Getting ready for the next Flu season. Part Two

Last week we saw some evidence of the diabolical dynamic at work in antibiotics and ended by looking at alternatives. And I mentioned the essential oil blend – Thieves (See also this post). So we’ll look at this in more detail today, because it is a very potent and relatively safe alternative to the antibiotic cocktails which are served up today.

A Tale of 4 Thieves

The story behind the origins of the Thieves blend is a fascinating one. This blend is based on the account of 4 thieves in 15th Century France. During an outbreak of bubonic plague these 4 individuals robbed plague victims, without coming down with the disease themselves. When the four were eventually captured, they were offered a lighter sentence (hanging instead of being burned at the stake) in return for the secret of their ‘immunity’. It was revealed that these men rubbed themselves with (and inhaled) a number of essential oils, including Clove and Rosemary.

Research into this historic account by Young Living today, has led to the creation of an oil blend that contains Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus Radiata essential oils. With this blend you have a combination that is anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-infectious.

In fact, studies conducted at Weber State University in 1997 were able to demonstrate its potency against airborne microorganisms. [1] The tests found a 90 % reduction in the number of Micrococcus Luteus (M.Luteus) organisms after diffusing Thieves in the air for 12 minutes and a 99.3 % reduction after 20 minutes of diffusing. With the pathogen Pseudomonas Aeruginosa they had a kill rate of 99.96% kill rate after 12 minutes of diffusing Thieves.

Both of these pathogens are fairly common and opportunistic pathogens that pose risks for immuno-compromised patients. Can you start to see the possibilities of using Thieves in hospitals and clinics?

Using Thieves

Many of the oils making up Thieves are powerful in their own right. Clove oil has the highest antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale (over a million, compared to oranges at 750). [2] Cinnamon Bark has been shown to be very effective against MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) [3], while Eucalyptus Radiata forms part of another blend- R.C. – which is equally potent against MRSA. Oil blends have been found to demonstrate a capacity not found in their component oils. The whole literally is greater than the sum of the parts.

So how do we use Thieves oil? Well we’ve already seen one study where it was diffused in the air. So if you have an oil diffuser (don’t use an oil burner, as you’ll damage the therapeutic qualities of your oils), put some Thieves oil in it and leave it on in a room for about 15-20 minutes, every 3-4 hours. Use it at home or in the workplace.  Try putting 4-8 drops on a cotton ball and putting it on a vent.

You can inhale it. You can apply it topically on the base of your feet – anywhere between 4-6 drops. If applying anywhere else on your body, you will want to avoid any part of your skin that is likely to be exposed to the Sun, as the oil is sensitive. And also dilute it, 1 part Thieves to 4 parts vegetable oil. Should you choose to take it internally (and this is not recommended for everyone), buy yourself some gelatin capsules (or enteric coated ones if you can get them) and put the oil (start with 2-4 drops initially) in them. Take them preferably before a meal, as otherwise you may find yourself belching Thieves.

I used the latter method to prepare for a trip to Egypt in 2005. I wanted to avoid what is known as ‘Pharaoh’s curse’, the typical belly bug one can get when visiting a third world country (diarrhoea, vomiting, gastric pains, etc), and build my immunity up. So each day prior to departure I took a capsule and gradually increased the dosage, starting at 2 drops and going up to 10-12 drops. It worked for me, as I avoided getting any kind of tummy bug in Egypt.

Thieves around the home.

As I pointed out earlier, something like Thieves ought to be widely used in places like hospitals and clinics. Unfortunately it isn’t as yet. However we can make it more difficult for bacteria and viruses to visit our homes and workplaces.  Young Living have incorporated the Thieves oil blend into a number of different products –  soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, wipes, sprays and yes even household cleaners [4].

If this interests you or you would like to get your hands on some of this great stuff, contact us via our helpdesk or visit our site. Find out how you can get these products at a wholesale price and the Thieves kits which can save you money.

Till next time,

Cheers

Anthony

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1] Effect of a diffused essential oil blend on bacterial bioaerosols. Author: S.C. Chao,  D.G. Young and C.J. Oberg, Journal: Journal of Essential Oil Research 10 (517-523) (Sept/Oct 1998)

[2] ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) was a test developed by USDA researchers at Tufts University in Boston, MA, USA. It is the first of its kind to measure time and degree of free-radical inhibition and has been able to identify the highest known antioxidant foods. This information from the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007, p 493

[3] Inhibition of Methicillin-Resistant Staphyloccus Aureus (MRSA) by Essential Oils. Author: S.C. Chao,  D.G. Young, C.J. Oberg and K Nakaoka, Journal: Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 23 (444-449) (2008)

[4] The Meaner, Greener Thieves Household Cleaner

What essential oils do I take to work?

For a long time I’ve been in the habit of carrying a small case of essential oils, in my briefcase, going to work each day. While the contents have varied somewhat over time, there are a number oils I like to have on hand.

Peppermint. Peppermint is, if not one of my favourite essential oils, then certainly the most used.  For me it’s come in handy for two reasons. If I’ve gone out to lunch with friends and perhaps have eaten a little too much or the wrong combination of foods and developed a tummy ache, this is the oil for me. I’ll rub 2-3 drops on my stomach area and within less than a minute, I get relief. The other alternative is to put the drops in some water and drink it.

The other way it’s handy is as a relief for headaches, particularly those that might be caused by back ache or tension. I’ll rub it on the back of the neck and again it provides me with relief. You just have to be careful that you don’t get it in your eyes, so I suggest washing your hands very well after using it.

Lavender. This is also a good one for headaches, particularly those that are cold related. The incidence of headaches for me is pretty low, so I haven’t used this one as much. I simply apply 2-3 drops on the temple and forehead.

Purification. This one is a Young Living blend (and all the oils I’ve mentioned up to now are YL – refer to my About page for the Whys) that consists of Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lavandin and Myrtle.  Incidentally, in a series of recent lab tests at Weber State University in Utah, Lemongrass was found to be the most effective essential oil against the MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) bug. (1)

Purification is a good oil to have around in the event of cuts, scrapes and insect bites. In this case I apply it directly to the wound, again 2-3 drops depending on the wound. It’s also useful in cleaning the air. So here, a person could either use it in a diffuser or put it on cotton balls and leave these in desks, drawers, rubbish tins or vents.

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier. I could write a whole article just on the essential oil blend – Thieves – that is the main ingredient in this product (watch this space in the near future). I would regard Thieves as one of the most powerful oils in my arsenal. Thieves is made up of the oils of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata and Rosemary. Thieves has powerful anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. Working on the desk of a busy public library, handling hundreds of books and items each day, this waterless hand purifier comes in very handy. We unfortunately get back some pretty grotty books. No need to rush off to the bathroom sink each time. Just a drop or two of the Thieves hand purifier in the hands, rub them well and I’ve diminished significantly the possibility of infection as well as having my hands smell great.

Valor Essential oil roll-on. I work in an environment that’s not well air conditioned, so I can get pretty hot and perspired after shifting books or working with computer cabling. And I don’t have the luxury of going for a shower whenever I want. This is where the Valor roll-on comes in handy. Valor is an essential oil blend made up of the essential oils Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy and Frankincense. It smells great!

I can either rub a little on my wrists, neck and collarbone, or as I’ve done a number of times, I rub a little on my hands and then rub my hands in the armpit area. There’s a lot more that can be said about Valor and I will come back to it in future. What I’ll say for now is that it’s a very potent oil blend that serves as more than just an aftershave or deodorant. Having said that, it makes a fabulously safe alternative to a lot of the ‘products’ people put on their bodies as deodorants, colognes and perfumes, but which is loaded with chemicals and what-not. Till next time.

Cheers,

Anthony

Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

(1) The scientific data was published in an article entitled, Inhibition of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) by Essential Oils in the Flavour and Fragrance Journal, 23:444-449, (2008).