9 Impressive Thieves Essential Oil Benefits & Uses

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Thieves essential oil is well known to reduce stress, neutralize bacterial and viral pathogens, improve digestion, strengthen bones and reduce inflammation, as well as lowering fevers, healing skin conditions, aiding weight loss and strengthening the respiratory system.

Thieves essential oil is also one of the oldest and most interesting oils, based on the unique history of how and why it was developed. First and foremost, it is important to mention the five ingredients of thieves essential oil – clove, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus, and cinnamon bark oils.


More than 600 years ago, as the Plague raged across Europe, millions of people were becoming desperate. Economies were collapsing, entire neighborhoods were falling ill and dying within days, and citizens needed to find new ways to survive. As legend tells it, thieves essential oil was created by spice merchants who had seen the international spice trade completely dry up, leaving them without any form of income. Using their knowledge and remaining resources, a handful of these spice merchants chose to instead break into plague-infected homes and literally rob the dead of their possessions. By spreading this combination of essential oils on their clothes and skin, which resulted in quite a potent smell, it was believed that they would be protected from any airborne plague germs.

Apparently, the mixture worked, but after the king of England found out about these clever thieves, and their secret formula, he demanded they share the recipe or be killed. After that, the recipe for thieves essential oil was released to the public, where it has remained an anecdotal piece of history ever since. However, aside from protecting those original thieves from the plague, thieves essential oil has a number of other health benefits that have kept it in use for centuries.

Benefits & Uses of Thieves Essential Oil

The benefits and uses of thieves essential oil are particularly valuable for people suffering from a weak immune system, gastrointestinal problems, inflammatory conditions, skin irritation, poor respiratory health, obesity, hypertension, and osteoporosis, among others.

Reduces Fever

Clove essential oil is well known to possess anti-inflammatory abilities, while lemon oil can effectively reduce fevers and lower levels of free radical activity. The best thing about thieves essential oil is that with a combination of such powerful ingredients, there are bound to be overlapping and complementary abilities. Rosemary essential oil is also linked to joint disorders and relieving pain and inflammation in the muscles.

Improves Respiratory Health

Eucalyptus and cinnamon oils are particularly effective at treating respiratory disorders, as they can both behave as expectorants, meaning they help to expel mucus and phlegm. Furthermore, these two oils have strong antibacterial properties, so they can attack the underlying infection in the respiratory tracts to speed the healing process. The clove oil in thieves essential oil can also help soothe any inflammation in the throat to reduce discomfort and pain.

Boosts Digestion

Rosemary and clove oils have long been connected to digestive health, and are capable of eliminating bloating, cramping, and constipation, while also improving the bacterial balance in the gut and ensuring that nutrient uptake is efficient. Lemon oil can also help to reduce indigestion and other stomach issues, so in combination, thieves essential oil ingredients are excellent as a pre and post meal remedy.

Strengthens Immune System

All of the ingredients in thieves essential oil have an impact on the immune system, either with antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic or antioxidant qualities. This is what made this oil so popular back in Medieval times, as it was believed to be a protective shield against the plague. As it turns out, the concentrated infection-fighting chemicals in this oil make for a great defense of the body against infections of all kinds.

Improves Bone Health

This isn’t the most common use of thieves essential oil, but the active ingredients in clove oil are known to stimulate the absorption of essential minerals by the body, leading to healthier bones and a lower chance of developing osteoporosis.

Weight Loss

Lemon essential oil has been considered a weight-loss tool for quite a while, as it can stimulate the release of certain hormones in the body that signal “fullness”. Furthermore, the metabolism-boosting properties of thieves essential oil can increase passive fat-burning, which is a major bonus to anyone who is trying to lose weight.

Home Cleaner

Many people use thieves essential oil, in small amounts, as a house cleaner. With an excellent aroma (the cinnamon cuts through the strongest) and powerful antiseptic properties, giving the surfaces in your home a quick wipe while thieves essential oil makes it much harder for germs and bacteria to take hold.

Skin Care

Eucalyptus and lemon oils have strong disinfectant and antiseptic properties, making them excellent for cleaning surfaces in your home, but also your skin. By mixing thieves essential oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil, you can apply it directly to the skin to help clear up skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis. You can also apply it to lines and wrinkles to allow the antioxidants to take effect, leaving your skin rejuvenated and protected.

Essential Oil Diffusion

Thieves essential oil can be diffused throughout your home for excellent results, filling the space with a warm, inviting smell, while also slowly being inhaled and distributed on the body. This type of full-body immersion isn’t how this oil was originally used, but it can provide access to the wide range of health benefits listed above.

How Do You Make Thieves Essential Oil?

You can make thieves essential oil in a number of ways, but the vast majority of recipes include five essential oils: clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. There are various recipes that have been popularized over the centuries, but these are the five base ingredients you will find in most thieves essential oil preparations. In all recipes, clove, and lemon essential oils are the dominant ingredients.


  • 2 tablespoons of clove essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons of rosemary essential oil
  • 2.5 teaspoons of cinnamon bark oil

Step 1 – Gather all five essential oils and a larger bottle, tinted blue or brown.

Step 2 – Add all five ingredients to the larger bottle.

Step 3 – Shake vigorously and then store the bottle in a cool, dark, and dry place.

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