For our very first oil of the month we chose "Thieves", which is actually a combination of several oils (Clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary). Young Living sells the branded Thieves Oil, but you can make it at home if you have the required oils.
Thieves Oil Recipe
Combine all of the above essential oils in a darkly colored 0.5 fluid ounce (minimum) glass bottle. Make sure you store it a cool, dry place, away from heat and light.
Thieves has a rich, spicy aroma. The reason we chose Thieves is because it's a wonderful oil to disinfect and clean surfaces as well as purify the air, which we know is helpful during cold and flu season. You can also mix a few drops with a cup of baking soda and sprinkle on your carpets before vacuuming to refresh your home. It is a wonderful addition to cleaning supplies, dishwasher detergent, or dish soap for an extra level of clean.
Though the claims have not been evaluated by the FDA, simply diffusing or smelling Thieves is thought to protect from cold and flu. And though Thieves specifically has not been tested, eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, and lemon have been shown to be efficient at fighting hospital-acquired bacteria and yeast. So you know that is above and beyond the typical household disinfecting.
Ingredients in Thieves have also been shown to reduce swelling and increase circulation, so Thieves can be helpful in some wound care. Eucalyptus, Clove, and Rosemary have been known to help reduce pain and inflammation.
*Please note: We are not doctors, so please make sure to check before using any essential oil internally and always dilute before using topically. Ask your physician if essential oils will effect any medications you may be taking, and be careful with open wounds. Always test essential oils on a small area of skin to ensure you do not have a negative reaction.