It’s that time of year in the northern hemisphere (those below the equator, feel free to bookmark and come back to this post in August when it’s a little more relevant to you). Short days with little sunlight and way too much time spent indoors with other immunity challenged individuals means all of the colds and flus and various other snifflies and stomach bugs. We’re all looking for ways to stay as healthy as possible. Or just ride out the winter until spring comes back. Preferably with as few doctor bills and vomit incidents as possible (that second is really more of a year long goal, but probably spikes in intensity during the winter for most of us who aren’t frat boys. Apologies to any sober frat boys for that gross generalization of your drinking habits).
Most people have probably at least heard the Thieves legend. The plague was traipsing its disgusting way through Britain (presumably in the winter, which as previously discussed is the worst time of year, especially when hygiene hasn’t been invented yet) indiscriminately killing the occupants of house after house.
Which left a good deal of material goods unguarded and technically without owners.
Every century has its opportunists, and the 15th (don’t check facts on this; I’m probably wrong) was no exception. A band of bandits (*note to self: check on a possible connection between the origin of these two words to wow people in casual conversation later*) began taking advantage of this situation by raiding the homes of the dead and those so close what little strength they had was not suitable to fight off robbers. They made a killing (which is a terrible joke in the context), until they were caught. When they were brought to trial for their crimes, it was noted that none of them had caught the plague during this time period despite having been in close contact with it each time they had robbed a recently (or soon to be) vacant house. They were offered clemency of a sort (probably a slightly less public execution, or a handful of hay for their jail cell floor) in exchange for the secret formula that had protected them from contracting the plague.
The resulting recipe (which varies from telling to telling but often includes the basic constituents of vinegar, rosemary, lemon, clove, and cinnamon) has been passed down in the subsequent centuries and many holistic natural remedies have been made to replicate it.
Including essential oil blends.
Review: The Thieves blend from Young Living (my preferred oil distributor for quality and company integrity) contains clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils. If you’re thinking “sounds like it smells like Fall”, you’re right on the nose (*note to self: look up the origin of this phrase and if it’s as gross as it potentially seems immediately remove it from your vocabulary*). I try to stay stocked up on this oil so that we can use it to support our immune systems this time of year (I’m halfway through my 2 bottle winter allotment at the moment) and put it on our feet/spines and in the diffuser when we’re feeling under the weather for that little boost to get better faster. This year I’m trying to be better about diffusing it often, even when we’re not sick, to prevent those little bugs from taking hold to begin with. No matter the season I tend to at least diffuse it on Saturdays while we do our household chores. For me, the scent is very warm and comforting and clean. At night I like to diffuse it with lavender and frankincense for an extra soothing version to go to sleep to.
If I had to pick only 5 oils or blends to live with for the rest of my life, this would definitely top the list. It’s one of the best and least dispensable oils in my collection and a major stepping stone on my journey to natural wellness.
Have you tried Thieves? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you have any other home cold and flu remedies you swear by? Let me know!