Feb 3, 2014

20 Ways to Use Thieves Oil


20 Different Ways To Use Thieves Essential Oil Blend!

Have you heard of “Thieves” oil? I use thieves oil all of the time, so I wanted to share with you several of the ways that it can be used.

The name “Thieves oil” comes from the story of the thieves who robbed the victims of the Black Plague back in the 1700s (um, or the 1400s, depending on which story you read).

The basic story goes like this…

…a group of thieves during a European plague outbreak were robbing the dead or the sick. When they were caught, they offered to exchange their secret recipe, which had allowed them to commit the robberies without catching the disease, in exchange for leniency. (Wikipedia)

There are many many different variations of the story, but they all seem to agree that the thieves were originally merchants and spice traders who ended up resorting to thievery when the plague hit and the kings of the various countries sent out a mandate closing down international commerce and shipping.

Just as there are many variations to the story, there are also many different recipes for the spices that they used to ward off the Black Plague.

Using the history books and what we know about essential oils, the oil company that I buy my oils from (Young Living) has created a blend of oils that they believe would provide the same type of protection today.

I’m also sharing several personal stories in the different points below, so you’ll get to see exactly how Thieves oil has helped our family save money!

Thieves oil is made up of clove oil, lemon oil, rosemary oil, eucalyptus radiata oil, and cinnamon bark oil.

If you use Thieves oil on your skin, then you will want to dilute it with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil. Cinnamon and clove oils are considered “hot” oils which means that they can cause a redness and burning sensation on the skin if they are applied directly. Also, remember that a little bit goes a LONG way!  You only need to use a drop or two.

Thieves oil is also inexpensive for the potency of just one drop. The retail price is $44.31 and the wholesale price (anyone can become a wholesale member with the purchase of a starter kit) is just $33.75 for a 15 mL bottle. A 15 mL bottle has approximately 250 drops, so for a wholesale member that comes out to just 13.5 CENTS per drop!

Also, as you read this list, keep in mind that any time I refer to using the oils myself I’m talking specifically about Young Living Thieves Oil.

When deciding on a company to buy essential oils from (ESPECIALLY if you are going to be using them internally or topically) I highly recommend asking the questions in this post here.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

How to use thieves oil to make your own hand sanitizer!

1. Hand Sanitizer. You can make your own hand sanitizer using thieves oil!

How to use Thieves oil to clear up chest congestion!

2. Congestion Relief.  We use Thieves oil in the diffuser (this is the diffuser that I have, but you get a really nice one with an essential oils starter kit) or rubbed directly on the chest with a carrier oil to help with chest congestion.

How to use thieves oil to keep laundry smelling fresh!

3.  Laundry.  Add a few few drops to your laundry (and cloth diapers loads!) to help keep them sanitized. Whenever one of the kids gets a stomach bug (a couple of them are still too little to swallow activated charcoal) then I wash sheets and clothes with a few drops of Thieves oil.

Use Thieves oil in the dishwasher clean dishes without chemicals!

4.  Cleaner dishes.  Add a few drops to your homemade dishwasher detergent for extra clean, toxin-free dishes.

Use Thieves oil to fight germs in the air!

5.  Fight Germs In The Air: You can diffuse in your home, office, classroom, or wherever you need to ward off germs. (Diffusing Thieves can kill up to 99.6% of the germs in the air!)

Thieves oil in the diffuser is a constant in our home during flu seasons!

How to use Thieves oil as a bathroom cleaner!

6.  Bathtub Cleanser:  Mix a few drops of thieves oil in with your baking soda and clean the tub in no time! (Did you know that you can clean your entire house with just 4 ingredients?)

How to use Thieves oil to knock out a headache!

7.  Sinus Headaches:  When I get a sinus headache, I breathe in and/or apply (remember to mix it with a carrier oil first!) to the back of my neck, forehead, and temples to help relieve sinus headaches.

How to use Thieves oil to relieve a cough!

8.  Cough Relief:  I mix a few drops with honey and take internally for a persistent cough. (Remember, no honey for kiddos under a year of age.)

I also make a “Thieves Tea” as a cough remedy by doing the following:

1 mug of hot water (8 oz)
1 drop of Thieves Essential Oil Blend
2-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
Honey to taste (I prefer Manuka Honey but raw local honey is good too)

Use Thieves in your carpet cleaner to sanitize!

9.  Carpet Cleaner:  Add a couple of drops of Thieves oil to your homemade carpet cleaner to kill germs that have found a resting place in your carpet.

Use Thieves oil to make your own homemade hand soap!

10.  Hand Soap:  Make your own hand soap by combining 8-10 drops of Thieves oil, water, and Dr. Bronner’s soap. Put it all in a foaming handsoap dispenser.


11.  Maintain Healthy Teeth:  I add a drop or two of Thieves oil to my homemade toothpaste (coconut oil + baking soda + xylitol) to help keep my teeth healthy and clean (and they feel AMAZING after brushing with this recipe!)

Use Thieves oil to help relieve a toothache!

12.  Toothache Relief:  About a month after I got my essential oil starter kit Ryan told me that his tooth was hurting. I had him take a q-tip and put a drop of Thieves oil on it and apply it to the area that was hurting. It stopped hurting RIGHT AWAY! Still check with your dentist, but at least it may help to relieve some of the pain.

Use thieves oil to take the sting out of a bee sting!

13.  Bee Sting Relief:  Thieves will zap the ouchiness out of a sting and help it heal faster by applying it to the infected area. You can also use it for wasp & hornet stings too.

Use Thieves oil to help heal a sore throat!

14. Sore Throat Relief:  Thieves is the first thing I grab when I feel a sore throat coming on. I put a few drops in a capsule and swallow it, but I’ve also just mixed a drop with a Tablespoon of water and gargled with it.

How to use Thieves oil to zap blemishes!

15.  Zit Zapper:  We mix a drop of Thieves oil with a little olive oil and place on blemishes.

How to use Thieves oil to get rid of warts!

16.  Warts:  Many have used Thieves oil topically to help warts go away.

Use Thieves oil for cleaner floors!

17.  Cleaner Floors:  Add a few drops of Thieves oil to your floor cleaner (I use Thieves cleaner in my homemade Swiffer Wetjet solution.)

How to use Thieves oil to get rid of mold!

18.  Mold Prevention & Removal:  Want to know what we used to kill the mold & mildew after our refrigerator and freezer had been in storage for over a month when we moved last summer? THIEVES!! It completely got rid of the mold!

Use Thieves oil to repel ants!

19.  Ant Repellent:  At our last house we had a problem with ants getting into the house. I started using Thieves oil (and Thieves cleaner) and it kept them away! I bet cinnamon oil alone would do the same since ants hate cinnamon.

Use Thieves oil for cold and flu prevention!

20.  Cold and Flu Support:  The first thing we do when our family gets home from being out and about during cold and flu season is to apply a drop of Thieves oil to the bottom of our feet (we apply there because I don’t need to dilute it when it’s applied to the bottom of the feet since our skin is thick – but also because our feet have the largest pores in our body!) We’ve been flu-free this year so far, but part of that could also be because we’re grain-free too.

That one bottle of Thieves oil can be used a LOT of different ways!

Want to get some of your own?   Follow this link!  —>  How to Use Essential Oils and Where to Buy Them

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

Essential OIls Promo

As many of you now know, Ryan and I have jumped on board the essential oils bandwagon (yes, Ryan too!) We use them for our family for all kinds of things like seasonal nasal discomfort*, soothing the discomfort of burns*, supporting our immune systems*, promoting proper stomach digestion, and even bug spray! (And lots lots more! Have you heard the saying "there's an oil for that"? There really seems to be!!)

The "medicine" that God created is definitely powerful and created to work perfectly with our bodies. It's funny that the media talks about essential oils like they're a "new trend" when people have been using essential oils for thousands of years! :)

With company after company popping up (goodness, it sometimes seems like a new one pops up every week) to try to take advantage of the "new trend" of essential oils, I'm thrilled to have found a company that I trust and that was the pioneer in bringing the use of therapeutic essential oils here to the states.

If you're interested in getting a starter kit of some of the most useful essential oils and essential oil blends, then I'm offering a SPECIAL DEAL just for Surviving The Stores readers right now!

Two years ago, Ryan got me this starter kit as my Valentine's Day present, and while I knew I would love it, I had no idea how much this one starter kit would change our lives!

The world of essential oils can be very confusing, so I'm using the commission money that I make to give you back freebies that will be a HUGE help in your oily journey!

If you get a premium Young Living starter kit (which is, on its own, a really great deal at $150)...

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...then I will ALSO mail you a super helpful Essential Oils Reference Guide (you can look up almost anything in it and see which oils have been used to help with that problem), a set of essential oil labels to keep your oils organized, a Starter Guide to get started specifically with your starter kit, AND a set of laminated easy-reference sheets for how to use the oils for First Aid, and how to use them for babies & children!

Oh, and one quick thing. You get ELEVEN 5 ml bottles with this deal. Several people always ask each time I talk about this starter kit if it's just the samples. Nope, you get everything in the picture below with your kit including the 11 5 ml bottles of oils!

What comes in the Young Living starter kit?  PLUS several freebies when you get started!!

If you are ready to buy a starter kit, then be sure to sign up as a wholesale member (with one of the premium starter kits) through the instructions below to take advantage of these freebies!

1.  Head over to the Young Living page here and fill out your information. {Please use your laptop or desktop to sign-up, instead of your smartphone or tablet.}

2.  Be sure the "Wholesale Member" option is checked so that you don't end up paying retail prices (which are 24% more than wholesale).

3. Be sure the "sponsor ID" and "enroller id" say 1423474 (so that I can send you your freebies!)

4. If you do not feel comfortable putting in your social security number (this is only for tax purposes if you decide to turn this into a business) then you can get an EIN from the IRS in just a few seconds here and use that number instead (the IRS just needs to be able to connect some number with you for tax purposes).   They need a Social Security Number or an EIN because if you make $600 or more per year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail (which is required by law). Young Living will never share this info with anyone.

5. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit (and that's the one where you get all of the freebies!) Those are the oils that I use almost every single day!

6. You can skip the Essential Rewards part of the sign-up process, unless you know that you'll be ordering regularly. I'll send over an email with more details on that part of things after you sign up (if you're going to be purchasing products monthly then it's a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs).

7. Go through the checkout process.

8.  IMPORTANT: After you sign up, FILL OUT THIS FORM HERE and use the code "STSOILS" at the bottom. If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me at [email protected] and I will also help you find the information that you need. :)

BONUS Step 9 (COMPLETELY Optional!)

If you would like to earn a BONUS essential oil, then you need to get your order total up to 190 PV (different products have different point values). If you get the $150 Premium Starter Kit then you'll automatically have 100 point value... then you'll just need 90 more points to get the bonus oil. For example, you could grab an extra bottle of Thieves Oil at 33.75 points, 15 ml bottle of Lavender at 23.5 points, 15 ml bottle of Lime at 11 points, and the 14.4 ounces of Thieves Household Cleaner at 22 points (just pour one capful of the concentrated Thieves cleaning solution into a spray bottle and it lasts for a really long time!) All of those items will bring your total points up to $190.25 which will qualify you to get the BONUS oil! (This step is completely optional!)


If you would like to earn TWO free BONUS essential oils this month, then you can go ahead and enroll in the Essential Rewards section (the Step 3 on the Young Living signup page). Young Living has put together a great rewards program for those who think they will be ordering regularly. For this first month, you will need to choose one of the Essential Rewards kits that are offered on the sign-up page, but in the future, you can change up your order each month. Most people get the Wellness Essential Rewards Kit when they sign up so that they can try out the Ningxia Red (an AMAZING juice blend filled with antioxidants from the Ningxia Wolfberry), and other great YL products like their exclusive Slique blend to help with weight management!

There's absolutely no obligation to do the Essential Rewards program, but if you would like to get both of the free oils available this month and you know you'll be ordering regularly, then it's a great program to maximize your savings!  (This step is completely optional!)

IMPORTANT:  This promotion is only available when you sign up with the sponsor ID and enroller ID as #1423474.

{Scroll down for several frequently asked questions!}

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Does signing up make me a "distributor"?

Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don't do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?

There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there's a year that you don't make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that's a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it's not a requirement for being a wholesale member).

Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?

It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn't it?

I can't speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That's not an option with any other company.

How will I know which oils to use for what?

One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that's specifically for questions about essential oils!

The reference guide that I'm giving away as part of this promotion is also a HUGE resource. You can look up almost anything in it and see which essential oils and supplements can be helpful.

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was suprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there's a wide variety of products available.

What if I live outside of the United States?

For those who live in Canada, we will mail the book and labels, but will need to either reduce or remove the gift card to cover the extra shipping charge.

International orders of 100 PV or more will receive a $25 Amazon or Paypal gift card. Many times the only kit that is offered to those that reside outside of the US doesn't have a PV at all. To receive the gift card, you will need to have a minimum of 100 PV in your final order.

What about overseas US military?

If you are military with an APO/FPO address, you can still receive the same promotion as those in the United States since the address is here in the US.

Please let me know if you have any other questions at all and I will do my best to answer them!

Limited-time promotion. Only available until 3/31/15 or until there are no more freebie packages. This post will be updated if the promotion changes before March 31st.

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  1. I am so glad you are getting the word out about Thieves EO! I am a Young Living Distributor and I have used every brand of essential oils out there and there is no comparison. This last summer I had the privilege of taking my niece and nephew to Young Living as Family Farm in Mona, Utah and it was breathtaking!
    In the interest of sharing, I wanted to let you know that I take one drop of Thieves Oil under my tongue every night before retiring. If I feel I need it, I take it in the morning, too. This method of ingestion gets some getting used to, but it is the best and quickest way to get the oils into the bloodstream. I am midway through winter #2 using it this method and I have not had a cold or any flu! My husband won’t take it and he has been sick 4 times! That proves to me Thieves works, especially since we sleep in the same bed when he is sick and I still don’t get sick!
    Your wesite/newsletter is awesome and you have helped me save a lot of money! Thank you!

    • That’s awesome Charlisa!!

      Yep, I got a sore throat a couple of times over the winter and put a drop of Thieves on it right away. I kid you not my sore throat stopped being sore IMMEDIATELY. And the soreness didn’t come back!

      I am so blown away by Young Living oils!

      And thanks so much for the kind words! I love hearing stories form people on how STS has helped them save! :)

  2. Rachel Pena says:

    Where do u get this

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