Essential Oil Blends: THIEVES®


Young Living’s Thieves® blend of highly antiseptic and antiviral essential oils helps protect against viral and bacterial infection and stimulate the immune system helping the body to protect itself against the onset of the common cold and flu.

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Thieves® essential oil blend may also help with sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, coughs, strep throat, sore throats, and candida yeast infection. It is also useful in treating gum disease, toothache, cold sores, and canker sores. Thieves® blend may be used externally for bruises, cuts, slivers, and infections. SEE APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

black plague

THIEVES® therapeutic grade essential oil blend was created by D. Gary Young from research based on one of the more dramatic history lessons regarding essential oils:

During the bubonic “Black Plague” of the 15th century, which in five years wiped out over 25 million people (one third of the population of the region), a band of thieves were caught in the act of robbing the dead and dying. Though the plague was extremely contagious, not one of this band of thieves ever contracted the dreaded plague. They were brought before the King, who forced them to divulge a most curious secret. The thieves had been rubbing oils on themselves to avoid contracting the plague.

The King, eager to protect himself and the royal family, demanded they disclose the formula of herbs, spices and oils they were using to protect themselves.

Soon enough the truth came out. The thieves were all members of the same family – a long lineage of Apothecaries. They say it only takes one generation to lose important knowledge if it is not passed on…We can take a lesson from those who preserved a working knowledge of healing and medicinal aromatic plants, herbs, and spices, and of the powerful volatile oils distilled from them.

M0001669 An apothecary (a man using pestle and mortar). Oil painting

Because of their intimate knowledge of the healing arts, passed down from generation to generation, they were familiar with a combination of specific plant oils that, when rubbed over the human body, would protect the body from contracting this most feared and deadly disease. The King forced the thieves to divulge the specific plant oils used, and the formula for extracting them from the plants. With that vital information in hand, he was thereby able to protect himself and his family from the deadly plague.

The recipe for the “thieves oils” can still be found in the Royal English Archives to this day. In fact, it is widely known that many perfume distillers and tanners in 15th century England were also able to escape the Black Plague because they were exposed in their daily work to the powerful plant oils used in the making of various perfumes and in the scenting of their leather goods. The plant oils they used exhibited phenomenal antimicrobial properties, and they were protected by these antimicrobial actions.

Today, “Thieves” oil is a proprietary blend of pure essential oils tested at
Weber State University, Ogden, UT, during 1997, demonstrated to have a
99.96 percent effective kill rate against airborne bacteria (Gram-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa) after just 12 minutes of Thieves® diffusion.

The Blend ~ Ingredients:

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) ~ one of the most antimicrobial, antiseptic anti-infectious of all the essential oils! Clove is also antiviral, and antifungal. Additional benefits: Clove is immune-stimulating, analgesic (stops pain), and aromatically helps create a feeling of protection and courage.

Lemon (Citrus limon) ~ has antiseptic properties and contains immune-boosting properties. It is great for the respiratory system. Lemon promotes circulation, formation of white blood cells, and supports lymphatic function. Additional benefits: Aromatically, Lemon is enhancing to other oils, invigorating, and warming.

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) ~ part of the anti-plague formula given to Moses (Exodus 30:22-27), cinnamon is one of the most powerful antiseptics known. (I’ve been putting cinnamon in my morning coffee throughout cold and flu season for years!) Cinnamon purifies, oxygenates, and enhances the activity of the other oils in the blend. It is strongly antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Additional benefits: Cinnamon is warming and has a stimulating / toning effect on the circulatory system.

Eucalyptus Radiata (E. radiata) ~ this variety of eucalyptus is anti-infectious, antibacterial, and antiviral, as well as anti-inflammatory. Has a profound antiviral effect upon the respiratory system.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT cineol) ~ is antiseptic and antimicrobial – high in cineole – a key ingredient in antiseptic drugs. Additional benefits: Rosemary may also help to balance heart function, energize the solar plexus, and reduce mental fatigue, even significantly improving memory!

Thieves ingredients list

APPLICATION: How To Use Young Living’s Thieves® Essential Oil Blend:

  • TOPICAL APPLICATION: Dilute 1 part Thieves® blend to 4 parts carrier oil such as V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, or coconut oil before applying to the skin, especially of young children. Apply to bottoms of feet and then put socks on. Massage over Thymus gland, throat, stomach, or abdomen. Dilute 1:15 (approx. 1 drop Thieves® to 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil) and massage under arms to stimulate the lymphatic system. Adults may apply neat (undiluted) to bottoms of feet.
  • DIFFUSE: Place 3 to 5 drops Thieves® blend in an ultrasonic diffuser – diffuse for 15 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours. OR put 4 to 8 drops on cotton balls or tissues and place in or on vents (car, humidifier, etc). Place 2 drops on a damp cloth and put in clothes dryer to infuse clothing as it dries.
  • ORAL USE: Adults only: at onset of headache or viral infection, place 1 drop of Thieves® blend on tongue and push against the roof of the mouth. OR place 1 drop on tooth brush when brushing teeth.

SAFEY / CAUTIONS: The 100.00% pure Thieves® therapeutic grade essential oil blend contains what are known as ‘hot oils’ which can result in contact sensitization if applied undiluted. DO NOT apply neat (undiluted) to mucous membranes, or on any sensitive tissues of the body.


Did you know that Young Living also infuses a complete line of products with Thieves® essential oil blend, for both personal care, and safe natural household cleaning?

Thieves proprietary products

With a Young Living member account you can save 24% on all authentic Young Living Thieves® products for yourself and your home. Click HERE and follow the prompts to begin.

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References:  The Ultimate Antiseptics: 12 Essential Oils That Wipe Out Disease-Causing Bacteria, Dr. Carolyn DeMarco, MD. 2006. Life Science Publishing.  Essential Oils Desk Reference, Sixth Edition. © 2014, Life Science Publishing.  The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele. ©2014. Robert Rose Inc., School of Nature’s Remedies – Core Vigor and Vitality, Doctor Mom ~ Urgent Care for Everyday Ailments, © 2012 Life Science Publishing., Experience The World of Essential Oils Version 2.0, Young Living Essential Oils.

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