Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DIY Frugal Version ~ On Guard® or Thieves® Protective Oil Blend


As the seasons change, so do the needs of the household which creates a lovely rhythm and pattern of seasonal homemaking. During the autumn and winter months, the prudent woman looks to her home apothecary. She stocks it carefully with preventative medicinals such as elixirs, syrups, herbal honeys, teas, vapor rubs, tinctures, essential oils, etc., for the cold and flu season ahead.

Now, while we love essential oils (and use them daily), they can get quite expensive, especially for larger families to keep in stock! It is nice to know that a frugal and easy alternative exists when it is necessary. For the most part, a trip to the pantry, spice rack and/or your backyard will provide all the ingredients needed for our  "Four Thieves" Protective Oil Blend. The homemaker has now become an herbalist...


For the directions on how to make our frugal recipe, please visit us at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home where we are guest posting today! (P.S. I would love for you to leave a little note there to let me know you stopped by!). Happy homemaking, ladies!
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26 comments:

  1. Just been over to read your post. Thanks Jes, I use OnGuard a lot, so this is a great alternative. Blessings!

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    1. It is a favorite of mine too and I am glad to have an alternative! Nice hearing from you Jayne! I hope all is well! :)

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  2. I always enjoy your creative posts! Homemakers make the best herbalists, I think, since they use the herbs so often!

    Love,

    marqueta

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    1. What you said makes great sense! :) Thank you for taking the time to share today!

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  3. Jes, I just popped over and read your post! It's a keeper! Thanks for all you share and do!

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    1. Thank you Patsi for taking the time to share here today! Have a lovely week :)

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing this! I have loved using the thieves oil that I purchased, but it's so expensive and this is much easier for my family to manage. I never dreamed that I would make herbal things, but the more I do, it just seems natural. Praying you have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you for sharing Jennifer! I hope you enjoy making this recipe for your family. Remember that you can easily double it and triple it and so forth depending on your needs! We haven't bought over the counter medicine in years and haven't looked back... Herbs have been a blessing here too! :)

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  5. Dear JES,
    Just read your post over at A Wise Woman Builds Her House and was again encouraged by you. Your wealth of information and ability to share it while making it look simple to accomplish is simply wonderful. :-)

    Blessings,
    Carol (puretsimple.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement Carol! And I am glad the directions make sense! That is something I struggle with... I want everyone to know how simple remedies can be and yet sometimes, by so much information, it can overcomplicate :) I appreciate your feedback!

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  6. Jes I will be making that for next winter....definitely!

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    1. Excellent! It really is so easy AND inexpensive!!! :) A win-win!

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  7. Thank you for sharing this Jes! I have wanted to make Thieves oil for a while now. I will be sure to try your recipe. : )

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    1. It is so easy! I hope you are able to make up a batch for the cold and flu season! :) Have a wonderful week Sarah!

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing this Jes I will try this out. Please come share this at the Homesteader Hop https://www.floydfamilyhomestead.com/2016/10/26/homesteader-hop-26/

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  9. Hi JES

    I just bought your book and am LOVING it to death! I wish it was a paper copy so I'm looking into how much color ink costs for our printer to print and put in a 3-ring binder. We never have colored ink & I may be broke afterwards!:) It's wonderful though. What unscented white soap do you use for the soap recipes? I've only made lye soap & yours seem SO much easier!

    Thanks again for the great resource
    Amy

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    1. Dear Amy,

      Thank you for the feedback! It is quite nerve-wrecking for me to put something out there, have people spend their family income on it and it not being what they hoped it would be (I am sort of on pins and needles about it)! There was some other comments about printed copies of it, you will find it in the comment section at the bottom of this post if you want some ideas:

      http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/p/100.html

      I am also going to post something soon with some other ideas of how to use the ebook and what I did with it.

      Regarding the French-milled soaps!! They are fun and easy to make are they not??? Try using the "Kirk's All Natural Castile Soap". IHERB sells it fairly inexpensively:

      http://www.iherb.com/search?kw=kirks+soap

      Happy kitchen-crafting!

      Love,
      JES

      P.S. If you have a mind to write up a review on Amazon on the Ebook, it would be very much appreciated!!! Link below:

      http://amzn.to/2fh0WB8

      Thanks again!

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  10. Thank you, JES for another bit of inspiration.. xo

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  11. What a great, frugal alternative to Thieves Oil (which we use a LOT of this time of year). Thanks for sharing with us at the Homestead Blog Hop. I hope we see you again this week!

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  12. Jes, I'm very late to comment here but we are almost finished summer here in Australia and I am preparing for the coming cold and flu season! I am just wondering if I can use fresh orange peel, rosemary and eucalyptus in this recipe and, if so, how much to substitute?
    I love love love the recipes on your blog! So useful.
    Peach

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    1. Hi Peach, Are you going to include the cloves and cinnamon too? Or just the three you mentioned? I want to make sure I am answering correctly...

      Glad you like the recipes! :)

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  13. Yes, I will be using dried cinnamon and cloves but I only have fresh rosemary, eucalyptus and orange peel on hand and I was hoping to get the infusion underway rather than taking the time to dry those ingredients :)
    Peach

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  14. Okay, sounds good! This recipe is VERY flexible but I would probably put in a heaping amount of the fresh.... In other words, where its says 1/4 c. for the orange peel, put in a more generous 1/4 of a cup (a heaping)... and so forth with the eucalyptus and rosemary. The dried ingredients are more concentrated so you would put a bit more for the fresh. Also, to keep your oil from getting moisture and becoming rancid from the fresh peel and herbs, I would leave the fresh peels/leaves out for the day to "wilt" a bit and then use the wilted product (which should have less moisture in it) for the infusion. Hope this helps and makes sense! :)

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    1. * With the eucalyptus and rosemary, I mean a heaping 1 tbsp. of each.

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  15. Thankyou so much!
    Peach

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