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Thieves Oil Recipe: The essential oil blend you need on hand during flu season

Thieves oil is an ancient and powerful blend of oils used to head off and treat sickness including flu, colds, and other wintertime ailments. I never go through the changing weather and winter seasons without having it on hand. You can diffuse it before you get sick to boost your immunity or use it when sickness starts to quell the worst of the symptoms.

Thieves oil is made of 5 different powerful essential oils that when mixed in the right proportions, get their properties magnified. Before I give you the magic ratio, let’s break down the components that go into this heavenly oil blend.

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 1,000 years and is highly valued for its versatilely and potentness. It’s used to cleanse toxins and stimulate lymphatic drainage. This also makes it good for treating coughs. It’s a go-to oil for DIY natural cleaning products and can boost energy. Lemon oil contains high levels of antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory elements that make it good for reducing inflammation and fighting sickness [1]. It can reduce oxidative stress and relieve damage to organs [2]. And lemon oil can even be used to relieve nausea. It’s popular as a morning sickness aid [3].

Clove Oil

You may recognize clove from its strong, yummy smell. The dried and ground form of cloves is used in wintertime baking recipes along with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The oil form of clove is also yummy to use during the winter to ward off a variety of ailments. Clove oil is gut boosting so it can be used to support digestion and fight candida [4] and ulcers [5]. It’s also high in antioxidants [6]. In fact, clove has 30x more antioxidants than the same weight of blueberries [7].

Clove oil also contains a compound called eugenol which promotes heart health [8]. Clove is anti-inflammatory. It also supports the liver which aids in detoxification [9]. These properties are probably why clove is historically used in recipes baked in the winter. Our ancestors knew what was good for them and what would keep them healthy! Keep in mind that essential oils are far more concentrated than ground spice or herb form.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus is a super immune booster. It’s used from everything to relieving cough to improving respiratory conditions to easing pain. Eucalyptus is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory [10]. The oil can be diffused or applied in a carrier oil to ease sinus congestion and sore throat [11]. Eucalyptus is super antibacterial and antimicrobial even against nasty things like E. coli and Staph [12, 13, 14]. Not even bronchitis can escape the healing powers of eucalyptus and other respiratory infections [15, 16]. It works as an expectorant and has even been proven effective in a research study using placebos or eucalyptus to treat bronchitis [17]. Eucalyptus can reduce pain and inflammation [18] from causes such as headaches [19] or sinus pressure.

Cinnamon Oil

Something to keep in mind when buying cinnamon oil is the different types available. Oil can be extracted from the bark, leaves, or root. Each one contains different healing properties [20]. For all three, again we’re talking about anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties like the oils we’ve already discussed [21]. Cinnamon oil supports the heart and balances cholesterol levels [22]. Cinnamon can also help heal a sore throat and support the healing of other sickness symptoms [23].

Rosemary Oil

Dried rosemary might be in your kitchen cabinet or spice rack. But the oil form comes with the benefits of the herb in an uber concentrated form. Rosemary supports the liver which is excellent for detox [24, 25]. It protects the organs from oxidative stress due to its hormone balance properties. Rosemary and lavender vapors reduced cortisol levels in 5 minutes of exposure in one research experiment [26]. Rosemary also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties [27, 28] that make it a powerful immune booster.

Thieves Oil Blend

Drumroll, please……

Thieves oil:

7 drops of lemon

4 drops of cinnamon

3 drops clove

3 drops eucalyptus

3 drops rosemary

This blend is super yummy, smells like winter, and boosts your immunity all in one! What’s not to love? I usually start diffusing thieves oil nonstop when the weather starts changing and everybody else starts getting sick. You can also mix it into a carrier oil like coconut oil and apply it to your throat and bottoms of your feet when you feel the flu or a cold start to come on. Be sure to use safe dilution practices! And keep in mind that some essential oils should not be used in high doses over extended periods of time.

Thieves Oil Recipe

Where To Shop Essential Oils

If you’re looking to buy essential oils, I love Rocky Mountain Oils. They have extremely high quality oils, each sourced from the place in the world where the plant grows naturally. Make sure that any oils you use are always the highest grade, especially if you consume them. Also, quality directly impacts effectiveness of the oil.

Much love,


P.S. – Want another one of my winter wellness tricks? Try this yummy immune boosting tea recipe!

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