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DIY Thieves Oil for Colds and Flu

DIY Thieves Oil for Colds and Flu
DIY Thieves Oil for colds and flu. Get our recipe for making traditional Four Thieves oil at home. #thievesoil #essentialoil

We're getting ready for winter by preparing some of our favorite natural remedies. Along with Homemade Elderberry Syrup, Thieves Oil is an important part of our all-natural flu season arsenal.

Thieves Oil (also known as Four Thieves Oil) is an old-time essential oils recipe that was used during the Black Death of 1348 by robbers who sought to avoid catching the bubonic plague while they stole from people who'd fallen ill with the disease.

It's a mixture of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils, each containing powerful antiviral, antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties. Here's a quick explanation of why these oils work to treat and prevent sickness:

Thieves essential oil blend is effective against the flu virus and infectious diseases. When the virus enters the body, it is attached to our cells and then engulfed into the cells. The virus then integrates into our genomes and activate our cells to reproduce. Thieves oil does not affect the attachment of virus to cells. It does not affect the proliferation in our cells. But, it blocks the protein synthesis of the virus, thus it can’t be spread. Other essential oils also have these types of properties. ~ Dr. H.K. Lin, renowned essential oils in medicine expert

How to Make and Use Thieves Oil

I like to make two batches: one with just the essential oils, and another pre-diluted concoction that I can apply directly to the skin (essential oils are too potent to use on the skin without diluting in a carrier oil). A few drops of the undiluted mix works well in my essential oil diffuser to help control viruses and bacteria in the air (I normally diffuse essential oils for 30 minutes at a time, then switch to plain water for several hours. Repeat as necessary).

It also doubles as a simple inhalation treatment when someone in my family has a cough or congestion. The diluted mix is used to treat and prevent illness from outside the body through skin absorption. I normally apply it to the soles of the feet and the spine a few times a day or as needed.

First, A Few Notes On Safety:

This particular mix of essential oils is generally considered safe for use with children six years and older. Consider removing the eucalyptus oil and substituting Eucalyptus Radiata for kids ages 2-6 and lemon or oregano oil for kids 3 months-2 years.

Never apply the potent undiluted oil directly to the skin. And even the diluted oil should never be applied near the face because Thieves Oil contains a large amount of clove oil.

Be sure to use 100% pure, certified organic essential oils when available to make sure you’re not absorbing or inhaling extremely concentrated amounts of harmful chemicals or pesticides used during the growing process.

Always keep essential oils out of reach of children.

Pre-diluted Thieves Oil Recipe (Makes 1 oz)

Pure Essential Thieves Oil Recipe

  • Clove oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Cinnamon Bark oil – 2 tsp
  • Eucalyptus oil – 1.5 tsp (substitute lemon or oregano oil for children 3 months-2 years and be sure to use Eucalyptus Radiata for children under age 6)
  • Rosemary oil – 1.5 tsp

Store both recipes in dark glass jars with roller applicators or dropper lids for easy use.

P.S. Be sure to check out our DIY vapor chest rub and tips for treating your baby's fever naturally.

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