All About Thieves Oil
This is where it all started…
You know, the whole, “gotta make my home happier and healthier” business. Thieves changed it all - our home and our immune systems, for the greatest support we have yet to know.
A looooong time away, I’m talking 15th century long ago, is where thieves oil began. The story goes a little something like this… when the bubonic plague was running rampant through Europe and Asia, 4 thieves were notorious for robbing homes of the infected and miraculously never becoming ill themselves from the plague. When they were finally caught and put to trial the 4 thieves begged and pleaded for less time in jail in trade for their secret about how the never caught the plague while commiting their crimes.
Their secret was herbal knowledge, a mixture of herbs to protect their bodies from the germs. This stuff was HIGHLY effective in killing airborne bacteria. Some of the stories speak of the thieves rubbing their bodies with vinegar while others speak of the herbal blend on a mask over their faces. In 1997, Webster State University did a study that found thieves essential oil blend to have a success rate of 99.96% at killing airborne bacteria. Is the 4 thieves story true?! I think so. And with the stats. and facts to back it up, how could you not believe?
Benefits of individual oils
A 2017 studyTrusted Source found that low concentrations of cinnamon and clove oil had high antimicrobial activity against persistent cultures of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease.
A 2018 studyTrusted Source found that vapors of cinnamon oil inhibited the growth of respiratory pathogens like Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae in a petri dish. But eucalyptus oil had little activity.
A 2012 studyTrusted Source showed that eucalyptus oil had antimicrobial activity against two types of bacteria that can cause disease in humans: Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (skin infections).
A 2019 studyTrusted Source in mice found that topical application of cinnamaldehyde, a component of cinnamon oil, promoted wound healing. It also reduced the amount of bacteria in wounds infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
A 2018 studyTrusted Source in rats found that a specialized emulsion preparation containing eucalyptus oil promoted wound healing.
A 2019 studyTrusted Source in mice looked at potential pain-relieving effects of eucalyptus oil. Researchers found that injecting or inhaling eucalyptus oil might be effective in relieving some types of pain.
Effects on mood
A very small 2013 studyTrusted Source investigated the effects of inhaling rosemary oil on mood. By recording and comparing body changes such as heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, and other physical measures, researchers concluded that rosemary oil had a stimulating affect.
In the same study, researchers also found that participants who inhaled rosemary oil felt fresher or more active. Increases in respiratory rate, heart rate, and blood pressure were also observed.
Thieves is the oil in all of my favorite household cleaning products. I use the thieves household cleaner to disinfect all surfaces of our home and I am grateful for it everyday. If you want a NON-TOXIC, PLANT-BASE, CHEMICAL-FREE, AWESOME, “IT”S OKAY TO EAT YOUR FOOD OFF OF THAT COUNTER, KID” option to keep your home (and bodies) healthy, go to Young Living’s thieves. Oh and bonus, this oil comes in the starter kit.