Celebrate 25 Years of Thieves with Our Top 25 Uses!

50 July 27, 2016 - At Home, Essential Oil History, Essential Oils, Giveaways, How to Use Essential Oils, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle

This year we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the creation of Thieves®!

Combining Lemon, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils, our one-of-a-kind Thieves blend has more uses than we can count! We know that each person has their own favorite ways to use Thieves, and we want to share ours, too.

So check out our top 25 ways to use Thieves, and be sure to leave a comment below for your shot at winning our Thieves giveaway.

Thieves Household CleanerThieves

  1. Rub 1 drop onto the bottoms of your feet before heading out for the day.
  2. Diffuse to bring a spicy, welcoming fragrance to any room of your house.
  3. Add a drop or two of Thieves to mop water to add extra cleaning power and a fresh scent.
  4. Make a deep-cleaning scrub by combining baking soda, Thieves Household Cleaner, and 2 drops of Thieves to form a thick paste.
  5. Add a drop or two of Thieves to Thieves Laundry Soap for an extra boost of freshness for clean clothes that smell great!
  6. After washing your clothes with Thieves Laundry Soap, add 4–5 drops of Thieves onto a washcloth and tumble with the laundry in the dryer for extra Thieves aroma.
  7. Make your own deodorant? Give your DIY deodorant an aromatic boost with a few drops of Thieves.
  8. Diffuse Thieves with a few drops of Orange, Tangerine, or Nutmeg essential oil for a delicious spicy-citrus aroma.
  9. Add a few drops of Thieves to a basin or bowl of hot water, tent a towel over your head and the basin, and breathe deeply for a rejuvenating home spa experience.
  10. Refresh musty carpets by adding 5 drops of Thieves to a cup of baking soda; combine well and let sit overnight until the oil is absorbed. Sprinkle over carpets and vacuum thoroughly.
  11. Use to remove sticky labels on glasses. Remove as much of the label as you can, add a drop of Thieves, let sit for several minutes, then rub clean.
  12. Make a deodorizing room and linen spray by combining 4 drops of Thieves with water in a spray bottle and spraying around the house.
  13. Clean your dishwasher by running an empty cycle with white vinegar and 2 drops of Thieves in the detergent dispenser.
  14. Add a drop to the cardboard inside of your toilet paper rolls for a hint of Thieves freshness throughout the bathroom.
  15. Use a drop of Thieves on a tissue to remove stains from whiteboards.
  16. Put a drop on your hands, rub them together, then cup your hands loosely over your nose and mouth while inhaling.
  17. Add a drop to a cotton ball and stash it in your air vents to circulate the spicy scent of Thieves throughout your home.
  18. Scrub your sink with a few drops of Thieves after washing dishes to dispel any lingering odors.
  19. Drop Thieves onto a cloth and keep it in your gym bag to keep it and its contents smelling fresher.
  20. Combine 10 drops of Thieves with a cup of Epsom salt and add to a bath for a nice, relaxing soak.

Thieves® Vitality™

  1. Thieves VitalityTake internally by adding 2–4 drops of Thieves Vitality to a vegetarian gel capsule and swallowing with water.
  2. Add a drop of Thieves Vitality and 2 drops of Orange Vitality to your daily glass of NingXia Red®.
  3. Give your herbal tea a kick of flavor by adding a drop of Thieves Vitality.
  4. Combine Thieves Vitality with Cinnamon Bark Vitality and Clove Vitality in dessert recipes that welcome a little spice.
  5. Add a drop to your toothbrush before brushing for an even fresher experience!

Did we miss your favorite way to use Thieves? Share with us below in the comments for your chance to become our randomly selected winner of one (1) 15-ml bottle of Thieves essential oil blend, one (1) 14.4 fl. oz Thieves Household Cleaner, one (1) Thieves Laundry Soap, and one (1) 5-ml bottle of Thieves Vitality, valued at $130.57!

Giveaway rules:

  • To enter, simply comment on this post.
  • Contest ends at 11:59 p.m., MT, on Wednesday, August 3.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Thursday, August 4.


** UPDATE **

Congratulations to S. Bullimore who won our Thieves gift pack! Thanks to everyone who commented–we loved reading how you use Thieves products!

How Did D. Gary Young Formulate Thieves?

Thieves Essential Oil BlendYoung Living Founder and Chairman of the Board D. Gary Young recounts the history of his formulation of the essential oil blend Thieves, which was created as a result of his studying at the Warwick University in London, England, in 1991 and spending many hours at the London Library researching essential oils and their history.

“I must tell you that I have read 17 different versions of the Thieves story,” says Gary, “Some that claim there were four thieves and others that claim there were 40! Many of these legends took place in the 15th century, but still others put the date in the 18th century. The formulas also varied from one story to the next, but through my research, I was led to four key botanicals that were mentioned again and again. Those ingredients were clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and lemon—four of the same ingredients that make up Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend today.

“The legends speculate that the thieves believed that wearing this special combination of botanicals provided protection while they were stealing. French authorities recognized that there was such value in this mixture that upon the thieves’ capture, they received a more merciful punishment on condition that they divulge the ingredients in their secret formula to the king.

“To round out my modern Thieves formula and add another element of protection, I included eucalyptus radiata, which would have been rare to find in those days.”

  • Elaine Steffen

    Thieves is my number 1 oil to diffuse–love it!!

  • lisa wheeler

    I love the suggestion to put it inside toilet paper rolls. I use it in a spray bottle with water and clean ALL my solid surfaces in the kitchen and my glass patio table. Works better than the traditional blue window cleaner.

  • Rochelle

    I love putting Thieves on my kiddos feet at bed time!

  • Kari Fargusson

    I just cleaned my vacuum cleaner with Thieves Cleaner! Filters and all! It was smelling very nasty from my two dogs and their hair! It smells great now and looks brand new!!! Thanks Thieves!

  • Angela schaefer

    Love thieves!

  • I’ve never heard of this stuff (not sure how after 25 years) and I’m heading out to buy a bottle. Some great uses on the list. Thanks for sharing!

  • I love to put in a blue glass bottle with water and spray in the air as a fragrance to uplift stagnant air.

  • Sherry Johnson

    I’m pretty new to using Thieves. I’m loving using it for general cleaning and hand wash. I’m looking forward to trying new Thieves products. 🙂

  • M

    When in India and visiting the temples and homes one had to take off shoes at the entrances. In the mornings I put Thieves Vitality on my tongue and on one soles and lemon oil on the other. Now i was fully prepared inside and outside for whatever.

  • Betty Talley

    The older bottle says “Dietary Supplement —“. The newer bottle says “for external use only”. Has something been changed in the formula? I would like to gargle with a drop in water.

    • Young Living

      Hi Betty, Young Living® had recently made some changes to the instruction panel on our essential oil labels. These changes were made to align our labels with FDA regulations that state a product cannot be labeled for use as a dietary supplement AND for topical or aromatic use, both could not be on the same label. In compliance with these regulations, our essential oils have been displaying labels that distinguish the products intended as a dietary supplement and those intended to be used for topical application or aromatic use. This labeling did not reflect any changes to the constituents or benefits of our essential oils. With that being said the Vitality line of oils is the same 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils for which Young Living has become known. Please refer to the individual label for usage directions. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kate Maurer

    Thieves laundry soap gets the mildew smell out of old towels!

  • Katherine Ford

    We diffuse Thieves every night in our bedrooms while we sleep. It helps us get us ready to greet the day!

  • Shirley Durbin

    My first introduction to Thieves was the spray. I was getting a sore throat and almost lost my voice when we were at a square dance. A friend had Thieves spray with her. A couple of sprays to the back of my throat attacked the soreness, and my voice began to clear up before the dance was over. I still use it as a throat spray anytime it feels like something is coming on.

  • Callie Turner

    Thieves is my FAVORITE OIL!!!!

  • Alberta L. Dynes

    A couple of years ago, my husband had replaced an in the wall water line, a couple of weeks later, I noticed seeping liquid coming up from our new wood floor, we couldn’t figure out why or from where.
    After a while we were getting mold on furniture and floors, we found out the water line had been leaking and he replaced it again with a better system.

    Bummer is that I was the one who cleaned up everything unprotected and not realizing how dangerous it was for me.
    I got really ill and dizzy for nearly 2 weeks. A round that time I had just started taking classes in Young Living Essential Oils and learned the value of Thieves.
    I starting using the Thieves cleaner everywhere, walls, floors, closets, sinks, toilets, tub and furniture!

    On the wood floor I would put Thieves in a spray bottle with about 1/3 Thieves to 2/3 water, spray on the floor and let it sit for about 1/2 hour then dry mop it up,
    I also sprayed the cloth and wood furniture and let it sit, it didn’t hurt anything but it smelled wonderful and cleaned everything very nicely!!!

    The Thieves Cleaner had effectively cleaned up any mold after using the above method several times a week, I still use it around the house at least once or twice a month to prevent any more recurrences.

    After that horrible snafu, I definitely was a very big believer in Thieves and still use it often on anything and everything, all around the house, bath and kitchen, clothes washer, and of course Thieves EO in my diffuser.

    Thieves Cleaner is the BEST thing ever!!!!!
    I love it and have bought many large bottles of the cleaner and will continue to do so, I would not be without it!!!

    Alberta Dynes

  • I use Thieves foaming handsoap to clean the stainless steel refrigerator door. I had stained it with another cleaner… permanently, even heavy duty stainless cleaner would not remove it. Then I decided to try the handsoap cause I use it for so many things – even to put on my dog for quick healing scrapes – and three applications completely removed the stain and made it look brand new!

  • Cyndi

    Love, love, love, fresh, clean exhilarating smell. I couldnt live without it now. Spray it on furniture, have two dogs, wipe the counters , cleans the windows, you name it, it works! Oh , took old stains out of my carpet even 😀

  • Cyndi

    Love, love, love, fresh, clean exhilarting smell. I couldnt live without it now. Spray it on furniture, have two dogs, wipe the counters , cleans the windows, you name it, it works! Oh , took old stains out of my carpet even 😀

    • Lisa

      Do you spritz your dogs? I’m wondering how it would be for a deodorizer since it is good for topical use. Thanks! 🙂

  • Carol Wille

    I love the Thieves toothpaste!

    • RaNae Bland

      As a result of using my Thieves toothpaste and mouthwash I love the results and comments I get when I go in for a dental cleaning. Not only did my hygienist tell me I had great oral hygiene, but the dentist also mentioned the same thing at a different time.

  • Thieves is the most wonderful fragrance. Can’t wait to try laundry soap

  • We use the product during cold and flu season in the US, and I take it to Ethiopia with me and give it, and other oils to my street children, and orphans. Believe me, kids are walking germ factory’s, and I love Thieves.

  • jayne

    My daughter has been diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid and the medicine they put her on doesn’t really seem to be helping. What oils should we be using to help get her feeling good again.

    • I use Thyromin supplement w/ Endoflex oil on the back of my neck. With a side supplement of magnesium, my nails have never been healthier.

  • Lela Clark

    I have not been putting thieves to its best uses. Thank you for all the ideas.

  • Katie vasko

    Love thieves!

  • Polly Tomlinson

    The winter before I started diffusing Thieves Essential Oil, my husband was sick 5 times in 6 months. The following year, I diffused it regularly and he was never sick! We love the smell and we love the benefits to our wellness!

  • Kasia

    I love Thieves and all my friends and family are getting Thieves as a gift to clean their floors so they try… fall in love… and would not be able to live without it 🙂

  • Saundra Cossey

    I love the way Thieves smells, and use it most nights on the bottom of my feet.

  • Debbie Lapeyrouse

    We have been using Thieves for years and consider it a miracle blend. We use it too many ways to list – put it on anything that itches, stings, or hurts. So many uses, we never want to be without it!

  • Rhonda Gordon

    We use the thieves hand soap. It works wonders!!

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