It's a rough world we live in today. The germs, bacteria and respiratory viruses that surround us have never been stronger or more antibiotic-resistant. With cold and flu season in full swing it's more important than ever to keep your body on alert against attacks to your immune system. Whether you're trying to battle the "bug" at the office or warding off household germs that family members leave behind, the arsenal of natural Thieves-enhanced products delivers positive antiseptic benefits to cleanse, calm and sooth you—body and soul.
We should have a bottle of Thieves oil in their natural first aid kit to help kill germs in your body and around your home.
Black Plague & Thieves OilCentury after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimated the population of Asia and Europe for the better part of a thousand years. Out of this period emerged a legend of four thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes.
Whether or not the legend is true, the ingredients in this mixture are antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral, and have immune-stimulating properties. That means it should keep just about any flu, cold or virus at bay.
In fact, Thieves oil (sometimes called Four Thieves oil) was tested by Weber State University in Utah in 1997, and found to kill 99% of airborne bacteria when diffused into a room.
How to Use Thieves Oil
Thieves oil is one of Ten ways to Strenghthen Your Immune System, but that is not all Thieves oil can do for you. Here are some suggestions for how you can use it.
Thieves Oil for Household Use
Diffusing - Diffusing Thieves Oil will purify the air, kill germs and eliminate odors. Diffuse several drops of thieves oil for 20-30 minutes three or four times a day in an essential oil diffuser, nebulizer, or in a pot of simmering water on the stove.
If our house or family members have been exposed to any colds, flu or other infectious illnesses, we run the diffuser continuously for a few days. At the very first sign of any cold or flu we diffuse the oil continually until symptoms subside.
We also run the diffuser in the bedroom of anyone who is sick, while they sleep at night. This provides a constant flow of the therapeutic oils into the respiratory tract, and is very healing.
Thieves Oil Recipe All-Purpose Spray - This all-purpose spray solution cleans and disinfects around the home, purifying the air and eliminating odors. Add 1 drop of thieves oil for each ounce of water in a spray bottle. Add the thieves oil first, then add water. It mixes better that way. Shake vigorously before each use.
Use in the air or on countertops, doorknobs, toys, phones, litter boxes, pet beds, and other places that need disinfecting.
Dishwasher and Laundry - Add 4-5 drops to your dishwasher soap cup or to the water in your laundry machine to thoroughly clean, eliminate bacteria and odors. This is especially great to use for washing cloth diapers.
Floors - add a 10-15 drops to ½ bucket of cleaning water.
Pests - To repel aphids, ants or bedbugs, spray plants, surfaces, floors, and mattresses with a mixture of 2 drops thieves to every 4 ounces of water.
Thieves Oil for Common Ailments
Basic Thieves Oil Recipe for Massage - Add 1 drop of thieves oil to 4 drops of a nice massage carrier oil like almond, jojoba, grapeseed or olive oils. Massage on the feet, lower back, neck and behind the ears. On babies, massage just their feet. Test for sensitivity first.
Colds, Flu and Bronchitis - Dilute 15 drops Thieves oil with 15 drops of a carrier oil like almond, olive or jojoba. Apply to lower back (where viruses and bacteria tend to hibernate), to the upper back of thighs, and back of neck to help with symptoms. For coughs and bronchitis, also apply to your feet, sternum, chest and throat.
If you can take a stronger blend, add a few more drops of Thieves oil, to tolerance. (See caution below)
Head and lung congestion - Place a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water, cover head with towel and inhale vapors.
Sore throat - Add 2-3 drops to 2 Tablespoons. of water and gargle, or add 1 drop of thieves and 1 drop lemon essential oil in warm water, drink as tea. You can also make a throat spray using 1 drop of Thieves oil to 1 ounce of water.
Headache - Place a drop of Thieves oil on your thumb and place your thumb on the roof of your mouth. May require repeated applications. Be careful not to lick your lips because the cinnamon bark oil in the mixture can burn. Use vegetable or carrier oil to wipe off if you do.
Cuts, scrapes - Dilute 1 drop thieves oil to 4 drops of carrier oil apply to wound or scrape to help prevent infection, reduce pain and inflammation, and speed healing. You can also apply diluted Thieves oil to your gauze or bandage.
Poison ivy, insect bites (mosquito, bee & wasp stings) - Combine 1 drop of Thieves oil and 1 drop of lavender essential oil for each ounce of water in a spray bottle, and use on insect bites, poison oak, and poison ivy rashes to reduce inflammation, pain, itching, and irritation.
Bad breath, tooth decay - Add a drop of Thieves oil to your toothbrush to kill germs in your mouth and sanitize your toothbrush. Or, alternatively, add a couple drops to 4 tbsp. of baking soda, place in small container (not plastic) and shake well. Dip toothbrush in mixture and brush.
Immune support – For protection against colds, flu, and other infectious disease apply a few drops of Thieves oil undiluted directly to the bottom of feet. You can also rub a few drops into your hands as a safe, natural hand sanitizer.
Caution: The cinnamon bark, clove and eucalyptus oils in Thieves oil can feel very “hot” or irritating to babies and people with sensitive skin. Always test yourself or your child for sensitivity, and dilute your Thieves oil with a carrier oil like almond, grapeseed or olive oil to the strength you can tolerate. If for some reason you use too much or it feels too strong, use carrier or vegetable oil to quickly remove it from your skin.