Four Thieves Vinegar

Posted 03-7-2012 at 10:10 AM by Mel

Late last summer I heard about Four Thieves Vinegar and the benefits of brewing some.  I was intrigued and decided to brew some of my own.  The story behind it and the ingredients vary from story to story, but the benefits remain the same.  By consuming it and using it as a disinfecting spray it helps protect your body from illness.

The just of the story is that there were once four thieves who robbed people during the plague.  People didn’t pursue them at first because they figured eventually they would catch the plague and die as well.  However, they continued robbing homes of those infected without ever getting sick.  Once caught they revealed their secret.  They had made a vinegar that they consumed that kept them healthy and the list of ingredients varies slightly by story.

So, here is the recipe that I use:
Combine equal parts of the following herbs in a glass jar: Lavender, Thyme, Sage, Melissa (Lemon Balm), Hyssop and Peppermint.  Add a handful of garlic cloves.  Cover completely with raw organic apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s brand). Put lid on jar and cold infuse (let sit at room temperature) for about six weeks.  Strain off herbs and garlic and store in a glass jar in your cupboard.

You can take this vinegar orally by the teaspoon, use it as a salad dressing, use it in your baths, or use it to help disinfect.  It is both antibacterial and antiviral.

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10 Responses to “Four Thieves Vinegar”

  1. huffmama on March 7th, 2012 12:49 pm


    Thanks for the recipe. I know a friend who used this last winter. But she bought it and it was quite expensive. I am looking forward to sharing this recipe with her :)

  2. boobybaby on March 7th, 2012 5:18 pm


    May I ask how it tastes?

  3. naturalj76 on March 7th, 2012 11:58 pm


    Is there anything you can add to this to also make it antifungal/ have antifungal properties?

  4. doodlebugss on March 8th, 2012 10:50 am


    How much vinegar to herbs, though?

    I think I’m going to call my version the Deathly Hallows Vinegar….it’s just the first thing that came to mind, and a much cooler name. :-P

  5. musicmom2x on March 8th, 2012 12:30 pm


    This maybe due to the flea repellant properties of garlic…

  6. chandni3 on March 9th, 2012 7:31 am


    I believe you can buy a Four Thieves essential oil

  7. Mel on March 10th, 2012 1:31 pm


    Yes, you can, but it’s pricey. :)

  8. Mel on March 10th, 2012 1:32 pm


    You just need to make sure the herbs are completely covered with vinegar.

    Ha ha! I love your name for it! :)

  9. Mel on March 10th, 2012 1:33 pm


    Garlic has antifungal properties, so it would work for that too! If you know anyone who has athlete’s foot I bet it would help relieve it by spraying some on it. If you try this let me know what happens. :)

  10. Mel on March 10th, 2012 1:34 pm


    Everyone always thinks it’s going to taste awful, but mixed with some oil it doesn’t taste bad. The smell is wonderful though. :)

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