Legend has it that during the Black Death plague of the 1300’s, there were 4 thieves arrested for stealing from the homes of those who had died as a victim of the plague. These thieves seemed to have some secret that kept them from contracting this terrible illness. As the story goes, one of the thieves was an herbalist who put together an herbal vinegar that protected them from contracting the plague. As others discovered the secret, they reported success as well.
There are several different recipes recorded, but all the recipes have similar herbs that contain the same type of medicinal properties. Hopefully we will never need the recipes for a plague, but they are successfully used in our day as a natural insect repellent.
The Vinegar of The Four Thieves recipe at the Bulk Herb Store:
- Rosemary – antiseptic properties, helps repel bugs and rodents
- Sage – antibacterial
- Lavender – high in volatile oils, making it excellent for an insect repellent
- Peppermint – also high in volatile oils
- Wormwood – antiseptic
Join me at the Bulk Herb Store for the bug spray recipe!