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Four Thieves Herbal Blend
« on: April 21, 2011, 12:59:05 AM »
Make your own ~ complete with quirky legend...
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The essential oils in the Oil of Thieves blend helps to boost the immune system and fights off colds and flu, while killing airborne bacteria that promotes the spread of illness. The legend about 4 thieves in 15th century England who used a blend of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary, as well as other protective aromatics to guard their health while robbing plague victims. These men did not get sick!

Ingredients: Cinnamon Bark & Cinnamon Leaf Oils, Rosemary Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Eucalyptus Oil and Lemon essential oils

The essential oils contained in this blend are known to stimulate circulation, combat infection, stimulate and strengthen the system and help clear  respiratory conditions.
Users of this Thieve Oil blend commonly experience the following benefits:

Reduction or Phlegm
Increase Circulation
Reduced Infection, Cough and Congestion
Quick Recovery from Illness
Use: Perfect for use in a diffuser.  If using topically - Dilute with a carrier oil and Gently massage 3-5 drops of the mixture onto the chest, back, and the soles of the feet as needed. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Additional dilution recommended before using on sensitive areas such as the face and neck, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on children under 12 - or consult aroma therapist regarding 1% dilution application.

Cautionary Note: This essential oil blend is undiluted. It can be blended with a carrier oil in 1-5% dilution for application on the body. Do not exceed 3% if using on the face. Patch test for sensitivity. This blend contains Eucalyptus Oil and is not for internal use. Read contraindications carefully.

http://www.100pureessentialoils.com/categories/Essential-Blends/Four-Thieves-Oil-Blend-%28Undiluted%29/

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Re: Four Thieves Herbal Blend
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 08:22:51 PM »
Here's a link with a recipe or two:
http://www.quantumbalancing.com/news/thieves_oil.htm

Thanks for this annie.
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Re: Four Thieves Herbal Blend
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 09:07:54 PM »
Is this similar to the thieves oil from the medieval period used by grave robbers?

Sorry haven't had time to look at the links but thieves oil was a mixture used to coat the hands of grave robbers so bacteria from the corpses did not infect the diggers removing valuables buried with the deceased.
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Re: Four Thieves Herbal Blend
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2011, 09:21:14 PM »
Jock, that is the "quirky legend".  ;D

The legend about 4 thieves in 15th century England who used a blend of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary, as well as other protective aromatics to guard their health while robbing plague victims.

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Re: Four Thieves Herbal Blend
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 10:38:47 PM »
Garbage pit mind making connections ;D
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Re: Four Thieves Herbal Blend
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 05:54:36 PM »
Clove, cinnamon, (tropical spices, and very expensive) and eucalyptus (from Australia)?  In the 15th Century?  I don't think so.....
I've given up on waiting for other people to get it.  Now, I'm waiting for it to get them.

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Re: Four Thieves Herbal Blend
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 07:20:41 PM »
Apparently the original mix from which the legend arose was garlic, cloves and rosemary.
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Re: Four Thieves Herbal Blend
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2011, 08:03:41 PM »
We make our own every year it is AMAZING!!

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Re: Four Thieves Herbal Blend
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2011, 09:43:13 AM »
This one kind of annoys me, since anytime there's a flu or disease of any kind coming out, people toss away any critical thinking skills they have to embrace the latest version of it - based mainly on the cool name, as far as I can tell.  After all, anything that thieves used to help them in stealing from corpses, MUST be cool.

The Wiki article IS actually kinda cool, so I'll post it in its short entirety:

Four Thieves Vinegar
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Four Thieves Vinegar (Vinaigre des Quatre Voleurs) is a concoction of vinegar (either from red wine, white wine, cider, or distilled white) infused with herbs, spices or garlic that was believed to protect users from the plague. The recipe for this vinegar has almost as many variations as its legend.
[edit]History

Vinegar has been used to fight plague since the middle ages[1], and herbal vinegars have been used as medicine since the time of Hippocrates.[2]
Early recipes for the concoction specifically known as Four Thieves Vinegar sometimes employ a different number of thieves, and in the 18th century the mixture was sometimes just called "Thieves Vinegar" or in at least one instance, "Three Thieves Vinegar." In Italy a mixture called "Seven Thieves Vinegar" is sold as a smelling salt, though its ingredients appear to be the same as in Four Thieves mixtures.[3]
Modern day versions of Four Thieves Vinegar include various herbs that typically include sage, lavender, thyme, and rosemary, along with garlic. Additional herbs sometimes include rue, mint, and wormwood. It has become traditional to use four herbs in the recipe—one for each thief, though earlier recipes often have a dozen herbs or more. It is still sold in Provence. It is also used by modern practitioners of witchcraft to ward off the spells of other witches, or to enhance spells that call for vinegar.
[edit]Mythology

The usual story declares that a group of thieves during a European plague outbreak were robbing the dead or the sick. When they were caught, they offered to exchange their secret recipe, which had allowed them to commit the robberies without catching the disease, in exchange for leniency. Another version says that the thieves had already been caught before the outbreak and their sentence had been to bury dead plague victims; to survive this punishment, they created the vinegar. The city in which this happened is usually said to be Marseille or Toulouse, and the time period can be given as anywhere between the 14th and 18th century depending on the storyteller.
One interesting twist says that "Four Thieves Vinegar" is simply a corruption of the original "Forthave's Vinegar," a popular concoction created by an enterprising fellow by the name of Richard Forthave[4]. Another source, Abregé de tout la médecine practique, seems to attribute its creation to George Bates, though Bates' own published recipe for antipestilential vinegar in his Pharmacopoeia Bateana does not specifically use the name 'thieves' or 'four thieves.'[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Thieves_Vinegar