Kill Germs & Boost Immunities With Medicine Woman Essential Oil Blend a DIY Anti-Germ/Immune Essential Oil Blend -

Kill Germs & Boost Immunities With Medicine Woman Essential Oil Blend – a DIY Anti-Germ/Immune Essential Oil Blend

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My goal this winter is to keep my family free of sickness. Honestly, I know just how epic that kind of statement is, and that I have slim chances of accomplishing this goal 100%, but I am serious about trying everything that I can, to keep my family healthy and happy all the way through the winter. To do this, I am going to have to battle with my best foot forward. My secret weapon this year is my DIY "Thieves" oil alternative! This stuff is so amazing, i just couldn't wait to tell you guys about it! The story that goes along with it, is even more amazing though.

Strong enough to kill the plague while robbing dead bodies

Thieves oil is an essential oil blend based on a story from around the 15th century, when the bubonic plague was running rampid through Europe and Asia. Four thieves from Europe, who were notoriously robbing the infectious dead bodies of all their possessions, miraculously never contracted the highly infectious plague. This led to deep inquiry in court after they were caught and charged. The magistrate offered them a deal, their secret for a reduced sentence. Taking the deal, they told stories of their herbal knowledge and their powerful medicinal properties when combined in certain ways. This specific herbal blend that they had created, concocted from aromatic herbs, was HIGHLY EFFECTIVE in killing all of the airborne bacteria. Some of the stories told speak of it in a vinegar form, while others talk about a blend that was in a mask over their faces. In 1997, Weber State University did a study that found the Thieves essential oil blend to have a 99.96% success rate at killing airborne bacteria. We don’t know whether or not this "thieves" story is true, but the essential oils are truly antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-infectious. They will stimulate the immune system, circulation and respiratory system, and help protect against the flu, colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, sore throats, cuts, and more.

"Research conducted at Weber State University, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, especially those high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes. This, perhaps, offers a modern explanation why the Old Testament prophet Moses used aromatic substances to protect the Isrealites from the plagues that decimated ancient Egypt. It may also help us understand why a notorious group of theives, reputed to be spice traders and perfumers, was protected from the Black Plague as they robbed the bodies of the dead during the 15th century." (Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, p6)

Diffuse this throughout your home to kill germs when company comes over

You can diffuse this oil around your house to try and kill off and prevent any future illnesses whenever anyone new comes into your home, or your family brings it in with them. This essential oil blend can be used for all of the same uses that your friend's Thieves oil and/or OnGuard blends do, but for a far cheaper price! You get way more oil for your money and still the same great antibacterial and antiviral properties!

Kill Germs & Boost Immunities With Medicine Woman Essential Oil Blend a DIY Anti-Germ/Immune Essential Oil Blend -

DIY Medicine Woman Anti-Germ Essential Oil Blend

I love this blend, especially during the cold and flu season, i.e. year around! This blend can be used in a plethora of applications and is fantastic at killing germs and boosting immunities when everyone else around you is getting sick! I usually diffuse before and after having guests come over! It's especially delightful in the wintertime because of it's spicy scent! I like to add lavender and frankincense to my anti-germ blend because they are both highly antiviral and antibacterial but also very helpful during any cold or flu too! Plus, you can't beat the smell when combined!



  1. Combine essential oils in a 15 ml amber glass bottle. Swirl the bottle gently to mix. Label and store in a cool dark place with your other essential oils, when not using!

SAFETY - THIS BLEND IS NOT SAFE FOR USE TOPICALLY OR FOR DIFFUSION ON SMALL CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 10 DUE TO THE EUCALYPTUS AND ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OILS. If you would like a child friendly version, you can make my Medicine Woman Jr. essential oil blendYou can however use this blend when your child is not in the room. You can diffuse and clean with it when they are in a different part of the house or not at home!

How to use the Medicine Woman essential oil blend

  1. Aromatherapy Inhaler – Aromatherapy Inhalers are perfect to keep on hand in your back pocket or purse, for whenever the need to take a whiff arises! The best part is you’re the only one who smells your personal inhaler, so the essential oils used will not offend anyone around you! To use, place 25-30 drops of the essential oil blend into a small glass bowl. Add the cotton pad to the bowl and roll it around (using tweezers, not bare fingers) until it’s soaked up all the essential oils. Using tweezers, remove pad and place in inhaler tube. After closing the inhaler tube, be sure to label it so that you don’t forget which blend it is! You can pull the inhaler out and take a few deep whiffs whenever you are are wanting congestion relief or to give your immune system an extra boost of help!
  2. Diffuser – This is one of my preferred methods of use for this blend! It works really well in the diffuser in your bedroom, living room, bathroom, and even kitchen! Using the recommended amount of drops for your diffuser, diffuse this blend throughout the house.
  3. Shower Steamers – This is a really great method to use when you are sick already and needing congestion relief. This can be very relieving and make you feel a billion times better when you are sick!
  4. Diluted in a Roll-On Bottle – Most of the time, I like to keep roll-ons on hand to use topically. I add the essential oils with a carrier oil (my favorite carrier oil for roll-ons is usually fractionated coconut oil) to a roll on bottle and then massage this onto the bottoms of the feet as well as the chest and the back of the neck. You can also use these like the aromatherapy inhalers and just open them up to take a whiff as well! For children 2 - 5 years combine 1 Tbsp. carrier oil with 4 drops essential oil blend. For adults & children 6+ years combine 1 Tbsp. carrier oil with 8 drops  essential oil blend.
  5. Cleaning supplies -  You can put this in your own homemade cleaning supplies or even in your Branch Basics spray bottles (that's what I do in their All-Purpose bottle!). Just add 25 drops into the full bottle and shake well before use!
  6. Salve/Balm - Having a salve by the bed to rub on your back, chest, and bottoms of your feet can truly make the difference in how you feel and how fast you get better when sick with a cold or the flu! There were some bugs that I would wake up racked with coughs that wouldn't stop until I rubbed my Medicine Woman salve onto my chest and went back to bed.
  7. Room & Fabric Spray - I truly want to breathe happier, so I choose NOT to use Febreeze products because of the bronchial irritants that they contain. Intead, I like to create my own Room & Fabric Sprays using this essential oil blend! It freshens the air, makes everything smell great, and kills germs all at the same time!
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  • Tamara

    Hi I am wondering if the version of “theives” including rosemary & ecualyptus is safe for cleaning reasons, floors, counters, & such in a home with a toddler & infant, ( not to diffuse or skin only for cleaning). I am wondering how it could be any more harmful than say commercial cleaners and disinfectant wipes which are often used around children. Also is the kid safe version of theives AS affective? Especially for like a hand sanitizer?

    • Christina

      hi there! yes the adult Medicine Woman is fine to use in your cleaning products! The Medicine Woman Jr is just as effective as the adult version, it is formulated with highly anti-infectious essential oils!

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  • Joelle

    Would you use this blend to make an antibacterial hand gel? Thanks. I love all the information you put out. You are so thorough and make me feel so comfortable as I delve into this new aspect of natural health.

    • Christina

      totally! Just mix a couple drops into 1 oz. of aloe vera gel and keep that on hand!!! You can make a child friendly version and make that into a hand gel as well!

  • Norm Welsh

    Interesting article on thieves essential oil. You make an important point in your article about using food grade essential oils. Please note that Mountain Rose oils are not food grade. I purchased some oils from them since they are certified organic. There is a statement on the bottles that states Not for internal consumption. I called the company to find out why. They said the oils are not produced in food grade facilities and therefore must put that disclaimer on the bottles.

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  • Megan

    I want to try this. I have always wondered why there is supposedly ‘eucalyptus’ in a remedy dating back to medieval formulas when there would not have been access to such a plant. Other than that.. very positive on trying this as I’ve heard about it many times.

    • Christina

      Yeah I too am pretty sure the original recipe did not include eucalyptus, but it was likely added on to the herbalist recipe in later years because of its antibacterial/antiviral qualities, leading them to make it one of the essential oils to go into the Thieves essential oil blend. It does work very well!

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  • cece chavez

    Where can I get oils cheaper.

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  • O. O

    I like what I hv read hear. I would like to know if there is any EO good for arthritis and stretch marks

  • Cathy

    what is a “carrier oil”?

    • Roberta

      It is a milder oil that you mix your essential oil for topical use. It can be olive oil, almond oil and others that I can’t remember. Look it up and there are some other options I cant remember now.

      • Christina

        It sure is! Thanks Roberta! A carrier oil is an oil that is moisturizing and is used to “carry” the essential oils so that they don’t harshly irritate the skin. There are a TON of carrier oils that you can choose from some from your pantry (coconut, olive, hemp seed, avocado, almond) and some a little more expensive but extremely healing (raspberry seed, rosehip seed, jojoba, etc.). It is very important to use a carrier oil with essential oils, when applying topically as there are only a handful of essential oils that do not cause irritation when applied neat (alone, without a carrier oil).

  • Michelle

    Hi Christina :) I was just wondering, I have been using Cinnamon Leaf EO and not Cinnamon Bark as shown here. There is a pretty big difference in price. Is there a significant difference in functionality between the two?

    • Christina@TheHippyHomemaker

      though both are antibacterial and antiseptic cinnamon leaf oil is the better option for skin contact than cinnamon bark essential oil. Both should be avoided during pregnancy but cinnamon leaf is the one you would also be able to utilize in body butters and lip balms whereas the cinnamon bark essential oil works great in diffusion, cleaning, room/air sprays etc. So, to answer your question you can use the cinnamon leaf essential oil! :)

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