The Historic Legend of Thieves Oil
The legend of thieves oil goes back to 1413. The Bubonic Plaque was spreading like wildfire among the people of France. It was nearly impossible for anyone including doctors to be close to someone without contracting it.
During this time four thieves were stealing from the sick and dying. The thieves never contracted the plaque. In order to avoid the usual punishment of being burned alive, the thieves revealed their secret. They were unemployed perfume and spice merchants. They had a special essential oil recipe that – when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet and to a mask over their mouths – seemed to keep them safe from infection.