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8 Impressive Thieves Essential Oil Benefits & Uses

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Thieves essential oil is well known to reduce stress, neutralize bacterial and viral pathogens, improve digestion, strengthen bones and reduce inflammation, as well as lowering fevers, healing skin conditions, aiding weight loss and strengthening the respiratory system.

The benefits and uses of thieves essential oil are particularly valuable for people suffering from a weak immune system, gastrointestinal problems, inflammatory conditions, skin irritation, poor respiratory health, obesity, hypertension, and osteoporosis, among others.

What is Thieves Essential Oil?

Thieves essential oil is a blend of five essential oils, which include clove essential oil, rosemary essential oil, lemon essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, and cinnamon bark essential oil. It has a rich, spicy, and earthy aroma. This essential oil has potent antiseptic, disinfectant, and antibacterial properties, according to a report published in The American Journal of Essential Oils and Natural Products. It is commonly used as a home remedy for colds & coughs, as well as for domestic purposes such as house cleaning.

It is one of the oldest and most interesting oils, based on the unique history of how and why it was developed. Legend has it that in the 15th century, when a terrible plague spread like wildfire across Europe claiming more than millions of lives, four thieves from Marseilles were busy notoriously robbing people, who were dead, of all their possessions. The thieves themselves did not contract any infection as they had applied a powerful herbal blend of natural oils on their bodies. This came to be known as thieves essential oil.

Benefits & Uses of Thieves Essential Oil

The health benefits of thieves essential oil are mainly due to the amazing and potent properties of the five essential oils. So, let’s get straight to the most important health benefits and uses of thieves essential oil.

Reduces Fever

Lemon oil can effectively reduce fevers and lower levels of free radical activity, according to a 2018 research report on citrus oils published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Also, a study by naturopathic doctors, Angela E Sandlon and Davis W Lamson, found that eucalyptus oil and its major component, 1,8-cineole, have antimicrobial properties. It can fight all kinds of bacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, viruses, and even Candida. This makes thieves oil a good remedy for colds, coughs, and fever


Clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils, present in thieves essential oil, have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. According to a 2010 study by a team of Japanese researchers led by Mariko Hotta, clove and eucalyptus essential oils helped suppress COX-2, an enzyme that creates inflammation, pain, and fever in the body. The study suggests that the essentials oils helped suppress the production of COX-2 by 25%. Furthermore, an experimental animal study revealed that rosemary oil had potential anti-inflammatory properties.

Improves Respiratory Health

A study conducted in Italy published in Phytotherapy Research examined the antibacterial effects of various essential oils on respiratory pathogens including Staphylococcus aureus, pneumoniae, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Cinnamon oil showed the strongest antibacterial effect, followed by clove oil – both of which are present in thieves essential oil. Furthermore, the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in its June 2012 report by Ameur Elaissi, said that eucalyptus oil has the potential to treat certain respiratory bacterial infections and fungal diseases.

Home Cleaner

Many people use thieves essential oil, in small amounts, as a house cleaner. According to a Journal of Essential Oil Research report, when thieves oil was diffused in a controlled environment, it significantly reduced the number of airborne bacteria and prevented transmission of pathogens. With a fragrant aroma (the cinnamon cuts through the strongest) and powerful antiseptic properties, giving the surfaces in your home a quick wipe with thieves essential oil makes it much harder for germs and bacteria to take hold.

Skin Care

Eucalyptus and lemon oils have strong disinfectant and antiseptic properties, making them a good choice for cleaning surfaces in your home. While it is also used topically on the skin, a formal study is needed to check the efficacy.

Thieves Essential Oil Diffusion 

Thieves essential oil can be diffused throughout your home for excellent results, filling the space with a warm, inviting smell, while also slowly being inhaled and distributed on the body. This type of full-body immersion isn’t how this oil was originally used, but it can provide access to the wide range of health benefits listed above.

Steam Inhalation

Steam inhalation involves adding essential oils to a bowl of steaming water. The hot water vaporizes the oil, allowing it to be inhaled with the steam. This application may help with respiratory congestion or sinus issues.

To use thieves oil for steam inhalation, you can do the following:

  1. Add several drops of thieves oil to steaming water. You may want to start with just a couple drops so the scent isn’t overwhelming.

  2. Place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl of water.

  3. Keeping your eyes closed, breathe in deeply through your nose.

How Do You Make Thieves Essential Oil?

You can make thieves essential oil in several ways, but most recipes include five essential oils: clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. There are various recipes that have been popularized over the centuries, but these are the five base ingredients you will find in most thieves essential oil preparations. In all recipes, clove, and lemon essential oils are the dominant ingredients.


  • 2 tbsp clove essential oil

  • 2 tbsp lemon essential oil

  • 2 tbsp eucalyptus essential oil

  • 2 tbsp rosemary essential oil

  • 2.5 tbsp cinnamon bark oil


  • Gather all five essential oils and a 15 ml glass bottle, tinted blue or brown. Tinted glass bottles help reflect the sun's rays and protect the essential oil blend. 

  • Add all five ingredients to the bottle.

  • Shake vigorously to blend the oils well. You can store the bottle in a cool, dark, and dry place.

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General safety precautions

Always follow the safety guidelines below when working with any essential oil:

  • Always dilute essential oils properly before using. Never apply an undiluted essential oil directly to your skin.

  • Don’t eat or drink essential oils unless you’re under the supervision of a qualified professional. In fact, eucalyptus oil, which is a component of thieves oil, can be toxic when ingested.

  • When using essential oils for aromatherapy, make sure the room you’re in has good ventilation.

  • Think about who else is in the room inhaling the aromatherapy. Some essential oils are dangerous for pregnant women, children, and pets.

  • Keep essential oils away from your eyes.

  • If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant, talk with your doctor before using essential oils.

  • Keep essential oils in a place where children and pets can’t get to them.

  • When shopping for essential oils, be aware of any product information that claims to treat a specific disease or condition. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate most essential oils, so these claims may be more marketing and not be validated by research.

  • Keep the essential oil in a dark and cool place.

It’s important to know that some essential oils can be very harmful to animals, even when diffused and depending on dilution. If you have questions or concerns about your pet, speak to a veterinarian. More resources are available from places like the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

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