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on May 28, 2015

Health & Wellness

So I’m super excited to have Thieves oil in my collection now and decided to make this weekend’s theme all about this amazing blend because there is just so much you can do with it!

You may be wondering why it is called Thieves oil and the story is actually quite interesting! The Legend of the 4 Thieves says that during the Bubonic Plague in the 15th century 4 thieves ran around Europe robbing plague victims of their valuables but somehow never contracted the virus. When finally caught the courts wanted to know how they never got sick and the thieves credited an herbal blend they had concocted as keeping them healthy. The legend has spread through word of mouth over the centuries and as a result there is some debate to what the actual ingredients were that the thieves used in their concoction – some sources credit the thieves to creating a vinegar with garlic and herbs, including rosemary, sage, rue, and camphor. A pioneering American herbalist, Dr. John Christopher created his own, garlic heavy, formula and brought the story and his recipe to the American public in 1977 raving about the antiviral properties of his formula.  Later, a French aromatherapy doctor, Jean Valnet, inspired by the 4 Thieves Legend created an essential oil blend that he shared in his book The Practice of Aromatherapy in 1982. Gary Young, founder of Young Living studied under both Dr. Christopher and Dr. Valnet and created his own proprietary blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary – all known for their immune enhancing properties – published in his book Aromatherapy: The Essential Beginning in 1996.

Learn more about the history of The 4 Thieves Legend here: http://www.secretofthieves.com/four-thieves-vinegar.cfm

Now as with any blend of essential oils, you could make your own.  For me this wasn’t a good option financially because I would spend way more purchasing the ingredients than I would just buying the actual oil.  Not to mention there is a lot of trial and error when trying to emulate a proprietary blend. Why reinvent the wheel???

So, why am I so excited about Thieves oil? There are so many things you can do with it!!! Because of its ability to prohibit bacteria and fungal growth as well as its immune enhancing properties of Thieves oil it is well suited as an addition to household cleaners, soaps, hand sanitizers, toothpaste, mouthwash, lozenges, etc. Follow my blog this weekend and I will share some of my tried and true Thieves oil recipes with you! But first, lets talk a bit about Thieves Oil Safety.

Thieves Oil Safety

When learning about any new oil the first step is learning how to use the oil safely.  Despite the variety of uses Thieves oil is good for, it is no exception.  What you must first understand is what a “hot” oil is. Hot oils are oils that when applied directly to the skin can cause a warm or burning sensation.  Examples of hot oils are cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II (YL blend), and Thieves.  As with any new oil that you apply topically, you should always do a skin patch-test.  A patch-test is usually done on the inside, upper portion of your arm.  Begin by combining 1 drop of your essential oil with ½ tsp of a carrier oil of your choice, rub onto the skin and wait 1 hour.  If no itching or redness occurs you are most likely not sensitive to that oil.  Thieves oil should never be used undiluted on the skin.

In addition to being a skin irritant, Thieves oil contains cinnamon bark, clove, rosemary, and eucalyptus oil which can be a lung irritant for some people.  Cinnamon bark and clove can both be upper respiratory mucous membrane irritants which can cause swelling or irritation in some people.  In addition, rosemary and eucalyptus both contain 1,8-cineole which is a natural, organic compound found in many plant oils that stimulates cold-receptors in the lungs (like menthol) and can slow respiration in young children.  Some herbalists and aromatherapists recommend avoiding using Thieves oil at all with children under 10 years old others say they use the oil safely with members of their family of all ages (I personally have used my cleaner with Thieves oil in it and have even diffused it around my 4 month old with no problems).  Do your research to make an informed choice for your family and before using any essential oil with young children. At the very least, Thieves oil should be used with caution around children and only when over-diluted compared to adult dilution ratios.

When used safely, Thieves oil can be used as a disinfectant, to clean around the house, to purify the air, to help with coughs and cold symptoms, to alleviate minor aches and pains, even as an ingredient in DIY bug spray and to help prevent fleas on household pets!

Here is a link to age-appropriate Thieves oil alternatives for anti-germ and anti-congestion recipes from other bloggers: http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2014/01/28/age-appropriate-anti-germ-and-anti-congestion-recipes-and-suggestions-for-babies-and-children/ and http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/medicine-woman-jr/

Do you have a favorite use for Thieves oil? If so, share it in the comments below!


Want to give Thieves oil a try for yourself?  Send me a message to ask how I can save you 24% of retail!!!

Before I joined Young Living as a wholesale member I scouted out the oils they offered and had a wish list of a few oils that I wanted to try.  One that I had heard so much about was Thieves oil and naturally wanted to give it a try. My wish list grew and grew and eventually I realized that I might as well look at how the starter kit compared.  I was excited to learn that Thieves oil was one of the essential oil blends that came with the Premium Starter Kit.  If there are several oils you may be interested in, send me a message and we can discuss what the best financial option is for you.

Also check out the Thieves Premium Starter Kit and these other great Thieves inspired products:

Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Laundry Soap

Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier

Thieves Spray

Thieves AromaBright and Thieves Dentarome Ultra Toothpaste

Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash

Thieves Dental Floss

Thieves Hard Lozenges

and last but not least Thieves mints!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned here are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information here is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authorities of your choice for treatment.

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