All About Thieves

65 September 11, 2017 - Aromatherapy, At Home, Essential Oil History, Essential Oils, How to Use Essential Oils, Infographics, Vitality™ essential oils, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle

Legend has it that in the 15th-century, French authorities offered leniency to a group of thieves in exchange for their secret aromatic mixture. Their formulation of powerful botanicals was believed to protect them while they pillaged communities.

Centuries later, we know that their secret blend of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals contained powerful, naturally derived constituents that may have protected this band of bandits. Legend or no, Thieves® Vitality™ and our plethora of Thieves products, with the powerful essential oils of Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary, provide both wellness support and the power to care for your home without synthetics or harsh chemicals.

All About Thieves Essential Oil Infographic

For more legendary essential oils, check out our posts on Lemon essential oil and the 6 oils that do almost anything!

What are your “legendary” Young Living oils? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Moko

    How to use thieves for premature baby ? My baby is 1 month years old

    • Young Living

      Hi Moko, We do suggest extreme caution when using oils with infants in any manner, as infants’ senses are very sensitive. Moreover, every person is different and reacts differently to different oils and oil supplements. As the health and wellbeing of our members is very important to us, we do recommend consulting with your health care provider before using any of our products, to determine if it is right for you or your child. We would recommend following the label directions for each product. We would also recommend doing a skin test on a small area before applying the oil to a larger area to make sure it is diluted appropriately. If your children appear to have a sensitivity to the diffusing of the oils you may consider diffusing the oils for a shorter period of time, using different oils, discontinuing use, and as always speaking with your health care provider. You may also visit Essential Oils in the Nursery for more information.

  • Can the vitality oils be defused

    • Young Living

      Hi Carleen, Unfortunately, we cannot provide any information regarding using the product in a manner other than what is indicated on the label.

  • Tessa

    What is Thieves Household Cleaner and Thieves Spray’s kill time? Once you dilute THC in a spray bottle does it keep (or does it denature) or do you have to make a new mix after a certain length of time?
    Thank you.

    • Young Living

      Hi Tessa, It was determined that it is not necessary to let this product sit on a surface for a specific amount of time. However, you may let the cleaner sit on the surface depending on your own personal preferences and the surface that is being cleaned.

  • Tessa

    What is the kill time for Thieves Household Cleaner and for the Thieves Spray? Thank you.

    • Young Living

      Hi Tessa, It was determined that it is not necessary to let this product sit on a surface for a specific amount of time. However, you may let the cleaner sit on the surface depending on your own personal preferences and the surface that is being cleaned.

  • Jessica

    How many drops of thieves vitality is safe to consumed in one day?

    • Young Living

      Hi Jessica, We recommend following the directions on the product label, which directs users to dilute 1 drop of Thieves with 4 drops of olive oil. Put in a capsule and take 1 daily or as directed by a health professional. You may also visit our website for Thieves® Vitality™.

  • Jenna

    What is the difference between Thieves oil and Thieves cleaner??

    • Young Living

      Hi Jenna, The Thieves House hold cleaner has additional ingredients other than the oils and was formulated especially for General Purpose Cleaning, De-greasing, and Cleaning Glass. Thank for stopping by.

  • Deb

    Hi, what is the PH of Thieves Household Cleaner?

    • Young Living

      Hi Deb, The pH level of the Thieves® Household Cleaner is approximately 10.4 pH. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • I have to pick one? The foaming hand soap! The toothpaste. The cleaner. The cough drops. Ok all of them!!!

  • Dawn

    It’s awesome when you have a cold for your nose. To help me feel better when I am sick, I rub Thieves on my toes and the pad of my foot. Wala!

  • Linda

    Some one told me that I could put a couple drops down my back & rub down both sides of my spine for colds , bronchitis. Was this wrong advice? It did help though.

    • Young Living

      Hi Linda, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a medical professional on your specific issue.

  • Victoria

    Is the vitality line safe for children?

    • Young Living

      Hi Victoria, Although we do recommend extreme caution when using essential oils for children, through our research and 20+ years of experience, we have found that essential oils can be safe and beneficial for people of all ages. However, due to the extreme sensitivities of children and the fact that individual reactions will vary, we do not have a list of specific oils that can/cannot be used with children available to provide. We suggest consulting a health care provider to determine what is right for your children.

  • Pam

    I know how to use thieves vitality and drinks but I’m wondering what benefit there is to use it? Is it for immune system, mood, weight control…???

    • Young Living

      Hi Pam, Thieves Vitality™ can support overall wellness and a healthy immune system. It can also be added to further brighten the flavors of your favorite foods and drinks!

  • Jennifer

    Is thieves mixed with lavender and a carrier oil safe for children (6 years old)? I use this blend (equal parts of all three oils) on my children at night and in the morning. I have recently heard thieves may not be safe for children under 10.

    • Young Living

      Hi Jennifer, Although we do recommend extreme caution when using essential oils for children, through our research and 20+ years of experience, we have found that essential oils can be safe and beneficial for people of all ages. However, due to the extreme sensitivities of children and the fact that individual reactions will vary, we do not have a list of specific oils that can/cannot be used with children available to provide. We suggest consulting a health care provider to determine what is right for your children. We recommend referring to the individual label directions for any age restrictions as well. Essential oils should be diluted for use on children. We suggest using a patch test procedure prior to ensure the oil is properly diluted for the child. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of EO to a patch of skin such as the forearm.

  • Nancy

    I ordered the lozenges with the red and white package, but received different packaging with a lemon on it. Are they the same product?

    • Young Living

      Hi Nancy, Great question. During the past year our Thieves® product line was given a brighter look with a new packaging design. We can assure you that the lozenges you received is the same formula you know and love. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Linda

    Why are you now adding Polysorbate 80 to the Thieves Spray?

    • Young Living

      Hi Linda, Polysorbate 80 has always been apart of the formula for the Thieves Spray to stabilize the oils mixed in the water. Polysorbate 80 had been mistakenly omitted from a previous label version, however this has been corrected. We are currently in the process of reformulating the Thieves Spray without Polysorbate 80. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Mollye

    I have ulcers on my tonsils and they have continued to form for the last four weeks. I read that applying Thieves on a Q-tip will make them go away. Should I use Thieves or Thieves Vitality?

    • Young Living

      Hello Mollye, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a dietary supplement. Please always refer to the label for usage directions. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a medical professional on your specific issue.

  • Maggie

    Thieves Vitality is what’s in the new starter kit instead of the original thieves…Can Thieves Vitality be diffused just like the original Thieves?

    • Young Living

      Hi Maggie, Great question. With the same constituents and purity, our Vitality line is labeled for dietary use, while the topical/aromatic line is labeled for topical and aromatic uses. We recommend referring to the usage directions on each individual product label. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Yin

    Hi, can I diffuse thieves essential oil when 6 months old baby is around?

    • Young Living

      Hi Yin, Thank you for your question. To safeguard the health of your children, the essential oils should not be diffused in their immediate proximity or for long periods of time without the prior consent of a pediatric physician. We also suggest diffusing a small amount of essential oil for short periods of time until you have determined if your children have any sensitivity to diffusing.

    • beth ellis

      so for a few years I have been using the original
      thieves in my tea before there was a vitality line-should I not have been? I still have two bottles or the original thieves–am I now only supposed to use those for diffusing and cleaning and not internal?

      • Excellent question! Thieves essential oil is labeled for aromatic or topical use and therefore not for internal use. We recommend using our Thieves Vitality™ which is labeled for dietary use and is a great choice to be added to your favorite beverages or cooking! Hope that helps, but when in doubt always read the labeling for uses on the bottle.

  • Lisa

    Is Theives safe to use as a cleaner on my granite countertops?

    • Young Living

      Hi Lisa, Great question! It should be okay to use the household cleaner on granite, however please ensure that it is highly diluted. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Young Living

      Please double check your granite countertops are sealed prior to using it on your countertops. You may also do a “test patch” but it should be safe as long as they are sealed properly.

  • Elizabeth

    Will Thieves Vitality kill probiotics when added to a probiotic drink, or if someone drinks their probiotic capsules with Thieves Vitality infused beverage?

    • Young Living

      Hi Elizabeth, Young Living’s products are intended only for the use listed on individual labels—either for topical/aromatic use or as a Dietary supplement. For optimal benefits, please always follow the directions on the product labels. If you have concerns regarding the use of any product according to its label directions, please consult your health care provider.

  • Dana Ogan

    What is the pH of Thieves?

    • Hi Dana, Thieves essential oil does not have a pH as essential oils do not contain water.

  • Drops in my water is just fantastic, but a new favorite discovery is Thieves vitality in my ice cream! Yum!!!

  • Sally Day

    Other than the label, is the Thieves Vitality the exact blend as the Thieves essential oil?

    • Hi Sally, thank you for your question. With the same constituents and purity, our Vitality line is labeled for dietary use, while the topical/aromatic line is labeled for topical and aromatic uses. We recommend referring to the usage directions on each individual product label. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Brittany

    How much thieves is safe to diffuse? I use it for immune support and add 4 drops every night to my diffuser and sleep. Its done by the morning. I have not gotten sick once this winter. But I just saw on the bottle it says to diffuse for 10 mins…. am I doing way too much?

    • Young Living

      Hi Brittany, Please follow the directions for aromatic use on the Thieves® product label. The amount of time for diffusing is a safety standard put in place to address certain possible sensitivity issues for longer diffusion periods. If you have concerns about exceeding the recommended diffusing time, please speak with your health care provider for specific recommendations for you. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Traci Hernandez

    Where to start!? Rollerball on neck, feet, etc. Spray on everything! Diffuse, laundry, & dishwasher.

    • Young Living

      Rollers are a great way to utilize Thieves for topical application. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Nancy Lorenz

    I love Thieves Vitality added to my Ningxia and Thieves diffused throughout the day!

  • Carrie

    I love the Thieves foaming soap to wash my hands in the bathroom and the kitchen. I also use the Thieves household cleaner on my floors and counter tops. My whole house smells so great so I do hope that more people will give it a try because they will not be disappointed.

  • Terry

    Would like to know the difference between the two -thieves and thieves vitality???

    • Hi Terry, thank you for your question. With the same constituents and purity, our Vitality line is labeled for dietary use, while the topical/aromatic line is labeled for topical and aromatic uses. We recommend following the usage directions on each individual product label. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Ashley

        Here in Canada for retail purposes we can not get the thieves vitality unless for us and family members so what do I do if I need to take some for a sore throat or headaches?

        • Young Living

          Hi Ashley, It is recommended to follow the label directions on the individual product for usage. If you have further concerns, please speak with your health care provider about specific recommendations for you. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lynn george

    Love to use thieves vitality in 40 oz of water for my vegetables and fruits. I use Thieves to sanitize my kitchen counter tops.

  • Sue Ott

    I add 1 or 2 drops of Thieves to my steam mop to use on all of my floors including carpets.

    • Tracy

      Do you find adding Thieves to the steam mop really helps to clean your floors? I have a steam mop. I also have two dogs and sometimes I don’t feel the steam mop is getting out all the dirt, slobber, etc. thanks for any advice. Just started using essential oils a few weeks ago. How do you use it on your carpets?

  • Lana Sanders

    Our favorite uses for Thieves is the sanitizing spray for any surface.

  • It’s the one oil I travel with. Don’t leave home without it!

  • Lill Managhan

    I love the whole Thieves line! I love how my laundry smells after adding Thieves to the laundry.

  • What a great idea Tami Jo Eaton! I like to put a drop of Thieves Vitality in my coffee with a tablespoon of coconut oil! YUM

  • Molly Brose

    My Mom introduced me to Thieves with your lozenges which I am addicted to, it is the first oil I diffused and my favorite & I love to clean with it while taking in the aroma!

  • Serena Staveness

    I love it as a warm tea to drink in the cold months, a drop or two of Thieves Vitality and a bit of honey! Very tasty and and supports wellness!

  • Edyta

    I love to mix a drop of Thieves Vitality oil in my Slique tea. Yummy and delicious 🙂

  • DeAnna G

    I love to make Thieves “tea” with warm water, 1 drop Thieves Vitality, 1 drop Lemon Vitality, and about 1 Tablespoon of honey. It’s great for winter wellness!

  • Kimberly

    I’ve read that thieves is not safe to use or diffuse on children younger than 10. What’s the safely with thieves and infants??

    • Hi Kimberly, Many essential oils are appropriate for use on children with dilution. We recommend that you always follow the label instructions to determine which oils are appropriate and due to the extreme sensitivity of infants, we would suggest discussing the use of Thieves with your baby’s pediatrician.

  • Kim

    Use in my Ningxia every morning !! Love it!! I also love Thieves Vitality on a spoonful of agava!!

    • Virginia Zerdelian

      Agave has been researched and the conclusion is that shouldn’t be the preferable sweetener. You may use stevia instead.

  • Dana

    The scent is just awesome along with all the wonderful benefits

  • Marlaina

    I’ve used Thieves EO for overal wellness maintenance.

  • Terrie

    Great graphic. Thank you!

  • I really enjoy adding a couple drops of Thieves Vitality to my drinks.

  • Donna McGovern

    Love a drop of Thieves Vitality in my tea. Delicious!

  • Valentyna Lua

    We love adding a drop of Thieves Vitality along with a drop of Lemon Vitality Essential Oil in a cup of warm herbal tea. Thank you Young Living!

  • Marykae

    Every night I apply the thieves (diluted) on my children’s feet. They apply it themselves with the roller ball.

  • Brooke

    I love, love, love to diffuse Thieves in my home. I also use Thieves E.O. as a roll-on, well diluted. I am an RN and use it numerous times throughout my shifts along my collarbones and back of neck. I also use it on my kiddos feet before gymnastics practice. We LOVE Thieves!

  • Tami Jo Eaton

    I recently used an empty orange essential oil bottle and added V6 and Thieves and roll it on every night before bed. There are endless uses for Thieves. I love cleaning my entire house with Thieves cleaner. Such a fresh aroma!!

    • Michelle

      How many drops did you do, and what size bottle, 5 or 15 ml?

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