An Excellent Aromatherapy Newsletter

Andrea Butje is one aromatherapist I truly admire, and she has done a lot to teach the world about the benefits of aromatherapy. Not only does she run an accredited school for the training and certification of aromatherapists, but she publsihes the following newsletter and even offers a free online introductory course.

Here’s to you, Andrea!

If you are not familiar with famed aromatherapist Andrea Butje, it’s time! View on Web | Like Tweet Forward August 25, 2015 Hi, If you’re in a hot, dry climate, you could have no better friend than Ylang Ylang essential oil (except maybe a saltwater swimming pool). Ylang Ylang is a very cooling oil […]

via Aromahead Weekly: Ylang Ylang, Orange & Patchouli Body Butter — Nelsie’s Cupboard


Mineral Make-Up From The Kitchen

This is a great page for making face powders from the kitchen, though it might be a bit limited in the colour range. but before you read it, here are some…


It helps to have a bit of zinc oxide or titanium oxide in the mix for adhesion.

Match your summer powder to the outside of your arm, and your winter powder to the inside.

Also, to make a good foundation, use the daily dollop of your moisturizer with a sprinkle of face powder, mix it together and apply to your face – et voila! Foundation that does not feel heavy.

And now on to her article…

Point of Interest!: Mineral make-up (NEW!).

Four Thieves Oil

Recently it has been learned that using this type of blend of essential oils in hospital patients’ rooms during outbreaks of C-Difficile and MRSA may have eradicated them and other microorganisms dangerous to weakened immune systems (e.g., E. Coli, Nosocomial Pneumonia, and Norwalk) among patients with treated rooms.

100 drops / 1 t. Cinnamon Bark Oil
200 drops / 2 t. Clove Bud Essential Oil
75 drops / ¾ t. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
175 drops / 1-3/4 t. Lemon Essential Oil
50 drops / ½ t. Rosemary Essential Oil

Put these into a sterile glass bottle, amber if possible, and keep in the medicine chest.

Note: You can also use equal parts of the oils to make your blend. Some recipes call for the addition of Oregano Essential Oil.

As you will read below, the original thieves used garlic as well.

The article below is worth reading for ideas as to how to use the blend should a loved one become ill, or just for around the house; but please remember not to ingest any essential oils without the advice of a licensed health-care practitioner, and even then only use those oils which are certified as food-grade.


Have You Heard Of Thieves Oil? –Breath Of Life Blog

Here’s the legend:

Century after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimated the population of Asia and Europe for the better part of a thousand years. Out of this period emerged a legend of four Thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the Thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes.

Studies conducted at Weber State University in 1997 showed it to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves Oil Blend was diffused for a given amount of time.

After only 10 minutes of exposure, there was a reduction of

82% in Micrococcus luteus
96% in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
44% in Staphylococcus aureus

Thieves Oil For Common Ailments

When Warding Off Illness, massage Thieves undiluted or “neat” to lower back, and on the top back of thighs for relief if not sensitive; otherwise, dilute it at ratios of 15 drops with 15 drops of carrier oil.

Immune support: Dilute 1 drop of Thieves to 4 drops carrier oil and apply to feet. Apply twice daily, morning and night, for extra support during cold and flu season (especially if leaving for school, work, or going out in public).

Bronchitis: Apply to lower back, sternum, chest and throat, sinus and bronchial points.

Insect Bites (Mosquito, Bee & Wasp Stings): Apply 1 part blend and 1 part water to the bite or sting to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and counteract toxins.

Cuts And Scrapes: Dilute 1 drop of the blend to 4 drops of vegetable or carrier oil and apply to wounds to help prevent infection and speed healing.

Headache: Place a drop on your thumb and place on the roof of your mouth. May require repeated applications. Be careful not to lick your lips as this can burn. Use vegetable or carrier oil to wipe off if you do. Only use oils certified as food grade for this!

Head And Lung Congestion: Place a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water, cover head with towel and inhale vapors.

Poison Ivy: 2 drops of Thieves dilute in 2 drops of water, but if there is swelling add 2 drops of lavender.

Acne: Apply 1 part to 1 part grapeseed or jojoba oil.

A Stronger Antibiotic Blend:

10 drops of Thieves Oil
6 drops of oregano
2 drops of frankincense

For Oral Care (Tea Tree Oil works equally well for dental care):

Put a drop on your toothbrush before brushing to kill cavity producing germs and to sanitize your toothbrush.

Mouthwash: Add 1 drop per ounce of water, shake well before use.

Toothpaste: Add 2 drops to 4 T. of baking soda, place in small container (not plastic) and shake well. Dip toothbrush in mixture and brush.

For protection against colds, flu, and other infectious disease apply to the bottom of feet.

Help For The Flu:

6 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
4 drops Oregano Essential Oil
2 drops of Thyme Essential Oil.

Help For Sore Throat:

Thyme, Tea Tree, or 1 drop of Thieves Blend to 1 ounce of water and spray throat; or add 2 – 3 drops to 2 T. of water and gargle, then spit out.

Thieves Oil Recipes For Household Use

Stuffed Animals – To disinfect and clean, place toy inside pillowcase and tie shut. Fill washer with detergent, use fabric softener if desired. Add 5 – 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil, (for small load) to washing machine. Wash on gentle cycle.

Cell phones – Spray Thieves cleaning solution very lightly on a cloth and gently wipe phone.

Dishwasher – add 4 – 5 drops to thoroughly clean dishes, eliminate bacteria and odors.

Laundry – add 5 – 6 drops per load to freshen and disinfect.

Pet Bedding – Spray down cat boxes, dog houses, and pet cages to clean and disinfect.

Pet Dishes – Add 1 – 2 drops to soapy water and wash dishes. Rinse well.

Plants – To repel aphids spray plants with a mixture of 2 drops Thieves to every 4 ounces of water.

Floors – add a 10 – 15 drops to ½ bucket of cleaning water.

Surface Disinfectant – To clean and sanitize surfaces – add 8 drops to 8 oz. of water in spray bottle.

Fragrance – Add a few drops to potpourri or cinnamon sticks to fragrance your home.

Add several drops of oil onto a cotton ball and place in home, office, car, or hotel air vents to mask odor and purify the air.

Drop 4–5 drops onto a cloth and place in clothes dryer to freshen laundry.

Bed Bugs – Spray mattresses to help dispel bed bugs.

Add 4 – 5 drops to sink water and wash children’s toys to clean and disinfect.

About Nelsie’s Cupboard

Nelsie, nee Ann Nelson Walsh Penn, was born in Birmingham, England in 1883. Her mother, born  Ann Nelson Walsh, was a charming woman with social standing and a wonderful sense of humour. When a teenager, she and her siblings had their photograph taken before her beloved brother, Tom, left for the US to observed the American Civil War. In that photo, which was taken outside in a country setting, she actually smiled – a thing not done during the 1860’s. Later she poked fun at fashion by sticking a maid’s feather duster in her bustle to see if anyone noticed at a ball. They did – it was written up in the social column! When Tom caught a stray bullet while with the Confederate army, Ann took in his young daughter, Jane. When Ann succumbed to tuberculosis in 1888 while in Madeira, she left behind her husband, her niece, and her daughter, my beloved grandmother whom we all knew as ‘Nelsie’. My great-grandfather never remarried.

Nelsie became a published poet at the age of 10 when she wrote about a quiet grave. Though much of her inheritance was lost in the crash of ’29, she supported the family by winning word contests in the newspapers, and painting lampshades. She was also talented in textile artistry. She continued to embroider and write poetry until her death in 1977 at the age of 93.

The two pieces of furniture Nelsie had that I could remember was her piano and her cupboard, a complex Victorian piece in which she kept various things…hair brooches, amber beads, sheet music, and poems she was working on. Loving children, she babysat so many that she never lacked middle-aged visitors at the nursing home, whom she had tended when they were children. In fact, when a lioness at the Indianapolis zoo died, it was Nelsie that nursed the cub until it could survive on its own. Even as an elderly woman, when visiting the lions, the other visitors would be in awe as my grandmother visited a grown lion who would purr and love her like a small pussycat!

I loved my grandmother dearly, and the only things I possess from my childhood are a crib sheet she embroidered for me, and two books of fairy tales she sent me. I named my little venture to honour her, back in 1997 when I began to make my toiletries and soaps for people who are chemically sensitive – or who just want ‘clean’ products.

Sylvia Ann Atherstone Genders

Brampton, Ontario.

Nelsie in her mother's arms, 1883.

Nelsie in her mother’s arms, 1883.

Nelsie, a few years after her mother's death in 1888.

Nelsie, a few years after her mother’s death in 1888.