The recipe for this blend is believed to have originated in the 15th century.
The Story: When the Black Plague hit, all international shipping and trade was closed down. Unable to do business, the spice traders quickly ran out of money and had to find a way to support themselves. Since people in the communities were afraid to touch the dead bodies and they, the spice traders, had had knowledge of the benefits of essential oils, they decided to loot the homes and bodies of the plague victims. They would take clothes, jewelry, pots and pans, and then barter or trade them for food and money.They believed they wouldn’t get sick if they rubbed vinegar, oils, and certain spices all over their bodies. They were able to set up a very lucrative pawn business. Until the King found out. When the King heard about the story of the thieves he wanted to know their secret recipe.
He sent his Constables out to capture them. Four of the thieves were caught and brought before the King. He gave them a choice to either share their secret formula of immunity or be burned at the stake. The four thieves decided to share their secret formula with the King. The King immediately posted the thieves secret formula all over the town. Hence the story of the four thieves.