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Oh, friends I’m so excited about today’s post! We’re going to talk about an amazing use of Thieves, but mostly I’m excited because it’s written by a woman who is one of the MOST important people in my life. I sat next to this girl for a long bus ride to the airport and as she talked about oils, an excitement was renewed in me about something I’d long since abandoned in my journey of health. She is wise, and knows her stuff. I can’t WAIT for her to share her knowledge with us here in this post and in future topics.

Young Living has infused their amazing Thieves Essential Oil into a whole host of products (Think hand soap, hand sanitizer, dental floss, mouth wash, etc etc etc) and Tierney is here today to talk about one of my favorites.

So, without further ado…here is the great Tierney!


TierneyWhen it comes to our health, toothpaste is a product that I feel is often over looked…

For years I used just whatever was around, or what samples I received from the dentist until I happened upon a what I thought was a more natural option for toothpaste. What I liked about it was that the company was very public about giving back as well as making a product that was ‘good for you’ and I felt good about purchasing it.  But after years of blindly following along, I decided to read the back of the label.  In bold print was a very tell-tale warning: “keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.” I then found out that this ‘natural’ toothpaste was actually owned by the previously stated company and contained most of the same ingredients!

The main active ingredient in many generic toothpastes is Triclosan.  According to the FDA, this antibacterial additive not only does not provide any benefit to the consumer, but has shown to be an endocrine disruptor in animals. Triclosan is also used in the making of clothing, furniture, kitchenware, and toys. Not something I want to be putting in my mouth twice a day!  Now I am not a scientist or a doctor, but if the website says call poison control if you ingest more than a pea-size, thats my cue to walk away. 

It is hard to find a product that you not only trust, but doesn’t have toxic chemicals, sugar, preservatives, or artificial colors.  About 3 months ago I decided to try Young Living’s Thieves® Dentarome Plus Toothpaste, and it has changed the way I brush!  Friends, this toothpaste is amazing.  Not only does it freshen your breath so well, but there are no warning labels on the back.  I feel safe using it and it also doubles as deodorant and spot treatment for blemishes!  Wanting a bright, healthy smile is something we all can identify with, and will never again be something that I take for granted.

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  • DISCLAIMER:  I do want to note that I am just a wife and an educator.  I am not a medical professional.  The information shared in this class is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any illness, nor is it meant to replace professional medical attention or advice.  Advice and testimonies are all based on use of Young Living brand of oils specifically.  Use and application of this information is done solely at your own risk.

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**DISCLAIMER: This post will discuss the application of Thieves Blend Essential Oil on children. Essential Oils are safely applied to children frequently and effectively. However, Thieves blend is a more powerful blend and you may wish to consult your pediatrician before applying any substances to their bodies. We have never had any issues with our use of essential oils, but I do not know the medical history of your child and I am not writing to treat or diagnose your child. Thanks!**

Hey Friends! Welcome to the 2nd post in our month long series about Thieves Essential Oil!

Today, we’re going to talk about why we apply Thieves oil onto our skin, where we should apply it, and the best times of the day to apply.

Throughout this series, I will discuss numerous ways to experience the powerful effects of Thieves Essential Oil Blend. This will include topical applications, inhalation and cleaning. But today, we need to start at the beginning by simply discussion what topical application does and why we do it.

To understand more about why Thieves is a power house for our health and wellness, I encourage you to read the previous post. titled “What Is Thieves?” It will better explain how Thieves is simultaneously a powerful antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral, and antioxidant all at the same time. Seriously, friends. Wow.

Why Do We Put Thieves Essential Oil Blend on Our Skin?

Applying essential oils is, quite frankly an art. It’s an art that all us oilers out there have developed over time by listening to our bodies and what they need. One thing that we all have learned is: our bodies love and need essential oils. By applying them to our skin in various locations, they have provided an aromatic experience and support to the various systems in our bodies. This has rastically assisted and supported our healing and healthful living.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It absorbs moisture and nutrients, and we know this by seeing the results from lotions, and hormonal creams. This is why you may have noticed a pretty major trend where women have been switching out their night creams and serums for natural products. It’s because they are concerned about chemicals and toxins that could enter their system.  This is a reasonable concern if we are to consider our skin as an organ that “ingests” what we put on it.

On that note, we can get a good idea why this knowledge can be put to powerful use when it comes to Thieves.

Where On Our Skin Should We Put Thieves?

There are many locations all over the body that are receptive and beneficial for oil application. But Thieves Blend is considered a “hot” oil. This means that it contains some essential oils that are considered a potential irritant to the skin. When applying oils that are potential irritants, it’s best to use a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. For me, I usually put a little on my fingertips, rub it into the place that I’m going to apply, and then follow with Thieves oil.

FEET: The feet are the best place to put most essential oils. By checking out the reflexology chart below, you can get a better idea where to rub Thieves and all of your other oils into the feet. I will explain the application process below, and, if you’re a visual learner I also recommend watching this video explaining both the foot and spinal method of oil application .

  1. Optional: If using a carrier oil to dilute (preferred method for children), rub that oil into the feet. I recommend coconut oil or a basic unscented massage oil.
  2. Without touching the applicator top of the bottle, let desired number of drops (typically 1-3) fall into the palm of the hand.
  3. Using the fingertips of the opposite hand, swirl the oils in the palm, clockwise, 2-3 times.
  4. Take those fingers and spread the oil on the sole of the foot. If you choose to watch the video, you can take this a step further by applicating on the arch of the foot with a specific method you’ll see in the video.
  5. Use what’s left on your palm and rub the rest of the foot, or, if it’s well covered, use that oil to begin on the sole of the other foot. Make sure that the entire sole of the foot, toes and all, is well rubbed and covered.
  6. Refer to the reflexology chart to decide where to give an extra rub. (I always do the arches as that’s the spinal area of the foot). You can YouTube “Rain Drop Method” to see the correct technique on rubbing those reflex points.

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If your child jumps up right after you apply the oils, or you have to run and get the phone, don’t worry about all the oils coming off. They have already entered your bloodstream and are ready to go!! 🙂

SPINE: The only other area where I typically apply a “hot oil” like Thieves is the spine. But I use a carrier oil before I apply. I then do the rain drop technique.

  1. Apply your carrier oil to the back on and around the spine (always use caution when working around the spine. Do not apply any pressure to it, and work around it)
  2. Hover your bottle over the spine and allow three drops to drip onto the spine in different spots along the length of it
  3. Using the backs of your finger nails, “feather stroke” up the spine in light feathering motion, barely touching the skin. Go three to four times up the spine. Then feather stroke out away from the spine. This feather stroking method can also be seen in the YouTube video recommended above.

When To Apply Thieves Essential Oil

Because this is a broad answer, I will give you the 3 times a day that are good open windows for our own application at home. I don’t do all three of these in one day, but one of these times a day is when I apply. NOTE: Use caution when applying Thieves to infants and children under the age of 10. 

  1. Before school. I usually get my kids in their carseats without shoes on and then I apply a carrier oil and Thieves to their bare feet. I go around to each kid and then by the time I come back to the first his feet are dry and ready for shoes. I then move around and get all their shoes on. (This is when I also apply Cedarwood to their brain stems and stress away to their wrists)
  2. After School. When they lay in bed for naps, I do a spinal and foot application. If your kids don’t nap, then sitting at lunch or snack is a great time because they’re sitting still and calm. You can do spinals with them sitting up as long as you are quick about it.
  3. Before Bed. When they lay in bed, I usually do all of their before-bed feet oils (currently it’s: Thieves, Valor, Frankincense & Raven) one at a time. Then I do Thieves on the spine.

**I also diffuse a combination of Thieves and Purification in their rooms at night.

Happy Tuesday & Happy Oiling, friends!!

~Katie

 

Welcome to the first post of our real official first series ever. I'm looking forward, in every way possible, to taking this journey with you. I can't wait to learn alongside of you, as this series has definitely challenged me to dig deeper into my own research and collaborate with a guest author. I've been learning so much. The comment section is for you. It's where this space turns from information to conversation. Community happens in that little box below these posts and I can't wait to see how we all bind together during this time, learning and growing right alongside each other.

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What Is Thieves?

Before I describe and define Thieves oil, I'll briefly explain what oils are. Essential Oils are liquids extracted from aromatic plants. These plants are harvested and distilled to extract the liquids in a way that preserves the "essence" or "life energy" of the plant. So, for example, lavender oil comes from the lavender plant. Peppermint comes from peppermint.

Each oil has many different healing properties on it's own. But sometimes, when oils are combined together in what we call a "blend," the properties can manifest into something even more powerful and more specific for it's use.

Thieves is a blend of different oils that all, on their own, have disinfecting and detoxing properties. When combined together they are a powerhouse. The oils found in Thieves are as follows:

  • Clove - One of the most powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti fungal, antiviral and anti-infectious sources
  • Lemon - a powerful antioxidant, detoxer and disinfectant. Amplifies immunity and increases circulation and lymph function.
  • Cinnamon - powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral
  • Eucalyptus - anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral
  • Rosemary - antiseptic, antimicrobial; also contains "cineole," a product most commonly found in antiseptic drugs and formulas on the mark.

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So Why Is It Called "Thieves?"

I wondered this, too, when I first received this oil. Turns out, that this blend has not been created by Young Living or any other oil distributor. Back during the Black Plague, there was a group of thieves that would rob the graves and homes of the deceased. The king marveled that these men were continually having direct contact with the ill and not contracting the disease. So he offered a trade: a lighter sentence for their secret. So, they told him about the oil blend that they were using, and it was these oils.

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A few days ago, a friend asked me where she should start with oils. "Thieves," I answered. It's true, too, as I believe it is one of the most important items to protect your family you can have in your home.

As we launch from this introductory post, we are going to begin writing about the hundreds of ways that we use Thieves and it will be so much fun if we can read your stories too! This is the oil that just keeps giving.

This series may not be part of every post that we write this month, but be looking for the "Month of Thieves" title and our graphic when we steadily and often post into this series!

See you soon, friends!

Happy Monday!

~Kate

DISCLAIMER:  I do want to note that I am just an educator and friend.  I am not a medical professional.  The information shared in this class is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose any illness, nor is it meant to replace professional medical attention or advice.  Advice and testimonies are all based on use of Young Living brand of oils specifically.  Use and application of this information is done solely at your own risk.

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I’m pretty excited about this, friends. As I move from His love and act on His grace, I become more and more aware about how the Lord has grown the fruits of the earth to provide sustenance and healing and I just can’t express how grateful I am. I write from a space of gratitude.

With cold and flu season just around the corner (or maybe it’s hit already), I just can’t think of anything more important to discuss this September than Thieves. A few years ago, I wrote a post about Thieves house cleaner and I was floored by how many people have read and returned to the post over the years. 

In the midst of my regular posting, I will be writing 2-3 times a week about Thieves Essential Oil blend and the hundreds of ways that I use it in my home and life. 

I also have an incredible contributing writer lined up who is…honestly…friends, I love her. The Lord brought her into my life at the EXACT moment I needed her. She’s here for good, too. 

So, I hope you join us, check back and grow with us as we all learn together about this amazing essential oil blend.

See you next week!

 

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I honestly feel my finding a successful skin care routine is the work of the Lord. The endless shelves and aisles of products have done their job of utterly frustrating me. I feel as if I have tried nearly every one and I have surprisingly found them all to be similar and comparable.

But I don’t want a clean face with taught ageless skin by feeding it chemicals or derivatives. I just don’t.

Fact: my skin is the largest organ in my body. It sends things into my blood stream the same as ingesting would and I just want to know (and this is weird) that I could eat everything I put on my face, and that my face is fully nourished in my skin “diet” as my body is in my eating diet.

So here’s a system I have developed, and I love it.  It will cost you only $30 a month. I’m serious. It not only keeps my face clean and hydrated (which is goal #1 and #2, yeah?), but it actually works to detox, remove impurities, and keeps my immune system up.

#1. “Thoroughly Clean Face Wash” by Desert Essence. This is a water/essential oil based face wash that does double duty. It cleanses my face with tea tree (melaluca) oil. I checked with this company and their tea tree is therapeutic grade and protected from sunlight with it’s dark BPA free bottle. It bubbles just a little so you know it’s working and smells like tea tree heaven. Tea Tree oil is a power house for removing impurities and killing just about any bad thing in it’s path. I’m thrilled at the fact that any germs or bacteria that are detoxing through my face are flushed away at this moment. The tea tree penetrates my skin with the hot water, entering my blood stream for a nice immune/detox inducing boost in the morning! You can buy it here for $6.97. Mine lasts two months, so that’s $3/per month for face wash. **Note: if you have a face wash that you absolutely love but want Tea Tree oil in it, Young Living has a pure product. Add 1-2 drops to the soap in your palm and wash your face. Close your eyes tight 🙂 Comment below to get some!

#2. Norwex Body Cloths. Oh, friends, I can’t speak highly enough of Norwex. I really can’t. I use their EnviroCloths to clean my house every single day, all day. Because of the Silver (the same as Colloidal Silver) woven in the threads, I am cleaning and sterilizing just by wiping the surfaces. I digress. I absolutely LOVE following up my face wash with my Norwex body cloth. It’s removing any impurities that the soap missed, and further encouraging the detox process. Plus, because of the rougher mirofiber surface it’s exfoliating the heck out of my face. No dead skin after a light scrub with that. These come in a 3 Pack for $20. But if you care for them properly they’ll last you 3 years. That’s $.50 a day.

#3 KIT Naturals Orange Dream Cream. Honestly, I have to contain myself. I just get so darn excited about all of these products. Ok. KIT Naturals. I can’t even begin to say how amazing these ladies are. Products are freshly compounded when ordered, or drawn from a very low stock (to keep ingredients fresh). Products containing essential oils are kept in dark containers to preserve them. They also have an Ultimate Relief cream that is a MIRACLE WORKER for my children’s rashes and ouches. But this dream cream…well first I love that my face smells like a creamsicle. That’s kind of fun. But second, orange essential oil is absolutely fantastic for lifting the spirits, flushing the system of impurities and boosting immunity. So by Step #3, we are super clean, friends. This cream also prevents signs of aging, firms skin and irons out wrinkles…because nature is awesome. It’s heavy when it goes on, and you may feel nervous because it looks so greasy. But here’s the awesome part: because every single thing in this little jar is edible, and fresh from the earth, your skin leaves nothing behind…within 15 minutes it’s slurped it all up. Your skin ADORES this stuff, and the women who make it actually call it “gourmet skin food.” They aren’t kidding. You don’t have to avoid your eyes, or your lips, and I slather it all over those places to get extra moisture. I also go down my throat too. A little goes a long way, though, and this one pot lasts me about 3 months. So, at $14 per jar, that’s $5 a month. You can check out their site and order your product here. 

#4 Acure Argan Oil. They’ve called it “liquid gold,” for centuries and there is a reason. Organic Argan Oil is rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, and Proteins. It fights lines, repairs imperfections, and minimize scars & stretch marks. It also works to restore texture, elasticity and tone. I only do this at night because it stays a little oily on my skin longer than what’s convenient. But I call it my “skin vitamins.” I will put one, to two drops on my hand and dab this around my eyes, on my forehead, and around my mouth. I’ll then slide it down my throat and around my ears. It has seriously changed the look and tone of my skin. I don’t go a day without following up my moisturizer with it. You can order it here. This bottle runs at $15. Because you use it 1-2 drops at a time it will take you FOREVER to use it up. $5 a month is what it adds up to.

#5 Frankincense Essential Oil. Ok. I want to first say, right up front, that purchasing pure quality, therapeutic grade Frankincense will run you $95 without wholesale membership. It’s a doozy. I will also say this: I have been so grateful for having this oil in my home. For the face routine, I finish my face washing with 1-2 drops rubbed lightly onto the fine lined places on my skin. It has strange miracle working properties on wrinkles. But we diffuse it, put it on our feet or ingest it in capsules when we’re sick, wear it for confidence, etc. My one bottle, a year later is still hanging around and it’s about 1/2 down. The only thing that I use Frankincense for EVERY DAY is face toning. Otherwise it stays in the cabinets on an as-needed basis. So because ours will last about 2 years, most likely, making it $4 a month.

So there you have it friends! If you have any questions about the oils mentioned or the products, comment below and I’ll get to them as soon as I can 🙂

Happy Friday!

~Kate

 

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It was a dark couple of years, friends. It really was. Depression and ailing health are things I had never experienced until that time, and it was a long journey to recovery…I’m still on that journey, to be completely honest.

My body still bears the signs and scars from the time that nearly blew the life out of me. Sleep is a recurring issue since my adrenal system is still scarred from the strain that caused it to fail. Anxiety still creeps in at times. I’m working to help my body repair my metabolism. My immune system is finally on the upward climb. I’m emerging from a war, and I was blown to bits.

I’m honestly still processing it all, and, in a lot of ways, I feel like I’m just waking up to life. I’m a little mentally exhausted, though, too. Infirmity can cause a complete realignment of what we believe.

My brain is…interesting right now. To say the least.

I still struggle with insomnia and my usual arsenal wasn’t working for me anymore. In the beginning of my health journey, I was given Ambien and it began a vicious cycle of dependancy. I have, since then, been careful of using medications.

Quite honestly, my cabinet of essential oils weren’t working either.

A few weeks ago, a friend recommended Cedarwood oil to me for my sleep. She said, “Cedarwood is so great for the mind when it’s kind of frantic and busy. Until your adrenals calm down more, you’re going to be in the fight-or-flight mode more times a day than you need to be. This will help with that.”

So I applied it to my feet on the reflexology points and diffused it next to my bed.

I woke up the next morning from a deep sleep and I cried, to be completely honest. This is what I love about the holistic lifestyle. It’s knowing that He grew up from the ground beauty, healing and sustenance. I feel so completely cared for by my Abba. Whenever essential oils nurture my body I feel His intention for all His people and am completely, humbly blessed by His heart for us.

I slept deep because Cedarwood stimulates the release of melatonin. But I think the reason it worked so well with me is because Cedarwood relaxes the nervous system, releases tension, and helps the mental anxiety and cyclical thought patterns to calm down. This is one of the main reasons for my insomnia most of the time. My adrenals and nervous stern system are saying I’m in some kind of emergency when I’m not. I am living in emotional/physical shell shock from one of the worst wars of my life and it will take time to recover. Cedarwood helped my body remind my mind and heart that it’s all ok. And I slept.

Now, this oil is an integral part of my daily life. I wear it on my wrists for the smell, sometimes, to calm my anxious mind. In the car I’ll have it on a cotton ball and stick it in the vent and it helps me find those breathe cleansing breaths when my kids are both throwing down in the back seat. I diffuse it next to me by my bed and wear it on my feet for all the antibacterial and cleansing qualities.

So, friends…if Lavender or your usual method isn’t healthful or working for sleep, or anxiety, I encourage you to try Cedarwood. It’s an unusual option but it has been such a blessing to me in this repairing space of my life. It has a very woody scent, the same as a cedar closet. I kind of love that.

If you have never purchased from Young Living, and would like to purchase this, you can go to the “essential oils” tab at the top of this blog and read more on how to do that.

Happy Tuesday!

~Katie

 

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