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“It’s said that when the thieves were finally caught and brought to justice, the magistrate agreed to be lenient on sentencing if the men would tell him their secret for avoiding the plague."

Essential oils are one of the hottest new trends in wellness, but their benefits and uses actually stem from ancient practices. One of the most intriguing stories of historical essential oil use is the Legend of the Four Thieves.

There are many accounts of a group of men who were able to accomplish the impossible in 14th century Europe. The Black Death (bubonic plague) swept over Europe in the mid 1300s, killing over half of the population. Exposure to the disease meant almost certain death at this time, but 4 men were able to rob the dead and dying of their valuable possessions time and time again, without ever contracting the disease.

It’s said that when the thieves were finally caught and brought to justice, the magistrate agreed to be lenient on sentencing if the men would tell him their secret for avoiding the plague. Their answer: a secret blend of potent essential oils had allowed them to escape death. What’s thought to have been a combination of garlic, vinegar, and essential oils like clove, cinnamon, and rosemary were applied to the men’s clothing before entering the sick houses, and they were able to stay healthy.

For hundreds of years, every century brought a resurgence of the Black Death. Doctors during these times who were charged with caring for the sick needed some protection against the mortal disease. The familiar image of medieval doctors in a wide brimmed hat, long robes, and a beaked mask wasn’t just a sign of superstition and fear. This grim attire turned out to be an effective protection for the physicians. The robe was soaked in essential oils, and the beak of the mask was packed with dried herbs. The mixture of aromatics was believed to be potently purifying.

When developing our own potent Thieves formula, our Guard Against Blend, the people here at Airomé took a page from history, and incorporated the legendary oils that were said to be so effective for those four thieves centuries ago. Diffuse Guard Against, apply it topically, or use it as a cleaning agent in your own home to fortify your wellness defenses, purify the air and uplift the body.

Click here for more info on Guard Against Essential Oil Blend.


 

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