Thieves Oil – Origin & Benefits

Thieves oil has its origins in the 15th century. The original thieves oil was created during the Black Plague by French “thieves”. The blend was originally created from herbs and was invented as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial. It is thought that the original oil was created to protect “thieves” from getting sick while they stole goods from plague victims. 

The “thieves” from the story didn't start out as thieves, but as spice traders and merchants from India and Europe who traded clove and cinnamon. However, when the Black Plague began ravaging the population these merchants needed a way to make a living. So, in their desperation, they began to steal what wares they could from the dead. The bodies they stole from were still highly contagious, so the “thieves” needed protection. With their vast knowledge of herbs and spices, they were able to invent “thieves” oil for protection. The King eventually found out about these thieves and had them caught. When they were brought before His Majesty they were given a choice, share your secret or be burned at the stake. Naturally they told their secret and the “thieves” oil recipe began to spread, and eventually became one of the most popular blends in many households today.

Thieves Essential Oil Uses

Thieves oil consists of clove, rosemary, eucalyptus, cinnamon and lemon. You can easily make this blend at home using these essential oils. Each company or person may have their own specific recipe, but a general recipe for Thieves oil consists of the following:


  • 80 drops of clove essential oil
  • 70 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 40 drops of cinnamon essential oil
  • 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops of rosemary essential oil

Combine all of the essential oils in a dark 15 milliliter (0.5 fluid ounce) glass bottle. Be sure to store it in a cool, dry place, away from heat and light.

Thieves oil can be used for a variety of ailments, including: 

  • Minor aches and pains
  • Support for immune system
  • Help clean and disinfect your home (without toxic cleaners)
  • Eliminate odor from you home
  • Addition to laundry & dishwasher loads
  • Boost respiratory health
  • Oral health (great as a mouth wash, with just a bit of coconut oil)

As with any natural blend, be sure you are aware of how to properly administer it for the various applications. Be sure to use food grade oils for internal use. Also, be aware of any allergies you may have, so as not to aggravate and cause potential harm.

For more information about essential oils and their many benefits, contact our knowledgeable staff today!