Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Four Thieves Vinegar

According to legend (and documentation from herbalist Elizabeth Kastner) homes from the victims of the bubonic plague in France in the 1720's were being pilaged.  Originally there were no efforts made to capture the thieves as it was believed they would soon die of the plague themselves.  However, it became apparent that this was not the case when the raids continued.  Soon the thieves were wanted men - not because of their crimes - but because of their ability to survive the plague.  Inevitably, upon capture, they refused to speak until a bargain was made: their freedom for their secret.  The thieves stated that they drank and bathed in this concotion daily every few hours.

  • lavendar
  • sage
  • thyme
  • lemon balm
  • mint
  • hyssop
  • garlic 
  • organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  1. Place equal amounts of the herbs into a jar and add a few cloves of garlic.
  2. Cover herbs with the vinegar.
  3. Cold infuse (allow to sit at room temperature) for 2-6 weeks (the time seems to vary from recipe to recipe).
  4. Strain off herbs and garlic and store in a labeled jar.
Common Uses:
Four Thieves Vinegar has been called a powerful germicide disinfectant - all the ingredients are remarkable antibacterials or antivirals.  It is commonly used by Witches for protection. You may take this potion orally... add a teaspoon to food - it is delightful on salads or added to a roast when cooking.  Add it to your bath water for a protection spell.  Also, spray topically on surfaces (including your skin) as a disinfectant.

~ Four Thieves Spell  ~
During the Wanning Moon, place some of the Four Thieves Vinegar into a small bottle.  Write on a piece of parchment the habit, person or thing you would like to be rid of and add this to the bottle as well.  Seal the bottle with hot wax.  Toss the bottle into moving water (such as a river) and imagine your life being rid of what you wrote about as the bottle is carried away from you.
(To personalize the spell, write a simple incantation as an additive to say either while you create the potion or as you are at the river's edge)

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3 Thoughts:

  1. I love it... and will definately place it in my little book... thanks so mcuh for sharing

  2. Thanks for the recipe. I have been curious how I could make instead of purchase this.

  3. You are very welcome ladies!
    I am going to make this on the weekend as well :)
    Blessings! )O(