Peak of the Black Death


Back in the peak of the Black Death (1348-1350) when everyone was dying left right and centre, a quartet of thieves were captured and threatened with being burned alive for their crimes against the plaque victims. Let’s ask the thieves how they stayed safe.

Why, implored the judge, can you go about committing such horrific theft crimes against the ill and the dead and yet remain immune to this horrible plague? Tell me your secret and be spared the fire of death.

The story goes that the four thieves, who were previously spice and perfume merchants, had lost their jobs due to the closure of the harbours and the ports. During this deathly time, the robbers coated themselves in what came to be called the Thieves’ Oil.  They robbed graves and didn’t get sick. They told the truth to the king and were spared the fire of death. The king hung them instead. Oh…in simpler times.

Peak of the Black Death

Today we have the Covid Attack. So far, few weapons. Soaps, alcohol sanitizers, distancing, masks, isolation, some testing. Maybe soon, disinfecting robots. Vaccine in the making. Medicines being studied.  Recently I read about a door that disinfects. Enter through this passageway as it measures the body temperature, and a mist, ozone and ultraviolet light kill bacteria. Voila! Does it really work? They say no and it is not approved. But it is on the market. I would rather listen to the thieves than be zapped with who knows what.

We are waiting for a cure, a vaccine, and an understanding of the New World. It will come. We just need to be patient and diligent. Staying positive helps. We can give ourselves a hug and maybe our bubble buddies. Masking tape and painted lines or symbols help us to know our place.  

We are forced to use alcohol based sanitizers. As so many are being recalled, we never know exactly what we are being asked to squirt when we venture out.  We have to trust the management of the establishment we are entering.

We know detergents do clean, but so does real soap and water. And it is safe   When we can use the less harsh choices, let us do so. We do have a unique Thieves oil, plus blend (rose, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, manuka, aloe), based sanitizer that we have sold for years and people do love it.  We based it on history, listened to the thieves and the love for essential oils. While it does not compete with the required alcohol based sanitizers against COVID, it is popular as a disinfectant against less hostile enemies. But who knows. They don’t exactly test many natural products for this kind of defense. Too many variables. But people are liking it now to relax their hands and feel clean after the harshness of stronger necessities. The scent of cinnamon always elicits a smile. It purifies, especially when soap and water are not available. It reminds me of simpler times when nature’s gifts were a-plenty and sought after. 

Our world in undergoing a cleansing. And as one author wrote, nature is asking to remember that we are their guests, not their masters. 

Be safe. We miss seeing you at the cancelled shows. Our shop is open 3 days a week. Our online is always there for you.


We stand behind our products. We give great customer service. Visit us at Subscribe to our newsletter. Please take note of our opening hours: ‘La Boutique Earth to Body’, 89 Lucerne, Pointe Claire, QC H9R 2V1) Email [email protected]   Store: Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10-4

By Martha Shannon – [email protected]

Other articles from and

8 regions under Covid Yellow Alert in Quebec

8 regions under Covid Yellow Alert in Quebec – What you should know

should a dog take CBD oil

Why should a dog take CBD oil?

Is it possible to get an A for a 5-paragraph essay assignment in 1 hour? We can safely say yes, a student can get an A+ mark if he turns to EduJungles


The ultimate guide to planning a long family staycation in Canada

To guarantee that everyone has an amazing time, careful planning is necessary when organizing a lengthy staycation. Here’s the ultimate guide to planning your family staycation in Canada. Canada, with its vast landscapes, diverse cities, and rich cultural heritage, offers endless possibilities for a memorable family staycation. Whether you’re exploring the stunning natural beauty of

Meal kits

Cost vs. Convenience: Analyzing meal kits and traditional cooking

In this modern world and modern times, convenience often takes priority over cost, especially when it comes to food. Meal kits and traditional cooking represent two different approaches to home dining, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages. Analyzing these methods through the lens of cost and convenience provides insight into why individuals might

Condo renovations

Condo renovations Dos and Don’ts: Expert Tips for a Successful Project

Embarking on a condo renovations journey can be both exhilarating and daunting. Imagine transforming your living space into a stylish haven that reflects your personality and meets your needs. While exciting, the process can be full of challenges and unforeseen hiccups. That’s why we’ve gathered some condo renovation dos and don’ts from the experts to

Terrific Hair

Terrific Hair Means Tamanu – Earth to Body

Curly, straight, thick, thin, kinky or silky, tamanu loves and makes terrific Hair.  And scalps. Nutritionally dense yet gentle, tamanu is an effective and versatile nut oil. It stimulates, helps promote growth. prevents hair loss, reduces scalp itch and irritations and adds a natural sheen! Make tamanu a part of your hair and scalp care

Understanding the 4 legal process after a DUI Crash

A single mistake can have serious consequences, especially when driving under the influence. The aftermath of a DUI crash extends beyond physical harm and property damage. It involves a complex legal process that may feel overwhelming. As a responsible citizen, it’s vital to grasp the legal system and your rights in such situations. This blog

personal injury lawyer

Pedestrian accident: How a personal injury lawyer can help you

Accidents involving pedestrians can be life-altering. You could be walking down the street or crossing a street. A vehicle’s sudden impact can change everything right away. If you’ve found yourself in such a situation, you might be wondering how to move forward. This is where a personal injury lawyer steps in, offering crucial help and

Mtltimes Subscription

The latest on what’s moving Montreal and the world – delivered straight to your inbox