This week, Ben Greenfield, world-renowned fitness and health guru, released an article on one of my favorite essential oils blends, Thieves®. You can find the full article here, in which I divulge all my knowledge on this ancient blend’s history and the science and applications of the oils contained within it. Ben also shares his expertise, experience, and knowledge and how he incorporates them into a regime that has proven effective in maximizing human potential.
Here’s a little excerpt that provides an overview of the full article:
I started using essential oils over fifteen years ago. Even with my skepticism, these volatile constituents surprisingly produced results. I was impressed, I waived my acceptance letters into the conventional healthcare world and headed to the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. I wanted to learn the science beyond natural medicine while still embracing the strengths of mainstream medicine. In other words, I wanted to feed my brain all there was to know about the pharmacology and phytochemistry of herbal plants as therapeutic agents.
Since graduating, essential oils have been one of my most powerful health tools in my practice to balance the body, mind, and spirit. They also offer a competitive edge in athletes, not just in their ability to enhance focus and performance, but because they can keep someone in peak health.
Ben and I have been working together with essential oils for a few years. He’s asked me to share about one of our favorite essential oils blends to demonstrate the power and versatility that can be found in one 15ml bottle. So, let’s get to it…
After reading this article, you will have a better understanding of:
- the science of essential oils
- their ancient history- turned modern vindication
- 10 powerful ways one essential oils blend can become your best biohacking tool
The FDA has not smiled about correlating specific brands to independent research on individual oils. To keep the Feds happy, this overview will describe a formulation Ben and I use based on ancient tradition, references found in peer-reviewed journal, and my clinical experience.
Just a note that I did go a little bit crazy on the details so, for those pressed for time, you may want to use it as a resource and digest it a little bit at a time. Ben’s audience are competitive, elite trainers and athletes who are looking for mechanisms to safely optimize their biochemistry in order get the most gains to win, so they eat-up the data, literally. However, for those who just want to know applications and not get overwhelmed by the research, you can skim down the post to “10 Modern Day Applications of Ancient Wisdom” and read each uses’ “bottom line” in just a few short sentences.
Here’s a rundown of the top ten uses of this powerful blend found in the article:
- Diffusing– essential oils have been shown to help purify the air of microbes and potentially provide protection to our lung cells from pollution. This is great news, because recent studies are demonstrating that exposure to traffic-related pollution is being associated with a higher risk for asthma and respiratory infections in children and inflammation, oxidative stress, coagulation (blood clotting) and autonomic dysfunction (imbalanced nervous system response) in young adults.I like to diffuse Thieves® in my cold air diffuser, I like all the cold-air diffusers, but this one from Amazon (no affiliation on this) is one of my favorites. This is due to the fact that it takes about 10 drops of oils and runs 8-12 hours. Plus, I can turn off the (blue) light at night to help melatonin secretion and get the benefits of the aroma, bonus! You can access more information on diffusing here as well, in my latest Saratoga.com blog.
Other uses of Thieves® are listed below. Remember, with using essential oils, it’s important to sign up with someone who can support you and to be aware of the safety and dilution suggestions. One drop applications are usually all you need for these powerful oils.
- Respiratory Support
- Food Preservation
- Unwanted Microbe Growth
- Oral Health (including oil pulling)
- Aromatic Benefits
You will also learn more about the science of essential oils, the history of the blend’s name, and a little personal background if you click here to access the article now.
Cliff Note’s Version
You can catch a real basic application of the blend that I re-posted from an E-blast to my oils group here. (If you want weekly tips on essential oils not posted on my site, this is a good place to find them!)
Dr. Sarah MIA on Thursday!
By the way, I’ll be MIA (missing-in-action) in my office this week starting Wednesday night. I’ll be nose-deep in essential oils as I will be attending training at the annual Silver Retreat in Utah! I hope to be sharing with you all that I learned upon my return, keeping it real simple! So, a heads-up, if you try to get ahold of me Wednesday-Monday night, you’ll get that dreaded autoresponder…ughh!!!
Healthy Gut Thinner You!
Finally, I sent out an E-blast about a great opportunity to learn from 20+ experts on the Healthy Gut Thinner You Summit! If you missed it, you can learn more here. Margaret has put together a wonderful event that focuses on gut health. (We know how much I love the creepy-crawly, little residents that live there!) The experts all support the importance of bringing balance back to the body for lasting changes that result in optimal weight, vitality, health, and fitness. It’s the real deal! I know there’s a summit (or two) practically every week now, but Margaret worked hard to keep the information short, authentic, and truly helpful…not a lot of marketing hype. So…I had to follow my gut to support it and speak on essential oils. You are in NO way obligated to make a purchase! The most important thing is for you to learn the information you need to support you on your health journey. Learn more here.
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.