This banishing concoction gets its name from a folktale that tells of four thieves who, during the height of the Black Plague, would steal into peoples homes and rob them in the night.

Instead of catching the plague they grew healthy and rich.

When they were finally apprehended they struck a bargain to trade their secret recipe in exchange for their freedom.

I can’t speak for the effectiveness of this vinegar against the plague but it’s long held a place in pagan circles as a protective and warding brew.

You will need:

Rosemary
Sage
Lavender
Thyme
Mint
Garlic
Apple Cider Vinegar
A jar or other airtight container

To make 4 Thieves vinegar fill a mason jar or other airtight container loosely with your herbs (fresh herbs are best).

Cover the herbs with apple cider vinegar and screw the lid on tightly.

Vinegar can erode metal lids over time so it’s suggested that you use a plastic lid instead. Label and date your jar.

Store the vinegar in a cool dry place (your pantry is ideal) and gently shake it once a day for 4-6 weeks.

When your 4 Thieves vinegar is finished you can use it in a variety of ways.

Traditionally, sprinkling it over your doorstep is thought to ward away your enemies.

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