What’s in Thieves Oil?

What's in Thieves oil

Thieves oil is a very popular blend. Sold by the Young Living company, it’s designed as an infection-fighter.

This formula is based on the legend of a group of Medieval thieves.

During the 14th Century, they stole from the sick, as the Black Death swept through Europe. (Some people think these thieves lived later.)

In any event, according to the story, they escaped this plague. That’s because they were protected by a special aromatic mix.

You can either buy the original YL Thieves. Or, you can choose from a growing list of other companies that sell their own four thieves-type formulas.

What’s in Thieves Oil?

Thieves is made from clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. This blend is now supported by a study. Researchers at Weber State University in Utah have found that Thieves killed several strains of bacteria.

At this point, I’m convinced this five-oil mix should be in everyone’s house, especially given the growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria. Thieves oil is a wonderful product, and, if you’re interested in owning some, it’s available here.

What is Thieves Oil Made From?

Although I love this five-oil recipe, I personally don’t own any Young Living Thieves. Instead, I own a competitor’s product.

I knew that excellent aromatherapy oils were available elsewhere, outside of the large MLM networks. So I decided to shop around. Two of my favorite aromatherapy companies also make germ-fighting blends with an identical recipe of oils.

Oils in Thieves Oil

As I mentioned earlier, Thieves is a mix of clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils.

Last winter, I bought a lot of bottles of a premixed germ-busting formula made by Fabulous Frannie. I also made my own infection control oil, using ingredients sold by Plant Therapy. This company has impeccable safety standards. It works with world-famous aromatherapist Robert Tisserand.

I ordered individual bottles of Plant Therapy oils and started mixing. But you don’t have to do this. The company sells its own Germ Fighter blend, with the same five oils found in other products.

Plant Therapy Germ Fighter BlendPlant Therapy Germ Fighter Blend


Essential Oils for Infections

So, in addition to my DIY germ-busting concoction, I also bought multiple bottles of Fabulous Frannie Protect. It contains the same oils (clove, cinnamon, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus) that are becoming famous, as potential protection against infectious disease.

It seemed to work well for me. Last winter I didn’t get sick once. However, I can’t prove my oils were responsible. But I’m not taking any chances. This year I’m using them again.

My Fabulous Frannie oils also seem to be able to control our fungus problem. Our basement dehumidifier developed a moldy smell last summer. Just a few drops in the reservoir seemed to fix that horrible odor.

Recipe for Germ Busting Oil

Just in case you’re interested, it’s really easy to make your own germ-fighting blend, especially if you already own some of the oils. Here’s a really easy way to whip up a batch, based upon the legend of four (or five) Medieval thieves.

If you’re off by a drop or two it shouldn’t be a problem. This mixture can be stored in a glass jar, away from light and heat. You can put several drops in a cold-air diffuser. Or, you can use it for massage. However, it first must be diluted in olive, coconut or another carrier oil. One recommended ratio is one or two drops of aromatic oil to a teaspoon of carrier oil. Sine you’re only using a little bit of the aromatic recipe, it should last a long time.


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.

For Additional Reading

What is the Original Thieves Oil?


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