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Spice Traders Essential Oil by Carly Turner

 

Oh, the holidays- the cool air, the fresh weather, the warm scents. It invites cheer and giving, sharing and receiving, and sometimes... of the bacterial variety. The oil blend Spice Traders has been historically known to help keep away cold and sickness, and can help this holiday season to keep away the gloom!

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Spice Traders is also known as 'thieves' or 'four thieves'. There are many other 

similar versions of this sold around the world. It is well-known historically for being an anti-plague remedy. 

This is a great-smelling spicy and warm holiday-oriented scent. It was historically used to aide in protecting the body from the onsets of flu, candida, colds, viruses, and plagues. It was also used to assist in infections, including ones of the mouth. 

There exists a vinegar recipe similar to the Spice Traders blend that is hung in the Museum of Paris since 1937. The recipe was apparently used during an episode of the plague. Wormwood, wild marjoram, sage, meadow-sweet, rosemary, horehound clove, and camphor are all put into a vinegar and left to steep for two weeks then the mixture is strained and bottled.*1

Indigo Mountain Spice Traders synergy contains essential oil of clove, cinnamon bark, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, thyme, orange, oregano, nutmeg, rosemary, mandarin, ginger root, and citronella. All of these lovely oils have been historically known to either be cleansing, antibacterial, or uplifting. In the past, an oil mixture like this may not have just been used to keep away sickness but also to consecrate and anoint as well.

The use of cinnamon was mentioned in the bible,

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“...the Lord said to Moses,

‘Take the following fine spices:

  • 500 shekels of liquid myrrh [~6g]
  • Half as much of fragrant cinnamon [~3g]
  • 250 shekels of fragrant calamus [~3 kg]
  • 500 shekels of cassia [~6g]
  • And a hin of olive oil [~5 quarts]

“Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law, the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.'” (Exodus 30:22-29)

Uses: 

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Use for diffusion in the air, can be mixed with wax for wax melts, or used in an oil warmer. Mix into a spray bottle with distilled water for a room spray or bathroom spritzer. 

 

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Spice Traders has been historically known to help with various different bodily issues. It may help pull slivers, blackheads and other things out of the surface of the skin.

If you have ultra-sensitive skin it is not recommended to apply directly to the body without first diluting it in a carrier oil, lotion or water. 

When applying to the body places one may wish to apply to are the wrists, behind and on the ears, at the base of the neck, temples, inside of elbows, bottoms of feet, and behind the knees. If using a lot on the body it is definitely recommended to dilute, dilute, dilute! A little can go a long way. 

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Use while brushing or mix with water or oil for a mouth rinse. The oil blended into a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and adding the oil to your toothpaste may help with teeth pain, mouth sores, or sore gums.  Spice Traders has been used historically to help canker sores. This blend can be used in a mouthwash or as a gargle to help sore throats when mixed with water. 

For example, it has been documented that there is evidence that it may be very antibacterial. The most well-documented study from 1996 showed evidence of antibacterial properties.  Micrococcus luteus (Fleming strain), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and Staphylococcus aureus (Golden staph) were all tested against the oil mixture.  Fleming strain was reduced 82%, P. aeruginosa reduced 96%, and golden staph reduced 44% within 10 minutes of diffusing the oil.*2

Tip: Alternating with other oils that we carry like Aura and Fortify can help balance the use of oils when being used consistently. Using the same oil regularly is not recommended. Using the same oil or synergy too often can be ineffective. 

Safety: 

For pregnant women or those who are planning to become pregnant it is important to discuss essential oil use with your health care provider for advice and to use discernment with their use.

This synergy could possibly result in contact sensitization. Should be used with caution if susceptible to epilepsy.*3  

There is not much research on whether or not oils can cause drug interactions or any contraindications. There are also not many studies on how essential oils can interact in long-term use. Individuals who use essential oils should discuss what they are using with their doctor or health care providers and use with caution or discretion. Properly diluting one's oils before use on the body can help make sure that you have more safety when using very concentrated oils. Cinnamon bark oil can burn your skin with direct contact- dilute, dilute, dilute! 

1*Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy (CW Daniel Company, Ltd. First published in Paris, France in 1937 by Girardot & Cie.), 85-86.

2*http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10412905.1998.9700958

3*pg. 149, Reference Guide for Essential Oils compiled by Connie and Alan Higley.

 

 

Stomach Upset or Stomach Flu Quick and Easy Home Rememdies

The stomach flu is not really the flu but is gastroenteritis and can be cause by a virus, bacteria, or parasite.  You may experience:  stomach ache, nausea, abdominal pains, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever and swollen lymph glands.  A complication that can occur and you want to guard against is dehydration.   

Food sensitivities can also mimic the symptoms of gastroenteritis caused by a virus, bacteria, or parasite.  And we will talk about food sensitivities in another article.  However many of these remedies can give relief especially the slipper elm mentioned. 

A good list of general recommendations of when to call your doctor can be found at WebMd.  Please check with your doctor before trying alternative remedies.

Here are remedies that have been around a long time and have worked for our family.   All the information provided is of historical nature and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.  You should always seek advise of a health care physician or medical doctor.

Watch against dehydration.  Even if there is vomiting, you still want to make sure they get liquids.  Often people will tell you that you should drink a clear soda.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  The added sugar to the diet drops the effectiveness of the immune system.  Avoid sugar as much as possible, and especially when sick.

There are many fun and healthy ways to get liquid into your kids and 'big kids' / adults when feeling sick.  When the person is vomiting they may not want to drink anything.   But they really need to attempt to get fluids in.  I have found for me the best thing to do is drink distilled water when sick and especially with the stomach flu.   Dr. Christopher advocated distilled water as a hungry water.  I have seen people sick, drink distilled water and feel much better.  By the way he makes wonderful herbal remedies and we carry his full line products.  So keep offering water.  You can also offer ice chips or crushed ice.  Be careful with small children that ice is appropriate for them.

Another great idea is to blend up fresh fruit like watermelon and then freeze in popsicle molds or paper cups with a stick.  You can add extra water and stevia or raw honey to sweeten.  They are hard to resist.

Make sure that any juices you give have no added sugar to them or high fructose corn syrup.  Fresh juices are always best.

Activated charcoal capsules helps absorb and remove toxins and other irritants in the digestive tract.  It helps binds toxins and expel gas.  We have used this remedy successfully during bouts of stomach flu.  Which ever end it comes back out, it will not look pretty as a result of the black charcoal.  But it is effective. 

Essential oils from Scentsations that are particularly good to use are:  peppermint, ginger, and our synergy called Tummy Rub - these address the symptoms.  You may also want to use Oregano, our synergies Fortify or Spice Traders to boost the immune system.   They call all be applied topically which is nice when your throwing up everything you put in.  They can be applied over the abdominal area, the bottom of the feet, the wrists, the back of the neck or along the spine.  Apply 2 times daily or use the peppermint, ginger, or Tummy Rub as needed for symptoms.  Peppermint and ginger can be used internally are refreshing in a glass of water to sip.  Just 1 drop goes a long way.  Oregano can be used internally and is a great remedy for stomach flu.  You can put it in capsules - it only takes 2 to 3 drops at a time - to swallow as it is a hot oil.  Another trick we use is to put the drops on a small piece of bread and fold it up like a capsule and swallow away.   Do not take oregano for more than 2 weeks in a row - after that give the body a break.  

*Please use caution when starting to use essential oils for the first time.  See what your body will do.  Start slow and use 1 at a time.  They are wonderful remedies, but you always want to see what your body will do.  I blend my essential oils to use most of the time especially for use on children.  A little goes a long way.

My friend from Germany taught me a great remedy for nausea that can stop it in its tracks and it worked on my son so fast I couldn't believe it - Black Tea.  And it doesn't take much.  Another person recommended black tea with a slice of ginger and honey.  

Other herbal teas that can be soothing are:  rooibos, peppermint, chamomile, peppermint with chamomile, peppermint with a slice of fresh ginger, or fennel and catnip.  Sweeten with honey - I think raw local honey is the best.

Herbal remedies can be soothing and effective.  Kid-e-Col or Stomach Comfort which are both catnip and fennel.  Slippery Elm Bark in powdered form can be stirred into applesauce or water and helps to sooth, it can also be taken in capsule form.  Aloe Vera Juice can also be an effective remedy.

Good probiotics can help by replenishing the good bacteria in the system.  You can eat yogurt (plan and add your own fruit and healthy sweetening) or kefir.  But studies show that capsules may be more effective at replacing the good bacteria. 

There are many homeopathic remedies as well.  With homeopathics choose a remedy that matches your symptoms.  We like the Nova brand homeopathics and use the Flu or the Diarrhea remedy depending on the symptoms.

Colloidal Silver has been used for decades as a natural antibiotic and it is also antiviral.  

I keep in my little herbal first aid kit just in case of stomach flu symptoms:  a few charcoal capsules in a small container, a small bottle of oregano essential oil, and a small bottle of peppermint essential oil.  The essential oils can be used for many things.  But that way I have some powerful solutions right at my finger tips or on trips.  I even send charcoal capsules with kids when they go off to camps.  

You don't have to try all the remedies listed.  I just listed some of my favorites.  And there are many more remedies out there.  You'll find what works best for you.  Also remember that one of the reasons the stomach flu spreads so quickly is due to poor hand washing.  We think good old fashion soap and water works the best.  The reason many people in the same family get it, is because they ate the same food that was contaminated.  When 1 person gets sick, you can begin using some of the remedies to help stop the spread or to get a jump start in the system.  

Kally

 

All the products listed can be purchased at Indigo Mountain locally,  delivered through mail from Indigo Mountain or purchased from your local health food store.

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice or help. It is always best to consult with a physician about serious health concerns or before beginning and exercise program. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies. This is purely for educational and entertainment purposes only.

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