June 02, 2015
If you're an essential oil user I'm pretty sure you have a favorite immunity or protection blend in your collection that is loosely based on the legend of the Four Thieves. If you don't, you must, because no other blend is as all purpose as this one! Write down this DIY Extra Strength Immunity Blend for future use or try my new CW Lavender Thieves Immunity Blend! Most mainstream EO companies have their own version but in my experience it's handy to also have a DIY formula to adapt to your needs (ie: strengthen or weaken) or, blend in large or small quantities. Sometimes I want more CW Cinnamon Bark in my blend, sometimes I add CW Black Pepper and lately, I've fallen for CW Oregano for it's added robust anti-viral properties when there's a threat of cold and flu virus at home, work or in the classroom. And sometimes, I omit the extras for a more basic blend to add to DIY cleaning formulas and diffuse in the air because even the basic immunity blend of Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus is anti-microbial all on its own. For the record, I am not germaphobe when it comes to cleaning, I know how important exposure to a variety of bacteria is to build immunity and encourage gut bug health. Let's just say I'm grateful I have pure, therapeutic essential oils as an alternative to commercial sanitizers when needed because more often than not, commercial sanitizers can include a cocktail of chemicals that can contribute to anti-biotic resistance. Remember, our biochemistry is very similar to plant based medicinals, the body recognizes nature's multi-faceted chemistry. Use pure essential oils wisely and in moderation, always honor their potency.
In contrast to synthetic pharmaceuticals based upon single chemicals, many phytomedicines exert their beneficial effects through the additive or synergistic action of several chemical compounds acting at single or multiple target sites associated with a physiological process. As pointed out by Tyler (1999), this synergistic or additive pharmacological effect can be beneficial by eliminating the problematic side effects associated with the predominance of a single xenobiotic compound in the body. In this respect, Kaufman et al. (1999) extensively documented how synergistic interactions underlie the effectiveness of a number of phytomedicines. This theme of multiple chemicals acting in an additive or synergistic manner likely has its origin in the functional role of secondary products in promoting plant survival. For example, in the role of secondary products as defense chemicals, a mixture of chemicals having additive or synergistic effects at multiple target sites would not only ensure effectiveness against a wide range of herbivores or pathogens but would also decrease the chances of these organisms developing resistance or adaptive responses (Kaufman et al., 1999; Wink, 1999)."
Recipe By: CampWander
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May 10, 2017
In the list of ingredients, you have listed Oregano and Cinnamon as ‘hot’ oils that should be used in a carrier oil. So, does that mean they should be diluted before adding to the blend?
I’d love to hear more specific ways/recipes to use this blend :)
I love making homemade products of all kinds, and recently made your healing salve…which works!! Thank you!
On the topic of the immunity blend above, I’m not clear on how/when you use it. Do you use it in a diffuser or in cleaning products? If so, in what amounts?
This is a full strength blend, large enough to fill a 15ml bottle such as most essential oil blends that you would purchase ready made. You can certainly half it or blend an even smaller batch as per your preferences. If using topically or even oil pulling with this blend, one or two drops with a little carrier oil. If taking internally, my preference is 9 drops per capsule. For cleaning, simply add to your solution of choice such as vinegar and water or even liquid castile soap for an antimicrobial hand soap. Click on the EO Life tab for more ideas!
I see no directions on how to use a bottle full of oils. Is this to dilute and put on your skin? If so where? That is a lot of oil and many different oils. Why so many oils?
You said two of the oils are hot oils and should be diluted with a carrier oil. Why would they be for internal use if they are hot oils. I think the hot oils would burn my throat.
This is an enormous amount of Essential Oils – I count 232 drops in all. What would you use this for? And you don’t say if it’s to be used diluted in a carrier oil & how much carrier oil or if it should be used in soap for cleaning or diffusing it in a diffuser.
What does this smell like? Looks to be very good to diffuse or clean with. Not for sure what quantities to take presumably for cold or flu season. I’ll trust you because of your knowledge. Love this website. Have made many of your formulas. Thanks for all the useful information.
Is this good for a child 2 years old?
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Where would you buy the empty bottles from? How do you get everything in the bottles? Eye dropper? Does it go easily from one bottle to the next?
No, no need to dilute the blend but a carrier oil is recommended for topical use. My caution that there are hot EOs in this blend is general info to remind folks that these EOs are indeed hot, especially when used individually, they’ll need a carrier oil if used in this instance.
We use it on our toddler grandbabies very successfully, 1 to 2 drops total with CW Naked Salve or your favorite carrier oil on the bottoms of feet.
This is a full strength immunity/protection blend, large enough to fill a 15ml bottle such as most essential oil blends that you would purchase ready made. You can certainly half it or blend an even smaller batch as per your preferences. If using topically or even oil pulling with this blend, one or two drops with a little carrier oil. If taking internally, my preference is 9 drops per capsule (your throat would be protected from the hot oils in a capsule) but you can always apply to the bottoms of your feet if you’re uncomfortable using internally. For cleaning, simply add to your solution of choice such as vinegar and water or even liquid castile soap for an antimicrobial hand soap. Click on the EO Life tab for more ideas!
I’ve made this blend and I like the way it smells. I use it with your Dirty Salve. Good for boosting the immune system. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.
Here’s how I use Camp Wander Lavender Thieves Blend
Could I use Cassia Cinnamon Bark in place of the cinnamon your suggesting. I love your website and all your information. Thank You
these bottle have a dropper built in. It’s not a bad idea to have an eye dropper nearby. Some companies though, not many, don’t have the built in dropper.
Stay calm and use essentials
Hi Debra! The two blends do much the same thing, just another option :)
Hi Rebecca.. How does this Extra strength immunity blend differ from the Lavender Thieves Immunity blend? I realize there are a couple different oils between the two, but when would you use this one, vs the Lavender Thieves? I guess i’m confusing myself as to the when, where and why for each of them.
Sounds like it would make a wonderful deodorant.
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