100 Uses for Thieves Oil?

100 uses for Thieves oil

I don’t want this title to be misleading. I haven’t yet found 100 uses for Thieves essential oil, a now famous blend of five aromatics.

I’m still learning the many ways this recipe can be used, both for personal care and cleaning projects. It’s a really versatile oil. There very well could be 100 uses. I just don’t have enough time right now to explore them all. But the more I discover about this blend, the more convinced I am that everyone should own a bottle.

Thieves oil is said to be modeled after an aromatic formula, used by a group of Medieval robbers.

These men stole from the sick and dying, as the Black Death swept through Europe. This plague killed as many as 200 million people. It was so lethal that undertakers were afraid to touch the bodies.

But the band of thieves went on their merry way, pillaging and plundering.

Once they were caught, they confessed. They also agreed to divulge their secret. They owned a special aromatic blend. This seems to be what has inspired the creation of Thieves oil.

The original Thieves oil is sold by the Young Living company. On its website, it says this blend is “inspired by the legend” of four 15th century French thieves. (I’ve also heard 14th-century, and this is when the Black Death occurred.) I’ve also heard other accounts pegging the time of these men as later.

It’s believed these men lived in Marseilles, France, according to a number of sources. There is an old germ-fighting recipe, now on display in Paris, which comes from this city.

100 Uses for Thieves Oil?

Thieves oil is designed as a germ-fighting formula. However, it can be used for many other things. Just to make everything clear, when I’m referring to the original Thieves oil, this is the Young Living brand.

It’s an excellent product, as are all of Young Living oils. If you want the original Thieves, it’s available here.

In my house, right now, I use a competing brand that contains the same five oils, clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary. This formula seems to do the jobs it’s intended for very well.

The other brands have different names, such as Protect, Four Thieves, Five Thieves or Germ Fighter.

Here’s the germ-fighting blend I currently use in my house. It’s made by a small California-based company. I’ve been pleased with its products, and have ordered them repeatedly.

Fabulous Frannie Protect BlendFabulous Frannie Protect Blend


Uses Four Thieves Oil

Thieves and similar products are designed as infection fighters. But they have a number of other potential uses. It would be too difficult to list them all here. But I’ll tell you about some of the most popular reasons people use this formula.

  • Wound Care – Recently, I had a nasty paper cut on my thumb. It hurt, and I could see why. The area around the cut was red and puffy. I could tell it was infected. So I diluted some of my four thieves blend with olive oil and put it on my skin. Essential oils must be diluted before you apply them. A good rule of thumb is one drop per teaspoon of carrier oil. In this case, olive oil was my carrier. This oil seemed to help my skin heal.
  • Dehumidifier Cleaner – During the summer, we run a dehumidifier in our basement. I noticed it was starting to smell like mold. This is unhealthy. I knew I had to do something about it. So I started putting 10 drops of Fabulous Frannie Four Thieves/Protect into the well. Problem solved.
  • Laundry Booster – This formula makes a great laundry freshener. For regular clothes, put a few drops in the washer. I probably wouldn’t recommend this for delicates. But it does make sheets and towels smell better.
  • Kitchen Disinfectant – If I spill some raw meat juice on the counter, I add a drop of four thieves to my kitchen sponge. I’ve used it before, so I know it doesn’t damage the finish. If you’re doing this for the first time, it can’t hurt to test it first, on a tiny spot, just to be on the safe side.
  • Mental Clarity – I keep a bottle of four thieves next to me when I’m working. If I feel I need to increase my focus, on the task at hand, I take a whiff or two. Some of the oils in this blend, such as rosemary, have known to be good for memory, and for performing cognitive tasks.
  • Flea Control – You can make your own four thieves flea spray. I don’t recommend using it directly on your dog. But you can use it on furniture and carpets. All you need to do is put 15 drops of this blend in a spray bottle filled with water. You can add a little vinegar if you like. Make sure to do a test patch to make sure it doesn’t stain. I can’t guarantee that this will take care of your flea problem. However, a very well known natural flea control product contains clove oil as an active ingredient.
  • Insect Control – The same recipe for flea control can be used for general insect control around the house and yard. Insects hate the smell of aromatic oils.
  • Dishwashing – You can put a few drops of four thieves oil in your dishwasher during the wash cycle. It should work very well with natural dishwashing solutions, adding a little more cleaning power.
  • Bathtub Cleaner – This is something I heard about recently. I had to try it. I wanted to see if four thieves, mixed with a little baking soda could dissolve some of the grime in our downstairs shower. Used with a handheld brush, this mixture worked very well.
  • Vacuum Cleaner Fresher – Some people put a few drops of this five-oil blend in their vacuum cleaner. This is something I plan to try.
  • Toothbrush Sanitizer– Soak your toothbrushes for a few hours (or overnight) in six ounces of water, with a few drops of four thieves-type oil. Rinse well before using.
  • Air Freshener – Last year during flu season I put some four thieves oil in my cold air diffuser. It made my house smell wonderful, warm and homey. Here’s a beautiful decorative diffuser, if you don’t already own one.

Decorative Essential Oil DiffuserDecorative Essential Oil Diffuser


Some people recommend ingesting Thieves or four thieves-type blends. You won’t find that bad advice here. (No one should even think of consuming an essential oil, unless they’re working with an MD or a professional aromatherapist.) Plus, there are are plenty of other ways to use this particular mix of oils.

There are many more uses for this wonderful blend, a gift that might have come to us from four medieval thieves. Please let me know your favorite ways to use this time-honored formula.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.

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