How to Use Thieves Essential Oil Blend

2 Posted by - September 23, 2013 - Archive

Young Living’s Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic blend composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals to use while robbing dead and dying victims of the plague.

Our one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary blend, contains powerful essential oils that defend and protect such as clove, rosemary, cinnamon bark, and Eucalyptus radiata.

Thieves has also been university tested for its cleansing abilities. It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.*

There are dozens of ways to use Thieves essential oil blend. Here are some of our own tips, as well as tips from our Facebook fans on how to use this amazing product.

Thieves Usage Tips from Young Living:

  • Put a few drops in a capsule and swallow with water to support your immune system*
  • Put a few drops in your dishwater or dishwasher to thoroughly clean dishes and eliminate odor
  • Diffuse for 15–30 minutes in your home or office to help eliminate airborne bacteria
  • Apply on the bottoms of feet for internal support*

Thieves Usage Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans:

“When traveling, I’ll spray a few puffs of Thieves Spray in front of the A/C unit, which allows Thieves to go through the filter and out. I also pull back the bed covers and spray the sheets. I also spray Thieves inside the pillow cases on both sides. In the public toilets, I’ll spray a few puffs over the toilet before sitting. I never travel without it.” —Pam J., Senior Star

“I use Thieves oil to freshen bed linens, pillows, and mattresses, clean the kitchen and bath, mop the floor, use it as an air freshener, flavor hot tea, use it as my deodorant, and use it to brush my teeth. The better question is: What can’t you use Thieves for?” —Kathy J., Star

“I am a flight attendant and use Thieves for travel. I moisten a cotton ball and stick it in the hotel vent. I spray down the room. I use it on the remote control. I clean the galley and serving trays with Thieves.” —Dorothy R., Star

“I tend to place a drop or two of Thieves in my trash can and laundry baskets for dirty clothes. I also enjoy just diffusing and breathing in the fresh air it exhibits.” —Danikah J., Distributor

“I put 8–10 drops of Thieves in a dark-colored glass spray bottle and filled it with water. I’ve labeled the bottle and keep it handy by my front entrance. I use it to take away the spring scented shoes and boots in my front porch closet. Ahhh! The best air freshener ever! Works GREAT! Thank you Young Living!”
—Robyn D., Distributor

“I love Thieves and use it for everything. I even spray Thieves on money! Everyone asks about the smell. It smells so good.” —Marion N., Distributor

“I wear Thieves as perfume when going somewhere public!” —Erika S., Distributor

“A drop of Thieves on a tissue and a quick rub completely removes stains from whiteboards for when you grab the wrong type of marker. Plus, it smells great!” —Jan B., Distributor

How do you use Thieves essential oil blend? Leave a comment and let us know!

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  • Mary June 9, 2016 - 9:37 pm Reply

    I am new to Young living and while I do have someone I buy it from, I am interested in the questions above regarding Thieves being used to consume. I see where it can be used in casuals but it seems unclear about adding to tea or water if it isn’t the Vitality. Is that correct? The one I have purchased is therapeutic grade.

    • Young Living June 17, 2016 - 1:06 pm Reply

      Hello Mary, Thanks for stopping by with your question! Thieves® essential oil blend is for topical and aromatic use. Please always follow the directions on the product label. Thieves® Vitality™ is labeled as a dietary supplement and would be wonderful in tea or water! Please visit Thieves Vitality for more information.

  • Happy May 8, 2016 - 7:29 am Reply

    I just bought Thieves and I wonder about the label which states “Not for internal” use as I wonder if I can mix it with tea like Ginger tea?

    • Young Living May 9, 2016 - 2:40 pm Reply

      Hello Happy, Thanks for stopping by with your question! Thieves® essential oil blend is for topical and aromatic use. Please always follow the directions on the product label. Thieves® Vitality™ is labeled as a dietary supplement and would be wonderful in tea! Please visit Thieves Vitality for more information.

  • Angel Holiday May 3, 2016 - 5:25 pm Reply

    Can you take a glass of water with thieves oil in it? (3 drops)

    • Young Living May 4, 2016 - 3:23 pm Reply

      Hello Angel, Thanks for stopping by! A drop of Thieves Vitality™ can be added to water as a wonderful addition to your wellness regimen.

  • Karen May 1, 2016 - 1:35 pm Reply

    Is it safe to use Thieves for toddlers with G6PD?

    • Young Living May 3, 2016 - 2:28 pm Reply

      Hi Karen, The health and well-being of our members and their loved ones is very important to us! As the child does have specific health concerns we suggest speaking with a health care provider before using any product to determine what is right. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Helena April 2, 2016 - 8:27 pm Reply

    I’m new to using essential oils. What do I dilute the Thieves oil with before rubbing on my skin?

    • Young Living April 5, 2016 - 2:38 pm Reply

      Hi Helena, Please dilute Thieves® essential oil with carrier oil as directed on the product label. A carrier oil is a vegetable oil—such as coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil—that can be used to dilute essential oils. Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lori McGowan February 23, 2016 - 3:26 pm Reply

    I drink Zija Super Mix every morning, would it be okay to add a couple drops of thieves to this for my immune system?

    • Young Living April 6, 2016 - 1:54 pm Reply

      Hello Lori, You are welcome to add a drop of Thieves® Vitality to a beverage of your choice for a spicy, sweet flavor boost!

  • Sonja February 13, 2016 - 6:41 am Reply

    Is it safe to use thrives with a newborn in the house (3 weeks old)? If I use thieves topically on myself, is it safe if I am nursing my infant?

    • Young Living April 5, 2016 - 3:32 pm Reply

      Hi Sonja, Congratulations on your new arrival! Although we do recommend extreme caution when using essential oils for or around 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. You may want to review the information found in this recent blog post: Essential Oils in the Nursery If you have additional concerns, please speak with a health care provider. We hope this information is helpful and appreciate you stopping by!

  • Amy February 11, 2016 - 9:15 am Reply

    Can you use Thieves in a mouthwash? How do you recommend mixing it?

  • Lydia October 12, 2015 - 10:42 pm Reply

    Hi, Can I put Thieves drops in hot tea ? Does hot water affect the effectiveness of the oil?

    • Young Living October 22, 2015 - 2:31 pm Reply

      Hi Lydia, Thieves can be added to tea if you would like. Just make sure that the water isn’t too hot so that it does not damage the therapeutic compounds of the blend.

  • Meredith September 24, 2015 - 1:26 pm Reply

    Hi! Can my husband and I make “tea” with Thieves, honey, and Lemon YL oil?

    • Young Living October 2, 2015 - 4:20 pm Reply

      Thanks for your question, Meredith. Yes, as both products are labeled as dietary supplements. Please refer to the individual label for specific dosages and usage directions.

  • Grace Regnier July 8, 2015 - 3:18 pm Reply

    one of my down line posted on Facebook that she gargles with thieves and water then used thieves mouthwash and burnt her lips. It is 2 weeks and she is saying they still hurt, any suggestion ???

    • Young Living July 17, 2015 - 9:54 am Reply

      Hi Grace, we are very sorry to hear of discomfort she is experiencing. We recommend that she consult a medical professional regarding this specific issue. We would also like to complete a report regarding this situation for our records. Please have her e-mail at her earliest convenience.

  • Dolli June 18, 2015 - 1:35 pm Reply

    When mixing Theives oil in a spray bottle with water, does the water need to be distilled or can tap be used?

  • Stacey Harris McNeely December 10, 2013 - 7:07 pm Reply

    Rub several drops between toes. Stops the itching from athletes foot and after several days the athletes foot is gone!

  • commercial upholstery cleaning November 28, 2013 - 12:38 am Reply

    Really very nice post thanks for share…….

  • linda October 16, 2013 - 1:38 pm Reply

    What about cats I have a cat that got in fight and big gash on top ear n big lump on inside flap could be puss or hemitoma I dont want it more infected .any one use it on pet ?

  • Doodie October 10, 2013 - 4:07 pm Reply

    can you use thieves oil in a hottub

  • Bonny Sommert Rambarran September 23, 2013 - 1:10 pm Reply

    I added some to coconut oil – put in a small glass bottle in my purse. Instant sanitizer!

  • Kathy September 23, 2013 - 10:01 am Reply

    My two friends and I used it when we got fever blisters. At first symptom (usually an itchy, tingling feeling) we applied Thieves and it stopped it in its tracks. Amazing stuff! No lip swelling or blisters if you catch it early. Everything else I used including prescriptions did not stop it early enough to halt the blisters and 7 days of healing. Thieves stopped it in 24 hours.

    • Beth4Life November 27, 2013 - 9:34 pm Reply

      I love Thieves. However, I put just a little on the end of a Q-tip and placed it in my mouth to clean my teeth, mouth and breath. I noticed the side of my lip burning. I removed the Q-tip quickly. But, not fast enough to prevent the Thieves from burning and blistering the side of my mouth. I would be very careful about using Thieves on the corner of your mouth to heal fever blisters. Myrrh has been healing the chemical reaction burn for me. I will stick to using Thieves for some of the other suggestion, though. I LOVE IT.

    • michelle January 11, 2015 - 4:04 pm Reply

      Did you dilute oil before applying to lip?

    • Erin January 23, 2015 - 8:15 pm Reply

      I had a similar experience with applying it to my finger then my lip, and it stopped the blister from forming. I have yet to see anything else work as well.

  • Heidi September 23, 2013 - 9:49 am Reply

    I’m using it now to help my sore throat by putting a few drops in my water bottle and I use it to clean floors, tubs, counter tops and more! I love it!

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