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Bandit’s Blend


Bandit’s Blend is used to help relieve colds/cough/joint/muscle pain associated with sprain/strain/rheumatoid arthritis.

We received our first bottle of this blend from Nancy as a gift eight years ago and have since used it to protect us from colds, coughs, or the flu. I have used it all through my stage 4 cancer treatment and through the COVID pandemic.  We have used what is now Bandit’s Blend as a sanitizer, on bites and scrapes and as a way of soothing pain.

Bandit’s Blend has received Health Canada recognition as a safe and effective product when used as directed. This product has a Natural Product Number (NPN), which allows us to recognize its medicinal properties (relief of colds, cough, joint or muscle pain) and the health benefits of aromatherapy. Rest assured we have gone the extra mile to ensure this product is both effective and safe to use as directed.

Safe for children over the age of 2 years.  We have replaced the eucalyptus (which can be harmful when used on the face of children younger than 10) from our classic formulation with rosalina.

Each oil is gas chromatograph tested to assure it has not been diluted (adulterated) with unwanted chemicals. 

Created in partnership with Nancy Scott, a Certified Aroma Health Practitioner (CAHP) and member of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. 


In the mid 1300’s, The Black Plague struck Europe, killing roughly 25 million people. Although they didn’t know what caused the plague, they did know it was contagious and wisely gave dead bodies a wide berth. This was when four enterprising thieves discovered the protecting powers of essential oil. 

Due to the fear of the contagious nature of the plague, many bodies were left unattended, with some still in fine clothes and jewels or with money in their pockets. The four thieves noticed that tanners (people who tanned leather) were not getting the plague and attributed this to the blend of essential oils and many other noxious liquids to cure their product. They were able to duplicate the tanning formula and went up to those dead bodies, doused themselves with the liquid, and took anything of value. 

Eventually these 4 thieves were caught. English courts promised them leniency if they would share their formula. The formula became dubbed “Thieves’ Vinegar”.  Modern day blends inspired by this formula often pay homage in some way to this name. We have chosen to call ours “Bandit’s Blend.” 

Did this really happen? The truth is lost in the myths of time but we like to believe that there is truth in this story somewhere!


Cinnamon leaf essential oil: studies support its role as an antibacterial , antiviral and anti-inflammatory oil. It supports the immune system, and is also useful for sore/aching muscles & joints. Chinese medicine uses cinnamon to dispel colds, reduce fever, and improve an appetite that is reduced because of colds or flu.

Clove essential oil: has a reputation of being somewhat “anaesthetic” which means it can relieve pain. Still used by dentists today, clove is great for sore/aching muscles and joints when properly diluted. When diffused, it is a powerful antibacterial and antiviral. It can kill airborne viruses and thus reduce the possibility of cross contamination. It also encourages an active immune system response.

Sweet Orange: In addition to lifting one’s spirits, orange is also antibacterial and can reduce inflammation. A few small studies support that when used topically, it can reduce short-term pain. 

Rosalina: A relative of the tea tree, rosalina is a softer scented version. It is renowned for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is also a great decongestant, relieves inflammation and helps to calm a sore throat. It performs similarly to eucalyptus but is safe for children over the age of 2 years.

Rosemary: Outstanding as a remedy for sore/aching muscles & joints. In addition, the camphor in rosemary is a terrific decongestant in the sinuses and respiratory system. It can reduce swelling in the sinuses. It has antioxidant properties and is an anti-inflammatory. It may boost your immune system.

How To Use:

Steam inhalation: Add 3 drops of undiluted essential oil to a bowl of steaming water/facial steamer. Inhale slowly and deeply for 5 to 10 minutes. Up to 3 times per day.

Direct inhalation: Apply 1 – 3 drops of undiluted essential oil to a handkerchief/tissue and inhale occasionally. Up to 3 times per day. We have gifted you a disposable towel, just add water :). 

Bath: Add 2 – 8 drops of undiluted essential oil with the same amount of shampoo or liquid soap before adding it to the bath. Mix the water gently. For maximum benefit, remain in the bath for 10 minutes. Use 2 drops of undiluted essential oil the first time and increase by 1 drop per bath up to a maximum of 8 drops. Use once daily.

Topical: Do not use essential oils undiluted. Add 5 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon (5ml) of carrier oil, (or 2 drops for small children) for a final concentration of 5% essential oil. Apply to the affected area up to 3 times per day. Rub and/or massage into skin until solution vanishes.

*Not for oral use. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes; if this happens, rinse with vegetable oil.

Includes Disposable Face Cloth and a Limited Edition electric automatic mist sprayer – add sanitizing spray for use on phone and other high touchpoint products, in the air, in your home or car. (Available while supplies last).

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Commonly Asked Questions

Where do the ingredients come from?

Essential oils are made by plants, serving a purpose for both the plant, and for you as well! For example, Frankincense heals tree wounds and it is also wonderful at preserving and healing human skin. If you visit the ingredients page of each blend, you will see which plants provide them. Each of our ingredients are pure, organic, and globally sourced. They are tested by independent labs to assure that they contain what you want in them, and are free from anything you do not want in them – like contaminants or adulterants. Some parts of the world, due to their unique geography and climate, produce certain plants that make the most desirable essential oils. Feel free to research the process each ingredient undergoes to become an oil ingredient!

If an oil smells bad, does that mean I should avoid it? 

Unfortunately, an essential oil that has oxidized (chemically broken down) or has been contaminated or diluted with something undesirable will not smell any different from a “good” oil. If an essential oil “smells bad” it is unlikely a result of the oil being bad, but rather your dislike of the scent. Just as you may dislike the smell of a candle, or the taste of food, essential oils are a personal preference. Oils will degrade over time and exposure to oxygen, light and heat will accelerate the deterioration. Essential oils do not last forever! Citrus oils have the shortest life span – about a year if kept under ideal conditions. Buy the smallest amount possible so that you will use it up before it ages.  If you are worried about the age of your blend, consult the expiration date at the bottom of the bottle.

How do I know when my essential oil will expire? 

At the bottom of each of our essential oils, you will notice a small circle with the lot number and expiration date. These dates are approximations. How oils are kept can extend their lifespan, or shorten it. The biggest offender is oxygen. Buy oils in small bottles so that you can use it up in a reasonable amount of time and not allow the bottle to become a big air space with a drop or two of oil at the bottom. Dark bottles will deter light entering the bottle, and storing oils in a cool, dark place will help to keep your oils in the best possible state for the longest period of time.

What is a lot number?

Each harvest of an oil produces one batch of oil. It will be different in chemical composition from all other oils, in a different harvest, even if made by the same plant! So each harvest is assigned a “lot number” which the grower will record. They then have a record of when the oil was harvested, and where. Each harvest is independently tested, too. The results of these tests tell the grower and bottler what exactly is in that batch. That batch or lot number is your guarantee that each harvest is recorded, and is traceable, as well as providing valuable information about the chemical composition of each batch.

How should I store my essential oils?

Oils are best stored in small bottles made of dark glass. The small quantity allows you to minimize the contact of the oil with air, or oxygen. Oxygen causes a chemical reaction called oxidation. Oxidation degrades the quality of the oil. You know how your cut apple turns brown if left on the counter for a few hours? That brown color is oxidation at work and it is actually breaking down the apple. The same process happens to essential oils. Dark glass keeps light from accelerating this reaction and keeping oils in a cool, dark place (a fridge is great) also slows down this chemical reaction. It will preserve your oils longer the same way it keeps food longer. Ideally, you will have a separate fridge or cool, dry place for your oils – not in the fridge with your food.

How can I use my essential oils? 

Oils can be used topically, if diluted properly with a carrier oil, or they can be inhaled. They can be diffused in a room, dropped into a personal inhaler, dispersed in a shower or bath water, or used in a hot or cold compress. If you love a blend, you can even make your own perfume! Directions for properly using the oils are itemized on the information card included with your blend, or If you look at our description page under the how to use section, you will find many ways to use your essential oils. You don’t even need a diffuser to smell our wonderful blends!


Essential oils of/ d’huiles essentielles de: Eugenia caryophyllus (clove) flower oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) leaf oil,  Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf oil. 

Non medicinal ingredients: Citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, Melaleuca ericfolia (rosalina) 


  1. Megan S

    Love your shop and products! so thoughtful and smells so natural and good and what a beautiful cause Karla and Zach!

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