I’ve recenlty become very interested in essential oils for health and wellness, after reading several good books about using them. Essential oils have been used for health and wellness dating back to ancient Egypt and beyond.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to effect or alter a person’s mood as well as their health and wellness.
You may have experienced the calming effect of using essential oils in a diffuser or in your bath. But did you know that essential oils have medicinal uses as well?
Essential Oils for Health and Wellness*
Each essential oil has different properties which are useful for various types of health and wellness. Most essential oils contain antimicrobial properties including: antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal or a combination there of.
It’s important to buy organic essential oils to ensure that there are no pesticides or other chemical residue in your oils. Essential oils should be stored in a cool, dark place for up to a year. They will last longer (up to two years) if stored in the fridge.
The Legend of Thieves Oil
History says in the 15th century when the plague was ravaging Europe, a band of thieves was steeling from the sick and dying without ever catching the plague.
In exchange for their lives when the thieves were finally caught they were asked to explain how they had warded off the plague. Their secret: rags soaked in a blend of essential oils were wrapped to cover their noses and mouths. Any viruses and bacteria that came in contact with the essential-oil-soaked rags were killed on contact, and so the thieves never breathed in pathogens.
The Thieves Oil recipe has been passed down through history and this blend of anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal essential oils is still used to keep us healthy today. There are several different “Thieves Oil” blends commercially available and most include some of these key ingredients.
Keep Viruses Away With Thieves Oil
Thieves Oil is very easy to make if you prefer to make your own. I use a few drops in the palm of my hand as a hand sanitizer after I’ve been to the store, used an ATM or pumped gas. Rub your palms together and then deeply breathe in the scent of the oils for a refreshing pick-me-up. Breathing in the essential oils can also help boost your immune system by coating your mucosa with microscopic drops of oil that can kill bacteria and viruses in your nose, sinuses, and lungs on contact.
Thieves Oil Recipe**
20 drops organic Clove Bud essential oil
35 drops organic Lemon essential oil
15 drops organic Cinnamon Bark essential oil
10 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops organic Rosemary essential oil
10 drops organic Raventsara essential oil
10 drops organic Frankincense essential oil
10 drops organic Myrrh essential oil
**This deliciously fragrant recipe for Thieves Oil is modified from MoutainRoseHerbs.
8oz of Aloe Gel [Aubrey Organics Aloe Gel has the perfect consistency for hand sanitizer.]
2 TBSP of Witch Hazel
Mix your carrier base in a glass jar, and add the drops of essential oil. Pour into 2-oz or larger spritzer bottles.
It is important to note that most essential oils should not be used directly on the skin, as they can be quite strong and some people can have skin reactions to them. They are best used mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil, or in a carrier base of aloe gel mixed with witch hazel.
There is too much information on essentials to cover everything here, but if you are interested in learning more The Essential Guide to Oils: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being is a great primer on essential oils for health and wellness.
You can find many essential oils online at Neil’s Yard Remedies Organic.
Leave a comment to let me know how your Thieves Oil works for you!
*Please be extremely careful with essential oils if you have cats or kittens. The cat’s liver is not the same as most other mammals, and cats can not metabolize essential oils. Some essential oils can be very toxic to cats. Here’s a great article with more info on Essential Oil Safety & Cats.