Thieves oil is an essential oil blend. It is named Thieves Oil based on a story from around the 15th century. At the time the bubonic plague was running rampant throughout Europe and Asia. The story goes like this…four notorious thieves were robbing the infectious dead bodies of all their possessions. Yet they miraculously never contracted the plague. When the thieves were apprehended in Marsailles, France 1413, they were offered a more lenient punishment in exchange for revealing their secret to resisting the infection. The thieves disclosed a combination of aromatic herbs and oils they had covered themselves in. These oils are the basis of the Thieves oil blend recipe: Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus .
We don’t know whether or not this “thieves” story is true, but essential oils have been shown in certain studies to have antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious properties. In 1997, Weber State University did a study in cooperation with D. Gary Young that found that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils. Oils high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes, such as those found in Thieves oil, are especially useful for this purpose. Essential oils are also purported to stimulate the immune system, circulation, and respiratory system, which can also help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more.
I personally love to use it as a finishing antiseptic spray on counter tops and floors, or simply in a diffuser to cleanse the air of germs. It leaves your home smelling fragrant, fresh and wonderful~
Here is a Thieves Oil recipe you can use to make your own blend and use it in a way that suits you best!
• 40 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
• 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 20 drops lemon essential oil
• 15 drops clove essential oil
• 10 drops rosemary essential oil
Combine oils in a bottle and gently shake to mix. Label bottle and use frequently!