For those who have never heard of thieves’ oil, welcome to the fold. It’s not actually one oil, but a super potent antimicrobial blend of cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, and rosemary oils, which gives it a comforting aromatic hit like something fresh-baked for the winter holiday. It’s truly a nurturing powerhouse for many uses, and one you’ll want to keep on hand in every room, bag, and medicine cabinet.
While the name doesn’t quite connote the comforting, healing power of its contents, it makes sense. The tale behind thieves’ oil is that it was quite literally used by thieves who were robbing the sick. They would douse themselves in this blend to protect them from whatever airborne illness their victims were suffering, so that they could safely swindle them without catching what they had. If that doesn’t speak volumes of its immunoprotective properties, we’ll divulge a bit more. Here’s how to use this power blend:
Because thieves’ oil is antimicrobial—meaning that it kills bacteria, viruses, and harmful fungi—it’s a great concentrate to use around the house. Mix about 10-15 drops of oil per ounce of water and add it to a spray bottle. Shake before spritzing and douse on countertops, doorknobs, bathroom surfaces, etc. It will give your home a super fresh scent without smelling sterile.
If you feel a cold coming on, breathe in thieves’ oil’s healing properties by steaming it in a bowl or adding it to your home diffuser. Add a few drops to your tea or fresh juice a few times a day to boost your immune system against the onslaught of sickness. Add a dab to your hands, between your toes, and on the bottoms of the feet (where our transdermal pores are the largest) before travel to let the properties seep into your extremities.
Thieves’ oil is a great defender for simple airborne ailments like the common cold, but it’s also useful against much more threatening afflictions. This study shows that the spice oils in thieves’ blend have shown to be effective in treating lingering cases of Lyme disease even after it has resisted antibiotics.
The fresh and vital scent of thieves’ oil also has energizing and mood-brightening effects. Not only is it perfect in your diffuser for immunity, it’s also great for relaxing and revitalizing the mind for focus. You can also dilute thieves’ oil in a carrier like sweet almond or jojoba and dab it directly on your skin around your temples, or massage it into your hands and elbows to breathe the scent in all day.
Because thieves’ oil is a blend that kills microbial organisms, it’s great for fighting and preventing infections that can worsen wounds, make them last longer, and cause scarring. Some studies show that the ingredients in thieves’ oil can speed the time it takes for small wounds to heal.
Reduce pain from muscle soreness, tension, headaches, nausea, and more with the analgesic properties of several of the oils in this potent blend. Apply to temples or palms, rub the hands together, and inhale deeply for a rejuvenating, comforting scent and relief through aromatherapy.
We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about protecting and nourishing our gums, but we should. Many dangerous diseases—even cardiovascular diseases—can originate in the mouth, specifically in the gums. Clove and cinnamon, found in thieves’ oil, are soothing, nourishing, and cleansing, and a great way to protect and heal the gums. Massage into gums after brushing to freshen the breath, reduce cravings, and safeguard gum health for a gleaming smile.
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