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Pretty much every day, and certainly every evening, I put essential oils in my diffuser. My daytime diffuser sits in our kitchen, which is an open space to the dining area. I spend a lot of time around there, so I like to enhance my moods and physical health with the benefits of essential oils
The essential oils, and their benefits, in my daytime favorite, which I name Peace and Joy are as follows. Benefits and other information are listed for use in diffusing (inhaling), topical application, and ingestion.
Lemon: cleaning, lymph drainage, cleanses the body, antibacterial, antitumoral, antiseptic, improves microcirculation, immune stimulant (increases white blood cells), improves memory; use for circulatory problems, arteriosclerosis, obesity, parasites, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, anxiety, hypertension, digestive problems; acne; use with local honey to treat/sooth a sore throat; drink in water to promote weight loss; detox for gallbladder and lymphatic system (drink in water)
topical, inhale, diffuse, ingest
Caution: avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight within 24 hours
Made from the peel
Sweet orange: eases stress and anxiety (when used as aromatherapy); Improves digestion and helps to relieve constipation; Nourishes dry, irritated and acne-prone skin when mixed with a carrier oil and applied as a cream; Promotes a feeling of happiness and warmth when used in aromatherapy; Helps to eliminate toxins from the body; Helps in stimulating lymphatic action to promote balance in water processes and detoxification of the body; antimicrobial properties; may prevent the proliferation of E. coli bacteria; Natural remedy for high blood pressure; anti-inflammatory; Reduces anxiety and boosts mood; Natural anti-depressant; mild tranquilizer
Comes from Citrus sinensis, the oranges you are used to eating. It is derived from the fruit, especially the rind.
Grapefruit: supports metabolism, cellulite reduction, antitumoral, metabolic stimulant, antiseptic, detoxifying, diuretic, fat-dissolving, cleansing for kidneys, lymphatic and vascular system, antidepressant. Rich in limonene, which has been studied for its ability to combat tumor growth. Used for Alzheimer’s, fluid retention, depression, obesity, liver disorders, anxiety
Mix with coconut oil and rub on areas of cellulite, or take a few drops internally with water
topical, inhale, diffuse, ingest
Caution: avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight w/in 24 hours
Frankincense: reduces inflammation, destroys cancer, spiritual awareness; boosts immune system, treats autoimmune disorders, fights infections, improves anxiety ,heals skin (acne, scars), balances hormone levels, regulates estrogen production, eases digestion (helps produce bowel movements), beneficial in reducing symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, sleep aid, antiviral; contains sesquiterpenes which stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) and the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. (The hypothalamus is the master gland of the body, producing many vital hormones including thyroid and growth hormone.)
Breathe it for immune, colon, lungs
Apply to neck and feet to boost immune system
sometimes referred to as olibanum
topically, inhale, diffuse, or ingest
This is a potent oil: if you ingest, dilute it first, and do not ingest large quantities.
Mix 6 drops to one ounce of carrier oil and apply to the skin to fight
sagging, wrinkling (helps tighten skin)
Helps speed digestion, like digestive enzymes (modulates the gut)
Add a few drops to a cloth and inhale for respiratory assistance (good for asthma or allergies); or an oil diffuser.
Inhaling also helps relieve muscle aches, stress, and negative emotions.
Rosemary: thickens hair, improves brain function and memory; good for Alzheimer’s, soothes aches and pains, balances androgen and estrogen, liver detox and gall bladder function (benefits bile flow, reduces plasma liver enzymes), lowers cortisol (lowers stress), protects the liver, anti-tumoral, antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, enhances mental clarity & concentration, relieves throat & lung infections
an evergreen oil
from labiatae family
part of the “four thieves” formula
add a drop to shampoo for healthy hair
dilute to apply topically, directly inhale, diffuse, ingest
Cautions: do not use on children under 4 years of age; avoid using on persons with high blood pressure
Peppermint: digestion, aids in absorption, cools heat in the digestive lining; focus, energy booster, fever reducer, relieves headaches and body/muscle aches. Anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain-relieving, curbs appetite, helps with irritable bowel system; improves focus, improves breathing (bronchitis, pneumonia, allergies); relieves headaches (2 drops peppermint + 2 drops lavender, rub on forehead)
Can rub right on the stomach to relieve symptoms; also rub on bug bites for a few days to relieve itch
topical, inhale, diffuse, ingest
inhale 5-10 x/day to curb appetite
do not apply to infants younger than 18 mo
Eucalyptus: good for respiratory issues like bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies; insect repellent (helps block malaria), expectorant, mucolytic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-aging; respiratory/sinus infections, decongestant, rheumatism/arthritis
can use the leaves to cover wounds, to disinfect
a spray of 2% eucalyptus oil will kill 70% of airborne staph bacteria
topical, inhale, diffuse, ingest
Just think of all the health benefits we get from essential oils!
To make Peace and Joy Blend:
3 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil
3 drops Frankincense essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil OR eucalyptus essential oil
Fill diffuser to manufacturer’s instructions with tap water (mine holds 2 oz, or ¼ cup).
Drop essential oils into the water. (Amounts are really up to you.)
Early on in my health issues journey, I started researching (online) natural health (aka functional health or functional nutrition). I investigated essential oils, herbs, and eating properly. Why this route, instead of pharmaceuticals? Because God gave us what we need, and I needed to learn from people who understood that. After all, steroid use was primarily what got me into my health issues in the first place (well, that and the fact that I had been such a poor steward of the original health God gave me). I no longer wanted chemicals and medicines: these are the widely-used tools that, to me, represent what people have been messing up, mostly to make money.
I learned a lot in that first year. One of the most beneficial tools I found was the Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle that I purchased. Mind you, this was the only purchase I made in my pursuit of health knowledge: all the other information I gathered was free.
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Thieves Blend, or Four Thieves Blend, has been around since the Middle Ages, give or take a few centuries. There are many stories surrounding the name and the mixture, but most herbalists, scientists, and doctors agree on its effectiveness.
Thieves Blend of essential oils is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-viral. Granted, many microbes are beneficial to the human body, but God provides amazing protection against the harmful ones through His plants.
Benefits of Thieves Blend:
Cleans the air of germs and molds as you diffuse
Prevents against food spoilage
Stops unwanted microbes and superbugs
Alleviates discomfort due to arthritis, muscle pains, joint pains, nausea, vomiting, gum issues, and ulcers
Powerful emotional and physiological effects from diffusing
The use of Thieves oil dates all the way back to the year 1413. The time of the infamous Bubonic Plague (aka The Black Death) ran rampant through Europe and Asia. The plague spread like wild-fire amongst the citizens, and the physicians alike. It seemed impossible to be in the vicinity without contracting it, and at the time, the sickness really did mean ultimate death.
However, four thieves, who were notoriously robbing the infected dead bodies of all their possessions, miraculously never contracted the highly infectious plague, were captured and charged for stealing from the sick and dying.
The crime these four men committed was punishable by being burnt alive. The judge was so intrigued by how these men had stayed immune to this terrible disease, that he told them if they shared their secret he would spare them this punishment. Taking the deal, they told stories of their herbal knowledge and their powerful medicinal properties when combined in certain ways.
The Thieves told the judge their secret: they were perfume and spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of the sea ports and the devastation of the plague. In this age, physicians were seen wearing long black robes, wide brimmed hats, and masks that appeared to have a beak. The reason being that the masks were said to have contained a combination of herbs, spices, and essential oils that the physicians would breathe in order to keep themselves safe from those afflicted with the illness.
Their long black robes were also said to be doused in a similar fragrant concoction and current research continues to build upon this theory. They had prepared an essential oil recipe that when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet and masks over their mouths, kept them safe from infection.
The judge stayed true to his word. The men were not burned alive, but instead they were hanged for their crimes.
From then on, the doctors who treated the Black Death victims appropriately used this special blend. The beak is how doctors got the long-lasting nickname “quack”.
Yet another version of the story relates that a man named Richard Forthave developed and sold the preparation, and that the blend was originally referred to as Forthave’s. Over time, his name became corrupted to Four Thieves.
There are many versions of how Thieves Blend is made, but the basic ingredients are essential oils of lemon, clove, cinnamon, and rosemary. Those are included in the Young Living brand, as well as eucalyptus. Other mixtures contain also oils of white camphor, sweet orange, thyme, and sage.
A sample recipe for Thieves Blend:
8 drops of Clove Essential Oil 7 drops of Lemon Essential Oil 4 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil 3 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil 2 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
How to use Thieves Blend
Using the blend straight:
Combine 1 drop Thieves Blend to 4 drops of carrier oil to massage on soles of feet, lower back, neck, hands, temples, and behind the ears. This can be used on everyone, but you may wish to spot-test for sensitivity first.
Add to dish water
Add 5-6 drops to a load of laundry
Wash pet dishes in a solution of soapy water and 1-2 drops of oil
Add 10-15 drops to a bucket of soapy water to clean floors
Sprinkle on your face mask to kill microbes coming and going
All-Purpose Spray: 2 drops of Thieves Blend per ounce of water. Add the oil to the bottle first, then the water. Shake well each time you use it. Use the spray for cleaning around the home.
You can also combine with vodka and/or witch hazel instead of water, and spray on surfaces as an anti-microbial; wipe off or leave on, as indicated. Suggested surfaces:
Stuffed animals / toys
Mattresses / bedding
Take on trips and use in guest rooms or hotels
Spray on your face mask, both sides
Thieves Blend is good for diffusing throughout the air.
There is also a Thieves Vinegar. Fill a jar with herbs and slices of lemon, garlic, sage, lavender, thyme, rosemary, mint, and wormwood. Pour vinegar to cover all, and cap tightly. Allow to steep for several days. As with Fire Cider, this is shelf-stable. To use, rub over hands, sip lightly, or consume with rice or vegetables (do not cook it, though).
According to Wikipedia, “an original copy of the recipe posted on the walls of Marseilles during an episode of the plague: Take three pints of strong white wine vinegar, add a handful of each of wormwood, meadowsweet, wild marjoram and sage, fifty cloves, two ounces of campanula roots, two ounces of angelic, rosemary and horehound and three large measures of camphor. Place the mixture in a container for fifteen days, strain and express then bottle. Use by rubbing it on the hands, ears and temples from time to time when approaching a plague victim.”
I suffer from allergy reactions in the fall: sneezing, drippy nose, stuffy nose, bit of a sore throat / cough from all that stuff siphoning down… etc.
One of my best remedies for this is my allergy inhaler. I get these tube-shaped inhalers through amazon, but they likely sell elsewhere, as well.
The tubes come apart: The lid slides off, then pull off the inhaling tip, and there is a glass bottle to unscrew. Cotton rolls come with the inhalers. Simply drop some essential oils onto the cotton roll, insert into the glass bottle, and put the tube back together. Easy peasy.
Boy howdy, you’ll know when you’ve inhaled this! If you inhale deeply, you’ll be able to feel it ‘way into your sinuses.
Eucalyptus essential oil benefits: good for respiratory issues like bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies; insect repellent (helps block malaria), expectorant, mucolytic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-aging; respiratory/sinus infections, decongestant, rheumatism/arthritis; a spray of 2% eucalyptus oil will kill 70% of airborne staph bacteria
Peppermint essential oil benefits: digestion, aids in absorption, cools heat in the digestive lining, focus, energy booster, fever reducer, relieves headaches and body/muscle aches. Anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, antiparasitic (worms), antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, gallbladder/digestive stimulant, pain-relieving, curbs appetite, helps with irritable bowel system; improves focus, improves breathing (bronchitis, pneumonia, allergies); relieves headaches (2 drops peppermint + 2 drops lavender, rub on forehead); Can rub right on the stomach to relieve symptoms; also rub on bug bites for a few days to relieve itch
My allergy recipe is merely peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils.
Equipment and ingredients:
7 drops peppermint essential oil
7 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Drop the essential oils onto the cotton roll; insert the cotton roll into the inhaler and put the inhaler back together.
To apply: Blow your nose thoroughly. If you’re still dripping like a sieve, tip your head back so you don’t drip into the inhaler. Once the top of the inhaler is removed, lift the tip of the inhaler to one nostril. You can inhale that way, or semi-cover the other nostril with your fingertip. Inhale deeply. Repeat with the other nostril. Repeat again with each nostril as needed.
Thanks to my good buddy, Amy, for the recommendation to do a bug repellent recipe. Head over to Amy’s blog for poems to inspire, praise, and be edified in the Lord.
As bug season starts up, we’re looking around for ways to protect ourselves from bites. Bugs are irritating visitors, but they are definitely God’s creation, so they have a purpose and we have to live with them.
To live more comfortably, here are some ideas to make your own bug spray, using healthy and natural ingredients.
One of the main reasons to make your own bug spray is that you can control the ingredients that go into the spray. DEET may be popular as an effective repellent, but there are some harmful side effects, and natural remedies are just as effective, if not more so. Read about problems with using DEET here: https://naturallivingfamily.com/essential-oils-for-bug-bites/
A good bug repellent can be as simple as a carrier oil and some essential oils.
To start with, use a carrier oil that suits your body. My personal favorite is jojoba, as it absorbs quickly and is a clean oil (not heavy or greasy). Other suggestions are avocado oil, fractionated coconut, grapeseed, and sweet almond. Oils that are a bit heavier (to prevent premature evaporation) are coconut oil, neem, and soybean oil. Olive oil is a heavier oil.
Other ingredients you may want to add are witch hazel and aloe gel.
If you are making a one-ounce container of bug spray, you’ll need 10 – 15 drops of essential oils to the combination of carrier oil/s and other ingredients.
Good essential oils for repelling bugs:
Clove (reported as being the most effective)
A sample recipe for filling a 1-ounce spray bottle is:
1 tablespoon witch hazel
1 teaspoon aloe gel
3 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil
1 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop thyme essential oil
Add all ingredients to a 1-ounce glass spray bottle. Add enough carrier oil of choice to fill the bottle. Shake well to mix.
Or you may want to use only the carrier oil and essential oils.
These repellent remedies do not last all day. Re-apply every 90 min – 2 hours.
Please also be aware that some essential oils are NOT good to use in the sun, as they may cause photosensitivity (you might burn more easily). Such is not usually the case if diluted well with a carrier oil (i.e., if you have a drop or two in your 1-ounce bottle, along with other, non-photosensitive essential oils).
Essential oils not good for use in the sun:
Bitter Orange (cold pressed)
Lemon (cold pressed)
Lime (cold pressed)
Fig Leaf Absolute
As with using any product on your skin, if you have not used it before, do a small test patch first to make sure it is safe for you.
If you got bit anyway, try out a Bite and Sting remedy:
In a 10 ml roller bottle, add 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of tea tree essential oil, and enough carrier oil to fill the bottle. Shake. Apply directly to stings, bites, and scrapes to relieve itch and sting.
Here is another health webinar, this one May 18 – 24. Eric Zelinski (the host) is kind of the “king” of essential oils, and there are many guest speakers whose names I recognize as experts in their fields.
It looks like there is a whole segment on Women’s Health issues; but the webinar is geared for anyone.
This is cold and flu season. Armed with the information in this post, I have been drinking my tea blend with immune-boosting herbs. I have elderberry syrup in the ‘fridge for dosing. I include antiviral herbs/remedies in my smoothie. I diffuse my antiviral and antibacterial essential oils day and night. I use my DIY antiviral/antibacterial spray on surfaces and bedding. We’re sticking to whole, unprocessed foods and cutting out sugar. A couple of times we have felt as though we might be coming down with something, but we get extra rest and drink plenty of clean water, along with these care steps; and we are healthy.
I get a lot of really good reading material in my e-mail box, all of it free. Following are three sources I trust, and all three have great information. I recommend subscribing to each of them. The information in this post is taken from each of the three sites referenced.
This first one is from Wardee Harmon, of Traditional Cooking School. At this link, she provides a helpful 20-minute video to describe each of her immune boosters and remedies; then she offers an extensive article with lots of extra links for even more information.
Strengthen your immune system with a clean, whole-foods diet.
Nutrient-dense, organic, real food with healthy fats and fermented foods
Avoid processed foods
Drink and bathe in clean, filtered water
Detoxify your environment
Take a close look at your personal care and cleaning supplies
Ditch the sugar
Sugar turns off your immune system for the duration of the time it takes to be digested.
Balance your gut flora
80% of your immune system resides in your gut
Fermented / cultured foods play a key role
Get some good pre- and pro-biotics
Use herb and food-based natural home remedies for cold and flu
Try essential oils to relieve cold and flu symptoms
All of these are useful against viruses:
Tea tree can prevent the flu virus from entering healthy cells
Avenues for use include:
DIY cleaning / air sprays
DIY soaps and personal care
Essential oil home remedies (i.e., adding oils to honey and vinegar)
Adding to a bath
Don’t forget homeopathy to treat cold and flu. Wardee’s recommendations:
Arsenicum album for fevers, influenza, anxiety, exhaustion, and restlessness.
Bryonia for splitting headaches, influenza, dryness of mouth, excessive thirst, nausea, dizziness, and faintness on rising up.
Cinchona officinalis for dehydration, influenza, traumatic fever, and pain in limbs and joints.
Eupatorium perfoliatum for influenza with great soreness of muscles and bones, fever, and thirst.
Gelsemium sempervirens for colds, aching, tiredness, heaviness, weakness in muscles, sneezing, drowsiness, and pain from throat to ear.
Influenzinum for fever, headache, weakness and fatigue, general ill feeling with chill, headache, and dry cough.
Please visit Wardee’s site for the full article, with even more links to great information.
Dr. Josh Axe writes up an informative article explaining what a virus is, how they spread, and what anti-viral herbs are.
His top antiviral herbs:
Elderberry can be used as a safe treatment for influenza A and B.
Echinacea has the capacity to reduce virus infections and tumors.
Calendula protects cells from damage and fights viruses, inflammation, and bacteria.
Experiments have shown that garlic — or specific chemical compounds found in garlic — is highly effective at killing countless microorganisms responsible for some of the most common and rarest infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, thrush and herpes. Because of its antiviral properties, garlic can be used to treat eye infections and as a natural ear infection remedy. Some more raw garlic benefitsinclude its ability to reduce the risk of cancer, control hypertension, boost cardiovascular health and fight hair loss.
Astragalus root inhibits viruses and boosts the body’s immune system.
This powerful herb is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal
Besides being antiviral, licorice root benefitsinclude:
Sore throat remedy for fast relief
Cough natural remedy
Protection against leaky gut signs and symptoms
Heals adrenal fatigue
The olive leaf has antiviral properties, giving it the ability to treat the common cold and dangerous viruses, including candida symptoms, meningitis, pneumonia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis B, malaria, gonorrhea and tuberculosis; it also treats dental, ear and urinary tract infections and is a natural treatment for shingles.
Oregano essential oil
Oregano is proving to be superior to some antibiotics, without harmful side effects. It is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. It reverses viral infections, allergies, tumors, parasites, and disease-causing inflammation.
Click on his article to read how to make herbal infusions, herbal-infused oils, and recipes using these herbs and essential oils.
It is no news to those who follow me that I am an enthusiastic user of essential oils. Essential oils are good for your health! [Disclaimer: As with any product, test with a small amount to make sure you are not sensitive or allergic to the substance.] Because essential oils are made from plants, they are part of God’s gift in His creation, intended for our benefit. They work with our bodies, and do not contain harmful chemicals.
Think nothing can kill a virus? Think again: essential oils are proven to kill viruses, bacteria, and funguses. They can also act as anti-inflammatories.
Be sure to use a reputable source for your essential oils. At home, I use NOW brand and Vitacost brand.
How I use essential oils:
Essential oils can be mixed with beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or almond oil), castile soap, vinegar, witch hazel, vodka, and / or honey to make an unlimited array of health-supporting remedies and treatments.
NOTE: Always use essential oils combined with a carrier oil if applying to skin or ingesting.
Ways to ingest:
cook with essential oils (no, cooking does not destroy most essential oils: most are processed with heat) add a few drops of, say, rosemary and thyme into your spaghetti sauce
add lemon oil into your smoothie
add to treats like frosting (lemon, orange, or peppermint add taste and zip)
bake into a dessert (lemon pie or bars, lavender bread, cardamom cookies, peppermint brownies)
Apply to skin:
combine with a carrier oil
rub on abdomen for quick uptake
smooth onto temples, shoulders, or neck for tension or headache relief
use as an antibacterial on scrapes and bug bites
combine with castile soap for shampoo and body wash
lemon and orange are great at cutting grease, and smell so refreshing
essential oils kill bacteria in toilets, around sinks, kitchen counters, and baby’s room
combine with vodka and witch hazel for air freshening and killing germs on surfaces
use to wipe down handles, counters, keyboards, and common surfaces during cold and flu season
And you can always diffuse. Get a good-quality diffuser that will last for hours and incorporate a large room. And, get smaller diffusers for smaller rooms. Heck, they even sell diffusers for your car, and to wear around your neck!