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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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