DIY Thieves Oil Recipe Plus It’s Uses and Benefits!

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Essential oils can be a huge help when it comes to protecting yourself from bacteria, mold, and viruses, especially during the long winter months. A healthy immune system is vital, but having an essential oil recipe on hand is one of the best ways to naturally combat flu season. Since I diffuse and apply the Thieves blend so frequently during cold and flu season, I decided to make my own Thieves oil blend to save money and also make sure I always have enough on hand. Today I’m sharing my easy Thieves oil recipe so you can make your own Thieves blend too!

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I can’t get through the fall/winter season without several bottles of my homemade Thieves oil. I was using so much mixture that I knew it was time to create my own thieves oil recipe. Thieves’ Blend contains common essential oils that are affordable and common, so having this recipe on hand has been helpful when flu season hits.

Not only is this mixture used for diffusing, I also use it in a homemade cleaning spray, a thieves balm, and a homemade upholstery spray.

The Thieves blend and its name originated from the essential oil company Young Living. Thieves is a blend of essential oils offered by all oil companies. Other oil companies call their blend On Guard, Nature’s Shield, and Fighting 5, just to name a few.

If you don’t know what Thieves oil blend is, let me briefly explain. Thieves is a blend of several essential oils. These essential oils are lemon oil, rosemary oil, cinnamon oil, eucalyptus oil, and clove oil. These 5 essential oils are powerful when it comes to killing germs internally, in the air and on surfaces. It is most commonly used in a diffuser during the winter season when colds and flus easily take hold.

clove bud It is the most powerful of the 5 essential oils and is an incredible inflammatory destroyer. It is also useful for relieving pain. Rosemary It is also a pain reliever and useful for infections. Cinnamon increases blood circulation and fights infections, while eucalyptus is known to relieve respiratory tract infections. Lemon It is a powerful antiviral and helps with nausea, headaches, and even irritability.

Today I’m sharing my homemade Thieves oil recipe just in time for winter!

The Story of Thieves Oil Blend:

In France during the 15th century, grave robbers sneaked into cemeteries to rob those dying of the bubonic plague and those who were already dead. It is said that they protected themselves by creating a special combination of cloves, rosemary, lemon, cinnamon and eucalyptus. According to legend, thieves received less punishment as long as they revealed the recipe that prevented them from contracting the plague.

Thieves Oil Benefits:

The ingredients in the Thieves blend have antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties, and have immunostimulating properties.

Several studies have been conducted on the spread of Thieves and it is effect on airborne pathogens.

According to the small footprint familyTo combat colds, flu and bronchitis, dilute 15 drops of the mixture with 15 drops of a carrier oil such as almond oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Apply to the lower back (where viruses and bacteria tend to hibernate), upper thighs, and the back of the neck to help with symptoms.

For coughs and bronchitis, also apply to the feet, sternum, chest and throat.

You can also soothe a sore throat and kill harmful microbes by gargling with 1 drop of Thieves in 8 ounces of water and a pinch of salt.

Making a Thieves roll on by adding several drops to a roll on bottle and topping off with a carrier oil (like almond oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil) is helpful, especially when traveling. Roll it around the back of your neck to boost immunity. Go HERE for a dilution table. The number of drops you add will depend on how sensitive your skin is and the size of your roll-on bottle.

Thieves Diffusion Oil Blend:

Thieves is most commonly used to diffuse and purify the air, but this oil blend can also be especially helpful for respiratory health.

I tend to diffuse DIY Thieves Blend almost every day during the winter. I even diffuse in my car with THIS diffuser. When you have more than one child, diffusion in their rooms can be a great help when trying to contain a virus to a child. I also like to make a room spray and hand sanitizer. Those instructions are below.

Since I go through so much during the season, I’m thrilled to make my own Thieves blend recipe since all 5 oils are affordable and I had most of them.

Below is the recipe you can use if you don’t end up making the mixture and just need to spread it…

Related Post: The Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils

Homemade Thieves Oil Blend Diffuser Recipe:car diffuser

How much money do you save by making your own Thieves blend?

These calculations are based on Plant Therapy essential oil prices.

  • Clove bud: $9.99 = $1 per ml
  • Cassia Cinnamon: $8.99 = .90 per ml
  • Eucalyptus Globulus $7.99 = 0.80 per ml
  • Lemon: $8.99 = .90 per ml
  • Rosemary: $11.49 = $1.15 per ml

The total cost of the 5 oils is $47.45

I converted the drops to ml and each bottle of Plant Therapy essential oils is 10 ml, so I figured out how much the quantity would cost.

  • Clove: 4.5 ml x $1 per ml = $4.50
  • Cinnamon: 2.25 ml x .90 per ml= $2.03
  • Eucalyptus: 1.7 ml x 0.80 per ml = $1.36
  • Lemon: 3.95 ml x 0.90 per ml = $3.56
  • Rosemary: 1.15 ml x 1.15 per ml =$1.32

The total is $12.77 per 13.5 ml bottle of Thieves house mix. Young Living’s Thieves Blend costs $51.64 for 15 ml.

Plant Therapy’s Germ Fighter costs $12.99 for 10 ml.

The savings aren’t that much if you don’t buy Young Living’s Thieves Blend, but having the recipe and oils on hand can be helpful in a pinch.

What you will need to make DIY Thieves oil:

Thieves Recipe Notes:

Please note that a plastic bottle is not an option. This mixture will be consumed. You will also want to use a dark glass bottle and keep the mixture out of direct sunlight. Feel free to use an empty bottle of another essential oil.

There are 15 milliliters in 1/2 ounce, which is the typical size of most large essential oil bottles.

Because your homemade Thieves oil is undiluted, never apply it directly to your skin unless you are applying it to the bottoms of your feet and even then, you could experience a burn.

A common recommendation for dilution is 6 to 12 drops of thieves oil per ounce of carrier oil.

I recently created a Thieves household cleaner recipe that I have remade countless times because it is so easy. All you need is a 16-ounce glass spray bottle, your thieves mix, and rubbing alcohol! This DIY burglar spray can be used to clean surfaces throughout the house!


  • 90 drops organic clove essential oil
  • 79 drops organic lemon essential oil
  • 45 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 34 drops organic eucalyptus essential oil
  • 23 drops organic rosemary essential oil


  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml) dark glass dropper bottle or essential oil bottle
  • small funnel


  1. Place essential oils in a glass dropper bottle.
  2. Shake


Please note that a plastic bottle is not an option. This mixture will be consumed. There are 15 milliliters in 1/2 ounce, which is the typical size of most large essential oil bottles.

Because your homemade Thieves oil is undiluted, never apply it directly to your skin unless you are applying it to the bottoms of your feet and even then, you could experience a burn.

A common recommendation for dilution is 6 to 12 drops of thief oil per ounce of carrier oil.

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Where to get the best essential oils:

I get my favorite essential oils at mountain rose herbs or Plant Therapy. Both have incredible quality essential oils. Plant Therapy is a little cheaper and offers free shipping with no minimums. They also tend to ship pretty fast. I like to get different herbs, hydrosols, and carrier oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, so when I place an order I always add a few essential oils so I don’t pay for shipping on a few small bottles. The Thieves version of Plant Therapy is called Germ fighter. The Thieves version of Mountain Rose Herbs is called shield mix.

When choosing an essential oil, you should ensure that you purchase pure, unadulterated essential oils.

Related Post: Thieves Hand Sanitizer Recipe

Glass dropper bottle with white dropper with essential oils.

Potential Uses and Benefits of Thieves Oil:

  • Make an all-purpose spray by adding 80 drops to an 8-ounce spray bottle with 1 tbsp. of witch hazel or vodka and then complete with water. You can spray this on any surface. Spray on beds and sheets, as well as in all rooms and in the car. I haven’t had any problems spraying this on upholstery.
  • Make a hand sanitizer spray by combining 1/2 Thieves mix with 1/2 vodka in a small spray bottle such as THIS.
  • Make a prediluted thieves oil using 1/4 cup olive oil and 20 drops of thieves oil to use as a therapeutic massage oil for cold and flu relief and relief from minor aches and pains.
  • Make a homemade salve using 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1 tbsp. beeswax and 20 drops of thieves’ oil. You can use this directly on your sore throat, neck and chest when it hurts. You can also apply this to the bottom of your feet. Not only will it help draw oils into your body, but it will also soften and moisturize dry heels! You’ll have to try it on children in case it’s still too strong. My daughters easily handle this ratio. This thieves oil recipe also works to revive bug bites.
  • Add 80 drops to 8 ounces of white vinegar for a powerful surface cleaning product. Spray on all counters as well as windows and mirrors to clean and disinfect! Don’t forget that cell phone!
  • Add 4-5 drops to loads of laundry for a deeper clean!
  • Add a drop to your toothpaste – this mixture works wonders for gum and tooth health. I like to add it to my homemade toothpaste recipe!
  • Diffuse! I’m always spreading my DIY Thieves mix. It smells amazing and also gives me peace of mind.

I should add that if you haven’t smelled this blend, you will be pleasantly surprised at how delicious it smells. Its cinnamon and clove aroma is very prominent. The minty aromas of eucalyptus and rosemary are woody and woody, and then everything brightens up with lemon! It’s the perfect scent for any home in the fall and winter! These 5 are some of my favorite essential oils!

I’m so excited to share this homemade Thieves oil recipe with you!

xx, jenni


Glass dropper bottle with cinnamon and eucalyptus.

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