In the 15th century, during the Plague it is said that some thieves robbed the dead without becoming ill. Legend has it that these thieves were perfumers and spice traders who had covered themselves in some essential oils (cinnamon, clove, and oregano).
Most Thieves Oil blends now contain Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. You can add in a little oregano, thyme or melaleuca as well for added bacteria killing power. That being said, if you don’t have all these oils, use a combination of at least 5 and don’t worry about the rest
This isn’t baking or an exact science, so you can measure or “eye” it. A lot of mixtures use drops, and I don’t want to 100s of count drops. Others break it down into teaspoons, which is a little more manageable – but I’d rather do it in parts.
Thieves Essential Oil Base
You can also use a combination of the herbs and lemon peel to make a tincture in apple cider vinegar or vodka. Or infuse them in olive oil. The Eucalyptus and Melaleuca would be hard to find. But all the rest could be used fresh in your liquid and let set in a warm place for 4-6 weeks – then use!
- 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar and 10 Drops Thieves Essential Oil Base in a spray bottle
- Let 3-5 drops set in 1 ounce vodka for a least an hour, add one ounce distilled water and use in a spray bottle.
- Add 3-5 Drops to a diffuser while sick or in each room to kill germs. Use can also put a cotton pad into the rungs of your air vents and place a few drops on the cotton to disperse the oils around your house.
- Add 1 drop for every 4 drops carrier oil. This will allow you to safely apply topically.
Use this when you have a sickie in the house, or when you have been exposed to sickness to keep those “bad buggies” at bay. I also will quarter an onion and place each piece in a glass bowl in rooms around our home during sickness. The smell helps clear noses and supposedly the onion absorbs toxins in the air.
What do you do to keep your home germ free?
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