Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamon zeylanicum), Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia), Calamus (Acorus calamus), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Frankincense (Boswelia frereana), Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), Galbanum (Ferula galbaniflua) with extra virgin olive oil (Olea europaea)
Properties and Uses
Ancient Defense is a blend of essential oils believed to be similar to herbal infusions used by Moses in protecting the Israelites from a plague (Exodus 30:22-27). It also contains a few other Biblical oils that have properties that support the immune system and other vital body systems.
Modern science shows that these oils contain immune-stimulating and antiviral compounds, which may explain why these plants were used in ancient times. Today viruses and bacteria are beginning to mutate and become resistant to conventional drugs. Because of the complex chemistry of essential oils, viruses and bacteria have a more difficult time acquiring resistance to them, thus they prove to be an effective choice in personal health care.
Although the Calamus infused oil has been used since Biblical times, beta-asarone (a component of Calamus) is now considered to be a carcinogen and caution should be used with this oil.
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on area of concern or as desired. If skin irritation occurs, apply more carrier oil. It may also be applied along the spine with appropriate dilution. Tisserand/Young suggests a maximum dermal use level for Calamus at 0.2% (2 drops per ounce). Due to the amount of Calamus in the Ancient Defense blend, you will want to dilute to 3% or less to stay within Tisserand/Young's 's maximum dermal use level.
Inhalation: Contains olive oil and will not be appropriate in a diffuser.
Internal: Tisserand/Young writes of Calamus: Should not be taken in oral doses.
1. We used this blend to almost wipe out a virus that caused our son to be covered with warts. He had too many to possibly apply the oil topically, so we just put a drop of the oil on a cube of bread. It has a nice taste, and he liked it. We felt so thankful for this oil even though the warts didn’t completely disappear. The warts disappeared forever after he took 3 drops of Digestion Support when we had the stomach flu. – M.T. [HEO's Comment: Please see Internal Use info above.]
2. I had recurring earaches and discovered that applying this blend topically in front of and behind my ear and gently massaging it in helped quickly end my misery. – E.S.
3. We applied Ancient Defense each night for a few weeks and the wart disappeared. It was a tad sore right before it went away, but it was on her foot, so any drying would have been sore. - Kerrie K.
4. We used Ancient Defense to successfully get rid of my daughter's wart. We diluted Ancient Defense with olive oil and dabbed it on her wart twice a day. It took a couple weeks before we saw anything happening, but after about two and a half weeks, the wart started to get dark, and then got smaller and smaller until it was gone. We also used some Warrior oil (diluted with coconut oil) on her feet every night, and it really seemed to speed up the process. Thank you! - Sunny
5. I used Frankincense, Lemongrass and a couple drops of Ancient Defense diluted with fractionated coconut oil in a rollerball for an 11-year-old's warts and they were gone in about 3 weeks. Our doctor wanted the child to take Tagamet!!. - Sally
Cinnamon Bark Orally: Not for children orally of six years old or under, and use with caution and in greater dilution for children older than six. Do not use orally in cases of hemophilia or severe kidney or liver disease. Oral use cautions: diabetes medication, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
Dermal Risk: Due to aldehyde content, there is a moderate risk that Cinnamon Bark may be sensitizing.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Cinnamon Bark is contraindicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding because when it was fed to pregnant mice for two weeks it significantly reduced the number of nuclei and altered the distribution of embryos according to nucleus number (Tisserand 249).
Drug interaction: May inhibit blood clotting.
From Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand/Young:
"Cinnamon oil (type not known) caused poisoning after the ingestion of approximately 60mL by a 7-year-old boy who drank the oil when dared to by a friend. Symptoms included a burning sensation in the mouth, chest and stomach, dizziness, double vision and nausea. There was also vomiting and later collapse. The doctors involved considered that had vomiting not occurred the dose could have been fatal, but there were no serious consequences."
Calamus is noted by Tisserand/Young to be moderately toxic, hepatotoxic and a carcinogenic. He suggests a maximum dermal application at 0.2%.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat—like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages 225-226, 249, 652-653.