Posted by Jennifer Triassi, Yoga Teacher and Young Living Essential Oils Distributor
Welcome back to “Oil of the Week,” in which I introduce an essential oil and explain its uses and benefits! This week I’ll be discussing one of my absolute seasonal favorites: Thieves.
That’s right. The name is Thieves, as in Grave Robbers. Originally spice traders and merchants, these thieves imported spices, including cinnamon and clove, from India. But when the Black Plague struck, and international trade was suspended, the spice traders quickly ran out of money. So they turned to looting the homes and bodies of Plague victims. They knew that if they wore various oils and spices while they “worked”, they wouldn’t catch the highly-contagious disease! When four of the thieves were captured and brought before the King, they were forced to finally reveal their secret formula of lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon and clove!
Thieves is highly antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-infectious, and beyond the many, many ways it can be used, it just smells SO good! The cinnamon and clove are what I mainly pick up, which are perfect scents as we move into fall and the holiday seasons! Whenever I diffuse Thieves, it’s not uncommon for someone to walk into my house and ask what I’m baking.
How to use Thieves:
Apply Topically. In a few instances, Thieves can be applied neat. However, thieves is what is called a “hot” oil, meaning it can create a burning sensation when applied directly to the skin. Therefore, it is typically recommended that it is diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil or evoo. Dilution is always recommended for children.
Disinfect the air. Diffuse for 15-20 minutes to eliminate airborne bacteria. Ideal when kids or family members are sick or getting sick.
Support the immune system. Add a few drops of Thieves with a carrier oil and rub on feet (great for kids).
Disinfect surfaces for a natural clean. Just add a 5-10 drops of Thieves to a small spray bottle and fill with water. Great for baby gear, including toys, minus the harsh chemicals.
Make a homemade foaming hand soap.
Make a DIY hand sanitizer. Combine 2 Tbsp aloe vera gel, 1 Tbsp water, 1/2 tsp Vit E oil and 5 drops of Thieves in a 2 oz squeeze bottle to be carried in purse.
Use as an air freshener. Diffuse or add a 3-4 drops of Thieves to a small spray bottle and fill with water. Spray rooms, closets, shoe bins, lockers, and other areas with odor problems.
Get rid of cold sores. Apply neat (undiluted) to a relieve the pain and promote healing.
Make your own toothpaste. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water to make a paste. Add 1-2 drops of Thieves to the paste and brush teeth as usual.
Make your own cough syrup. Mix 1-2 drops of Thieves with a teaspoon of raw honey.
Soothe a sore throat. Add a few drops of Thieves to a small cup of filtered water and gargle for a few minutes. Make an all-natural throat spray by adding a few drops of Thieves and filtered water to a small spray bottle.
Clean on the go. Add a few drops of Thieves to a mini spray bottle and fill with water. Keep the spray bottle in your purse or luggage. Disinfect hotel beds, restaurant tables and chairs, high chairs, and much more.
Disinfect the dishwasher. Add a few drops of Thieves to the detergent container in your dishwasher and run a normal cycle (with or without dishes).
Sanitize a toothbrush. Add a drop of Thieves to the toothbrush head to sanitize it.
Clean floors. Add a few drops of Thieves to a sink half full of water and use to disinfect and clean wood and tile floors.
Steam clean carpets. Add a few drops of Thieves to a carpet steamer with water to disinfect and freshen carpets.
Treat fungus. Apply neat (undiluted) to feet to kill fungus and promote healing.
Soothe a bee sting. Apply neat (undiluted) to a bee sting to relieve pain and neutralize the toxin. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil for children.
Acne spot treatment. Apply neat (undiluted) to a treat acne and promote healing. The clove and lemon oils in the Thieves blend is particularly helpful in reducing acne.
Treat poison ivy. Apply diluted with a carrier oil to relieve itchiness and promote healing.
Natural pesticide. Add a few drops of Thieves to a small spray bottle and spray on plants and flowers to repel bugs.
If you have any questions, or are interested in purchasing Thieves or any other essential oils or the amazing Premium Starter Kit, please contact me!
Also, this Friday, October 17th, I am presenting "The Essential Ladies’ Night Out," at Willow Tree! It’s a 45-minute mellow flow class, followed by a 45-minute discussion/demonstration of how to use essential oils for self-care, including beauty tips, DIY hygiene products, and home remedies for common ailments, using 100% pure, therapeutic-grade Young Living Essential Oils! I can’t wait to share the oily love with you all!