DIY Thieves Essential Oil
Unfortunately, the holiday season is usually accompanied by the cold and flu season, at least in our household. Since my oldest has an autoimmune disease and is on an immunosuppressant, I take all measures to prevent illness, but sometimes the inevitable is not preventable. So here we are, in the thick of the sickness, with Christmas right around the corner. I'm hoping tomorrow brings a bit of health so I can send the kiddos back to school. I could really use a day alone to prepare for next week, wrap some presents, finish up the errands and squeeze a much-needed hot yoga class in. Fingers crossed!
Over on Instagram (you can follow me @Kickncrohns) a few people suggested I try thieves essential oil. We've been using essential oils for awhile, and as you can tell by the photo above, I'm not married to one particular brand. I did a little research on thieves and turns out there is a bit of history behind it. Thieves oil (also known as Four Thieves Oil) is an ancient essential oils recipe that was used during the Bubonic plague, which haunted Europe's Late Middle Ages (1340–1400). This plague, also know as Black Death, hit in 1347 and quickly ran rampant, killing a third of the human population by 1348. Robbers who sought to avoid catching the bubonic plague while stealing from the ill used Four Thieves Oil in an attempt to ward off the disease.
It’s a mixture of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils; all of which contain potent antiviral, antibiotic, anti-fungal and immune building properties.
Cinnamon bark was unavailable at our local EarthFare so I picked up cinnamon leaf. Both contain the active compound cinnamaldehyde, which is equally found in both the leaf and the bark oils. According to a 2007 study conducted by Spain's Universidad de Murcia, cinnamon-leaf and cinnamon-bark oil, along with clove oil, contained antimicrobial properties. Further research has proved that the cinnamon leaf oil contains anti-inflammatory properties.
DIY Thieves Oil
20 drops clove essential oil
16 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
1 2 ounce glass jar with lid
1 glass eye dropper
1. Combine the essential oils in a clean, disinfected 2 ounce glass jar using the eye dropper.
2. Shake well.
3. Use as suggested below.
How To Use Thieves Essential Oil:
* We use most of our oils in a diffuser. I have one in my son's room, one in a bathroom and one in the kitchen. Add 5-8 drops of the oil with water and defuse.
* You can also add a couple drops to a base oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil) and rub on the stomach in a clockwise circular motion and on the bottom of the feet at bedtime.
* Make a chest rub. Combine 8-10 drops of thieves oil with 1/4 cup raw coconut butter, coconut oil or Shea butter. When making a chest rub I like to add a couple extra drops of eucalyptus oil. Mix together well and store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
For more on the history of Thieves Oil, read this article. We're history buffs over here and love submerging ourselves in the knowledge of the past.
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
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