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Thieves Oil Recipe

There are many ways to use The Thieves Oil Recipe. It is highly antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious; you can make your own Thieves Oil Recipes for your family’s health.

Our family uses Thieves Essential Oil for just about everything. It is safe for the environment plus it contains health giving properties.

When you clean with Thieves Essential Oil you kill germs such as mold, viruses and bacteria, purify the air, and boost your family’s immune system all at the same time! This is truly amazing!

The uses for Thieves Oil are almost endless. There are many creative ways you can use it for cleaning and disinfecting, maintaining family health and in the care of illness.

Our family highly recommends Thieves Oil for your first aid kit because it is so powerful and versatile. This Oil Blend is a true multi-tasker!

We use this oil blend on all family members including our babies and children. Of course always dilute with a vegetable or carrier oil before using it on children and babies.

Applying this oil to the bottom of the feet is highly effective. It is also the safest place to apply essential oils.

I have included Thieves Oil Recipes for disinfecting around the home, recipes for common ailments, and Thieves Oil Recipes for maintaining your family’s health and wellness.

These suggestions are enough to get you started. Soon you will have your own creative ways of using Thieves Oil. The sky’s the limit!

The Story Behind The Thieves Essential Oil Blend

The Thieves® Oil Recipe was created by Gary Young in the early 1990’s during his study and research on Essential Oils.

According to Gary, there are 17 different versions of the “Story of Thieves” or the story of “The Four Thieves” and each story contains a different list of oils.

Intrigued by these different “Thieves Oil Recipes” he extensively researched the properties of each of the different oils.

Choosing certain oils due to their chemical structure and anti-infectious properties he created his own powerful blend now known as Young Living’s Thieves® Oil Blend.

The Story of the Four Thieves

The thieves were actually spice traders and merchants who imported spices, including cinnamon and clove from India. When the Black Plague hit, all international shipping and trade was closed down. Unable to do business, these spice traders quickly ran out of money and had to find a way to support themselves.

Since everyone was afraid to touch the dead bodies, they decided to loot the homes and bodies of the plaque victims. They would take clothes, jewelry, pots and pans, and then barter or trade them for food and money. They knew they wouldn’t get sick if they rubbed vinegar, oils, and certain spices all over their bodies.

Their plan worked and they were able to set up a very lucrative pawn business. Until the King found out…

When the King heard about the story of the thieves he wanted to know their secret. He wanted to know how they were able to touch dead bodies without getting sick! How did they protect themselves from the dreaded disease?

He sent his Constables out to capture them. Four of the thieves were caught and brought before the King. He gave them a choice to either share their secret formula of “immunity” or be burned at the stake. The four thieves decided to share their secret formula with the King.

The King immediately posted the thieves secret formula all over the town.

Hence the story of the four thieves.


Thieves® Oil Kills 99.96% of Bacteria

Young Livings Thieves® Oil Blend was tested at Weber State University (Utah) and found to have a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria. It was found to be highly anti-infectious and supportive of the immune system.

Benefits for Your Family

Diffusing Thieves Oil in your home will effectively kill airborne bacteria and can help prevent the spread of germs.

Due to its potent antimicrobial properties, Thieves Oil can offer you and your family multiple benefits in the care of illness, including colds, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, etc..

Thieves Oil is highly ant-infectious and immune stimulating.

Homemade Version and Recipes of Thieves Oil Blend

Due to its highly antibacterial, antiviral and anti-infectious properties Thieves Essential Oil is very popular. There are many homemade recipes or versions of this highly anti-infectious recipe being passed around the internet.

If you make your own homemade anti-infectious recipe, which is the homemade version of Thieves Oil Blend, please use only Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, from a trustworthy source!

This is so important for you and your family’s health and well being. Your skin is like a sponge and what you put on your skin will enter into the bloodstream.

Please note that 98% of the oils on the market are perfume grade and not Therapeutic Grade. They can contain dangerous toxins.

Organic does not mean therapeutic grade. It can be organic and still be diluted…and many are. I personally found that disappointing fact out.

The following Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils are the oils I recommend in the following homemade recipes. They are 100% Therapeutic Grade, pure, and safe for your family… and they work!

Homemade Anti-infectious Recipes

In a dark glass bottle add the following essential oils:

Recipe #1

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

Recipe #2

200 drops of Clove Oil (Syzgium aromaticum)

175 drops of Lemon Oil (Citrus Limon)

100 drops of Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)

75 drops of Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus radiata)

50 drops of Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Recipe #3

1 tbs. Clove Essential Oil

1 tbs. Lemon Essential Oil

2 ½ tsp. Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

2 tsp. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

2 tsp. Rosemary Essential Oil

                                          Recipe #4

2 tsp Clove Oil

1 1/2 tsp Lemon Oil

1 tsp Cinnamon Bark Oil

3/4 tsp Eucalyptus Oil

1/2 tsp Rosemary Oil
*Note: One 15 ml bottle of essential oil contains approximately 285 drops and one 5 ml bottle contains approximately 85 drops.

Store away from and sunlight. Preferably in a cool location. Keep out of reach of children.


Our Family Thieves Oil Recipes

Here are some of the basic Thieves Oil Recipes and dilutions our family uses. You can experiment with these to come up with your own Thieves Oil Recipes.

“Thieves Oil Recipe” All-purpose Spray:

This is an all-purpose spray solution for cleaning and disinfecting around the home. This Thieves Oil Recipe is great for purifying the air and eliminating odors

1 drop of thieves essential oil for each ounce of water.

Add the thieves oil first, then add water. It mixes better that way. Shake vigorously before each use.

Basic Thieves Oil Recipe for Topical Application and Massage:

1 drop of thieves oil to 4 drops carrier oil.

Massage on the feet (vita flex points), lower back, neck and behind the ears.

We use this dilution for everyone. Babies too, though usually just on their feet. Test for sensitivity first.

If this should get too warm just rub carrier oil or V-6 on the spot. The neck is more sensitive than the back, chest and feet.

*Note: This thieves oil recipe is excellent for daily use on the feet, especially during the cold and flu season.

Thieves Oil for Diffusing

Diffusing Thieves Oil will purify the air and eliminate odors.

Different diffusers have different directions so follow yours.

Here is a basic Thieves Oil Recipe for Diffusing

Diffuse 15-20 drops of Thieves Oil for 15 minutes three or four time a day in an essential oil diffuser. This can help defend against infectious germs. This is valuable during cold and flu season or during infectious outbreaks.

If our house or family members have been exposed to any infectious germs we run the diffuser continuously for a few hours. At the very first sign of any symptoms we diffuse continually at 100 percent until symptoms subside.

I like to add a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil along with the Thieves Oil in the diffuser for respiratory infections.

We also run the diffuser in the bedroom of anyone who is sick, while they sleep at night. This gets a continuous flow of the therapeutic oils into the respiratory tract and is very healing.

Thieves Oil Recipes for Household Use

Stuffed Animals– To disinfect and clean, place toy inside pillowcase and tie shut. Fill washer with detergent, use fabric softener if desired. Add 5-10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil, (for small load) to washing machine. Wash on gentle cycle.

Hair spray buildup, gum, gummy adhesive- Dilute 8 drops in 4 ounces of water, spray, let set for a few minutes before wiping.

Cell phones- Spray thieves cleaning solution very lightly on a cloth and gently wipe phone.

Dishwasher– Add 4-5 drops thieves oil to thoroughly clean dishes, eliminate bacteria and odors.

Laundry– Add 5-6 drops per load to freshen and disinfect.

Pet Bedding– Spray down cat boxes, dog houses, and pet cages to clean and disinfect.

Pet Dishes– Add 1-2 drops to soapy water and wash dishes. Rinse well.

Plants– To repel aphids spray plants with a mixture of 2 drops thieves oil to every 4 ounces of water.

Floors– Add 10-15 drops to ½ bucket of cleaning water.

Surface Disinfectant– To clean and sanitize surfaces-add 8-10 drops to 8 oz. of water in spray bottle.

Fragrance– Add a few drops to potpourri or cinnamon sticks to fragrance your home.

Purify the air- Add several drops of oil onto a cotton ball and place in home, office, car, or hotel air vents to eliminate odor..

Freshen laundry– Drop 4–5 drops onto a cloth and place in clothes dryer.

Bed Bugs– Spray mattresses to help dispel bed bugs.

Children’s Toys– Add 4-5 drops to sink water and wash children’s toys to clean and disinfect.

Thieves Oil Recipes for Common Ailments

Influenza (Flu)

Dilute 15 drops with 15 drops of carrier oil. Apply to lower back (where viruses and bacteria tend to hibernate), to the upper back of thighs, and back of neck to help with symptoms.

*Note: When I get the flu and have body aches, I massage Thieves undiluted or “neat” to my lower back, and on the top back of my thighs with “excellent” results. The relief is amazing.

Some members of our family have sensitive skin and it is too “hot” for them to apply it undiluted like I do to my back and thighs. They need to dilute it. So always test first for sensitivity and have vegetable oil nearby to wipe off if necessary.

Theives Oil Recipe for Flu:

6 drops of Thieves Essential Oil

4 drops Oregano Essential Oil

4 drops of Mountain Savory Essential Oil

2 drops of hyssop Essential Oil.

Place in a size “00” capsule and take up to four times a day.

This works!!!
Thieves Oil Antibiotic blend:

10 drops of Thieves Oil

6 drops of oregano

2 drops of frankincense

Place in a “00” capsule and take daily.

Another Excellent Recipe!

Thieves Oil Recipe for Immune support

Dilute 1 drop of thieves oil to 4 drops carrier oil and apply to feet. Apply twice daily, morning and night, for extra support during cold and flu season. (especially before leaving for school, work, or going out in public)
For defense against colds, flu, and other infectious disease apply to the bottom of feet.


Dilute 1 drop of Thieves Oil to 4 drops of carrier oil and apply to lower back, sternum, chest and throat. Rub on the feet sinus and bronchial “vita-flex” points.

Insect bites (mosquito, bee & wasp stings)

Apply to bite or sting to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and counteract toxins.

Thieves Oil Recipe for Sore throat:

Add 2-3 drops of Thieves Oil to 2 tbsp. of water and gargle, or add 1 drop of thieves and 1 drop lemon essential oil in warm water, drink as tea.

You can lick 1 drop off top of your hand and swallow or you can drop 1 drop directly on your tongue, swish around in mouth to mix with saliva, and swallow slowly.

You can lick 1 drop off top of your hand and swallow or you can drop 1 drop directly on your tongue, swish around in mouth to mix with saliva, and swallow slowly.

In a small spray bottle add 1 drop of Thieves Oil to 1 ounce of water. Shake well and spray on back of throat.

Cuts and scrapes

Dilute 1 drop thieves oil to 4 drops of organic vegetable or carrier oil and apply to wound to help prevent infection and speed healing. You can apply Thieves on gauze or band-aide and cover wound or scrape.

Thieves Oil Recipe for Headache

Place a drop of Thieves Oil on your thumb and place on the roof of your mouth. This may require a few repeated applications. Be careful not to lick your lips as this can burn. Use vegetable or carrier oil to wipe off if you do.

Head and lung congestion

Place a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water, cover head with towel and inhale vapors.

Poison Ivy

Mix 2 drops of thieves with 2 drops of vegetable or carrier oil, if there is swelling add 2 drops of lavender.


Apply undiluted to pimple. This works great and dries the pimple out quickly. If skin is too sensitive dilute with vegetable oil.

Thieves Oil Recipes for Health and Wellness

Put a drop of thieves on your toothbrush before brushing to kill cavity producing germs and to sanitize your toothbrush.

Thieves Oil Recipe for Mouthwash: Add 1 drop per ounce of water, shake well before use.

Toothpaste: Add 2 drops to 4 tbsp. of baking soda, place in small container (not plastic) and shake well. Dip toothbrush in mixture and brush.

Freshen Breath: Drop directly on the tongue, or add to a spoonful of honey, Agave, or even on a piece of bread and swallow.

Add 1 drop of Thieves Oil to a bottle of water (not plastic) and drink during the day to boost immune system, break up internal mucous,and help clean digestive tract.

Add 1 drop Thieves to a cup of warm water and drink as a tea, wait 15 minutes before eating, excellent for and cleaning digestive system.

Add 1 drop to orange juice, soy milk, apple juice, etc. to boost immune system, break up phlegm and congestion.

Place 1–3 drops in a size “00” capsule with 4-6 drops of vegetable oil and swallow daily to boost immune system and support longevity.Adds extra support during cold and flu season.

Isn’t Thieves Oil amazing! There are so many ways to use it around your home and so many benefits for your families health and wellness.

I’d love to hear your stories and different the ways you have discovered to use Thieves Oil. If you have something you’d like to share please leave a comment below.

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