Essential Profile: Thieves Oil

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Name(s): Thieves Oil

Type: Blend

Ingredients: Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary

Uses: Immune System Support

Price Per Drop: $0.15

Historical Information

According to legend, Thieves Oil originated during the time of the Bubonic Plague (or the Black Death).  As the story goes, a group of bandits was going about raiding the bodies of the dead.  When they were finally apprehended, everyone was stunned that the thieves had been able to continue their illicit activities for so long without dying of the plague.  They begged the plunderers to tell them the secret of their immunity in return for a lesser sentence.  In return, the thieves gave up their recipe for a special concoction that had allowed them to avoid contracting the plague.

According to Wikipedia,

Early recipes for this vinegar called for a number of herbs to be added into a vinegar solution and left to steep for several days. The following vinegar recipe hung in the Museum of Paris in 1937, and is said to have been 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 champhor. 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.

Young Living Thieves Oil contains no vinegar and is a somewhat modified blend, but the concept – using the oil to help fight off bacteria and illness – remains the same.

Modern Usage

Young Living Thieves Oil can be diffused, applied “neat” (topically and undiluted) or diluted in a carrier oil, or ingested in a capsule.  As studies surrounding Thieves Oil suggest that it is an effective microbial, most uses for this oil involve prevention and treatment of minor illnesses such as the common cold.  When I recently came down with just that, I used Thieves in a diffuser as well as diluting a few drops in coconut oil and rubbing it on my neck, chest, and back.  I also tried applying it neat to the bottoms of my feet as suggested in the Essential Oils Pocket Reference, but found that the smell was a little strong for me.

For more Thieves usages than you ever wanted to know, check out this article on 101 Uses For Thieves Oil!

Cautions

These cautions apply to any self treatment or Essential Oil.  Additionally, Young Living mentions “possible skin sensitivity” – this is because Thieves is considered a “hot oil”, or one that may cause a warm or burning sensation when applied topically in undiluted form.  Because of this, Young Living recommends always diluting Thieves before topical application.  However, the Essential Oils Pocket Reference suggests that Thieves may be applied neat, or undiluted, to the bottoms of your feet – probably because the skin there is much less sensitive than elsewhere on the body.  At any rate, I would suggest testing out Thieves oil on a tiny spot of your skin before slathering yourself in it.

Final Thoughts

Thieves Oil is one of the most versatile oils available – I mean, just take a look at those 101 uses listed above!  It also has quite possibly the most interesting backstory of any oil offered by Young Living.  It can be used in a wide variety of ways, and in my book it’s a must-have in anyone’s Essential Oil kit.

If you are new to Essential Oils and/or want more information, click here!

From skeptic to enthusiast: our essential oils journey

Warning – photos of a fresh and then healed burn are displayed in this post.

For around the past year, I have been interested in Essential Oils every time I see them pop up in my Facebook news feed, which is pretty often. However, being that my mother was quite the hardened skeptic and insisted that we were just fine with our Tylenol and Benadryl, thank you very much, I was never able to talk her into giving it a try.

Until.

One fateful afternoon, my 4-year-old “baby” sister spilled a bowl of ramen noodles on herself, causing large, deep 2nd degree burns on her neck, face, and torso.

She had to be rushed to the ER, and later was referred to a burn specialist at Cook Children’s Hospital.

This is Peyton 48 hours after being burned, at the appointment where she was sent to a burn specialist. Our family doctor said this was beyond her scope of care.

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Once at Cook’s, she was heavily bandaged and prescribed Silvadene cream. However, the doctors kept reiterating that the cream was very strong and that it was VERY important not to let Peyton get it into her mouth or eyes, as is would be harmful if ingested. You can imagine how difficult this might be with a 4 year old, especially since some of the burned area was on her face. So my mom decided to inquire about a gentler, more natural remedy: lavender oil.

The burn specialist replied that she had heard some good reports about lavender oil for burn treatment, but as she had not personally used it, she could only recommend Silvadene cream or antibiotic ointments. However, she encouraged us to feel free to do our own research and trusted us to exercise good judgment.

Here is Peyton 1 week post-burn, after being treated with a roll-on mixture of vitamin E oil, castor oil, and lavender oil multiple times per day.

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At this appointment, the burn specialist was VERY impressed with the quick progress and encouraged us to keep doing whatever we were doing!

After this experience, my mom, formerly a hardened skeptic, was ALL OVER Young Living Essential Oils! We quickly ordered the starter kit and have been enjoying these natural, non-toxic remedies to many different ailments, including:

  • headache
  • acne
  • allergies
  • colds
  • menstrual cramps
  • sore muscles
  • stomach ache
  • swimmer’s ear
  • sunburn

Needless to say, we are now quite the enthusiasts!  And believe me, it takes some good solid evidence for my mom to make such a drastic change in viewpoints.  After seeing with my own eyes what essential oils did for my baby sister, I would strongly encourage anyone to give these powerful, homeopathic treatments a shot!

If this has piqued your interest and you would like to learn more about essential oils and why we use Young Living, click here.

Young Living Essential Oils

What are Essential Oils?

An essential oil is the extremely concentrated form of the oil of the plant from which is was extracted.  Although the recent explosion of popularity surrounding them may make it seem like this is some new fad, essential oils have been used medicinally for thousands of years – according to this Wikipedia article, the earliest recorded instructions for distilling essential oils dates to the 13th century!  Even the Bible contains many references to essential oils – for example, baby Jesus received a gift of Frankincense.

Why use Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are the perfect powerful, organic, homeopathic replacement for many conventional drugs.  In under a month, using only the oils found in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit, my family discovered treatments for the following ailments:

  • headache
  • acne
  • allergies
  • colds
  • menstrual cramps
  • sore muscles
  • stomach ache
  • swimmer’s ear
  • sunburn

For anyone interested in putting fewer chemicals into their body, Essential Oils offer the perfect solution!  They are gentle, all-natural alternatives to common household drugs such as Tylenol, Benadryl, and many more.  In addition, they are often used under medical supervision as powerful treatments for more serious illness or injury.  When my baby sister spilled soup on herself, resulting in deep second degree burns, lavender oil provided her with quick healing and relief.  Anyone willing to test them out will quickly find a myriad of uses for Essential Oils.

 

Why Young Living?

My family uses Young Living Essential Oils for many reasons:

  • You are guaranteed to get what you pay for.  Even though FDA regulations dictate that products labeled as “Essential Oils” only need to contain 5% of the actual oil, Young Living guarantees their oils to be 100% pure.
  • Young Living oils are free of synthetic chemicals, making them safer for you, your family, and your friends.
  • Young Living completes the entire production process, from seed to seal, on their own farms.  This is not only environmentally responsible, but also means that strict quality control is ensured throughout every step of production.
  • While many oils may be labeled “organic” and still contain chemicals, Young Living holds their oils to a standard that is “beyond organic” – demanding only the purest, highest quality oils.
  • Finally, take a look at this graphic showing how Young Living stacks up against other companies:

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For these reasons, I and many others feel safest in the hands of the Young Living company!

 

Why the Premium Starter Kit?

When just starting out, I strongly encourage starting with the Premium Starter Kit.  This $300 value comes with 11 different oils and blends which are perfect for treating many common household ailments!  Starting with this wide variety of oils gives you a unique opportunity to test out the many different properties of each and find out what works best for you and your family, which may be difficult when starting out with only a couple of individual oils.

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In addition, the kit come with a home diffuser, several sample packs to share with your friends and family, and more!

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Personally, my very favorite part of this kit is the diffuser, which I plan on using heavily when I go back to school in the fall! I’ve heard great things about how diffusing oils can help with avoiding all of the bugs that go around in a dorm, which is definitely something I’m interested in.

Is it expensive?

At $150, a Young Living Premium Starter Kit may seem expensive at first glance.  I will fully admit that as a poor college student, the cost can seem quite prohibitive at first.  However, after breaking down the prices of the different components, I found that it is actually quite affordable!  Here is my breakdown:

  • The kit comes with 11 oils and blends.  Without accounting for anything extra, that would put the cost per bottle of oil at $13.64.  For reference, a 100 pack of Extra Strength Tylenol, which provides 50 doses, costs $12.99.
  • Since Young Living Essential Oils are so powerful, typically only one or perhaps two drops per treatment are used diluted in a carrier oil.  Each 5 mL bottle in the Premium Starter Kit contains approximately 85 drops, placing it at an equal or greater value than conventional over-the-counter drugs – all while providing the benefit of all-natural relief!
  • The home diffuser – an absolute must-have for me – is alone nearly a $100 value.  With this out of the picture, that brings the price per bottle down to just $4.55 for up to 85 treatments!
  • Additionally, keep in mind that this kit includes much more than just the diffuser and 11 oils.  According to Young Living, the Premium Starter Kit includes the following:

Everyday Oils collection, Home Diffuser, Welcome to Young Living booklet, Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide, Distributor Resource Guide, S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet, Stress Away 5-ml, AromaGlide Roller Fitment, two Lavender Sample Packets, two Peppermint Sample Packets, two Peace & Calming Sample Packets, two Lemon Sample Packets, two Thieves Sample Packets, Sample Packet Business Cards, two NingXia Red 2-oz. samples, Distributor Agreement, Product Guide and Product Price List.

With all of this in mind, the Premium Starter Kit really offers the best bang for your buck when you are first starting out on your Essential Oils journey.

How do I get started?

I’m glad you asked!  Getting started with Essential Oils is easy as 1-2-3, and the benefits are limitless!  Here is a simple step-by-step guide to get you going.

BONUS: If you sign up during the month of October, you will get this awesome prize pack!

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1.  Open this Young Living sign-up page.

2.  Check the “Wholesale” option – this will give you a 24% discount!  Additionally, it leaves open the option of becoming a distributer if you should happen to become interested in that after experience all that Essential Oils have to offer!

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3.  Make sure that this number – 1951644 – shows up in the “sponsor” and “enroller” box.  This is my member number, and making sure you enter it will let me know that you signed up so that I can help you out if you should have any questions!

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4.  Fill in your personal information.  Make extra sure to include your email address!  If you do, I can find you on Facebook and add you to a closed group for Essential Oil users.  It contains tons of information and advice!

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5.  There will be a box requesting your social security number.  Don’t be alarmed – no one will be able to view this.  If you choose to enter it, you can get great discounts by choosing Wholesale pricing!  It also leaves open the option of choosing to be a Young Living distributer.

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6.  Select your kit!  Make extra sure to choose the Premium Starter Kit if you want the best bang for your buck!  In addition, I will mail a free Young Living Pocket Reference – a super duper handy $25 value – to everyone who buys a Premium Starter Kit.

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7.  If you would like to pick an optional Essential Rewards kit, do so at step 3!  If not, choose “No thank you” and continue on to the final step.

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8.  Enter your payment information.

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And that’s it!  Quick, easy, and SO worth it.

If you choose to start your Young Living Essential Oil journey, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite part of this kit is!

Make sure to check back soon for individual profiles of each oil and blend included in the Premium Starter Kit.

 

 

Essential Oils Disclaimer

Essential Oils are a wonderful, natural alternative to conventional medicine.  They usually have few or no side effects and are a safer, gentler choice than modern drugs.  However, as with any self treatment, the following disclaimer and cautions apply:

  • I am not a doctor.  Nothing on this website should be interpreted as an attempt to diagnose or treat any disease or illness.  I am simply sharing what has worked for me, my family, and countless others.
  • As with any medication, if you are pregnant or under a doctor’s care, be sure to consult with your physician and do your own research about essential oils.
  • As Essential Oils are incredibly concentrated, some people feel uncomfortable with the idea of ingesting them. Young Living holds their oils to a standard that is “beyond organic“, so they are guaranteed to be 100% pure and free of synthetic chemicals. Because of this, I personally feel comfortable ingesting Young Living Essential Oils as long as they are diluted beforehand.
  • The vast majority of Essential Oils should be diluted before application or ingestion.  Lavender Oil is an example of a possible exception.  Be sure to test any oil, even when diluted, on a small area of your skin to ensure that you don’t have any sort of reaction.

Again, Essential Oils have given thousands of people a wonderful opportunity to treat many common ailments naturally.  Before starting on your Essential Oils journey, I recommend that you do your own research and make informed decisions for you and your family. Many, many people, including my own family, have reported incredible success with these methods, and I have no reason to believe that Essential Oils won’t work for you!