I was going to do an introduction to essential oils, but with the cold and flu season upon us, it is time to get some Thieves oil.
Thieves oil is actually a blend of 5 essential oils. Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. These 5 oils together have antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. If that isn’t enough for you, Thieves oil was actually tested by Weber State University in Utah, in 1997 and found to kill 99% of airborne bacteria when diffused in a room!
Some interesting History
legend has it, that a band of thieves used these oils to protect themselves, while robbing the dead and dying during the 15 th century plague. Upon being caught, they were supposedly saved from death by revealing their secret weapon against catching the plague. Whether or not this is true, we do know that this powerful blend can keep colds and flu at bay!
How do I use it?
Thieves oil can be used in a carrier oil and massaged on the bottom of the feet. Since it is such a strong oil it needs to be diluted before applying on the skin. Also, always do a patch test first, since some people may be sensitive to some of the oils. A good ratio is 6-12 drops added to 1 ounce carrier oil. You can use grapeseed, jojoba or even almond oil as a carrier oil. I would always start with the lower amount, especially for kids. This oil is not recommended for children under two.
My preferred method of use is the diffuser. Remember, these oils have been shown to kill airborne bacteria. 2-3 drops is all you need in a room diffuser. There are quite a few different diffusers, electronic mist diffusers, scentball plug in diffusers and the simple candle lamps and ceramic diffusers . So there you have it , so many choices. I have a few ceramic and candle lamps as well as the plug ins. I have not yet tried any of the misters, but there are some good reviews.
It is a good idea to use a diffuser for 15-20 minutes a few times a day, especially during peak season.
Thieves oil can be bought, but I have a great recipe for those of you who like to make your own.
Thieves oil recipe
- 40 drops Clove oil
- 35 drops Lemon
- 20 drops Cinnamon
- 15 drops Eucalyptus
- 10 drops Rosemary
Mix all the oils and store in a dark glass bottle.
That’s not all folks
There are other uses for Thieves oil, It can be added to a spray bottle filled with water and used to spray counters, bathrooms and other surfaces. Add one drop of Thieves oil to every 1 ounce of water. Add a few drops to the laundry to disinfect and freshen. Thieves oil can even be sprayed on mattresses and pet bedding too.
Have you used Thieves oil? Have you used the ultrasonic mister? I would love to hear about your experiences.