To be honest, I know very little behind the science or technology of these reputable brands like Young Living Essential Oils or Auru Cacia who each sell varieties of thieves blend or medieval oil blend. I’ve certainly read up a bit on the legend that has several variants but goes something like … grave robbers during medieval times used an assortment of essential oils to protect themselves from getting the plague. And while there does seem to be some corresponding notes in various old texts
“POUR THIEVES” VINEGAR (cxlviii. £ 99). — Mr. W. G. Bell, in a recent lecture on the Plague, explained this curious name. It appears that during the pestilence four men were caught in the act of robbing the dead. Curious to ascertain how the robbers escaped infection the authorities discovered that the men rubbed their bodies with a mixture of vinegar and spices. An enterprising firm at once placed the remedy on the market under the appropriate name of its first users. Some of these old labels were recently found in the cellars of a firm in the Minories. Dr. Uvedale believed in vinegar poured over a red-hot brick as a plague preventive. (See Robinson’s ‘ History of Enfield,’ i. 1823, p. 121). J. ARDAGH.”
There is hardly a consensus on what these criminals used and much less on an similarity on modern day blends. But there is certainly a lot claims out there with supporting science to the degree that you believe your own Google news. And I would encourage anyone to do their own homework when it comes to alternative healing modalities and see what may be right for your unique body chemistry and circumstances.
For me? I like the way this five essential oil blend smells. And when I use it as one ingredient in my homemade cleaners it makes the house smell fresh!
Here’s the recipe from the video below:
- Lemon Zest from 1 Large Lemon
- 4 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks
- ¼ Cup Whole Cloves
- ~5 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
General Purpose Cleaner: