What is it?
The S-ORAC score is the “Superoxide Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity” test, developed by USDA researchers at Tufts University. It measures a drink’s ability to neutralize the dangerous superoxide free radical by increasing superoxide dismutase. This is the most destructive free radical in the body.
In Ningxia Red?
The S-ORAC test showed wolfberry has unsurpassed ability to absorb the bad free radicals that attack the body and contribute to abnormal cellular activity and aging.
•Dynamic energy and stamina without harmful stimulants like caffeine.
•Key glyconutrients that fuel vital energy systems.
•Unique protein-polysaccharides that help support proper immune function.
•Highest levels of naturally occurring, age-supporting S-ORAC activity
•Great taste with no sugary “junk-juices added.
•In reformulation, GI went from 19 down to 14.Both the mineral profile and the mineral balance of the Ningxia wolfberry is without equal in the plant kingdom.
•Contains potassium, single most important mineral to human health and longevity.
•21% fiber by weight – more fiber than oat bran – one of the highest percentages of fiber in any whole food.
Stats on the Wolfberry:
Over 21 Essential Minerals
18 Amino Acids
High Ellagic Acid
Tons of Beta Carotene
Vitamins B1,B2, B3, B6, C, E
... and that's just the wolfberry... not to mention the other fruits in our Ningxia blend. Just imagine the amazing goodness in one beautiful bottle of health and deliciousness.
Why is all this so important?
Well, the standard American diet just isn't meeting our nutritional needs. By the end of the day, our body is like a slice of Swiss cheese... full of nutritional holes. Knowing a mere two ounces of Ningxia will fill those gaps is comforting, isn't it?
What is an essential oil anyway?
I mean, we know we steamed some plant matter, bottled it, and use it for various things...but really, what is it?Well... turns out... a pretty BIG DEAL.You see, all plants have essential oils in them. Some have likened it to the life blood of a plant. Is it really? Eh. The jury is out on this one. Debate exists as to whether or not it functions this way. Let me tell you what we do know. When a plant is injured, essential matter in the plant heads to the site of the injury and tries to regenerate the plant. hmmmm. Sounds like blood in a human body. As the plant is growing, essential matter continuously rebuilds and replenishes the plant and the roots, ensuring healthy growth and delivering adequate nutrition. hmmmm. Sounds like blood in a human body. When cut, the plant leaks this essential matter from the cut until a mending can occur (once again with the matter rushing to the injury.) hmmmm. Sounds like blood in a human body. Interesting. Why some scientists argue essential oil is not the life's blood of a plant, but rather just a by product of the plant itself, I will never know.
As with any science, we never know everything, and often do change what we know. What is concrete textbook knowledge today, is wiped out and replaced tomorrow. Anyone remember learning Pluto was a planet and we thought the earth was the center of the universe...and oh, by the way...it was flat?
By definition essential oils are the aromatic liquids found within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, and seeds. They are volatile, which means the scent rises quickly in the air. They have been used for hundreds of uses throughout history.They are so tiny. Oh, so tiny. They are measured in a system called Daltons. Air, exhaust from a car, smog in a city -- these are things measured in Daltons. So small they can cross the blood-brain barrier in the human body. Read that again. So small they can cross the blood-brain barrier in the human body. No joke. Not many things can, you know. The barrier is designed to keep harmful things out. Certain pharmaceuticals are able to cross this barrier due to their manufactured specifics, but most do not. Air does. Exhaust does. Smog in a city does. Fearful yet? Don't be. Essential oils do cross this barrier. Nice to know something healthy and happy can get in there, too, isn't it?
All this leads us to purity! Does it really matter? I mean, come on. Is anything ever really pure? Do you know what one part per billion looks like? Ever thought about it? One part per billion is the equivalent of half a teaspoon in an Olympic size swimming pool. Do you know there are 660,000 gallons of water in an Olympic size swimming pool? In teaspoons that is 506,880,164. Just in case you were wondering. Okay... so now... you buy an essential oil in a pretty bottle with a bunch of claims wrapped around the nicely designed label.It says: "certified" "organic" "tested" "synthetic free" YAY, you! Great label reading. So you buy it. We've all been there...fooled by pretty marketing.
Let's analyze a couple of these statements for a moment:
1. Certified? By whom? Do you know there is no certification in the United States for essential oils? None. Zip. Nada. While private companies issue their "stamp" of certification, or some will trademark it into their bottle, there is NO GOVERNING certification in existence for essential oils.
2. Organic? hmmmm. Well. Maybe. In the United States, federal legislation defines three levels of organic foods. Products made entirely with certified organic ingredients and methods can be labeled "100% organic," while only products with at least 95% organic ingredients may be labeled simply "organic." Both of these categories may also display the "USDA Organic" seal. A third category, containing a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, can be labeled "made with organic ingredients.Think about this a second. When you grabbed your organic whatever, did you analyze the label to be certain it said 100%?? Or did it just say made with organic? With 95% organic able to bear the seal of "USDA ORGANIC," this quite possibly means you just paid a lot of money for nothing. 5% can easily be synthetics, chemicals, and fillers. CHEMICALS. With the label, the beautiful label everyone searches for and identifies with..."USDA ORGANIC"
Lastly, on the topic of organic -- which we have now all realized is a marketing sham used by companies willing to pay the government for a stamp of approval, while small farmers everywhere who are BEYOND organic in their growing cannot afford to pay for certification -- I would like to leave you with the thought that even arsenic is organic. You wouldn't consume arsenic, would you? But according to our government...if it is organic it, too, can bear the holy symbol of organics.
Back to that swimming pool. How many teaspoons of arsenic would stop you from putting your kids in there? One? Two? A few dozen? How about just a teaspoon added a day, long term?
In the world of essential oils, we are always talking parts per billion ... or even trillion. One drop contains approximately 40 million-trillion molecules. Numerically that is a 4 with 19 zeros after it: 40,000,000,000,000,000,000. We have 100 trillion cells in our bodies, and that's a lot. But one drop of essential oil contains enough molecules to cover every cell in our bodies with 40,000 molecules. Seriously. Mind BLOWN. This is why it takes so little, just a drop or two, for the desired result. This is why, just like air, it is viable and beneficial when breathed in. This is why when you put it on your skin, the oh so tiny particles sink into your pours and are in every cell in your body in less than half an hour.
This would also be why purity matters. Anything...ANYTHING... added to the essential oil...synthetic, chemical, filler, pesticides or weed killer to the plant...ANYTHING added is going right along with those beautiful little molecules all the way to your brain, surrounding all the cells in your body, and either helping support a healthy life, or slowing poisoning you to death.To me, a teaspoon matters. To Young Living, a teaspoon matters. I sure hope it matters to you and your family, too.
History, history, history. KNOW your history. For those who are history buffs like me, this is fascinating. Young Living has a history which spans back almost 30 years! It all started with an injured logger (Gary Young), a passion for health and healing, and a chance meeting between two men who both knew the world needed more than what was being offered from essential oil companies at the time. Jean-Noël Landel, the man Gary met, forever changed the way he looked at essential oils. A French farmer, he did not farm plants the way Americans did. He did not grow or distill them the same. Such care, consideration, and research were put into his efforts. This type of farming had not been seen in the United States. Our culture of the time was to plant a bunch, distill quickly at high temperatures, and bottle with several added constituents to stretch the quantity, preserve the oil, or synthetically alter the smell and compounds to yield a more pleasing product to the senses. Jean-Noël listened to the plants. He grew without pesticides or weed killers. Rotated his crops perfectly. Added minerals and enzymes to the plants, harvested just the blossoms rather than uprooting and destroying the plant, distilled at a lower temperatures in beautiful old copper distills used in France for centuries, and made certain the utmost care and consideration were used when working with the plants and essential oils. Truly Providence, Gary just happened to meet and befriend one of the most amazing and knowledgeable men in the world of essential oils. How wonderful for all of us, he knew immediately how rare and valuable this experience was, saved up his money, and flew to France to learn everything Jean-Noël was willing to teach him. The two became best friends and partners. I have personally met Jean-Noël, and his son, who is continuing the traditions of his family. Honestly, I have never met a man so humble and kind. How lucky for all of us that he taught Gary how to properly farm and distill essential oils so we could have them in our country, too!
When Gary left France and Jean-Noël, he came back with smuggled lavender seeds filling his boots, and immediately set about planting and farming his two small pieces of land in Washington and Idaho, using all of the methods he had learned in France. Farming the right way has its rewards. The plants grew more beautiful and bountiful than those commercially grown in the US. Designing his first distiller to replicate those he had seen in France, Gary began distilling his own plants. As time went on, Gary, the ultimate researcher and farmer, learned to plant a larger variety of crops, build newer and more modern distilleries, and learn more about the science and history of essential oils. He traveled all over the globe to find the plants he wanted, study the environment, and develop more farms exclusively dedicated to the farming, research, and education of essential oils. Today we have about a dozen farms and partner farms. Our farms: dedicated to plants and essential oils grown in beyond organic conditions. Essential oils are used as pesticides on the plants. Some of these include lemongrass, clove, cinnamon bark, oregano, and eucalyptus essential oils. Plants are hand-weeded, so don't be surprised when you go to the farm and there are a few weeds in and among the plant rows. I've had the pleasure of helping out at one of the farms on numerous occasions and can tell you: it is hard back-breaking work! Most of our farms have distilleries on site. All of them have labs on site. Plants are given enzymes and minerals from composting, worm farms, and earth minerals/enzymes. While we strive to grow plants in native climates (most of our plants grow in the world zones they come from) we often look to the plant to figure out how it will grow best. Sometimes this means the best plant comes from planting it in a vastly different region. A prime example of this is our peppermint. While most species of peppermint grow at low elevations, Gary found by planting it up in higher elevation. At 2,000 ft on our Idaho farm, the peppermint we grow has shown to be one of the most amazing species of peppermint, with high levels of menthol and hundreds of amazing compounds shown to be phenomenal.
With our partner farms: all must use the same care and growing practices as our main farms. We are in close relation with them and monitor every step of their farming. Gary's farming mission: to continue to gain and grow farms. He would like Young Living to be entirely self-sufficient in our plants and farms. Some day, for sure!
Some of our farms:
Northern Lights, Canada Farm
Tansy Harvest at Idaho Farm
Ecuador In-Depth Farm view -- long video
Mona Farm, Utah
Newest Farm in Croatia -- not really a big farm yet
Oman Farm - Frankincense