Current Events

Ick! Why You Need to Wash Your Fruits and Veggies

Introducing Young Living’s Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak

Maria Low
Sept – Oct 2023 • Vol 4, No 6

I have recently become aware of the latest trend in the treatment of commercial fruits and vegetables. Understanding the constituents of the chemical spray now applied to produce has inspired me to start taking the ritual of cleansing my food much more seriously. You might want to as well!

For example, most people believe that the waxy appearance on cucumbers is a coating of beeswax applied to preserve the fruit. This would keep the cucumber fresh longer and avoid mold. However, there is much more to the story than this.

Apeel Science is a company that makes products to coat fruits and vegetables. They have historically created products to enable produce to “stay at peak freshness for longer.” What exactly is in a formula that extends the shelf life of plants and fruits?

You might have already seen the sticker on your avocados which reads “Apeel.” Stickers will soon appear on asparagus, citrus fruits, strawberries, and more. The label may also appear on organic produce.

Apeel has developed a substance which they either spray or dip on the fruit or vegetables that mimics lipid molecules found naturally. The resulting film produces a chemical barrier. To make a long story short, the overall rate of the chemical reactions happening in the produce slows down. Science calls this amphiphilic liquid. This means that there is a combination of water-loving and fat loving molecules. This type of liquid is often called a surfactant. Surfactants are a main ingredient found in dishwashing soaps, most shampoos, and body soaps. The formulation creates a slippery feel. Some surfactants also have antibacterial properties.

The different components in the formula vary according to the type of fruit or vegetable that is going to be sprayed or dipped. The creators of this coating claim that it keeps your vegetables fresh by supercharging the defense against deterioration that evolution created. However, there may be a cost to this innovation. For me, the process raises the following questions:

  • Does the formulation release toxic gases?
  • Is the formula applied over fruits and vegetables that have already been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides?
  • Does the consumer know how long the produce has been sitting out in the open for purchase?
  • What is happening inside of the product once it has been sealed off with a surfactant?

In the science labs at the Young Living Essential Oil facilities in Utah, they looked at the surfaces of organic and conventional food. They discovered many types of pollutants. In addition to any surfactants that may be used, there is residue on produce from air pollution. There are also multiple kinds of residues from the insects and animals passing through the fields. Food simply must be washed and washed well!

Before Young Living created the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak, I would add drops of lemon essential oil or the Citrus Fresh blend to water in a large metal bowl and leave produce in the solution for two to five minutes. Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak has added other essential oils to cover a wider spectrum of issues. This product does a far better job than my simple approach. The Thieves Soak safely removes dirt, residue, and other contaminants.

The formulation is organic, plant based, and concentrated. Two teaspoons can be added to a gallon of purified water. Add enough of this solution to a large bowl to cover the produce. Soak lettuce for about two minutes. Denser produce can soak for five minutes or more. Rinse and drain. Meat can also be soaked. This will take longer, at least eight minutes. Fish will take less time. The ultra-concentrated Thieves formula can make up to sixteen gallons of vegetable soak.

Additionally, it’s good to have on hand the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray for travel or camping. Remove obvious dirt from the produce. Spray well and let sit for two minutes or more. Then rinse well with drinking water. Do not expose the solution on the veggies to direct sunlight.

I am considering giving the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak as a gift to friends and family members to introduce them to a higher level of food sanitation. This procedure should not be taken lightly. Once you see the residue at the bottom of the bowl or the color of the water after washing your fruits and vegetables, you will know what I mean. It is best to leave this residue at the bottom of the bowl and not on your dinner plate!

Note well to keep the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak and spray away from little children. This product is not approved by the FDA. Suggestions are for Young Living’s pure, organic, essential oils only.

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2023-08-30T11:39:21-06:00Current Events, Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Montana Megaliths—

and Space Archaeology in Our Backyard!

Raymond Ziemkowski
July – August 2023 • Vol 4, No 5

Did you know that right here in Western Montana is a world-class, archeological site with evidence of tens and hundreds of thousands of years of history of our planet? That right here in our backyard, there is a “Jurassic Park” of artifacts of past civilizations that rival the Pyramids of Giza and Bosnia, Machu Pichu… and even Stonehenge.

In the summer of 2012, Julie Ryder from Helena, Montana discovered near Boulder, Montana what she named “Boulder Dolmen.” This began a quest that revealed towering dolmens, ancient statues, polygonal block granite walls, pyramid complexes, and stacked, circular terraces rising above forest floors. In February of 2015, Julie and her husband, Bill, discovered a larger archeological site that she named “Giants Playground.”

After ten-plus years of additional discovery and research, over 100 sites have been found, mostly within 60 miles of Helena and the Missouri Headwaters. Many are documented on her website. Go to to investigate for yourself. These have become what she collectively calls the “Montana Megaliths.” They include gigantic dolmens and crafted rock structures, geoscaping of mountain terrain and what is speculated to be artifacts of Flash Fossilization processes. Many interesting correspondences to other archeological sites around our globe and off-planet alignments will boggle your imagination.

What is equally fascinating and amazing in this discovery and story is the unfolding role of what is becoming known as Space Archeology—not looking outward into space but from space looking back toward Earth. Little known satellite-based technologies allow us to look miles into the Earth from space and see things that some interests and institutions would rather the public not know about.
From Google Earth to satellite imaging and numerous new ground-penetrating radar technologies, archeological researchers are making discoveries that are fast outpacing many traditional beliefs and assumptions that secular, political and religious power structures have held about our planet’s history and human evolution on Earth.

In 2017, Julie Ryder began to collaborate with Andrew Barker, a researcher in the field of dolmens, to begin to uncover the hidden and underground dimension of Giants Play-ground and the Montana Megaliths. Using satellite based geoscan technology, which allows us to determine what stars and planets light years away are made of, we have the capability to see miles into the Earth and map structures and artifacts that have man-made origins thousands of years ago.

She has also invited numerous experts from around the world to Montana that have discovered and investigated similar discoveries to further validate and document these sites. These include Dr. Semir Osmanagich (Dr. Sam), who discovered and investigated the Bosnian Pyramid complex. Also, a Tibetan Rinpoche and representatives of numerous indigenous peoples and prophecy traditions have visited and investigated these sites.

Julie Ryder and these investigators are asking the who, what, when, why, and how behind these megalithic sites, particularly to explain the story behind giant granite boulders often weighing over 100 tons, crafted and placed vertically, 90 degrees from the horizontal, sedimentary positions in which they were formed over time. These artifacts of Earth’s ancient past cannot be ignored, dismissed and explained away as not real.

It will take years and decades for “official” institutions to validate, catch up, and integrate these discoveries into official history and understanding. But you can visit, see, feel, and interpret for yourselves today—right here in Montana, the tip of this revolutionary iceberg just being revealed.

And if you think that nature and natural processes placed these rocks and created these sites all by herself, that’s okay, too. They are still worth the investigation. The hike and fresh Montana air, and the thrill of discovery will be worth the trek. Or at least check out a YouTube video from Julie’s website and have a virtual journey into some amazing artifacts from Earth’s ancient history: Search YouTube for: “Dr. Sam and Julie Ryder at Giants Playground in the Montana Megaliths,” or use this link:

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2023-06-28T13:01:00-06:00Current Events|