I want to make up some hand sanitizer and antibacterial spray over the weekend in preparation for cold and flu season. I have several recipes that use different essential oils but this time I want to try using Thieves Oil.
Haven’t heard of Thieves Oil? If you do a quick Google search you’ll find a lot of variations on the story. The gist of the story is that thieves and grave robbers originally created the oil to protect themselves from catching the plague while robbing the bodies of the ill and deceased. When they were caught, the thieves handed over the recipe in exchange for a less severe punishment for their crimes. Whether the story is true or not, most modern recipes use clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils for their antiseptic and antiviral properties.
You can buy Thieves Oil blends from some essential oil companies but I already had a few empty bottles and all the individual oils on hand, so I made my own following this recipe* from Mountain Rose Herbs:
- 40 drops organic Clove Bud essential oil
- 35 drops organic Lemon essential oil
- 20 drops organic Cinnamon Bark essential oil
- 15 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops organic Rosemary essential oil
*Along with the recipe, Mountain Rose Herbs cautions: Essential oils are highly concentrated, strong, and powerful liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully and properly. This is an especially potent blend of essential oils which could cause irritation when applied to the skin, even in diluted amounts. We advocate caution when using them, and do not recommend using essential oils internally. Please keep essential oils out of reach of children. We do not advocate usage of this recipe on babies, toddlers, or children.
I’ll share a couple recipes for things you can make with Thieves Oil over the next few days.