Four Thieves Vinegar

From the Witch’s Cauldron

According to legend, four thieves went on a robbing spree while people were lying dead or dying during a plague epidemic. The thieves were immune to the disease, due to their secret formula, which they exchanged for their lives after they were captured. Four Thieves vinegar is said to drive away danger and rescue the user from imminent disaster.

* Obtain the best possible red wine or apple cider

* Peel and crush garlic cloves and add them to the vinegar. You cannot have too much garlic, especially if you plan to use it for its healing and immune-boosting properties.

* Traditionally, each thief contributed one ingredient. Choose one of the following to represent each thief, for a total of four additional ingredients: black pepper, whole cayenne or chili pepper, coriander, lavender, mint, rosemary, rue, sage, thyme or wormwood.

* Allow this to sit for four days, shaking once daily before using.

If you are using fresh herbs, the garlic may turn green. It isn’t harmful, but some people think it is unsightly. To prevent this, boil the garlic in the vinegar and allow it to cool before adding other ingredients.