The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people and peaking in Europe in the years 1348–50. Although there were several competing theories as to the etiology of the Black Death, analysis of DNA from victims in northern and southern Europe published in 2010 and 2011 indicates that the pathogen responsible was the Yersinia pestis bacterium, probably causing several forms of plague. (Wikipedia)
Interestingly enough, there were certain thieves who robbed the dead without becoming infected. Finally, four thieves were captured in Marseilles, France, and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims of the plague.
At the trial, the magistrate offered them leniency if they would reveal how they managed to avoid contracting the dreaded infection, in spite of their close contact with infected corpses. It was disclosed that these thieves were perfumers and spice traders who had rubbed themselves with a concoction of aromatic herbs (cinnamon, clove, and oregano).
I recently discovered a company that makes some of the highest quality essential oils in the world. Their “Thieves” Oil Blend was tested at Weber State University (Utah) and found to have a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria. It was found to be highly anti-infectious and supportive of the immune system. The formula for the Young Living Essential Oil blend, Thieves, is derived from the aromatic herbs used by the thieves of 15th century France.
And the good thing is you can get it today! Every home should have a bottle of this amazing oil. It can be used as a flu/cold/infection preventative and can also be used in a solution to clean your house! It even kills black mold.
As with any essential oil, you must be sure you buy therapeutic grade. Even if the oil says “organic” on the label, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s therapeutic grade, so be very careful. You can’t go wrong if you choose Young Living Essential Oils.
I’ve been testing many of the essential oils recently and I love them. (Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing some essential oils)
For Topical Application and Massage:
1 drop of thieves oil to 4 drops carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil works well).
Massage on the soles of the feet, lower back, neck and behind the ears.
*Note: This thieves oil recipe is excellent for daily use on the feet, especially during the cold and flu season.
Here is a basic Thieves Oil Recipe for Diffusing
Diffuse 15-20 drops of Thieves Oil for 15 minutes three or four time a day in an essential oil diffuser. This can help defend against infectious germs. This is valuable during cold and flu season or during infectious outbreaks.
Essential Oil Home Diffuser
Thieves Oil Recipes for Household Use
Stuffed Animals- To disinfect and clean, place toy inside pillowcase and tie shut. Fill washer with detergent, use fabric softener if desired. Add 5-10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil, (for small load) to washing machine. Wash on gentle cycle.
Hair spray buildup, gum, gummy adhesive- Dilute 8 drops in 4 ounces of water, spray, let set for a few minutes before wiping.
Dishwasher- Add 4-5 drops thieves oil to thoroughly clean dishes, eliminate bacteria and odors.
Laundry- Add 5-6 drops per load to freshen and disinfect.
Pet Bedding- Spray down cat boxes, dog houses, and pet cages to clean and disinfect.
Pet Dishes- Add 1-2 drops to soapy water and wash dishes. Rinse well.
Floors- Add 10-15 drops to ½ bucket of cleaning water.
Surface Disinfectant- To clean and sanitize surfaces-add 8-10 drops to 8 oz. of water in spray bottle.
Fragrance- Add a few drops to potpourri or cinnamon sticks to fragrance your home.
Purify the air- Add several drops of oil onto a cotton ball and place in home, office, car, or hotel air vents to eliminate odor..
Freshen laundry- Drop 4–5 drops onto a cloth and place in clothes dryer.
Bed Bugs- Spray mattresses to help dispel bed bugs.
Children’s Toys- Add 4-5 drops to sink water and wash children’s toys to clean and disinfect.