If you are somewhat familiar in the aromatherapy world, then you have probably heard about thieves oil. The “Thieves Oil” dates back to the Middle Ages and has various recipes. It has a mixture of antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that helped to stave off the Plague and keep these merchants safe.
The History of “Thieves”
During the 1990s, Gray Young was researching essential oils and recreated a blend he had been researching. According to Young, there are 17 different versions of the “Story of Thieves” and each contains different amounts of different oils. He researched the properties of the different oils in the multiple ingredient lists he found. His research also lead him to the historical story of the “Thieves” this blend is named after. His research lead him to the spice traders and merchants called the “Thieves” who lived in the 15th century and traded the likes of cinnamon and cloves from India across Europe. When the Bubonic plague struck, international shipping and trade stopped. These spice traders therefore needed to find a new way of supporting themselves.
During the Plague, bodies were piling up everywhere and the “thieves” would loot the plague-ridden bodies, taking clothes, shoes, jewelry, and anything else they could get their hands on. Using their vast knowledge of the medicinal properties of many spices, they believed they wouldn’t get sick from the dead bodies by mixing a unique blend of spices, vinegar, and oil. Lucky for them, their blend worked, and was eventually discovered by the King. After that, the “medicine” was spread around the town.
How to Make Your Own Thieves Oil
- 40 drops of Clove Essential Oil
- 35 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
- 20 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
Mix and add blend into a 15ml bottle. Store these blends in a dark bottle, in a cool place, and out of the sun. You should use Thieves Oil every day, as it can be used for so many different reasons – not to mention it has a nice cinnamon scent. You can diffuse the oil, use it topically, clean household items with it, or ingest it to aid digestion and support your immune system.
Ways to Use Your Thieves Oil
Diffusing – This purifies the air in your home, eliminates odors, acts aromatically to support your lungs and sinuses. As you breathe the oil you will strengthen your lungs, sinuses, and entire respiratory system.
All-Purpose Spray – Add 1 drop of Thieves Oil for every ½ ounce of water used. You’ll need to shake the bottle vigorously. Take odor out of pet beds, clean microbial bacteria off surfaces, and keep baby’s room spic and span with this all-purpose spray.
*Cat’s cannot process essential oils – if you’re using this blend to clean a litter box that’s fine, but do not spray on a cat’s bed or use as an aromatic without a diffuser around your feline friends.
Topical – Use a 1:4 ratio of Thieves Oil to carrier oil. You can massage this blend on your feet, lower back, neck, and behind your ears. Rubbing this oil blend on your feet daily promotes a healthy immune system.
Thieves Oil is an amazing blend that has been used for hundreds of years. We use some of these properties in our Warrior Protect & Defend Blend! Some of our ingredients include: Eucalyptus Oil, Melaleuca Oil, Clove bud Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Rosemary Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, and Cinnamon Bark Oil.