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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Dale O.

Have often done this, delightful.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado3 years ago


Tim Cheung
Tim C.3 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Bon L.
Bon L.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Philippa P.
Philippa P.5 years ago


Alamzeb Akhund
Alamzeb Khan5 years ago

i got this article very informative.thank you.

gail d.
gail dair5 years ago