Oil and Smoke

In light of trying my best to keep my four month old and myself from catching whatever crud daddy brought home, I’m going to share my secret. Going on day 3 or 4, I can’t keep up with days anymore, and little man and myself are still healthy. Been pumping my husband with herbs and honey, and he already feels better. No Rx or doctor needed. Herbs, faith, and some common sense are my go to.

So the title says it all actually. I’ve been diffusing Thieves essential oil and burning Rosemary smudge sticks in place of Lysol. Been mindful of the smoke around the baby though, don’t worry.

Thieves oil is a Young Living blend, but you can find plenty of recipes online to blend your own, and other EO companies have their own version. You just have to know what you are looking for. Pinterest is a great place to start for recipes. The following is the recipe I used for this go round (which I found on Pinterest), since my Thieves was running low.

40 drops Clove EO
35 drops Lemon EO
20 drops Cinnamon EO
15 drops Eucalyptus EO
10 drops Rosemary EO
-Makes about 10 mL
I put about 10 drops of my mixture in my diffuser, and let it diffuse throughout the day.

Nothing can beat the actual formulated blend though, which smells spicier and has been scientifically formulated with much care and thought for each oil. You can actually change the effects of a mixture with the order of the oils that you add, but that is a science lesson I do not have the knowledge on to discuss. I only made my own because I didn’t have time to order more before sickness came knocking, but it is working. I should have been doing this weeks ago, but that’s my bad. Live and learn!

As for the smudge stick. I harvested Rosemary, made bundles about the size of a quarter round, and tied a cotton string around the length of it to hold it together. I bend the flexible tips over to make a smooth end and add thickness. Hang to dry for a week or so. There are ways to speed dry herbs, but the old-fashioned way is the best in my opinion. I happened to have done this months ago, and still had a few hanging around, literally.

Heat and radiation can damage chemical components in your herbs, so don’t, for the love of God, use the microwave method. If you want to speed dry, try a dehydrator first, or a very low-temp oven.

Word from experience: I have noticed that the tighter and thicker the better. Looser, skinny bundles will not continue to burn without you blowing on it.

Rosemary is anti-bacterial, antiseptic, astringent, and repels insects, among other things. Historically, Rosemary was regarded as sacred by many ancient civilizations. It was used to protect against plague and infectious illness, and also to fumigate areas to drive out evil spirits. Whether you believe it works for the latter or not, it definitely works for the former.

Rosemary also stimulates blood circulation to the brain, helping with memory and focus. A Rosemary hair wash stimulates blood flow to the scalp, helping with hair growth and loss.

***When burning herbs, make sure to use common sense in regards to fire. Don’t burn your house down, please.

I could go into a lengthy spill of what each oil in the blend does, but that would take away time for you to read today’s chapter *wink wink*. Let me know if you want to know more on oils. I would be glad to spend a blog post on each. Plants are fascinating tools given to us by the Creator, and Essential Oils are only a small facet of their potential. You can email me at emmaleejoy@protonmail.com, 4thebeautyoflove@gmail.com, or comment below.

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Many blessings,
Emma Lee

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