Today we have a special guest blogger taking over MinnesotaFromScratch. Sandy is CEO of Millionaire Moms, a Freelance writer, Success Coach and Mompreneur. She and her husband have 5 amazing children and have been blissfully married for 21 years — their secret? No TV! Sandy’s 2014 motto is “Do Less and Enjoy More!” I hope you enjoy the informative article she has to share with us today about Thieves Oil…
The mysterious tale of Thieves Oil takes place in the 15th century in the midst of the Black Plague. The story claims there was a band of thieves who robbed the dead and dying but seemed to be totally immune. These unscrupulous but very successful four thieves were finally captured in France and convicted of these terrible crimes. While they were in court, a plea bargain was entered into. If they would tell the court officials how they were able to escape the plague while being in constant contact with the infected corpses there sentence would be less severe. It was then conveyed that they had a special concoction they prepared since they had a good knowledge of spices and fragrances. Apparently the thieves had simply rubbed themselves with aromatic herbs (cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary). These herbs each had their own benefits but when put together were so powerful as to help them become immune even to the plague.
Fast forward about five centuries and Thieves Oil is being used in many forms. Its claim to fame is the fact that it is still anti-viral, anti-bacterial as well as anti-septic like the infamous original.
The spray version can be used as a hand sanitizer or many people diffuse it to ward off colds and the flu. I love the way this essential oil smells when you diffuse it in any room in your house to help protect yourself from all those nasty flu bugs.
Here’s my favorite version DIY version:
Thieves Essential Oil:
Take 2 teaspoons each of the following essential oils: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. Add to a small glass bottle with a dropper. This undiluted essential oil will be very strong and can be added to a diffuser to fight infection. I recommend using 5-7 drops. To create a spray you can use directly on your hands or surfaces to disinfect, you can dilute the essential oil by using a “carrier oil”. It is fine to use olive oil since most people have it on hand. Use 2 tablespoons of the carrier oil and 20 drops of the Thieves oil.
Interesting Ways to Use Thieves Oil
• Diffuse in your home to keep the germ count down.
• Breathe in the vapors to clear congestion.
• Add a few drops to your dishwasher for sanitizing.
• Mix with water in spray bottle to repel insects on plants.
• Use to dissolve the gummy adhesive on price labels
If you are short on time or just not into DIY, you can also buy Thieves Oil already blended and ready to use. The brand I recommend can be found here.
Simple Life Mom says
Awesome!! I love essential oils. Any learning of new combinations always great. http://simplelifemom.com