What Essential Oils Are In Thieves
What is Thieves essential oil? The legend says that during the notorious plague epidemics in the Middle Ages there were thieves who were capable to create a blend of aromatic plant extracts which allowed them to survive. They not only miraculously survived the plague but were able to steal.
So, what are the names of the aromatic plants used in the blend?
- Cinnamon bark
Does the blend Thieves still exist?
Yes, today Thieves essential oil blend is still available and is very much helpful in treating the conditions such as colds and flu.
It is so effective against the cold and flu symptoms because of the essential oils used in the blend.
Aromatic plants produce potent essences to protect their species and be able to replenish. These aromatic essences are essential oils. Every essential oil contains 100 – 300 components. Some of them are responsible for their antiseptic activity. Namely, they are called monoterpenes and show strong antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties (able to destroy pathogens, bacteria, and viruses).
One single essential oil containing monoterpenes can kill the germs. But when we blend five of the essential oils together, the blend’s antiseptic activity is five times more efficient!
Cinnamon bark essential oil, Cinnamomum zeilanicum, is obtained by distillation. It was historically used in treating colds among other disorders. It is often included in mouth washes and nasal sprays. The oil contains eugenol, cineole and linalool and shows strong antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal actions. It is useful for resisting viral infections and contagious diseases.
Clove bud essential oil, Eugenia aromatica, is distilled from the dried flower buds. The resulting oil contains about 85 – 95% of eugenol with analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic therapeutic actions. Therefore, clove essential oil has excellent antiseptic properties and can be used for the prevention of colds and flus.
Eucalyptus essential oil, mostly Eucalyptus globulus or smithii, is distilled from the fresh leaves and is valuable due to its component cineole. Eucalyptus essential oil was in huge demand during WWI, as it was used to control influenza outbreak. Its properties are analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant.
Lemon essential oil, Citrus limon, is extracted from the peel of lemons. The oil is mostly comprised of limonene (monoterpene). Lemons were historically used on the English ships to prevent various conditions. It has antimicrobial, antiseptic, bactericidal therapeutic actions.
Rosemary essential oil, Rosmarinus officinalis, is distilled from the leaves, flowers, and twigs. Rosemary was considered a sacred plant and has been used medicinally for centuries. Ancients burned rosemary to purify the air and prevent infections. Its major compound is cineole therefore it is widely used for the treatment of respiratory ailments.
Thieves oil has a lot of power to kill germs.
How to use Thieves oil?
To kill airborne bacteria and viruses diffuse 5-10 drops of the oil.
To rub the chest and neck mix a few drops of the oil in a spoon of a carrier of your choice (sweet almond, for example).
To relieve congestion, add a drop or two to the steaming water and inhale the vapour under the towel.
Simply place a drop or two on tissue and inhale.
Thieves oil is a valuable blend to keep in first aid kit at home.
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