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How do you use thieves oil as a household remedy?

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Thieves oil has many uses in the home, including as a cleaner and disinfectant and as a medicine and form of immune system support. This essential oil blend has been university-tested and found to be effective in treating several conditions and killing many types of airborne bacteria.

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Thieves oil is said to have been first used by four young thieves in 17th century France. They allegedly protected themselves from the bubonic plague with a blend of cloves, rosemary and other aromatics while robbing disease victims and their graves. In exchange for a lenient sentence, the thieves shared their secret recipe. Modern-day Thieves oil (registered by Young Living) is typically a blend of five essential oils: cloves, rosemary, cinnamon bark, lemon and eucalyptus.

In addition to cleaning and sanitizing the house, this essential oil mix can be used on cuts and wounds to prevent infection, applied to the gums to treat gum disease, rubbed on nails to kill fungus, and gargled to soothe sore throats. It can also be applied to acne and mouth sores and used to treat bronchitis, headaches, and lung congestion. It can be taken as a supplement to boost the immune system, diffused into the air for easier breathing, or massaged into the skin. Because it is an essential oil blend, it can irritate sensitive skin when applied directly, so it should be mixed with a carrier oil, such as olive or coconut oil.

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