Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals they used while robbing the dead and dying. Young Living’s one-of-a-kind Thieves blend, crafted in the spirit of that legendary combination, can be found in all of our Thieves products. When taken internally, Thieves supports healthy immune function, and it includes Eucalyptus radiata essential oil, which may help maintain a healthy respiratory system. When taken as a dietary supplement, Thieves is an ideal complement to a daily wellness regimen.
The Story of Thieves Oil
During the Black Plague of 16th century, a small band of thieves were caught in the act and brought before the King,
who forced them to divulge a most curious secret. The thieves had been entering the homes of plague victims and
stripping the dead bodies of money, jewelry and anything else of value that could be found. Although the plague was
highly contagious, not one of this morbid band of thieves ever contracted the dread plague even though their thefts
had put them in daily contact with the dead bodies of plague victims. The King, eager to protect himself and the Royal
Family, demanded to know how the thieves had avoided contracting the plague.
Soon enough, the truth came out. The thieves were all members of the same family – a family from a long line of
Apothecaries. Because of their intimate knowledge of the healing arts, passed down from generation to generation,
they were familiar with a combination of specific plant oils that, when rubbed on the body, would protect the body from
contracting this most feared and deadly disease. The King forced the thieves to divulge the specific plant oils used,
and the formula for extracting them from the plants. With that vital information in hand, he was thereby able to
protect himself and his family from the deadly plague. The recipe for the thieves’ oils can still be found in the
Royal English Archives to this day. What’s more, this story is not all that unusual. In fact, it is widely known that
many perfumers and tanners in 16th century England were also able to escape the Black Plague due to the fact that the
powerful, sweet smelling plant oils used in the making of various perfumes and in the scenting of leather goods
exhibit phenomenal antiseptic properties.