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Legendary Vinegar: an herbal remedy for resilience

"Four thieves vinegar (also called thieves’ oil, Marseilles vinegar, Marseilles remedy, prophylactic vinegar, vinegar of the four thieves, camphorated acetic acid, vinaigre des quatre voleurs and acetum quator furum is a concoction of vinegar (either from red wine, white wine, cider, or distilled white) infused with herbs, spices or garlic that was believed to protect users from the plague." (Wikipedia)


  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers

  • 2 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves

  • 2 tablespoons dried sage leaves

  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves

  • 3 cloves

  • Apple cider vinegar

Preparation: Fill the quart of the jar with the herbs, then fill the jar with apple cider vinegar. Cover with a plastic lid or put plastic between the jar and a metal lid. (Vinegar can corrode the metal) let it steep for 3 to 4 weeks. Strain. This will keep indefinitely. To make sure you have a strong batch, discard it after a year and make a fresh batch. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons a day to prevent illness or 1 teaspoon every half hour if you feel like you have something coming on.


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