If you have never heard of Thieves oil it probably sounds like some hokey snake oil treatment sold back in the day and you'd be half right. It was sold as a treatment, but there is nothing hokey about it. It actually works to fight off viruses. In fact, some believe it was the only treatment that worked to keep folks from contracting the Black Death (Bubonic Plague) in the 14th century.
Thieves oil was created by a handful of spice merchants who became thieves after the plague crashed the economy. They used the oil as a rub on their bodies and under their noses in order to be able to rob the diseased and the dead without becoming sick themselves.
In the old world, Thieves oil was actually made by creating herbal infusions, vinegar and tinctures with fresh or dried herbs, which takes a little longer to make, but can still be made today. It was often made in large batches in advance for cold and flu season epidemics. When needed immediately a stove top method for infusing the herbs could be used.
There are a variety of recipes for making old world Thieves oil. Each seems to claim authenticity. I'm inclined to believe it this is because Thieves oil was made from, either, fresh or dried herbs that were available according to the area one lived in, as well as the season of the year and economic status.
Here are just a few of the ingredients I've discovered along the way from various old world recipes. not all were used in every recipe.
The herbs and spices were placed in a jar, topped with oil or vinegar (not both) and sealed tightly. It was stored in a cool, dark place and shaken gently to turn the herbs once every day for two weeks. Then, strained well and bottled up.
After the infusion period, Thieves oil was taken by mouth (1 teaspoon every day) and applied to face, hands, body and feet for, both, prevention and healing.
Modern Day Thieves Oil
You can make your own modern day Thieves oil with, either, fresh herbs or essential oils (or both).
Many modern day Thieves oils contain only essential oils of Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary measured out equally. If you prefer, you can certainly start out with this very basic and potent recipe and get very good results for warding off bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including Herpes Simplex Virus. But, do your research.
After 3 days of non-stop, extensive researching, I realized some of the sources out there are, at best, dubious.
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Mari J. Dionne ~ CHP, CLC
"The older I get the more sure I am that one's thoughts create one's reality. They say home is where the heart is but I have found it is the mind that that determines where one's heart resides."
Forgotten English Health Terms
Fish-Whole - as sound as a fish or healthy
Blind Cupid - the backside
Accoucheur - a male mid-wife
Kingsevil - a disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes
Valitudinary - subject to sickness; crazy
Chime-Child -a child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer
Periblepsis - a delirious stare of the eyes
Wormland - churchyard
Green-Sickness - a disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion
Tissek or Tissicky Cough - a tickling faint cough
Multiplying Medicine - an elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold
Peat-Reek-Whisky - highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires
Belly-Brussen - a distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach
Oint - to smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something)
Farbed-Up - confused
Nyctobasis - somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep
Roozles - wretchedness of mind and body
Coolth - coolness (opposite of warmth)
Pharmacopolist - an apothecary
Laver - to wash (before dinner)
Gothicism - to be rude or rudeness
Desuetude - lack of use
Splay the Bream - to cut up that fish
Doctor of Skill - a physician
Dendranthoplology - the theory that man sprang from trees
Fash - to care, to trouble one's self, anxiety
Satisfy Colon - to satisfy one's hunger
Neurasthenia - debility or impairment of the nerves
Trollibags - the intestines
Cothish - faint, sickly, ailing
Fogo - a disagreeable stink, stench, or smell
With Squirrel - pregnant
Pottinger - a cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland)
Pomster - a quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill
Bleflummery - vain imaginings
Venefice - a practice of poisoning
Weaponsalve - a salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it
Overset - to recover from mental shock
Fordolked - wounded
Wamblecropped - humiliated
Peffle - in a nervous state
Measondue - a hospital or poor house
Dead-Nip - a blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip
Sadly On - expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way
Whirligigs or Tallywags - testicles
Betwattled - to be surprised, confounded, out of one’s senses
Bone Box - the mouth
Dicked in the Nob - silly, crazed
Head Rails - teeth
Hickey - tipsy, hiccupping
Knowledge box - a term for the head
Sugar stick - the virile member
Pimpish - Dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities)
Witchify - to bewitch
Naufrage - shipwreck
Artwork & Photography Credits
Side Bar: Pen & Ink, Old Door, and Star (iStock.com ~ All rights reserved.) with sepia overlays.