“The modern use of essential oils has grown rapidly as health scientists and medical practitioners have found scientific evidence for the benefits of this therapy.” – US Library of Medicine: National Institutes of Health, 2010.
When I got my Home Essentials Kit I had my eye on a couple of little oils that I knew about and felt I really need in my life. I REALLY wanted to get some oils into my home for my family and to start using them as an alternative to medicines and this was by far the cheapest way to do it – with the kit! I figured I’d learn about the other oils that came with it as I went along. Some of the other oils such as Oregano, Tea Tree, Peppermint, etc seemed a bit “meh” but let me tell you, after reading lots of information about them they are crucial to my family’s first aid kit. The oils in the picture I took below are the ones I got in my kit (plus an amazing 4 hour diffuser!).
So On Guard (also known as ‘Thieves Oil’) is one of those oils that I wanted so, so bad. It’s like the “teacher oil” or “the cold season oil”. I’ve been hearing about On Guard (the protective/immunity blend) quite a bit lately and was thrilled to see that it was included in my kit and I could start using it straight away on myself and my family. doTERRA’s On Guard has wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark/leaf, eucalyptus leaf, and rosemary leaf/flower in it…and that’s it! Nothing else added 🙂 A powerhouse of immune boosting goodness. If you want more of the sciencey stuff that surrounds 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils – check out Aromatic Science. This is one of the many great sites the explains the science behind why essential oils are so effective.
On Guard is the natural medicine you take to ward off any germs and viruses you could potentially catch. I dilute it (2 drops per 100ml) for Judah my 2.5 year old and roll it on the bottom of his feet every morning and night. I did this the other day when he was out with his friend who had been unwell. I also put it on the bottom of his feet before we go to playgroup or a place where there are heaps of toddlers running about, sharing toys, putting things in their mouths and touching one another. Awesome protection if your kids go to child care or school and seem to catch whatever is going around. You can also rub it on the back of their necks and back too (always dilute for children and those folks with sensitive skin). I diffuse On Guard in our home which is great cause it hits all of us at once and it kills any airborne germs! I also take 1 drop in a shot glass of water most mornings to protect myself and boost my immune system.
Uses for On Guard Essential Oil:
Being a top-quality oil from doTERRA (purity explained here) you can actually take this essential oil internally, topically or diffuse! Here are some reasons why On Guard is so amazing:
- Protects against cold and flus
- Staph and strep throat
- Supports immune system
- Kills mold
- Antiseptic cleaner
- Urinary tract support
- Cold sores
- Supports respiratory system
- Warts and infected wounds
- Oral health
- Healthy circulation
- Fungal and parasite issues
- Supports body’s natural antioxidant defenses
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune disease
- Killing germs and airborne pathogens
There are a few versions out there of where the On Guard essential oil recipe originated. In olden times, they used to call it Thieves Oil. During a period of plague (in either the 15th or 17th century), the spice trade was shut down to limit the spread of a deadly disease being passed around. The spice traders, suffering without their flourishing trade business reacted to the decline and therefore resorted to robbing from the bodies of plague victims, which no one else wanted to touch in case they caught the disease themselves. To prevent getting ill, the traders used a combination of spices in an oil as protection and were therefore known as thieves using Thieves Oil to steal from the dead. Interesting 🙂
Science Behind the On Guard Essential Oil:
Above is an experiment this scientist did with the Thieves/On Guard essential oil.
Check out this medical article about the effects of On Guard on Influenza. Pretty impressive! They also discovered that the oil can prevent the virus from being able to replicate as strongly. Although the virus was still able to replicate itself, it didn’t produce as many viral proteins. This weakened the virus and made it easier for the immune system to attack it.
Other Uses for the On Guard Essential Oil:
Here are 52 other uses for On Guard. I’m also excited to be getting the On Guard toothpaste soon! 100% natural and whitening too 🙂
You can buy On Guard here: mydoterra.com/katrinavagg