Saturday, October 31, 2009
something about this article reminds me of the seinfeld episode where kramer gets addicted to the chicken from place that opened across the street from him :)
Article from UK newspaper "The Telegraph"
Junk food as 'addictive as drugs'
Junk food is almost as addictive as heroin, scientists have found.
Published: 7:37AM GMT 28 Oct 2009
Eating junk food can be addictive Photo: GETTY
A diet of burgers, chips, sausages and cake will programme your brain into craving even more foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat, according to new research.
Over the years these junk foods can become a substitute for happiness and will lead bingers to become addicted.
Why junk food really is addictive
Dr Paul Kenny, a neuroscientist, carried out the research which shows how dangerous high fat and high sugar foods can be to our health .
“You lose control. It’s the hallmark of addiction,” he said.
The researchers believe it is one of the first studies to suggest brains may react in the same way to junk food as they do to drugs.
“This is the most complete evidence to date that suggests obesity and drug addiction have common neuro-biological foundations,” said Paul Johnson, Dr Kenny’s work colleague.
Dr Kenny, who began his research at Guy’s Hospital, London, but now works at Florida’s Scripps Research Institute, divided rats into three groups for his research, due to be published in teh US soon.
One got normal amounts of healthy food to eat. Another lot was given restricted amounts of junk food and the third group was given unlimited amounts of junk, including cheesecake, fatty meat products, and cheap sponge cakes and chocolate snacks.
There were no adverse effects on the first two groups, but the rats who ate as much junk food as they wanted quickly became very fat and started bingeing.
When researchers electronically stimulated the part of the brain that feels pleasure, they found that the rats on unlimited junk food needed more and more stimulation to register the same level of pleasure as the animals on healthier diets.
so in closing, it isn't easy to kick the junk food habit
not that you are weak, but the additives are designed to keep you coming back for more.
it's good for their busine$$ ....but not for you.
don't beat your self up for falling off the wagon,
but dust yourself off and hop back on.
know where the resistance is really coming from.
wishing health happiness and success-
Friday, October 30, 2009
good days & bad days.....
they both happen
and tomorrow will be yet another day.
when you have a low day
don't throw in the towel-
it really won't make your life any better, you know.
try going on a negative thought diet
don't allow any negative thoughts to dwell in your head
it's harder than you think- because sometimes the neg thinking
is waaay more than you ever thought you were doing.
but be persistent
play happy music
think pleasant thoughts
say good words
have a good healthy green meal
and see if you don't feel better again very soon.
stick with your goals
cause you're going places with such wonderful goals
and know this, i am rooting for you too.
talk to you again soon
Thursday, October 29, 2009
i have been eating this for days and don't seem to get tired of it, it is soooo good!
the recipe is by russell james! thank you russell james xo
i am blown away at the flavorful cabbage filling, i kept stirring and "tasting"
and was worried there wouldn't be enough
but since i only made 1 recipe of the wrappers instead of doubling it as recommended
i had plenty of cabbage to spare for noshing.
one note- i did not peel the zucchini
and my wrappers are just as good to eat but have a shocking green color
that may put off some 'not for raw' peeps, they look more traditional in tan.
if you don't have the tamarind you can use a date that has been soaked soft
in the same manner, the flavor would be an appropriate substitute.
i also chose to pre-wilt the cabbage by putting it in the D whilst the
wrappers were in there doin their thing. smart move.
the first one i folded looked pitiful but the rest came out great
since i figured it out. be sure to have a cup of water handy to seal the edges
and "fix" any boo boo's
i ate these sans the sauce. (honestly, i was so excited about the pillows
that i plain forgot.)
i hope you enjoy these as much as i did.
Curried Cabbage Pillows
Makes 8 pillows
For the wrappers
Make 2 batches of this wrapper recipe for 8 pillows.
5c peeled courgette (zucchini)
3T olive oil
2t Lime juice
1t ground coriander
1/4c flax meal*
• Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
• Add flax meal and blend again until smooth.
• Pour mixture onto a dehydrator sheet and spread evenly into a square. you can choose the size, but for the ones in the photo the mixture was spread 26cm x 26cm square.
• Dehydrate for 8 hours at 105 degrees F, or until able to peel of the sheet.
• Once the dehydrator sheets are removed, return to the dehydrator for 30 mins, until both sides are dry to the touch but still pliable.
* Flax meal is flax seed that have been ground in a coffee grinder or similar, to produce a fine flour.
For the filling
5c white cabbage, shredded
6 spring onions (scallions)
2t ground coriander
1/4c cold pressed sesame oil
1T toasted sesame oil (optional)
2T tamari or nama shoyu
2t lime juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed/minced
2 red Thai chilies, deseeded and minced
3T tamarind paste* (optional)
1c fresh coriander, roughly chopped
* Soak 200g tamarind in 1/c water and break up with your hands. Strain the mixture through a sieve and you’re left with tamarind paste. It should be roughly the consistency of watery yoghurt.
• Combine all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl.
• Cut each of the wrapper squares from the dehydrator trays, which should still be pliable, into 4 equal squares.
• Start with one of those smaller squares in front of you so that one corner is close to you.
• Place a good amount of the filling mixture into the centre of the square.
• Fold up the corner that is closet to you into the centre, then fold up the left and right corners so that you form an envelope.
• You will need to wet the edges as you go along so they stick in place.
• Fold down the final corner, as if you were closing an envelope and use water to stick it down (you will find that you’ll get better at this the more you do).
• Place on a dehydrator mesh tray.
• When all 8 are done, return to the dehydrator for a further 1 to 2 hours at 105 degrees F. Serve with dipping sauce.
• Dehydrate any left-over cabbage mix until crispy; it makes a great addition to any salad.
For the dipping sauce
1 cucumber, peeled
1 mango, skin & stone removed
1t lime juice
1 spring onion, finely chopped
1 small handful fresh coriander
• Blend all ingredients, except spring onions, until smooth.
• Add most of the spring onion and all the coriander and pulse in.
• Pour sauce into a small bowl and top with remaining spring onion.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
so we are 1/3 into the 100 day challenge...
have you challenged yourself to be a better person, live a better life?
if you have challenged yourself i heartily congratulate you!!
you have also been stepping outside your comfort zone then.
how's that feeling for you?
are you like me, and finding that the momentary discomfort
leads to great satisfaction and joy?
it's great to have attainable goals.
keeping a journal is very helpful in being able to go back and seeing
all the positive results that may slip by the wayside
with all the flurry of daily activity... go back and read it
you will suddenly remember why all the changes you have chosen
to pursue were so important to you
and help strengthen your resolve to continue.
if you make bite sized goals they are easier to accomplish
and soon you have done a bunch of them, leading to great feelings
and then you seem to zoom ahead happily.
if your goal is too large, it is easy to give up overwhelmed.
so have do-able goals and feel confident- because you can do it!
i think i may have perfected the raw vegan salmon recipe
now i will have an outside source test it out and see if it works as well for them too.
if so, i will be putting it into my book "raw delights".
i am still searching for some great cover ideas
since i am still stuck on this and really need it to move forward.
suggestions welcome! :)
on yesterday's blog i mentioned korean fermented black garlic
in hindsight i was thinking perhaps it was regular garlic
and turned black during the fermentation process.
if anybody has any knowledge on this please pipe up
and let me know :)
ok, time to get moving again
have a wonderful healthy day
Monday, October 26, 2009
on my weekly shopping excursion i came across
something brand new to me.
so i bought it ($$) and figured i would eat one head
and plant the other (it's garlic planting time here.)
should've had my glasses on.
blind i am without them, the older i get the more mr. magoo. :(
so long story short- it is fermented for 1 month (totally unplantable)
but fermented is good, no? fermented is ok in raw-world.
so i took a pic for you- it comes from korea (hence the $$)
it feels to the touch like roasted garlic. i have yet to taste it.
but it's a new discovery to me and if it's any good
i will search the seed catalogs to find it to plant myself.
i have a book on fermenting, so i'll figure it out.
then i made a quick dinner
zucchini in cream sauce (some cashew sour cream from the fridge)
some D roasted mushrooms, garlic, fresh peas, red pepper...
and something i have been working on this week
raw vegan salmon. it tastes so much like fish i did a double take.
i am not completely satisfied with the texture but think i can adjust it.
i have been thinking about the better lox choice
and do have a smoked lox for bagels in my book "raw delights"
but this may just replace that recipe. stay tuned :)
my week on really intensely raw has not only shown in my 5# weight loss
but also in my loose jeans
and that my constant headaches have been cut in half.
i have more stamina
and have been in a better mood.
and except for that one night of crazy cravings
i have been able to do this without going nuts. :)
...i know that the addition of more greens
would have allayed the cravings, and i am keeping all full
of green smoothie, and as soon as my baby wheatgrass is tall enough..
so off i go now to clean the kitchen
type some proposals and iron some laundry.
have a good rest of the day all
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
what a lovely piece of encouragement i received
in this morning's email
here to share with all:
I'm often asked how we can figure out if we're ever going to achieve our goals or if we're just wasting time on idle wishes and dreams.
Interesting question, I'm sure you'll agree.
Easy one to answer too!
You'll know if your goals and dreams will ever come true for you by taking this one, simple test.
Ask yourself every single night before you go to bed "Did I take a single, solitary step toward bringing my dream to life today?" if the answer is YES! no matter how small, YES! without fail on a day in, day out basis then the universe has no choice but to answer YES! in return and give you what you want.
Certainly, thinking positive thoughts and visualising your goals and dreams are important parts of their achievement, but nothing beats taking those itty-bitty action steps on a daily basis.
So get steppin' snowdrop!
Truth, joy and love
P.S - The best steps are always those taken freely with hope, happiness and just a touch of music in the background... hmm, like dancing really.... go dance! : )
so with that fine thought
i run out the door to my day
have a good one all!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
just a quickie blog today
i saw a short video that tickled me
especially if you are familiar with lowanna
i first saw her on bunny berry's raw fu
Are you willing to take some "cooked food" OUT of your life so YOU too can downsize? Change your life, I have released 110lbs in 11 months eating raw food (no surgery, just naturally eating enzyme-rich food, seriously THAT easy)(this was 2months ago but thought newies might appreciate to see what they too can do)
gotta love it!!!
here are a few helpful links for those who wish
to pursue the raw further
hope you are all having a wonderful day
Friday, October 16, 2009
23:100 movementi enjoy rebounding (jumping on a mini trampoline)
it seems to get my heart rate up in a manner that i can't hurt myself
..i mean how badly can you fall with a 6" drop...
ok, ok, i know you can "drown in a puddle" type thinkers
but really, it's safe exercise even for obese people
who have a very hard time moving at all.
i know at my heaviest my balance was not terrific
and lord have mercy, i was not going to the gym
where all the 20 something crowd in their size zero outfits
were prancing around ...shudder....
but as unseemingly as it is- this little $20 contraption
($20 in kmart/walmart...it's $269 for a top of the line needak)
is so good for so many ailments.
let me quote an article i read online:
My favorite form of exercise is rebounding on the mini-trampoline.
I can rebound several times a day while I'm listening to podcasts on my ipod
or watching television.
|The typical rebound mini-trampoline is about 3' in diameter and 9" high. |
It is safe, easy to use, and effective. Research has led some scientists to
conclude that jumping on a mini-trampoline is possibly the most effective
exercise yet devised by man, especially because of the effect rebounding
has on the lymph in the body. Most importantly, rebounding is FUN, so
we stick to it! Have you ever noticed how children naturally enjoy jumping
on a bed? Just as the astronauts experience while floating in space, your
body is in a state of weightlessness at the top of the bounce.
The mini-trampoline subjects the body to gravitational pulls ranging from zero
at the top of each bounce to 2 - 3 times the force of gravity at the bottom,
depending on how high the person is rebounding. Unlike jogging on hard surfaces
which puts extreme stress on certain joints such as the ankles and knees
eventually damaging them, rebounding affects every joint and cell in the
body equally. Plus, there are no cars, dogs, and bad weather to worry about.
Rebounding may be used effectively in conjunction with niacin use to
help detoxify fatty tissues.
Mini-Trampoline Exercise Good For Lymphatic System
The human body needs to move. The lymph system bathes every cell,
carrying nutrients to the cell and waste products away. Contrary to blood
which is pumped by the heart, the lymph is totally dependent on physical
exercise to move. Without adequate movement, the cells are left stewing
in their own waste products and starving for nutrients, a situation which
as aging. Vigorous exercise such as rebounding is reported to
|The lymph fluid moves through channels called "vessels" that are filled with one way valves, so the lymph always moves in the same direction. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, up the arms and up the torso. This is why the vertical up and down movement of rebounding is so effective to pump the lymph.|
Restrictive clothing prevents the flow of both blood and lymph.
Wearing a bra to prevent sagging breasts actually weakens the muscles
and connective tissue which helps to create sagging breasts.
The free movement of the breasts during walking and exercise helps
to pump the lymph through the breast tissue.
Rebounding For Detoxification And Immune System Benefits
|The rebounding motion stimulates all internal organs, moves the cerebral-spinal fluid, and is beneficial for the intestines. Many immune cells such as T-lymphocytes and macrophages are self-propelled through amebic action. These cells contain molecules identical to those in muscle tissue. All cells in the body become stronger in response to the increased "G force" during rebounding, and this cellular exercise results in the self-propelled immune cells being up to 5 times more active. These immune cells are responsible for eating viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells, so it is good that they be active. Jumping on a mini-trampoline directly strengthens the immune system, so it's a big deal!|
When the outer coating of cancer cells has been dissolved by the enzymes
trypsin and chymotrypsin, the immune cells attack the cancer cells. Therefore,
supplementing one's healing diet with enzymes, combined with rebound exercise
are a useful way to combat cancer.
The mini-trampoline and safety
|Everyone should start with the gentle "health bounce" which means your feet remain IN CONTACT with the mat while the body moves up and down. The health bounce is sufficient to obtain all the benefits of rebounding while gently strengthening the entire body. The health bounce can be done while talking on the phone, listening to podcasts on your ipod or watching TV. It is recommended that you do your rebounding with bare feet so you do not slip.|
Adults can start with 5 minutes of rebounding and increase their time as
their fitness level improves. Seniors can start with 2 minutes several times
per day, with at least 30 minutes between rebounding sessions. It's necessary
for older people to start gradually in order to give the connective tissue
holding the internal organs in place time to strengthen. This prevents the
possibility of "prolapsed organs" - the only contraindication to rebounding
reported in the medical literature. Therefore increase your rebounding
Inactive seniors find that gently jumping on a mini-trampoline gives them
renewed vigor and zest for life. Hyperactive children are reported to calm
down after a few days of rebounding. Rebounding is for everyone and people
can use the rebound mini-trampoline whenever they have a few minutes
during the day.
The Many Benefits of Rebounding
Rebounding benefits the body in numerous ways
Rebounding is an exercise that reduces your body fat - which is highly
effect for your heart, and gives your body energy when it's tired.
I jump on my mini-trampoline when I NEED energy,
not just when I HAVE energy!
You can easily jump on your mini-trampoline in your living room, your office, or in your backyard. The traveler may wish to carry a portable rebounder around so they can rebound in their hotel room. Rebounding is the most convenient form of exercise around.
Daily rebounding offers numerous specific health benefits:
|It increases the capacity for breathing.|
It circulates more oxygen to the tissues.
It helps combat depression.
It helps normalize your blood pressure.
It helps prevent cardiovascular disease.
It increases the activity of the red bone marrow in the production of red blood cells.
It aids lymphatic circulation, as well as blood flow in the veins of the circulatory system.
It lowers elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
It stimulates the metabolism, thereby reducing the likelihood of obesity.
It tones up the glandular system, especially the thyroid to increase its output.
It improves coordination throughout the body.
It promotes increased muscle fiber tone.
It offers relief from neck and back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise.
It enhances digestion and elimination processes.
It allows for easier relaxation and sleep.
It results in a better mental performance, with sharper learning processes.
It relieves fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.
It minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.
It tends to slow down aging.
|People who jump on a mini-trampoline a few times a day for a minimum of 10 minutes each time find they're able to work longer, sleep better, and feel less tense. The effect is not just psychological, because the action of bouncing up and down against gravity is one of the most beneficial aerobic exercises ever developed.|
Rebounding's Oxygenating Effect
If you have a resting heart rate of less than 60 beats a minute,
don't smoke, don't have chest pain, eat a healing diet, and
engage in rebounding for 40 minutes or more daily, at least
5 days/week, theoretically it's not likely that you'll ever develop
a heart problem if you have none now. Every day that you rebound
for 40 minutes on a rebounder helps you to attain your heart rate target zone.
Jumping on a mini-trampoline offers the ideal low-impact aerobic effect because
it qualifies as an oxygenating exercise. Rebounding might be considered a
precursor exercise for better achieving the oxygen therapies.
The Detoxification Effect of Rebounding
The lymphatic system is the metabolic garbage can of the body.
It rids you of toxins such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous
wastes, fat, infectious viruses, heavy metals, and other assorted
junk cast off by the cells. The movement performed in rebounding
provides the stimulus for a free-flowing system that drains away
these potential poisons.
Rebounding's Stabilizing Effect on the Nervous System
is an excellent way to reduce stress. It can put the bouncing person into
a trance-like state and provide wonderful relaxation. Jumping for health
and fitness not only stabilizes the nervous system during the exercise session,
but continues to help maintain a relaxed disposition even after one steps off
the trampoline. The result is increased resistance to environmental, physical,
and emotional stress. This is kind of thing which helps a person avoid
psychosomatic disease and depression.
so with such a nifty little item, i will jump for joy! :)
how about you?
have a great day!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
one thing transitioning people say they miss the most
is the crispy crunch that raw foods don't seem to have
the junk food crunch (not the carrot sticks crunch)
but then of why you really don't want to go there.......
i enjoy crackers & chips, but am frequently disappointed by the raw
recipes i have tried. the crunch rarely remains after more than
a few minutes out of the dehydrator.
also too much flax leave me running to the loo...
not always convenient...
so today just listened to a video of the krazy kracker lady
who was a guest speaker at cafe gratitude.
and found a pdf of cracker recipes
to share with you...
she is known for her wonderful crackers
and i can't wait to try the recipes
which are not uber flax heavy.
so next batch of crackers will be something from her pdf.
and then let you know if they are indeed all they are cracked up to be
ok, my man is coming home today after spending a few days
away on a consult in texas (their 100 degrees vs my 26)
and i am off to create a nice welcome home meal and to fluff the nest.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
veggie pasta with peso & pine nuts
tiffin container lunch on the go-
bottom: fiesta flax bread, garlic almond mayo, red baby bell pepper, cole slaw
top:ginger snap cookie, strawberries, granola, peach compote
cole slaw, "blt" flax bread, garlic almond mayo,
tomato slices, eggplant bacon
dehydrator pot pie
raw veggie chili, nacho cheese, macadamia sour creme, salsa
another tiffin lunch: salad, strawberry macaroons, fruit bites, marzipan
(that day i was in a sweets mood mostly)
choccie wrap, almond butter, agave, sliced bananas, cacao powder
(ok, i ate 2)
collard wrap filled with carrot beet salad
another tiffin lunch: salad, strawberry macaroons, fruit bites, marzipan
(so, i was in a sweets mood, is that so wrong???)
spinach risotto stuffed tomatoes
here are just a few lunch ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
and remember, there is no set "lunch" food, and any foods can be
for lunch, if it pleases you. :) yummy it up some!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
funny thing, perspective...
1/5th sounds so much farther along than 80 days to go :)
how are YOU doing?
it is cold & wet
summer is soooo over :(
but we have some beautiful leaves to look at
while shivering in our sweaters.
here is a quickie answer to
one of the questions that vegans get asked alot:
where do vegans get their calcium?
Vegetables vs. Dairy
(Calcium in Milligrams per 100 Calories)
arugula - 1300
spinach - 450
broccoli - 387
romaine lettuce - 257
cucumber - 108
milk (2 percent) - 245
whole milk - 190
cheddar cheese - 179
american cheese - 160
thought you'd like that :)
ok, many things to do- see you soon!
Monday, October 12, 2009
we were away 4 days on a volunteer project
then to a wedding where i took the pictures for the bride & groom
when i came home it was more than chilly-
we had a frost (first one here on the lake)
so i had to go out and pillage the rest of the edibles
from out of the garden and pull the plants that are
not frost resistant.
the last hour of daylight was a very busy one!
the kale & collards still stand proudly. :)
and the potatoes are still snuggled in the earth.
soon the entire garden will be put to bed
and covered with a blanket of soft fluffy white snow.
i saved my sunflower heads for the winter birds
they will enjoy that, i'm sure.
this morning i began on the laundry
that i swear, the neighbors must have been adding to the basket....
how could 2 people left unattended bring so many
items to the basket?!?!
the house smells cinnamon fresh since i added a few drops
to the vacuum basin....
and also an extra boost to my 4 thieves vinegar/water spray.
i am so very happy with that blend, knowing i am preventing
the bacteria virus mold that is prevalent during the fall months.
i was very impressed to read about the cinnamon oil
being able to even kill airborne pathogens
and the 5 oil combination that works together in a synergistic
manner to do even more good than each oil alone can accomplish.
since we last were together here on the blog
i had the opportunity to make peace with someone
who wasn't on good terms with me, and i missed her so.
i feel like crying with happiness every time i think
of having my dear friend back in my life.
such a weight lifted,
forgiveness, being forgiven,
it is such a gift and blessing.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
apron on and in the kitchen creating....
funny how the ideas just keep coming
i was always afraid i only had one recipe in me
it cuts both ways though-
just when i think i am done with adding recipes
to publish my book 'raw delights'...
i get a day like today
and can't stop myself!
*maybe i can team up with somebody
to do the publishing part
and get this thing done already!
off to the kitchen then :)
have a good one-
Saturday, October 3, 2009
i just got done making a new batch of 4 thieves oil.
(went to health food store bought .5 oz bottle each of
lemon, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, & rosemary oil...
mix in glass jar, pour back into bottles, label)
i came across a wonderfully informative article that i wanted
to be sure to share with you. it approaches why the oils work
on a scientific level
i love it!
i am posting the article for it's educational value
and not to push all my peeps buy the product...
do what you think is good in your own eyes...
Harvard and John Hopkins Universites have done studies, the conclusions… 50% of buildings, old and new, have mold. Resulting in a 50-100% increase in respiratory problems.The Mayo Clinic says – 1 in 7 Americans suffers from acute fungal sinustis, resulting from exposure to mold.
Read Mold remedy FAQ’s.
Effect of a Diffused Essential Oil Blend on Bacterial Bioaerosols
Author: S. C. Chao, D. G. Young, and C. J. Oberg
Journal: Journal of Essential Oil Research 10, 517523 (Sept/Oct 1998)
Location: Weber State University, Ogden, UT
Abstract: A proprietary blend of oils containing cinnamon, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, and lemon was tested for its antibacterial activity against airborne Micrococcus luteus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus.
The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves was diffused for a given amount of time. There was an 82% reduction in M. luteus bioaerosol, a 96% reduction in the P. aeruginosa bioaerosol, and a 44% reduction in the S. aureus bioaerosol following 10 minutes of exposure.
Conclusion: Diffusion of the oil blend, Thieves, can significantly reduce the number of aerosol-borne bacteria.
Eliminate Mold and Keep it from coming back with Thieves essential oil and Thieves Household Cleaner
How much should I order to get started?
1 Bottle of the Thieves Oil Blend -15 ml
1 Thieves Household Cleaner
1 Cold Air Diffuser
These items are sufficient for about 1,000 square feet of space
Note: Requirements may vary depending on the level of the mold infestation, as well as the size and layout of the rooms.
The Black Plague and the Story of Thieves
As the bubonic plague decimated Europe in the year 1413, four thieves were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They explained that they were perfumers and spice traders and told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on their hands, ears, and temples.
Thus, the proprietary Thieves essential oil blend was created based on research of the concoction used by the thieves of the 15th century.
Studies and Research
In 1997, studies conducted at Weber State University showed the Thieves essential oil blend to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, the Thieves oil blend was diffused for a given amount of time (this can be duplicated in the home using a cold-air diffuser).
Research conducted at Weber State University and Brigham Young University by D. Gary Young indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of most essential oils, especially those high in phenols, carvacrol, thymol, and terpenes.
(Black Mold on sheetrock)
This chart shows the effectiveness after using – a Hosiptal Disinfectant, a Fungicide, and Bleach (far left). The center shows the results after diffusing Thieves essential oil for 24 hours. On the far right are the results 2 weeks after the initial diffusing of Thieves essential oil (even though the Thieves was only diffused once for 24 hours, it kept killing the molds – Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, and Cladosporium).
If you would like more information please see
Manage Bacteria, Mold & Viruses – The Battle Against Harmful Germs
The Thieves product line provides a full-spectrum force to fight enemy combatants on all fronts without harsh chemicals and medicines. Whether in the air, on surroundings, or inside or outside the body, Thieves products provide powerful antiseptic action with substances NOT toxic humans or the environment.
Many studies have shown that certain essential oils are often more effective against germs than harsh chemicals and drugs. This sample listing demonstrates how the use of Thieves products offer practical and flexible approaches to manage bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Essential Oil of Lemon
According to Jean Valnet, MD, the vaporized essence of lemon can kill meningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. Even a 0.2% solution of lemon oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis. Essential Oils Desk Reference, 3rd Ed, p63
The proprietary therapeutic-grade essential oil blend in Thieves consists of: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Rosemary.
Science on the effects of Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils in Thieves:
Effective Against: bacteria
Compounds from Syzygium aromaticum inhibit growth of oral pathogens Streptococcus mutans, Actinomyces viscosus, P. gingivalis, and P. intermedia.
Vapors of cinnamon bark oil prove to be a potent fungitoxicant against fungi which cause respiratory tract mycoses: Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus nidulans, Aspergillus flavus, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Candida pseudotropicalis, and Histoplasma capsulatum.
Cinnamon bark oil, a potent fungitoxicant against fungi causing respiratory tract mycoses.
Singh HB, Srivastava M, Singh AB, Srivastava AK.
Centre for Biochemical Technology, Delhi, India.
1: Allergy. 1995 Dec;50(12):995-9.
Cinnamic aldehyde has been identified as the active fungitoxic constituent of cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) bark oil. The fungitoxic properties of the vapours of the oil/active constituent against fungi involved in respiratory tract mycoses, i.e., Aspergillus niger, A. fumigatus, A. nidulans A. flavus, Candida albicans, C. tropicalis, C. pseudotropicalis, and Histoplasma capsulatum, were determined in vitro as minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), minimum lethal concentration (MLC), inoculum density sustained, and exposure duration for fungicidal action at MIC and higher doses, as well as effect of incubation temperatures on fungitoxicity. It is concluded that these inhalable vapours appear to approach the ideal chemotherapy for respiratory tract mycoses. Publication Types: Comparative Study PMID: 8834832 [PubMed.gov - indexed for MEDLINE]
Cinnamon oil caused inhibition of growth and aflatoxin production in Aspergillus parasiticus.
1: J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol. 1994;13(1):67–72
Inhibition of growth and aflatoxin production in Aspergillus parasiticus by essential oils of selected plant materials.
Tantaoui-Elaraki A, Beraoud L. Department of Food Microbiology and Biotechnology, Hassan II Institute for Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Rabat-Instituts, Morocco.
We studied the effect of 13 chemically different essential oils (EO) on the mycelial growth of and aflatoxin synthesis by Aspergillus parasiticus. Cinnamon, thyme, oregano, and cumin EO were able to stop mycelial growth at only 0.1% in the medium, while curcumin, ginger, lemon, and orange EO were unable to inhibit totally the growth even at 1% concentration. Coriander, black pepper, mugwort, bay, and rosemary EO caused the growth to stop at concentrations between 0.2 and 1%. The EO most active upon mycelial growth were also the most active against aflatoxinogenesis. However, aflatoxin synthesis was inhibited by all the EO at higher extent than the mycelial growth. Publication Types: Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov’t PMID: 7823297 [PubMed.gov - indexed for MEDLINE]
Cinnamon essential oil caused inhibition of growth and aflatoxin production in Aspergillus parasiticus.
Vapors of cinnamon bark essential oil prove to be a potent fungitoxicant against fungi which cause respiratory tract mycoses: Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus nidulans, Aspergillus flavus, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Candida pseudotropicalis (Candida kefyr), and Histoplasma capsulatum.
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Cinnamon bark oil, a potent fungitoxicant against fungi causing respiratory tract mycoses. Singh HB, Srivastava M, Singh AB, Srivastava AK. Centre for Biochemical Technology, Delhi, India.
Cinnamic aldehyde has been identified as the active fungitoxic constituent of cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) bark oil. The fungitoxic properties of the vapours of the oil/active constituent against fungi involved in respiratory tract mycoses, i.e., Aspergillus niger, A. fumigatus, A. nidulans A. flavus, Candida albicans, C. tropicalis, C. pseudotropicalis, and Histoplasma capsulatum, were determined in vitro as minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), minimum lethal concentration (MLC), inoculum density sustained, and exposure duration for fungicidal action at MIC and higher doses, as well as effect of incubation temperatures on fungitoxicity. It is concluded that these inhalable vapours appear to approach the ideal chemotherapy for respiratory tract mycoses.
following are some of the uses & proportions to give you an idea:
FOR THE ALL-NATURAL HOME: THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER AND STAY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET
One capful = 1/2 TBSP Thieves Household Cleaner costs 37 cents per capful wholesale. Thieves Booklet
SUPER HAND CLEANER
POTS + PANS
GLASS + WINDOWS
Internal use tips
Try these simple suggestions to incorporate Thieves
in the body for extra protection.
+ Add 2–3 drops of Thieves into a capsule and take daily.
+ Add 1–2 drops into a spoonful of Agave.
+ Put 1–2 drops onto a piece of bread.
+ Add 1–2 drops to a glass of rice or almond milk.
+ Drop 1–2 drops directly onto your tongue.
Special Antibiotic Formula: In a OO capsule combine 10-12 drops of Thieves Essential Oil Blend with 6-8 drops of Oregano, and 2 drops of Frankincense.
Thieves Household Cleaner Proportion Guide
One capful of Thieves Cleaner = 1 tsp. Best if used with purified water (do not use water that contains chlorine).
The GOAL is a Chemical Free Environment
A. All purpose Thieves Cleaner in a spray bottle: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 1 qt water
B. Light Degreasing: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 3 cups of water
C. Medium Degreasing: 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 2 cups water
D. Heavy Degreasing: 1 capful
E. Window and glass cleaner: 1 capful
F. Hand cleaner: capful
G. Dishwasher: 1 capful
H. Pot and Pans: 1 capful of
I. Floors: 1 capful
J. Walls: 1 capful
K. Fabrics: 1 capful
L. Laundry: Depending on size of washer, use 1 to 2 capfuls of
M. Carpet: 1 capful
1. Dilute with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex and apply to cuts or open wounds to prevent infection and promote healing.
2. Mix with a tablespoon of water, gargle and swallow for a sore throat.
3. Apply undiluted directly to the skin of your upper chest and throat for bronchitis.
4. Place a drop on your thumb and apply to the roof of your mouth for a headache.
5. Put 10-12 drops in a size OO capsule undiluted and swallow daily for longevity.
6. For acne, take internally and apply to the skin diluted with Young Living’s V-6 carrier oil.
7. Put directly on the soles of your feet to protect you from colds and flu.
8. Breathe in the vapors when you have lung congestion.
9. Use to clean pet cages, creating a healthier environment for them.
10. Add to your dishwasher for cleaner dishes.
11. Add to your laundry cycle for cleaner clothes.
12. Add to your mop water for cleaner floors.
13. Mix with water to make a spray to repel insects on your flowers and plants.
14. Use to dissolve the gummy adhesive on price labels.
15. Apply to bee and wasp stings to neutralize the toxin and relieve the pain.
16. Apply to gums to prevent and treat gum disease.
17. Apply orally to maintain healthy teeth and reduce cavities.
18. Apply to gums and teeth for pain relief from toothaches.
19. Diffuse in homes or business to solve mold problems.
20. Add to orange juice and drink to reduce phlegm and congestion.
21. Apply to broken bones or joints for pain relief and to hasten healing.
22. Put a drop in your cup of tea for flavor and to maintain health.
23. Put on the tip of your tongue to help you stop smoking.
24. Put on cold sores and canker sores to make them disappear.
25. For warts, apply topically, inhale and ingest in capsules to make them disappear.
26. Rub on sore joints to relieve arthritis pain.
27. Drink a few drops in water or juice every three hours to stop a cold.
28. Place a drop on the tongue and a drop in a glass of water every day for herpes.
29. Rub on the bottoms of children’s feet for protection before school every day.
30. Diffuse in the house as your children come home from school every day to kill airborne bacteria.
31. Mix 50:50 with V6 vegetable oil and rub on daily for relief of shingles.
32. Apply a drop on wound of a cat or dog to enhance healing.
33. Diffuse in the home or office to stimulate a cheerful mood.
34. Diffuse in the office to increase concentration and work efficiency.
35. Diffuse in your place of business to ward off germs.
36. Diffuse in the classroom to reduce student sickness and absenteeism.
37. Put a few drops in your carpet steamer/cleaner to disinfect carpet.
38. Mix a few drops with honey or agave in a teaspoon for cough relief.
39. Breathe and apply for sinus headaches.
40. Put a drop on a pimple to make it shrink and disappear.
41. For laryngitis put a drop under your tongue to restore your voice.
42. Inhale for relief of allergy symptoms.
43. Take a capsule full every day for relief of Lyme disease symptoms.
44. Carry a bottle on every flight to protect you from germs on the plane.
45. Drop in the heat/AC vents of a hotel to rid it of airborne germs.
46. Mix with baking soda to clean bathtubs.
47. Apply undiluted to the toes and feet to combat fungus.
48. Apply to poison ivy rashes (may need to be diluted with vegetable oil) to relieve the itch.
49. Drop Thieves Oil Blend on a cloth to remove permanent marker stains.
50. Sanitize pierced earrings by cleaning with Thieves Oil Blend.
51. Rub on the big toe before retiring to help with proper vision.
52. Applying Thieves Oil Blend, diluted 1 drop oil to 5 drops V-6 Mixing Oil, may be helpful in soothing pinkeye
and other eye inflammations. (Do not get in the eye.)
53. Apply 1 drop of Thieves Oil Blend onto toothbrush to sanitize.
54. Use for bathrooms and toilets to sanitize and freshen.
55. Use to cut grease on kitchen counters and stovetops.
56. Use to mop floors to clean and disinfect.
57. Apply to hands to remove stubborn, sticky substances like tree sap.
58. Use to wash fruits and vegetables from the supermarket.
59. Add to the water in your vacuum cleaner/steamer to cleanse the air and disinfect the carpet.
60. Spray along ant trails in the house to keep them out.
61. Use to wipe chairs and furniture in school classrooms to cut down on student sickness.
62. Scrub old floors to remove old varnish and prepare for refinishing.
63. Clean upholstery.
64. Clean the upholstery and dashboard of your car.
65. Soak off burnt food in pots and skillets.
66. Wipe or soak garbage cans to get them clean, sanitary and smelling fresh.
67. For tough stains, pour it on as a pre-wash stain remover.
68. Use undiluted to clean and kill mold on walls and floors or degrease oven.
Diffuse the Thieves Oil Blend continuously for 24 hours in the room
containing mold. Determining the length of diffusion time is directly
related to the severity of mold. Clean visible mold with Thieves Household Cleaner.
TO PREVENT MOLD
a) Diffuse Thieves essential oil
b) Eliminate leaks and moisture.
c) Clean thoroughly using Thieves Household Cleaner
USES FOR ANTIMICROBIAL THIEVES LOZENGES
69. Take with the first sniffle and signs of a cold or sore throat to ward it off.
70. Take prior to singing performances to keep the voice strong and to hit the high notes.
71. Use to hasten the healing when a cold or flu has been contracted.
72. Suck on one as you enter an airplane to protect you from germs onboard.
USES FOR ANTIMICROBIAL THIEVES MOUTHWASH
73. Rinse daily for clean breath and to keep teeth and gums healthy.
74. Gargle (and swallow) before a singing engagement to clear mucus.
74-a. Put 1/2 to 1 teaspoon in water pic.
USES FOR THIEVES WATERLESS HAND PURIFIER
75. Use as a healthy alternative to soap and water to sanitize hands.
76. Rub on hands to make them soft, fresh and smooth.
77. Apply to face to clear acne.
USES FOR ANTIMICROBIAL THIEVES BAR SOAP
78. Rub on stains as a pre-wash stain remover.
79. Use as a deodorant or antibacterial hand soap.
USES FOR ANTIMICROBIAL THIEVES SPRAY
80. Spray on doorknobs in public restrooms to kill germs.
81. Spray in the throat to restore a lost voice.
82. Spray hands before and after shaking hands with a lot of people.
83. Spray in restrooms on airplanes to reduce airborne bacteria.
84. Spray on vegetables and fruits when washing them.
85. Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria or dysentery.
86. Use as an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells.
87. Take to the gym and spray all the equipment you use.
88. Take to the supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles.
89. Use in the classroom for desks, tables and other items handled by children.
90. Spray in your mouth and throat at first onset of cold or bronchitis.
91. Spray on shower stalls and bathroom walls to kill and remove mold.
USES FOR ANTIMICROBIAL THIEVES TOOTHPASTE
92. Brush every day to prevent cavities and gum disease.
93. Use when teeth have been damaged or broken to help them heal.
94. Use to prevent or heal gum disease.
95. Apply as an underarm deodorant.
USES FOR ANTIMICROBIAL THIEVES WIPES
96. Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by the public.
97. Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.
98. Use to clean children’s hands when traveling.
99. Use on the steering wheel and gearshift of your vehicle.
100. Use on public telephones to remove germs.
101. Use on public computer keyboards and mice.
boy oh boy, do i feel clean after reading all that!!! ;)
here's how i make my
own antibacterial/microbial wipes...
1/2 cup grain alcohol (vodka)
10 drops 4 thieves oils
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon glycerin
take folds of soft paper towels & lay side by side in a shallow dish.
combine all wet ingredients in a glass bowl mix well.
pour mixture over paper towels and press to saturate.
stack the wet paper towels in a clean airtight container
and cover. repeat with more towels until the liquid is all used up.
any extra liquid can be kept in a jar with a tight fitting lid.
to use, i put some moist towelettes into a ziplox baggie and put in my
purse, car, or anywhere i'd like to have ....
the power of SUPER-WET-ONES!!
so with herbals in the air and a song in my heart
i sally forth to meet the day with a smile
have a great one!