Legend of The Four Thieves – Oil Blend

Here you can discover which 5 essential oils make up this legendary Four Thieves blend…

…But first I will tell you (a brief version) the story of …

😃 I love this historic & legendary story about this potent blend of immune boosting essential oils, as created and worn by Four 16th Century Spice Sellers who turned to looting the dead and dying during the Bubonic plague.

Now amazingly these four lucky looters were able to be in close contact with the dead and dying WITHOUT ever catching the plague or falling unwell. They kept this lucrative lark going for quite a while until they were caught.

Then upon their arrest they were offered to keep their lives in return for revealing their secret…

When they were arrested the four Spice Sellers (turned thieves) were offered their lives in return for sharing their magical incredible secret! – Why was it they were able to stay well and avoid dropping with the horrendous plague?! Was it sorcery or something else magical?!

So bargaining with their lives the four thieves agreed to reveal their secret – they claimed they were able to ward off plague germs and sickness by using certain spices like turmeric, ginger AND a specific blend of essential oils – Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Lemon & Rosemary which they used on their clothes and soaked onto face cloths that covered their nose and mouth.

So the secret was shared!
Hooray! But!
Then they were killed anyway!
Booooo 🙁
Leaving behind them The Legend known as The Four Thieves, there is also a vinegar version (but that’s another story!) This essential oils blend is ideal to diffuse in the winter season to help you recover from flu, colds and to reduce viruses and boost your immunity.

Make The Four Thieves Blend

IMPORTANT – This blend is for diffusing or inhalation only – NOT FOR USE ON the skin

  • Clove 4 drop
  • Lemon 3 drop
  • Cinnamon 2 drop
  • Eucalyptus 1 drop
  • Rosemary 1 drop

To Diffuse
Add directly to your diffuser and have on for 10 to 20 minutes MAX at a time, keeping room well ventilated and away from pets and young children.

To Inhale
Simply add these drops into a little base oil and drop onto a cloth to put near you, or use in an oil or electric diffuser for 20 mins bursts, keep room well ventilated, especially if you have pets or children in the room.

Make the Adapted Four Thieves Blend

I have also created an adapted blend that can be used on the skin as a body oil. Taking out the Clove and Cinnamon that could be to heating for the skin for some. I had a think and decided to swap the clove for Patchouli that is equally as good at killing bacteria and viruses and but its gentler on the skin.

Then I was pondering what to swap the cinnamon for and it came to me- Benzoin! This is a tree resin and smells very sweet like cinnamon again with similar properties but also good for the skin.

Adapted Four Thieves Blend
Make in 15 ml of base oil and use when you feel you are coming down with something or during a bout of flu. It could be a little stimulating so best used a good hour before you want to go to sleep

  • Patchouli 4 drop
  • Lemon 3 drop
  • Benzoin 2 drop
  • Eucalyptus 1 drop
  • Rosemary 1 drop

I do hope you found this interesting and do share how you get on with your blending, let me know if you have any other alternative oils you would swap my choices for?

Blending Four Thieves Oil


This information here is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This information should be used only under supervision of a qualified health practitioner.

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