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Thieves Essential Oil Blend

Thieves Essential Oil Blend was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims to avoid contracting the plague. When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment. This proprietary essential oil blend was university tested for its cleansing abilities. Thieves™ is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.*

Studies conducted at Weber State University (Ogden, UT) during 1997 demonstrated Thieves™ killing power against airborne microorganisms. One analysis showed a 90 percent reduction in the number of gram positiveMicrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes. After 20 minutes of diffusing, the kill-rate jumped to 99.3 percent. Another study against the gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96 percent after just 12 minutes of diffusion.

Thieves® oil blend is an integral ingredient in Thieves® Household Cleaner, Thieves® Spray, Thieves® Wipes, Thieves® Lozenges, Thieves® Dentarome Plus™ and Thieves® Dentarome Ultra™ toothpastes, and Thieves® Fresh Essence Plus™ Mouthwash. 


  • Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol)


Let's talk about Thieves this morning because of our Thieves line. This was an oil blend that I made in about 1990 of 1991 – it was created as a result of studying at the Warwick University in London, England and spending many hours at the London library researching oils and oil history. It's been a wonderful time because of the stories that have been written.

I must tell you that I have read 17 different versions of the story of the thieves during the plague of the 1700's. Of course, there was a plague in the 1400's and there was a story written then about thieves. We have four thieves and we have 40 thieves and there are many stories, but I can tell you a little bit about the story of the thieves.

Stories Behind the Thieves
The thieves happen to have been merchants and spice traders, and that's how they knew about the oils because they were importing cinnamon and clove from India and when the plague hit, the kings of the various countries sent out a mandate closing down international commerce and shipping. So all of the ships were docked and they couldn't sell and they couldn't engage in their business and they were going broke. The spice trade was a very lucrative trade and they made money at it, so they decided, "Well, all of these people are dying and they are afraid to touch them. We might as well go loot their bodies and take the things off and go into the homes where everybody is dead and take the things out of the homes, like pots and pans and jewelry and clothing and set up a pawn shop trade..." that's when pawn shops evolved.

Of course, you have heard the story when the king issued the proclamation to have the thieves captured, but the constables were afraid to touch them because they knew they had been touching the dead bodies and going in the homes of the dead people, and they didn't want the plague. 

It became so severe that the king even executed a few of the constables that refused. Finally, it was a life or death issue, and as the story goes on there were four of them who were caught. The king gave them an opportunity to confess the secret of their immunity, either with the choice of burning at the stake or being hung by the neck, meaning if they didn't give up their secret they would be burned at the stake, and worse if they gave up their secret they would be hung by the neck – and they chose hanging. They gave up their secret and it was published and plastered all through the town.

Oils Used in the Stories
The oils in the 17 different stories and different versions list different oils that were used, and so I am sure that no one really knows for sure which oils were actually used, but we definitely know that they were spiced oils. We definitely know that Oregano, Cinnamon, and Clove were oils that were traded at that time and we know because of the power of Cinnamon and Clove they were most likely two of the oils of choice. Most of the 17 stories listed Clove and Cinnamon, so taking that, we looked at it and then I went back and started looking at some of the stories and going through the oils and looking at their chemistry structure to determine what to use. 

They didn't have access to all of the oils. We asked, "Do we want to duplicate exactly what they were doing, or can we make it better?" My feeling was, "Let's make it a little better."

Rene-Maurice Gattefosse wrote about the story of the four thieves and told his version of it, and it varied from many of the other versions. I'm not saying that his is wrong or theirs are right or anything. Stories are told; that's typical.

The formula of the thieves, they said, was Worm wood, Meadow Sweet, wild Marjoram, Sage, Clove, Angelica, Rosemary, Horehound, Camphor. However, in the other stories it was Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, Rosemary, so I just looked at it and said, "Well, I am going to use the story as an education factor, so let's go forward and make a blend that I feel is going to be the most beneficial for our time.

The was another story in Marseilles that was adding Rue and Garlic and Calamus. Calamus is a very beautiful oil. It's not produced in large volume, so we haven't used it because of that fact. It appears that the antidote for the four thieves of Marseilles is only a repetition of a much older story, and that is true, and that's why there are 17 different stories, so we looked at Thieves and what we could do with it...

Thieves Dissolves Mucous

Thieves is an oil blend that is very powerful in suppressing the activity of the macrophages when they start secreting nitric oxide acid, and that is a condition that happens every time there is a contusion to the body, every time there is an abnormal condition with inflammation, such as stress that causes inflammation. Where does inflammation come from? Perhaps this is an area that a lot of us don't understand, but whenever there is excess stress, cortisol levels go up, the body will start secreting acid, and acid triggers the macrophages in the tissues to release nitric oxide acid and it starts to build once it enters the interstitial fluids. Then it can start contributing to certain tumors and polyps.

When dealing with cancer and fibroid tumors, it's an acid condition, and the first thing you have to do is start reducing that acid. Thieves is exceptionally strong in the dissolving and the digestion of the interstitial acids and fluid acids and the digestion of hardened mucous.

Structure of Polyps
When you understand the structure of polyps, you find that polyps is hardened mucous matter. People say, "Well, it grows." Yes, it does grow. It grows through accumulation, and so it will constantly keep repeating itself. If you remove the polyps they will come right back in time because the condition is there that is still feeding it. We feel we can remove it surgically, and we do, and we have temporary remissions at times, but it will come back. The duration of it being gone and how quickly it comes back depends on how quick the acid supply is reestablished. Those are some things that can be very key to that.

Vinegar Neutralizes Acid
The people at Marseilles claim to be more lenient and grateful and they spared the lives of the poor thieves. In any case, whatever its origin, the vinegar was a type of antiseptic based on aromatic substance.

Vinegar and olive oil were used at great lengths in working as an emulsifying agent for essential oils. Because vinegar is very powerful (and if we look at this structure) it becomes very interesting. Vinegar is neutralizer of acid, so it makes an absolute perfect medium to put essential oils into. What a great way to ingest Thieves by putting a few drops in a two ounce glass of vinegar and taking it down in the morning. Now you've got a substance that will reset pH of the stomach, and the oils are there present in the reestablishment of the pH to immediately go to work in digesting acid.

For those of you who were in my classes on Thursday, we talked a great deal about that and I just reiterated again the power of oils literally giving up themselves (or sacrificing themselves) to neutralize acid in the body.

Good Daily Ritual
If you do it on a repetition basis where you are doing this as a practice every morning and maybe in the evening before going to bed, then you are going to start reducing those acid levels very quickly, and over a period of time (and I don’t put a time frame on it because it's different for everyone) you will reestablish that proper balance in the body, and that's very important. It's interesting to me that the ancient people knew this without even understanding what we would call the "Law of Physics" or understanding nutritional chemistry and knowing that vinegar was a neutralizer of acid.

Essential oils, naturally, are very powerful antiseptics and antibacterial agents and antimicrobial agents, and because of their action that's why they have such a global effect on the body...

How many put Thieves on their feet yesterday morning before going to the farm. Yes! And none of you came back sick! Why did you put it on your feet? Because it's a safe place to put it. But maybe tomorrow you might want to try putting it in a little vinegar and drinking it and seeing the difference it makes, particularly for clearing the throat. It is very powerful. Use apple cider vinegar, and it's best if you go to the health food store and get the raw apple cider vinegar that still has the culture inside of it that you can see through the bottle. Don’t go to Safeway and buy Heinz Vinegar! It will destroy your oil.

Formula Documented in 1830
Thieves Essential Oil BlendThe formula of the four thieves was documented in 1830 to have been used up as late as 1793 for treating the Yellow Fever. What happened during this time period from 1780 that they quit using the oils in vinegar? Who knows what started taking place in 1780? That is the year when antibiotics started being engineered and experimented with, and by 1790 they started using some antibiotics and by the 1800's they were coming on fairly strong, so this was a new wave. What happens when there is a new wave? Everybody wants to jump on the surf board, don't they! This is new and it's exciting! Education was evolving at that time. Medicine in the education arena was evolving and newspapers were being written and news articles and medical articles were being written, and they were being circulated. The educated people were telling the uneducated people, "We have found a new way to protect the human body with these new antibiotics."

Well, these folks were remembering the stories of their grandparents and great grandparents of the plagues and all the people who had died, and yet it is very interesting that we had these antibiotics in 1920 and they didn't prevent the flu that swept around the world killing millions of people. That didn't make a difference because the campaign was for the antibiotics, and everybody wanted to be part of this "new generation," this new energy, this new information, these new revelations, and they all became part of it and it gained a lot of energy and a lot of momentum. So old formulas that had worked for hundreds or thousands of years gave way to the new world.

Coming Back Full Circle
Where are we now, 200 years later? We are coming full-circle back to that which worked and worked much better and more effectively. So we look at the Thieves oil blend and the oils that are in it. It's a very exciting blend, needless to say.

Oils in the Thieves Formula
I chose Clove oil because of the eugenol, which is a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Eugenol, as you know, is a natural anesthesia. It's antiseptic, it's antibacterial; it's antimicrobial. Clove is a very, very beautiful oil in its global effect on the human terrain. Look at Rosemary, and this is Rosemary Officinalis 1.8 cineole, which is very specific as an antibacterial agent. When you are dealing with microorganisms that create bacteria, you have got to have some very strong substances, very strong and very powerful in fighting that, and Rosemary Officinalis happens to be very powerful. 

Then Eucalyptus Radiata. I talked quite a bit about Eucalyptus Radiata on Thursday for the simple reason that it is an oil that I have seen tremendous success with, with patients past and present and the effect of dealing with respiratory infections. And, of course, the plague always attacked the respiratory tract and because we have so much trouble today with tuberculosis, pneumonia, emphysema, and whooping cough, it made total sense to put Eucalyptus Radiata in this formula.

Four Basic Oils Used Anciently
Out of the 17 stories that I have read on the thieves, Eucalyptus was not an oil that was used in those formulations. However, at that time in our world, Eucalyptus wasn't being distilled or produced, so it wasn't available. But Lemon oil, Cinnamon, Rosemary and Clove were four of the oils that were mentioned in various of the 17 different stories.

Lemon oil was very plentiful because it was pressed. They didn't have to distill it and they pressed it in a cold expeller pressing of the rind. Was it really clean? Who knows the techniques they used for filtering, but it really doesn't matter. It was very effective as an antiseptic. Eucalyptus Radiata was extremely important because of its action on microbial activity, bacterial and viral inflammation. This was a paper that Sue Chao and I published at Weber State University a few years ago, and this was a very exciting time. There was an 82% reduction in the m-lutius bioaerosol, the bacteria that was airborne. There was an 96% reduction in another bio-aerosol and 44% reduction in s-aurius bacteria. These three bacterias were significantly killed by the diffusing of the Thieves oil blend.

What about Lemon Oil?

Lemon. This book was written by Dr. Valnet, The Practice of Aromatherapy, and he showed here again the neutralizing of typhus bacillus and pneumococcus and staphylococcus aureus. These are very interesting, and how quickly it neutralized these microorganisms and bacterial forms. It's very, very powerful with antiseptic, bacterial properties. Lemon oil has many benefits, and one of the things I love about Lemon oil is its vitamin P action. Vitamin P is extremely important for circulation, particularly microcirculation, like around the eyes and in the eyes. If you are diffusing it in the home (you can diffuse Lemon oil just by itself), but if you are going to wipe down the wood in your home, use Lemon oil and get it into the wood and be breathing it while you are wiping it on because of the benefits you are getting from that.

Lemon oil is also quite high in cumeron, so it's very good for the bloodstream. Lemon oil is just a powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent. It's a great tool and was frequently used a great deal in the European communities in veterinary clinics for sterilization. So let's use it. And here, again, it's part of the Thieves blend.

Documentation on Thieves
This was one of the papers that was really exciting to me because it was about eight years ago, in 1998. It was very exciting because this was one of our first published documentations and it really supported again the development of the Thieves line and has been very exciting. Weber State University studies further demonstrated the power of Thieves essential oil blend and 90% reduction in the number of grandpas that have micrococis luteius organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes.

Diffuse in Your Home
I have said it many times, one of the best things you can do is diffuse oils in your home. Because of the Cinnamon and the Clove in Thieves, it's a little caustic to the nasal passage if you diffuse for it a long period of time, but if you turn your diffuser on and run it for 15 to 20 minutes and then shut it off. Depending on the air system in your home, depending on the size of your home, the structure of your home, you could run Thieves for an hour, so you just have to pay attention. If you feel your nose getting a little bit irritated, shut the diffuser off.

One of the things I really like to see are homes that have overhead fans because this really moves the oil through the home and through the rooms. If you don't have overhead fans, then put a free-standing fan in a corner of the home behind the diffuser so you can push it through the home. However, rather than spending money on a fan, it would be better just to buy some diffusers and put them in every room. That eliminates the hassle of having to change the fan around, and you get much better saturation.

Use Diffusers, Not More Chemicals!
As time evolves we are going to constantly be bombarded with more and more bacteria and mutations of bacteria and viruses and funguses. You can't afford not to have a diffuser in your home diffusing and fighting those bacterial organisms because that is your protection.

I get a chuckle out of people who spray PineSol in their house and people that use Lemon Pledge to clean their furniture. All you are doing is just putting chemicals in your home, and you've got enough chemicals in your home...

Working with Clove Oil!
Clove oil, and here again you see the eugenol, 75% to 85% eugenol. Why do we have a wide range with eugenol, 75 to 85%? Why is it not 75 or 76 or 81? Why do we have a varying range? It's very simple. Climate will change it, harvesting times will change it, distillation practice will vary the level of eugenol that's extracted at that time, and it's the same with all oils. That's why yesterday I shared with you that distillation is a very precise art and one little mistake can change the oil even to the point of losing it entirely. The eugenol and the eugenol acetate is very powerful in the response in its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action. Also, it is sedating, it's a very good immune enhancing oil as well.

Here is something you can do. You can take these formulas and let's say you know your immune system is a little bit compromised and you need to build that immune system up but when you put the Thieves in your diffuser to saturate your home, then take Clove oil and add four or five drops to the Thieves blend in the diffuser. Or if you have a compromised system say you are dealing with a little respiratory infection then take Thieves and add a few drops of Eucalyptus Radiata to it, and now you are giving more direction to the respiratory condition. So you start isolating the problem that you want to deal with, rather than creating a global effect. You are still going to have that with the Eucalyptus, but by adding a few more drops of theEucalyptus Radiata, now you intensify that action to go more directionally into the respiratory. If you are looking at a viral condition, then take the Eucalyptus and add a few more drops of Cinnamon to it. If you want to increase the aerosol bacterial action and stimulate more circulation, then add Lemon oil to it. This is what makes it so beautiful in taking a blend that's already created and adding a single oil to that to increase the action of what you are needing to deal with. Then you literally create another whole application...

Enhancing Thieves for Empowerment
You can take Thieves and add Spruce to it; you can take Thieves and add Pine to it. You can empower your blends by adding another single oil. This is what I get so jazzed and so excited about because there is no stopping of the potential you have with essential oils, because you can empower every oil or every blend by simply putting another one in association with it. All you have to do is just listen to your body, put the oil on, and just kind of sit back and listen. Pay attention to the feelings going on, but if you don't feel that oil going to where the problem is, it's because you haven't put the right combination together. I promise you that if you just work at it a little bit at a time, by the time you have added 110 oils you will have gotten to the problem!

You don't have to be a master at this. There was a gentleman who asked, "How do oils work?" And the answer was, "Very well." I heard another statement made when a person was asked, "Well, how do you use the oils?" and the answer was, "I put the oils on this side of me in the morning (my oil case on this side of me), and when all the oils are on this side of me, I have used them all!" So don't be afraid to use your oils and don’t be afraid to experiment. Play with them; pretend you're a chemist and start mixing and blending and see what happens. This is the thing I can tell you: you have nothing to worry about because you cannot harm oils other than adulterating them, so have a lot of fun.


A Burning Experience
Thieves™. The oil for viruses. You have your Thieves product line and you are all familiar with the Thieves Spray. I will tell you I had a tremendous experience with that spray in Mexico. Justin really enjoyed the laugh on that one! We had just come off the mountain and I had Thieves™ in my pocket (or I thought I did) and somewhere when I was changing my pack I reached in my packet and put Thieves™ in my packet for the walk off the mountain and I grabbed Lavender and stuck it in my pocket.

We were in the suburban and we were just burning down the old road going to get another load of food to take up the cat trail. I felt a little tickle in my throat and reached in my pocket for the Thieves™ Spray. I was talking to the guys who were riding with me and popped the cap off, and on the third swig it finally registered that it wasn't Thieves™, it was Lavender! It was quite interesting, needless to say! It sure took care of the cough, though!

Thieves™ is so beautiful for the throat and for spraying on toilet seats, as long as you don't forget to wipe it off! And I promise you, you will only forget one time! And guys, when you clean your hands with Thieves™, wait a few minutes before you go to the bathroom. You'll only forget that one time also! It's really powerful. The Thieves™ Lozenges and the Wipes and the Household Cleanser are all for protecting your environment and protecting you from bacteria. Put Thieves™ on your feet. I take Thieves™ neat, one drop and put it in the palm of my hand, stir three times and go neat right on our little baby's feet. I did this when he was not even three hours old. I started at that very moment building his immune system and the value and the benefit of it is just remarkable. 

I can't think of a night in Jacob's life that he doesn't flop on the bed and stick his feet in the air and say, "Oils, Daddy!" or "Oils, Mommy!" When I was recovering in the hospital from the surgery he came with Mary and said, "Daddy, I get oils on your owie?" and he would go ask Mom for the oils and he would try to rub the on the surgical site. What a beautiful way to raise children in our new world! Our oil children.

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