Thieves’ oil is one of the core oils of the Young Living brand. Beginning in 1994, one of the first oils to be patented was Thieves Young Living oil. Over the years, the benefits of this essential oil have made it the crown jewel of the house.
Many people claim that Thieves’ essential oil has relieved pain or improved their mood. Today we will talk a little about the certainty of these benefits and what science has to say about them.
The benefits and their research
Thieves essential oils are normally associated with the following benefits: immune system stimulation, antimicrobial treatment for nasal and sinus congestion, mood enhancement, and even cardiovascular health.
All of these benefits are experiences told by people. They are anecdotes, that is, people who have tried the oils and have experienced these improvements in their health.
However, science has not yet fully confirmed these possible benefits. That is why Thieves’ oils are being studied for their health and wellness potential. What a previous study has shown is their effectiveness in eliminating airborne bacteria.
On the other hand, the essential oils that make up Thieves’ oil have been the subject of more studies. Remember that these are, the oil of cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary and clove. Each one separately has been studied for its healing properties.
But it must be made clear that most of this research has been tested on animals. Failing to prove their findings in humans.
Benefits of the oils that make up the Thieves
Let’s review every benefit that has been studied from the individual oils, i.e. those that are part of Thieves’ oil recipe.
The antimicrobial properties
In 2017, a study was conducted which showed that low concentrations of oil of cloves and cinnamon had high antimicrobial properties. Specifically against cultures of Borrelia burgdorferi, the pathogen that causes Lyme disease.
One year later, in 2018, a study found that diffused vapours of cinnamon oil inhibited the development of respiratory bacteria. We are talking about Haemophilus Influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
In addition, a 2012 study was able to show that eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial properties against Escherichia Coli and Staphilococcus aureus. Few studies have been done on lemon, however, it is believed that it has some activity against bacteria.
As for pain relief, inhaled eucalyptus oil has been shown to be very effective in relieving some pains. The 2019 study looked at mice that were exposed to inhaled eucalyptus oil and showed improvements in their ailments.
About the mood
Something very recurrent that is heard in people who use Thieves’ essential oil is that it improves their mood.
In that sense, in 2013 the effect of rosemary oil on the mood was studied. By spreading this oil in the air, aspects such as heart rate, skin temperature, blood pressure, among other measures, were recorded and bought. It was concluded that inhaling rosemary oil has a stimulating effect.
Another benefit observed in the participants was that they felt more active and fresh.
Another benefit attributed to Thieves’ essential oil is wound healing. Two studies have been done on this, one in 2018 and the other in 2019.
In the first one it was found that applying eucalyptus oil in a special emulsion could heal wounds.
The second study showed that the application of cinnamaldehyde, which is a component of cinnamon oil, helps in wound healing. In addition, it reduces the amount of bacteria that can occur in the affected area. Especially the bacterium Pseudomonas aeroginosa.
Thieves oil is a powerful essential oil, which thanks to its components can provide you with countless benefits. For the best quality of this oil, there’s nothing better than getting it from the company that patented its recipe, Young Living. That way you’re guaranteed quality.
The Young Living Thieves range has been specially crafted using plant based ingredients and pure essential oils to help tackle your everyday household chores with ease.
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