A Month of Thieves | Where and When to Apply Thieves Blend


**DISCLAIMER: This post will discuss the application of Thieves Blend Essential Oil on children. Essential Oils are safely applied to children frequently and effectively. However, Thieves blend is a more powerful blend and you may wish to consult your pediatrician before applying any substances to their bodies. We have never had any issues with our use of essential oils, but I do not know the medical history of your child and I am not writing to treat or diagnose your child. Thanks!**

Hey Friends! Welcome to the 2nd post in our month long series about Thieves Essential Oil!

Today, we’re going to talk about why we apply Thieves oil onto our skin, where we should apply it, and the best times of the day to apply.

Throughout this series, I will discuss numerous ways to experience the powerful effects of Thieves Essential Oil Blend. This will include topical applications, inhalation and cleaning. But today, we need to start at the beginning by simply discussion what topical application does and why we do it.

To understand more about why Thieves is a power house for our health and wellness, I encourage you to read the previous post. titled “What Is Thieves?” It will better explain how Thieves is simultaneously a powerful antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral, and antioxidant all at the same time. Seriously, friends. Wow.

Why Do We Put Thieves Essential Oil Blend on Our Skin?

Applying essential oils is, quite frankly an art. It’s an art that all us oilers out there have developed over time by listening to our bodies and what they need. One thing that we all have learned is: our bodies love and need essential oils. By applying them to our skin in various locations, they have provided an aromatic experience and support to the various systems in our bodies. This has rastically assisted and supported our healing and healthful living.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It absorbs moisture and nutrients, and we know this by seeing the results from lotions, and hormonal creams. This is why you may have noticed a pretty major trend where women have been switching out their night creams and serums for natural products. It’s because they are concerned about chemicals and toxins that could enter their system.  This is a reasonable concern if we are to consider our skin as an organ that “ingests” what we put on it.

On that note, we can get a good idea why this knowledge can be put to powerful use when it comes to Thieves.

Where On Our Skin Should We Put Thieves?

There are many locations all over the body that are receptive and beneficial for oil application. But Thieves Blend is considered a “hot” oil. This means that it contains some essential oils that are considered a potential irritant to the skin. When applying oils that are potential irritants, it’s best to use a carrier oil, such as coconut oil. For me, I usually put a little on my fingertips, rub it into the place that I’m going to apply, and then follow with Thieves oil.

FEET: The feet are the best place to put most essential oils. By checking out the reflexology chart below, you can get a better idea where to rub Thieves and all of your other oils into the feet. I will explain the application process below, and, if you’re a visual learner I also recommend watching this video explaining both the foot and spinal method of oil application .

  1. Optional: If using a carrier oil to dilute (preferred method for children), rub that oil into the feet. I recommend coconut oil or a basic unscented massage oil.
  2. Without touching the applicator top of the bottle, let desired number of drops (typically 1-3) fall into the palm of the hand.
  3. Using the fingertips of the opposite hand, swirl the oils in the palm, clockwise, 2-3 times.
  4. Take those fingers and spread the oil on the sole of the foot. If you choose to watch the video, you can take this a step further by applicating on the arch of the foot with a specific method you’ll see in the video.
  5. Use what’s left on your palm and rub the rest of the foot, or, if it’s well covered, use that oil to begin on the sole of the other foot. Make sure that the entire sole of the foot, toes and all, is well rubbed and covered.
  6. Refer to the reflexology chart to decide where to give an extra rub. (I always do the arches as that’s the spinal area of the foot). You can YouTube “Rain Drop Method” to see the correct technique on rubbing those reflex points.


If your child jumps up right after you apply the oils, or you have to run and get the phone, don’t worry about all the oils coming off. They have already entered your bloodstream and are ready to go!! 🙂

SPINE: The only other area where I typically apply a “hot oil” like Thieves is the spine. But I use a carrier oil before I apply. I then do the rain drop technique.

  1. Apply your carrier oil to the back on and around the spine (always use caution when working around the spine. Do not apply any pressure to it, and work around it)
  2. Hover your bottle over the spine and allow three drops to drip onto the spine in different spots along the length of it
  3. Using the backs of your finger nails, “feather stroke” up the spine in light feathering motion, barely touching the skin. Go three to four times up the spine. Then feather stroke out away from the spine. This feather stroking method can also be seen in the YouTube video recommended above.

When To Apply Thieves Essential Oil

Because this is a broad answer, I will give you the 3 times a day that are good open windows for our own application at home. I don’t do all three of these in one day, but one of these times a day is when I apply. NOTE: Use caution when applying Thieves to infants and children under the age of 10. 

  1. Before school. I usually get my kids in their carseats without shoes on and then I apply a carrier oil and Thieves to their bare feet. I go around to each kid and then by the time I come back to the first his feet are dry and ready for shoes. I then move around and get all their shoes on. (This is when I also apply Cedarwood to their brain stems and stress away to their wrists)
  2. After School. When they lay in bed for naps, I do a spinal and foot application. If your kids don’t nap, then sitting at lunch or snack is a great time because they’re sitting still and calm. You can do spinals with them sitting up as long as you are quick about it.
  3. Before Bed. When they lay in bed, I usually do all of their before-bed feet oils (currently it’s: Thieves, Valor, Frankincense & Raven) one at a time. Then I do Thieves on the spine.

**I also diffuse a combination of Thieves and Purification in their rooms at night.

Happy Tuesday & Happy Oiling, friends!!




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