Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thieves Oil

THERE ARE MANY SOAPS AND SANITIZERS FOR SALE, TO HELP US GET RID OF THE GERMS ON OUR HANDS AND BODY. Unfortunately these seem to be getting less resistant to bacteria.
Researchers have concluded that the dispensing of cinnamon oil, which has antiseptic properties, would serve as a natural anti-microbial. The combination of cinnamon bark, lemon oil, and eucalyptus, is a recipe that goes back to the Middle Ages, where it was used by thieves who stole jewelry from dead bodies. They didn't get sick. The mixture came to be known as Thieves Oil.
As the Bubonic Plague decimated Europe in the year 1413, the thieves who were captured robbing the dead and dying, were offered leniency if they revealed how they resisted infection. As perfumers and spice traders, they used a special concoction that they rubbed on themselves. This wasn't the first time in history that herbal mixtures were medicinally used. In the Old Testament, Moses used aromatic substances to protect the Israelites from the plagues that decimated ancient Egypt.
And here we are, facing another flu epidemic, waiting for the next bulletin to save ourselves. But, keep in mind, most bacteria can't live in many essential oils. I'm not suggesting to anyone to substitute herbal remedies for flu vaccine. It's just interesting to me that a bunch of thieves in the Dark Ages survived the Black Plague with a rub of oil, a dusting of spices. By the way, there are companies that market Thieves Oil. I think I may order a dab!


Karen said...

Thanks for the tip! I've been thinking about this alot.

alaine@éclectique said...

Why Lyn, are you thinking of robbing a grave tonight?

I wonder if the common fly is using it these days? They're so hard to kill; I think they've built up an immunity to fly spray!

Interesting, loved that.

Lyn said...

Hi Karen-
I guess everyone's thinking about the flu..I like the idea of natural solutions..healthy food, exercise..

Lyn said...

Hi Alaine-
Very funny! Not yet stooping to that level..
I do think insects build up a resistance, that's why they keep coming up with a new fly trap!

Kaye Waller said...

Really interesting. I think it's worth looking into. Thanks!

Lyn said...

Hi Steph-
Thanks for stopping by! It's fun for me to discover these odd facts
and pass them on..

A Cuban In London said...

I'll join you in the queue for that one. Cracking piece. Many thanks for the tip.

Greetings from London.

Unknown said...

Hi Lyn,

Just goes to show, someone's always got there first! Very interesting though; never knew these folks managed to dodge the plague. If we could steal the recipe .......!

Lyn said...

Greetings to a Cuban-
It is interesting how long certain ideas have been around, and still useful!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
The product is available on Amazon..also there is a company with a trade mark..Thieves Essential Oil...
I was surprised to find how popular it really is!!

Jeane Myers said...

you come up with the best stuff Lyn! I never knew this! well, actually, there is a whooooollllllleeeeee bunch of stuff I don't know, but this is really interesting - will check it out! :))))

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
Thanks...I can't resist checking up on this odd stuff..it's all out there!! If I didn't spot it, what would I write about??

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Sounds good - I wonder if vaporizing it in the house would keep germs out too? I've always liked vaporizing oils for a pleasant and uplifting atmosphere.

Lyn said...

Hi Raph-
Sounds like an interesting idea..vapors wafting through the house! Good luck with this!

Kristin Dombrowski said...

Fascinating! Lyn, I love your blog! Thank you so much for all of the interesting posts!

Lyn said...

Hi Kristin-
Thank you, more than kind! I do like the off-beat info..and want to pass it on!

Deedee said...

Excellent post, Lyn! I truly believe we should look more to the natural world and less to man-made
pharmaceuticals. For every problem chemical drugs treat, they cause 3 more. Cinnamon has a lot of health benefits(delicious, too.)

Lyn said...

Hi Deedee-
I'm definitely with you on this..and I take a cinnamon cap each day..good for the blood..also shake some on my oatmeal!!

liz.photoblog said...

Thank you for this great reminder! Thieves Oil (from Young Living) really works and I had forgotten about it.

Lyn said...

Hi Liz-
Everything old is new again! Thanks..I will get some very soon!!

Anonymous said...

Thought you all might like this simple recipe for Thieves Oil.
Thought you all might like this simple recipe

Recipe from NY

Kid's recipe

Cinnamon Oil is an anti-bacterial

More uses for Thieves Oil (I think these are for the concentrated version without the water and aloe vera)

Lyn said...

Hi A-
Thanks for the input..have seen a couple of these..very useful..must get my oil soon!


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