Thieves Essential Oil is THE ONE oil you need in your medicine cabinet to combat so many things for your well-being and in your home!

Thieves Oil has so many uses that I could never be without it and it’s the #1 way we stay healthy in our home.

What is thieves essential oil used for?

It helps to calm a sore throat, keep teeth healthy and white, kill off any yuks you may have, and to replace every cleaning product under your kitchen sink. There’s even a whole LINE of Thieves products to help keep you healthy and clean that I am in LOVE with!

50 Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Oil
When I use Essential Oils there are a few products I can’t live without!

Glass Spray Bottle – Clean surfaces, air, bathrooms and more by mixing up a solution of Thieves, water, and vinegar!

Diffuser – Get the yuks out of the air by using a good diffuser. I have one for every bedroom, living room and kitchen!

Roller Bottles – Mix up a solution to apply Thieves when you’re feeling run down.

What is Thieves oil made of?

Thieves essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma.

Is thieves oil antibacterial?

Thieves Oil contains several oils that have antibacterial properties in them which makes Thieves the perfect oils for combating whatever yuks come your way!


How To Make Homemade Thieves Oil Blend

Make your own thieves oil at home with the recipe below.

This blend is very strong and must be diluted for safe use. Make sure to add a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil at a ratio of about 1 drop of the thieves blend to 5-10 drops of carrier oil.


  • 40 drops clove  essential oil
  • 35 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil


1.Mix all essential oils together in a dark glass bottle.

50 Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Oil Uses:

50 Ways to Use Thieves Essential Oil

1. Treating Wounds

Apply 1-3 drops around cuts or open wounds to prevent infection and promote healing.

2. Sore Throat

Mix with a tablespoon of water, gargle and swallow for a sore throat.

3. Chest Tightness

Apply to upper chest and throat with V-6 Massage Oil for chest tightness.

4. Headache

Put a drop on your thumb and apply to the roof of your mouth for a headache.

5. Longevity

Put 4-8 drops in a capsule with olive oil and swallow daily for longevity.

6. Skin Blemishes

For skin blemishes, take internally and apply to the skin diluted with V-6 Massage Oil.

7. Cold and Flu Protection

Put a couple drops directly on the soles of your feet to protect you from colds and flu.

8. Clean Home

Diffuse in your home to keep the yuk countdown.

9. Lung congestion

Breathe in the vapors when you have lung congestion.

10. Healthy Pets

Use to clean pet cages, creating a healthier environment for them.

11. Cleaner Dishes

Add a few drops to your dishwasher for cleaner dishes.

12. Cleaner Clothes

Add to your laundry cycle for cleaner clothes.

13. Cleaner Floors

Add several drops to your mop water for cleaner floors.

14. Insect Repellant

Mix 8-12 drops with water in a 4 oz. spray bottle to repel insects on your flowers and plants.

15. Natural Solvent

Use to dissolve the gummy adhesive on price labels.

16. Soothe Insect Bites & Stings

Apply to bee and wasp stings to neutralize the toxin and relieve the pain.

17. Healthy Gums

Apply to gums to keep gums healthy.

18. Healthy Teeth

Apply orally to maintain healthy teeth.

19. Gum & Tooth Pain

Apply a drop or two to gums and teeth for pain relief from toothaches.

20. Air Freshener

Diffuse 15-30 minutes daily in homes or business to solve smells and germs.

21. Congestion

Add 1 drop to orange juice and drink to reduce phlegm and congestion.

22. Pain Relief

Apply to broken bones or joints with V-6 for pain relief and to heal.

23. Stay Healthy

Put a drop in your cup of tea for flavor and to maintain health.

24. Smoking Cessation

Put on the tip of your tongue to help you stop smoking.

25. Cold Sores

Put on cold sores with V-6 to help heal.

26. Warts

For warts: apply topically, inhale and take 2-3 drops in a capsule to make them disappear.

27. Joint Pain

Rub on sore joints with V-6 Massage Oil to relieve pain.

28. Prevent Colds

Drink a few drops in water or juice every three hours to stop a cold.

29. Prevent Yuks

Place a drop in a glass of water every day to prevent yuks.

30. Protect Kids

Rub 2 drops on the bottoms of children’s feet for protection before school every day.

31. Healthy Children

Diffuse in the house as your children come home from school every day.

32. Shingles

Mix 2-4 drops with Coconut Oil and rub on daily for relief of shingle pain.

33. Pet Care

Apply a drop around a wound of a cat or dog to clear it up.

34. Mood Enhancer

Diffuse in the home or office to stimulate a cheerful mood.

35. Increase Focus

Diffuse in the office to increase concentration and work efficiency.

36. Disinfectant

Diffuse in your place of business to ward off the germs.

37. Healthy Environment

Diffuse in the classroom to reduce student sickness and absenteeism.

38. Carpet Disinfectant

Put a few drops in your carpet steamer to disinfect carpet.

39. Cough Relief

Mix 1-2 drops with honey or Blue Agave in a teaspoon for cough relief.

40. Sinus Headaches

Breathe and apply for sinus headaches.

41. Acne

Put a drop on a pimple to make it shrink and disappear.

42. Hoarse Voice

For the loss of voice, put a drop under your tongue with V-6.

43. Allergies

Inhale for the relief of allergy symptoms.

44. Illness

Take a vegetable capsule full every day for relief of illness symptoms.

45. Air Travel

Carry a bottle on every flight to protect you from germs on the plane.

46. Hotels

Put a few drops on a tissue, place near the heat/AC vents of a hotel to rid it of airborne germs.

47. Whiten Teeth

Get whiter teeth when you add brushing with thieves oil to your daily routine.

48. Bathroom

Mix several drops with baking soda to clean bathtubs.

49. Antifungal

Apply to the toes and feet to combat foot fungus.

50. Rash Relief

Apply with V-6 Massage Oil to poison ivy rashes to relieve the itch.

Frequently Asked Questions About Thieves Oil

Can Thieves oil help with the flu?

Yes! Thieves oil can help prevent the flu when used as an air disinfectant and helps to boost the immune system. It is also effective in relieving flu symptoms.

Does thieves essential oil kill germs?

The combination of oils in thieves oil gives it antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Why is it called Thieves Oil?

The name ‘Thieves Oil’ refers to a 15th-century legend of French thieves who wore a blend of oils and botanicals they believed gave them protection while they were stealing. 

How To Learn more about Essential Oils 

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  1. Lynnette King says:

    Can you please tell me what is V 6?

    1. Kim Elliott says:

      It’s a vegetable oil made by Young Living.
      I wondered too.

  2. Rob in Kentucky says:

    I want to share my formula for a super simple chest rub that I used when I was battling covid lungs for a month.

    Materials needed:

    Plant Guru Breathe Blend – Increase lung capacity to help breathing. Contains: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea tree, Lemon, Lavender, Cardamom, Bay.

    Plant Guru “Four Guru’s” (their version of Thieves Oil) – Anti-viral, Anti-microbial. Contains: Clove, Cinnamon Cassia, Lemon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus.

    Fractionated Coconut Oil as a carrier oil. I can use You can use regular coconut oil or olive oil.

    I have tried many other companies oils but I like these brands and they don’t cost a fortune.

    Basic Recipe:

    * 1 teaspoon carrier oil
    * 10 drops Breathe Blend
    * 6 drops Four Gurus

    Note: If you want more finished oil, like 1 TBSP. Multiply ratios by x2 and so on.

    How to use: Mix all ingredients together. Rub all-over chest, back, side of rib, neck, bottom of feet. Repeat 3x/daily.

    Good luck

    Now, I have a wild story about the use of plant oils from a young woman in Thailand. Here is her story. I was staying in the women’s quarters at a Thai forest monastery. I was alone. I got a terrible flu, extreme nausea, fever, aches, sore throat etc. I usually am sick for a week when I get the flu and this felt like it was going to be a bad one. It had just begun.
    For whatever reason, in the nun’s quarters there were GIANT VATS of tiger balm such as I had never seen in my life. Gallons and gallons and gallons.
    I got the crazy urge to cover myself in tiger balm. I don’t know why. So I did. I mean I used HANDFULS of the stuff and covered my skin head to toe with a thick layer. Almost immediately I began shivering like crazy. I felt hot and cold at the same time and crawled under all the blankets I had and lay there shivering and shivering (it was a hot tropical day outside) for about an hour or so.
    Then, all of the sudden, it stopped.
    And I was 100% better.
    I ran to the outdoor shower stall (amid geckos) and turned on the water. I did not anticipate the CRAZY TIGER BALM BURN!! feeling that would happen with that much tiger balm on my skin. It was a memorable shower.
    Ever since (and this was almost 20 years ago) I’ve been really curious as to how the tiger balm knocked that infection out of me so fast. What was the mechanism? I haven’t been able to find out because I’ve never met anyone who has not only used but even heard of using so much at once. The only bottles I’ve been able to find back in the states are tiny, so what I used would have cost hundreds of dollars here. It’s really insane. I’m still so curious. If anyone knows do let me know! And, if you ever catch a flu while surrounded by gallons of tiger balm, just know you’re all good.

    Note: It is a common practice among local herbalist that are deeply religious to donate their time and medicines to help the monastery or covenant. The Tiger Balm she is referring to is NOT the same as bought in your local stores in western medicine countries. The FDA and other regulatory agencies impose limits on ingredients and strengths. In other words, they don’t want anyone CURED!

    The reason WHY it worked against her illness is the medical properties of the ingredients.

    As a Master Herbalist, I make my own version of Tiger Balm “RED” and it’s NUCLEAR! Nothing like the little tins sold at wal-mart.

  3. Eucalyptus is deadly to cats. NEVER USE THIS WITH YOUR CAT FOR ANY REASON!!!!!

  4. What is the carrier oil you use?

    1. I like fractionated coconut oil – I usually get it on Amazon.

  5. to use in any of the ways you indicate, i need to make the oil and then dilute it with carrier oil. this is for a diffuser, too? or just the thieves blend in there? any topical or internal use is diluted?

  6. Patricia Seward says:

    I’m new at this. Can you use 4 Thieves oil tea when on Coumadin?. I’d like a personal answer to my email, please Thank you.

  7. I’m wondering if you can share what you know about some essential oils not being safe for dogs and cats? I own an eco residential cleaning company and our main general purpose cleaner is Thieves household cleaner. It was pointed out to me by a client with cats that many of the oils this product is made up of is not safe for cats. I looked it up and found this:

    Not safe for dogs:
    • Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
    • Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil

    Not safe for cats:
    • Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
    • Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
    • Eucalyptus radiata† leaf oil

    The full ingredient list of Thieves is:
    • Eugenia caryophyllus† (Clove) bud oil
    • Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil
    • Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil
    • Eucalyptus radiata† leaf oil
    • Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil

    I also diffuse Thieves EO in my own home and we have a dog. I haven’t noticed any issue with her but want to be safe. I’m wondering if the amount that’s in a cleaning product that is diluted with water 1:40 is an amount that is safe? I would love any feedback on this subject. Thank you!

  8. I have just started using this. I am always sick so someone refered me to this and it works I haven’t been sick sense!!

  9. I this the regular Thieves oil or the Vitality or are they the same?

    1. Pearl Richardson says:

      Is thieves oil safe for children ages 18 months to 3 years old for use as a decongestant, is a drop in orange juice safe for heavy congestion in children?

    2. Per FDA regulations vitality is the only one safe for internal consumption, however they are exactly the same with the same exact ingredients.

  10. Silver Ovechka says:

    Can you use Thieves as an alternative for Tea Tree for Psoriasis of the scalp?

  11. Ruth Bryant says:

    I use peppermint EO for my homemade vinegar cleaning solution (50/50 vinegar and water with 10 drops of EO) and haven’t had any problems. However, if you’re worried, I think it’s best to speak to your vet. Perhaps after using the solution, you can spray a second round with water only.

    1. Katrina Richardson says:

      Germs and sickness

  12. Mary ovnic says:

    How much is the starter kit with diffuser

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