Thieves oil is a blend of essential oils believed to have strong antibacterial and immune-boosting properties and can be used for aromatic, dietary or topical use. It’s composed of equal parts eucalyptus, rosemary, cinnamon, clove, and lemon essential oils. Thieves oil gets its name from a legend about four thieves who rubbed themselves in pungent oils before robbing the deceased victims of the bubonic plague. According to the legend, the herbs allowed them to avoid contracting the deadly epidemic. The health effects and benefits of thieves oil are inconclusive, so consult with your physician before using thieves oil for any health purposes.

Bottoms of the Feet

In a glass bottle, add 25 drops of thieves oil to every teaspoon of an easily-absorbed carrier oil, such as vitamin E oil or jojoba oil. Cover the bottoms of the feet with the blend. Or, if there’s a pain in your body, use oil on the reflexology point that corresponds with the area experiencing pain. Don’t attempt to apply thieves oil directly to the body without a carrier oil. If treating children, the elderly, or a pregnant woman, use one single drop per teaspoon of carrier oil.

Air Purifier

Diffuse thieves oil for up to one quarter hour at a time to effectively kill airborne bacteria. The strength of thieves oil is so concentrated that when diffused it can actually kill invisible germs hanging out in the air you breathe. Break out the thieves oil around flu season to ward off those sneaky parasites and to prevent buildup of mold and fungus in damp places such as your bathroom. Add 12 drops of thieves oil to every quarter cup of carrier oil.

Massage Oil

Add 10 drops of thieves oil to every one teaspoon of your favorite massage oil, and massage into non-sensitive areas of the body like your back, chest, and neck. This will make for an enlivening massage that could kick your immune system into high gear. If you happen to already be sick, thieves oil applied in this ratio could decrease your recovery time. Claims of health benefits have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Dietary Supplement

Dilute thieves oil in the drink of your choice. Use one drop of oil for every four fluid ounces of your choice beverage. Drink when you feel a cold coming on or when you feel your immune system may have been compromised. The various essential oils in the thieves oil blend are packed with antioxidants, which have been shown to reverse signs of aging. Lemon oil may support circulation and cleanse the blood, and cinnamon bark may aid in digestive function and reduce cramps, while rosemary oil can restore energy and mental alertness. These benefits are inconclusive and your results may vary.