ALL ABOUT THIEVES – Okay, so when I sought out to find an essential oil company that produced the best quality oils, I never imagined in a million years that one of their blends, “Thieves,” would become such a HUGE part of my life. It’s got so many uses, but my THREE favorites are its ability to keep my immune in check (a drop in my morning tea has done wonders for helping me to avoid catching colds, viruses, the flu, etc.), its ability to clean and disinfect – whether I’m using my Thieves Cleaning Spray to clean my entire house (see my other post if you’re interested in trying some of that), and last but not least, using my home-made Thieves Hand Sanitizer – now THAT stuff actually “triples” as a travel disinfectant for restaurant tables, work desks, etc., and as a fruit and veggie disinfectant spray! Yes, it’s perfectly safe to spray, wipe, rinse, dry, and eat that apple – on the go! But, another big way I use Thieves (besides cleaning) is to place a few drops in my diffuser to safely disinfect, destroy airborne germs, and simply deodorize the air! It’s spicy aroma is awesome!
But what is it about the powerful single oils used to make this blend (Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary)? They have numerous properties that make Thieves highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-parasitic,anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antispasmodic…just to name a few! And, drum roll, please…it’s a super powerful immune stimulant!
If you don’t know the story behind Thieves…you may have a hard time understanding how a little essential oil blend can do SO MUCH! So, here goes: While there are a few versions of the story, they all seem to center around one event, the Bubonic Plague. It is said that, during that time, four thieves went from house to house to rob those who had succumbed to the illness. After the thieves were captured and tried for their acts of robbery, a judge offered leniency if they would share how they were able to be in close proximity of those people who were afflicted (long and often enough) to rob them, yet not be affected by the plague, themselves.
It’s interesting to note here that, during this time of the plague striking Europe, physicians were seen wearing long black robes, wide brimmed hats, and masks that appeared to have a beak. The reason for doing this is that the masks were said to have contained a combination of herbs, spices, and essential oils that the physicians would breathe in, in order to keep themselves safe from those afflicted with the illness. Their long black robes were also said to be doused in a similar fragrant concoction and current research continues to build upon this theory.
What we do know, through extensive use and trial with the Thieves essential oil blend from Young Living is that the oils contained within it have been found to be strong enough to reduce bacterial cultures by 99.96%! This blend was created after years of research results indicated that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of these specific essential oils…period!
Many of my friends will dilute a drop or two in some coconut oil and rub it on their feet, and their children’s feet, each morning (as the pores are largest there) as a way to build the body’s immune to whatever may be going around. One time, I felt a sore throat coming on, so I placed a drop of Thieves in the back of my throat – a couple times that day…and that was the end of whatever was trying to work its way into my system!
Nowadays, I drink my tea every morning with a drop of Thieves and a drop of Lemon…that’s my daily immune/defense protocol and I’m sticking to it! Although it is a bold, powerful blend, the spice tastes heavenly in my honey-sweetened tea! Furthermore, I really don’t mind cleaning my house as much…now that I have Thieves Household Cleaner (Young Living makes an entire Thieves line of products) because you get that nice, spicy aroma in the air…instead of that toxic (here comes the headache) smell! See my post on “Thieves Household Cleaner” if you’d like to purchase a bottle to sample for yourself!
But the Thieves Essential oil blend, itself, is a must-have in every household! Just Google all the uses of this Young Living blend if you’re curious! Might be a good idea to have a bottle handy with the winter season approaching? I can provide you with a list of its uses/recommendations, as well. Young Living sells it, and I can point you in the right direction!
5 ml (90 drops) Wholesale Price – if you’re a member – $14.75
5 ml (90 drops) Retail Price – $19.41
15 ml (250 drops) Wholesale Price – if you’re a member – for $34.75
15 ml (250 drops) Retail Price – $45.72.