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My first introduction to Thieves oil was one of wrinkling my nose.  The oil was strongly scented and honestly, I wasn’t terribly sure that I wanted an oil with such a negative name and connotation.  What I didn’t know was the tale behind the name and how incredibly effective this proprietary blend of oil is.

Thieves is a blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus oils, and has been shown to be 99%+ effective against pathogens like flu, colds, and even black mold.Young Living - Thieves Essential Oil - 15 ml

The name comes from the legend of the 4 French thieves …

During the time of the Black Plague in the 1300s, people were afraid to even enter the home of one who had died of the plague.  Known as Black Death, the causes were unknown, but the survival rate was dismal enough that no one wanted to risk exposure.  Four thieves, who were apprentices in apothecaries, combined five aromatics and put it on themselves.  They then went around Paris and robbed bodies of gold, possessions, etc., entering homes of those who had known to die from the Black Death.  Upon the apprehension of the thieves, the magistrate was amazed and impressed and offered the men a lighter sentence in exchange for the information on how they avoided contracting the disease.  The men complied, and this is where the proprietary blend comes from today.

Nowadays we know the Bubonic Plague came from fleas on rats, but at that time, it was thought to be just about anything, including spiritual in nature.  These aromatics in combination not only ward off fleas and the Black Plague, but also flu and cold germs, black mold, and other airborne and surface contaminants and pathogens.

We use Thieves both in cleaner format (Young Living has created a line of products based on the Thieves blend) and on our feet.  It might sound strange to put an essential oil on your feet, but every single part of your body is represented in the different meridians on your feet.  Acupuncture & reflexology practitioners have known this for thousands of years, but we in the western world have only recently gotten on board with this information.  Your sinuses are represented on your feet at your toes – the tops of the toes and a corresponding band around the bottom of the toe.  We put Thieves on our toes on a regular basis in order to boost and support our natural immunity.  When we’re sick, we’ll put it on our feet more than once a day and have healed from colds much more quickly than we have in the past.  We also diffuse the oil in a cool-air diffuser and breathe in its benefits as well as use the waterless hand-cleaner with Thieves and the household cleaner.

A friend of mine reports fighting black mold in her home and following all the instructions for ridding your home of the stuff – and failing miserably.  In desperation, her husband used the Thieves cleaner when chlorine bleach failed to prevent the mold’s regrowth and found it worked beautifully.  We don’t have a mold problem here in Arizona (it’s a tad too dry for that), but if we ever did, I’d be whipping out the Thieves cleaner to kill it and make sure it didn’t return.  And the best part of all of this?  There are no antibiotics, harsh chemicals, or anything else that makes me queasy about using it with my family.

Thieves oil retails for $41.78 for the 15ml bottle, but if you are local and tag on to my order, you can save 20% on the price.  If you’re not local and would like to become a customer, shoot me an email.  I’m happy to help you get set up.  As always, there’s no pressure at any level – just sharing what I’ve learned with you.  :)

Today I’m getting ready for my parents’ arrival in Phoenix – they’ll be staying with us for a full week.  :)  Brendan is already asking me to stalk the Delta flight on which they’ll be arriving and this place is a wreck.  So no more blogging today – sorry about the lack of recipe for today, but my day is already filled with bun-baking, bread-baking, meatloaf-mixing, sloppy-joe-making, cake-decorating, and general cleaning duties.

I wanted to give you an update on Joanne Heim, the woman featured in the “praying for Joanne” button on the right hand side of the blog.  She is waking up from her medically-induced coma and the last report is that although there is a long road of recovery ahead of her, she will retain the ability to recognize people, speak, walk, and read.  She will likely have some weakness on one side of her body, but in comparison to what could be as a stroke patient, this is excellent, fantastic, wonderful news.  She is not out of the woods yet, and if you’re the praying sort, I know Toben and the family would deeply appreciate your continued prayers.  You can read more of Toben’s updates at The Simple Wife.

I’m also generating a preview of what’s coming this week:

  • Photos and tales of our climb in to the Superstition Mountains – if my camera captured anything like I think it did, I’m gonna be really happy with the final outcome of images.  They are breathtaking.
  • Reviewing another essential oil (Thieves) and providing benefits and uses
  • With any luck, a video of my grain mill – complete with noise and temperature measurements.  It’s getting a good workout here and is performing like a champ
  • Photos and tales of the birthday celebration, the trip to the Olive Mill in Queen Creek, and more.

Thanks for the grace and space to take today to get ready for everything.  Yesterday I didn’t stop moving all day long (we left home at 730a and didn’t return until 915p) and today is a home-bound day in order to get everything accomplished.  :)

Now please excuse me while I go take a hit of B12 for some energy.

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