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Vinegar of the Four Thieves

Vinegar of the Four Thieves

Natural antiseptics can be made at home instead of buying commercial disinfectants that we are now finding out may cause drug resistance.

During the time of the Black Plague a family of perfumers robbed the dead. As perfumers they knew well the antiseptic essential oils, and they infused them in vinegar and rubbed them on their bodies; by doing so they protected themselves from certain death. The doctors of the time used the same herbs and essential oils to to protect themselves while tending so many who were contagious. They wore big cloaks over their heads that reached down well below their shoulders. Attached to the cloak over the nose and mouth was a 10” long canoe-like shaped beak full of antiseptic herbs and essential oils. Here is the famous Vinegar of The Four Thieves recipe; it is sometimes called Grave Robber’s Blend.

Place a small handful each of dried lavender, rosemary, sage, rue and mint in a large jar, and cover completely with organic apple cider vinegar. Cover tightly and set for six weeks. Strain into a spray bottle. Whereas no home can be made to be sterile, spray the powerfully antiseptic Vinegar of Four Thieves recipe in areas of concern, such as on cutting boards and door knobs, always making sure to avoid your eyes.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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8:56PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Have often done this, delightful.

6:32PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Thanks!

9:35AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

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10:06AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Thank you

4:46PM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Thanks.

5:54AM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:17AM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

Thanks for the info.

5:06PM PDT on Aug 30, 2010

Thanks.

10:17AM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

i got this article very informative.thank you.

1:46AM PST on Feb 24, 2010

thanks

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