The history of Thieves oil dates back hundreds of years.The bubonic plague claimed 75 -200 million people’s lives over the centuries that it ravaged Europe. Back in the 12th-18th centuries, many theories were given on the cause of the plague; everything from the king of France blaming the heavens to bad air was blamed. We later learned that the dominant cause of the “black death” was the outbreak of Yersinia pestis. Yersinia pestis is a pathogen that, according to G. Christakos, was found to “involve the bites of fleas whose midguts had become obstructed by replicating Y. pestis several days after feeding on an infected host. This blockage results in starvation and aggressive feeding behavior by the fleas, which repeatedly attempt to clear their blockage by regurgitation, resulting in thousands of plague bacteria being flushed into the feeding site, infecting the host. The bubonic plague mechanism was also dependent on two populations of rodents: one resistant to the disease, which act as hosts, keeping the disease endemic; and a second that lack resistance. When the second population dies, the fleas move on to other hosts, including people, thus creating a human epidemic.”
There are various urban legends that involve people locking themselves away just to avoid coming in contact with the bacteria and some even say that the popular “ring around the roses” children’s nursery rhyme was centered around the plague. Among the stories of death and survival comes the story of the thieves that survived. There are multiple variations of the story, some stories say the thieves were already robbing the plague victims and others say they were already imprisoned and were used to clear out the bodies of the plague victims. In any event, the tales say that they had access to spices and herbs that they combined with vinegar to create a way to allow them to come into close contact with infected people and not contract the infection themselves. The magistrate took note of the fact that they were not getting sick after clearing bodies and gave them the choice between hanging or telling their secret of survival. The thieves chose to give the government their secret blend, and we still have access to the centuries old recipe of the thieves blend today. This blend has been shown to not only kill bacteria and prevent infections, but it has also been used to sanitize homes and it kill mold as well! Diffusing it within your home can kill airborne pathogens as well as leave a fresh smelling, non-toxic sent. Regardless of the folklore, the thieves essential oil blend has numerous benefits and is a natural alternative to conventional medicines and cleaners.