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How Reilly "the Thief" Sanitizer got its name...

The use of “thieves oil” dates all the way back to the year 1413, at the time of the infamous Bubonic Plague (aka The Black Death), which 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 unfortunately, the sickness really did mean the 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. This type of crime committed was typically punishable by being burning alive. But, 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’ secret was this: they had been 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. From then on, the doctors who treated the Black Death victims did the same, as well as wore beak-like masks stuffed with cloths containing this special blend (the beak is how doctors got the long-lasting nickname “quack”). By the way, the judge did stay true to his word - the men were not burned alive… but instead were hanged for their crimes!

Today, we’ve used essential oils from these medicinal plants to create skin care and cleansing products that benefit us because of their antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial qualities. Our unique Reilly “The Thief” blend combines four of the 5 traditional thieves oil blends, along with 2 additional oils that we feel make it even more healing, appealing, and effective for use.

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