Another great recipe from our friend Tressabelle!
Originally posted on Ozark Pagan Mamma:
There may be some truth to the legends, since the herbs used in the vinegar do have medicinal properties, and vinegar itself is a disinfectant. Many of the herbs in four thieves are natural flea repellants that could have offered protection against the disease carrying fleas that initially started the plague. Some folks these days use four thieves primarily as a bug repellant in the summer months. However, four thieves is more often used by folk magic practitioners as a magical formula to banish and protect.
Just as there are many variations of the legend, there just as many (or more) variations on the formula. Other ingredients used in four thieves recipes (besides the ones I use in my formula, see below) are lavender, rue, wormwood, and cinnamon. Older recipes also called for camphor. Some modern practitioners say you need to include four herbs in your formula; one for each thief.
Ozark Pagan Mamma’s Four Thieves Vinegar
apple cider vinegar
Fill a glass jar with your fresh herbs. I used a little bundle of each, filling the jar, but not over-crowding. Break apart the garlic bulb. Crush each garlic clove and peel before adding to the jar. Add a generous pinch of whole cloves. Fill jar with vinegar, seal with a lid, and place in a cool dark place for thirty days. Strain out and pour into a labeled jar.