Have you ever heard about the four thieves legend? There are some different versions;
I will try to make one summary from them all. Or maybe you are familiar with the four thieves oil? It is an essential oil remedy which was created during one of the plagues, many years ago.
During the plague, four thieves who have access to herbal knowledge planned to use the chaotic situation. Among them, there were some herbalists and perfumers.
They developed a mixture of different herbs, intended to protect them from the plague. They rubbed this mixture on their bodies and probably ingested. In that way, they were immune to the diseases and could easily go to the sick and dying people and steal everything they want.
According to some legends, the thieves were even stealing graves. And because of this, the Four Thieves Remedies are even called Grave Robbers Blends.
Eventually, the thieves did get caught and punished with a death sentence. So, to save their lives, they made a plan to reveal the secret cure that will save the people from the monstrous plague.
One of the legends states that the law enforcement and the thieves made a deal which saved their lives, but other legends claim they served their sentence. Maybe this legend will motivate you to use this aromatherapy blend.
However, this legend may be a marketing trick to make people purchase this mix, but the Four Thieves Blends do cure and can help as a preventive.
If you are interested in making the Four Thieves Oil, Jessie Hawkins has provided the recipe.
Four Thieves Oil Recipe
- Rosemary oil– 10 drops
- Lavender oil– 20 drops
- Lemon eucalyptus oil– 15 drops
- Peppermint oil– 15 drops
- Orange Oil– 15 drops
- Clove Bud Oil– 15 drops
All you have to do is pour all the essential oils in some small glass.
This combination should be applied topically or via aromatherapy but not ingested. According to Jesse Hawkins, for topical spray, you can add one cup of vinegar.
However, there is a Four Thieves vinegar that can be both applied topically and ingested. Here is the recipe:
Four Thieves Vinegar Recipe
- Sage leaf– 1 tbsp
- Lavender flowers– 1 tsp
- Rosemary leaf– 1 tsp
- Thyme leaf– 1/2 tsp
- Peppercorns– 1/2 tsp
- Apple cider vinegar– 16 oz
First of all, warm the apple cider vinegar. Then put the herbs in a jar and fill it with the apple cider vinegar. Close the jar with some plastic lid.
In case you use a metal lid, place a natural parchment paper to prevent the liquid from touching the metal. Let it sit for 4 weeks but make sure you shake it occasionally. After four weeks separate the vinegar in another clean jar. Keep it in a dark and cold space.
Uses of Four Thieves Vinegar
1. Topical Treatments
The Four Thieves Vinegar can help you treat athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and dandruff. All you have to do is dilute the vinegar, soak your feet or treat dandruff.
2. Disinfect Surface Areas
Dilute vinegar with water and spray on the surfaces. According to one source, the month of seasoning reduces the vinegar’s acidity enough to use on delicate surfaces.
3. Infectious illnesses
One tablespoon every morning of this vinegar will make increase your immune system and avoid the infectious illnesses.
4. Insect Repellent
Put 1/4 cup in a spray bottle and fill it with water, Then just spray it on your skin, and it will keep the skeeters away.