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Thieves Oil - The Legend Behind the Healing Essential Oils

In the mid-1300s, the Bubonic Plague--aka "The Black Death"--was the most deadly disease outbreak in human history, decimating 1/3 of the European population.

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The sick, dying and dead lined the streets. The poor and rich alike were infected--including doctors and nurses. Although the contagion struck fear in the hearts of European citizens, a few intrepid opportunists decided to steal from victims of the Black Death.

Four thieves were captured for stealing from Plague victims and were sentenced to be burned at the stake. However, the judge was so intrigued as to how these thieves stayed immune to the plague, despite close contact with Black Death victims.

The thieves told the judge that if he spared them from death, they would tell them their secret to staying free of the deadly disease. The judge agreed, and the four thieves proceeded to tell the judge that they were spice and perfume merchants that were out of work because of the Plague. They had prepared a special herbal concoction that they applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet and the mask that the were over their mouths--a blend made up of Lemon, Rosemary, Clove, Eucalyptus and Cinnamon--that kept the deadly disease at bay (we now know that the Bubonic Plague was caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria that was transmitted from fleas to humans).

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Studies have shown that these five essential oils do, indeed, have anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal qualities--and many herbalists and alternative health practitioners use them as such as part of their healing work.

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I now have Blend of Thieves Oil available in my Aroma Power Etsy Shop here.

Natural Hand Sanitizer Made with Everclear and Germ Fighting Essential Oils

No longer the domain of germophobes--especially with the descent of COVID-19, aka coronavirus--hand sanitizers are now a part of best practices when it comes to protecting yourself against viruses, bacteria and germs (along with frequent hand washing).

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With many stores running out of hand sanitizer, DIYers are turning to natural products to make their own. However, it's important to follow CDC guidelines when doing so--especially with alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

As of March 2020, the CDC has recommended that hand sanitizers be at LEAST 60-90% alcohol. Ethanol, the most common alcohol ingredient, appears to be the most effective against viruses--which is why I chose to use Everclear 151 (75.5% ethanol) in my hand sanitizers.

Despite reported anti-microbial properties, it is NOT advisable to rely on Essential Oils ALONE to kill bacteria and viruses (hence, the ethanol, aka "grain alcohol", that is added to my GERMOPHOBE hand sanitizers, now available at my Aroma Power Etsy Shop).

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For boosted anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties--as well as immune support--I offer Essential Oil synergy options...but alcohol is the best sanitizer, according to the CDC. 

But not just any alcohol.

Over the counter isopropyl alcohol, according to chemistry expert Anne Marie Helmenstine, should be 99% (hard to find)--while some say 70% is "OK". Personally, I wouldn't trust isopropyl alcohol alone, especially since the CDC acknowledges that ethanol (such as found in grain alcohol like Everclear) is most effective against viruses (like COVID-19, aka coronavirus).

For more information, see these pages at the National Institutes of Health : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30020626 and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15489352.

Other added benefits of using Everclear in DIY sanitizers with essential oils is that grain alcohol 151 proof or above also serves as an emulsifier and preservative. Read this informative post on the Plant Therapy blog here.

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease--and should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. Individuals with serious illnesses should consult a qualified health care professional.

Marianne Williamson as the Queen of Cups in Tarot

In my latest book Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice, I list real-life examples for each of the Tarot Queens in the section The Queens as Healers.

Naked Tarot was written over a several-year period and was finished late 2017--publishing in Fall of 2018.

Before Marianne Williamson declared her candidacy for President of the United States, I pegged her as a Queen of Cups--with the personal mandate of "All You Need Is Love". As we can see from her interviews and Democratic debates, her life theme is more public than ever.

Here are the pages from my book about the Queen of Cups, the subsection of The Queens as Healers:

As you can see, several men are also listed, because in Tarot, Queens and Kings don't correlate to gender but energy--how a person conducts themselves on a daily basis.

What famous people (or characters) would YOU correlate with the Queen of Cups? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

-- Janet