As many of you know we are big fans of Protect oil. If you have read some of our previous posts, (Arm Yourself and An Ancient Protective Blend), you can see why.
One of my favorite application methods is the bottom of the feet. Essential oils are easily absorbed and reach the bloodstream faster when applied to the soles of your feet.
Another great way to use Protect is on your hands. When you are on the go, it isn’t always convenient to wash – try this all-natural hand sanitizer made with Protect oil for that extra level of protection.
DIY Protect Gel Sanitizer:
- 3 T aloe vera gel
- ¼ tsp. vitamin E oil (a natural preservative)
- 10 drops of Protect oil
Add to a high-quality travel size plastic squeeze bottle and shake. No drying alcohol. Moisturizes while it protects.
According to the CDC, “While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February.” Not only is it ‘that time of year,’ but many of us drastically change our routines (eating and sleeping habits) during the holidays, which can challenge our immune system and put us more at risk of contracting the flu.
Research from Weber State University in Utah showed that the Protect Blend has an impressive 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria. Diffuse 5-6 drops (or refer to your user manual) to clean the air in your home and boost your immunity. Another way to combat the spread of the flu is to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Add 12-24 drops to 4oz each of water and vodka (or vinegar) for a simple, green disinfecting spray to use around the house.
Should you happen to come down with a cold or the flu despite your best efforts, the Breathe Easy Blend clears congestion and promotes relaxed breathing. To inhale, add a few drops to a diffuser or fill a large bowl with boiling water, add 7-8 drops, lean your head over the bowl, close your eyes and inhale the steam. Another option is to add 15 drops to a carrier oil and apply to the chest.
So the story goes: Deep in the Royal English Archives is a 15th century recipe so powerful that it protected those who used it from the black plague. During this time the plague was running rampant through Europe. Four thieves who were robbing the infectious dead bodies of all their possessions, miraculously never contracted the highly infectious plague.
Eventually the thieves were caught and made a deal, sharing their secret for a reduced sentence. They professed herbal knowledge and told stories of their powerful medicinal properties when combined in certain ways.
The traditionally accepted recipe contains a blend of 5 essential oils: Clove bud, lemon, cinnamon bark, rosemary and eucalyptus. Research from Weber State University in Utah showed that the blend has an impressive 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria.
We don’t know whether or not the Thieves story is true, but the essential oils are antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. Truly, a protective blend!