What does “ORAC” mean? You see ORAC ratings listed for each single essential oil in the Essential Oils Desk Reference, Sixth Edition (1.), but what does it mean? Did you know that many of the new Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils introduced to our Canadian market this month have some of the highest ORAC scores of all the essential oils?!?…
ORAC stands for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity” – meaning the capacity of a plant substance to ABSORB free radicals (bad guys) which damage cells in our body, ultimately causing premature aging, oxidation – hardening of arteries, cell mutation and disease processes.
Essential oils have the highest ORAC scores of any known substances…this equals HUGE free radical scavenging activity!
[GEEK-TALK: Each essential oil undergoes a lab test which quantifies its total antioxidant capacity, measured as ‘trolox equivalents’ (or uTE/100g) using the antioxidant trolox (i.e. vitamin E) as a standard]….
Here are ORAC score of some new YLTG oils to our Canadian market…(LAVENDER EO for comparison has an ORAC score of 360 uTE/100g* and LEMON EO = 660 uTE/100g*)…
PATCHOULI = 49,400*
VETIVER = 74,300*
BLACK PEPPER = 79,700*
LAURUS NOBILIS (Bay Laurel) = 98,900*
GINGER = 99,300*
NUTMEG = 158,100*
ROSE (Rosa damascene) essential oil = 160,400*
FENNEL = 238,400*
CORIANDER = 298,300*
[F.Y.I. and just to blow your mind…MYRRH has an ORAC score of 379,800*, and CLOVE = 1,078,700*]
We benefit from the free radical scavenging activity of pure essential oils simply by inhaling or diffusing them, and applying them topically, as their infinitesimally small molecules permeate our bloodstream via the lungs when inhaled, and flood our entire cellular matrix with free-radical scavenging molecules.
On a nutrition note, and by comparison, here are the ORAC scores of a few HEALTHY antioxidant-rich FOODS (berries, fruits, & vegetables) including Chinese (NingXIA) Wolfberries, one of earth’s most powerful antioxidant fruits!
Carrots ORAC score 210
Oranges ORAC score 750
Beets ORAC score 840
Raspberries ORAC score 1,220
Strawberries ORAC score 1,540
Blueberries ORAC score 2,400
Kale ORAC score 1,770
Chinese Wolfberries ORAC score 30,300
(1.) Essential Oils Desk Reference, Sixth Edition, © 2014, Life Science Publishing. p.78
IMPORTANT: THE INFORMATION WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT WAS OBTAINED FROM REPUTABLE RESOURCES (REFERENCED), LECTURES, AND BIOCHEMISTRY EDUCATION WHICH THE AUTHOR HAS RECEIVED OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PRESCRIBE OR RECOMMEND A PARTICULAR TREATMENT OR PROTOCOL, BUT RATHER, TO EMPOWER THE READER WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT MIGHT HELP THEM TO HELP THEMSELVES TO BETTER HEALTH NATURALLY.
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