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The history behind Thieves oil blend

Thieves oil blend is a common blend of clove, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus and citrus oils that is often used to help fight germs and boost immunity. The blend is said to be inspired by a 15th century band of thieves who covered themselves in these aromatics so they could steal from people who died of the bubonic plague. None of them contracted the disease, and when they were caught they received a reduced sentence for sharing the secret blend that kept them safe.

Common household uses for Thieves

People use thieves blends (all the major essential oil companies make a similar blend) for many things around the home. The most common are diffusing, especially during cold and flu season, mixing with a carrier oil and applying topically if you are getting sick, and using the blend to make a cleaning solution.

Here are the directions for each of these uses:

  • Diffuse 10-15 drops in a diffuser during cold and flu season. I love this diffuser by doTerra but there are a ton of options that are less expensive or blend better with your decor.
  • Mix with a carrier oil and apply topically (to feet or chest) when sick. I like Plant Therapy fractionated coconut oil–it’s reasonably priced and I love their essential oils. The National Association for Holistic Therapy recommend 3-6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil for infants and young kids, and anywhere from 15-60 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil for adults (depending on the oil and your level of tolerance–people with sensitive skin would use less)
  • Make an all purpose cleaning solution by adding 10-15 drops per ounce of water and a splash of witch hazel (this acts as an emulsifier and allows the oil and water to mix better) to a glass spray bottle. Use to clean whatever you would normally clean with an all purpose cleaner.

Oils you will need to make your own Thieves blend

You will get all kinds of opinions on “the best and highest quality” essential oils–you can do you own research but I have found that there are a few high quality brands that are great and affordable (and on Amazon–yay Prime!) I love Plant Therapy and Aura Cacia is a close second. These are the ones I own and use to make my thieves blend.

The recipe I use is below. Enjoy and stay healthy!