Was wondering if anyone is using Thieves Oil or any of their own blends based on the concept of such.
It has been circulated that in the olden days grave robbers would spray a blend of essential oils on their clothes to prevent disease when they were out and about. While I am all set with grave robbing I would like something to spray on my clothes and maybe more diluted versions on my skin to help with this Covid situation.
I know I can google the oils used but I am more interested in alternatives if one oil can not be found. Also information on ratios and possible interactions. As it stands right now I have Tea Tree oil, Oregano Oil, Rosemary Oil and Camphor. All cosmetic grade at full concentration. I am considering buying more oils but with prices climbing I'd like to choose wisely.
Oregano oil with it's Carvacrol compound has worked for me for years for any kind of topical infection, as long as it's diluted otherwise it leaves chemical burns on my skin, Tea Tree oil was my go-to for topical antimicrobial before I found Oregano Oil. Camphor I have used with great success to battle Psoriasis, Camphor also worked wonders on Tinea. Rosemary Oil I never experimented with topically but I do mix it with a vinegar and distilled water solution to clean counter tops in my kitchen. For a long time my family just used rosemary from out of the garden and made a home made counter spray. I'm not a microbiologist but older members of my family swore for years that a homemade Rosemary mix would kill germs.
If you could help me add to my list of what oils I need, what they do and what to avoid doing with them like "no mucus membrane areas, no pets, don't ingest etc..." any advice or links would be great. I'm only looking for Antimicrobial oils for this list, I have links for other herbal remedies, just looking to make a good topical blend. My doctor has warned me not to take any of the oils I listed above internally. Also the things I have listed about the oils above is not professional advice, only my experience, I am not a doctor and my highest level of Biology is a few classes freshman year of college so don't take anything I say as fact.
The classic includes essential oils of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. I like to add tea tree &/or frankincense. The original, to my understanding, was done in fruit vinegar, most likely apple cider, and was likely more of an infusion, than an essential oil. If you think essential oils are expensive now, just imagine their cost, during the Black Plague. An infusion, however, can be made easily and inexpensively, from scraps.
I also use/ingest (only when I'm sick, or feel it coming on) a tincture of rosemary, sage, thyme, and Greek oregano, in 80proof vodka. It's incredibly intense, flavor wise, and I sometimes wonder if it's strength just scares the germs away!
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Thank you for the feedback, another thing I wonder about is I've heard (don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see) is that wild Oregano and wild Lemon have more curative properties because the plant thrived fighting off other plants and environmental hurdles to exist. That is to say that Oregano grown in a green house might not have the same potency as Oregano Vulgare, grown in the wild.
For now I've been using a half distilled white vinegar and half distilled water in a spray bottle with the oils I have on hand blended in, I've been trying varying ratios and have a concentration that smells nice and only mildly tingles on the skin, nothing close to burning like straight Organo or Tea Tree oil does. Not taking it internally, no current need for it topically but it smells nice sprayed on a gaiter to protect the face while shopping.