ORAC Scores measure Antioxidant Power of Essential Oils

The ORAC Scale on Antioxidant Capacity from the USDA

A measure of the oxygen radical absorption capacity in foods

Free radicals, and the damage they can do at the cellular level, have received a lot of attention in the last few years.  The oxidative stress caused by free radicals — which are produced during normal metabolism and cell function, as well as pollutants in our air, water and food — is implicated in everything from aging and wrinkling of skin to DNA damage, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

This is clearly an issue for anyone concerned about their health, or just looking and feeling younger.

Antioxidants to the rescue

The good news is that you’re not left to the ravages of these free radicals.  Antioxidants offer powerful, effective protection for your body and cells against their oxidative stress, by blunting the damaging effects of free radicals. But, how are you to tell which foods or other natural substances offer you the best protection from the damaging effects of free radicals?

The ORAC Scale on antioxidant capacity

USDA researchers have developed a new laboratory test to measure the oxygen radical absorption capacity of different foods and natural substances.  Known as the ORAC scale, it is one of the most sensitive and reliable methods for measuring antioxidant capacity.

The first test of its kind, the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale measures both the time and degree of free-radical inhibition.

All antioxidant capacity measures are estimated by Ferric Reducing Power, and are expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent (TE) per 100 grams (µTE/100 g).  The ORAC test is accurate to +/- 5%.

Comparison of different foods and natural substances on the ORAC scale

         FOOD                                        ORAC   SCORE  

 Carrots  210 
 Oranges 750 
 Beets  840 
 Raspberries 1,220 
 Strawberries 1,540 
 Blueberries 2,400
 Chinese Wolfberries 25,300


Comparison of Young Living’s Therapeutic Essential Oils on the ORAC scale


ESSENTIAL OILS TESTED                                  ORAC SCORE

 Sandalwood (Santalum Album)  1,655 
 Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)  2,446 
 Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)  2,517 
 Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)  3,309 
 Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)  3,669 
 Spearmint (Mentha spicata)  5,398 
 Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)  17,420 
 Lemongrass (Cymbopogen flexuosus) 17,765 
 Orange (Citrus aurantium)  18,898 
 Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)  24,157
 Rose of Sharon (Cistus ladanifer)  38,648
 Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamamum verum) 103,448
 Mountain Savory (Satureja montana) 113,071
 Oregano (Origanum compactum)  153,007
 Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)  159,590
 Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)  742,792
 Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata)  1,300,478
 Rose (Rosa damascena)  1,604,284
 Clove (Syzigium aromaticum)   10,786,875


Compare these ORAC scores with fruits, berries and vegetables and you can tell how potent essential oils really are. The oils listed at the bottom of this chart are even more powerful than wolfberries!

Clove is the champion of all with an ORAC score over 10 million!! That means a drop of Clove contains 400 times more antioxidant per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all know fruits.

Of course, the comparison isn’t quite fair since oils are concentrates while fresh fruits are not, nevertheless, a 15 ml bottle of Young Living’s Clove Oil (Code # 3524), has the antioxidant capacity of 150 lbs of carrots, 40 quarts of blueberries or 16 gallons of beet juice. Clove contains 400 times more antioxidant per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all know fruits. Clove contains 400 times more antioxidant per unit volume than wolfberries, the most powerful of all know fruits.


Have the Antioxidant Power of . . .

2.5 tablespoons of NingxiaRed Juice Juice
5 pounds of carrots
2.5 quarts of carrot juice
10 oranges
20 ounces or orange juice
2.5 pounds of beets
1 pint of beet juice
4 cups of raspberries
2.5 cups of blueberries

This means a drop of clove in your drinking water or a drop of any edible essential oil in anything you eat, is good for long, healthy living and you don’t have to eat a dozen oranges or drink a quart of beet juice every day to do it. A couple of spoonfuls of NingxiaRed Juice will do it, too.

The bottom line is this:
Young Living Therapeutic Essential Oils and Young Living products are ‘good for you.’ The benefits of breathing, applying and taking essentials oils internally while consuming the Young Living supplements are far greater than you can imagine.

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