Thieves essential oil blend includes Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils. According to Young Living, the Thieves essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals. They used this blend to keep them healthy while robbing the dead and dying. Thieves supports healthy immune function, and it includes Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil, which supports a healthy respiratory system.
Making Your Own Thieves Foaming Hand Soap is SAFER
Triclosan is a common ingredient in antibacterial soaps and personal products. Triclosan was first used in personal products in 1970, and since 1974 the FDA has maintained a regulatory limbo regarding whether or not triclosan should be considered safe and effective in hand soaps. Although there seems to be some consensus on the question of effectiveness:
In fact, there currently is no evidence that over-the-counter (OTC) antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water, says Colleen Rogers, Ph.D., a lead microbiologist at FDA. “New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits,” Rogers says.
There are several risks associated with triclosan. Laboratory studies have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics, essentially the creation of ‘superbugs’. Animal studies have also shown triclosan to be a hormonal disruptor and linked triclosan to the growth of breast cancer tumors in mice. Although the FDA still has not definitively ruled on the safety of triclosan, there are enough alternatives that ensure I will not expose my family to this antibacterial agent.
Making Your Own Thieves Foaming Hand Soap is CHEAPER
It is very easy to make your own, safe and effective foaming hand soap – and I love the spicy scent of the Thieves blend! All you need is:
- Foaming pump dispenser
- Distilled water
- 2 Tbsp Castile Soap ($.53)
- 10 drops Thieves Essential Oil** ($1.40)
Safe, effective, and great smelling foaming hand soap for less than two dollars! Simply fill dispenser about 2/3 with water, add castile soap and Thieves essential oil – swirl together and pump away!
** I only use therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living. Learn how to get started using essential oils here.