Black Plague & Thieves Oil
Century after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimated the population of Asia and Europe for the better part of a thousand years. Out of this period emerged a legend of four thieves who were
captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the thieves
were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted
contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They told of a special concoction
of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes.
The Legend of Four Thieves Vinegar
The proprietary Thieves oil blend was created with this legend in mind. Studies conducted at Weber
State University in 1997 showed it to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria.
The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves oil blend was diffused for a given amount of time.
Thieves Flyers & Brochures (PDF)
33 Ways to Use Thieves (619 Kb)
Thieves Booklet (4,148 Kb)
Thieves Product Info Sheet (502
It's a rough world we live in today.
The germs, bacteria and respiratory viruses that surround
us have never been stronger or more antibiotic-resistant.
That's why it's more important than
ever to keep your body on alert against attacks to your
immune system. Whether you're trying to battle the "bug"
at the office or warding off household germs that family
members leave behind, the arsenal of natural Thieves-enhanced
products delivers positive antiseptic benefits to cleanse,
calm and sooth you—body and soul.
Thieves essential oil blend is a proprietary blend of:
Perfect for personal use, but powerful enough for...
- industrial safety applications
Research conducted at Weber State University in cooperation with D. Gary
Young, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi,
and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, especially
those high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers
a modern explanation why the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances
to protect the Isrealites from the plagues that decimated ancient Egypt. It
may also help us understand why a notorious group of theives, reputed to be
spice traders and perfumers, was protected from the Black Plague as they robbed
the bodies of the dead during the 15th century.
Essential Oils Desk Reference,
4th Edition, p6
Packed with powerful, germ-killing essential oils, the Thieves line helps
eliminate airborne bacteria and boost the immune system. The Thieves Kit offers
protection during cold and flu season of winter months. But the products,
based on the Thieves oil blend are best utiliized day-by-day. They offer a
safe but flexible and powerful multi-prong approach in the battle against
germs—becateria, fungi, or viruses—all year long.
"I add a drop of Thieves® essential oil blend to my dishpan every time I wash dishes. The dishes are fresher and my hands do not dry out like they did when I used to add bleach to the dish water. Also, Thieves does not discolor my dish cloths like the bleach did."
- Lynn Johnson in Young
Living e-News Mar 14, 2012
"My daughter came home from school ready to cut off some of her hair because she had gotten sap in it. We rubbed in a couple drops of Thieves® essential oil blend, and then washed it off with shampoo. Voila, no more sap."
- Sandy Portillo-Robins in Young
Living e-News Feb 2, 2012
"This one, as a mom, I am most fond of. Put a few drops in water and gargle with it throughout the day. I also diffuse it during cold and flu season as needed, and keep it running in my office a good bit of the time!"
- Dr Julie Montgomeryin Essential Lifestyle magazine, Vol
5 No 1
"We have been in transition for some years. Even though I carefully boxed up our books and important papers in plastic bags, carefully sealing all openings with packaging tape, I've noticed they are starting to take on a musty smell. As I sort through these books and papers, I again put them in a heavy-duty bag; but before sealing it with packaging tape, I put a cotton ball with Thieves® essential oil blend inside the box. So far it has eliminated that musty smell in every box!"
-Meg Vogl in Young
Living e-News Mar 9, 2010
"My son left gum in his pants pocket and they got washed with all of his clothes. I remember someone using Thieves® for stains on laundry, so I thought why not give it a try? I sprayed the laundry down with Thieves blend diluted with water, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scraped the gum right off!"
-Cheryl Carlisle in Young
Living e-News Feb 2, 2010
"Before I take my dog to the vet, I rub a few drops of Thieves® essential oil blend on my hands and then rub the bottom of her paws to protect her from other dogs at the vet's office that may be sick."
-Mary Hendrick in Young
Living e-News Jan 19, 2010
"When our water heater started to smell, instead of using bleach to clean it, we put ten drops of Thieves® and ten drops of Purification® essential oil blend into the flushed water heater. Not only was the smell gone, but every time we took a shower for weeks to come we smelled the wonderful aroma of Thieves and Purification in the water."
- Jessica Drollette in Young
Living e-News Oct 5, 2009
"I always put one drop of Thieves® essential oil
blend on my toothbrush after I brush. It keeps the germs at bay, enhances
the flavor of my Thieves toothpaste, and gives my mouth a kick every time
- Jeanne Corrin in Young
Living e-News Jun 23, 2009
"We have a dry erase board at work. The cleaner from
the manufacturer is full of chemicals and smells very strong. I used a couple
of drops of Thieves® essential oil blend on a tissue to clean. The marker
came right off and the smell of Thieves was much more acceptable."
- Deb Bowman in Young
Living e-News Jun 25, 2008
"Thieves is so important! I use all the Thieves products
and keep Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier in my purse. These are the products
that I personally have around all the time—they just fit every need.
Plus, I teach about non-toxic home and personal care products, so they are
fun products to sell too."
- Joan Apter in Essential Lifestyle magazine, Vol
3 No 3
"I recently tried Thieves® essential oil blend
on a decorative glass mirror, after the stubborn sticky label would not come
clean. Just a drop of the Thieves oil did the job!"
- Eileen Bush in Young
Living e-News Jun 13, 2008
Thieves® essential oil blend and Thieves Household Cleaner to Thieves
Dentarome Toothpaste and Thieves Hard Lozenges, we cannot go without Thieves!
Between the kids and pets, we never worry about exposing them to harmful
chemicals because of Young Living's Thieves line. We even send our daughter
to school with Thieves Wipes, Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, and Thieves
lozenges. Her teachers and classmates love them too! We have used Thieves
Spray and Thieves Wipes on planes and in hotels—we even leave extras
in our cars for 'just in case.' We live close to the water so mold is always
an issue. We once found mold in our closet on our clothes and belts. Yuck!
Normally, we would just throw everything away. Instead we sprayed everything
with Thieves and the mold has never come back."
- Jihan Thomas in Essential Lifestyle magazine,
Vol 3 No 2
"Before I vacuum, I take out the HEPA
filter and put a few drops of Thieves® essential oil blend, or whichever
oil I'm in the mood for at that particular moment, then I pop the filter
back in. The air flowing through the filter dispels the wonderful aroma throughout
- Kelly G. Palazzi in Young
Living e-News Dec 7, 2007
"After some heavy rain, we got mold and mildew in our
carpet, causing the room to smell horrible. I put a few drops of Thieves® oil
in a spray bottle with water and sprayed the carpets and the air in the effected
room. Almost instantly the smell dissipated and never returned."
- Melissa Giaquinto in Young
Living e-News Sep 30 2005