Wow!!! I am so amazed at the mail from the last blog and podcast on my Mardi Gras Relief recipe otherwise known as Crowd Relief. I mentioned a recipe I make often called Plague Away and here is a little history on it along with the recipe.
When I began using essential oils there were so many proprietary blends from other companies such as “Thieves” and so forth that protected you during flu season. Proprietary blends can be quite expensive so if I can create it myself that’s what I do.
First, I had to understand what a blend called “Thieves” was all about. Why would you call it such a name for healing? So, the nerd in me went to researching and I found a story from the era of the Bubonic Plague. Its legend goes like this: During the Bubonic Plague there were these peddlers that went from town to town selling various types of herbs and spices, but business was not doing very well since their would-be customers were dying off from the plague. The Bubonic Plague was highly contagious and fatal. So, they decided to go into the homes of the deceased and take their valuables. They would later get caught and the judge was quite interested in how they were able to prevent themselves from getting the plague. The judge offered them a lesser sentenced if they were able to disclose their secret. They advised that they rubbed the herbs and spices all over them before entering the homes. They did so in order to tolerate the smell of the decaying bodies. It’s important to note that the doctors during the plague would wear beak-like mask filled with herbs and spices also when treating patients at this time. The herbs would be filtering and purifying the air the physicians were breathing in.
No one really knows for sure the exact herbs and spices that prevented them from getting the plague, but much research has been done on herbs, spices, etc. and many believe it’s likely that a few were potent enough to protect the peddlers and physicians from getting ill. The list is clove, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus, orange, lemon, sage, garlic and possibly a few others. I picked about five of these ingredients to blend together but you can easily create your own.
I even made it easy for me to remember the ingredients with the acronym of C-O-R-E. CORE is for Clove, Cinnamon, Orange, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus. Sometimes I will replace orange for lemon if I am using it as a disinfectant.
When it comes to antioxidants, they are scored as an ORAC score. Clove essential oil is the highest with a score of 1,078,700 per 100 g. So that’s why I chose clove as my top ingredient.
Clove has shown to possess antifungal and anti-microbial properties, boosting the immune system, protects the liver and aids in digestive health. It’s also known for preserving bone quality and as an anti-mutagenic.
Cinnamon essential oil is another ingredient just as important as the clove. It has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. It is also known for detoxing the body from parasites.
Oil from Orange peel contains d-limonene which supports healthy inflammation responses, metabolic function, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antidepressant as well as cleansing and freshening the air.
Rosemary essential oil. supports healthy brain function, hormone balance. Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, pain reliever, protector of the immune system, detoxifies the body, stimulates circulation.
Eucalyptus essential oil supports the digestive system and respiratory health while decreasing mucus production. It’s an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic and antibacterial.
Lemon essential oil has two major compounds, limonene and b-pinene. They work together as a natural antimicrobial agent which is why you find it in many cleaners. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory and has antibacterial and antioxidant properties boosting the immune system.
The easiest way to make this recipe is to first create a base. Add the following ingredients together in a dark colored glass bottle. I use the blue or amber colored two- or four-ounce dropper bottles and invert the bottle a couple of times to blend well. Now you have created your base.
40 d. Clove
20 d. Cinnamon
35 d. Orange or Lemon
10 d. Rosemary
15 d. Eucalyptus
Now in a similar sprayer bottle add a few drops of the blend to the bottle and fill with either water, witch hazel or 80 proof or higher of vodka.
If you are using water, then it will need to be used within two weeks. If you add it to witch hazel or vodka it will last indefinitely.
I use it in the air as well as cleaning with it the same as you would Lysol or any other disinfectant. It smells better and doesn’t have all those harmful ingredients in it.
Another great reason I prefer to make my own products is so that I can control the amount of each scent to my liking. You can adjust the ingredients above to what smells the best for you. Just remember that with stronger scents you may use less so it doesn’t overpower the lesser scents.
That’s it. Simple, quick and not too expensive once you have all the ingredients. Essential oils stored properly will last for years.
To learn more about these ingredients check out the references below: