Thieve’s Oil


Pharmaceutical companies have given up on new antibiotic research.  A huge problem with multi-resistent enterococcus, gonorrhea, staph aureus and staph A wreaking havoc.  But antibiotics have always had an Achilles heel.  They are very susceptible to resistance.

Why?  The answer lies in the number of chemical compounds.

And the answer to this may be found in essential oils.

Doctors once predicted antibiotics would vanquish infectious diseases. But the bugs are rapidly overwhelming today’s medicines. Bacteria naturally evolve (and communicate between species) to resist antibiotics, a process first spotted just five years after penicillin’s debut in the 1940s. But resistance appears to have sped up in the last decade, largely because antibiotics are being overused, giving “germs” more chances to mutate.

Dr Valnet was a highly decorated and respected French army physician and surgeon who studied plants and herbs and created the term antibiogram—a bio is found here:  http://www.oilsandplants.com/valnet.htm.  He discovered that pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria do not become resistant to essential oils as they do to modern-day synthetic antibiotic drugs.  He stated, “Infectious microbes do not appear to become accustomed to the essential oils as they do to the many forms of treatment using antibiotics.  One reason virus and bacteria cannot mutate with therapeutic-grade  essential oils is because of the chemical constituents that make up essential oils. One essential oil can have anywhere from 200-800 chemical constituents. It is impossible for a virus to mutate and adapt to the enormous number of chemical constituents in a therapeutic-grade essential oil. Drugs are made by isolating one or two constituents.  A virus can easily mutate and adapt to the drug rendering it useless.”

Although the powerful medicinal value of essential oils is only now being re-discovered by modern medical science, it has actually been known for centuries. In fact, essential oils were considered more valuable than gold by ancient cultures, due to their healing properties.

Dr. Valnet states, “In recent years both doctors and the public have re-discovered the medical value of essential plant oils, but the idea of using their properties to maintain or regain health goes back to antiquity… The Romans had their knowledge of essential oils from the Greeks, who in turn had received it from the Egyptians… “Hippocrates, for example, tackled the plague epidemic in Athens by fumigating the whole city with aromatic essences of plant oils.  Later, in the 19th century, it is known that perfumery workers always showed an almost complete immunity during cholera outbreaks.”

I became interested in options other than the typical antibiotic when my daughter developed MRSA skin infections from four months of antibiotic therapy used to fight guttate psoriasis/rectal staph in 2005.   The antibiogram on her MRSA showed that only one antibiotic would work–an anti-seizure medication found to have anti-MRSA activity.  I spent 2000.00 and it was initially effective, but then the MRSA came back.  After a lot of searching and trials, I found the Center for Honey in Australia and started using honey on her boils.  Voila!  Gone…..Amazing stuff.  I have used it since 2005 it on cuts, wounds, acne.  Works every time.  Sticky mess, but nothing is without problems.

So for years I yelled in dialysis “we need to study honey!!!” very loudly and was IGNORED (ok, really I was made fun of).  And what is now being used in some dialysis centers for their CVL exit sites?  YUP—HONEY.   AHHHHHH……!!!!!! The pharmaceutical companies are only interested in profits, not real solutions or looking at old therapies with new eyes if they can’t capitalize on it.

I am now fascinated with a legend from the Great Plague called “Thieves oil”.  According to legend, thieves were stealing from plague ridden corpses but not getting the disease.  They were rounded up, and given absolution if they divulged their secret.  The secret was a concoction they created and put a small amount on a cloth which they wrapped over their nose and mouth.

Wow! Sounds like Indiana Jones, or the Fountain of Youth….

Actually researchers have also been interested in this in recent decades.  In 1998, Chao studied a blend of oils patterned after that used by 15th century thieves containing cinnamon, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus and lemon and diffused it in a closed room in which bacterial cultures were sprayed.  There was an 82% reduction in M. Luteus, a 90% reduction in P. Aeuroginosa, and a 44% reduction in S Aureusbioaerosols following 10 minutes of exposure.”

Jacqui Stringer, clinical leader of complementary therapies at Christie Hospital in Manchester, UK, instigated the oils research in her hospital. She said: “Our research shows a very practical application which could be of enormous benefit to the NHS and its’ patients. The reason essential oils are so effective is because they are made up of a complex mixture of chemical compounds which the MRSA and other superbug bacteria finds difficult to resist.”

In tests conducted in France by Professor Griffon, Director of the French Police Toxicology Laboratory, the antiseptic effect of a blend of essential oils—including pine, thyme, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, cloves and cinnamon—was studied in order to test the ability of the oils to purify the air of harmful disease-causing bacteria.

First, Professor Griffon set up a number of Petri dishes approximately 15cm from ground level in an open room, allowing them to stand for 24 hours, the germs from the air being collected naturally as they settled into the open Petri dishes.

After 24 hours he analyzed the dishes, finding them to contains 210 colonies of various microbes, including numerous molds and staphylococci.

He then sprayed the mixture of essential oils in the form of an aerosol into the air in the room.

  • ·         After only 15 minutes, only 14 colonies of microorganisms out of the original 210 were left alive.
  • ·         After 30 minutes, only FOUR colonies of the original 210 were left.

Importantly, ALL of the potentially harmful disease causing molds and staphylococci had been killed within the first 30 minutes.

In another French experiment, the number of pathogenic microorganisms in various locations were measured:

  • ·         In a forest, there were found to be five pathogenic microorganisms in the air for every one cubic meter.
  • ·         In an average apartment, there were found to be 20,000 microbes in the air per cubic meter.
  • ·         In public stores, there were found to be nine million microbes in the air per cubic meter.
  • ·         On the top of a work table there were found to be five million microbes per square meter.
  • ·         On a carpet, nine million.
  • ·         And in the air of a large hospital there were found to be on average 10,000 microbes per cubic meter.

A recent invention to capitalize on the ultraviolet germ killing properties promises to kill all microorganisms in a hospital room in one hour.  To the tune of….now sit down and swallow that coffee……500 thousand dollars!  Instead, they could simply spray thieve’s oil in the air and turn the room over in 30 minutes for pennies on the dollar.

Have we gone completely insane?

I have been so interested in the anti-microbial possibilities in this “thieves oil” that I am now doing my own “research” and spraying it in my house.

My results?

My husband, who is asthmatic, decided that instead of killing him, his breathing actually improved (an unintended result; I am still married).  It QUICKLY kills ALL bad smells!  Helpful with 4 cats and 2 stinky kids   Otherwise, my jury is undecided until a major respiratory borne outbreak hits.

At which time this little Thief from the Great Plaque will re-appear with a bandana soaked in the stuff.  🙂


6 comments on “Thieve’s Oil

  1. Amazing what old stuff still has great uses. Very interesting post Miss gimpet

  2. I love Thieve’s oil! Thanks for posting this 🙂

  3. I’m also a huge fan of Thieves! It’s multipurpose – works great for disinfecting the house. Have you tried it in a diffuser?

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