Ask an herbalist: Thieves Oil without the use of volatile oils

Bronwen Asks,


Hello, my friend introduced me to your store and art (art of herbalism) and was wondering if you could recommend something similar in the herbal realm to thieves oil. I am looking for something safe for the whole family including our 3 year old. We are both very sensitive to essential oils. Including having to leave places because of diffusers because I get an almost instant headache. I am also trying for a second child do will hopefully be pregnant in the near future. Thank you for taking the time to read this.





Hello Bronwen! 

 I'm so glad you asked 😊 there are two ways to go about this:

For general countertop/surface cleaning  we would make a vinegar infusion . 

 This is as simple as adding all of your ingredients which will be Cloves , Lemon peel, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus leafRosemary leaf.

And letting it set for 3-6 weeks. Strain and dilute by 50% with distilled water in a spray bottle and tada some awesome cleaner!

Now you can also do the same ingredients  in an oil of your choice  such as olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil Etc and let this sit for 6 to 8 weeks to infuse in a dark place  and then strain. You can use this just like a body oil or make a salve. Be sure the herbs used are dry so you don't end up with rancid oil💜 

While you for sure could use the vinegar as a hand sanitizer you could also use a 100 proof vodka and make a tincture not meant for ingestion .  So put all of their herbs into a jar probably about 1/2 or 1/4 cup of each is fine feel free to experiment fill to the top with the 100 proof vodka let set for 6 to 8 weeks strain out the plant matter and  water it down by 50% with distilled water, put some in a little spray bottle and just like that you have a handy hand sanitizer  on hand that's has safe/naturally occurring levels of volatile oils 💜

 I know a lot of folks use the volatile oil version sold of this internally (soooo dangerous!) As an attempt to prevent illness. Instead of resorting to that some safer and more effective options are Elderberry tea or tincture (made with fresh berries), Stinging Nettle infusions drank daily, Turkey tail mushrooms, Rose hip tea the list could go on for ever really of safe simple herbs!! But those are a few you may enjoy/benefit from learning about/getting to know better.

I hope some of this was helpful! 

Kindest Regards, 





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