Thieves Oil...Sounds a little nefarious, but rest assured it is quite ingenious. Most of us are aware that Essential Oils contain certain properties that are beneficial to out health, and overall well-being. Thieves Oil is no exception. Some of the potential benefits of thieves oil include things like boosting immune function and fighting infections.
The Historic Folklore of Thieves Oil
Apparently he use of thieves oil dates back to the time of the infamous Bubonic Plague (aka The Black Death) that devastated a large portion of France in the 15th century. The Black Death spread like wild-fire, and it seemed impossible to be in the vicinity without contracting it, which at the time meant certain death.
During this time four thieves were captured and charged for stealing from the sick and dying. The thieves never contracted the plague, despite the close contact with the Black-Death victims. These thieves were actually perfume & spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of the sea ports. They had prepared an essential oil recipe, that when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet and a mask over their mouths, kept them safe from infection.
The judge, obviously wanting to know how these men had stayed immune to this deadly disease, told them if they shared their secret he would spare them being burned alive, as was the punishment for stealing from the dead. The men told the judge their secret. The judge stayed true to his word and did not have the men burned alive. They instead they were hanged for their crimes.
There is an account of the Thieves Story recorded in the Royal English Archives.
What is in Thieves Oil?
The original Essential Oils used by the four thieves has been listed as Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. And a search on the internet will yield additional oils that have been added to the original recipe. But the bottom line is that the oils used to make Thieves Oil all seem to have something in common. They have antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and/or anti-fungal properties that help support a healthy immune system. Here are just a few:
Clove: antimicrobial, to help kill bacteria and to relieve respiratory condition like cough and asthma
Lemon: antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Cinnamon: antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral as a liquid
Eucalyptus: antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiviral as a vapor
Rosemary: antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties
Bergamot oil: is effective against flu viruses as a vapor after just 10 minutes of exposure.
Tea tree oil: may have antiviral properties if a person incorporates them into air filtering systems, some scientists suggest.
*Before using Essential Oils, please research the applications and use therapeutic grade oils, along with a carrier oil if applying topically.
Benefits & Uses
Traditional Thieves Oil can be used for more than just the Bubonic Plague due to its now well-known anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-viral properties!
Here are some of the ways that Thieves Oil Blend can be put to use as a natural alternative to many of the chemical-filled & toxic bacteria fighting products on the market today!