Homemade Anti-bacterial Copycat THIEVES® Essential Oil Blend

Need a Solution for staying well and boosting immunity? This DIY Antibacterial / Antifungal Essential Oils Blend (like Thieves®) is easy to make and cheaper than buying the pre made blend. - Great to use for cleaning your home too. Make this Antibacterial Essential Oil Blend at home and heal yourself and clean your home--naturally!

If you’ve heard of essential oils, likely you’ve also heard of THIEVES®.

With all the concerns about germs and antibiotic resistant bugs these days, this essential oils blend is quite the rage.

See, the “bugs” mutate and become resistant to standard medications, but from what I’ve read they don’t do the same for natural remedies, like essential oils.

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That’s good news for us “crunchy folk.”

When I first was talking with someone about using essential oils (I thought the whole topic was a bunch of hocus pocus, by the way), the woman whom I was talking with kept saying something that sounded like “Feeves.”

We had a not so great phone connection, I guess.

I finally had to ask.

Me: What do you keep saying–“Feeves?”

Other woman: “Thieves,” she said. “T-H-I-E-V-E-S.”

Me:  Oh.  Uh–what’s that?

I was then told a story about essential oils. That apparently, back during the time of the Black Plague, thieves would go to places where the dead bodies were and they would steal goods off of the corpses. But to protect themselves from the super-contagious plague grossness, they would put a blend of oils or spices on themselves.

Supposedly the THIEVES® blend by Young Living oils was made to mimic the germ-killing blend.

Now, I don’t know if this is all true or not.

There are plenty of folks who claim it’s true–and many who claim it isn’t.

I suspect that there is some truth to it.

Regardless, we’ve used THIEVES®, and have used other similar blends, and we have been pleased with the results of most of them. Honestly, I like this DIY blend better than one of the big name blends that I tried.

But I’m always trying to figure out how to making thing cheaper. I’m kinda the DIY-it-if-you-can Queen. Hubby says I have this characteristic “Happy Grin” when I figure out a way to save our family money with a DIY version of anything. I think it started when I first made Dairy-Free Milk Substitutes when we were first married. (You can check out Easiest Coconut Milk and Easiest Almond Milk for those recipes if you like :).)

So–enter my version of this blend….My Homemade Antibacterial Oil Blend.

Simple to make. Just as effective. Cheaper than buying a blend already blended. (You’re basically getting paid for doing the mixin’ yourself. In these troubling financial times, I’ll take the savings anyway I can [within reason, of course!].)

Need a Solution for staying well and boosting immunity? This DIY Antibacterial / Antifungal Essential Oils Blend (like Thieves®) is easy to make and cheaper than buying the pre made blend. - Great to use for cleaning your home too. Make this Antibacterial Essential Oil Blend at home and heal yourself and clean your home--naturally!

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How to Use an Antibacterial Essential Oil Blend

Following are ideas that I have read about or personally used.  Of course, with the medical uses, I am not a medical practitioner, nor do I pretend to be one.  But these are uses I have heard about or ways that I have personal experience with myself.

Again, some of the oils in this blend are “hot” and can burn.  Please dilute with a carrier oil before applying directly to skin.

1.  For sickness – diffuse in the air or use topically, remembering to dilute with a carrier oil if using topically.

2.  House cleaning

3.  As a mouthwash

4.  Dental issues – I have occasionally swished with 1-2 tsp of coconut oil with about 4 drops of antibacterial oils added to address dental concerns.

5.  Wound Healing

I hope to share some recipes in the not-too-distant future, so make sure you are subscribed to my email feed. You wouldn’t want to miss that, now would you :)?

Where to Buy the Stuff You Need

Wondering where to buy essential oils? They are sold all over the place. I personally left the 2 big Direct Sales companies and went with Native American Nutritionals after a lot of investigating. A lot. As in–Going to lose my mind if I have to call another company lot.

You can check out Native American here. Their oils are top notch and they are very helpful people.

If you don’t feel like making your own blend, their antibacterial blend is called Spice Traders (now called Immune Strength). I like it quite a bit and a local friend of mine has used it successfully to fight off numerous sinus infections.

You can read my series, “Which Essential Oils Company is Best?” here. It’s really fascinating–and things get pretty dicey in the comments so get a cuppa (I recommend my Rich and Nutritious Won’t-Mess-with-Your-Adrenals Coffee Substitute with a splash of coconut milk and stevia (and a little cocoa if you’re feeling adventurous) and sit down to read them. I guarantee you’ll learn a lot.

2.  For the bottles, you can use an old essential oil bottle like I did, or you can head over to Mountain Rose Herbs and get an amber dropper bottle there.  Just search under “bottles” :).

Now for the necessary disclaimer: The information in this post is for entertainment purposed only. Please consult a medical practitioner before using any alternative medical practices, supplements, and anything else you might change to improve your health. Gotta get that in, folks :).

Interested in making More Essential Oils Blends?  The Essential Oils Deck has a bunch of recipe blends for health and beauty to get you on your way.

Essential Oils Blend Recipes

Have you used an antibacterial essential oils blend before?


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  1. Autumn Schafer says:

    I’ve tried thieves and whatever Doterra’s version is called. My 2.5 year old was diagnosed with Reactive Airway Disease (basically baby asthma). When I diffused some thieves in her room she got sick! I think the clove was overpowering. So I’m wondering, would it still work if I omitted clove from the DIY mix?

    Also do you recommend rubbing this onto feet nightly during flu and cold season? My oldest lives it!

    • Oh goodness. That’s terrible. Well, the other oils all have antibacterial properties so you could just try that. Or reduce the cloves.

      I haven’t done that but I have heard of others who do. I personally don’t think it could hurt but I can’t give out medical advice ;).

    • You are warned repeatedly on every package box and vial of oil not to use essential oils on or around very young children. Follow those warnings.

    • NEVER diffuse oils in a baby’s room. You can diffuse them in the living area while they’re sleeping and when they get up the dilution of molecules will be safe enough for them. Only diffuse for a max time of 15 mins every couple of hours.

    • justme83 says:

      You shouldnt be using essential oils on a child that young and eucalyptus is a keep away from kids.

  2. Your recipe calls for eucalyptus radiata oil, but your caution mentions eucalyptus globulus. So eucalyptus radiata is not poisonous? When would a person ever use eucalyptus globulus? Is it a totally different plant species? I so appreciate these posts, and, well, everything you post. Thank you for freely sharing your knowledge!

    • Yes, radiata is NOT poisonous. Folks tend not to know there is a difference so just don’t consume globulus :).

      You are very kind – much appreciated.

  3. This post is very misleading. The true Thieves® blend contains five oils. I think it is dangerous the way you have left it very vague to “add in 20–40 drops of any other oils” to the blend. Once you do that, you have a very unknown combination of oils. Their new blend has now become very different then Thieves®. Then you go on to say they can use it as if it is just like the Thieves®.blend. Isn’t Young Living the creator of Thieves®.blend? You make it sound like there are other companies using that name as well.
    It seems like there’s a fine line between helping people get the best deal to make it themselves, vs. borrowing a company’s name and misrepresenting them. They will have a blend of oils they’ve made at home, but will it have the same properties, constituents, and purity as the Thieves®.blend…most certainly not. You could’ve not even concerned yourself with Thieves®.blend at all, and call your new antibiotic blend “Adrienne’s Blend”…then we would not feel mislead.

    • Hi Kathy.

      I don’t think it’s misleading at all. I have a post on my blog called Almond Joy® Bars and they have different ingredients but are similar to their namesake. There are loads of bloggers with “Homemade Mounds® Bars” on their blog.

      There are many bloggers who have DIY Thieves® recipes, and even Mountain Rose Herbs has one. It is an anti-bacterial blend and that is the point of the post, with Thieves® being a pretty recognizable name.

      So I don’t think it’s a problem. This gets the job done and saves my readers money.

      Can you explain why you think it is dangerous? The Thieves blend is nothing more than a combo of antibacterial oils. There is a lot on the internet stating that this is a myth anyway. I even contacted YL about an apparent problem in the citation they have in their marketing materials about their blend but they never responded to me. It appears they state that their blend has been proven to kill but the study appeared to only be talking about eucalyptus. That is misleading. This is the study that they cite: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10657767

      I don’t mean to be testy about this but I see you are a YL distributor so I think that is the main issue going on here–am I not correct? I don’t understand why folks get so up in arms about this stuff but honestly the culture of YL and DT has left a bad taste in my mouth. If you read the comments on my EO series you will see what I mean. http://wholenewmom.com/what-to-buy/which-essential-oils-company-is-best-part-6-distillation-bias-vomit/

      Moreover, I think if I just called it Adrienne’s Blend it would be totally confusing.

      Let me know what you think :).

      • I think what Kathy is saying, if you understood chemistry and electromagnetic frequencies, then certain blends have frequencies that work synergistically with our own frequencies. In short, energy absorbed/released to and from our bodies will be different so making claims about it being comparable to an oil that is known to help people, is most definitely misleading.

        Thank you Kathy for pointing that out!

        • Hi Mae. I hear what you are saying but I think the frequency thing could apply to all oils and even different Latin names. I am seeing a practitioner who deals w frequencies so I know the concept but I am not sure about it being as valid as some think. I don’t think this is misleading at all personally but I appreciate your thoughts for sure :).

  4. I’m confused. The true Thieves® blend contains five oils. I think it is dangerous the way you have left it very vague to “add in 20–40 drops of any other oils” to the blend. Their “new” blend has now become very different from the hitting the mark…Thieves®. Can they really use it as if it was like the real Thieves® blend? Personally, I would not want to take a chance trying to replace Young Living’s Thieves® blend. I use it when I need a boost when I am sick…why risk it at a time like that?
    It seems like there’s a fine line between helping people get the best deal with DIY idea, vs. borrowing a company’s name and misrepresenting that their recipe is duplicatable. They will have a blend of oils they’ve made at home, but will it have the same properties, constituents, and purity as the Thieves®.blend?…Most certainly not! If you are not too “sold” on the story of the Thieves, I am not sure why you included it. Maybe a better name for your recipe would be “Adrienne’s Blend”…then we wouldn’t be confused when the final DIY recipe failed to live up to the Thieves® blend from Young Living.

    • Hi again, Kathy. I answered your first comment already–this appears to say the same thing. I still don’t understand why you think it is dangerous to add an optional 20-40 drops of other antibacterial oils that are approved for internal use. May I ask if you have contacted doTERRA to tell them that their antibacterial blend is dangerous b/c it has different oils in it than the Thieves blend? If I had recommended Eucalyptus Globulus, I could understand, but I didn’t. Could you clarify please?

      I don’t think I crossed a line at all. I have a copycat Ener-G® Egg Replacer recipe on my blog as well as one for Almond Joy® Bars. I have taken great care to represent that these are copycats and I am not trying to sell a product with that name, which would be a violation of trademarking.

      I don’t think that my blend will “most certainly not” have the same antibacterial qualities as the Thieves® blend. As I pointed out in my other response to you, it appears to me that YL is the one who is misleading about studies done on their product–not me. All of these oils are powerful antibacterial agents and can be used, in my opinion, with caution internally.

      Also, regarding your comment about the Thieves story–just b/c I think that the story might not be totally factually accurate doesn’t mean that the blend doesn’t work. I could make up a health remedy for healing people of cancer and tell a story about how it was used 100’s of years ago and that I got the remedy from an ancient healer. I might be lying about the story, but that doesn’t mean that the remedy for sure won’t work. Efficacy and sourcing are 2 different issues.

      Again, I think that calling this “Adrienne’s Blend” would be totally confusing but I am flattered that you think my name is worthy of using for the name of a product :).

      Maybe try the blend and see for yourself – you might be pleasantly surprised :).

      Thanks and hope to hear from you again.

      • Hiya Adrienne, I am by no stretch of the imagination truly educated on his subject, but in the limited amount of self educating I have done, I’m guessing the “danger” Kathy is referring to in the blending practices of essential oils. Basically, in my understanding, when you combine oils, they can alter each other’s chemical make-up. So, the order in which you blend oils and the amount of each oil you use and the constituents present in the particular oil you are using (as there is variation in the constituents of oils depending on which company they come from) matters. Assuming companies who sell blends have done their research it is possibly “safer” to use a blend that the company has HOPEFULLY studied the chemistry that has been created and tested it before offering it to the consumer. Also a reason it seems to be generally preferred to layer oils.

        • I don’t think that’s the case, but I will bring it up with the owner of Native American. I think she thinks that Thieves® is special in some way and that insinuating that any other blend might work is dangerous. – Thanks!

        • Hi there. This is the response from Mr. Dean:

          Mostly that is an enormous amount of marketing hype mixed in with a little truth. I don’t know of any mixing of the essential oils that I currently have that would create a chemical reaction that alters the oils into something toxic, but there may be the extreme exception. (If there was I’m sure the “safety extremists” would jump all over it and I would have heard about it long ago.)

          So the marketing hype is companies like to say they are doing things correctly with their chemist to just create fear so the customers won’t do it themselves as well as faith in the company to keep them purchasing from them.

          Now the truth is two fold:
          1. Mixing some oils together my be counter productive. Example: You want to go to sleep so you mix Lavender with Lime. Lavender will calm you down where as Lime will keep you awake. So mixing those oils will not create a chemical reaction that is harmful, but it will create a conflict chemistry wise as to what your body is going to do. (Like taking a sleeping pill and then drinking a pot of coffee.)

          2. Now the other truth is mixing the oils may magnify or intensify some “harmful” properties. For example, mixing pressed lime with bergamot would not be good. The reason is both of those oils are highly photo toxic (go out in the sun for 15 minutes you will get a burn). Now the counter to that argument is you will not be intensifying the “harmful” properties because you will not use double the amount of essential oil. By using the same amount of oil you would normally use, you would just average the harmful properties out by using a blend not creating more harmful properties. (I hope I explained this clear enough.)

          So basically if the average person just uses normal amounts of oil and then makes sure the oils they are using will accomplish the task they want to accomplish, they will be fine and safe.

          With the blends, companies like mine, will test out a blend for several months before selling it. When creating a blend we want to make sure the oils are compatible and will accomplish the desired result. Yes that sometimes goes into chemistry, and sometimes that just goes into emotions — but the general rule is be safe with the essential oils and you will love them.

          • That is not completely true Gary young gives the thieves (dont know how to do the trademark thingy) recipe in his desk reference and the order in which to add the oils and I am not positive but I think there is some science behind that more than marketing kinda like when you the baking soda and vinegar in water thing 2 completely different reactions depending on which you add first

            • Bollocks. The thieves blend is based off of something that is centuries old- hence the story behind it. They make their version. Doterra makes theirs. There is absolutely zero reason why an individual can’t do the same. Heck, it’s not particularly hard to find the original list of herbs that were supposedly used in an infusion. As long as you’re not doing something patently stupid- like ingesting wormwood, for example- you’ll be fine. Yes, the oils create a synergistic effect, but none of the oils listed will hurt you (unless, perhaps you have epilepsy or are pregnant- which anyone who does the slightest bit of research will discover), especially if you only use them externally. Companies like YL and Doterra like to create a bizarre atmosphere of dependence on them that is unnecessary.

          • THANK YOU for seeking out the answer to this. A doctor let me borrow “Reference Guide for Essential Oils” by Connie and Alan Higley, which is a very good resource for EO knowledge (so far… But I would welcome any other offline reference suggestions). It’s basically written all about YL EOs, blends and all, and, of course, they cry caution regarding blending your own. I scoffed and was going to do my own research regarding this, but you did it for me… And straight from the horse’s mouth! Sweet! So thanks… I hope to figure out a digestive blend on my own, with your totally-not-Thieves-but-works-just-as-well-which-is-awesome inspiration. Thanks again!

            • Sheri- I believe the company Living Libations in Canada makes a digestion blend called Digest the Best. Perhaps their ingredient list will help! :)

  5. Crystal A says:

    This is a great posting! Can you tell me how Spice Traders helped your friend to fight off numerous sinus infections? Specifically how she used it and how often?

    • Thanks! I think she took about 5 drops internally up to 5 times per day. However, I can’t recommend that at all. A person should only take essential oils internally under the recommendation of a professional. I recommend you consult with a professional before ingesting any essential oils. Consult a Medical Doctor, Naturopath, or clinically trained Aromatherapist who knows you and is aware of your medical history, as well as any medications you are on. With this information, the professional can tailor a regimen that works for your body.

      • Rosiland DuPont says:

        When I use Thieves internally I put about 4-5 drops along with a bit of oil in a vegetable capsule. This way it doesn’t burn my esophagus and it gets it down to my stomach without problem. I will do this 2 or 3 times a day to get rid of any “sick” feelings I am having, whatever their reason. It works wonderfully well.

        • Oh – I meant a machine that fills the capsules :).

          • Rosiland DuPont says:

            LOL! No I just eyeball it, and considering my eyesight I’m doing good if I don’t spill the drops elsewhere!

        • I have the Capsule Machine. We use it to encapsulate turmeric mainly. It is handy if you’re making a lot of pills.

        • Let me know how it goes if you have the chance. Some of my friends said it’s a pain in the patooey. I’m still open to try.

        • HI there. I can’t recommend taking the oils internally. I recommend you consult with a professional before ingesting any essential oils. Consult a Medical Doctor, Naturopath, or clinically trained Aromatherapist who knows you and is aware of your medical history, as well as any medications you are on. With this information, the professional can tailor a regimen that works for your body. Thanks and take care.

  6. Adrienne,

    I make homemade Thieves oil too! I love it! Great minds think alike!

  7. Rosiland DuPont says:

    I have been using Thieves oil for years but I am certainly intrigued by your blend. Sounds like a winner! I also have most of them (from Young Living) so could make it up fairly easily.
    Thanks for sharing this, and all your other blogs and adventures are also very educational or at the least entertaining!

    • Thanks for the kind words – I didn’t figure myself to be much of an entertainer but thank you:).

      • Rosiland DuPont says:

        I enjoy your writing style.

        BTW I too am a Young Living distributor but although I tried hard to sell it I was never very successful. I don’t think that is in my skill sets! So I just buy it for myself, and sometimes for my Mom who has benefited greatly from the Lavender oil. I certainly don’t have a problem with you giving away a DIY Thieves blend. Although I think the oils are wonderful there can be a great many ways to solve one’s problems through other means (apple cider vinegar & coconut oil are my current favs) than just the oils. Nature’s/God’s pharmacy is full of things to keep us healthy.

      • I live on a tight budget and it’s hard to buy the oils ., but I’ve been getting oils from Amazon and it’s one main small company I’ve been ordering from and I really like them.I researched them and some people from yl. Have come over to this company..You did research for the oils to make the copycat blend and I’m thankful for you doing this.Im going to make this today , so I can use it for cleaning and for preventing sickness from coming into my house.I bought some 4 thieves blend from the company I buy from and I love it.But I can’t wait to make it.Thank you for doing and posting all you do post.

  8. Susan Tracy says:

    Thank you sooo much Adrienne for all your generous time. I have been following your blog for almost a month (lol, as several others, AFTER I already signed up for YL). Oh well, it’s all Good & a good stepping stone. I JUST placed an order w/ NAN this morning & I did so thru your link. I also added in the comments to pls be sure you got the credit & used your 90166#. So pls be sure to check w/ them to assure you get your comm on my order. God Bless you my dear for your generous heart. Oh…OMT, since I registered w/ NAN thru YOUR link, will I still have to go thru your link everytime I order, or will it be a given now? Is it good enough to put it in the comments to give credit to your #? Blessings. :)

  9. Thank you for sharing your version of an antibacterial essential oil blend. I enjoy reading your posts and appreciate the time that you take to research and experiment for each post. I am currently training to become an aromatherapist and herbalist, continuing my holistic health education for myself and to expand my practice. Essential oils are very concentrated and should be used with care for the proper usage and dosage, and not all essential oils are appropriate for internal use. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends appropriate clinical education prior to use of essential oils internally:
    http://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety/naha-safety-statements/. Likewise, the Alliance of International Aromatherapists recommend internal use when recommended by a health care provider with the appropriate clinical training: http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/aromatherapy/aromatherapy-safety/. I applaud you for taking control of your health and the health of your family, for finding what is right for you and them, and for sharing your discoveries (and the blood, sweat, and tears that went into it) with the public. I hope many more people do the same. It is important to do so with knowledge of both the benefits and the risks.

    • Hi there and so sorry for not publishing this sooner – i got so inundated! I agree oils must be used w/ caution, esp when talking about internal usage.
      I do recommend that people consult with a professional before ingesting any essential oils. Consult a Medical Doctor, Naturopath, or clinically trained Aromatherapist who knows you and is aware of your medical history, as well as any medications you are on. With this information, the professional can tailor a regimen that works for his / her body.

      And I did just come out w/ this new report on essential oils that you might be interested in. http://wholenewmom.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-essential-oils-before-you-buy/

      I hope you haven’t written me off due to my delay :).

  10. kiyomi cooper says:

    Thank you so much for your website–I love it! I appreciate your integrity (and humility) and how much value you freely share. I was trying to figure out a recipe for “Thieves” myself (and there are several companies and bloggers who use this name) so Im happy to start with this recipe and NAN and go from here. When I make the order you will be sure to get “credit” for it. Thank you dear Adrienne, and blessings to you and yours!!

  11. Can this be used topically, if so what would be the dilution ratio?

    • I’ve never worked with ratios, but this can for sure be used topically. I simply add a carrier oil and put a drop or 2 in with it. I think the purpose is more to dilute the hot oil so it isn’t hot anymore, rather than to have a specific ratio. Of course, this isn’t medical advice :).

  12. Lora Adams says:

    ? My mom is alergic to eucalyptus. Can I make this without this oil?

  13. Thanks for a great series on the EO showdown. I am presently caught in the YL “overbuying monthly to get the best price” also. I get mostly Theives, so it should all get used up. Are you familiar with the Weston Price Foundation? A health (and truth) seeker such as yourself may find a kindred spirit there.

  14. Hi, can you tell me if Native American Nutritionals makes a thieves oil blend? Thanks!

  15. Hi, can you cite your source for eucalyptus globulus being poison? I know it can be toxic in large doses as can any essential oil and that it needs to be diluted like all essential oils should be, but I have never heard that it is poison. I have a bottle and have used it (properly) for years and have never been poisoned nor has any of my family memebers who have used it. Thanks

    • I’ve been looking into this more and changed the post – you would apparently need to ingest about 3.5 ml to have a fatal dose so it’s possible. The Euc Citriodora is a better euc to use since it doesn’t have that problem. Thanks!

  16. Just recently found your website. Lots if great ideas and advice. The best thing about all of it is you are willing to share without asking for anything in return. People can either take what you offer or leave it. Either way, it is a loving thing you do with your time. Please accept my virtual hug and thank you. May your life always be blessed. Kind regards, Steven

  17. Adrienne,

    My readers pointed me to your recipe and had some questions. I just thought I would point a few things out that they asked, and perhaps you could clarify for your readers within the recipe and not just in the comments, to be sure your blend is used safely.

    First, which kind of Cinnamon are you recommending? Bark or Leaf? It matters.

    Which chemotype of Rosemary? There are several chemotypes, each with different constituents.

    Why E. radiata and not another chemotype?

    I am wondering why you are stating that E. globulus is poisonous?

    Also “pure” and “therapeutic grade” labels are just for marketing, and it is difficult for the consumer to find out which oils are really “pure” without testing them.

    You correctly point out that this blend is “hot” and can burn, but don’t give guidelines on how to safety dilute so as to prevent burns.

    You also encourage your readers to read labels. Unfortunately, a bottle doesn’t always give accurate safety information. For example, your recipe here that is similar to the doTERRA “Thieves” blend says you can use it internally at 1 drop per 4 ounces of water. There is no information on diluting at all. Unfortunately, reading a bottle is not enough when it comes to safety.

    I would caution against recommending internal use (even if you add “with caution”). Only trained aromatherapists can give this sort of advice. Using this kind of blend internally can cause lots of damage if you don’t know what you are doing. I don’t know of any trained aromatherapist who would suggest internal use of such oils.

    Lastly, thank you for what you are doing, spreading the word about essential oils. Just be careful with the advice, as people can get hurt! :)

    • Hi Lea.

      I am so sorry for not responding sooner. Wow. I had this all typed out and then life got away from me :).

      I am going to respond to you in bold italics interspersed with your questions since you asked so many questions. I think it will be easier for my readers to follow along this way. So here is your comment / question with my responses intermingled. Just so you know, I got some assistance from Mr. Dean at Native American in pulling this information together.


      My readers pointed me to your recipe and had some questions. I just thought I would point a few things out that they asked, and perhaps you could clarify for your readers within the recipe and not just in the comments, to be sure your blend is used safely.

      From Me: — I realize there are safety issues with the oils, so please use the oils with wisdom. If you do not know how you will respond to an essential oil, test out a small amount. It is always highly advisable to only use small amounts of the essential oils and use them with a carrier oil.

      From Lea: First, which kind of Cinnamon are you recommending? Bark or Leaf? It matters.

      From Me: — First of all, there are people in the oils industry who are super-ultra-concerned about talking about the safety of oils, and they will mention that the bark isn’t as safe as the leaf. However, there is for sure a differing of opinions in the oils industry about where this safety lines need to be drawn. Some of it, in my humble opinion, is overblown. That for sure doesn’t mean that I am for unsafe usage of oils, and I think that you can tell that by the way that I talk about them and caution my readers. But I do think that there are some who possibly go overboard in their cautions and make it almost frightening for parents to try using these very helpful natural remedies.

      In any case, those “ultra concerned about safety” folks like the leaf but Mr. Dean of Native American prefers the bark. According to him, the Cinnamon Bark oil is stronger and more effective for what we want to use it for. This also allows your money to go further buy not having to use so much of this oil. Cinnamon Bark is, of course, extremely hot, so mix it in larger amounts of a carrier oil.

      From Lea: Which chemotype of Rosemary? There are several chemotypes, each with different constituents.

      Why E. radiata and not another chemotype?

      From Me: A lot of people get caught up in the chemotypes but the Rosemary in this formula can really be used with either of the two main chemotypes. Since the amounts we would use, even in an extreme situation, are well below the safety requirements. Personally I prefer an extremely low cineole type of rosemary. Native American Nutritionals’ is from Hungary from a very trusted farm.

      From Lea: I am wondering why you are stating that E. globulus is poisonous?

      From Me: Interesting that you should bring this up. I have been doing some looking into Eucalyptus for that reason.

      1. First of all, as you know, the common thinking in the oils community is that Globulus is the problematic form of the oil. The companies that put the child-safety caps on some of their bottles put them on the Globulus but not on the Radiata. And their literature states that Globulus is the poisonous / toxic form. But here is the deal as far as I understand it:

      2. According to this article, one would need to ingest 3.5 ml of undiluted oil to have a problem – of course, that is possible if a child were to get a hold of a bottle, but very unlikely using the recommendations for this blend that most sensible people and companies talk about (taking maybe 5 drops of this internally at a time for maybe 5 times per day, and the oil is only one of many in a blend). However, I do not recommend internal use of oils. I recommend you consult with a professional before ingesting any essential oils. Consult a Medical Doctor, Naturopath, or clinically trained Aromatherapist who knows you and is aware of your medical history, as well as any medications you are on. With this information, the professional can tailor a regimen that works for your body.

      3. In fact, some people say that Eucalyptus radiata has more toxicity than the Globulus, which is very puzzling seeing as most companies don’t talk about the radiate being toxic.

      I don’t personally think that using the radiata in this blend is a problem (of course, this isn’t medical advice), but one could for sure just use the Eucalyptus Citriodora (Lemon Eucalyptus) if they are concerned about toxicity.

      From Lea: Also “pure” and “therapeutic grade” labels are just for marketing, and it is difficult for the consumer to find out which oils are really “pure” without testing them.

      From Me: I am sure you are aware from reading my posts that I don’t think that the labeling that companies put on their products are always to be believed and that I am very concerned about what companies say and don’t say about their products so I am glad that you agree with me on that point. I am not sure why you are mentioning this here. Are you calling into question something that I have written? If so, please tell me what that is- thanks :).

      As for the testing, I for sure think that it is important, but it has its limitations and I have written about that in Essential Oils Testing–Is it Reliable? and I stand by that post.

      From Lea: You correctly point out that this blend is “hot” and can burn, but don’t give guidelines on how to safety dilute so as to prevent burns.

      From Me: As you know, there is a lot of safety information on the web about using essential oils. People are all different so they can work out what is best for them. It is highly advisable to start with extreme dilution and then work with what fits your body. If one is really worried, one could use a drop of oil with 100 drops of a carrier and then over the next few days slowly add more pure oil until they like the ratio they have formulated. There are a lot of the “extreme safety people” whom I referenced above that are operating from the extreme rather than the norm. I of course think that safety is important but we need to remember that we are all to do the best that we can do. What is too strong for one person is fine for another. I recommend diluting but as of now I am not going to get into amounts as I think clearly they would vary based on the age and constitution of the person concerned.

      From Lea: You also encourage your readers to read labels. Unfortunately, a bottle doesn’t always give accurate safety information. For example, your recipe here that is similar to the doTERRA “Thieves” blend says you can use it internally at 1 drop per 4 ounces of water. There is no information on diluting at all. Unfortunately, reading a bottle is not enough when it comes to safety.

      From Me: First of all, it isn’t doTERRA that makes “Thieves”–it is Young Living. doTERRA’s blend is On Guard. Of course, bottles don’t give all the information that one needs. I was simply referring to the Latin name of the oil. That is why I mentioned diluting in my post.

      From Lea: I would caution against recommending internal use (even if you add “with caution”). Only trained aromatherapists can give this sort of advice. Using this kind of blend internally can cause lots of damage if you don’t know what you are doing. I don’t know of any trained aromatherapist who would suggest internal use of such oils.

      From Me: I agree with you and recommend that everyone consults with a Medical Doctor, Naturopath, or clinically trained Aromatherapist who knows you and is aware of your medical history, as well as any medications you are on. With this information, the professional can tailor a regimen that works for your body.

      From Lea: Lastly, thank you for what you are doing, spreading the word about essential oils. Just be careful with the advice, as people can get hurt! :)

      From Me: Thank you!

  18. Hi there,

    I just read some of your posts on the best essential oil companies that are out there. Do you know anything about the Essential Oil Exchange? I normally use DoTerra products, but the Essential Oil Exchange has prices that are WAY lower, so low that I wonder if their quality is up to par. For example, their frankincense EO sells for roughly 10 dollars for 5 mls, whereas DoTerra and I believe Young Living sell it for around 90-100 dollars. Big difference! Any information you can provide would be great..I’m just starting to learn about essential oils and I want to make sure and keep safety in mind. I’m loving your site!

    • That price sounds really low. I would read this report and make a decision from that. http://wholenewmom.com/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-essential-oils-before-you-buy/

    • Sorry I should have given you more info. Did you read this post? http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/natural-remedies/announcing-the-best-essential-oils-company-and-a-great-sale/ Thanks for the kind words :)!

    • Stephanie says:

      DoTerra and Young Living Oils are harvested and distilled in Oman by the native people of Oman. The price is higher of these two because they have ethical standards in place, and the frankincense trees they harvest from are on sacred ground. So with both these companies you are getting a true frankincense because it has been blessed and distilled traditionally and you know they workers on these farms have safe work conditions and paid well

      • Hi Stephanie – this is from the owner of Native American Nutritionals:

        I do not believe that DT is obtaining their oil from Oman since it does not state that on their website. Also the high quality Boswellia frereana oil is one that is grown in Somalia not Oman.

        Now only 2 tribes are permitted to harvest wild frankincense in Oman: the Banu Kathir and Mehri (al-Mahra) tribes. They supply 99.9% of the worlds market of Oman Frankincense. Now YL may be growing their own Frankincense trees in Oman, but it probably still will be many years before they will be read to produce therapeutic quality resin. (If memory serves it takes a minimum of 8 years.) So if YL’s farm in Oman is not producing resin yet, because of their volume they use they are probably sill purchasing their resin from the tribes like we do.
        In 2012 I was contacted by a scientist that assisted in developing the advanced technology extraction method for the Sacred Frankincense oil. …..
        Next he told me that they have improved their therapeutic extraction technique and asked me if I wanted to be the sole supplier in the United States for their “Highest Quality in the World Sacred Frankincense”. After testing their oil, I truly found it superior and said yes.

        Now there is a lot of Oman Frankincense on the market. You can easily find this oil, or more commonly the adulterated version, by just doing a google search. My first purchase of Oman Sacred Frankincense was about 15 years ago.
        What is different between ours and YL’s Sacred Frankincense that is the new advanced technology extraction. Here is some information I wrote up about it:
        Type 5 – Patent Pending Advanced Technology Extraction

        Scientists have recently discovered a better way of obtaining the greatest therapeutic Frankincense oil. By taking the best of hydro distillation and CO2 extraction methods, they have combined those into a new patent pending process.

        This new extraction method produces an oil that is the best for overall health. The Boswellic Acid is almost twice the amount that is found in CO2 extraction but still in very small amounts. It has around 50% of alpha-Pinene by GC/MS testing and large percentages of the other healing components. With this extraction method, care is given to actually obtaining a lower alpha-Pinene percentage. This will improve the therapeutic quality by increasing other medicinal compounds found in the oil.

        This updated process creates terrific aromatic Frankincense oil that is not only great for skin care, but also retains the mind healing and cancer fighting properties. Even though the cost of this extraction method is about fifty percent more than just normal CO2 extraction, it produces the finest quality oil in the world.

  19. Hi Adrienne . I love your website & all the helpful tips , written in an amusing lively way . Thank you so much for such generous sharing ! You’re an absolute boon ! I did make up my own “thieves” combination taken from mountain rose , & another I noted down from somewhere else but hadn’t tried yet , which was all the same ingredients as yours , in equal quantities . I live in France & just thought you might find this address of EO supplier in France handy & much cheaper . Their site is also in English & they tell you how much in $$ .www.aroma-zone.com. Sorry I don’t know how to make it clickable directely , but maybe you’ll be able to from your end . A-Z also supply an enormous variety of veg oils , & many other basic things to make up your own beauty products , & all sorts of empty bottles , spatulas …all you need for your own little industry :)There’s the question of international shipping – would that knock out the cost benefit? Anyway , to give you an example , I’ve just ordered : 30mls (wild)cinnamon (19.90 €),60mls (wild) clove bud (13€) ,60mls organic Rosemary ,type cineole ,(9.80€), 100mls organic lemon (13.50€), 100mls eucalptus radiata (18.50€), & , 100mls organic tea tree (19.90€) , making a GT of 94.60€ …which is , I think is about 128$ . I’ll add that there are recipes & uses for EO by Drs who believe in EOs & naturopaths & aromatherapists . So even if you don’t want to buy their oils , there’s a plethora of recipes & a list to each oil saying what their uses are for what ailments , or just for general improvement like hair conditioning for example . I hope you & all your readers will find this helpful. Oh , & by the way , they’ve just opened their 1st shop in Bvd St Germain in Paris ! So if anyone who loves OEs , & is going to Paris , then take note ! I haven’t visited it yet as I live in the country . Last but not least , the dates they are bottled , & the expiry dates arev all noted for you to see on each eo , as on all their products .

  20. Well , I don’t know why my 1st comment wasn’t there just now when checked , then I wrote a 2nd message ! Sorry about that ! :(
    One thing I forgot to say is that I love the way you reply conscientiously to every comment left . It’s a real pleasure & I’ve noticed in other links , comments are not always answered which can be a little frustrating when the ? someone’s asked is an interesting one which would need an answer . Have a great day .

  21. PS .Apologies for repetativeness appearing in my 2nd message , having thought my 1st message was lost , & having seen the 1st message had reappeared , only too late ! Now I really WILL leave you in peace 😀

    • No worries! :)

      • Very odd that my 1st 2 messages have again disappeared …the message seen here is of no interest really .

        • I’m confused – can you explain please?

          • I mean , that I did see my messages at 1st – the 2 main messages -when I looked to see if you’d got them ….the 1st time I looked , they were there , & then when I sent a couple of smaller ones relevent to the main ones , the main ones had gone . Hope that’s clearer for you ? Well anyway , the 1st main one with my info about a good seller of EOs in France is now there .

            • They weren’t ever there as I hadn’t approved them. There might be something that shows them as being moderated – I should do a test to see how things go – thanks :). There also might have been a change w/ recent updates.

              • Oh I see …I missed the bit saying something like “awaiting to be moderated “- that must’ve been why I didn’t see them again when returning to your blog ! Thanks for your enlightenment ! :)

  22. Adrienne, newcomer here. Have enjoyed the blogging. Getting in to eos…we all need to learn as we may be doctoring ourselves in the near future. Anyway, I have SLE (systemic lupus) – for which I am currently (for 23+years) being treated with oral chemo daily (to suppress the immune system and its overactivity). Keats being warned (by the medical field) to not use herbs, etc. that build up the immune system. (Have my own thoughts on that) but do know that (second to The Lord) chemo has given me somewhat ‘normal’ life. I know you cannot give out medical opinion but would’ve interested in your thoughts and others on essential oils and lupus. I do plan to continue the chemo. An immune system that kills all cells good and bad is a killer….but it needs help in fighting off ailments. Thank you much for any words of wisdom.

  23. I used to make this before I just started buying ONGuard from doTerra. Love these antibacterial oils! Would love if you would share this with my readers on Oil me up Wed at My lamp is full! Many could use this recipe!

  24. Tabitha says:

    I looked on NAN’s website and i am not finding anything named Spice Trader. When i look at thier comparison chart i see that Thieves is compared to Immune Strength. I am very confused. I also looked at the list of their new blend names and disnt see it there. Do you think its been discontinued? Also thanks for all the research you do. I just got my first order from NAN/RMO this week! Love them!

  25. Stephanie says:

    You are playing with fire by making your own blends and encouraging others to make their own blends. Essential Oils are MEDICINE!! Would you mix up your own pharmacy too?

    You do not have a chemistry degree, to mix essential oils appropriately so they do not react with each other and cause YOU harm, you need to know the volatility, viscosity and other elements to each singular oil to be able to determine the desired recipe and sequence, it’s not as simple as mix in a bottle and shake. I’m disappointed that you wouldn’t use your research to see if your DIY idea is safe.


    • Hi Stephanie,

      I do not think I am playing with fire at all. It is totally different than mixing up pharmaceuticals. Could you explain why you think this is dangerous? For sure Young Living and other companies are not doing advanced testing on which oils to mix together. In fact, the literature that Young Living puts out about their Thieves oil is quite misleading. It indicates that their blend was tested and found to be antibacterial, but the reference that they give for that is only a test for eucalyptus oil. I contacted the company about that and never got a response.

      Here are a few more thoughts:

      Interesting how blends of essential oils have been hundreds and even thousands of years before the Chemistry degrees came out.

      Simply put this is great safety information for the extreme point of view but not really practical. Your view point is a marketing ploy sort of like Disney land telling people to never go to the beach since you may get drowned or eaten by a shark. Utter silliness when looking at reality. With a little wisdom you can mix your own blends and safely use them too.

      Are you sure I did not do any research? Can you, or a chemistry friend, come up with any “playing with fire” combinations just using the oils I suggested to blend together? (Lets not go into the “hot” oils or things like that but simple go into a chemical reaction from two or more oils in the amounts we normally use that can actually hurt.) I would be greatly interested in what you come up with.

      Thanks much and hope to hear from you again – this kind of misconception in the essential oils community is part of what I would like to clear up.

    • Hi again, Stephanie. I had one more thought – Gary and his ex-wife were for sure not chemists when they made up all of Young Living’s 50+ blends. I would assume that that would change your thoughts on this matter, would it not?

    • Wow! Stephanie. Take a chill pill, K?
      If you don’t like this blog you’re not being forced to read it, and you HAVE made your opinions and thoughts VERY plain, so give it a rest. Please. You are obviously very angry about something, but this is not really a format to vent your anger and disagreement.(at least not multiple times, getting angrier each time)
      Adrienne has made many things clear in her answers to you, and it is clear that you disagree, so just leave it at that.
      Thank you, Adrienne for sharing your hard work and research with all of us. We do appreciate your efforts.

    • Since most of the reputable companies, as well as good reference books, mention which other oils bend well with a particular oil, it seems logical that with care a person can safely make his/her own blends. The important thing is to do a bit of research first!!!

  26. Hi,
    I’m new to the EO world and appreciate you taking the time to provide all this useful information!
    I keep hearing about how olive leaf and oregano oils are great antiviral /antibacterial but don’t see either of them in blends or talked about much. What are your thoughts about these 2 oils to treat infectiion/boost immunity?
    Thank you

    • I have used oregano for antibacterial stuff and will be again soon. I don’t know about it for boosting immunity. This is a blend knock off so I didn’t include it. Thanks! Olive leaf is the same IMHO.

  27. Hi! I love the info and tips you are sharing with your readers, and I learn so much, thank you! I was just wondering if you have heard about or had any experience with this mix be able to fight those pesky warts you can get under your foot? (plantar warts or something…) I have one under my foot that is reeeeally bothering me. Any tips? When googling many strange advice shows up, but would like to get your opinion if you could let me know if this oil, or other oils would do the trick.
    Thanks so much in advance:)

  28. I am very allergic to cinnamon oil so I can’t use the YL or DT versions. Do you have any suggestions on what to add to make up for the cinnamon?

  29. Edeline says:

    I’m just beginning to use EOs so I’m really happy to find this recipe! I have a newbie question – is cinnamon oil the same as cinnamon leaf oil? Because I’ve just ordered a cinnamon leaf oil from iHerb. What a bummer if I can’t use it for this!

    • This is the response from the owner of Native American Nutritionals:

      Cinnamon Bark is a much more powerful and therapeutic oil than the Cinnamon Leaf. The leaf is much lower in cost and more mild, so if your used to using the leaf be extra careful with the bark because it’s a lot more powerful.

  30. This is a great DIY recipe. My little guy is allergic to Eucalyptus so I had to substitute Tea Tree oil for him. It works brilliantly in our home and I love the savings. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I’d be curious to see a Focus/Attention blend as well. Take care!

    • You are so welcome.

      • Hi Adrienne,
        New to this blog and comments, got my Thieves oil now and am curious about using it under my fungus toe nail. …I think I read something about that in your blog, but can’t find it anymore now. .. How much did you use and did you use it pure or with a carrier oil??? Thank you. Kind regards Sandra

        • I didn’t write about that but it might work. I can’t give medical advice, but I have heard more about using tea tree. This blend is usually considered a “hot” blend and as such should always be diluted for topical use.

  31. I think it’s a good oil blend, but the YL story about the source of Thieves absolutely cannot be true. It ranks at the level of internet legend.

    One huge clue is the use of eucalyptus oil, which comes from a plant that originally only grew in Australia (and perhaps New Zealand) and thus, was not even known to the rest of the world until a few hundred years after the Plague. That’s not the only problem with this tale.

    Also, I think others must have been pointing out the flaws in the story YL originally told, because they’ve changed their original version.

    • How interesting. Where did they change things – the story or the oil blend? I talked about the issue in my original Thieves post.

    • I agree….. Also I don’t think essential oils were even used in England at that time. Plague doctors used a nose cone filled with aromatic herbs and spices to keep away the “humours”.

  32. Thank you Adrienne! Not only did I just buy the ingredients for this “recipe”, I also fell in love with this blog. I tell you…. I CAN’T STAND many of my favourite blogs anymore. All of them are either doTerra or YoungLiving distributors.
    I absolutely hate MLM schemes and I hate it even more when people are trying to shove these things down my throat. And this whole attitude about “only this brand will help” blabla makes me sick ;). I loved reading the posts about the best essential oil company. And the comments speak for themselves. I personally trust three different Swiss brands here. I am from Switzerland and always support “local” stuff first. I can get them at my health food store or online. I like to be independant. I’m convinced (and I’ve done my reserarch) that all of my three brands offer high quality oils that are just as good as any of these MLM oils.
    If you have any other (copycat) recipes for good blends, I think many of us would appreciate them.

  33. Lesley Chachere says:

    The only problem I can see with this is that young living oils are therapeutic grade which means they are safe to ingest. Essential oils that you purchase can be 1% essential oils and filled with lots of other fillers that are dangerous. This is why numerous essential oils say for external use only. After doing a lot of research into other companies and doing my homework I decided to use only Young living oils bc they are very particular about their quality. They raise all of their products from seed to the finished product. The only company that does every single step and process. This gives them amazing quality control. It also makes them have smaller batches and supply bc they like to maintain the quality. You can tour and watch the harvest of many of the plants. I would be cautious when recommending that people take random oils and mix together to make the replica of thieves. If someone would buy essential oils from a health food store and do this it could be extremely dangerous if they ingest them!! And no I do not profit from young living oils. I am a die hard user of them and allow family members and friends to buy on my distributor account to get the discount. I don’t recruit distributors underneath me. I am not in it to turn a profit. I don’t market. I usually give free samples to anyone and everyone who will use them because they have made such a difference in my life. A true quality essential oil will be therapeutic grade, be in a dark glass container that keeps sunlight out. It will never be in a plastic container bc true essential oils breakdown plastic bottles. It will never say for topical use only.

    • The thing to remember here is that any company, including Young Living, and doTERRA, can state that they are therapeutic quality but they aren’t under any regulations to be so. I am not saying that they aren’t but we are taking the companies’ words for it. I believe that essential oils will only break down cheap or certain types of plastic but I don’t buy them in plastic bottles. Haven’t seen them that way.

    • I was horrified to read Lesley Chachere’s comments about ingesting essential oils. NEVER, EVER ingest essential oils. They are to be taken in via skin via a qualified aromatherapist or via fragrance. Anyone who suggests that therapeutic grade oils are safe for ingestion is wrong, and must be ignored. I have been in this business for years, use only the highest quality oils available from European and other growers, and would never encourage some one to believe that essential oils can be ingested. (Some can, but only in tiny doses and only if advised by a medical practitioner or suitably qualified individual). I am sorry Lesley, but being a member of an MLM scheme does not qualify you to sell these oils and your opinions and advise is dangerous at best and could be catastrophic, causing death!

    • Hi there, Sue. I have actually heard that there really isn’t a particular school of thought per country for using the oils – and that that is a misconception. Thanks so much.

    • I don’t recommend ingesting of oils unless one is under the care of a medical professional or professional aromatherapist. Thanks for commenting :).

  34. Sally Lirvey says:

    I’m just a beginner, but have a recurrence of plantar fasciitis and read that valor mixed with wintergreen helps tremensly, also you can add RC, but I can’t find that anywhere. If you have any suggestions, I would be grateful.

    • I’m sorry but what are you looking for? I’ll try to help.

      • This wasn’t my comment, but I have plantar fasciatis as well, and would love to know if there is a blend that will help it. I keep mine pretty well controlled with stretching, but there’s always the possibility of a flair up.

        • I haven’t ever had this but I am reading about peppermint and lemongrass and wintergreen and helichrysum as being good options. Hope that helps. Not medical advice but this is what I would try if it were me. Hope that helps.

  35. Hello! I’m new to this blog, and have found it to be the most interesting reading. Informative, and caring without all the MLM crap. Very refreshing. I especially liked how you handled the scared into buying only MLM product people…..lol. Those companies are very good at that crap. It’s upsetting to me that they take people who are ill, and prey on them. And I would think they are the ones who can’ least afford it.. Now, this is just mho, so if there are hostile people ready to dispute, please keep that to yourself. I won’t respond anyway. I just wanted to let Adrienne know that I’m impressed with her and what it is she’s trying to accomplish here. You go girl!

  36. Teresa Nestico says:

    Hello Adrienne,
    I really enjoyed reading your series about which essential oils’ company is the best. I am a rep of Young Living, I mean, I just started now to understand how good essential oils are and how they work, so I really appreciated people like you who have done all this researches for people like me that do not know anything but they really want to know where to find top notch oils at the best prices. And I will buy from the company you recommend, and buy from YL only products the Native American Nutritionals don’t have, like: the wolfberry juice, and the Animal Scent ointment.
    I finally got to get interested in essential oils about 2 months ago when my son, who is in a wheelchair got a pressure sore on his butt, again. So I asked my friend, (who has been using oils for about 30 years) if the essentials oils would help my son’ situation. She gave me few oils to use directly into the wound. Another friend also gave me the Animal scent wich I found it good. Now I would like to know from you if I could put the Thieves blend directly into the wound or if I have to mix it with Olive oil as I don’t have the other ones you talk about in your posts. Also I have been using colloidal silver. What do you think I should use and how long or how many times at day. Could you also tell me what do you think about the Animal Scent that YL sells? I’m just curious of your opinion.
    Thank you so much for all the work you do for all of us, even for the ones that have so much bad stuff to say to you ahah.
    Blessings to you

    • Hi Teresa. Thanks so much for your kind words! I would personally not recommend putting the Antibacterial blend directly into a would as it could really sting. I have done it but many would have issues with it. I can’t medically advise at all but I personally used the antibacterial blend about 3-5 times per day when I had a bad sinus infection.

      I haven’t tried the animal scent. In fact, I can’t find it on their site – could you send me a link to it please? Thanks!

      • Teresa Nestico says:

        Hi Adrianne,
        Thank you for answering, it’s so good that you answer everybody.

        Here’s the link for the Animal Scent, I am writing from Canada but they have it on the US website only: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/home/pets/animal-scents-ointment.

        Regarding my son’s wound, he doesn’t feel anything down there, So can I put it in since he has no feelings there?
        Where do you apply the blend when you have a sinus infection?
        Thank you

        • I’m trying to find out about the Animal Scent, but as for your son’s wound, even if you don’t have feeling you can still burn the skin w/ too hot of an oil so I could err on the side of caution. For a sinus infection, I have added a drop or two of oil in w/ my saline rinse http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/how-to-make-your-own-saline-nose-wash/ but be careful again. And this is not medical advice – please consult w/ a physician before using supplements or changing any of your dietary regimen. http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/homemade-anti-bacterial-thieves-essential-oil-blend/

          • Teresa Nestico says:

            Ok, I understand and will do as you say. I have another question (actually 2). My friend gave me 3 oils to put in the wound, I think they are doing good but I want to know if you agree. The oils are: frankincense, basil and salvia. Could they burn him as the Thieves blend does? I also bought a homeopathic cream: Emuaid (the regular as the strong one has too much tea oil) from the States. I am not using it yet, do you think it could do any good?
            Thanks again for the time you take to answer all of us.

            • I don’t know what salvia is – could you clarify if you spelled it correctly please? Thanks. I can’t medically advise, sorry about that. I have heard about emu oil but not the emu aid. Is it all homeopathic?

              • Teresa Nestico says:

                Sorry, I meant sage, salvia is in Italian. Yes they say emuaid is all homeopathic, I’m not an expert…I have to believe them, these are the ingredients: Argentum Metallicum, Bacillus Ferment, Phytosphingosine, L-Lysine HCL, Tea tree oil, and Ceramide 3. Anyway, i started using it and it looks it’ s good so far.
                So you really cannot tell me if i’ll burn my son if I put frankincense, sage and basil oil into his wound? Please I need to know.
                Thank you again for your time.

                • I’m sorry but I can’t medically advise. I personally have used 2 of those oils NEAT (w/o diluting) but I can’t say it won’t hurt someone else. It is always best to dilute at first and use with caution. Thanks much.

        • They do not have anything like that at Native American Nutritionals. sorry.

  37. The entire argument regarding the utilization of the Thieves Oil name is petty. It seems to me that the history has shown this oil was used LONG before trademarks, and even LONGER before some company decided to usurp the name and call it theirs. Get over it already.

    Adrienne, I LOVE your site. Made some of this mixture this morning. Keep on keepin’ on, you rock! :-)

  38. Do you provide copycat recipes for other blends? There are 2 products I buy that I would like to make myself as they are expensive to keep buying – would like to find someone that can tell me how to make them.

  39. I love essential oils! Thanks for the recipe. When I get all the oils, I will be making it.

  40. Nikki Sullivan says:

    I’m new to EOs, so please forgive me if this is a silly question. When you state that the blend can be used for household cleaning, what would you mix the blend with for this purpose? Water in a spray bottle, or..? I read through the comments on this post and didn’t see any mention of how it would be used as a household cleaner. I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog thus far and appreciate the time/effort you put into researching! Thanks Adrienne!

  41. Lavon Head says:

    Well thank Goodness you mentioned the NAT equivalent is Spice Traders (update from Adrienne – now it is Immune Strength) because I didn’t want to mix my own. Ha!! I’m so glad you do so much research and so thankful you did the research for oils. I”m loving my NAT oils and especially enjoy aromatizing them… is that the correct word?

  42. am new to all this oil stuff. on ebay one seller sells the spices for home-made thieves in a packet for one to steep/infuse into olive oil for 2 weeks, one packet to 2 cups oil. am thinking on trying this and maybe adding frankincense and myrrh too. your opinion would be appreciated.
    also, if this turns out good, I want to make a paste or ointment of it, for my elderly mom as it would be easier for her to apply. what do you think of coconut oil? should I steep the herbs in that or in the olive oil and then mix into the coconut? if not a good idea, what do you suggest?
    thank you.

    • Hi. I am not sure what you are asking in the first part of your question. I can’t say what I would do you can’t really steep in coconut oil unless it’s liquid. Does that help?

    • It’s always best to get advice from a qualified aromatherapist if you are unsure about using essential oils for any medical purposes, especially with children or the elderly. Essential oils are made by a process of distillation, are very concentrated and are very different to “infused oils” which is what you would make by “steeping” a packet of herbs and spices in a vegetable oil. ( no need for things to be liquid ). Hypericum oil (St John’s Wort) for example is an infused oil and is quite useful for rubbing onto painful joints. Using the herbs to make an infused version of the blend would probably result in a nice smelling oil with some soothing properties, but nothing like a blend made with essential oils.

  43. Hi! Thanks for blog! You post lots of items of interest.

    I tried this recipe for copycat thieves oil by buying the oils from Native American Nutritionals. I have a bottle of YL Thieves to compare and have some suggestions:

    1) the recipe needs more cinnamon – maybe twice as much if one is trying to achieve the same aroma for diffusing.

    2) I used eucalyptus radiata and it is overpowering! I hate it. The recipe should have half the amount suggested, or maybe less. Or, as you suggest, maybe a different type of eucalyptus? It ruined my blend for diffusing. I guess I’ll use it for cleaning.

    • Hi there and thanks! I might try w/ more cinnamon but I was thinking that clove is the more overpowering oil in Thieves.

      As for the euc radiata, I don’t find it to be so but sorry if you do. I enjoy the smell of this quite a bit and someone was at my home the other day and commented about how nice it smelled. I guess everyone is a little different? If you try something and like it please share. Thanks!

      • Yes, very true. Eucalyptus reminds me of vicks vapor rub so it’s not appealing to me, though I’m sure others like it. But it was still fun to try out the recipe – thanks again for sharing!

        • I can see that. I don’t have an overwhelming sense of the euc from diffusing it – it smells more clovey and cinnamonney to me….but I might try it w/ different proportions as well. Thanks!

    • sweet orange and cinnamon leaf or cinnamon bark essential oils have more antibacterial and antiviral properties than eucalyptus, but. eucalyptus has a nice “fresh” feel that can be overpowering if inhaled. Essential oil blends are made for specific purposes and so a medicinal blend doesn’t always take into account the “pleasant aroma” factor, although it can. There are so many essential oils with antibacterial properties that it is possible to make many different versions to suit your own preferences. My favourite antiviral / antibacterial blend is sweet orange, lemon, cinnamon leaf and myrrh pure essential oils . Very tiny amount of myrrh.

  44. Thank you so much for this post as well as your others on Essential Oils. I am finding them extremely informative. I have little experience with EO and simply started a little research because I was interested in making my own bath salts. I find the commercially prepared ones overpowering. After lots of research, I am ready to try EOs for their therapeutic properties as well. I don’t know anyone who uses them, so there is nobody that I could ask for help. Now I feel like I have enough information to make an informed decision about which oils to buy, etc. I had no idea that there were “sketchy” EO on the market. Thank you so much for all your research and for sharing this information. Can you recommend a good source for diffusers? Also if you are thinking about doing other copycat blends, I would be grateful for one that helps with migraines.

    • Yes on the diffusers. I am using the AromaCloud Spa round the clock right now and LOVE it. I was using the doTERRA Lotus. Didn’t love it. Wouldn’t stay on long enough and hard to clean. This Spa one has a 1 year warranty. Well worth it. I will see what I can do about more blends. Do you have a blend you like for that? Did you see the Healthy Gut Summit coming up? I think it would appeal to you – it’s free and will address root causes of issues in the gut. Some information is in this post. http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-jan-24-2015/

      This is the link (affiliate link) to the diffuser that I love: http://bit.ly/1tIhF1r
      This one is very similar but is for a smaller area – like a bathroom: http://bit.ly/1wyi9BZ (again, it’s an affiliate link).

      • Thank you so much Adrienne. I have registered for the Healthy Gut Summit and am looking forward to that. I will definitely consider the AromaCloud Spa diffuser – had already looked at that, but it’s nice to what other people think before I invest into something like that. I have been looking at purchasing the Migraine Relief Blend from Rocky Mountain Oils, http://www.rockymountainoils.com/migraine-relief.htm but so far have not purchased it. It looks promising though, so I think I might give it a try. I don’t know how long it will take for shipping to Canada, but I don’t expect that it would take too long.
        I really appreciate your response and the heads up about the Summit.

        • You’re so welcome! I think the summit looks amazing and the price is right :)! I think they ship pretty quickly. I hope you’ll tell me what you think about the oil and the diffuser. I really really love it!

  45. Elizabeth says:

    I was making a Thieves copy-cat for my toothpaste, but now that I have discovered Rocky Mountain Oils I am going to use its version of Thieves which is called Immune Strength. It smells exactly the same :-) Hopefully it works just as well as my copy-cat!

  46. Thanks so much for your post and all your research! I was wondering how you would dilute this to make a household cleaner?

    • Sorry for the delay. I have read this dilution on another site.

      1 drop of Thieves for an ounce of water or 1 drop for a 1/2 ounce if you want a stronger mix.

      I am sorry for the delay- I have had a bunch of things going on and haven’t been on the blog as often…hope to be back more in about 1 week.

    • as essential oils float on water you can either shake vigorously each time you use the spray or you can mix the essential oils with vodka or vinegar (which is a bit vinegary smelling) than fill up bottle with water and shake.

  47. Do you have a copycat for YL’s JOY blend?

  48. Hi, I am in Australia and looking at making my own Thieves blend, not sure about shipping to Oz or not, do you know of any Australian Companies that sell good Oils? or do you know if the Business you recommend sends overseas, always worried customs will claim it or iradiate it as they tend to do
    Thanks in advance, will also add a few drops into a capsule to internal use, am prone to pneumonia and lung infections from 62 yrs of chronic asthma, have scarring on the lungs, Doc said One day after a bout in Hospital, lucky to be here it was very close, been there a lot of times lol

    • Hi there. I am sorry but I don’t know of any good Australian companies. You could make a request for RMO / NAN to put a “don’t xray” request on the package, but no guarantees what customs will do. According to NAN / RMO the xray won’t affect the quality of the oils, but perhaps the energy of them.

      Hope that helps. I am sorry about your health. I was using their Breath EZ blend the past week for a bad cough and it really seemed to help me.

    • I’m sure it was obvious from my response, but they do ship overseas :).

      • Thanks for the response, will send them an email

        • Sure thing. Hope it works out for you. If you do purchase from them I would appreciate your mentioning me and I so hope they work well for you. You are the third Australian I have heard from in about 1 week who is wanting oils. :).

    • Essential Therapeutics is a good Australian Company located in Melbourne. I have used them for over ten years.

  49. Do you have a DIY recipe to duplicate “Melrose”?

  50. Marshann says:

    Thank you Adrienne for all that you do! My question is; do you by chance have this recipe for Thieves Oil worked up in bulk? I need to make a bunch for my family and I would like to do it by bulk instead of individual. Thank you in advance for any insight that you can give me.

  51. Hello Adrienne!
    Thank you so much for all of your research and time you put into sharing with us!
    I feel bad whenever I see / hear the cult members of YL & DT giving people a difficult go of it.
    Yes, I said cult! That is just what they conduct themselves like! And I have not been the first to liken
    them to “drinking the kool aide”.
    My opinion, not much different than the pharm industry trying to keep control
    of our health care for us!
    Not working real well I would say!
    We all need to get informed, do some research and be still and tune in to our bodies.
    When we do that we are better armed to make good decisions for our health & wellness.
    There are so many differing thoughts on EO use, blending etc.
    While I do not promote ingestion… I feel the same benefits can be achieved when using EO’s topically.
    For beginners I always suggest Floracopeia’s free videos on the site and the free ebook they offer.
    A great place to start and learn core basics that we all should know before using or blending EO’s.
    We have an Organic Essential Oil business and I can say buying ORGANIC is paramount when using EO”s and ESPECIALLY if you choose to ingest!
    Your article on choosing a source is good for those who need to have clarity about what they are buying.
    I can say this, whether people will believe this or not, we have seen it with our own eyes, most of the big companies adulterate their oils. Staying with smaller companies that will provide their Organic certifications is really important to integrity in EO’s.
    Our company supplies huge manufacturers as well as cottage industry & DIY small quantities.
    Our commitment is to make Organic EO’s available at affordable prices. YL & DT prices are ridiculous to say the least! Feel free to contact me if you would like further info / conversation. I fully support you & your efforts here! :) 989.372.1857

  52. Thank you for this recipe! My son and I take the YL Thieves blend internally for many years now, whenever we feel throat or stomach like flu stuffs. It kicks it right out! YL now gets so many orders it takes a long time, sometimes to get an order. So I am glad to see this so I can make my own. Then I can change a quantity of one or the other element if i need to. This last order i got from YL tastes so different. We use three drops on our tongue, swish it around the mouth and swallow it. Then chase it with water. WOW it is strong and yet with just three drops it is fine. I found out about Thieves from a nurse, when I was going to teach a workshop but had strep throat. I told the group I had strep and thought I should cancel, but they laughed at me and told me to teach. They were all nurses. they could smell the strep throat on me. So that one nurse had some, I took it and by the next day that strep was gone. Thank you!!!!

  53. Hi There,

    I’m confused. Are you currently using Young Living or this Native American brand? Which did you use first, and why did you switch?


  54. Sarah drury says:

    Thanks for your awesome website and info. Can’t believe some of these women’s nasty comments. Go sell your DT and YL oils on your own site and get a life! Most of those making comments act as though they are PHDs on the subject. A weekend workshop doesn’t cut the mustard ladies. Thanks Adrienne for your great info.

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