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.
Cinnamon (Leaf and/or Bark)
Apple Cider Vinegar
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.
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. So, I created my own formula of Thieves oil with pure essential oils scientifically proven to contain anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-infectant and antiseptic qualities. I use my essential oil formula to, either, diffuse into the air or mix with other agents to create sprays, balms and bath salts that help to fight off germs of all manner.