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Thieves Oil…What a name for such a helpful, versatile synergistic oil…

A Story: Thieves Oil comes from research about four thieves during the 15th-century plague who used cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague victims. The Four Thieves Vinegar. Perfumers by day, robbers by night. Four men made a concoction of herbs and essential oils in a base of vinegar and would douse their body with this before they went our plundering! They had a pretty good track record of stealing riches until the King found out and captured them, forcing them to give up their secret weapon against the plague. The herbal ingredients were wormwood, meadowsweet, juniper berries, rosemary, camphor, sage, cinnamon and cloves in a base of white wine vinegar.

Present day Thieves oil: The essential oils contained within this formula have been noted for anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antiseptic and anti-catarrhyal properties while stimulating the immune system, circulation and the respiratory system. According to research at Weber State University, Thieves was found to have a 99% kill rate against airborne bacteria when diffused.

Modern day THIEVES recipe includes: Clove * Lemon * Cinnamon * Eucalyptus * Rosemary * An Essential Oil blend formulated by Gary Young, N.D.,owner of Young Living Essential Oils, Payson, Utah.

A shopper at the market brought us this recipe and asked if we would be prepared to make it up. Of course, we love learning new things, so took up this task. You can now buy it from us in the following sizes and prices:

  • 10ml – R23
  • 20ml – R40
  • 30ml – R56

Or, if you are interested in making your own thieves oil recipe then please use therapeutic grade oils only. This is so important for your family’s health and safety. If you want to make your own blend, here is the Thieves Oil recipe:

Thieves Oil Recipe

200 drops of Clove Oil (Syzgium aromaticum)
175 drops of Lemon Oil (Citrus Limon)
100 drops of Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
75 drops of Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus radiata)
50 drops of Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Store in a dark glass container away from heat and sunlight. Preferably in a cool location.

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