The season of germs, runny noses, congestion, and coughing is nearly knocking on our door. Since I JUST got over being sick, it occurred to me that all of those cold and flu medicines on that were in my medicine cabinet could be replaced with more natural alternatives that wouldn’t be near as destructive on my family’s bodies. I have been obsessively reading and re-reading “Treatment Alternatives for Children” by Dr. Lawrence Rosen and Jeff Cohen. It has become one of my favorite sources for information on natural alternatives. I have found quite a few options (both in books and online) that require all those essential oils that you have on hand as well. Next week I will give you more natural remedies to use all of those essential oils.
My goal this winter is to keep my family free of sickness. Honestly, I know just how epic that kind of statement is, and that I have slim chances of accomplishing this goal 100%, but I am serious about trying everything that I can to keep my family healthy and happy all the way through the winter. To do this, I am going to have to battle with my best foot forward. My secret weapon this year is going to be “thieves” oil! This stuff is so amazing, i just couldn’t wait to tell you guys about it! The story that goes along with it, is even more amazing though.
Strong enough to kill the plague
Thieves oil is an essential oil blend based on a story from around the 15th century, when the bubonic plague was running rampid through Europe and Asia. Four thieves from Europe, who were notoriously robbing the infectious dead bodies of all their possessions. They, miraculously, never contracted the highly infectious plague and this led to deep inquiry in court after they were caught and charged. The magistrate offered them a deal, their secret for a reduced sentence. Taking the deal, they told stories of their herbal knowledge and their powerful medicinal properties when combined in certain ways. This specific herbal blend that they had created, concocted from aromatic herbs, was HIGHLY EFFECTIVE in killing all of the airborne bacteria. Some of the stories told speak of it in a vinegar form, while others talk about a blend that was in a mask over their faces. In 1997, Weber State University did a study that found the Thieves essential oil blend to have a 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria. We don’t know whether or not thieves story is true, but the essential oils are truly antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. They will stimulate the immune system, circulation and respiratory system, and help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more.
“Research conducted at Weber State University in cooperation with D. Gary Young, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, especially those high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect the Isrealites from the plagues that decimated ancient Egypt. It may also help us understand why a notorious group of theives, reputed to be spice traders and perfumers, was protected from the Black Plague as they robbed the bodies of the dead during the 15th century.” (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, p6)
If you are interested in thieves oil, but don’t want the “inconvenience” of mixing your own oils, you CAN buy Thieves oil from the Young Living website. I will warn you, it’s like $35 to buy 1 oz of Thieves oil, but I bought all five of the essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. They are all certified organic and 100%, not cut with any outside contaminants. You can diffuse this oil around your house to try and kill off and prevent any future illnesses. Here is my recipe for thieves oil.
Medicine Woman Essential Oil Blend
200 drops of clove essential oil (or 2 1/2 tsp.)
175 drops of lemon essential oil (or 2 tsp. + 25 drops)
100 drops of cinnamon leaf essential oil (cinnamon bark will work if you are diffusing but if you want to make anything to go on the skin, use cinnamon leaf) (or 1 tsp. + 25 drops)
75 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (or 1 tsp.)
50 drops of rosemary essential oil (1/2 tsp.)
SAFETY TIP – THIS BLEND IS NOT SAFE FOR USE TOPICALLY OR FOR DIFFUSION ON SMALL CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 10 DUE TO THE EUCALYPTUS AND ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OILS. If you would like a child friendly version, you can find my Medicine Woman Jr. recipe here.
Store in a dark glass container away from heat and sunlight, preferably in a cool location. Don’t forget to always use a carrier oil with all your essential oil blends. Some people find its warming sensations to be quite nice when they have a cold or the flu. It’s very effective to create a mixture of 1 drop thieves oil and 4 drops carrier oil (an oil that is used to dilute essential oils, such as olive, almond, coconut, hemp seed, etc. It is important to dilute essential oils as they are very strong and concentrated and can cause skin irritation and more) and massage into the lower back, tops of achy thighs, and on the back of the neck. Don’t forget the most important place to do this ritual though; on your feet. Yes, you heard me. At the slightest tickle in the back of your throat you can rub this baby on your feet, throw your socks on, and sleep on it over night; the next morning you are fit as a fiddle!
The wonderful spicy smell that this oil provides, is a perfect warm inviting scent in your home, for the holidays. If you want to go even further with your de-germing your household, you can use this oil in everything you clean with; from your all-purpose cleaning spray, to your mopping solution, and even your laundry! The sky is the limit, just be careful about how you apply it to your body!
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