The Historic Folklore
The use of Thieves Essential Oil dates all the way back to the devastation caused by the historic Bubonic Plague (aka The Black Death). According to historical records in October 1347, a ship came from the Crimea and Asia and docked in Messina, Sicily. Aboard the ship were not only sailors but rats. The rats brought with them the Black Death. Reports that came to Europe about the disease indicated that 20 million people had died in Asia. Knowing what happened in Europe, this was probably an underestimate, because there were more people in Asia than Europe. Best estimates now are that at least 25 million people died in Europe from 1347 to 1352. This was almost 40% of the population (some estimates indicate 60%). Half of Paris's population of 100,000 people died. In Italy, Florence's population was reduced from 120,000 inhabitants in 1338 to 50,000 in 1351. Bubonic Plague is a bacterial infection characterized by swollen, painful lymph nodes called buboes. Due to rats and their fleas the Plague spread quickly and indiscriminately amongst the citizens and the doctors alike. It seemed impossible to be in the vicinity without contracting it, and at the time, the sickness really did mean certain death.
Somewhere during this time, however, four thieves were captured and charged for stealing from the sick and dying. Miraculously the thieves somehow never contracted the plague, despite the intimate contact with the Black-Death victims.
At this time, the crime these 4 men committed was punishable by being burnt alive. The judge was so intrigued by how these men had stayed immune to this terrible disease, that he told them if they shared their secret, he would spare them of this punishment.
Naturally the Thieves told the judge their secret: they were perfume and spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of the seaports and the devastation of the plague. They had prepared an essential oil concoction that when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet and to a mask worn over their mouths, which had kept them safe from infection. The judge stayed true to his word kind of. The men were not burned alive, but instead they were taken to the gallows for their crimes.
Uses & Benefits
Traditional Thieves Oil can be used for more than just the Bubonic Plague due to its now well-known anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Each harvest the individual oils vary slightly in their constitution depending upon their soil and how much water and sun they received that year. This slight alternation from harvest to harvest is why viruses, bacteria and fungi cannot become resistant to them.
Here are some of the ways that Thieves Blend can be used as a natural alternative to many of the chemical-filled and toxic bacteria fighting products on the market today.
· Add a few drops to water or coconut oil and use as a hand sanitizer
· Diffuse into the air to help clear phlegm and congested airways and kill airborne pathogens and neutralize orders
· Mix a couple of drops with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil and apply topically to the skin to relieve inflammation
· Use diluted on feet, behind ears, neck, chest and hands to build immunity and relieve symptoms related to colds and flu
· Dilute in water and use as a natural bug repellant
· Make disinfecting spray and use on hard or soft surfaces Including children’s toys
Join us for our class on September 21 at either 11 am or 4 pm to learn how to boost your immune system naturally before cold and flu season begins.
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Cinnamon Bark stimulates circulation, fights infections and improves digestion.
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Rosemary strengthens immune system, soothes inflammation and reduces pain.