A Brief History of Thieves Oil

Thieves oil blend has become one of my favorite blends over the years. It’s spicy, it’s sweet, it’s lingers and it reminds me of the Holiday season.  The fact that it has origins that date back to Medieval times may also have something to do with it. Young Living’s blend is a combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary 3423.jpgoils which are shown to have antiseptic, antibacterials and anti-inflammatory properties that may also benefit the digestive and immune systems.  The words of science.  Not mine.

The blend is said to have originated at the height of the Bubonic Plague in France when a band of four thieves would loot the homes of people who succumbed to the disease.  Once they were caught, they were promised leniency if they revealed how they were able to be in such close proximity to the black death and not get sick themselves.  And voila, Thieves Oil became a thing. Doctors also were said to have kept sachets of herbs and oils in their beak-like masks in an effort to keep themselves safe from the harmful Plague.

Scientists became curious about the effectiveness of this blend and found that combined, may kill up to 99% of bacteria. Again, don’t just take my word for it….look at history and look at science.

Further Reading:

2011 College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering, China – Antimicrobial Activities of Essential Oils

2009 NY Times – Cinnamon Oil Kills Bacteria

2009 University of Kiel, Germany – Renaissance of Antimicrobial Essential Oils

2008 Laboratoire d’Antibiologie, France – Comparison of 13 Essential Oils Against Strains to Antibiotics

2008 University of Zaragoza, Spain – Cinnamon-Based Packaging Against Food Spoilage

2006 Entomology Research Institute, India – Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils

2006 Kasetsart University, Bangkok – Antimicrobial Activity of Cinnamon and Clove

2001 Teikyo University Institute of Medical Mycology, Japan – Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils Against Respiratory Pathogens