Thieves Oil - What is it and How is it Used?

Thieves Oil - What is it and How is it Used?

Suzanne Finley

Thieves Oil is an essential oil blend that has been used for centuries to ward off all kinds of illnesses.  Does it really work?  That's up to you to decide.  The story of this intriguing blend of fragrant oils starts way back during the time of the Black Death or bubonic plague.  This horrific plague struck Europe and Asia in the mid-1300s.  According to History.com, it began when 12 ships from the Black Sea docked at the Sicilian port of Messina. 

When people gathered to greet the ships, they were met with a horrifying reality.  Most of the sailors had died and those who still survived were extremely ill and covered with black boils that oozed blood and pus.  The city of Messina quickly ordered the ships to leave port but it was too late.  Within five years, the plague would kill over 20 million people: almost one-third of the continent's population.

The plague was so quick to take over that, oftentimes, a seemingly healthy person would go to bed at night and be dead by morning.  Still others would hold on and suffer the emergence of apple sized lumps, boils, and other horrific symptoms.  Death was swift, however, and the virus was spread as easily as touching someone's clothes!  The culprit in all of this was Yersina Pestis, which traveled from person to person pneumonically (through the air) or through the bite of infected fleas and rats.  The disease effected livestock as well and killed off cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, goats and horses.  You can read more about this awful plague here.

Enter Thieves Oil which originally began as Thieves Vinegar. According to Wikipedia:

"The following vinegar recipe hung in the Museum of Paris in 1937, and is said to have been an original copy of the recipe posted on the walls of Marseilles during an episode of the plague:

Take three pints of strong white wine vinegar, add a handful of each of wormwood, meadowsweet, wild marjoram and sage, fifty cloves, two ounces of campanula roots, two ounces of angelic, rosemary and horehound and three large measures of camphor. Place the mixture in a container for fifteen days, strain and express then bottle. Use by rubbing it on the hands, ears and temples from time to time when approaching a plague victim."

According to legend, the story declares that a group of thieves during a European plague outbreak were robbing the dead or the sick. When they were caught, they offered to exchange their secret recipe, which had allowed them to commit the robberies without catching the disease, in exchange for leniency. Another version says that the thieves had already been caught before the outbreak and their sentence had been to bury dead plague victims and to survive this punishment, they created the vinegar. The city in which this happened is usually said to be Marseilles or Toulouse, and the time period can be given as anywhere between the 14th and 18th century depending on the storyteller.

The vinegar eventually morphed into oils that were blended to provide the same alleged benefits. Today, the blend typically consists of clove bud oil, cinnamon bark oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil and rosemary oil.  It is used as a disinfectant in cleaning surfaces and has also been used in diffusers and aromatherapy necklaces to ward off diseases/viruses.  Some also apply it to the feet, but it's extremely important to take precautions when using this oil with all of these methods. 

Before we go any further, I'm providing you with a very trusted link that talks about essential oil safety and covers things like essential oils in the bath, topical use, ingesting and more.  Please click here to get top notch information.

 Diffusing.  I'm not a big proponent of diffusing essential oils and, because of this, do not suggest it to our customers, nor do we carry diffusers in our store or on our website.  First, depending on the oils (and this particular blend is potent), diffusion can be quite harmful to pets and children.  The amount of drops used, the type of oil, and how long you diffuse can cause issues.  If you are going to diffuse, please do your research on the particular oils you are planning on diffusing.

Aromatherapy Necklackes.  These are great because you put a little drop onto either a pad that sits inside your necklace or, like the type of necklace we carry, you put it onto a porous lava stone that resides inside the pendant. 

Topically.  Never ever apply essential oils directly to the skin without first diluting in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, avocado oil or whatever other oil you have on hand.  Essential oils are extremely powerful and, during distillation, are basically compressed into a very strong compound.  While you may not feel immediate effects of direct application of non-diluted oils, long term use in this manner will take its toll on your body and can cause severe consequences.

Ingestion.  Never ingest an essential oil.  Quite honestly, I have been around and around this with so many people who are "drinking the kool aid" of some larger multi-level marketing companies who do not adequately train their reps.  This is a severe injustice to the consumer and it is infuriating to me when I hear that someone is ingesting these extremely potent and volatile oils without the guidance of a certified aromatherpist.  Just don't do it.  As I said above, your body will suffer consequences long-term.  If there is any debate on this, I strongly suggest you contact a certified aromatherapist and highly rated holistic pracitioner.  This is just too important to follow information gained from companies on the internet looking to make money or from advice of those who are not qualified. 

Bath.  Essential oils are oils.  They do not stay mixed with water.  This means that they should first be solubized/diluted in a good amount of carrier oil before adding to bath water because the oil will indeed make oil globules that sit on the surface of your bath water and will adhere to your skin meaning that the volatile concentration of these oils will be the same as putting it directly onto your skin.  Using a carrier oil will dilute.

Again, click here for a good deal more information.  In the meantime, you can get Thieves Oil at our website here.  It is the highest quality, without additives, and is obtained from what we consider the master in the arena of essential oils.  We trust the company we purchase our oils from in bulk where they educate and inform and expose those who are doing harm to others.

Our oils are affordable because we purchase direct from a top notch company with no middleman and we don't price gouge our customers; instead we pass the savings on to you.  We sell a whole ounce (30 ml) for less than most of our counterparts sell for half that amount. 

The bottom line here is to be sure to educate yourself before using essential oils.  They come with a powerful punch that, when used properly, can create enjoyment for the user.  When used improperly, they have the ability to create severe health problems.  Knowledge is power. 

 

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Elderberry Syrup - What's the Big Deal?

Elderberry Syrup - What's the Big Deal?

Suzanne Finley
Hey, it's January and it's the season of viruses unfortunately. Have you heard of Elderberry Syrup? It's one of those amazing natural immune boosters that you can make right at home. Read on to see how to make this natural wonder and where you can get the elderberries!
Elderberries come from the Sambucus plant and have been hailed as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. It is recommended only for adults until more research is done and the elderberries must be cooked before ingesting. Eating the berries raw can cause a variety of negative side effects. It is also important to know that only the berries should be used when making the syrup; never use the bark, twigs or leaves of the plant.
You can read a good deal more about its uses, benefits and warnings here.
This is the recipe I have been using for a few years now and you can read all about tinctures and other natural immune boosting things right here.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh or ¾ cup dried elderberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp fresh sliced ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup raw honey
Make It Like So:
  1. Place elderberries, water, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes to one hour.
  2. Remove from heat and using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth, strain out mixture. Transfer liquid to a jar and stir in 1 cup of honey.
  3. Keep in the fridge sealed for 2-3 weeks.
Remember that because this is a freshly made product and water is used, as #3 states above, you can only keep this for about 2-3 weeks in your refrigerator because a preservative has not been added. This is 100% natural!
Now where in the world can you get the elderberries? We use either Monterey Bay Spice Company (fantastic company with loads of spices, herbs and botanicals!) or Mountain Rose Herbs although, at the writing of this email, Mountain Rose Herbs was out of them. Mountain Rose Herbs also offers an Elderberry Tonic that's already made but with different ingredients. I have not tried this so can't speak to its taste or effectiveness but if you want to give it a try, you can find it here. Also, I just want to add that, while I love Amazon for a variety of things, I choose not to purchase edibles there unless I know exactly where the edibles are coming from. I prefer organic from US farmers.
When I purchase the elderberries, they are dried. If you have elderberries growing near you, they can be harvested in the summer months, frozen and stored for later use.
Remember that with any type of medicinal use, caution should be used. Read more about this at WebMD. Elderberry Syrup should be used only at the onset of illness and through the duration of the illness but not more than five days usually. It is recommended that you take one tablespoon in the morning and evening although some sources recommend a tablespoon 4 times a day when you are in the throes of an illness. Again, this SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TO CHILDREN despite what other online sources may tell you.
If you are pregnant or lactating, do not take elderberry syrup. If you have any questions about this, ask your doctor. I am not sure if all doctors will know about this or will recommend it since most are trained to go with pharmaceuticals. This is in no way a diss to doctors! But unless your physician is a holistic practitioner, most do not study natural homeopathy.
Other things you can do to avoid the flu are get enough rest, drink lots and lots of water, keep your hands away from your face, wash your hands regularly. Remind your children to not pick their nose, to wash their hands after using the bathroom, after coming home from school, etc. Take Vitamin C as a daily supplement even if you are taking a multivitamin.
Here's to a healthy winter!

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VOTE YES - on Rose Geranium

VOTE YES - on Rose Geranium

Suzanne Finley
According to research, rose geranium helps with a diverse number of skin issues including inflammations, eczema, broken capillaries, rosacea, dermatitis and it is also used to help prevent the appearance of premature aging.  Not only that, rose geranium has been found to reduce the appearance of acne-related issues.  It helps to balance sebum, a secretion found in our skin that is a necessary part of protecting our skin's surface and lower epidermal cells.  With this balance, rose geranium is effective on all skin types.

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VegFest this Weekend!

VegFest this Weekend!

Suzanne Finley
Join us at Suburban Showplace in Novi, Michigan this weekend where we will have loads and loads of soap, soy candles, wax tarts, tart warmers, essential oils, beard oils, bath bombs, deodorant, lotion bars and more - - - ALL VEGAN!

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Our Grand Opening Just Happened!

Our Grand Opening Just Happened!

Suzanne Finley

We opened our very first brick and mortar store on Monday, September 11 at 5 pm.  The Mayor of Novi and many city council members were there as we had a ribbon cutting ceremony and the Mayor said a few words to welcome ArtiSun Bath as a new member of the business community. 

It was an exciting evening with family surprising us from out of town and a dear friend making loads of fabulous hors d'oeuvres while another poured wine and lemon water. 

At one point, the line was so long that we had to help at the checkout counter by using our smart phones to ring up customers!  It was a truly exciting evening and we are grateful to be a part of such a welcoming community.

As we approach the fourth quarter of the year, keep in mind that our products make wonderful gifts for family, friends, teachers, bus drivers, hair dressers, and so many other people who are in our lives on a regular basis.  Our soap gift sets are fabulous and affordable.  We'll get our gift baskets up on the site soon as well.

Again, we are grateful for the love and support we have been given over the years and especially now as we embark on this new adventure with a physical location.  Please come visit us at 41370 W. Ten Mile Rd., Novi, Michigan 48375.

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ArtiSun Bath & Skin Care's Brick & Mortar

ArtiSun Bath & Skin Care's Brick & Mortar

Suzanne Finley

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our first storefront on September 11.  This has been an idea for many years now and all the while ArtiSun's owner, Sue Finley, has been searching for the perfect spot.  The search ended in June when Sue found a location right in Novi, Michigan.  The store boasts just over 800 square feet, most of which will be used for creating her gorgeous signature soaps and other skin care products.  The store itself is designed to reflect her passion for the vintage style in furniture and decor. 

Products offered in the store will mirror what is offered on the website although there will be additional items in the store that are not easily shipped.

In early 2018, we will begin offering classes to the public that will take place in our workspace.  These classes will be a mix of soap making, sugar scrub making, bath bomb making and more. 

You can follow us on Instagram at: @artisansoaps and also on Facebook by clicking the link here.

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