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How to Make Your Own Thieves Essential Oil – Plus Its Uses

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In this post: Do you love the scent and potential germ-killing abilities of thieves essential oil? If you have a few oils on hand, you can easily make your own thieves type essential oil.

*This recipe has not been scientifically tested, nor are we at Home Made Lovely qualified to speak to its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antiviral agent. We will not be held responsible for its use. Please use common sense and good hygiene. 


If you are a fan of essential oils, you’ve probably heard of Thieves (Young Living), On Guard (DoTerra), Guardian (Eden’s Garden), Health Shield (Healing Garden), Germ Fighter (Plant Therapy) or Nature’s Shield (NOW) essential oil blends. They all have a nice spiced scent that can be used for so many different things around your home. Plus these blends of clove, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus and citrus oils all have a fun story behind them. 

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History of Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves oil is based on a story from the 15th century, when Europe and Asia were being devastated by the bubonic plague. The european group of four thieves seemed completely indifferent to the disease  while robbing hundreds of corpses.  According to the story not even one of the thieves contracted the deadly and highly contagious disease. When they were finally caught and sent to court the magistrate offered them a deal – their secret for a reduced sentence.

The original Thieves essential oil comes as a vinegar and consists of a variety of aromatic herbs, such as clove, cinnamon and rosemary, as well as eucalyptus and lemon. One of the popular blends of Thieves oil based on the Thieves story is a combination of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary.

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How to Make Your Own Thieves Essential Oil

I thought it would be great to share how to make your own thieves style oil blend, and all the different uses for it. If you have a handful of oils on hand, you can easily make your own Thieves Essential Oil, and reap the same amazing benefits from this wonder oil.

*This recipe has not been scientifically tested, nor are we at Home Made Lovely qualified to speak to its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antiviral agent. We will not be held responsible for its use. Please use common sense and good hygiene. 

Instructions

  1. Put these oils in a dark glass bottle, I just reuse an old essential oil bottle I have, or you can buy them easily online.
  2. Then just shake it up, and you have your own mixture to use!

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Top 12 Household Uses for Thieves Essential Oil

*This recipe has not been scientifically tested, nor are we at Home Made Lovely qualified to speak to its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antiviral agent. We will not be held responsible for its use. Please use common sense and good hygiene. 

Diffusing

Depending on the brand of diffuser you own will depend on how much to use. A general guide is around 10-15 drops of Thieves and diffuses for 30 minutes around 3 times a day.

All-Purpose Spray

Add 1 drop of Thieves to each 1/2 ounce of water in a glass spray bottle. Shake well for each use, and use to clean counters, tables, etc. It acts like a regular all-purpose spray.

Cleaning Toys

You can add a few drops of essential oils into the washer or even the sink when you hand wash toys. This is from plastic toys to stuffed animals. This is great to do when your kiddos are sick for some extra cleaning power and a great mood-boosting scent.

Floor Cleaner

When you go to mop the floor, add around 10 drops into half a bucket of water, and use that instead of a mop cleaner.

Freshen Room

I use the all-purpose homemade cleaner and spray on the furniture, curtains, and even beds to help freshen up rooms and disinfect. Don’t put oil directly on furniture or fabrics of course.

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Laundry

You can add 4-5 drops in each load of laundry to help really clean and deodorize your clothing. This works wonderfully with bedding, make sure to use regular or homemade laundry soap as well.

A Sore Throat

There’s been anecdotal evidence that Thieves provide some relief for a sore throat. Add 2 drops to around 2 tablespoons of water and gargle if you have a sore throat. Do this a few times throughout the day. Spit out when finished. (Do NOT ingest!)

Sick

If you feel a stuffy nose, cough or fever coming on, rub some oil on your feet and along your spine, mixed with a carrier oil (like sweet almond, jojoba, coconut or olive oil), to help you breathe better.

Headache Relief

Put a drop of thieves on your thumb and place it on the roof of your mouth. This will help relieve a headache fast. It can burn and tingle a little if you are sensitive use a carrier oil with it.

Immune Support

Take a diluted thieves oil, with a carrier oil and apply to bottoms of your feet. Do this once in morning and once at night to help boost your immunity. Great for cold and flu season for symptomatic relief.

Dishwasher

If you have a dishwasher add a few drops into the soap dispenser before you start it, to help deodorize and clean your dishes.

Cell Phone

Our phones get SO dirty, spray the all-purpose spray on a cloth and wipe down your entire phone. Helps clean and potentially disinfect.

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Printable: How to Make Your Own Thieves Essential Oil - Plus Its Uses

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Do you love the scent and potential germ-killing abilities of thieves essential oil? If you have a few oils on hand, you can easily make your own thieves type essential oil.

Instructions

  1. Put these oils in a dark glass bottle, I just reuse an old essential oil bottle I have, or you can buy them easily online.
  2. Then just shake it up, and you have your own mixture to use!

Notes

Top 12 Household Uses for Thieves Essential Oil


*This recipe has not been scientifically tested, nor are we at Home Made Lovely qualified to speak to its effectiveness as an antibacterial or antiviral agent. We will not be held responsible for its use. Please use common sense and good hygiene. 

Diffusing

Depending on the brand of diffuser you own will depend on how much to use. A general guide is around 10-15 drops of Thieves and diffuses for 30 minutes around 3 times a day.

All-Purpose Spray

Add 1 drop of Thieves to each 1/2 ounce of water in a glass spray bottle. Shake well for each use, and use to clean counters, tables, etc. It acts like a regular all-purpose spray.

Cleaning Toys

You can add a few drops of essential oils into the washer or even the sink when you hand wash toys. This is from plastic toys to stuffed animals. This is great to do when your kiddos are sick for some extra cleaning power and a great mood-boosting scent.

Floor Cleaner

When you go to mop the floor, add around 10 drops into half a bucket of water, and use that instead of a mop cleaner.

Freshen Room

I use the all-purpose homemade cleaner and spray on the furniture, curtains, and even beds to help freshen up rooms and disinfect. Don’t put oil directly on furniture or fabrics of course.

Laundry

You can add 4-5 drops in each load of laundry to help really clean and deodorize your clothing. This works wonderfully with bedding, make sure to use regular or homemade laundry soap as well.

A Sore Throat

There's been anecdotal evidence that Thieves provide some relief for a sore throat. Add 2 drops to around 2 tablespoons of water and gargle if you have a sore throat. Do this a few times throughout the day. Spit out when finished. (Do NOT ingest!)

Sick

If you feel a stuffy nose, cough or fever coming on, rub some oil on your feet and along your spine, mixed with a carrier oil (like sweet almond, jojoba, coconut or olive oil), to help you breathe better.

Headache Relief

Put a drop of thieves on your thumb and place it on the roof of your mouth. This will help relieve a headache fast. It can burn and tingle a little if you are sensitive use a carrier oil with it.

Immune Support

Take a diluted thieves oil, with a carrier oil and apply to bottoms of your feet. Do this once in morning and once at night to help boost your immunity. Great for cold and flu season for symptomatic relief.

Dishwasher

If you have a dishwasher add a few drops into the soap dispenser before you start it, to help deodorize and clean your dishes.

Cell Phone

Our phones get SO dirty, spray the all-purpose spray on a cloth and wipe down your entire phone. Helps clean and potentially disinfect.

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What’s next?

Do you want to use essential oils in your home more, but feel like there’s so much info out there? 

Check out The Complete Guide to Using Essential Oils in Your Home packed with everything you need to know to – without the overwhelm.

Includes: which grades of essential oils to use, which ones to avoid for pets and babies and the top 13 essential oils that are perfect for beginners. Plus, recipes and tips for making your own home remedies, soaps, scrubs and cleaners and more. 

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36 Comments

  1. I love your posts! This essential oil one leaves me wanting to whip up a batch of thieves 🙂 where do you purchase your essential oils from? lots of times they are super $$$ and I have bought some before for better $ from home store by me and been disappointed in the quality. thank you!

    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying our posts! I usually buy them from Amazon, it seems to be cheaper. The difference in the home store ones is usually they’re either fragrance oils vs essential oils or they’re very diluted. I like a few brands. NOW is a brand I like. You can also look for either the Amazon recommended version or the Best Seller, when you look at Amazon for specific oils.

  2. I enjoy your blog and all the recipes.

    But I rarely read it because of the light type you use to “highlight” some words. Although it may be for emphasis it is extremely hard to read for those of us who don’t see so well.

  3. Such perfect timing for a recipe for Theives oil!! I’ve heard you should just keep it going all day in a diffuser sine we are in such a terrible flu season righ now and this can protect your family from getting sick-
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. So handy for this time of year! Even though buying all the EOs might be a little pricey at first, you can make so many more batches and save money in the long run, I’m sure!

  5. I am a regular EO user and I have always wanted a recipe for this! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home! I will feature this week at Home Sweet Home!

  6. How can you suggest gargling with this concoction when at least 2 of these oils say not to ingest them? Is using that many drops of other brands really save
    money vs buying thieves?

  7. I am just learning about the use of essential oils. I recently had plastic surgery on my face for extensive basal cell carcinoma. It is healing well, but I am having trouble with continued scabbing on the tip of my nose. Thought I would try oils. I want to learn all I can about this change in my life. I am 73 years old, but it’s never to late to learn!

  8. Thanks for the recipe. I was told you need some soap in your water to help mix properly. I do have some problem with the castile soap because I don’t find it mixes easy. Am I putting too much in?
    I find that the cheapest and the best quality essential oils come from PLant Therapy, cheaper than amazon. Check it out great company because I have spent a lot of money and now buy here.

  9. Could you specify the type of oil? For example when I looked up clove essential oil there was clove bud and clove leaf. Please specify for all the oils. Thank you!

  10. In the all purpose cleaner, is that the correct measurements? 1 drop per 1/2 oz of water and 1 quart would be 64 drops of oil in 32 oz of water.

  11. Right now my bank account is in the negative $5 and some change…or I would definitely purchase your book.
    I’m 76 and my fixed income just does not stretch…far enough!i