Have you ever heard of the four thieves legend? You have probably stumbled upon ads and print magazines praising Four Thieves oil. It’s an essential oil remedy that was massively used to treat plague hundreds years ago. There are several versions of this story, and we will try to bring you closer to the real one.
Four thieves who knew a few things about herbs decided to take advantage of all the death around them. There had been so many thieves back then, but just a few of them survived. The four thieves were among the “survivors.” Two of them were herbalists and perfumers.
The group created the perfect herbal blend to protect themselves from plague. They rubbed it on their bodies and some even ingested it. What was the idea of such move? The thieves entered homes of sick and dying locals and took whatever they wanted. The oil was their protection.
Other legends say the thieves were actually robbing graves. Four Thieves remedies are oftentimes referred to as “Grave Robbers’ Blend. The group was eventually caught and they were sentenced to death. They came up with another great idea: The group demanded that authorities spare their lives in exchange for their remedy. The deal was sealed.
We know another popular version of the legend, suggesting that the thieves were hung at the end.
These may not be the brightest stories you have read about, but they sure make you think about this oil blend. It was used as prevention against plague, what more can you ask, right?
Most herbalists agree that this blend is strong and powerful. The good news is that you can make your own blend, and save money. We give you Jessie Hawkins’ recipe.
- Combine the following ingredients into a small jar:10 drops rosemary oil
- 20 drops lavender oil
- 15 drops lemon eucalyptus oil
- 15 drops peppermint oil
- 15 drops orange oil
- 15 drops clove bud oil
Use the oils topically or add them to your aromatherapy. You can make a topical spray by adding a cup of vinegar to the oil blends. That’s how Jesse Hawkins makes hers.
If you like to use the Four Thieves vinegar and consume it, try to follow these instructions. Buy the herbs from a trusted source or shop online.
- 1 tbsp organic sage leaf
- 1 tsp organic lavender flowers
- 1 tsp organic rosemary leaf
- ½ tsp organic thyme leaf
- ½ tsp organic peppercorns
- 16oz raw organic apple cider vinegar (unfiltered)
Here’s how to do it:
Put the herbs in your jar, and add warm apple cider vinegar. You do not want it too hot though. Put on a place of natural parchment paper between the lid and the rim to prevent the vinegar from touching the jar. Let it rest for a month, and shake the content once in a while. Strain your vinegar into another jar, and keep it in a cool, dark room.
Uses of Four Thieves Vinegar
This is one of the most common uses. Add a quarter cup of the vinegar into a spray bottle, and fill it up with water. Spray it on your skin and clothes to keep bugs away.
Dilute the vinegar and use it as a foot soak to treat toenail fungus or athlete’s foot. Dilute the vinegar to get rid of dandruff.
Use diluted vinegar to disinfect surfaces. It’s safe for delicate surfaces, too.
Combine it with 1-2 tablespoons of honey, and take it as a remedy for infectious illnesses. If you are using it to prevent diseases, just take one dose every day to boost your immunity.