There is a wonderful story behind Thieves oil.
During the plague a band of thieves were stealing from the ill, dying and dead. When caught and questioned as to why they never got ill despite being in very close proximity to those with the disease they revealed that they were spice merchants and had developed a special blend of herbs and spices which helped to protect them from the plague when rubbed on their throats, ears, noses and hands.
Thieves oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-fungal and can be used as a hand sanitizer, rubbed on the chest and neck and used as an air purifier to protect from cold, coughs and flu.
Thieves oil is named as such because it is rumored that the original blend was given to the King of England after a band of thieves who had been stealing from the ill, dying and dead during the plague, were caught. Demanding to know how they stayed well even after being intimately close with those who were infected, the thieves explained that they had been spice merchants and traders pre-plague and had developed this blend of herbs and spices, and rubbed it on their throats, ears, noses and hands before going out on their raids.
You can buy Thieves Oil online, but I prefer to make my own – much more economical and I never have to re-order because one “batch” lasts a long, long time!
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Clove Essential Oil
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Lemon Essential Oil
2-1/2 teaspoons (12.5 ml) Cinnamon (Cassia) Bark Essential Oil
2 (10 ml) teaspoons Eucalyptus Essential Oil
2 (10 ml) teaspoons Rosemary Essential Oil
A carrier oil of your choice*
Dark-colored bottles with droppers (I have the 1-ounce size, some with regular screw tops and a few dropper tops)
*The carrier oil I tend to prefer is Sweet Almond Oil because it’s easily available, is safe for newborns on up and I always have it on hand for use as a massage oil, carrier oil or just after-bath oil for those sensitive-skinned ones living among us. It also sinks into the skin easily without being greasy, and can be used at 100% dilution. Other carrier oils you can use at 100% dilution include grapeseed and apricot kernel or if you want to blend carrier oils, try 10% avocado or jojoba, mixed in, among others.
In a glass measuring cup, measure out all of the essential oils.
It ends up making around an eighth of a cup of essential oil blend.
But remember, these are essential oils we are talking about. They are POTENT and are almost never, ever used without being diluted into either a carrier oil or in water. An eighth of a cup of undiluted essential oil blend is A LOT. It has lasted me over a year and I’ve given a few (diluted) bottles away. Just saying.
How to use Thieves Oil
I use Thieves Oil, if not daily, then at least several times a week. I keep two bottles handy at all times : one undiluted (or, “neat”) and another diluted with my favorite carrier oil (I tend to favor almond or jojoba oil) for use topically. Please make sure that your undiluted and your diluted bottles are CAREFULLY and CLEARLY marked as such!
To dilute your Thieves Oil for use topically, simply blend :
12-30 drops of essential oil blend with 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil, or up to 5 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil,
You can use your DILUTED Thieves Oil, topically :
As a hand sanitizer
Massaged onto the bottom of the feet to ward away cold and flu
Massaged onto the small of your back and the back of your neck to minimize aches and pains during cold and flu season
Rubbed into the chest, neck and ears to ward away the cold and flu and help open up the sinuses
Dab a drop on your temples to help ward away a headache
Dab a drop on an insect bite to make it stop itching
You can use your UNDILUTED Thieves Oil by adding :
1-9 drops in a bowl of just-boiled water or a humidifer for room purification
1 drop per ounce of water for use as an all-purpose disinfecting spray (you can also use this as a room or fabric/mattress spray at this ratio)
a few drops mixed in to your steam vacuum or steam mop water,
a few drops mixed with baking soda to use as a disinfectant scrub (sinks, bathtubs, etc.),
a maximum of 8 drops in a bath or shower (less for children, more for adults)
8 drops to a diffuser to clean the air (I do this all the time during cold and flu season)
5-10 drops in your washing machine to disinfect toys, sheets, etc.
add a drop or two to a soft cloth to clean and disinfect items like cell phones or computers
Make sure to err on the low side of dilution for children or pregnant women**, and on the higher side for adults.
Make sure that you clearly label your essential oil blends and keep them away from children. Yes, they are safe to use, sparingly on children***, but they should be administered by the hands of a knowledgeable adult.
I’ve seen stories online from people who use Thieves Oil for all manner of things from a foot bath when dealing with athletes foot (due to it’s anti-fungal properties), mixed with vinegar as a mouthwash (do NOT ingest) and even for clearing up mold in the home. I haven’t tried any of these options, I don’t necessarily support or recommend them, but they are out there if you are interested.
Blends Well With
|Anise Star||Bring sacred energies of protection and beneficence. Used to scent a Temple or Sacred Space is will drive away negative energies and invoke the Gods.||Rose, lavender, Orange, and spicy essentials.|
|Basil Sweet||Stimulates the conscious mind, reduces fatigue and is used to clear your mind allowing the correct path to reveal itself. Basil is also used in spell crafting and Rituals involving money and joy.||Bergamot, geranium, hyssop, neroli, marjoram, Melissa, lavender.|
|Bergamot||Increases physical and magickal energy and increases the flow of money into your life. It can also help to ensure that you spend wisely and take advantage of offers to earn more.||Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium Egyptian, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, and Petitgrain.|
|Birch Sweet||Is used in Rituals involving birth, healing, Lunar Workings and invocation of the Great Mother.||None|
|Camphor||Cleanse and purify your home or Temple of all negative energies. Used in evening meditation to produce dreams of prophecy and divination.||Frankincense and Neroli|
|Carnation||Helps to increase your physical and magickal energy and is also used in magick involving health and love.||This is the only oil that I have that isn’t a true essential oil. It smells wonderful though, just like carnations.|
|Cedarwood||Promotes spirituality and deepens your connection with Deity. Cedarwood is also used in spell working and Ritual involving self-control.||Rosewood, bergamot, boronia, cypress, calamus, cassie, costus, jasmine, juniper, neroli, mimosa, labdanum, olibanum, clary sage, vetiver, rosemary, ylang ylang, and other oriental and flower bases.|
|Cinnamon Leaf||Promotes access to the psychic realm, use with visualization to strengthen the physical body, used in spells to promote wealth.||Balsam peru, caraway, chamomile, frankincense, ginger, nutmeg, rosemary, geranium, black pepper, and all the spices, Coriander, frankincense, and citrus oils.|
|Citronella||Will clear your mind of unwanted negative energies and will energize your thoughts. Anoint your altar candles with a drop of citronella, to purify and protect your Sacred Space.||Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Cajeput, Vanilla, and Bergamot.|
|Clary Sage||Induces euphoria when inhaled for a few moments. Encourages vivid dreams||Juniper, lavender, cilantro, pine, carsomon, geranium, sandlewood, jasmine, frankincense, and citrus oils.|
|Clove Leaf||Promotes healing and heightens courage. Strengthens the conscious mind and helps with retrieving long lost memories.||Rose, lavender, vanillin, clary sage, bergamont, bay leaf, lavandin, allspice, ylang ylang, and cananga.|
|Cypress||Excellent for smoothing transitions of all kinds, particularly the loss of loved ones, friends or the ending of a relationship. The scent of cypress can bestow comfort and solace.||Benzoin, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, lemon, eucalyptus.|
|Dragon’s Blood||Purification, Ritual magick, love, protection and exorcism.||Patchouli, lavender, rosemary and tea tree.|
|Eucalyptus||Used to heal (purify) a room or house of negative psychic energy, especially when people have been engaged in verbal, emotional or physical combat.||Thyme, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, pine, cedarwood, and lemon.|
|Frankincense||Produces a heightened awareness of the spiritual realms and will deepen any religious experience. Reduces stress by pointing out that our lives are bound up with more than one reality. Promotes higher consciousness and is ideal to use before meditation.||Sandalwood, pine, vetiver, geranium, lavender, mimosa, orange, bergamot, camphor, basil, pepper, cinnamon and other spices. It modifies the sweetness of the citrus blends in an intriguing way.|
|Ginger||Ginger is used in all Rituals involving love and sex. Ginger also promotes courage, confidence, aggression (remember “Harm None”) and success on all levels. Also used to bring money into your life.||Blends well with sandalwood, vetivert, patchouli, frankincense, rosewood, cedarwood, coriander, rose, lime, grapefruit, geranium, spearmint, lavender, orange and other spice or citrus oils.|
|Grapefruit Pink||Used in Rituals involving protection and healing. Helps to strengthen your Spirit.||Lemon, bergamot, orange blossom, rosemary, cypress, lavender, geranium, cardomon and other spice oils.|
|Lavender||Aids in all Rituals and spell crafting involving health, love and peace. Lavender can dispel depression, and helps to control our emotions. Sprinkled on your pillow it encourages sleep.||Most oils, especially citrus and florals; chamomile, clary sage, geranium, pine, rosemary and patchouli, clove, cedarwood, pine, geranium, labdanum, oakmoss, and vetiver.|
|Lemon||Enhances physical energy and is used to purify your Sacred Space or home. Lemon Essential Oils is also used in healing or health related Rituals and spell crafting.||Benzoin, chamomile, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, juniper, neroli, and ylang ylang.|
|Lemongrass||Lemongrass will stimulate psychic awareness and is also used for personal purification rituals.||Basil, jasmine, lavender, geranium, fennel, orange, labdanum, oakmoss, benzoin, chamomile, lavandin, eucalyptus, elemi, sandalwood, ylang ylang, sage, and other citrus oils|
|Lime||Purification and physical energy.||Bergamot, Lavender, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Lemongrass and Pine|
|Myrrh||Awakens awareness of the spiritual reality behind our everyday existence. Calms fears and halts questions concerning the future. Aids in meditation and healing of the physical body.||Frankincense, sandalwood, benzoin, oak moss, cypress, juniper, mandarin, geranium, patchouli, thyme, mints, lavender, pine and spices.|
|Niaouli||Useful in overcoming “psychic attack” and negative energy intended to cause harm. The scent is invigorating and protective and can stimulate our bodies to heal themselves.||Lavender, pine, and mint oils|
|Nutmeg||Physical energy, magickal energy, psychic awareness and all spell crafting involving money.||Oak Moss, Lavandin, Bay Leaf, Peru Balsam, Orange, Geranium, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Lime, Petitgrain, Mandarin, Coriander, and other spice oils.|
|Neroli||Purification, joy and sex.||All other oils especially lavender, jasmine, lemon, clary sage, myrrh, and vanilla, spicy oils such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.|
|Orange Sweet||Sweet Orange is ideal for self-purification and for transforming depression into peace or joy. It will increase bioelectrical energy for magickal workings||Blends well with Grapefruit, Ginger, Tangerine Clary Sage, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cassia, Clove, and Lavender essential oils.|
|Patchouli||Can arouse sexual desire and increase physical energy. Patchouli is also used to manifest money.||Basil, geranium, juniper, lavender, neroli, pine, labdanum, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, oakmoss, rose, orange blossom, bergamot, cassia, myrrh, opopanax, clary sage and oriental-type bases.|
|Peppermint||Will rouse the conscious mind and will halt negative thoughts. It can also be used for self-purification and visualization. Use peppermint in all spell and ritual work involving Hecate and to invoke Cernunnos the God, add a drop or two to incense and oil mixtures.||Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Spearmint, benzoin, black pepper, melissa, marjoram, and spice oils. Use in small quantities (1%).|
|Pine||A very versatile essential oil, which is used for healing, purification, protection, physical energy, magickal energy and to manifest money.||Eucalyptus, lavender, other spice oils and other coniferous oils.|
|Rose Geranium||Promotes happiness and protects us from viral attacks by calming the body and psyche and refreshing it at the same time. Protects from psychic attacks and is used in magick to heal the soul.||Lavender, patchouli, clove, rose, orange, sandalwood, jasmine, juniper, bergamot and other citrus oils|
|Rosemary||Used in Rituals and spell crafting to promote love, long life, and happiness. Sniff the Essential Oil to clear your conscious mind and improve your memory. Rosemary was traditionally burned in Greek temples as an offering to the goddesses and gods.||Olibanum, lavender, lavandin, citronella, oregano, thyme, pine, basil, peppermint, labdanum, elemi, cedarwood, petitegrain, cinnamon, cedarwood, frankincense, lemon, Spearmint, Geranium, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus essential oils.|
|Sage White Dalmatian||Used to improve memory and to tone the conscious mind. With visualization it can also be used to promote wisdom. Used in folk magick to bring money. Do NOT put on skin.||Lemongrass, bergamot, hyssop, lemon, lavender, melissa, peppermint, rosemary, lavandin, rosewood and hyssop.|
|Tea Tree||Helps to fight depression and is a powerful anti bacterial oil.||Lavender, peppermint, wintergreen, rosemary, citrus oils, spice oils, dragons blood, and patchouli.|
|Vanilla||The fragrance of vanilla revitalizes the body, producing bioelectrical energy, which can be channelled into physical exertion or magickal rituals. It can also be inhaled to manifest a loving sexual relationship.||Sandalwood, vetiver, opopanax, benzoin, balsams and spice oils.|
|Vetivert||– Used in folk magick extensively for both protection and money. To guard yourself inhale the fragrance while visualizing it sealing your body from negative energies. To protect your home simmer a few drops in a diffuser.||All oils including sandalwood, rose, violet, jasmine, patchouli, oak moss, lavender, clary sage, mimosa, cassia and ylang ylang.|
|Ylang Ylang||Aids in all Rituals and spell crafting involving peace, sex and love. The fragrance and energies are soothing and will calm anger and negative emotional states. With proper visualization is can be a powerful aphrodisiac.||Rosewood, jasmine, vetiver, opopanax, bergamot, mimosa, cassie and rose.|
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