I was talking to a friend the other day about the four thieves oil she loves to use and was reminded of this email that I received a couple of years ago and had put aside in my “to do” pile – which is a very big pile!
I figure I will be needing to live a very long time to get through this pile of mine. I thought I’d cut it down the other day and eliminate those things which may have been exciting to me once upon a time but were no longer really that big on the “got to do that/learn that/find out about that list. But – I couldn’t really find anything that wasn’t interesting – so the list remains with rekindled vigor.
So making some of the four thieves vinegar is one of the first things to do – just because of my conversation.
I apologise to the original author of this – as I don’t know who they are, so I can’t give them credit. But I’m sure that they’ll be happy that this information is being passed on.
The following is interesting information about the possible origins of the Four Thieves Recipe:
How about a garlic-based, anti-plague, anti-smallpox concoction known throughout history as Four Thieves Vinegar?
According to herbalist Elizabeth Kastner, “During the height of the plague in France in 1721, it was discovered that the homes of disease victims were being ransacked. At first, no effort was made to find the criminals, since all knew they were fools, soon to die of the plague themselves. As time went on, it became apparent that the thieves were continuing in their raids… and quite inexplicably, avoiding falling victim to the disease. Soon, they became highly sought — not due to their crimes, but in an effort to learn their secret.
“When they were finally captured, they refused to speak, until a bargain was offered: remain silent and hang. Divulge the secret to their resistance to the deadly plague and walk away.
It seems that the mother of several of the boys was a midwife, and had a recipe which used plants which were easily wildcrafted… yet, she knew that this would change immediately if anyone learned the formula, so she swore her children to secrecy. Her sons saved their necks and shared the recipe for the disinfectant, which is still used in France to this day.”
According to Kastner, the traditional recipe for Four Thieves Vinegar “makes a lot of sense, medicinally speaking.”
You can make your own “Four Thieves Vinegar” by following the simple recipe below.
Four Thieves Vinegar
Use equal parts of the following herbs:
Lavender, Sage, Thyme, Melissa (lemon balm), Hyssop, Peppermint, a handful of garlic, cloves
Blend ingredients in a glass jar, and cover completely with organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, which is available in most health food stores. Cold infuse (let sit at room temperature in a cool place) for six weeks and then strain off herbs and garlic.
You can take Four Thieves Vinegar by the teaspoonful, use it as a salad dressing, or even add a spoonful to your bath water for personal protection.
You can also use it as a topical spray to disinfect surfaces — including skin — and/or you can take it as a tincture. All of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar are either potent antibacterials or antivirals!
If you want to purchase this stuff already made, you’ll find quite a few online sources by using the keywords “four thieves vinegar” at http://google.com
Sounds pretty tasty to us!!