FEATURED PRODUCT: Marseille’s Remedy Thieves’ Oil & Balm: Ancient Remedy for Modern Times

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In 1413, as the bubonic plague decimated France, thieves were arrested for robbing dead and dying plague victims, a crime punishable by burning alive.  The judge offered them leniency for their terrible crimes if they would share the secret which enabled them to expose themselves to the plague without contracting it.  The thieves explained that they were perfume makers and spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of France’s sea ports.  They had prepared a special herbal infusion which they applied to their hands, ears, feet, masks, and temples and this protected them from infection.  As promised, the judge did not burn the men alive…He hanged them instead.  Soon after, plague doctors began to wear beak-like masks stuffed with absorbent material soaked in the Thieves’ blend to protect them from disease.

The Thieves’ original blend, containing vinegar and garlic, was known primarily as Vinaigre de Marseille. This formula was marketed by medical suppliers as the first line of defence for hundreds of years, and has been a staple of pestilent prevention in every plague since its formulation. The rise of the modern pharmacopeia saw this staple placed in the pages of forgotten history. Marseille’s Remedy is the most traditional concentrated form of this time- honoured recipe. Its applications are numerous, as a treatment for all of life’s hygienic needs.

A Powerful, Versatile Remedy

Marseille’s Remedy is an all-natural blend of five pure, high-grade, therapeutic essential oils used to improve wellness, health, and vitality. It consists of the organic, steam-distilled oils of Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus and Rosemary, plus the true cold-pressed oil of Lemon. These are sourced from Sri Lanka (the first two), Australia, France and Italy, respectively. This authentic blend naturally balances, safeguards, and synergizes (or strengthens) the healing properties of various essential oil constituents.

It can be mixed with any carrier oil for topical use, vinegar or soap for cleaning, baking soda for teeth, or used directly in a diffuser to purify air.

Its applications and usages are many, and when applied correctly, Marseille’s Remedy is a very effective antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral treatment.

We have received many happy testimonials from customers, including in successfully treating acne, boils, warts, cold sores, and colds/coughs amongst their families, to refreshing indoor air quality, eliminating their pet’s fleas, or wiping out surface molds, among others.

Suggested Uses:

  • Clears phlegm and congested airways
  • Relieves inflammation due to sprain/strain/rheumatoid arthritis
  • Antispasmodic for symptomatic relief of digestive discomfort
  • Eliminates airborne pathogens and foul odours
  • Antifungal: Feet, hands, scalp, and mold remediation
  • Use as hand sanitizer or all-purpose cleaner
  • Can aid in the treatment and prevention of topical infectious ailments
  • Deters mites, lice, worms, fleas, and mosquitoes

Applications:

  • Topical: Combine 2 drops of Marseilles Remedy with 40 drops of carrier oil, and massage into skin, muscles, or joints.
  • Direct Inhalation: For cough and cold, apply 2 to 6 drops undiluted product to a handkerchief/tissue and inhale. Alternatively, diffuse in boiling water or in an essential oil diffuser.
  • Household: Mix with soapy water, or diluted vinegar, to clean, and sanitize. Use undiluted to remediate mold around the house, or deter pests.

 

Thieves’ Balm:

The Balm is like having a popular muscle rub product combined with the favorite leading chest rub, merged into one effective and all-natural ointment. It contains over 50% of the Marseille’s Thieves’ Oil blend, plus some grapeseed oil and beeswax for pleasant texture, plus a warming natural camphor, and a soothing, deeply penetrating natural menthol (peppermint oil compound).

The balm is effective for many of the aforementioned uses, but also can “stick” longer to the skin, so is better suited for continual topical treatments, such as in respiratory disorders, or for joint or muscle aches or injury areas.

Some parents have reported how quickly it acted as an expectorant to help expel their child’s chest cold, and many clients have had success treating symptoms of back or other body pain. Recurrent daily use can help the body modulate the inflammatory response, and resolve conditions more easily.

Since Marseille’s Remedy is a concentrated, undiluted pure blend, use responsibly. Avoid contact with eyes, membranes, or other sensitive body areas. Read label before using.

 

Have a Cheerful and Healthy Autumn and Winter!

5 Tips to Prevent Cellulite

by Sonia Chartier, on 4 May 2015

Lymphatic system and cellulite

We never hear much about the lymphatic system…unless things go terribly wrong. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in eliminating toxins and transporting fats.  But that’s not all! It is also an integral part of our immune system and we should take care of it.

Sluggish lymphatic system

One sign of a sluggish lymphatic system can show up on the hips. Indeed, poor elimination of toxins by the lymphatic system is one of the major factors leading to cellulite. Congestion in the organs in charge of eliminating toxins, like the liver and kidneys, only aggravate the problem.   

What can we do to have a healthy lymphatic system and prevent cellulite?

  1. Exercise! Because lymphatic circulation relies heavily on muscular contractions, lack of exercise usually leads to a slowing of the lymphatic system. The best exercises for activating lymph are jumping on a trampoline and swimming, both of which reduce the effect of gravity on the lymphatic system while activating circulation by means of muscular contractions.
  2. Drink water. Because water retention can interfere with proper lymphatic circulation, it is important to drink copious amounts of water—at least eight glasses a day. You can also reduce water retention by limiting your salt intake.
  3. Eat the right food. Whereas saturated fats, refined sugar and white flour all impede proper lymphatic circulation, good fats like extra-virgin, cold-pressed oils and omega fatty acids, greatly contribute to lymphatic system health, as do garlic, horseradish and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. To further promote the elimination of toxins, it is vital to get enough fibre by eating 5 to 10 portions of fruits and vegetables every day.
  4. Activate your circulation. Alternating between hot and cold baths stimulates both the lymphatic and circulatory systems – a good reason for a stop at the spa for a bit of hot-cold therapy. While you are at it, a thorough lymphatic drainage can help reactivate lymph circulation and decongest the lymph nodes. Easier to do at home (but not as enjoyable), dry friction is yet another way to activate circulation on the skin’s surface, which also benefits lymphatic circulation and the elimination of toxins.
  5. Facilitate elimination. Cleansing herbs can help by supporting the elimination organs. An herbal combination of Boldo and Artichoke can help to unclog the liver, which in turn helps the lymph eliminate toxins more effectively. Stinging Nettle not only helps the kidneys eliminate toxins, but also has a stimulating effect on lymph, which in turn improves circulation and elimination.  A whey preparation such as Molkosan feeds intestinal flora, the first line of defense against bacteria, and also reduces the occurrence of constipation, a major factor contributing to the accumulation of toxins in the body.

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is made up of lymphatic organs (such as the spleen, thymus, tonsils and bone marrow), a network of lymph vessels (which are a little like veins) that go through the numerous lymph nodes spread around the body.

Lymph (or lymphatic fluid) is a clear fluid that circulates in entire network of lymph nodes and vessels, transporting white blood cells, antibodies and some nutriments in our body. Its primary job is to absorb toxins found in the body’s cells, and carry them to the bloodstream through lymphatic vessels. Once in the blood, toxins are sent to the liver, kidneys, skin and lungs to be eliminated once and for all. The lymphatic vessels are located near the skin’s surface and look a lot like veins, although they are thinner and have many more valves.

Gleaned from:  A.Vogel’s Blog

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