I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make four thieves spray, but when the flu just keeps making its rounds amongst your family, enough is enough!
My husband, who almost never gets sick, has had the flu at least three times in the past six months, and for him, that’s three times too many. Coupled with stress at work and coworkers coming in with their colds, my husband’s immune system finally gave in.
His most recent bout with the flu is just about over, but I’m already washing the bedsheets, bath towels, and disinfecting our toothbrushes along with spraying everything down with homemade four thieves spray to help stave off any other threats to our immune systems.
And, I have to say, it’s been working wonderfully! No one else has gotten sick (knock on wood!).
How to Make Four Thieves Spray
This spray is simple to make yet very effective! I tend to spray it on everything from pillows and linens, kitchen and bathroom surfaces including sinks and toilets, doorknobs, keyboards, the TV remote, and even just straight into the air to help disinfect the home.
I know how hard it can be to contain your germs when you’re sick, so having a spray like this that you can use on basically everything will really make a difference when trying to keep other family members well.
This is what you need to make a simple four thieves spray recipe:
• One 16oz spray bottle
• ¼ cup witch hazel (optional)
• Distilled water (or spring water)
• 5 drops clove essential oil
• 10 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
• 10 drops rosemary essential oil (omit for children under 10)
• 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil (omit for children under 10)
• 10 drops lavender essential oil
• 15 drops lemon essential oil
Alternatively, you can also use my other four thieves blend recipe and add 40-60 drops of that formula.
You can also use ready-made blends like:
Loving Preparation – Four Thieves Spray Recipe
1. Add the essential oils to the spray bottle
2. Next, add the witch hazel if using, then fill to the shoulder with distilled or spring water
Shake well to mix, then:
Spray in an even mist over toddler’s toys, public restroom surfaces, cutting boards, gym bags, airline surfaces like serving trays and armrests, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, floors, pillows and linens, and any other surface that is frequently touched – think about sink handles, toilet flushers, doorknobs, the fridge door, and other places that may be touched often.
I love using this spray as an air freshener as well to help keep stuffy sickrooms fresh and germ-free.
While my husband’s out, I’m washing all the sheets and pillowcases and spraying down the mattress and cushions before making the bed with fresh linens.
I really think it has been this spray (along with my arsenal of herbal remedies) that has kept me from catching his cold this time around.
You can make this handy spray into any size so that it’s easy to take with you to work, while you travel, or keep in your pocket or purse while on the go. I just love having a huge size so that I can easily spray down the house as needed to keep things clean and fresh!
What have been your favorite essential oil recipes for keeping colds and flu at bay? Have you made four thieves spray before? Please share in the comments!
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