HerbalThe Legend Of The Four Thieves Vinegar‏

The Legend Of The Four Thieves Vinegar‏

There are many stories concerning Four Thieves Vinegar and its amazing ability to repel disease carrying insects.

One version of this story takes place in France during the early 1600’s. As the plague raged thru Europe, the town of Toulouse was beset with robbers.

Four famous or should I say infamous robbers, plied their trade as perfumers by day, and looters and robbers by night.

As soon as night fell, these bold thieves without a trace of fear, walked among the dead and dying, plundering homes and businesses as the dreaded plague claimed its victims.

Eventually, the thieves were caught and in exchange for their lives, the judge struck a deal with them.

Give up the secret of their continued health, and resistance to the plague, and he would give them a full pardon.

What was this famous secret? It was a vinegar based herb preparation.

The Four Thieves doused themselves from head to toe with this mixture before entering the homes to rob them.

The herbs used in this formula contain strong antibacterial agents and essential oils that repel insects.

When these herbs are added to apple cider vinegar they create a potent disinfectant and insect repellent.

Although, many Four Thieves products are sold on the internet, making your own Four Thieves Vinegar is much less expensive.

Four Thieves Vinegar

Buying or growing top quality herbs and infusing them in apple cider vinegar will produce a superior product that will be 100% pure Four Thieves.

Here is the recipe for the Four Thieves Vinegar:

2 quarts of apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons each, dried rosemary, sage, lavender, wormwood, peppermint, and 2 tablespoons of fresh, minced garlic.

You will need 2- glass quart mason jars with lids. Divide the herbs and garlic evenly into the jars, and slowly pour the vinegar over the herbs.

Cap the jars and steep the Four Thieves mixture in a cool, dark area for 30 days.

Strain out the used herbs and add them to a compost heap. Return the strained liquid to the jars and cap them.

Store the jars in a cool, dark place. Properly stored, the Four Thieves will last for years.

Use it to repel fleas, ticks, flies, crawling insects. Dampen a washcloth with water and add 2 tablespoons of Four Thieves to the cloth.

Wipe down horses, dogs, goats, to repel fleas and flies.

Four Thieves is good for spraying socks and pants while outdoors or camping.

Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 cup of the Four Thieves mixture, add warm water, shake well, and spray exposed areas like arms and legs to repel biting insects.

Four Thieves can be used on mosquito bites to prevent itching. Spray the mixture around window sills and picnic tables.

Spray 30 minutes on grassy areas before cookouts and outdoor events.

As our climate changes and parts of the world become warmer, it creates a longer breeding season for disease carrying insects.

Four Thieves is a safe and natural product, much safer than chemical sprays.

~ Meadow Walker

Anti-Bacterial Essential Oil Recipe

  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil

  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil

  • 16 drops lemon essential oil

  • 18 drops clove essential oil

  • 18 drops cinnamon bark essential oil


Boston Round Bottles, 4 Oz Pack of 12

Four Thieves Synergy Blend Essential Oil- 10 ml(Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Rosemary)

Thieves Household Cleaner – 14.4 fl. oz.

Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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