Essential Oils & Their Uses: Using them to Stay Healthy
Let’s get one thing straight – the worst thing about winter is? Germs.
Actually, you’re entitled to your own opinion as far as this is concerned, but I’d rather shovel my whole driveway with a measuring cup than get the flu, a stomach bug, or some other terrible (but very common) illness. With a little boy who gets sick easily, we have no other choice but to take germ prevention seriously in our family.
While there are many oils and products available through Young Living for immunity support, today I want to focus on the few we use on a regular basis.
Essential Oil Flu Fighter
If you’ve looked into essential oils at all, you likely have heard of Thieves. This essential oil blend has a very interesting story behind it! Legends have it that a 15th-century group of thieves rubbed a certain formula on themselves to stay protected against the plague while robbing the dead and dying. They were caught and gave up their recipe in exchange for a lesser sentence. All I can assume is that if Thieves can protect against the plague, it definitely can’t hurt to use during common cold and flu season! Studies were done to show the effectiveness of simply diffusing the blend, and Thieves is a winner!
Thieves contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils. You can use it aromatically, topically, and even internally (Thieves Vitality blend). The blend smells so Christmas-y with it’s Cinnamon and Clove oils. I diffuse it around the clock when I know there are germs coming in my home, and I use it diluted in a roller blend on our spines, wrists, and bottoms of our feet.
Using Thieves Essential Oil
We often will add a drop of honey or in a tea to prevent and fight illness. Please note that this blend can be “spicy” or “hot” to the touch or taste. I have to dilute it to use it in any topical or internal recipe. Some people love the taste, and the burn doesn’t bother them, but I’m not one of those people. Always consult your reference or Google it before using it in any other way. Essential oils are natural but can cause harm if they aren’t used correctly.
Thieves also has an entire line of products available! Laundry detergent, foaming hand soap, toothpaste and floss, all-natural cleaning spray, hand sanitizer, etc. As a number of these are pretty pricey, I’ve added drops of Thieves to my own detergent, soap, and cleaning spray for the same benefits!
Respiratory Germ Protector
This oil blend focuses primarily on those respiratory germs – influenza and pneumonia for example. It fights both bacteria and viruses and has a strong scent.
Raven contains Camphor (Ravintsara), Lemon, Wintergreen, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus Radiata essential oils. Use this oil aromatically or topically, but do not use it internally. Dilution is a necessity with this blend, as it can cause skin sensitivity. I didn’t appreciate the smell of this blend initially, but it definitely is effective!
Do not use Raven unless your kiddos are over six unless you chat with your pediatrician/family doctor. I use this for all of us (including my three year old) highly diluted in diffusers when I know those bad germs are around. I like to use it when my son’s asthma seems to be causing him more trouble (usually making him more susceptible to illness). I’ve also added a drop or to solid coconut oil to rub on our feet or chest.
Essential Oils For The Kids
Speaking of kiddos, SniffleEase is a KidScents line blend. It’s primary purpose is to help with congestion (as the name implies), but the blend also fights bacteria and viruses.
SniffleEase contains caprylic/capric triglyceride, Eucalyptus Blue, Palo Santo, Lavender, Dorado Azul, Ravintsara, Myrtle, Eucalyptus Globulus, Marjoram, Pine, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Black Spruce, and Peppermint essential oils. The caprylic/capric triglyceride is an oily liquid found in coconut oil and acts as an in-bottle dilution. Because of this, when using it on your kiddos, it generally doesn’t require any extra dilution, with exception of the most sensitive skin.
SniffleEase is fine used aromatically or topically, but must not be used internally. I like to diffuse this for all of us, but especially in my son’s room to help fight those nasty cold germs before they catch him. I also like to apply this to his chest or a drop on his blanket at night. It makes a wonderful steamy bath when a couple of drops are added to the running water.
My son has very sensitive skin, and SniffleEase has never been an issue. The recommended age for use is two and up. Chat with your medical professional if you want to use it on your young babies.
The essential oil with antibacterial benefits are Clove and Thyme.
“Clove and Thyme essential oils have been documented to kill over fifty types of bacteria, and ten types of fungi.” – Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Seventh Edition, page 190
I generally don’t use them by themselves often as I mainly like to use the blends mentioned above, but those aren’t numbers to sneeze at! Use them diluted aromatically, topically, or internally. I like to add a drop or two of either oil to many of my dishes or teas both when I want to fight germs or for just a yummy flavor.
Young Living Essential Oils has many other products available to protect against illnesses! Oils, supplements, and nutritional drinks (if you haven’t heard of Ningxia Red, look it up now!) are just some of the items available. However, this article was mainly focused on the specific oils I like to use in my home.
What oils do you like to use to stay healthy?