If you've heard of essential oils, you've probably heard of the amazing benefits THIEVES® or Four Thieves oil. In this post, I'm sharing with you a DIY Thieves® Recipe so that you can easily make a copycat version of this powerhouse oil blend yourself.
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.
That's good news for us “crunchy folk.”
NOTE: I do not use Young Living Oils any longer. You can go here to find out why and to see what company's oils I am using now.)
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 was pretty confused, so 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?
She then told me 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 several similar blends, and we have been pleased with the results of most of them. Honestly, however, I like this DIY blend better than one of the big name blends that I tried.
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!].)
How to Use this 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 Ingredients for This DIY “Thieves” Blend
Essential Oils are sold all over the place. I personally left the 2 big Direct Sales companies and went with Rocky Mountain Oils 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 Rocky Mountain here. Their oils are top notch and they are very helpful people.
If you don't feel like making your own blend, here is their Immune Blend. 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.
For the bottles, you can use an old essential oil bottle like I did, or you can head over to Amazon and get an amber dropper bottle like this one there.
Safety Notes for Homemade “Thieves” Oil
Eucalyptus Oil –
Under age 3: Can be diffused or applied topically up to .5%.
Age 3-6 – Can be diffused or applied topically up to 1%.
Cinnamon and Clove Oils –
These are “hot” oils and as such care should be taken when applying them topically.
Note – this safety information is up to date as of the update of this post. Please consult with an aromatherapist to make sure that new developments have not been determined.
There are a variety of recommendations for dilution of these oils for safety, but one recommendation is to dilute Cinnamon to .07% or (rounded to) .1% max and Clove to .5% max.
Antibacterial Essential Oil Blend – like Thieves® Oil
Makes 280 drops. About enough to fill 1 15ml bottle
80 drops Clove Bud Oil
70 drops Lemon Oil
40 drops Cinnamon Oil
30 drops Eucalyptus Oil (See Note)
20 drops Rosemary Oil
20 – 40 drops total other oils of choice, including Melaleuca, Frankincense, Lavender, etc. (optional)
1. Add oils, one by one, to your container of choice. (I used an old essential oil bottle that used to hold one of the oils in this blend.) You can purchase blue cobalt bottles here, which are thought by some to be the preferred glass for storing essential oils.
2. Shake bottle and use as desired.
1. Eucalyptus oils have a component that is poisonous. Typically most essential oils companies mention this toxicity regarding Eucalyptus Globulus only. According to this, you would need to ingest 3.5 ml of the oil to be fatal. So for sure keep these oils out of the reach of children. For safety reasons, Eucalyptus Citriodora might be the best choice to use in this blend though the big oils companies use Eucalyptus Radiata in theirs. Make sure to read the labels on your essential oils bottles carefully before using.
2. This oil blend is hot. It can burn sensitive skin, or throat lining, etc. Use with caution and dilute appropriately. I encourage you to do your own research to find out what dilution works best for you. This Fractionated Coconut Oil is the most used oil for blending of essential oils.
3. According to current research, essential oils should not be used topically on children 2 and under. Also, due to its high 1,8 Cineole constituent, Eucalyptus radiata should not be used on children who have chronic respiratory issues. This blend is usually considered a “hot” blend and as such should always be diluted for topical use.
More Essential Oils Resources
Interested in making More Essential Oils Blends? Aromatherapy: A Holistic Guide to Natural Healing with Essential Oils has a bunch of recipe blends for health and beauty to get you on your way.
This book is really great. It has a reference guide, very useful blends that work, and it's user-friendly.
Plus, the oils used in the blends are readily available so you aren't going to be going on a wild goose chase trying to find specialty oils that almost no one carries.
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Have you used an antibacterial essential oils blend before?