How to Use Thieves Essential Oil Blend

0 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.


  • 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?

    • Young Living July 6, 2015 - 3:45 pm Reply

      Hi Dolli! Thanks for dropping by the blog! We recommend distilled water as distillation removes the debris, all solids, minerals, bacteria, and other contaminants from the water.

  • 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!

  • Leave a reply

    * Please note that all comments are moderated and won't appear immediately. Additionally, some posts may be slightly modified or deleted to maintain compliance with Young Living’s Policies and Procedures and federal regulations. To ensure your comments are compliant, please refer to the Sharing Young Living the Right Way document.