Essential Oils 101: Thieves


I am so excited to have the opportunity to tell you about Young Living Thieves essential oil blend! This is one of my absolute favorite blends… actually, I think I would dare say it is the best essential oil blend. It is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, and all around antipathogenic. It is my first line of defense for anything germ related. Before I get into the many uses for Thieves, I want to tell you the story of how this blend got its name.

Back in the 15th century, there was an outbreak of the black plague in Europe. Many died from this serious illness, but there was a group of thieves who would travel around, robbing the dead of their possessions and yet somehow they never caught the plague. It was later found that these robbers were using a blend of lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon bark, rosemary and clove to prevent themselves from contracting disease. These are the ingredients that Young Living now uses to create their special blend called Thieves. This mixture is so effective that Young Living even has a specific line of household cleaning and hygiene products using Thieves oil!

Remember in a previous post I talked about how unlike pharmaceuticals, essential oils have the ability to penetrate to the inside of the cell wall? Well, that is exactly what Thieves can do! The result is amazing!

I have so many stories of how this oil blend has personally helped me and my family prevent sickness, shorten the span of contracted illness, and sanitize to protect against the spread of pathogens. I would not want to be caught without Thieves… especially in cold/flu season! Thieves oil should be always be used with a carrier oil because it contains essential oils that are considered “hot” (aka spicy) which could irritate the skin. The essential oils in this blend that are considered “hot” are clove & cinnamon bark. The amount of carrier oil you will want to use depends on your own sensitivity, so if you find the oil is too “hot,” try using more carrier oil. So now, onto the many uses for Thieves

 Some uses for Thieves blend:

  • Sanitize / disinfect
    • Combine with a carrier oil and apply to wrists and behind ears for a subtle perfume
    • Use for scenting other homemade body products such as lotion, deodorant, etc.
    • Add a couple of drops to your dishwasher before running it to sanitize dishes
    • Add a few drops to your laundry before cycling
    • Add a few drops to your mop water before mopping
    • Put a few drops in your carpet steamer to disinfect carpet
    • Mix several drops with some baking soda to clean bathtubs
    • Make a dryer sheet by putting a few drops on a damp washcloth, toss in the dryer with laundry & dry
    • Use Thieves Household Cleaner or make your own with the oil blend
    • Uses Thieves Hand Sanitizer or make your own with the oil blend
    • Use Thieves Hand Soap or make your own with the oil blend
    • Use Thieves sanitizing spray or make your own with the oil blend
    • Use Thieves sanitizing wipes
    • Use Thieves bar soap
    • Clean pet cages
    • Apply 1-3 drops to cuts or open wounds to prevent infection and promote healing
  • Boost immunity / prevent oncoming illness
    • Add a drop of Thieves to 4-8 oz of warm water (in a ceramic or glass cup) and drink
    • Dilute & apply to soles of feet
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Put a few drops in a capsule and swallow with water
  • Deodorize
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Use Thieves sanitizing spray
    • Apply a few drops to a cotton ball or a glass jar with baking soda and set in the bottom of your trash can
    • Put a few drops in your carpet steamer to deodorize carpet
    • Freshen smelly shoes by putting a few drops on a cotton ball & placing cotton ball in shoes over night
    • Make a scented vacuum bag by putting 2-4 drops on your paper vacuum bag to freshen air while vacuuming
  • Soothe sore throat
    • Use Thieves Hard Lozenges
    • Add one drop to 4-8oz of warm water & gargle, then swallow
    • Dilute a drop in carrier oil and apply to outside of neck at site of soreness
  • Canker sores
    • Dilute in carrier oil and apply to sore area
  • Ingrown toenails / toe fungus
    • Dilute & apply 1 drop to prevent infection and promote healing
    • Dilute & apply to the toes and feet to combat foot fungus
  • Calm cough / congestion
    • Diffuse in your diffuser
    • Add a drop to orange juice to reduce phlegm and congestion
    • Apply to upper chest and throat with carrier oil for bronchitis
    • Directly inhale the vapors when you have lung congestion
  • Increase concentration & work efficiency
  • Sinus headaches
    • Put a drop on your thumb and apply to the roof of your mouth for a headache
  • Help with Lyme
    • Take a capsule full every day to help decrease Lyme disease symptoms
  • Relieve toothaches
    • Dilute and apply a drop to gums
  • Poison ivy relief
    • Apply with carrier oil to poison ivy rashes to relieve the itch
  • Warts
    • Apply a drop 2-3 times a day to a wart for removal
  • Shingles
    • Mix 2-4 drops with carrier oil and rub on daily for relief of shingles
  • Dental hygiene / health
  • Eliminate mold & mildew
  • Neutralize / relieve insect bites and stings
    • Dilute and rub a drop on an insect bite or string to neutralize the toxins and relieve the pain
  • Remove label residue
    • Apply to gummy surface to remove labels and residue
  • Smoking cessation
    • Put on the tip of your tongue to help you stop smoking
  • Travel


These uses are just some of the many, many uses for Thieves! I would encourage you to research and find other uses for this amazing oil blend!

What questions do you have about Thieves essential oil? How have you used Thieves essential oil?

Contact me if you would like more information on purchasing this powerful product!


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