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Mountain Rose Herbs' Version of Four Thieves® Oil Blend

Thieves Oil Recipe by Mountain Rose Herbs

Thieves Oil Recipe by Mountain Rose Herbs

The recipe for this blend is believed to have originated from thieves during the 15th century. According to popular theory, the concoction was created by a group of four thieves® and grave robbers to protect themselves from contracting the plague while robbing the bodies of the gravely ill and deceased. When apprehended, the thieves admitted to using the formula and disclosed the recipe in order to receive a less severe punishment for their crimes.

Whether or not this story is true, the essential oils in this blend may help maintain healthy well-being during the winter months and are commonly used to freshen the air.

This is a classic recipe, but you can customize it by adjusting the quantities or adding other essential oils such as Tea Tree, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Ravensara, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Hyssop, Bay Laurel, or Scotch Pine.



Mix all essential oils together in a dark glass bottle.


This essential oil blend is very strong and must be diluted. The essential oil content should only account for 1-2% of the total formula. This means that 6-12 drops of essential oil can be added per 1 oz. of carrier oil or other menstruum. For more information about diluting essential oils, please refer to our Dilutions & Conversions Guide

There are many ways that you can use the blend, here are some of the most common applications:Cloves-1.jpg

  • To freshen the air in your home or workplace, place 2-3 drops of the essential oil blend in a diffuser, nebulizer, or in a pot of simmering water on the stove. Diffuse for approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Make an all-purpose spray for cleaning your home or workplace. Fill Learn how to make Thieves blend hand soapa spray bottle with water and add the essential oil blend at a 1-2% dilution rate. Spray on counter tops, desks, and other surfaces. Make sure to shake before using, as the oil and water will naturally separate.
  • Use a 1-2% dilution rate of the essential oil blend in a base of water or alcohol, and spray onto insect bites, poison oak, and poison ivy rashes.
  • Mix the essential oil blend at a 1-2% dilution rate with organic Jojoba or Olive oil. Use as a massage oil for weary muscles and tired feet or dab on skin throughout the day for general support.
  • When congested, mix a 1-2% dilution rate of the essential oil blend with organic Jojoba or Olive oil, and rub under the nose or on the chest. Or place 1-2 drops in a bowl of hot, steaming water and inhale the vapors under a towel.


Learn how to make Thieves blend hand soap


Please note: essential oils are highly concentrated, strong, and powerful liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully and properly. This is an especially potent blend of essential oils which could cause irritation when applied to the skin, even in diluted amounts. We encourage you to exercise caution when using them, and we do not recommend using essential oils internally. Please keep essential oils out of reach of children, and we do not advocate usage of this recipe on children or infants.



Thieves® is a registered trademark of Young Living Essential Oils, LC. Mountain Rose Herbs is not affiliated with Young Living Essential Oils, LC in any way.

Topics: All Recipes, Traditional Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy Recipes


Written by Irene on February 29, 2012

Irene, Customer Experience Director, supervises the daily operations of all our customer-facing activities at Mountain Rose Herbs. She also serves on the board of directors for Eugene-based nonprofit Cascadia Wildlands, protecting our precious outdoors. When she isn’t ensuring your experience aligns with the goals and mission of our company, she can be found taking care of her adorable twin boys, crafting her own line of body care products, and even harvesting wild plants and gardening.