Making Thieves Oil and Vinegar

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We’re heading into cold and flu season. It’s a great idea to have some thieves oil and thieves vinegar on hand. Now is the time to make it.

The Thieves Oil Story

The thieves oil story goes back to the time of the plague. The Black Death killed thirty to sixty percent of Europe’s population. When the plague swept through, there were carcasses in the streets with no one to tend to them or the ill and dying. Necessity is the mother of invention, and some enterprising person concocted the thieves oil blend of essential oils to enable them to rob the dead without contracting the plague.

Fortunately, the thieves were caught. The judge wanted to know how they avoided getting sick. They bargained that they’d share the recipe if they were spared the death sentence. They did share it, and that is how we know it today.

There are many blends under the name “thieves.” Here is one version.

Thieves Essential Oil Blend

Combine the following in a dark glass container.

  • 40 drops clove essential oil
  • 36 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
  • 16 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil

If using in a diffuser, drop 2-5 drops (depending upon the size of the diffuser) into water and allow to permeate the air.

You can also put a drop on the bottom of each foot at night. Cover your feet with socks. If using it this way, you want to dilute it in a carrier oil first. The ratio is 2% essential oil to 98% carrier oil.

This is excellent to use daily during cold and flu season. You can use it while flying. I diffuse it in my office to keep my immune system strong.

Thieves Vinegar

Fill a jar with the following fresh herbs: rosemary, sage, lavender, thyme, mint, cinnamon sticks, and garlic. Top with raw apple cider vinegar. Seal with a plastic lid or place parchment between steel and the solution so that it doesn’t rust. Label with the date and contents. Shake daily. Store for four to six weeks in a cool, dry place.

Once ready to use, you can take one tablespoon per day to ward off illness. Spritz your front door with it to keep negative energy away. You can also use it to disinfect surfaces. Both blends can also be used in protection rituals.

Feel free to play with the recipe. Most herbs with antiviral, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties will do. I’d keep the garlic content high and consistent though as it really makes this more effective.

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