Ancient Shield (formerly called Ancient Healing)
Frankincense (Boswelia frereana/carterii), Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamon zeylanicum), Geranium x asperum (Pelargonium graveolens), Rose Flower extract (Rosa centifolia), Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), May Chang (Litsea cubeba), Clove Stem (Eugenia caryophyllata), Osmanthus Flower Absolute (Osmanthus fragrans), Rose (Rosa damascena)
Children? Be cautious of potential skin irritation. Follow dilution suggestions, which is a maximum of 1% (even more diluted for very young children). Cinnamon Bark is not suitable orally for children under 6 and has a low risk of mucus membrane irritation with inhalation. Strong skin irritant for all ages.
Consider Immune Support.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Not suitable due to Myrrh and Cinnamon Bark. See Safety information below.
Consider Immune Support.
Medication/Health Condition? Contraindicated orally: Antibiotics (all routes in significant amounts), Anticoagulant, Antidepressants (CYP2B6 substrates), Diabetes, Diuretic medication, Antibiotics (all routes in significant amounts) MAOIs, SSRIs, Pethidine; Childbirth, Major Surgery, Peptic Ulcer, Hemophilia
Properties and Uses
Infection fighting and immune stimulating. The oils used in Ancient Shield are anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. May help abscesses, ear infections, flu-like symptoms and so on. This blend also may help increase mental alertness, physical equilibrium, memory and cellular vitality. It may help stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
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. Due to Cinnamon Bark and Clove Stem in the blend, the maximum dilution ratio is 1%, which is 1 drop of the Ancient Shield blend in 3mLs carrier.
Inhalation: Directly inhale; Diffuse
Internal: Ancient Shield is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while French doctors may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of separating "French aromatherapy" from "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
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1. Ancient Shield puts me right to sleep when put on feet. I've also found it very effective topically for areas of pain. - Karen
2. Recently my aunt developed an abscess on her spine where years ago she had an epidural. By the time she asked for help, the actual abscess was the diameter of a baseball and the surrounding redness was as big as a dinner plate. I read which oils might work best and mixed a fairly strong dilution of Ancient Shield. Once the abscess opened and began to drain, she reported it was very itchy. We continued to treat the abscess with Ancient Shield, and the irritation from bandages with a bit of Lavender. Within ten days, the abscess was totally healed, and all for less than the price of one 2mL sample of Ancient Shield. I used organic olive oil to dilute the Ancient Shield at 10% because of the enormous size of the abscess. That's an incredible bargain compared to what would have been a costly hospital stay for such an infection! Thank you, thank you, thank you! - Allison
3. I love the scent of Ancient Shield, which I have effectively used on a recurring mystery skin issue on my hands. It was something like warts coming from deep down inside somewhere which would eventually go down, and then the skin would flake there, only to come back after I let up on using the Ancient Shield. I still don't know what it was, but when I switched from a regular dishsoap to a natural one, I haven't had any more manifestations of whatever that skin issue was. I'm glad it's gone, because the spots hurt and were itchy and ugly, being kind of yellowish and bumpy. - Savannah
Safety (per Tisserand/Young):
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."
Pregnancy: Tisserand/Young note that Myrrh is contraindicated for use during pregnancy and lactation because it may be fetotoxic.
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 249, 652-653.