DIY Thieves Blend

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I can not get through the fall/winter season without several bottles of my Thieves blend recipe. Thieves is a blend of essential oils that every oil company offers. If I don’t make my own, I buy THIS version called Shield. Other oil comapnies call their blend, On Guard, Nature’s Shield and Fighting 5 just to name a few.  

If you don’t know what Thieves oil blend is, let me briefly explain.  This essential oil blend is made up of lemon, rosemary, cinnamon, eucalyptus and clove.  These 5 essential oils are powerful when it comes to killing germs internally, airborne and on surfaces.  It is most commonly used in a diffuser during the winter season when colds and flus take hold easily.

Today I’m sharing my at-home DIY Thieves blend recipe  just in time for winter!

In my opinion, this blend is an absolute necessity.  Since we are using Mountain Rose Herb’s essential oils, our blend will be 100% organic and pure!  

History of the Thieves Blend:

In France during the 15th century, thieves would sneak into graveyards to rob from those dying from the plague and the already dead. It is said they protected themselves by creating a special combination of clove, rosemary, lemon, cinnamon and eucalyptus.  According to the legend, the thieves got less punishment as long as they would reveal the recipe that kept them from contracting the plague!

Why You Need Thieves Blend:

The ingredients in the Thieves blend are antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral, and have immune-stimulating properties.

There have been several studies conducted on diffusing Thieves and it’s effect on airborne pathogens.

According to the Small Footprint Family, when combatting colds, flu and bronchitis, dilute 15 drops of the blend with 15 drops of a carrier oil like almond, olive or coconut. Apply to lower back (where viruses and bacteria tend to hibernate), to the upper back of thighs, and back of neck to help with symptoms.

For coughs and bronchitis, also apply to your feet, sternum, chest and throat.

Diffusing Thieves Blend:

I tend to diffuse Shield Blend almost everyday in the winter.  I even diffuse in my car with THIS diffuser.  When you have more than one kiddo, diffusing in their rooms can go a long way when it comes to containing a virus to one child.  I also like to make a room spray as well as a hand sanitizer. Those instructions are below. 

Since I go through so much during the season, I’m thrilled to make my own Thieves blend recipe since the 5 oils are affordable and I had most of them.  

Below is the recipe you can use if you don’t end up making the blend and just need to diffuse…

Thieves Blend Diffuser Recipe:Car Diffuser

Thieves Blend Recipe:

This recipe is based on a 1/2 ounce glass bottle.  Be aware plastic is not an option.  This blend will eat through.  I used dropper bottles like THIS or you could do the traditional essential oil dropper bottle like THIS. There are 15 milliliters in 1/2 an ounce which is the typical size of most large essential oil bottles.

Because your homemade Thieves blend is non-diluted, never apply it directly to the skin unless you are applying to the bottoms of your feet and even then, you might experience a burn.  A common recommendation for dilution is 6 to 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.  

I formulated this recipe via Mountain Rose Herb’s recipe.  I changed the amounts because I wanted to make 1/2 an ounce so it would last longer.  There’s nothing like a kid coming down with an illness and finding out your bottle is empty!  If you’d rather buy a bottle already made go HERE.

Mountain Rose Herbs Essential Oils

Thieves Blend Uses:

  • Make a multi purpose spray by adding 80 drops to an 8 ounce spray bottle with 1 tbsp. of witch hazel or vodka then top off with water.  You can spray this on any and every surface. I spray over beds and in the sheets as well as all over rooms and the car.  I have had zero issue spraying this on upholstery.  
  • Make a hand sanitizing spray by combining 1/2 Thieves blend with 1/2 vodka in a small spray bottle like THIS.  
  • Make a homemade salve by using 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1 tbsp. beeswax and 20 drops of Thieves blend.  You can use this directly on your throat, neck and chest when sore. You can also apply this to the bottoms of feet.  Not only will it help deliver the oils into your body, it will also smooth and moisturize dry heels!  You’ll have to test this on children in case it is still too strong.  My daughters easily handle this proportion.  
  • Add 80 drops to 8 ounces of white vinegar for a potent surface cleaner.  Spray on all counters as well as windows and mirrors to clean and disinfect!  
  • Add 4-5 drops to a load of laundry for a deeper clean!
  • Add a drop to your toothpaste-this blend works wonders for gum and teeth health.  I like to add it to my homemade toothpaste recipe!

I might add that if you haven’t smelled this blend, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how lovely it smells.  It’s cinnamon and clove scent is very prominent.  The menthol scents of eucalyptus and rosemary are grounding and woodsy and then everything is brightened by the lemon!  It’s the perfect scent for any home in the fall and winter!  

I’m so excited to share this thieves blend recipe with you!  

If you would prefer not to make your own blend but still would like the blend, I recommend Mountain Rose Herb’s essential oils since they are certified organic and 100% pure.  Find their version of thieves blend HERE.

xx, Jenni




DIY Thieve Blend

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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

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    1. Go to AnimalEO (essential oils for animals). You will find everything you need to know for all animals, regarding safe oil usage and the beneficial oils animals need for their health and joy (besides their humans that is)..

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