Legend has it that there was once a group of thieves in 14th century Europe who preyed upon victims of the Bubonic Plague. These thieves swooped upon plague ridden households to loot and plunder, taking the possessions of their helpless victims, without succumbing to the Plague. Eventually, justice caught up with them, and the thieves were captured and sent to trial. The magistrate offered leniency during sentencing, if the thieves shared the secret to their immunity and health. How could these men defy the odds and avoid this terrible disease that affected so many? Turns out, the thieves carried with them a formulation of plants, which were valued for their germ killing, immune boosting properties. Were the thieves carrying branches of Rosemary? Lemon Peel? A satchel of cloves? The actual formulation is not known.
But nowadays, we have Thieves Oil, an aromatic blend of essential oils which have been proven to kill bacteria, keep cold and flu at bay, and fill your home with an invigorating warmth and spice.
“Research conducted at Weber State University, as well as other documented research, indicates that most viruses, fungi, and bacteria cannot live in the presence of many essential oils, especially those high in phenols, carcacrol, thymol, and terpenes."(Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, p6)
Here is a trustworthy recipe for this magical blend:
40 drops of Clove Essential Oil
35 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
20 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil
15 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
Note: One 15 ml bottle of essential oil contains approximately 285 drops and one 5 ml bottle holds approximately 85 drops. Store away from sunlight. Preferably in a cool location.
This blend is very versatile. Add to a diffuser to clean the air in your home. Add to vinegar and sanitize kitchens and bathrooms, or dilute and create a room spray. There are many possibilities!