I had originally titled this post differently. However, after being threatened with legal action by Young Living Oils, I have changed the name of my blend, as well as all post titles. I apologize for any confusion.
If you have had any interest at all in essential oils, then you’ve probably come across folks talking about a particular oil blend that has a name that is a synonym of “robber.” (Apparently, I can’t say the name here…)
I know the first time I heard of it, I couldn’t help but wonder what the heck it was and why it had such a weird name…
The modern-day version of this oil is simply a blend of several essential oils that are known for their infection-fighting properties.
Legend has it that, during the Bubonic Plague in Europe, certain folks would rob those who had died from the plague. However, the robbers never actually caught the disease themselves, since they used a blend of different spices and herbs to protect themselves. Kind of a cool story, huh?
Now, I’m pretty sure that the formula that those guys used was fairly different than the “robber oil” on the market today. I found this post from the Kitchen Doctor to be fascinating, and it includes more complicated recipes for the supposed “Original “Robber Oil” Blend.”
There are numerous simplified versions of this recipe floating around today. If you’d like to try your hand at mixing up a batch of this old-fashioned blend yourself, I’ve included a recipe below.
There are five oils most commonly used in modern “robber oil” blends: Clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary.
According to my Modern Essentials reference book:
- Clove essential oil is analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, a strong antiseptic, and an immune stimulant (among other things…)
- Lemon essential oil is antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and antidepressant (among other things…)
- Cinnamon essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and anti-infectious (among other things…)
- Eucalyptus essential oil is analgesic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiviral, and an expectorant (among other things…)
- Rosemary essential oil is analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, and also an expectorant (among other things…)
This is a perfect blend to add to your DIY household cleaners, too!
DIY All-Purpose Anti-Bacterial Essential Oil Blend
- 20 drops clove essential oil
- 18 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
- 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
Combine all oils and store in a dark glass container (such as the little amber bottles you can get at the health food store). This makes a fairly small amount, so feel free to double or triple the recipe.
Ideas for use:
- Use this blend in your diffuser to purify the air.
- Mix this blend into your homemade cleaning products for extra disinfecting power.
- Dilute the blend, then rub it on the soles of your feet.
*Very Important Note* Some of the oils contained in this blend are very hot and can burn your skin if used undiluted. It is very important to dilute this blend in a carrier such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil before using them on your skin.
I added some sweet almond oil right in the bottle with my blend and made a little note on the bottle,
I personally use doTERRA oils and love ‘em. In fact, I even wrote a 30-page eBook all about how I use essential oils called The Essential Homestead. And if you are a subscriber to The Prairie Homestead, you can get it for free!
doTERRA makes a blend similiar to the blend that I’ve listed above. It’s called On Guard and it contains: wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary essential oils. It’s handy because it’s already mixed up and ready to go. If you are interested in learning more about doTERRA, check out my essential oils page.