I am not what you would call a germophobe. I wash my hands before I make food or eat. I wash them after using the restroom or if I was out digging in the yard. Raw meat gives me the heebeejeebees and anything that touches it must be scoured, but other than that I don’t really find myself fighting the urge to clean every surface or disinfect every item that comes into my home. I never forced others to put hand sanitizer on before holding my babies, not even my first-born. And I don’t cringe at the thought of using a public bathroom unless it’s visually disgusting. I get it though, the desire to keep everything clean and keep everyone healthy. It’s not something I scoff at or ridicule others for. I’m just not as on top of it as some are 😉
However, now that I have kids we see our fair share of gross things. Etta picks up any bug she deems cute, Des is all boy and splashes around in our small pond or mud puddles, and don’t get me started on what Brydon finds to play with! 🤢Honestly, kids are disgusting. Not only do they pick up gross things or play in filth but they also put everything in their mouth.
“Hmm a shopping cart handle? Looks like a good place to rest my mouth..wide open.”
“I wonder what this door handle tastes like?”
Forget kids eating dirt! That’s probably clean compared to some of the surfaces they come in contact with! I myself don’t worry about touching doorknobs or handrails, but I also don’t put my mouth on them or stick my hands in my mouth fifty times a minute.
But on the other hand I haven’t been a huge fan of all the products that kill 99.9% of germs. I had heard enough statistics and stories about people using those so much (hand sanitizer being a common one) that they ended up getting sick more often simply because their bodies weren’t prepared to fight off any germs that did make their way into their body. We all need a little dirt in our diet 😉
This is one reason I was interested in Oils. I had heard about all these great ways to use them for cleaning and building your immune system. To me it is a lot more important to build up your bodies natural ability to fight off sickness rather than using all kinds of crazy things to kill bacteria, unless of course someone could find a way to kill literally every bad strain of bacteria while keeping the good around… that I could get on board with. But, since that hasn’t been discovered yet I’ll just whip out my Thieves and Purification oils to tackle my germ problems 🙂
I’ll stop boring you with all my personal feelings and opinions and just get down to the facts.
Let’s start out with Thieves today and move on to Purification tomorrow, that way I don’t lose you with too much information. I’m not just writing this all down for others to read or to create a sales pitch (trust me I am no sales person) but for my own research and use. I remember things better if I write them down 🙂
Thieves; a Young Living blend of lemon, clove, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary. The first time I smelled this blend I was not a fan which is odd because everyone raves about it. My aversion to it was simply because of the strong notes of clove. The year before I smelled this synergy I had a rather awful experience with dry socket after having my wisdom teeth taken out. The remedy for that is having gauze -which has been soaked in clove oil- packed into the hole. The first couple of times they do that feels like they’re shoving a stick in your already throbbing mouth. But even worse than that (for me) was the burning taste of clove. It literally burned my tongue while numbing my gums.. it was an odd combination. Anyways, once I got past all the horrific flash backs I came to love the smell. It smells like fall and christmas all wrapped into one. So if you want a fall smelling candle you could try diffusing this instead! And since the oils have purifying properties they not only make your house smell great but they clean up your air too! Win Win!
* And for just $9.99 all of this can be yours! Offer ends in the next 10 minutes so call now!*
Sorry, I feel like I’m turning into an infomercial, which is what my husband said my last EO blog post sounded like. But seriously, I love these oils and I love the science behind them. So let’s keep going.
The blend’s break down:
Lemon, Cinnamon bark,and Eucalyptus Radiata – All have properties that are used for cleansing and disinfecting. The oils are antibacterial and lemons have been used in cleaning agents for years. Now-a-days cleaning products have synthetic lemon scent but no real lemon extract in them. Kind of pointless really if you can use the real thing. I guess they figure the fake stuff is cheaper… but with the real stuff you know what you’re paying for.
Clove- I found it really interesting that oral care professionals use clove oil still to this day. As I said earlier it helped relieve a lot of pain in my gums. The oil is used for relieving pain, cleansing, protecting and soothing. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties along with antioxidant properties. It’s a powerhouse! I love that I got to experience what this oil could do long before looking into essential oils. It made it all the more believable to me.
Rosemary: This oil is also known for its cleansing properties, but it also is known for amplifying and boosting immunity. This is where the “good for you” part of Thieves comes in! The oils kill off bacteria but they also aid in your body’s natural ability to overcome germs and sickness. I don’t know of any bleach products that claim that?
The reason behind Thieves name is based on the story about what robbers used on rags that they put over their mouth and nose while robbing the dead during the bubonic plague. The disease was very contagious and obviously deadly, yet these people seemed unharmed! I remember learning in history class -way back when- that the physicians at the time wore masks that had spices in them, one of which was clove. The guys looked creepy with their bird beak masks, but apparently it helped!
Now I’m not claiming Thieves is the answer to all your germy problems. I’m not a Dr or expert. However I’ve read enough information and have seen enough results to come to the conclusion that this stuff works. It’s wonderful for cleaning and it smells amazing!
I love that Young Living has a full cleaning line with Thieves in it, but I also love that you can make your own stuff with just the oil. In fact just today I made a hand sanitizing spray for my littles. And another great thing about it? If I use it to clean toys or our hands and then my kids put them in their mouth it wont harm them! If anything it will boost their systems!
We also have a roller bottle with thieves and grapseed oil that I roll on every so often to help boost their immune systems and kill off any yucky stuff.
I apologize if my on going gushing for Thieves is driving you crazy (Though you could stop reading at any point, just sayin) but I’m crazy about it. It’s all natural and effective. Sometimes something being effective is more important than all natural when it comes to cleaning (Mama’s can I get an amen?) but thankfully oils give you the best of both worlds 🙂
If you have any questions about this post or thieves, or oils in general feel free to ask! I can’t promise I have the answers, but I’m willing to research and ask for you 🙂
*All information was found either on Young Livings website, The EO Bar app, or the book The Essential Oil Truth, The Facts without the Hype- written by Jen O’Sullivan.