Thieves Oil: Benefits and 10 Ways to Use It
by Jessica Sanders
According to European legend, robbers stole from the dead during the Bubonic plague. But, they somehow walked away without contracting the disease themselves. How? The legend says the thieves blended spices, herbs, and vinegar, to kill the airborne bacteria. A simple blend of infection-fighting essential oils is what many believe kept them safe. Hence the name thieves oil.
Now, we use thieves oil for everything! It is a perfect substitute for dozens of over-the-counter medications:
When you break thieves oil down, it’s easy to see why this combination is a powerhouse that deserves a spot in your bathroom cabinet.
Eucalyptus Oil—Respiratory Health, Stress Relief
This essential oil is known for easing respiratory problems. Those with a cold, clogged sinuses or bronchitis have found relief with eucalyptus oil. Because it is also a stimulant, it helps relieve stress. It can give you a mid-day mental boost that’s otherwise cured with another cup of coffee.
Clove Oil—Infection Fighting, Pain Relief
Clove oil is high in eugenol, a chemical found in the clove herb itself. Eugenol is an antiseptic, and can be used to reduce infection from bug bites, bruises, fungal infections and more. Clove oil is also an analgesic and is often used by dentists to relieve pain. This makes thieves oil a great option for relieving the discomfort of a toothache or injury.
Cinnamon Bark Oil—Anti-inflammatory, Diabetes Relief
A 2010 Pharmaceutical Biology study found that cinnamon leaf oil helped reduce the production of nitric oxide, a byproduct of inflammation.
For people with diabetes, thieves oil with cassia cinnamon oil can help lower blood sugar levels.
Rosemary Oil—Digestive Improvement
Rosemary oil is an essential liver detoxifier. But, it can also relieve stomach cramps, constipation and flatulence. By helping to regulate the release of bile, it reduces indigestion.
Lemon Oil—Antioxidant and Cleansing Properties
Plus, the antioxidant content of lemons is 660 on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance (ORAC) score. This means that lemon oil is one of best sources of protection from the damaging effects of free radicals.
How to Use It
Here is the most important detail to remember when using thieves oil. Always mix thieves oil with carrier oil. Add olive or almond oil, for example. Because clove and cinnamon bark oils are “hot” oils, they easily irritate skin. Here are 10 uses for this powerhouse medicine:
- Mix 15 drops with 15 drops of carrier oil and apply it to the lower back area to relive cold or sinus troubles.
- For coughing, apply the same mixture as above to the bottom of feet, chest or throat.
- Add a few drops into a pot of boiling water, cover your head and breathe in the steam to relieve congestion.
- Mix 2 drops with 2 tablespoons of water and gargle the drink to relieve a store throat.
- Place a drop on your thumb and press it against the roof of your mouth to relieve a headache.
- Add a drop on your toothbrush to eliminate bacteria, which also helps eliminate bad breath.
- Combine 1 drop of thieves oil and 1 drop of lavender oil to an ounce of water. Apply the mixture to poison ivy, poison oak or mosquito bites to relieve itching and inflammation.
- Apply 1 or 2 drops to gums to prevent and treat gum disease.
- Add 3 to 5 drops to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and rub on joints to relieve pain.
- Add 1 drop to your tea for a mid-afternoon boost in mood and mental clarity.
Thieves oil has a long history, and is still a viable a medicinal option today as it was for the Bubonic Plague thieves. Whether you have a headache, sore throat or itchy bug bite, grab a vial of thieves oil from your cabinet instead of an over-the-counter medication. You’ll be feeling better in no time, not to mention telling all your friends it is an essential oil to have and try, too.
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