One of my must have blends of Essential Oils is the Protective blend, it is my antioxidant Ninja, it kicks ass and takes names. It has oils from cloves, orange peels, Cinnamon Bark/Leafs, Eucalyptus Leaf and Rosemary Leaf and Flower.
You can completely ignore this paragraph, it is the legal disclaimers I have to throw out there. Skip to the next paragraph if you don’t want to be bored out of your mind. The FDA is very strict about what claims can be made or not about all substances and although the FDA has given Essential Oils the GRAS or generally regarded as safe designation, I do have to insert the following disclaimer: Essential Oils do not cure, prevent or treat any diseases. However, although I am a total rule follower, I am also a gangsta. I don’t think it is entirely fair to exclude the discussion of essential oils as they pertain (or could pertain) to peoples health. So, my work around, is to discuss the chemical compounds in each of the oils in this protective blend. Because there is plenty of scientific research on them, so one by one, we can go through the main ingredients in the oils to find out exactly what the active chemical compounds are, and then look at studies that find results about how those chemical compounds effect the body.
Essential oils are very complex, just like ninjas, with some essential oils having hundreds of chemicals that are naturally occurring in every drop and ninjas have billions of cells and lots of tricks. I don’t have the time, patience or brain capacity to cover all of the oils, chemical and ninja skills, so I’ll go over the main ones (the chemicals in the oils that is, not the ninja tricks). It is important to distinguish that there are naturally occurring chemicals like the ones derived from plans oils that are found in quality essential oils, and synthetic or man made chemicals that mimic the naturally occurring ones. For the sake of my sanity, I am only talking about naturally occurring chemicals here unless otherwise mentioned, mostly because I don’t want to type the words “naturally occurring” 4,000 times, although this blog post would pop up higher on google searches if I did.
Clove Oil; There have been studies done on the effectiveness and free radicals in clove oil, which happens to be the second listed ingredient in my preferred protective blend. All food substances are rated on what is called an ORAC scale or (oxygen radical absorption capacity) or a foods ability to fight free radicals. WTF is a Free Radical, we hear it all the time, but lets take a second to digest a little free radical info.
Imagine a regular, standard cell that has a neutron with 4 protons orbiting it. Right standard 4th grade science. Now imagine a cell that is pretty radical, it’s missing a proton aaaand, it’s pissed about it… right, it only has 3 of its 4protons. (these are things like cigarette smoke, off-gassing plastics and many other things) This radical cell goes into your body and takes one of the protons from a cell in your body,, right, it needs a proton. This causes the cell that it just stole the proton from to become a free radical (short a proton) that cell then steals a proton from a different neighboring, close by cell which steals a proton, and you can see where this is going. There’s a chain reaction that never ends!!!. The moral of the story is the more free radicles that are taken into your body through toxic air, off-gassing plastics, smoking or a whole slew of other things, the more your cells are unsound and trying to get the protons by stealing from each other or morphing in other ways. The best weapon to stabilize a free radical is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are cells that have an extra proton and they lend it to the cells that have been stolen from to stabilize them (really freely like a hippie gives out food) so that every cell has the proper ratio of protons to neutrons. This is where the ORAC score and Clove oil come in. When we think about foods rich in antioxidants (antioxidant foods), the blueberry usually comes to mind. Blueberries score 6,000 (six thousand, just so we are clear) on the orac scale. Cloves on the other hand, depending on which study you are looking at score over 10 million. Yes, you read that right, 10 million So you can see how giving your body a boost of clove oil, gives it a boat load of of antioxidants to use in the battle against free radicals. This is so much better than leaving those sneaky little free radicals un-attended which can lead to (depending on if the fda approves you saying so or not) leads to disease, inflammation, lower immune response and a whole slew of other uncomfortable things. Incidentally, the next closest food to the clove on the ORAC chart is the Chinese wolfberry which comes in a 100,000 so only 1 /100th of the antioxidants, but I’m sure tastes lovely. I’m planning on 1st finding out if they are poisonous and 2nd procuring some so that I can try them if it is safe.
1st on the list of ingredients here is Orange oil. (if you’re wondering why I did that out of order, it’s because Ninja’s are always full of surprises, and apparently I want to be too). Orange oil(Citrus sinensis) is a time-tested remedy (although probably not FDA approved, I’m not sure) going back thousands of years. It is documented that people of China, India, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean have used orange to ease symptoms of colds and for cleansing as well as during purification rituals. Many different cultures have also used it for improved digestion, skin problems, cleaning and lifting depression. I mean really, who doesn’t feel better when it smells yummy in the house. It is also said that Christopher Columbus carried orange seeds with him on his long journey to the Americas. So it’s quite the oil historically speaking that is.
The most prominent photochemical in orange oil is d-limonene. D-limonene is a powerhouse! The amount of research being done on D-limonene is steadily increasing but is not by any means of the imagination, exhaustive; there is still so much that can be done, and were on our way. Orange Essential Oil or, citrus sinuses is 80-96% d-limonene so when talking about d-limonene although we can’t substitute the words Wild Orange, orange oil is 80-96% d-limonene… just sayin.
One PubMed article identifies d-limonene as “Being a solvent of cholesterol, d-limonenehas been used clinically to dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones. Because of its gastric acid neutralizing effect and its support of normal peristalsis, it has also been used for relief of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). D-limonenehas well-established chemopreventive activity against many types of cancer. Evidence from a phase I clinical trial demonstrated a partial response in a patient with breast cancer and stable disease for more than six months in patients with colorectal cancer.” blah blah blah.. if you read that quickly you are way better than me. It took me a few reads, and a couple of google search terms to figure out what it meant. It is showing to be effective in breast cancer trials. Big surprise there, alternative medicine has always been “rumored” to be helpful against disease.
Another preliminary study published shows that Limonene D d–Limonene, a non-nutrient dietary component, has been found to inhibit various cancer cell growths without toxicity; Journal of Carcinogenesis. 2009, Vol. 8 Issue 1, Special section p1-9. 9p. In this Study conducted at the university of Italy, orange essential oils was investigated against three micro-organisms; Staph, Listeria and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the third of which is lesser known but causes pneumonia and UTI’s. ‘Two of the three oils tested were significantly active against the listeria, while the Valencia was active against all three (If it can fight these three germs, I’ll use it to clean my counter). So really, the main chemical in orange essential oils is d-limonene which has shown to reduce cancer cells, inhibit cancer cell growth as well as fight staph, listeria and other germs. I’ll take some, Yes Please!
Tired of getting “Hangry” or more importantly are your co-workers and family tired of you getting “angry”? Next up on our list of ingredients for the Protective Blend is Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, although you can read tons of articles about the health benefits of cinnamon an placebo controlled double blind trial published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine showed that when taken twice a day, participants taking cinnamon twice a day had lowered fasting blood sugar levels, as well as lower blood sugar levels after ingesting 75G of carbs over the placebo group that showed no difference.2
Eucalyptus Oil, is another powerhouse… are you seeing a trend? The protective blend is filled with them. Eucalyptus has wide ranging properties that include anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial. Boy is that a mouth full. In a recent Study published here it confirmed the anti bacterial properties, but went on to show synergistic qualities of eucalyptus oil when used in combination with conventional antibiotics against Acinetobacter baumannii (which we also know as a “super Bug” ). The study goes on to say that eucalyptus oil has radical scavenging properties and shows capacity to inhibit the lipid peroxidation (that is the whole stealing of electrons by free radicals we talked about earlier) Can I get a “Hell Yeahhhh!
The last ingredient in the protective blend is the Rosemary Oil. It has an ORAC score of 3,300, so again it is a free radical fighting agent, but its major chemical compound is carnosol, which has been shown to be anti inflammatory among other things. Carnosol, has been evaluated for anti-cancer property in prostate, breast, skin, leukemia, and colon cancer with promising results.(4) Pretty impressive!
So you can see how a combination of these oils is great for killing germs in your home, as well as fighting free radicals in your body. Hospitals around the country have began using essential oils for a combination of things including, reducing stress of staff and patients in emergency rooms, fighting germs, and purifying. One hospital in Washington state just had a 2 day training on essential oils and potential uses in fighting “super bugs”, but I simply can’t remember where I heard it. It is super exciting from my perspective because over the years I have tried to do everything I can to have my home be as non toxic and natural as possible. What I have known for years based on my own experiential knowledge is now being supported by science. Yippie for the Hippy!!! Here is a list of 15 uses for the Protective blend and a super easy recipe for an antibacterial hand sanitizer.
Alcohol Free, Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
- 5 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel
- 4 TBSP Water
- ¼ tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 8-10 drops On Guard
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and fill a small squeeze container for moisturizing hand sanitizer on the go. That is really awesome, and doesn’t dry out your hands like those alcohol based ones, but this does take a little bit longer to dry. And you should use caution with this sanitizer and numb chucks, as they might slip out of your hands.
15 Uses for Protective Blend
- Sniffle Season? Fight it by diffusing Protective Blend anytime you are concerned about seasonal threats or those “things that get passed around” at schools, gyms, work or other crowded venues.
- Get Charged. Mix a few drops of protective blend with 2 drops lemon Essential oil and honey in a teaspoon to soothe your throat during winter or any dry season.
- Pimp Your Carpets. Add 15 drops of protective blend to a cup of baking soda, Mix, sprinkle, allow it to sit for up to an hour, then vacuum it clean!
- Clean the Grub out of the Tub… in a Pleasing Way. Mix 5-6 drops with half a cup of baking soda to clean your bath tub and skip all the harsh chemicals.
- Be Naturally On Guard, All Day. Let protective blend with wild orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary support your immune system. One of the most popular ways to use protective blend is to add a few drops to a Veggie Capsule and Swallow. Bam! Immune System Boost!
- Augment Your Air Filters. Put a few drops of protective blend on your Car’s cabin air filter or home air filters to obliterate Dank, stale filtered air.. right from the duct.
- “An Ounce of Prevention…” Some people amp up their Zink or Vitamin C intake (Via orange juice) every autumn. If this is you, add a few drops of protective blend to your juice for added protection or take it in water to eliminate the sugar from the juice.
- Help for your Speaking Docket. If you’re a “close Talker” or public speaker, create a protective mouth rinse by adding a drop of protective blend to 4-6oz of water, gargle and pep up your Delivery. Your breath will be fresh and your mouth will be tingly.
- Your Mouth Will Thank You. Try swishing protective blend with a bit of water after dental work. You can also apply protective blend directly to your teeth and gums, or add a drop to your toothpaste to soothe irritated gums.
- Got a Pull Out Kitchen Cabinet Garbage Bin? Garbage inside a dark cabinet is an ideal breeding ground for horrific odors. When you take out the garbage, spray down your cabinet with protective blend and water.
- Eradicate That Oven Cleaner Smell. Caked on black oven gunk does not easily come off. After your oven’s self-clean cycle, spray a mix of purified water, protective blend and Lemon Essential oil onto the oven interior. This will clear up all of the greasy smells as well as the smell of the oven cleaner.
- Gym Machines Will Thank You. Before climbing on to that sweaty vinyl at the gym, spray it with a mixture of protective blend and water. To protect yourself from the last users sweat.
- Be Protected On-The-Go. Traveling to the wide open corners of the world often leaves you without hand-sanitizer handy.
- Sharing is Caring… But Not Always! A few drops of protective blend in spray Bottle with Water works wonders on grimy doorknobs, hand railings and countertops. Share germs no more!
- Smelly Pipes Got You Down? Add 5 drops protective blend to your wash during the rinse cycle for all of the benefits of protective blend in your laundry. It will leave your laundry extra clean and smelling Great.
What Other Uses can you think of For Protective Blend?