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. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!!!!

  13. 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?


  14. Hello Adrienne. Thank you for the recipes. Everyone that is complaining, please stop. This is exactly what she said it was. A home-blend for Thieves Oil. I do not recommend taking any essential oil internally without consulting a professional. as this is an antibacterial recipe I can think of many uses, i.e., kitchen cleaning, bath cleaning, doorknobs, linoleum floors, tile floors and any surface that is touched by hands. I would not recommend it for wood or fancy painted items (I have no idea how it will react) but use some common sense here. If you intend to use it internally, make sure all the oils are fit for consumption. You do this at your own risk if you do not consult a professional. I just might try it on myself! That being said, I`m sure Adrienne is the same. It is up to you…if you feel comfortable using it, then fine, but she does not claim this will cure all your ills. Think about it people…you have free will as to what you want to do. Have a great day, Adrienne. I am sorry if I have assumed how you feel and will take any criticism you wish to give me.

    • Thank you so much. Sorry for the delay in responding. I’m so behind and am going back through old comments today. Take care and hope to see you around again!

  15. 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.

  16. Hey! Thanks for this post!! How many milliliters will this make? I want to purchase an oil jar big enough! I haven’t thought to save my old bottles but will definitely start!


    • Hi there. I believe that info is in the post – enjoy!

    • Don’t throw out your old bottles. When empty, fill a mason jar (or some type of larger bottle) with Epson salt and put your open empty old bottle inside. The Epson salt with infuse the very last drop of essential oil from your empty bottle. Then use the infused Epson salts in your bath, or to soak your feet.

  17. Hi Adrienne,
    Thanks for the recipe! Can I use this blend in a cool mist diffuser? Thanks for your time and help. God bless :)

  18. Hi sorry I didn’t read through all the response from other people to find my answer. But I just have a simple question. I’m highly sensitive to eucalyptus oil. And maybe tea tree as well. What other oils I can use to substitute for thme to make a protective blend? I was using the on gaurd from doterra and had very bad skin reactions so I wanted to find a blend that has the same antiviral and antibacterial anti fungal affects. Would you help me? Thank you.

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