As my grandkids prepare to start or return to school this August, their moms are bracing themselves to catch everything that’s going around. It seems like no matter what precautions you take, children in large groups will inevitably trade diseases along with their lunchtime snacks. That’s why any back to school shopping trip should include some hand sanitizer and my favorite essential oil for warding off germs, Thieves Oil.
is an essential oil blend based on a legend from around the 15th century during the bubonic plague or Black Death that wiped out much of the population in Europe and Asia. Four thieves from France were notoriously robbing the contaminated dead bodies of their valuables, even entering quarantined houses, and yet miraculously never contracted the highly infectious disease.
After they were caught and charged, the presiding magistrate offered them a deal, the secret of their immunity for a reduced sentence. They took it and revealed their herbal knowledge and the powerful medicinal properties of plant extracts when combined in certain ways. This specific herbal blend that they had created from aromatic herbs, was HIGHLY EFFECTIVE in killing all of the airborne bacteria. Most of the stories relate that the thieves wore the blend in a mask over their faces.
In 1997, Weber State University did a study that found the Thieves essential oil blend does have a 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria. We don’t know whether or not this “thieves” story is historically accurate, but the essential oils in the modern blend are truly antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. They will stimulate the immune system, circulation, and respiratory system, and help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more.
“Research conducted at Weber State University, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, especially those high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect the Isrealites from the plagues that decimated ancient Egypt. It may also help us understand why a notorious group of theives, reputed to be spice traders and perfumers, was protected from the Black Plague as they robbed the bodies of the dead during the 15th century.” (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, p6)
Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. With the benefits of Thieves oil including cleaning power and an irresistibly spicy scent, Young Living offers it as an essential oil blend and as an important ingredient in a full range of home cleaning and personal care products, from dish soap to toothpaste — and yes, even as hand sanitizer.
Looking to make your home smell as clean as it looks? Diffuse Thieves oil throughout the house for an aroma that makes every room smell more like fall baking than harsh cleaning formulas.
How to Use
Topical: Dilute 1 drop with 4 drops of V-6™ or olive oil. Test on small area of skin on underside of arm. Apply to desired area as needed.
Aromatic: Diffuse up to 10 minutes 3 times daily.
Some Thieves essential oil uses:
- Refresh musty carpets by adding 5 drops of Thieves to a cup of baking soda; combine well and let sit overnight until the oil is absorbed. Sprinkle over carpets and vacuum thoroughly.
- Diffuse 6–8 drops of Thieves to help create an environment of peace and security. Customize your Thieves experience by adding a few drops of Orange, Tangerine, or Nutmeg essential oil.
- Put in a few drops of Thieves essential oil blend in your dishwater or dishwasher to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odor.
- Add 5-10 drops to each cap of your scent-free liquid laundry detergent to remove odors and germs.
(Real life experience: One of my sons came home with some really stinky laundry after living in a very small, musty apartment with five cats and a roommate. Nothing, and I mean nothing, including all other natural treatments, would remove the odors. Thieves laundry detergent removed the stink after one wash!)
Thieves Oil Ingredients
Syzygium aromaticum† (Clove) bud oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Cinnamomum verum† (Cinnamon) bark oil, Eucalyptus radiata† (Eucalyptus) leaf oil, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
Storage: Keep in a cool, dark place.
Where to get it
You can order Thieves oil blends online from retailers like Amazon, or buy onsite at your local health food store. I am also a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils, so you can contact me to get in on my Fall bulk order — just in time for back to school!
Stay healthy this school year!