One of my favorite oils to use is a blend called Thieves oil. Typically, Young Living blends have more positive and uplifting names, such as – Joy, Harmony, Valor, etc., so a blend called “Thieves” oil seems out of place. Intriguing.
After a bit of research, I came up with the following interesting story: According to popular theory, in 15th century France, a band of thieves were known to rob and pillage the bodies of the ill and dying, yet they never seemed to contract any of their victims’ diseases. They were eventually apprehended, and in order to receive a lighter sentence, they agreed to divulge share the “secret” of their immunity. Yes – you guessed it – essential oils. Before the thieves would go out to do a dishonest day’s work, they would place in their face masks a combination of oils known to kill the germs they would come into contact with. This blend is based upon a 15th century recipe found in the Old English Archives.
Whether the story is true or not, I guess we’ll never know. But one thing is for sure: Thieves blend is a powerful combination of oils that have been proven to kill 99.6% of airborne and surface borne germs. The properties of all these oils combined are known to protect the body from the onset of flu and colds.
A few weeks ago, my baby and I caught a doozy of a cold and I immediately began diffusing Thieves oil in my home diffuser for ½ hour at a time, a few times a day. Nobody else in our home came down with the cold (despite my baby’s habit of sticking into his mouth everything within his little arm’s length, and then handing it to the person closest to him).
Thieves oil contains the following oils:
1. Clove – Clove is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiparasitic, a strong antiseptic, antiviral, and an immune stimulant.
2. Lemon – Lemon promotes health, healing, physical energy, and purification. It is an antiseptic and is great for the respiratory system.
3. Cinnamon Bark – Cinnamon is a powerful purifier and oxygenator, and it has been shown to enhance the action and activity of other oils. It is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti –inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, and an immune stimulant.
4. Eucalyptus Radiata – There are many types of Eucalyptus oil (that’s why it’s always helpful to be familiar with the Latin names of the oils- so you can be sure you are getting the right oil you need), but this one has a strong antiviral effect on the respiratory system, as well as having antibacterial, anticatarrhal, and antiseptic properties.
5. Rosemary Cineol – Rosemary is antiseptic and anti-infectious.
I use this oil whenever someone in the house is sick. I diffuse it, and rub it on the big toes of each child. Thieves is most effective when diluted with a carrier oil. A carrier oil is an oil that is used to “carry” the oil onto or into the skin. It dilutes the essential oil (EO), making the EO more effective because it can be spread over a larger area.
There are a variety of carrier oils you can use that might already be hanging out in your pantry, such as olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil. On mornings when I remember, I rub some Thieves on my kids’ toes before they go off to school, just to help their little bodies deal with any germs they may come into contact with. While, I’m not a proponent of using essential oils internally on a long term basis (due to its extreme concentrated potency), diluting Thieves oil in a capsule with some extra virgin olive oil can be very effective in combating an infection in the body as an alternative to antibiotics.