You may remember learning about the bubonic plague that ravaged Europe, but did you know that this is where Four Thieves (Protect) got its start?
The name Four Thieves comes from the belief that it was originated by four thieves in Marseilles as a prophylactic against the plague in the early 1600s. Others claim that it derives from a man named Richard Forthave, and that over time the name got smashed to the current version.
Either way, this was not the first time this type of concoction had been used. A Cardinal Wolsey of England supposedly held an empty orange peel filled a sponged soaked in vinegar and spices to protect himself against sick parishioners.
My recipe contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary Essential Oils. Itʼs great for the same use as its origins due to its antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-infectious properties. A great way to use Four Thieves is in homemade cleaning supplies to help make your home virus free. You can also use my pre-made Spritz to help protect you at home, the office or on the go!