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Cinnamon Oil, Bacteria, Thieves' Oil and Jewelry

The overuse of antibiotics have raised several strains of bacteria resistant to them. Hospitals are constantly fighting a huge battle against these nasty bugs. Now researchers have discovered that cinnamon oil does kill bacteria. Its powerful property so impressed them that they are recommending a 10% cinnamon oil solution be used as an alternative to several different kinds of antiseptics used in hospitals.

One paediatrician, Dr Lawrence Rosen who writes a natural health advice blog has even recommended a homemade recipe (based on a medieval one) for a hand sanitizer using cinnamon bark, lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus oils.

What has this got to do with jewelry? Thieves' oil is a medieval recipe from the time of the Black Plague. Historical records show that the concoction was used by thieves. They rubbed it on their hands, ears and temples to protect themselves from infections while they stole jewelry from dead and dying plague victims. Ewww...

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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
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  1. Very interesting! I was only reading about his oil the other day somewhere and I left a question there (wouldn't be able to find it again if my life depended on it!)which you have now answered for me! Thankyou.

  2. By the way, what a brilliant site!x

  3. What an interesting post Pearl...I do enjoy facts like this! Thanks for sharing...

  4. Will certainly unearth more in future posts!!

  5. Oh that's too funny! I love how you tied that into jewelry!

    I wonder how that solution would smell. The present day one, that is. I love cinnamon but mixed with lemon and the other stuff? Not so sure.

  6. Is that where the term "sniffing out the thief" came from? The aroma of cinnamon had to smell better than their victims did!

  7. LOL! I have no idea if that was the origin of the saying. I doubt anyone could smell the cinnamon oil back then because nobody washed!

  8. Thanks, you always share such interesting pieces of information. This makes your site really valuable.

  9. I've always been fascinated by history and I'm just as keen to share what I learn.


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