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January 29

Making Thieves Oil

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Most of you perhaps know what Thieves Oil is, but if not I have a story for you! The name and recipe for Thieves Oil have an interesting backstory and describes why this blend of oils is so great for you.

The recipe differs and dates back to the Middle Ages where Thieves Oil kept a group of merchants safe from the Black Plague. The mixtures of antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties were able to stave off the Plague and keep these merchants safe.

The Thieves Story

In the early 1990s Gary Young learned about essential oils and recreated a blend he had been studying. According to Gary there are 17 various versions of the “Story of Thieves” and each has a different amounts of different oils. This made Gary to study essential oils and make the ideal Thieves Oil blend for daily use.

He studied the properties of the different oils in the multiple ingredients lists he found. His research lead to a proprietary oil blend called Young Living Thieves Essential Oil. His research also lead him to the historical story of the “Thieves” this blend is named after.

Actually spice traders and merchants, the “Thieves” lived in the 15th century and traded the likes of cinnamon and cloves from India across Europe. When the bubonic plague struck, international shipping and trade stopped. The spice traders needed a way to support themselves.

A Dark Time

Dead bodies all around, the Thieves decided to loot the plague-ridden bodies to sell the found clothes, boots, jewellery, pots, pans – everything they could get their hands on to exchange for food and money. They knew about spices and their medicinal properties and believed they wouldn’t get sick from the dead bodies if they used their knowledge of spices, vinegars, and oils.

Because their repossession process was lucrative the King found out. He wanted to know their secret – why were they not getting sick? Four of the Thieves were caught and brought before the King. He gave them a choice: Share the secret or be burned at the stake.

A Kingly Proposition

They told him the oil blend secret and the rest is history. The King spread word around town and spread the “medicine” also. A few recipes have stuck around, so you can create your own Thieves Oil blend, or buy a premixed blend wherever you buy your essential oils.

How To Make Thieves Oil

Thieves Oil Blend #1

40 drops of Clove Essential Oil

35 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

20 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil

15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Thieves Oil Blend #2

200 drops of Clove Essential Oil

175 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

100 drops of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

75 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

50 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Thieves Oil Blend #3

1 tbs Clove Essential Oil

1 tbs Lemon Essential Oil

2 ½ tsp Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

2 tsp Eucalyptus Essential Oil

2 tsp Rosemary Essential Oil

Thieves Oil Blend #4

2 tsp Clove Essential Oil

1 1⁄2 tsp Lemon Essential Oil

1 tsp Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

3⁄4 tsp Eucalyptus Essential Oil

1⁄2 tsp Rosemary Essential Oil

Note: One 15 ml bottle of essential oil contains approximately 255 drops. One 5 ml bottle contains approximately 85 drops.

Store these blends in a dark bottle, in a cool place out of the sun. You can use Thieves Oil daily as it can be beneficial in so many ways – not to mention it has a nice cinnamon scent. You can diffuse the oil, use it topically, clean household items with it, or ingest it to aid digestion and support your immune system.

Diffusing Thieves Oil

This purifies the air in your home, gets rid of odours, acts aromatically to support your lungs and sinuses. Diffuse 15–20 drops of Thieves Oil for 15 minutes three or four times a day in an essential oil diffuser. As you breathe the oil you will strengthen your lungs, sinuses, and entire respiratory system.

Thieves Oil All-Purpose Spray

Make an easy all-purpose spray out of Thieves Oil and water in a spray bottle to clean and disinfect just about everything. Take odor out of pet beds, clean microbial bacteria off surfaces, and keep baby’s room spic and span with Thieves Oil.

Note: Cats cannot process essential oils — if you’re using this blend to clean a litter box that’s fine, but do not spray on a cat’s bed or use as an aromatic without a diffuser if you’re a cat person.

Add 1 drop of Thieves Oil for every ½ ounce of water used. This is a strong solution that can be lessened to 1 drop per 1 oz if you find it overpowering. You’ll need to shake the bottle vigorously

Topical Thieves Oil

1 drop of Thieves Oil to 4 drops carrier oil. (Grapeseed, Jojoba, Coconut, Avocado – any healthy oil will act as a carrier)

This lets you use Thieves Oil topically. Some people can use Thieves Oil without a carrier, but others’ skin will get irritated. You can massage this blend on your feet, lower back, neck, and behind your ears. Rubbing this oil blend on your feet daily promotes a healthy immune system.

Household Uses

Because of its antibacterial properties, Thieves Oil is a great all-around cleaner. Add to laundry loads, dishwasher loads, and floor and countertops to remove any stubborn, sticky buildup or even just to give a great, deep clean.

You can freshen up your kids’ stuffed animals or your dog’s bed, clean your cell phone and other devices, even keep plants bug-free and happy. Adding Thieves Oil to a cotton ball placed in the home, car, or office air vents eliminates nasty odors. Thieves Oil even helps to dispel bed bugs!

Massage Therapy

Dilute 15 drops of Thieves Oil with 15 drops of carrier oil and massage over lungs, chest, and back to improve your respiratory system. Massaged into the back, thighs, and neck helps relieve minor aches and pains that come with your daily routine. You can also use Thieves Oil to relieve insect bites.

Ingesting Thieves Oil

Add 1 drop of Thieves oil to a bottle of water and drink all day long. This will help clean your digestive tract and strengthen a healthy immune system. Add Thieves Oil to a cup of warm water and drink as a tea. Wait 15 minutes before eating, and benefit from the system-cleansing oil.

Add 2–3 drops to 2 Tbsp of water and gargle to relieve a sore or dry throat. You can even add 1 drop of Thieve Oil to 1 oz of water and, using a spray bottle, spray onto the back of your throat.

Miscellaneous Uses

Dilute 1 drop of Thieves Oil into 4 drops of carrier oil and apply to the affected area. You can apply the oil directly, or using a gauze or bandage.

To relieve a headache, put a drop of Thieves Oil on your thumb and place against the roof of your mouth. Be sure not to lick your lips as this may burn.

A few drops of Thieves Oil in a bowl of steaming water and lean over the bowl covering your head with a towel. Inhale the vapors for sinus and lung support.

Using Thieves Oil topically supports healthy skin, and can help fight acne and other skin issues. Thieves Oil can also be used in the bathroom as toothpaste or mouthwash. Use 1 drop per ounce for mouthwash, and 2 drops to 4 Tbsp of baking soda and shake well.

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