Winter Crisp - A History Lesson
Winter Crisp is our take on “Thieves” oil. The name “Thieves” has actually been trade marked by another company, but the history behind the oil dates back to the 15th century, 1413.
“The Historic Folklore of This Famous Remedy,
according to the long-told historic tale was used to prevent illness and death from the infamous Bubonic Plague (aka The Black Death) that devastated a large portion of France.
The Black Death spread like wild-fire amongst the citizens, and the doctors alike. It seemed impossible to be in the vicinity without contracting it, and at the time, the sickness really did mean ultimate demise.
During this time, however, four thieves were captured and charged for stealing from the sick and dying. The thieves never contracted the plague, despite the close contact with the Black-Death victims.
At this time, the crime these 4 men committed was punishable by burning alive. The judge was so intrigued by how these men had stayed immune to this terrible disease, that he told them if they shared their secret he would spare them of this punishment.
The Thieves told the judge their secret: they were perfume & spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of the sea ports and the devastation of the plague. They had prepared an essential oil recipe that when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet & a mask over their mouths, kept them safe from infection.
The judge stayed true to his word. The men were not burned alive, but instead they were hanged for their crimes.
From then on, the doctors who treated the Black Death victims put the herbal infusion on their hands, ears, temples & feet, and wore beak-like masks stuffed with cloths containing this special blend. The beak is how doctors got the long-lasting nickname “quack”. “
The ingredients used in this blend are Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus.
*Our* Winter Crisp blend is essentially the same except that we have swapped the eucalyptus out for peppermint for a different twist 😉 (peppermint and eucalyptus have similar health benefits - It soothes a stuffed-up nose by opening your nasal passages so you can breathe easier)
Isn’t that history lesson cool?! I’ve been wanting to share about this for some time now and thought with the season changing it was an appropriate time to share.
During cold and flu season I personally douse myself and family members in this blend and it definitely keeps us healthy through the colder months - any time there is a hint of sickness in the air I bust out the Winter Crisp and get to cleansing. I very rarely get sick and I do believe it has to do with the amount of essential oils I’m always working with.
Available in our MP spray and concentrate!
All the love,