Today I have a guest post from April Pointer, who blogs at Oily Wisdom, a site dedicated to essential oils. April is a wife and homeschool mom to boys and she is passionate about health and science. While I am not particularly afraid of germs and feel we should all build up our natural defenses by maintaining healthy gut flora, I am really thrilled to share this recipe with you for a Homemade Disinfectant Spray as an excellent non-toxic option vs. commercial sprays. When I am out and about it is nice to have something non-toxic and effective on hand in case we encounter something icky.
Thieves Essential Oil blend is my HERO!
As a mom to boys I have played my fair share of superhero games, and while I like to play, I actually do have a favorite superhero I call on when my family needs help. Thieves essential oil blend is my all time favorite superhero. It has saved the day more times than I can count.
It may seem funny that the name of my hero is “Thieves” but it is actually named after a 15th century family of thieves who would rob and pillage the dead and those dying from the Black/Bubonic Plague. They became famous because they were not contracting the this highly contagious disease. 1 out of 2 people caught the plague, and when contracted they would die within two days. YIKES! Now, that’s a REAL pandemic! When the law finally apprehended them, in exchange for a more lenient sentence, they had to divulge how they stayed healthy. Well, this famous family who had escaped the plague for 40 years…they were actually spice traders and would rub themselves in these oils and spices to ward off disease. Clearly it worked! The recipe was posted all over town, on real paper. No doubt thousands of lives would have been saved had those posts been on Facebook.
Fast forward six centuries. There are now studies to show why these particular oils and spices kept these robbers healthy. Thieves essential oil is a proprietary blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils. This concoction is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-infectious. In 1997, Weber State University showed Thieves oil to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. After diffusing Thieves, there was an 82% reduction in M. luteus bioaerosol, a 96% reduction in the P. aeruginosa bioaerosol, and a 44% reduction in the S. aureus bioaerosol following only 10 minutes of exposure. You read that right…. 10 minutes!
Uses for Thieves
My family has gone to battle against ear and throat infections, cellulitis, MRSA, Strep, colds and flu, bleeding gums, post-surgery inflammation, dirty produce, germy shopping carts, and to oil up stinky boy feet after karate all with the help of Thieves oil. It can be used in an essential oil diffuser, internally and topically (diluted with olive oil).
Homemade Disinfectant Spray
This spray penetrates beneath the skin’s surface providing a long lasting barrier of protection.
- 20 drops of Thieves Essential Oil Blend (where to buy)
- 4 oz spray bottle
- Distilled water
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Place salt in spray bottle
Drop oil into bottle, aiming towards the salt. Allow salt to absorb oil.
Slowly add water.
Put the lid on, shake and spray!
Disinfectant Spray Uses
- Sore Throats
- Germy shopping carts
- Grimy hands
- Public toilets & water fountains
- Black mold
- Counter & table spray
- Fungal Infections
- Stinky shoes
- Bug repellant
- Diaper pail & garbage cans
- Pet accidents
- Herbicide in your garden
- Clean stuffed animals
- Linen spray for dust mites
Toss a bottle in hubby’s gym bag, mom’s purse, baby’s diaper bag, the car console, and the kid’s backpack! Wherever I go – Thieves has to go!
Note: Thieves oil also comes in different products to provide an antimicrobial effect in a foaming hand soap, body soap bar, household cleaner, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, hand sanitizer gel and a disinfecting spray.
When I was young, I dreamed of growing up to be someone able to help others get well. So I did just that! Got my B.S. Degree in Nutrition and have loved being able to take my family’s health into my own hands with whole foods and therapeutic grade essential oils. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to help others do the same. I’m committed to using the knowledge, talents and skills God has given me to my fullest ability. Hope you’re blessed by my post and what has helped our family.
Further Reading from Around the Web
- 10 Uses for Thieves Essential Oil
- Everyday Essential Oils: Thieves
- How To Buy Therapeutic Essential Oils
- 50 Uses For Essential Oils
More Thieves Essential Oil recipes here!
- Homemade Daily Shower Spray
- Kid-Friendly Squeezable Toothpaste
- Homemade Disinfectant Spray
- Immune Boosting Foot Rub