According to Wikipedia, The Black Plague, or The Black Death, was one of the most deadly pandemics in history. It is estimated to have killed about 50% of Europe’s population and reduced the world’s population by about 100 million people during the 14th century.
It was during the time of The Black Plague that a band of thieves were discovered to be able to successfully rob the dead and their graves without fear of becoming affected by this deadly disease.
Upon their capture the thieves were offered a plea bargain and leniency in their punishment if they would reveal the secret of their protection against this killer disease. Since this disease was so contagious that families often died in droves, it was imperative to the communities to learn this mystical secret.
The band of thieves disclosed the secret that has lived on and protects us from air borne disease, even today. These men were, by trade, perfumers and spice traders. They had concocted a mixture of various essential oils to protect them not only from the airborne germs, but also from actually touching the decaying bodies… hence the name “Thieves Oil”.
Weber State University conducted a study in 1997. The results showed Thieves Oil to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. The bacteria cultures were exposed into an enclosed area and the Thieves Essential Oils blend were infused into the space.Within 10 minutes of exposure there was a reduction of:
82% in Micrococcus luteus (bacteria found in water, soil, dust & air)
96% in Pseudomonas aeruginosa (sepsis)
44% in Staphylococcus aureus(staph).
There are two recommended methods for using essential oils against colds and flu:
Topical application: If you choose to apply essential oils to your skin, it’s recommended that you mix them with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil to avoid unpleasant skin reactions. You could massage them directly into your skin or add drops to a bath, with Epsom salts, so that you benefit from inhalation as well as absorption.
Inhalation: Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water, cover your head and the bowl with a towel, lean over and inhale the vapor – or add the oils to a room diffuser if you have one.