Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Essential Oils for Everyday Use: Thieves Pills

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Tip #4: When you start feeling sick, make your own Thieves® pills.
Before I share how I personally do this, I wanted to mention that I've seen countless posts on Pinterest recently that are warning people of the dangers/side effects of using essential oils. I can't stress enough that essential oil users should ALWAYS use caution when consuming or applying oils. Just because something is labeled natural doesn't mean it's safe under any and every circumstance. Plus, people can react differently to oils. For example: my husband doesn't like to use peppermint oil on his skin without diluting first because it makes his skin get all red. This has never happened to me, and I use peppermint neat (without diluting) all of the time. 
I am not a certified aromatherapist at this point in my life. My purpose for this essential oil series is to share how I have personally used essentials oils (therapeutic grade) in my day to day life. Next week, I plan to list some of the resources that have helped me in my essential oil/natural remedy journey. :)
Back to Thieves®:
Thieves® is one of my favorite Young Living oils. I don't exclusively use YL oils, but I keep up my membership for all of the wonderful Thieves® products for sure! I've been using Thieves® for about 5 years now. This oil contains a blend of clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus radiata.
How to make Thieves® pills:
First, you'll need some clear vegetable capsules. I ordered mine from Young Living, but Amazon sells them, too. (The link provided is to Amazon.)
Next, you'll need an ingestible carrier oil to dilute the essential oil. I chose cold-pressed olive oil that I bought from my local Fry's grocery store. I put about 2 drops of olive oil in each capsule. Sometimes I use a dropper to do this, but a few days ago, I used a plastic container with a pouring spout and estimated about 2 drops.
Finally, you'll need Thieves® essential oil. I know there are knock offs of this oil, but I've never used them. I put 1 drop of Thieves® in each capsule. I only make enough to last for one day - about 3 or 4. I take with a glass of water every few hours or so.
I also give these pills to my older kids when they are sick. My daughter who is 9 doesn't like to swallow pills, so I make a honey, lemon, Thieves® mixture for her. She takes it by the teaspoonful or spreads some on toast throughout the day until it's gone. Honestly, my boys sometimes prefer this method. To make the mixture, I use about 1-2 TBSP of raw honey, about 1-2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice, a few drops of Thieves®.
(I'm not going to recommend an age for giving Thieves® internally. I will leave that entirely up to the discretion of the parent.)
And that's how my family takes Thieves® internally. I can honestly say, we've never experienced any negative side effects from using this oil, so hopefully you won't either!
Here are a couple of other links to Thieves® posts on my blog. I know one of them mentions a couple of other ways we've tried this oil internally. Sometimes I put it directly in my mouth, but be careful if you try this because it can burn a little at first due to the clove and cinnamon!
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