Sunburn and antioxidants are two things I have never put together until this past week, I’m not entirely sure why but now I’m realizing why how it makes so much sense!
The short version of what I learned is that when we support our bodies, both internally and topically, with antioxidants we are providing many benefits: anti-aging, cell and DNA repair, faster healing from sun skin damage, and free radical scavengers.
The inclusion of essential oils in this weeks topical recipes provides “antioxidant” protection and healing against free radicals:
Free radicals form during first interaction with the sun’s rays, and “cascade” into various different forms until our body tends to them with natural antioxidant defenses.
- Many essential oils have exceptionally high natural antioxidant levels
- In a study, Myrrh out performed a man-made antioxidant
- Helichrysum is a skin healing super-power, a must for mature skin
- Frankincense and Sandalwood have protective actions, anti-cancer
But to create a well-rounded healing and protective difference it’s also important to ingest foods, beverages, and essential oils known for their high levels of antioxidants. Some of those are:
NingXia Red Antioxidant Energy Juice
This is Young Living’s red energy, nutrient juice and it is prefect to use in place of other beverages, at least once a day. NingXia Red’s ORAC, S-ORAC and antioxidant levels are off the charts higher than any other beverage on the market – far superior to all of them (yes, YL has sent samples of all of them to a third-party lab, Brunswick Labs, where the antioxidant levels were so high that Gary Young sent samples back to the lab three times because he thought the tests couldn’t possibly be correct. The last time Brunswick Labs told Gary that they weren’t going to test another sample of NingXia Red again and that Gary needed to accept the test results from the three samples sent in. If you’re not drinking 2-4 oz. of NingXia Red a day you’re really missing the boat on something fabulous for your health.
There are many ways to use NingXia Red, some are:
NingXia Red Beverages: Dilute with 2-8 ozs. of water, or add 2 oz. to your orange juice/smoothies/green juices/chocolate milk/ginger ale/etc., or drizzle on top of a fresh fruit salad/ice cream/yogurt.
NingXia Red take-along packs: (30 pk. #3168 -or- 100 pk. #3169) these are perfect for vacations, traveling, picnics, lunch boxes. But one of my favorite tips I can share is to just put some of the little packs in the freezer to make delicious freeze pops! Cut off the top of the frozen packs and eat it just like a freeze pop. I love these for desserts on hot summer days!
Children and dogs love NingXia Red – and it’s good for them too! Just give them smaller amounts.
Clove Essential Oil
The Young Living clove bud essential oil is edible (just 1-2 drops is all that’s needed) and amazingly high in antioxidants – so high in fact that there is no other edible plant on earth that comes close!
Clove oil is considered a ‘hot’ (as in spicy) essential oil so it always needs to be diluted with a carrier in both topical and internal applications.
Clove in a Beverage: add one drop daily to your glass of NingXia Red –or– add 1 drop to a cup of tea/smoothie/green juice/etc. –or– put one drop in a capsule (#3193) with a little olive oil daily for adults only.
d-limonene has been extensively studied for its cancer prevention and other health benefits. d-limonene is found in high levels in these essential oils: Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit and Frankincense.
Consider adding 1-3 drops of any of these essential oils to your beverages or your capsule daily too!
Do NOT apply the citrus essential oils topically as they cause photosensitivity.
Enjoy the summer more safely and smartly!