Chocolate Orange Smoothie With Essential Oils

Chocolate Orange Smoothie With Essential Oils

 Course Breakfast, Snack
 Prep Time 5 minutes
 Total Time 5 minutes
 Servings 24 ounces
 Author: Lindsey Dietz

Ingredients

  • cup almond or cashew milk or water
  • cup frozen okra
  • mandarin orange peeled
  • tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • scoop collagen
  • tablespoon raw honey
  • drops orange essential oil
  • 1 cup of ice
  • scoop plant protein powder or plain, grass-fed, non-denatured whey protein concentrate
  • teaspoon– 1 tablespoon MCT Oil optional
  • extra orange slices or cacao nibs for garnish (optional)

Makes 1 24-ounce serving or divide in half for 2 kid-sized servings.

Instructions

  1. Into a high-powered blender, combine all the ingredients EXCEPT the protein powder of choice and garnishes.
  2. Blend on high, until smooth — about 50 seconds.
  3. Add the scoop of protein powder and blend again for 45 to 50 seconds.
  4. Pour into a large glass and garnish with extra mandarin orange slices and/or cacao nibs for a pleasant crunch. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Makes 1 24-ounce serving, or divide in half for 2 kid-sized servings.

Citation:

Dietz, Lindsey. “Chocolate Orange Smoothie With Essential Oils {& a Secret Green Ingredient!}.” All The Nourishing Things, 5 Sept. 2017, allthenourishingthings.com/chocolate-orange-smoothie-with-essential-oils/.

Essential Oils: Sleep

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Essential oils can be a great tool for sleep, whether you struggle with insomnia, sleep apnea, or are simply having a bad day and need some help relaxing. Smelling the oils, either through a diffuser or through topical application, can help our brain chemistry to balance in such a manner that promotes sleep.

“Cells inside the nose detect smells in our environment, and send information to the brain, via the olfactory nerve…The information about smell goes immediately to the limbic system of the brain, which includes regions like the amygdala that control emotional reactions and memory.” (Breus). This means that smells are taken in through the olfactory nerves (which we smell with) and translated into messages in the brain, such as memory triggers or emotions. Because our emotions can be effected by smell, the use of essential oils can be very effective at calming the mind and creating relaxation.

Aroma therapy, while a recent trend in holistic health, is an ancient practice and “for years, scientists have been conducting studies into the sleep-promoting, stress-relieving, pain-reducing and mood-regulating benefits of essential oils” (Brues). They help both directly with sleeping and with relaxation and stress-relief. One of the biggest inhibitors of sleep in this day and age is stress and the inability to properly relax. Using essential oils as a sleep aid has become more and more popular because it is natural, safe, and effective.

Citation:

“Selling Essential Oils: Can You Make Money?” Family Food Garden, http://www.familyfoodgarden.com/love-essential-oils-make-from-home/.

Breus, Michael J. “7 Essential Oils For Relaxation And Better Sleep.” Your Guide to Better Sleep, TheSleepDoctor, 12 June 2018, thesleepdoctor.com/2018/06/12/7-essential-oils-for-relaxation-and-better-sleep/.