A few years ago, Thieves Oil was on my daughter-in-law’s Christmas wish list. I discovered that retail versions are astronomically expensive but, as I suspected, it is easy to create the blend at home. The hardest part was deciding which essential oil formula to use, and then converting hundreds of drops to teaspoons.

My formula requires five bottles of essential oils. The total amount will fit in a 50 ml bottle.

Thieves Oil Kit

The Christmas gift ended up being a lovely do-it-yourself kit. Along with 15 ml bottles of clove oil, lemon oil, cinnamon bark oil, eucalyptus oil and rosemary oil, I included a 50 ml amber glass bottle to hold the blend, two 4-ounce glass spray bottles, several aromatherapy inhalers and some gold foil labels.

My supplier for essential oils and containers is a local company in Langley called Voyageur Soap and Candles, which also has an online store. It is extremely important to buy high quality therapeutic oils. DO NOT buy fragrance oils.

Thieves Oil Formula

In a 50 ml (or larger) amber glass essential oil bottle, mix the following:

  • 3 tsp Clove Essential Oil (15 ml)
  • 3 tsp Lemon Essential Oil (15 ml)
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (10 ml)
  • 1 tsp Eucalyptus Essential Oil (5 ml)
  • 1 tsp Rosemary Essential Oil (5 ml)

Pop in the drop-dispensing cap. Tightly close the bottle with the black lid. Store away from heat and sunlight.

Eucalyptus and rosemary contribute what some folks think of as a medicinal scent. If necessary, reduce the amount of these two oils slightly.

Use only high quality therapeutic oils.

Thieves Oil for Diffusing

Not only will this help clean the air, but breathing in the diffused oils will help to support healthy lung, sinus and respiratory functions. Diffuse fifteen to twenty drops of Thieves Oil in an essential oil diffuser for half an hour several times a day. Add a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil in the diffuser along with Thieves Oil for extra support of healthy lung and sinus functions during the winter. Anyone with existing respiratory problems should be cautious about diffusing essential oils and monitor their reaction to it.

Thieves Oil All-Purpose Spray

This formula is good for cleaning the air and eliminating odors. In a spray bottle, add two drops Thieves Oil for every ounce of water. Shake well before every use. Spray it in rooms, closets, showers, shoes or any other place you want to freshen up. Use it to deodorize surfaces, including pillows and mattresses.

Thieves Oil Topical Application

Put a tiny amount of organic coconut oil in the palm of your hand and let it melt, or use 4 drops of any type of massage oil. Add one drop of the Thieves Oil blend. Massage Thieves Oil in this ratio this into your feet, lower back, neck and behind the ears. Be sure to do a small test application first to make sure you don’t have a skin reaction. Daily use on the feet is excellent for healthy immune support or when your immune system is stressed.

Thieves Oil for Household Use

  • Dishwasher. Occasionally add four to five drops to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate build up and odors.
  • Laundry. Add five to six drops per load to clean and deodorize.
  • Floors. Add ten to fifteen drops to half a bucket of cleaning water.

Essential Oil Descriptions

Clove Essential Oil (Eugenia caryophyllata) has a high antioxidant score. It’s primary compound is eugenol at 85%. Clove and rosemary essential oils have powerful bactericidal and fungicidal processes. Dilute with oil to use topically. Do not take internally.

Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) consists of 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant with cleansing and purifying properties.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (Cinnamomum verum) has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It promotes a healthy immune response. When difused, it deodorizes and detoxifies the air.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Eucalyptus radiata) supports the respiratory system. Topically, diluted with coconut or massage oil, it helps soothes muscle discomfort.

Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) supports overall well-being and cognitive function, especially memory. Rosemary contains the naturally occurring constituents eucalyptol and alpha-pinene.

These very brief descriptions only scratch the surface of the benefits of using each essential oil. A lifetime of study still might not reveal all the benefits of these and other “essences” of plants. Enjoy and be blessed.