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Thieves is an essential oil blend that is reported to support the body’s natural immune system. Used regularly during cold and flu season Thieves can help ward off those pesky seasonal illnesses which is particularly helpful if you have a short person in your house who attends that all-day germ fest called school!

Last year, you may remember, was the year of the dreaded H1N1 flu strain. Despite having two short people enrolled at two separate schools and foregoing the flu vaccine, we did not get sick once! Ok, there was one 24 hour stomach thing but I’m quite sure you don’t want the details of that. So what’s our secret? And what do I plan to do this year? Read on…

Thieves combines Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus radiata, and Rosemary for a wonderful, spicy and potent essential oil blend. It smells like a warm winter kitchen, a simmering pot of mulled cider or wine.

The story goes that in 14th Century Europe during the times of the plague, grave robbers and the looters of the sick and dying would anoint themselves with aromatics while “on the job” to prevent getting the dreaded illness themselves.  One of the many  stories tells us that in exchange for a smaller punishment the thieves had to reveal their secret.  However there are also many versions of this story.  And many recipes for the Vinegar of Thieves.

I tried making my own Vinegar of Thieves this year and have been steeping garlic cloves, cinnamon sticks, clove buds, rosemary sprigs and black peppercorns in a mason jar of red wine vinegar. Wow, is it ever potent! I can’t imagine any germs living in it, but I think I’ll stick to my lovely essential oil blend, thank you very much.

Last year, my daily Thieves routine was to apply Thieves (diluted for the kids, full strength for the adults)  on the bottoms of our feet every night before bed. In the event of a sore throat or other symptoms I add a second application to the feet in the morning for an extra boost.

Particularly with oils that may be irritating to more sensitive skin, the feet are a great option. Essential oils will absorb through the skin and reach the blood in 20 minutes, regardless of where you apply them, so why not get the benefits and take care of stinky feet at the same time?

This year, I’m well into the routine of Thieves Feet again and…well, I don’t want to jinx ourselves, so let’s check back in after the winter and see how it went. Want to join me in my rather un-scientific but oh, so wonderfully smelly experiment? Contact me at scentedjourneys@gmail.com to get your own bottle of Thieves.

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