It’s that time of year when colds, flu, sore throats and more are starting to attack. I’ve not felt well all week, and when I discovered that my trusted urgent care center was closed tonight, I decided I needed to take matters into my own hands.
I remembered some talk of an essential oil blend that is supposed to be great for viruses, and a quick Google check led me to an immune-boosting blend commonly known as “thieves” oil, sold by Young Living.
Those of you who are medieval history buffs will enjoy learning about the story of how essential oils were possibly used to fight the plague:
The recipe for this blend is believed to have originated from thieves during the 15th century. According to popular theory, the concoction was created by a group of four thieves and grave robbers to protect themselves from contracting the plague while robbing the bodies of the gravely ill and deceased. When apprehended, the thieves admitted to using the formula and disclosed the recipe in order to receive a less severe punishment for their crimes. SOURCE
No one really knows if this story is true, but we do know that the essential oils in this blend support a healthy functioning immune system. I need a healthy functioning immune system about now, and I happen to have all of these oils on hand, so I started mixing. It occurred to me that others of you might be interested in a natural way to fight the season’s viruses as well, so here you go. I’ve already slathered this concoction on my feet and chest.
Next to the ingredients below you’ll find links for the two companies I generally buy from. You can choose which company is best for you. Compare prices, look for specials or sales. I have full confidence both as far as oil quality goes.
Thieves Oil Recipe
- 40 drops Clove Bud Rocky Mountain Oils – Plant Therapy
- 35 drops Lemon Rocky Mountain Oils – Plant Therapy
- 20 drops Cinnamon Bark Rocky Mountain Oils – Plant Therapy
- 15 drops Eucalyptus Rocky Mountain Oils – Plant Therapy
- 10 drops Rosemary Rocky Mountain Oils – Plant Therapy
Mix all essential oils together in a dark glass bottle.
If you prefer to buy a pre-mixed blend, both Rocky Mountain Oils and Plant Therapy carry similar immune-boosting blends. Check out Rocky Mountain Oils’ Immune Strength and Germ Fighter from Plant Therapy.
If you have children between the ages of 2-10, there are ingredients in this recipe that are not safe for diffusing around them. For a safe immunity-boosting blend, try Immunity from Rocky Mountain Oils’ Kids Line. or Immune Boom from the Plant Therapy KidSafe Line.
5 Common Uses for Thieves Oil
There are many uses for thieves-type oils.
- Place 2-3 drops in a diffuser, nebulizer, or in a pot of simmering water on the stove. Diffuse for approximately 20-30 minutes. This is especially beneficial if someone in your home or workplace is sick.
- Fill a spray bottle with water and add the essential oil blend at a 1-2 % dilution rate. Spray on counter tops, desks, and on other surfaces to clean and disinfect. Make sure to shake before using.
- Use a 1-2% dilution rate of the essential oil blend in a base of water or alcohol, and spray onto insect bites, poison oak, and poison ivy rashes to help reduce inflammation, itching, and irritation.
- Mix the essential oil blend at a 1-2% dilution rate with organic Jojoba or Olive oil. Use as a massage oil for sore muscles, the lower back, neck, and feet. It can also be dabbed on skin throughout the day for general cold and flu prevention and immune support.
- When congested, mix a 1-2% dilution rate of the essential oil blend with organic Jojoba or Olive oil, and rub under the nose or on the chest. Or, place 1-2 drops in a bowl of hot, steaming water and inhale the vapors under a towel to relieve congestion.
This is a strong oil. Do not place it on your skin “neat” (undiluted). Always use a carrier oil. I use jojoba oil, but the other oils mentioned above are fine as well. Do not take it internally.
Why I Choose Other Essential Oil Brands Over Young Living
I know some of you are wondering — why make your own thieves oil? why not buy it from Young Living. All other things being equal, the bottom line for me is cost. A 15ml bottle of Young Living Thieves oil costs $44.41. That’s 3 tsp. of oil for that price. I have been thrilled with the quality of the organic oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. To give you an idea of the cost difference, here’s the cost from Mountain Rose for a 15 ml bottle of each of the ingredient oils:
- Clove Bud $7.50
- Lemon $5.50
- Cinnamon Bark $20.75
- Eucalyptus $2.75
- Rosemary $5.25
Total cost for the ingredients: $41.75
So the purchase of the ingredients to make thieves oil, which total 75 ml, is cheaper than the cost of the 15ml bottle of Thieves® from Young Living. That’s quite a significant difference in cost. So many never try oils because they mistakenly believe they have to buy the higher priced products like Young Living or doTerra. Hopefully, you can see that essential oils don’t have to be outrageously expensive to be great quality.
Need more convincing? You can read about how Mountain Rose Herbs obtains their oils here and how you can see all of the testing results from Rocky Mountain Oils’ oils here. If you haven’t read this independent study of myrrh that included both Mountain Rose Herbs and Young Living (as well as 3 other companies), it would be good to go read it. There’s another for peppermint here. This blogger did a personal search for the best oils and ended up choosing Rocky Mountain Oils. At the very least, you’ll get quite an education into essential oils. Read more about what she discovered here.
Please know that I am not saying that Young Living is not a great company that sells excellent essential oils. I’m sure they are and do. My point is that Mountain Rose Herbs and Plant Therapy may be just as great, selling essential oils that are just as excellent, for far less money. I like spending far less money whenever I can.
If you have experience using BOTH Young Living Oils and Mountain Rose Herbs, and can share your thoughts about the quality differences, I would love to hear more from you. I really don’t wish to just hear from those of you selling Young Living Oils without the experience of using both. I know you love Young Living.
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Never use essential oils undiluted, in the eyes or mucus membranes. Do not ingest unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep essential oils away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).
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