I will start off by saying that I am not a doctor. I am also not an essential oils specialist. I am a researcher, and I am here to share the information I’ve gathered from a number of resources, so you can make your own educated decisions.
Who loves essential oils?
I absolutely do and use them throughout my daily life– from DIY cleaning products, to making myself and my home smell nice, and even treating those occasional skin problems. Essential oils have found a place in almost every area of my life. And did you know they can be used medicinally as well?
Some essential oils possess antimicrobial, antiviral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties as well as purported psychogenic effects such as relieving stress, treating depression, and aiding with insomnia. We’ve been known to diffuse essential oils or use them topically, but what about ingesting them? Is it safe?
Upon doing much research, this question is debated among doctors and herbalists, and all have somewhat conflicting answers. For now, let’s focus on the FACTS.
The FDA has compiled a list of essential oils they consider “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS). Many of them are used for food flavorings and preservatives due to their high anti-oxidant capacity and anti-microbial actions.
The FDA’s documents note that the items on the list are safe in commonly used amounts. These are the amounts noted in most medical aromatherapy protocols. These approximate doses range around 1 to 3 drops, and 1 to 3 times per day. The oils should be labeled as “therapeutic” and of the highest quality.
The Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy is the oldest aromatherapy school continually run by a practicing aromatherapist. They have been teaching classes in aromatherapy since 1989, have international students and global recognition.
They are the only aromatherapy institute, school, or organization that is actively collecting safety-data reports on the adverse effects of essential oils and sharing the results with the aromatherapy community. Their curriculum includes guidelines to ingesting essential oils with hundreds of case studies to support their recommendations.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) supports safe, internal use of essential oils. “Essential oils may be applied on the skin, inhaled, diffused or taken internally. Each of these methods have safety guidelines, which need to be considered.”
Lastly, I think one of the most important references is what the internationally acclaimed book, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, which repeatedly refers to “maximum oral dose” in relation to ingesting essential oils safely and effectively.
Ingestable Essential Oils & Their Benefits
Clove Essential Oil
Clove may be one of the most underrated spices in the world. It is the #1 producing hydrogen food in the world. Hydrogen is an important element that benefits the skin and gut by helping the body purify itself and stay properly hydrated. This is also the highest rated ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) spice in the world. It has anti-bacterial, anti-cancer and liver health boosting benefits. Clove is a strong purifying agent.
It is believed that foods with higher ORAC scores have greater antioxidant capacity, and more effectively neutralize harmful free radicals.
Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano is one of the strongest natural immunomodulators on the planet. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, combats mold and helps to keep pathogens that weaken immunity at bay. Oregano is also one of the top 10 highest ORAC antioxidant foods in the World!
Cinnamon Essential Oil
What most people see as a blood sugar balancer (and it is) it also has many more benefits. This spice is a prebiotic that gets the gut into healthier shape. It also has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to fight off anything that may try to weaken your immune system. Plus, it tastes great!
Coconut Essential Oil
A great source of fiber and fat. Coconut contains MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which help the brain function better and improve energy and heart health. Giving an overall boost of energy to the body.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass tastes great and adds a host of beauty and immunity benefits. It is a natural astringent that helps to balance skin oil, removes impurities and is rich in antioxidants. It supports a better night’s rest and leaves you feeling radiant!!
Neem Essential Oil
Neem is a bitter tasting green leaf used typically in Ayurvedic medicine for many purposes. Neem helps to combat viruses, bacteria and infections as well as to purify the blood allowing nutrients and oxygen to travel more freely throughout the body.
Cedar Essential Oil
Cedar calms the body by relieving the nervous system and breathing pathways. This oil is anti-inflammatory, and helps reduce hair loss as well as supports healthy oil production of the skin. It is rich in terpenes which have a distinct pine-like smell and taste.
Citronella Essential Oil
This oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-infection and anti-fungal. It helps to remove odor and toxins from the body. Citronella enhances circulation while stimulating key hormones and enzymes from glands that benefit immunity, metabolism and liver health.
Mint Essential Oil
Mint is a great addition for taste, immunity and beauty. Mint actually contains vitamin D, C and E. Mint also contains salicylic acid which helps to combat acne and skin blemishes of any kind.
Ashwagandha helps reduce cortisol levels, our body’s main stress hormone. This helps keep the mind clear and calm. Ashwagandha is also rich in phyotochemicals which help to treat skin conditions. It also naturally moisturizes, cleanses and heals the skin.
Camu Camu Extract
Camu Camu is the richest source of vitamin C in the world. This berry grows near the Amazon river and is beneficial for immunity, beauty and boosting serotonin levels to uplift your mood.
Una De Gato Extract
Also known as “Cat’s Claw” in English. This Amazonian vine is anti-inflammatory, stimulates the immune system and is said to inhibit tumor cell formation. Studies suggest it is anti-mutagenic, anti-viral and immune-stimulating. The Alkaloids in Una De Gato produce an increase in phagocytosis, which causes protective cells in the body to eat harmful materials.
Una De Gato has become a very intelligent vine surviving in the pathogen rich Amazon rainforest ecosystem.
Sangre De Grado Extract
A tree sap from Peru also known as “Dragons Blood”, this antioxidant rich powerhouse has an ORAC value of 2.8 million making it the most potent ORAC antioxidant on Earth! This Amazonian tree-sap is known to repair collagen in the body which benefits both gut health and Your hair, skin and nails to maintain youthfulness and beauty.
Suma is an adaptogen from the Amazon Rainforest that helps to build a more adaptive immune system. It supports the body in producing both estrogen and testosterone, which enhance sexual performance. Estrogen is a core component of youthful skin.
This flower has anti-inflammatory properties. It also benefits the metabolism, immunity and stress response of the body to be more adaptive.
This flower decreases inflammation while improving circulation. Geranium reduces fine lines and wrinkles by tightening the skin and supporting sebum(oil) production. Research has shown it to fight 24 different types of fungus and bacteria.
Research suggests that kelp and other sea vegetables help to prevent the spread of estrogen related cancer such as Colon & breast cancer. Kelp is also a source of iodine, which benefits thyroid health and acts to regulate body temperature and is closely tied to hair loss.
Studies show that garlic prevents you from getting sick and also reduces the amount of time you are sick. Garlic is a great preventative agent as well as a strong immune protectant.
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Benefits of Radiate 21
- Stimulate Your Lymphatic Detoxification
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- Convert Your Stress into Energy
Radiate 21’s unique blend of adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, Una de Gato, and Suma work together to convert stress caused by free radicals into energy. These powerful adaptogens help reduce stress and boost energy levels by converting harmful free radicals and oxidative stress into powerful mitochondrial boosting agents.
- Gives You Better Energy Supports Sound Sleep
Energy improved in the morning or mid day creates a more productive day, a better workout and more vitality in general. This leads to feeling more tired at the end of the day which allows for deeper sleep. Multiple ingredients in Radiate 21 reduce stress and calm the nervous system and lungs which allow for easier breathing and deeper more restful sleep.
- Elevates Mood & Brain Health
Radiate 21’s unique blend has been carefully formulated to optimize healthy and happy brain chemistry, benefiting healthy levels of serotonin and dopamine. You’ll experience elevated mood, inspiration, and motivation, helping you perform at your best every day.
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