Using Thieves Oil in a Diffuser

using Thieves oil in a diffuser

Using Thieves oil in a diffuser is a good way to benefit from this infection fighting blend.

Despite what you may have heard, ingesting this five-oil blend is not a good idea. I’d never recommend doing this. Neither would most professional aromatherapists.

Here’s why. Some of the oils in this now-famous blend are “hot.” This means they have the potential to burn the skin or mucus membranes.

The original Thieves oil sold by Young Living contains clove (hot), cinnamon (hot), lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. This is the same mix of oils found in many of the lesser-known infection-fighting brands, including Fabulous Frannie Protect. (This is the brand I own.)

There’s also the potential problem of toxicity. Thieves and similar formulas are safe to use as directed. Swallowing them is another issue. Aromatic plant extracts are highly concentrated. Also, they don’t necessarily work the same way in the body as the herb itself.

Take rosemary oil, for instance. This aromatic oil is derived from a well-known plant that produces a kitchen spice. The spice is safe to consume. But the concentrated oil from the same plant is not. Rosemary oil can be toxic if it’s ingested, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center website.

However, Thieves oil and rosemary oil are safe when used as directed. They can be safely inhaled, or used externally, as long as it’s diluted in a carrier oil before you apply it to your skin.

So please ignore any who tells you to drink Thieves oil. (Or place a drop or two under your tongue.) They might have tried it and nothing happened. But everyone is different. Someone else can react in an unpredictable manner. No essential oil should be consumed, unless you’re working with a professional aromatherapist.

Using Thieves Oil in a Diffuser

So, anyway, back to the idea of using Thieves oil in a diffuser. This is a really good idea, especially if you’re sick. That’s because the germ-fighting molecules will reach your lungs, and then travel to your bloodstream. You’ll reap all the benefits, without doing something risky.

When I speak of Thieves oil, I’m referring to the product sold by Young Living. There are many other companies selling similar formulas. Thieves is an excellent product, and if you’re interested in ordering some, it’s available here.

Thieves and its knockoffs are designed as germ-fighting blends. They are based upon the legend of four Medieval thieves. (It’s believed these men lived in Marseille, France.) Protected by an aromatic recipe, they robbed the sick and dying during a plague. The formula they used supposedly kept them well.

We know about this because the thieves were caught. They agreed to share their secret recipe, in exchange for a lighter sentence. Or, at least that’s how the story goes.

Diffuser for Thieves Oil

I think Young Living Thieves is very high quality. It’s also a very popular blend, judging by the number of people selling it.

However, I’ve found some really good alternatives to the MLM networks. The germ-fighting blend I currently own is made by Fabulous Frannie, a small California-based company. It contains the same five oils found in the Young Living Thieves.

I’ve been really happy with my Fabulous Frannie blend. Actually, I bought multiple bottles last year. Some of them I gave away. Others I used to fill my cold air diffuser, which I kept on my kitchen counter. I didn’t get sick once last winter, although I can’t prove that this formula is the reason.

Fabulous Frannie Protect BlendFabulous Frannie Protect Blend


Diffuser for Thieves Oil

If you own some Thieves oil, a diffuser is one of the best ways to use it. You can also use it for massage, as long as it’s diluted. It’s a strong oil, so most recommendations would be to put a drop of Thieves (or similar mix) in a teaspoon of carrier oil. Olive, coconut and grapeseed oils can be used to “carry” the aromatic compounds into your cells.

One advantage of running diffuser during the winter is that it adds a little moisture to the air, similar to a humidifier. Putting aromatic oils in it makes your house smell wonderful. This is particular good when people are visiting. It eliminates the need to use toxic air fresheners.

I’d love to show you the diffuser model I used last year. But, unfortunately, it didn’t last long. So I can’t recommend it. But here’s a very attractive diffuser that changes colors as it sends a germ-fighting mist into the air.

Aromatic Oil DiffuserAromatic Oil Diffuser


Because only a little research has been done on Thieves, I can’t claim that it will knock a virus out of your body. One study done at Weber State University in Utah did show it contained bacteria-killing compounds. A competing product sold by doTerra was shown to kill the influenza virus, in the lab. So, we definitely need more studies. But, while I’m waiting, I’ll continue to use my germ-fighting blend, in hopes it keeps those nasty bugs away.


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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