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Our Good Samaritan range uses a blend of pure organic essential oils that has been used for hundreds of years to prevent and fight against viruses, bacteria and fungi. It is a balanced blend of Cold pressed Organic Lemon, Organic Rosemary, Organic Cinnamon Bark*, Organic Eucalyptus Radiata and Organic Clove Bud. You can read more about the individual properties  of these essential oils below, however, it is the synergy of these oils combined that creates not only a beautiful scent but a helpful boost to the immune system.

 

* NB please note I am currently unable to obtain organic Cinnamon Bark but the essential oil is Soil Association and COSMOS approved.

Why The Good Samaritan?

In the well-known parable, on discovering the injured man, the Good Samaritan poured oil on his wounds to cleanse and heal them.

 

Why Thieves?

The same blend of oils, with some variations, is widely known as Thieves Oil and the reason for this dates back medieval times in France. According to the long-told historic tale the use of thieves oil dates all the way back to the year 1413.  The time of the infamous Bubonic Plague (aka The Black Death) that devastated a large portion of France.  The Black Death spread like wild-fire amongst the citizens, and the doctors alike.  It seemed impossible to be in the vicinity without contracting it, and at the time, the sickness really did mean ultimate demise.

During this time, however, four thieves were captured and charged for stealing from the sick and dying.  The thieves never contracted the plague, despite the close contact with the Black-Death victims.

At this time, the crime these 4 men committed was punishable by burning alive.  The judge was so intrigued by how these men had stayed immune to this terrible disease, that he told them if they shared their secret he would spare them of this punishment.

The Thieves told the judge their secret: they were perfume & spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of the seaports and the devastation of the plague.  They had prepared an essential oil recipe that when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet & a mask over their mouths, kept them safe from infection.  The judge stayed true to his word.  The men were not burned alive, but instead they were hanged for their crimes.

From then on, the doctors who treated the Black Death victims put the herbal infusion on their hands, ears, temples & feet, and wore beak-like masks stuffed with cloths containing this special blend.  The beak is how doctors got the long-lasting nickname “quack”.

Lemon Oil

  1. Most widely known for its ability to cleanse toxins from the body, settle nausea and ease digestion, Lemon has been used to treat a wide spectrum of health conditions for over a thousand years.

  2. Widely used to stimulate lymphatic drainage, rejuvenate energy, reduce inflammation and fight bacteria and fungi.

  3. Lab studies show that due to its powerful antioxidant activity, Lemon Oil is able to reduce cell and tissue damage caused by harmful free radicals.

Rosemary Oil

  1. Is used in traditional medicine for many generations to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, improve memory and soothe digestive problems

  2. Greatly reduces cortisol levels, which protects the body from chronic disease due to oxidative stress.

  3. Having an antioxidant ORAC value of over 11,000, Rosemary has similarly powerful effects fighting free radicals as the Goji Berry. Cellular antioxidants help your body ward off infection when you are exposed to a virus. And if you do get the flu or a cold, studies have shown that by having an abundance of antioxidants available, you can significantly reduce the duration and severity of symptoms and the length (days) of the illness.

  4. Proven to be highly effective against antibiotic-resistant microbes.

Cinnamon Bark Oil

  1. Cinnamon was highly valued by ancient Egyptians and Chinese medical practitioners for 1000s of years.

  2. It is known to stimulate the immune system and it is a highly concentrated source of beneficial antioxidants that fight harmful free radicals in your body.

  3. In laboratory studies in 2007 the National Centre for BioTechnology (USA) found Cinnamon, as well as Clove and Thyme, to be highly effective as an antimicrobial agent for the treatment of some bacterial respiratory tract infections.

  4. Over 80 studies have found Cinnamon to inhibit tumour growth

Eucalyptus Radiata Oil

  1. Thousands of scientific studies prove it to be a strong respiratory support, with anti-inflammatory effects to fight bacterial, viral and fungal infections; effectively clearing the respiratory tract of mucus congestion

  2. Strong ability to stimulate immunity and provide antioxidant protection from free radicals

  3. Researchers have found that its “broad spectrum of antimicrobial action make it an attractive alternative to pharmaceuticals”

Clove Bud Oil

  1. Known as the ultimate “protective” herb with extreme free radical scavenging power (30 times more than blueberries)

  2. Clove is a proven anti-inflammatory, analgesic and broad-spectrum antimicrobial

  3. In scientific studies, a Cinnamon and Clove combination showed strong synergistic anti-bacterial and anti-fungal (Candida) activity as well as being highly effective against internal parasites

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Lea Mallet for providing much of the information above.