A number of you enjoyed the blog post I recently wrote on yogic tips for navigating the change of season into Autumn. Now is definitely the time of year for preventative self care to keep ourselves healthy and happy as we make our way towards winter.
Since colder days are on their way, Michael and I have started using an essential oil blend to stimulate immunity and help with any stress, tiredness or lack of ‘oomph’. This blend includes highly antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious essential oils and is known as the “Thieves Oil”.
Thieves Oil is fantastic in an oil burner; used diluted as a cleaning solution for laundry, floors, surface disinfectant, bed linen/mattresses, cell phones; or rubbed into the chest, back and neck with carrier oil at the first sign of a cold.
Our blend was created with organic and wildcrafted oils by Kasia Degler-White, an extremely knowledgeable aromatherapist and massage therapist (who also made the beautiful lavender eye pillows we use during Yoga Nidra).
10ml bottles available for $40 (a little goes a long way!!). We have a tester in the studio so you can experience this delicious blend yourself.
We asked Kasia to share the fascinating history of Thieves Oil:
Once upon a time there were Four Thieves…
The thieves were actually spice traders and merchants who imported spices, including cinnamon and clove from India. When the Black Plague hit in the middle of the XIV century, all international trade and shipping came to a halt, and these spice traders had to find another way to support themselves.
Since everyone was afraid to touch the dead bodies, they decided to loot the homes and bodies of the plague victims. They knew they wouldn’t get sick if they rubbed vinegar, oils, and certain spices all over their bodies.
Their plan worked well until the King found out… He wanted to know their secret – how they were able to touch dead bodies without getting sick! He sent his constables out to capture them. Four of the thieves were caught and brought before the King. Having to choose between life and death at the stake, the four thieves decided to share their secret formula with the King, who immediately posted it all over the town.
The secret components of this highly antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious blend are –
- Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) organic
- Lemon (Citrus limonum) organic
- Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamonum verum) wild
- Eucalyptus Australiana (Eucalyptus radiata) wild
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) organic
Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) contains up to 70% eugenol, 22% esters, and 5% sesquiterpenes. Clove buds have been used both as a spice and natural remedy for over 2000 years. Essential oil of clove has an impressive range of action against pathogens and illnesses of all kinds. It has antiviral and antifungal effects. It is also antiparasitic and works for gum infections, toothaches, and tonsillitis.
Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamonum verum) was traditionally used in the East to help with common complaints such as cold, flu, digestive problems and joint inflammation. It is said to be effective against 98% of all pathogenic bacteria. It is also effective against yeasts, candida and fungi. It is antiparasitic and prevents fermentation in the intestines; it is effective against diarrhea, colitis, amoebic dysentery, bacterial cystitis, and urinary tract infections with E. coli and tropical infections accompanied by fever.
Lemon (Citrus limonum) has a long history of use in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. Essential oil of lemon has strong anti-infectious and antiviral activity due to its high content of limonene. It supports healthy immune function when fighting infection, and is also used to promote cleansing in the lymphatic system and to help relieve muscular aches and pains.
Eucalyptus Australiana (Eucalyptus radiata) has strong antibacterial, antiviral, and expectorant properties. Essential oil of eucalyptus is traditionally used by indigenous communities in Australia for skin problems like insect bites and sunburn. It has been commonly indicated for treating colds, respiratory ailments, as well as muscle, nerve and joint pain.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is well documented in recent history. The French hung rosemary in their hospitals during World War II due to its antiseptic and purifying properties. During the plague, bunches of rosemary were hung and burned to help fight off infection. Essential oil with high cineole and camphor content has strong anti-infectious and expectorant effects, and can be used to assist healthy breathing and digestion. Rosemary Cineol also aids regular circulation and is helpful with joint and muscle pain.
How to use Thieves Oil
This method of essential oils diffusion by nebulization (micro droplets) purifies the air and helps defend against infectious pathogens. Diffuse 15-20 drops of Thieves Oil for 15 minutes three to four times a day.
Dishwasher, laundry, floors, surface disinfectant, bed linen/mattresses, cell phones. Prepare cleaning solution by adding 15 drops of Thieves oil into 200ml spray bottle and use when needed.
- During cold and flu season – at the very first sign of any symptoms – dilute 15 drops with 15 drops of carrier oil and massage into lower back, chest and back of the neck.
- For immune support massage 2-4 drops diluted in 4 drops of carrier into the bottom of feet. Apply twice daily, morning and night.
- At the very first sign of sore throat add 2-3 drops of Thieves oil to 2 tablespoons of water and gargle. You can make lemon, ginger and honey drink, add 1 drop of Thieves and drink as a tea.
- For extra support during cold and flu season, place 2-4 drops in an empty capsule with 4-6 drops of vegetable oil (EVO, avocado, sesame seed) and swallow daily to boost immune system.