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Wednesday 6 January 2016

Vinegar of the Four Thieves

This is an old and mysterious recipe said to have been developed by 4 thieves in France during the time of the Black death enabling them to steal from the victims of the plague without catching it themselves.
 Recipes have changed over the years and no one knows for sure the original one, but what the vinegar does do is act as a insect repellent a disinfectant and an antiseptic, It's a very handy mixture to have around.

My recipe is as follows

a handful of plantain
a handful of selfheal
a handful of meadowsweet
a handful of yarrow

( and not pictured)
a handful of rosemary
a handful of watermint

mix all the ingredients in a large jar of white wine vinegar and leave for 3 months, then strain and use... it's a very effective solution for cleaning, healing and disinfecting.


  1. I am anxious to try this. I use Thieves oil, but I buy it. Never even crossed my mind to try making it before...

  2. It's a wonderful solution just as good as any found in stores .. even tastes good with olive oil as a salad dressing !!