Over 700 years ago, the bubonic plague devastated most of Europe and parts of Asia and the Middle East. In addition to the loss of millions of lives, the spice trade was decimated by the pestilence. Out of desperation, four spice merchants became four thieves – darting from house to house to rob those who had succumbed to the illness.
Some say they used a combination of spices, herbs and garlic soaked in vinegar to protect themselves from the disease. Others say they used the oils of 4 sacred plants to keep themselves free of the plague. When they were finally caught, the 4 Thieves shared their recipe with the King in exchange for their freedom.
Theirs is the story behind Thieves Oil.
In modern times, people have been using a variety of essential oil (EO) blends to maintain natural health and balance in their bodies and homes.
As we shift into fall and allergies, colds and flus start to circulate among us, turning to natural remedies to keep our families happy, healthy and balanced is only natural.
My natural Thieves-inspired EO blend has evolved over years of personal use. It contains Clove, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lime, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Peppermint and Lavender.
I developed this unique combination to maximize physical health, energetic balance and vitality, all while providing a pleasant aromatic bouquet for the senses.
This EO blend is especially effective for clearing and preventing respiratory disturbances. Lime, Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender all support and strengthen respiratory and immune wellness and can act as expectorants, helping to bring up and expel mucus. Apply to the chest, back and feet. Do not use on children under 4 years of age.
Mixed with a therapeutic sea salt (such as Himalaya or Dead Sea), this EO blend can be used to clear sinuses and respiratory congestion. In addition to the physical health benefits of this blend, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender also aid in reducing depression and anxiety and increasing mental sharpness.
Add EO blend to filtered water in your diffuser to kill bacteria and viruses in the air and leave your home smelling sweet and fragrant. Clove, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Cinnamon and Lime all have some combination of antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal effect.
Because of the antibacterial and antiviral benefits listed above, this mixture can be added to a blend of vinegar, water and plant based soap to keep your house clean and kill or reduce germs.
Mix in a spray bottle and use around the house to cleanse the air, kill dust mites, bacteria and viruses and leave your house smelling fresh and clean.
Mixed with a carrier oil, this EO blend can be used to ease soar muscles and joints. Peppermint, Clove, Cinnamon and Rosemary in particular aid in reducing stiffness and achiness.
There are so many incredible ways to use essential oils. This list is truly just a start.
Remember I am not a doctor and these uses have not been approved by the FDA. There are contraindications for these oils. Some should not to be used with certain conditions, or for certain ages. Most should not be diffused or used on surfaces of a home with a cat living in it (their livers cannot process the oils).
For recipes on how to make the above blends, and a deeper discussion on the benefits of each oil, please reach out to me directly right here.
[box] Sally S Bruno is a Mother, Yoga Teacher and Herbalist in training. She loves the feel of cool earth between her toes, sun on her skin and wind in her hair. Earth is our Mother and Healer and Sally delights in exploring and sharing practices that help us all find that connection. She teaches at local yoga studios throughout Monmouth County, privately for schools, businesses, individuals and athletic teams, and owns and leads the inspirational team of outdoorsmen and women at Flow Paddle Yoga, a standup paddle board, sup yoga, kayak and outdoor adventure community. You can join Sally for international yoga retreats (Costa Rica in February 2018, Thailand in April 2018), group or private instruction and teacher trainings. For schedules, products, online yoga flows and meditations, delicious recipes and in depth explorations of the subjects of her articles visit sallysbruno.com and flowpaddleyoga.com . Email firstname.lastname@example.org[/box]
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