Protective Herbs: How to Make Four Thieves Vinegar

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A long, long time ago, in a world so different than our own, four, now immortalized thieves managed to survive the great plague with an elixir now referred to as Four Thieves Vinegar. As the tale goes, they lived in the city of Marseilles in the seventeenth century, and while the plague ravaged, they looted. When they were finally caught, they were found with some potent herbed vinegar which is believed to have saved their lives.

There’s no way to know if this is just a story or if these four men really existed, but I can tell you that the herbs in this blend will kill anything. (Ok, that didn’t sound right, so let me rephrase.) This blend of protective herbs is a powerful germ killer and immune booster. You can add it to your food, make salad dressing out of it, or even use it to clean your countertops with.

There are several different recipes for the fabled tonic. This is the one that I make.

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You’ll need:

Glass Jars

Garlic

Sage

Rosemary

Hot peppers (Any kind, as long as they’re hot.)

Apple Cider Vinegar (With the ‘Mother’.)

Honestly, I don’t measure anything when I make this. I just make sure I have enough herbs to fill the jars about 2/3 of the way.

It’s better to use fresh herbs but if you don’t have any available, dried ones will work too. Bruise the herbs by breaking them up a bit. Jit rip them apart and put them in your jar (or jars). Crush your garlic to release the natural oils.

Be careful to wear gloves while you cut your peppers, especially if you’re sensitive to them. Don’t touch your eyes or face, or you will seriously regret it. (I know, I’ve done it.) Be sure to toss the seeds into your jars along with the rest of the pepper.

Pour the ACV over your herbs and make sure you completely cover them. Leave a little empty space at the top of the jar.

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Some people like to set their vinegar out. I recommend putting it in the refrigerator just to be extra safe. After two weeks it’s done steeping. Drain the vinegar out from the herbs and use it on your food and around the house for cleaning. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated by this point, but you certainly can put it back in the fridge if you’d like. The left over herbs can be used in your favorite recipes.

Sunrise on Wet Sand

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There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.    William Shakespeare

Sunrise Over Ocean

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.    Friedrich Nietzsche