Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Using Thieves Oil

Most people eventually want to know why and how to use Thieves Oil when they see the results for themselves.  I find they want to be anointed with oil on the spot.


I am not just talking about any Thieves Oil, mind you. The only Thieves Oil that I will recommend has to have two qualifiers:

  1. therapeutic grade (pure, medicinal, steam-distilled essential oil containing all desired therapeutic compounds)
  2. a seed to seal promise attached (meaning from start to finish -- the actual seeds used to grow the plants containing my essential oil, the cultivation, the distillation, the testing, and the packaging process – all aspects of manufacturing maintain the purity and potency of the essential oil until it arrives on my doorstep)

You put all that together, and it points directly to Young Living Thieves Oil.

The first question I always get with Thieves is “what’s up with the name ‘Thieves’?”  The EODR (Essential Oils Desk Reference) describes the legend of Thieves as follows:

It was created from research based on legends about a group of 15th-century thieves who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying.  When apprehended, the thieves were forced to tell what their secret was and disclosed the formula of the herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment.

After the crooks gave up the formula for Thieves, it has been passed down through the centuries keeping sickness at bay like a barbed wire fence around your body. 


Its no coincidence that the thieves’ formula was so effective.  It turns out that it is rich in antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-infectious properties.  Today, instead of making your own Thieves or borrowing some from a robber, you can purchase Thieves Oil from Young Living in convenient half fluid ounce bottle (that will last you a surprisingly long time).

Thieves is most effective when diluted with a carrier oil.  A carrier oil is an oil that is used to “carry” the oil onto or into the skin. It dilutes the essential oil (EO), making the EO more effective because it can be spread over a larger area. There are a variety of carrier oils that you can use that might actually be lurking in your pantry, such as olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil. After experimenting with all of the aforementioned carrier oils, I prefer V-6 (unless the essential oil is going on a baby’s bottom – then I use coconut oil). V-6 has a long shelf life, doesn’t clog pores, and won’t stain your clothes.  You can purchase V-6 (along with any other Young Living product) on my Essential Oil website.

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The making of diluted Thieves

According to the EODR, Thieves Oil should be diluted at a ratio of 20-80. According to my calculations, that is 1 part essential oil to 4 parts carrier oil.


Storage and Containers

To store my diluted Thieves solution, I purchase extra bottles at Abundant Health.  They have many styles of bottles and applicators to choose from.


With the amber glass bottle pictured above, simply pop the orifice reducer cap off, add 1 part Thieves oil to 4 parts V-6. 


You could count the drops but I lack the discipline to count such a tedious amount.


I typically fill my bottles three-fourths full and add 15-20 drops of Thieves Oil for a half-ounce bottle.  You can go green by recycling your empty Young Living Essential Oil bottles to store your Thieves solution. 


Simply add V-6 and Thieves Oil in the proper ratios to the recycled bottle and then cap it off with a Young Living Roller Fitment for easy application.


Application and Usage

If your bottle has an orifice reducer cap instead of a roller ball applicator, drop 1-2 drops of diluted Thieves in the palm of your left hand, rub clockwise three times, and apply to the bottoms of your feet . . . or someone else’s feet. 

Diluted Thieves is gentle enough to do this every day.


In fact, Naomi is a daily Thieves user (with a little help from me.)  Each morning, before I put Naomi’s Rock Star boots on, I rub Thieves Oil on her feet using the recycled roller fitment bottle.


Serious Fighting Power

Now, when the Engineer and I get sick, sometimes we skip the diluted protocol and go right to the Thief Bomb.  (Disclaimer: please remember that I am not a doctor or an herbalist so use Thief Bombs at your own risk.) 

What is the Thief Bomb?  Using Naomi’s daily discarded gelatin capsules, we add several drops of Thieves Oil to the capsule.  We take this pill orally with water to blast whatever is wrecking havoc to our immune system.

Additionally, when the kids are sick, we will add one drop of Thieves to water kefir soda, fresh squeezed juice, or elderberry syrup.

Stay healthy!

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