Bandito Blend

Bandito Blend

You’ve probably heard the legend about a group of thieves who managed to avoid sickness as they plundered the homes of those who had died of the Black Death in 14th century Europe.  There are many versions of this tale, but most of them say that the bandits applied a mixture of oils or herbs to their clothing.  Some stories say that the oils they used repelled fleas which carried the disease.  The true details are not known, but the undocumented ones have inspired many present-day combinations to help avoid sickness.

Beeyoutiful’s unique combination of frankincense, cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus oils make up a wonderful-smelling blend called Bandito Blend.

  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) – supports respiratory health, antimicrobial
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamomum cassia) – antiseptic, antimicrobial
  • Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) – antiseptic and antimicrobial, also an analgesic
  • Lemon (Citrus limon) – cleans and sanitizes, provides a light citrusy tone
  • Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) – antimicrobial, supports respiratory health
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiate) – antimicrobial, supports healthy immune system and respiratory system
Here are some suggestions for the use of Bandito Blend:
  • Topical Uses:  Before going out during cold and flu season, apply with a carrier oil (we suggest Almond Oil) to soles of the feet, back of wrists, and neck.  You can also apply to skin with a carrier oil if you are feeling run down or have been exposed to an illness or you have become ill.  Rubbing diluted Bandito Blend (mixed 50/50 with carrier oil) down the spine can help release tension and support the immune and nervous systems.
  • Diffusing:  Bandito Blend an be diffused full-strength in order to help maintain a microbe-free home.  This is beneficial during cold and flu seasons.  Your home will be filled with the delicious aroma of spices while also being cleansed of unwanted germs.
  • Cleaning:   Add 1 drop per ounce of water for an all-purpose spray.  Add 10-15 drops per gallon of water to wash floors. 

If you’ve used other “thieves” blends, we invite you to try Beeyoutiful’s Bandito Blend.  We think you’ll enjoy the spicy aroma AND the affordable price!

Cold and Stuffy Nose Relief your story.  Have you tried this blend?  Have you used other essential oils for relief from common cold symptoms?

When I make this blend, I usually substitute peppermint for thyme.  I love the smell of eucalyptus and peppermint and lemon and tea tree.  It’s strong but pleasant, and the sensation of that steamy goodness opening up my stuffy nose would be worth it even if it didn’t smell good.

At least, it has been in the past.  Right now, I’m stuffy, so excuse me while I go boil a pot of water…

Click here to order Beeyoutiful essential oils from Smith Family Resources.

Natural Cleaning Products

Yesterday, a friend asked me for advice on the best way to make homemade laundry soap.  Her question reminded me that I started a “Natural Year Challenge” in 2013 and never finished!  I was challenged and intrigued by Andrea Fabry of Moms Aware, Inc., and I blogged about my progress for a while.  You can read those posts here.  Looking back over those this morning, I discovered that I made it through Month 4 and left off at the Kitchen!  Maybe this summer, I’ll resume the challenge…

I began Andrea Fabry’s challenge by buying or gathering all the products that would be used for making my own natural cleaning products:  borax, washing soda, baking soda, vinegar, castile soap (liquid and bar), essential oils, and a grater for the bar soap.


Using these products, I learned to make my own foam soap, soft scrub, dishwasher detergent, and laundry detergent.  There’s so much more to learn!  Obviously, I’m a pretty slow learner, and your encouragement always helps.  If you’re making your own cleaning products, please share your recipes and advice.  I’ll be sharing my recipes here and I’d love to try yours as well.

Now, to answer my friend’s question!  Here’s my laundry detergent recipe:

Liquid Laundry Detergent

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 oz. castile soap (1/4 of a 4 oz. bar)
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 10 cups water

Boil 3 cups of water.  Grate castile soap and add it to the boiling water.  (I use Kirk’s Castile Soap which I have bought at Publix but can also be purchased on Amazon.)Kirk's Castile Soap

Stir until castile soap is dissolved.  Add washing soda and borax, and stir until dissolved.  Pour into a large container and add 10 cups of water.  Stir or shake, and then let set for 24 hours until it forms a liquid gel. 

Use 1/2 cup of the detergent for each load.  This may vary depending on your washing machine and the hardness of your water. 

For the record, my detergent has yet to form a liquid gel; it’s pretty much just liquid.  But it gets the clothes clean, so I guess it doesn’t matter!

I add vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser to help with smells and stains, and I occasionally add essential oils to the detergent:  eucalyptus oil because it kills dust mites, tea tree oil because it disinfects, and lemon oil because it smells good!

I use liquid detergent because of our hard water.  Powdered detergent tends to clump and not dissolve.  If you prefer a powder, here’s Andrea Fabry’s recipe:

Powdered Laundry Detergent

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • 4 oz. grated castile soap

Grate castile soap using a cheese grater or food processor.  Make the shavings as thin as possible to allow for dissolving.  Combine all three ingredients using a fork or whisk, and stir quickly and thoroughly, or use a food processor to do this in a matter of seconds.

Store in container of choice. Use 1-2 tablespoons per wash, depending on the size of the load.