Thieves oil dates back to the Middle Ages when it was used as a prevention of the Black Plague, due to its powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties.
A long time afterward, in the early 1990s, Gary Young studied essential oils and recreated this old recipe.
He found out that there are 17 different version of this recipe, and all stories mention different mixtures of oils. He started researching the properties of various oils and their ingredients. Therefore, he invented the perfect Thieves Oil blend for everyday use.
He discovered a proprietary oil blend known as Young Living Thieves Essential Oil. In the 15th century, merchants and spice traders traded with cinnamon and cloves from India across Europe.
Yet, the international shipping and trade were stopped due to the bubonic plague.
More and more people died, and the Thieves decided to loot the plague-ridden bodies and sell the shoes, clothes, jewelry from the dead bodies, as well as pots, pans, and trade them for food and money.
However, they were also aware of the medicinal properties of spices, oils, and vinegar, and believed they can help them prevent the plague from the victims.
Soon, the King found out about this repossession process and he wanted to know the secret to their health. His men caught 4 of the Thieves and he ordered them to choose- either to share their secret, or they will be burned at the stake.
They shared the recipe for the miraculous oil mixture and the word was spread around.
Nowadays, you can either buy it or prepare it at home. Here are a few recipes:
Thieves Oil Blend #1
- 175 drops of Lemon Oil
- 75 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
- 200 drops of Clove Oil
- 100 drops of Cinnamon Bark
- 50 drops of Rosemary Oil
Thieves Oil Blend #2
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Essential Oil
- 2 ½ teaspoons Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
- 2 teaspoons Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 1 tablespoon Clove Essential Oil
- 2 teaspoons Rosemary Essential Oil
Thieves Oil Blend #3
- 2 teaspoon Clove Oil
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Bark Oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Rosemary Oil
- 3/4 teaspoon Eucalyptus Oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Oil
Thieves Oil Blend #4
- 40 drops of Clove Essential Oil
- 15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- 20 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 35 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
*Note: A 15 ml bottle of essential oil has about 255 drops, and a 5 ml bottle contains around 85 drops.
You should keep the mixture in a dark bottle, away from the sun, in a dark place. Use this oil daily, apply it topically, diffuse it, or ingest it to help digestion and boost immunity. You can also use it as a homemade household cleaner.
Topical application of Thieves Oil
Add a drop of Thieves oil to 4 drops of some carrier oil, and apply it topically to soothe irritated skin, boost immunity, and massage the neck, lower back, and behind the ears.
Diffusing Thieves Oil
To treat sinusitis, respiratory issues, remove odors and cleanse the air, diffuse 15-20 drops of this oil for 15 minutes three or 4 times daily.
Thieves Oil Miscellaneous
To soothe a headache, pour a drop of this blend on your thumb and place against the roof of your mouth. To support the health of the lungs and vapors, pour a few drops in a bowl of steaming water and lean over it. Cover the head with a towel and inhale.
You can also use it to treat acne and skin conditions, and as a toothpaste or mouthwash as well. To make your homemade mouthwash, mix one drop of it with 2-4 tablespoons of baking soda, and shake well.
Ingesting Thieves Oil
Its consumption will support the immune system and help digestion. Add a drop to a bottle of water and drink it throughout the day, or add it to a cup of warm water and drink it as tea.
To soothe a sore throat, take 2 tablespoons of water with a few drops of this beneficial oil. You can also spray the throat with a mixture of 1 drop of Thieves Oil and 1 oz of water.
Mix 15 drops of Thieves Oil with 15 drops of some carrier oil and use the blend for a massage of the back, thighs, chest, and neck. This will soothe pains and help the function of the respiratory system.
This oil has powerful antibacterial properties, so you can use it to clean the floor, countertops, or add it to laundry and dishwasher loads. Use it to clean the cell phone and laptops, the bed of your children and pets, keep insects at bay and eliminate bad odors in the office, car, or home.
Thieves Oil All-Purpose Spray
Add a drop of this oil for every ½ ounce of water used, pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and shake well.
You can use this all-purpose spray, and disinfect, remove bad odors, clean microbial bacteria off surfaces, and keep the entire household clean and pleasant-smelling.
Yet, note that cats detest its smell, so if you have a cat at home, do not spray it on its bed.