Following on yesterday’s post Herbal Essential Oils Proven to Kill Cancer Cells and last week’s post, High Dose Vitamin C to Improve Cancer Treatment Outcomes Passes Human Safety Trial, today we are sharing some great smoothie recipes using citrus essential oils.
Smoothies are always good for Children with Cancer as it is one way that they can get the required nutrition, especially when suffering from sore mouths or are struggling to swallow as a result of their cancer treatments.
Many essential oils can also be used in recipes in place of the fruit, seed, or plant the essential oil is derived from, and citrus essential oils such as lemon, orange, lime, and grapefruit can be delicious substitutes for the juice and/or zest called for in a recipe.
Having essential oils on hand is always a good idea as they contain loads of goodness in a small bottle and one only needs to use a tiny bit at a time – 1 drop of citrus essential oil can generally substitute for 1 teaspoon of zest or 2 tablespoons of juice. If your recipe calls for the zest of the entire fruit, this works out to between 7-15 drops of its essential oil counterpart.


A word of caution: Not all essential oils are created equal! Essential oils that are readily found in chemists, supermarkets, and even health food stores are usually not organic. Even if they are, they may contain fillers.
Oils that are not labelled organic may also have been expelled using hexane, which is a chemical with known toxic exposure effects. According to PubChem, “Chronic (long-term) exposure to hexane in air is associated with polyneuropathy in humans, with numbness in the extremities, muscular weakness, blurred vision, headache, and fatigue observed. Make sure that any essential oils you are putting in your or your child’s body is the safest and best quality possible!
 

Citrus Essential Oil Smoothie Recipes

Citrus essential oils are delicious in many recipes and can be used to replace the actual fruit or rind to add flavour — but only if you use high quality essential oils that are labelled safe for consumption!
 

Coconut Mango Spinach Smoothie

Yield: Serves 2
Ingredients

  • 1 large handful organic baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango
  • 1 T coconut oil OR 1/2 small avocado
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2-4 drops orange essential oil(or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • garnish with a sprinkle of shredded coconut

 
Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Add more of the liquid in the recipe and/or water to thin to a consistency you enjoy.
  3. Pour into glasses, garnish if desired, and enjoy!

 

Kale & Green Apple Smoothie

Yield: Serves 2
Ingredients

  • 1 large handful organic baby kale OR kale with stem removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 organic green apple, quartered (stem & core removed)
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/2 med banana
  • 2-4 drops of lemon essential oil(or more to taste)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • garnish with freshly ground flax seeds

 
Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Add more of the liquid in the recipe and/or water to thin to a consistency you enjoy.
  3. Pour into glasses, garnish if desired, and enjoy!

 

Tropical Pineapple & Kiwi Smoothie

Yield: Serves 2
Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple cubes
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled & quartered (or leave the peel on if organic and well washed)
  • 1 large handful organic baby spinach
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 2-4 drops of grapefruit essential oil (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • garnish with freshly ground flax seeds or hemp hearts

 
Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
  2. Add more of the liquid in the recipe and/or water to thin to a consistency you enjoy.
  3. Pour into glasses, garnish if desired, and enjoy!

 

Notes

Try substituting orange or lemon essential oil, or try a mixture of citrus oils (i.e. 1-2 drops each of lemon, orange & grapefruit)
A note of caution regarding grapefruit essential oil: Because grapefruit is known to react with many medications, the same extends to grapefruit essential oil. Please don’t use grapefruit oil without checking with your health care provider if you’re taking a medication that is contraindicated for grapefruit.
 

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