Essential Oils, Plagues, and Survival: What our ancestors are trying to tell us?

Using essential oils during the 2020 pandemic

During the 2020 pandemic we have been exposed to several challenges such as fear, stress, isolation, frustration, and other psychological illnesses due to the loss of people we care, financial tribulations and uncertainty.  As we learn how to cope with this new chapter in humanity we can be assure that nature hasn’t left us behind.  You can boost and keep your immune system ready to fight Covid with essential oils and herbal medicine.  You can also fight grief, stress, anxiety and sorrow using essential oils. 

Living a pandemic is new for us, but humanity itself is entangled with them. In the Middle Ages, thanks to the caravans from the East and the returning Crusaders, Europeans were exposed to many of the “perfumes of Arabia.” It is recorded in history that when Europe was besieged with the plague (Black Death), the herbalists, spice merchants and perfumers seemed to be immune. 

Aromatics seemed to be the best antiseptic available to the people at that time against the plague. They used perfumed candles to burn in their sickrooms. Their churches and other public building were fumigated twice a week with sulphur, hops, pepper and frankincense and aromatic plants were strewn on their streets. Fires made with pine or woods that gave out a pungent smell were set in the streets every twelve hours. It was believed that these measures would help clear the air of the plague.

We talked about how the use of essential oils saved the life of 4 traders in time of pandemic. They used a self-made concoction that now a days is called “Four Thieves Vinegar”

The Four Thieves Vinegar appears in the museum of old Marseille:

“Take 3 pints of strong white wine vinegar, add a handful each of wormwood, meadowsweet, wild marjoram and sage, 50 cloves, 2 ounces of campanula roots, 2 ounces of angelica, rosemary, and horehound and 3 large measures of camphor. Place the mixture in a container for 15 days, strain and express, then bottle. Use by rubbing it on the hands, ears, and temples from time to time when approaching plague victims.” 

In modern times we don’t use the same essential oil blend, we have perfectionated it. Thieves(TM) is inspired of this tale, made of the essential oils of clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. This oil was tested at Weber State University in 1997 for its potent antimicrobial properties. It was found to have 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria. You can buy it here.

In this article you can find in detail the oils used and how can you create your own thieves herbal medicine. Although essential oils aren’t a replacement of FDA approved drugs, studies like this one explain the antiviral agents and potential of essential oils to treat covid19 or coronavirus.   At the end, we are just using Nature’s gifts to our advantage. Is your body and mind ready to combat Coronavirus? 


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