Updated: Jun 24
Bandit oil is a potent blend of essential oils that is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-septic. Currently known as ‘Four Thieves Oil’ in the USA, I stumbled across the recipe for this oil and was amazed at its healing properties. This oil (as a blend) is currently not sold in South Africa and I am excited to announce that I have now made this blend for all my local peeps!
What is Bandit Oil?
The use of Bandit (aka ‘Thieves’) oil dates all the way back to the year 1413. The time when the infamous Bubonic Plague (aka The Black Death) ran rampant through Europe and Asia. The plague spread like wild-fire amongst the citizens, and the physicians alike. It seemed impossible to be in the vicinity without contracting it, and at the time, the sickness really did mean ultimate death.
However, four thieves, who were notoriously robbing the infected dead bodies of all their possessions, miraculously never contracted the highly infectious plague. The men were captured and charged for stealing from the sick and dying.
The crime these four men committed was punishable by being burnt alive and they were sentenced to die. The judge was so intrigued by how these men had stayed immune to this terrible disease, however, that he told them if they shared their secret he would spare them this punishment. Taking the deal, they shared the mysterious way in which they had averted the plague.
The beak is how doctors got the long-lasting nickname “quack”
The Plague Doctor
The Thieves told the judge their secret: they were perfume and spice merchants who were unemployed due to the closure of the sea ports and the devastation of the plague. In this age, physicians and merchants were seen wearing long black robes, wide brimmed hats, and masks that appeared to have a beak. The reason being that the masks contained a combination of herbs, spices, and essential oils that the physicians would breathe in order to keep themselves safe from those afflicted with the illness.
Their long black robes were also said to be doused in a similar fragrant concoction to keep nasties at bay. These 4 bandits had prepared an essential oil recipe that when applied to their hands, ears, temples, feet and masks over their mouths, kept them safe from infection. Eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, clove and cinnamon together make a powerful anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti microbial and anti viral blend. Applied liberally to their masks, they were able to move around unimpeded by the death around them.
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 appropriately used this special blend made up of five potent essential oils.
How to Use it
Please use common sense when using this oil. Do not use it undiluted or in your eyes (!). If in doubt consult an aromatherapist.
Having said that, this is a well known and well tested blend of oils that has been used by many individuals to boost their immunity. Please read on for some ideas on how to use Bandit Essential Oil Blend.
DIFFUSE Freshen the air with the warm spicy scent of Autumn by diffusing 4 Bandits Oil in your home. Not only will your home smell amazing, you will also be protecting your family and your guests from sharing cold and flu germs. Diffuse for 20-30 minutes at a time. You can also use this blend in a spritzer bottle that can be sprayed on sheets and pillows or around the room when you’re sick.
CLEANING Clove and cinnamon essential oil are amazing antibacterial and antiviral oils. Using this blend at a 2% dilution mixed in water and sprayed on surfaces counter tops, desks, door knobs, the kitchen and bathroom sink, the toilet, etc. to kill germs. Plus, it smells amazing! Who wouldn’t want to clean their house with 4 Bandits Oil?
COLD AND FLU If you’re feeling congested, mix a 1-2% dilution of oil in a bit of carrier oil and rub the feet and chest. Cup your hands with the remaining oil over your nose and mouth and inhale to help open the lungs and sinuses. You can also make a quick roll-on at the same dilution for easy use while sick.
SORE MUSCLES Mix a 1-2% dilution of 4 Bandits Oil in your favourite carrier oil and massage sore tired muscles and knots.
AS A GARGLE Add 1 drops of 4 Bandits to 1tsp of sea salt to a glass and mix. Next, add some warm water and stir well. Gargle the infused salt water for several minutes until the solution is gone. Use twice a day to help relieve sore throat. It will also freshen breath and kill oral bacteria.
TOOTHPASTE Add it to your homemade toothpaste recipes for a new spin on supporting oral health! Clove is especially good for tooth and gum pain.
WOUND CARE Add to homemade salve recipes and apply to wounds for faster healing. You can dip the tip of a toothpick in your 4 Bandits Oil and use it to stir into a pea sized amount of a salve you already own.
FUNGUS Mix up 1-2% dilution in some coconut oil and apply to nail fungus with a clean cotton swap 2-3 times a day. The strong oils in this blend will kill fungus and bacteria. Use it daily for a few weeks even after symptoms have disappeared.