The legend of thieves
Where it all began…
Four 15th century French thieves formulated and wore a special blend of vinegar, clove, rosemary and other botanicals that they believed provided protection while they were stealing. The thieves were stealing from both the living and the dead – so they were in need of extra protection!
Soon their crimes caught up with them and the thieves were captured. Authorities were intrigued. Why had none of the four thieves fallen ill? The only explanation had to be the special formula worn by the thieves!
The authorities struck a deal of mercy on the condition that the thieves divulged the ingredients in their secret formula.
An essential oil blend was then born! This blend is a modern-day must-have with a fabled past. Let’s explore the legend of this beloved botanical blend and why it remains a cough- and cold-fighting favourite today!
Formulated in the spirit of this ancient formula, this essential oil blend features Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary and Lemon essential oils. Its signature spicy, warm aroma and cough- and cold-relieving benefits, makes it one of the most popular and beloved oil blend today.
The beauty behind the blend
This blend is a natural health product (NHP), registered in Canada as a safe, effective and high-quality remedy for cough and cold.
This would not be a powerhouse blend without powerhouse ingredients!
Clove: A sweet, spicy aroma that is stimulating and revitalizing. This NHP relieves joint and muscle pain and cough and cold symptoms.
Cinnamon Bark: An odour-eliminating, warming essential packed with the naturally occurring constituent cinnamaldehyde.
Eucalyptus Radiata: A classic, fresh and sharply clean aroma. This NHP relieves headache, joint and muscle pain and cough and cold symptoms.
Rosemary: A herbaceous, sweet and slightly medicinal aroma. This NHP relieves joint and muscle pain, cough and cold symptoms, skin irritations and digestive discomfort.
Lemon: A refreshing, cleansing, instant pick-me-up! This NHP relieves cough and cold symptoms.
In addition to its natural health benefits, the blend is packed with cleansing power – making it an important ingredient in some home cleaning and personal care products. From dish soap to toothpaste, this versatile blend replaces harsh chemicals with pure essential oils and other naturally derived ingredients, making the switch to a more natural toxin-free lifestyle simpler.
You may see this oil blend claimed to have the following benefits:
- Boosting the immune system
- Having antimicrobial activity
- Fighting nasal and sinus congestion
- Promoting respiratory and cardiovascular health
- Energizing or uplifting mood
Supported by researchers
As a matter of fact, many studies support the same sayings. An older study found that diffusing the oil blend significantly lowered the airborne levels of three different types of bacteria. A lot more research has been done on the benefits of the individual components of the blend.
A study by Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 found that diffused the essential oil blend has a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria after only minutes of exposure. Studies conducted at showed the antibacterial effectiveness of the oil blend against airborne microorganisms. A study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.6 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion. The essential oil blend was then diffused into the hood for a given time. There was an 82% reduction in M. luteus bioaerosol, a 96% reduction in the P. aeruginosa bioaerosol, and a 44% reduction in the S. aureus bioaerosol following 10 min of exposure. Diffusion of the oil blend can significantly reduce the number of aerosol-borne bacteria. (Chao S.C., Young D.G., Oberg C.J. 1998)
Summer is coming to a close, make this back-to-school season one to remember with essential oils! This oil blend could be one of the favorite oils can help you and your kids succeed and become healthy through the entire school year. Some will rub a few drops of it on their feet before they leave the house. People will love the way it smells, and they love knowing that the oil blend is with them wherever they go. It will also boost your immune system. Let’s make this essential oil blend become a ritual in your home!
Caution: Children under 18 months of age should not use this oil. This is a kind of hot oil that dilution is necessary for children.
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