Why I Use Thieves (and why you should, too)
Thieves oil is a personal favorite of mine. It is spicy and packed full of virus fighters (which came in handy this weekend, blah!) It is a combination of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and lemon essential oils. I don’t know what the magic ratios are, but let me tell you: it works. Over and over again, it has stopped a cold dead in it’s tracks and fought off swollen glands and a sore throat. One friend has even successfully fought off a recurring staph infection with Thieves oil.
There are many ways to take thieves: rub it down your spine or on your feet, add it to a hot beverage, or place it in a capsule. Be sure to dilute it with a carrier oil if you rub it on your skin - it can definitely burn you! I may or may not have experienced this first hand, despite being warned. I also diffuse this in our house to clean the air while the sickies are making the rounds.
Not only is Thieves oil on repeat around here, so is the hand sanitizer. Do you know what's in your hand sanitizer? This is something that I started looking into more carefully since having my babies. I didn't want to put anything on their hands that couldn't go in their mouth. Because, seriously. Those little fingers are CONSTANTLY in their mouths. It's how they explore and learn the world around them and I am all for that! I just didn't want to be feeding them toxins in the process. I started looking into the ingredients into common sanitizers and found these ingredients to be the most common: Triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, paragons, ureas, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, and ethyl alcohol. These ingredients either mess with hormones, stay on your skin for hours, are linked to cancer, allergies, weakened immune systems, asthma, and contact dermatitis OR are carcinogenic. YUCK.
So after learning this, I have taken two different approaches. First of all, I just use non-antibacteral soap and water at home. I like knowing I can get their hands clean, but also that they are getting some contact with common bacteria so their little immune systems can strengthen. Sometimes soap and water isn't readily available though - or, it just isn't convenient. Enter: Thieves hand sanitizer.
I am super comfortable with the ingredients. I get the three bottle set and keep one in the diaper bag, one in my pumping bag or purse, and one at home and they last forever. Anyone else try and juggle kids out in public and just need a quick solution? Or what about traveling on an airplane? I am NOT walking into that tiny gross bathroom just for a quick hand wash. At a restaurant? I take a wipe, add a dab of thieves sanitizer and do a quick wipe down of the table and high chair and then sit back and let my baby girl do her thing. Also - super great for little toddler hands before a meal and wiping down a sippy cup or toy that has fallen on the ground. This is seriously a life-saver. I think you'll love it!
I also love the thieves household cleaner - it smells good and does the job. Also? I know it’s killing bacteria and viruses. WIN/WIN. Another perk, is you only need ONE capful and water to fill up your spray bottle - which makes it last SO long.
Last, but certainly not least I use thieves toothpaste on the whole family. It was actually recommended by our pediatrician! It is safe for kids and I don’t have to panic if they swallow any. This gives them a little more freedom to brush their teeth on their own.
Here are the million and one reasons I use and LOVE thieves. Who else out there loves it?! Let me know!