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Despite its gruesome origin, thieves essential oil is one of the most popular essential oil blends due to its reputation as a germ-fighter. This thieves essential oil recipe is based on the ancient recipe used hundreds of years ago and includes oils with antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties to make an immune-boosting blend you can use anywhere.
The History of Thieves Oil
According to popular legend, thieves oil was a blend of oils that thieves would use to protect themselves from catching the plague during the Bubonic plague. Originally, the oil called for steeping the herbs in vinegar, but today, a carrier oil and distilled herbal oils are used to make the potent oil blend.
According to Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy: The First Book on Aromatherapy published in 1937, the original thieves oil blend included:
Today, the blend most people call “thieves oil” is not the same as the original. Instead, it is a blend of essential oils known to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. In a modern blend of thieves oil you will find:
Other oils that have antibiotic and antiviral properties include:
My favorite thieves blend mixes all of the best smelling antibacterial oils so that you can both apply it directly to the skin (but only when diluted properly according to this chart, thieves oil is intense and can burn) or diffuse it into the air.
Thieves Essential Oil Recipe
Mix all oils together and store in an airtight, dark screw-cap bottle or roll-on bottle. If you use a roll-on bottle, make sure to dilute the thieves oil to .5 or 1 percent concentration using this dilution chart and use a carrier oil.
This will make about a 15 ml bottle’s worth of thieves oil.
- 40 drops clove oil
- 30 drops lemon oil
- 20 drops orange oil
- 20 drops cinnamon oil
- 10 drops eucalyptus oil
- 10 drops ginger oil
- 10 drops Mandarin oil
If you don’t want to blend your own mixture, Rocky Mountain Oils has an immunity blend called “Immune Strength” that includes all of the ingredients found in thieves oil, plus a few extra germ-fighting oils.
Come cold and flu season, you’ll find me using my thieves essential oil recipe everywhere. I’ve added it to soaps, used it to clean the bathroom, diffused it into the air, and even applied it directly to the skin (properly diluted) when one of my kiddos gets sick.
We cannot get enough of this amazing oil!