, vibrant, glowing, jaw-dropping, panty-dropping skin. I do, however, consider myself the authority on finding the simple tactics, products, and routines that maximize results (clean skin) with minimal time and effort involved, so let the sharing begin.

Step 1: Probiotic Facial Cleanser

Most cleansers are pretty irritating to the skin, and you can actually do pretty well without one altogether. I use/recommend the Mother Dirt Biome Face Natural Skin Cleanser. Apply once in the shower to repopulate the right, healthy bacteria that helps fight acne and keep your skin clear.

Step 2: Natural Moisturizer (+Frankicense Oil)

At least once per day, apply a natural, organic moisturizer. I’ve tried several (avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and found Organic Jojoba Oil and Emu Oil to work well and clog my pores the least. Both work, but as with diet, exercise, and almost anything, it’s worth switching things up so your body doesn’t become overly accustomed to one input. Emu oil is excellent if you’ve had a bit of sun exposure/burn to cool your skin down.

Using the moisturizer as the carrier, try adding frankincense oil to the mix as well. It has a bit of zing to it (“astringent”), will tighten your skin/pores, and add more glow. More glow is like more cowbell, always a good thing.

Step 3: Clay Facemask

Now here’s where it gets more interesting. A few times a month, apply a clay mask (while something super masculine to even out your manhood). Jokes aside, a good clay mask will work wonders for everyone. I recommend the Clay Mask by Alitura Naturals – “The Best Anti-Aging, Anti-Acne & Detoxifying Bentonite Clay Mask.” The CEO and founder Andy Hnilo has an interesting story with this product. I always have maximal confidence in products/companies that originated from the owner desperately trying to solve his/her own dire problem – you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more motivated to find the respective solution. For instance, you care and think about a speck of dust in your eye infinitely more than a stranger’s intense bedside suffering

Step 4: Clean Diet

This may, hopefully, go without saying, but all the best skin care products and moisturizers in the world can’t fix a broken system or diet. If you know and love the 80/20 or Pareto Principle, diet is the lead factor for skin results. Most people respond best to eliminating dairy, wheat, and sugar. Beyond that, start monitoring certain foods you’re eating and see how your skin responds. The next best thing to a healthy tan and sun-kissed glow is slightly orange skin from excessively eating beta-carotene rich foods like sweet potatoes (I haven’t yet decided whether or not I’m being facetious).

Top 5 Healthy Purchases On Amazon For 2017 That You Might Have Missed

Top 5 Healthy Purchases On Amazon For 2017 That You Might Have Missed

Kick off 2017 right with these semi-unique products that likely flew under your radar. They each solve a problem you may not even be aware you’re facing. These are my lead dominos to reap greater benefits, like more time or energy. Let us begin.

Mother Dirt Biome Cleanser

“Where can I find a chemical-free facial cleanser that clears up my skin without irritating it or blowing a bunch of money on pills and potions?

Solution: Mother Dirt. They are taking a whole new approach to skin: it’s not about cleaning, it’s about replacing with the right bacteria. That makes sense for your gut, why not for your skin too.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

“How can I use my Kindle/iPad/tablet/computer at night without throwing off my circadian rhythm/sleep?”

Solution: Throw these or any similar brand on an hour or two before you go to bed. If you need further convincing from someone undisputedly cooler than myself, check out my buddy James Swanwick’s site (buddy=I met him at the Bulletproof conference last year and he wouldn’t recognize me from Adam).


Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen 

“I don’t have time to each breakfast. How can I stave off my hunger while still improving my health?”

Solution: Add to your morning coffee or really anything. Collagen protein is tasteless and great for your hair, skin, and nails. If someone finds a catch-all word for that trio please let me know so I never have to say that again and can still maintain a semblance of masculinity. Bulletproof also offers an equally high-quality collagen protein powder, but this one is cheaper without any discernible drawbacks. Always optimizing.

Fermentation Crock Pot

“How do I jump on this probiotic health trend efficaciously, without wasting money on over-priced supplements and Whole Paycheck sauerkraut bags?”

Solution: This non-plastic, gallon size crock pot will do you justice. Throw in some chopped cabbage, sprinkle some sea salt, compress it all down, and come back in a week for an explosion of healthy probiotics. The gut microbiome plays a HUGE role in your health, so start fermenting your own foods. Kefir and kombucha are other great options, more on that later.

Mandoline Slicer

“How can I use the Crock Pot above without inventing the lengthy chore of finely chopping a pound of vegetables?”

Solution: This is the logical add-on item to the Crock Pot above so you can shave down your cabbage or any vegetable with a high degree of function and ease.


Post below your thoughts and experiences if you opt-in to any of these. What products have you found to move the needle on your health, time, or wallet in the right direction?