With cold and flu season in full swing, everyone should have a bottle of "Love's Healing Oil" (otherwise known as Thieves®* oil) blend in their natural first aid kit to help kill germs in your body and around your home. This product comes in a 1/3 oz roll-on glass bottle. Pop off the roller tip to diffuse or use in any of the numerous ways listed below.
Powerful and versatile, Love's Healing Oil will stimulate the immune system, circulation, and respiratory system, and help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more.
Essential Oils used in this famous blend are:
Olive Oil Base
This product expires one year from purchase. Shake well before each use.
History of "Love's Healing Oil" (Commonly known as Thieves®* Oil)
Legend has it that a band of spice merchants became thieves in the 15th century when a pandemic Plague crashed the economy. They used a blend of herbs and spices to rob the gravely ill and deceased without becoming infected themselves. When finally caught for their crimes, the thieves supposedly traded their recipe for a lighter sentence.
Even if this legend is not valid, the ingredients in this mixture are proven to work. Antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral, are all part of what makes up Love's Healing Oil and their immune-stimulating properties. That means it should keep just about any flu, cold or virus at bay.
This oil blend (sometimes called Four Thieves oil) was tested by Weber State University in Utah in 1997 and found to kill 99% of airborne bacteria when diffused into a room.
How to Use Love's Healing Oil
Love's Healing Oil is one of Ten Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System, but that is not all the oil blend can do for you. Here are some suggestions for how you can use it.
Diffusing – Diffusing the oil will purify the air, kill germs, and eliminate odors. Diffuse several drops of this oil for 20-30 minutes three or four times a day in an essential oil diffuser, nebulizer, or in a pot of simmering water on the stove.
All-Purpose Spray – This all-purpose spray solution cleans and disinfects around the home, purifying the air and eliminating odors. Add one drop of oil for each ounce of water in a spray bottle. Add the oil first, then add water. It mixes better that way. Shake vigorously before each use.
Use in the air or on countertops, doorknobs, toys, phones, litter boxes, pet beds, and other places that need disinfecting.
Dishwasher and Laundry – Add 4-5 drops to your dishwasher soap cup or the water in your laundry machine to thoroughly clean, eliminate bacteria and odors. This product is especially significant to use for washing cloth diapers.
Floors– add a 10-15 drops to ½ bucket of cleaning water.
Pests– To repel aphids, ants or bedbugs, spray plants, surfaces, floors, and mattresses with a mixture of 2 drops oil to every 4 ounces of water.
Love's Healing Oil for Common Ailments
A basic recipe for massage – Add one drop of the essential oil blend to 4 drops of a gentle massage carrier oil like almond, jojoba, grapeseed, or olive oils — massage on the feet, lower back, neck and behind the ears. On children, dilute 8 to 1 and massage just their feet. Test for sensitivity first.
Colds, flu, and bronchitis – Dilute 15 drops the oil blend with 15 drops of carrier oil like almond, olive or jojoba. Apply to the lower back (where viruses and bacteria tend to hibernate), to the upper end of thighs, and back of neck to help with symptoms. For coughs and bronchitis, also apply to your feet, sternum, chest, and throat.
If you can take a stronger blend, add a few more drops of the oil blend, to tolerance. (See caution below)
Head and lung congestion – Place a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water, cover head with a towel and inhale vapors.
Sore throat – Add 2-3 drops to 2 Tablespoons of water and gargle, or add one drop of Love's Healing Oil and one drop lemon essential oil in warm water, drink as a tea. You can also make a throat spray using one drop of our oil blend to 1 ounce of water.
Headaches – Place one to two drops of the oil blend on your thumb and place your thumb on the roof of your mouth. May require repeated applications. Be careful not to lick your lips because the cinnamon bark oil in the mixture can burn. Use vegetable or carrier oil to wipe off if you do.
Cuts & scrapes – Dilute one drop of the essential oil blend to 4 drops of carrier oil. Apply to wound or scrape to help prevent infection, reduce pain and inflammation, and speed healing. You can also apply diluted Love's Healing Oil to your gauze or bandage.
Poison ivy, insect bites (mosquito, bee & wasp stings) – Combine one drop of oil blend and one drop of lavender essential oil for each ounce of water in a spray bottle, and use on insect bites, poison oak, and poison ivy rashes to reduce inflammation, pain, itching, and irritation.
Bad breath, tooth decay – Add a drop of the oil blend to your toothbrush to kill germs in your mouth and sanitize your toothbrush. Alternatively, add a couple of drops to 4 tbsp. of baking soda, place in a small container (not plastic) and shake well. Dip toothbrush in mixture and brush.
Immune support – For protection against colds, flu, and other infectious disease apply a few drops of the oil blend undiluted directly to the bottom of feet. You can also rub a few drops into your hands as a safe, natural hand sanitizer.
Caution: The cinnamon bark, clove, and eucalyptus oils in the recipe can feel very "hot" or irritating to babies, children, and people with sensitive skin. Always test yourself or your child for sensitivity and dilute your oil blend with a carrier oil like almond, grapeseed, or olive oil to the strength you can tolerate. If, for some reason, you use too much or it feels too strong, use carrier or vegetable oil to remove it from your skin quickly.
Note: Some people recommend ingesting diluted or encapsulated Love's Healing Oil blend for health purposes. I am not comfortable with this because the cinnamon bark, clove, and eucalyptus oils in the mixture can be very irritating—or even toxic—if not used properly.
Ingesting Essential oils should be done if you have received a detailed consultation or a prescription from a trained and qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Please speak to your physician before trying any over the counter homeopathic remedies.