Vinegar Of The Four Thieves
  • 4 tbsp dried lavender
  • 4 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 4 tbsp dried wormwood
  • 4 tbsp dried mint (I use peppermint)
  • 4 tbsp dried sage
  • 2 quarts apple cider vinegar
  1. If you can crush up the herbs with a mortar and pestle or run them through a coffee grinder reserved for your herbs, this will allow for better saturation.
  2. Place the herbs in a glass jar, pour the vinegar over it and give them a serious shake.
  3. Put the jar in the sun (on a patio if you live in an apartment or a sunny window) for two or more weeks (I’ve read up to six weeks; this info does vary).
  4. After two weeks, if you are so inclined, you can add a few cloves of garlic and let it sit for another week. I’ve seen recipes with and without garlic, but there are definitely antibacterial and antiviral benefits in adding it. I can also imagine the smell could offend, so I’ll leave this part up to your discretion. I make mine without garlic so we can use it in public without chasing said public away.
  5. Strain the vinegar well and pour into spray bottles. You can carry it with you in a small spray bottle in your purse for when your kids have touched something icky or questionable, perhaps that shopping cart handle, plastic chair or well used toy.
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