Four Thieves Vinegar is pretty cool stuff. It’s a great herbal remedy, whether used as a wash or taken internally, against bacteria, viruses, all sorts of stuff. And it tastes pretty good- I like it as a salad dressing.
4 Thieves Vinegar
Get a jar or bottle about twice the size of how much you want to make. (I prefer jars with wide mouths).
Put in it a bunch of cloves of fresh garlic and then put in a tablespoon or two of these herbs: lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage, cloves, wormwood/mugwort.
You can then add a teaspoon or two of any of these you have around: Rue, marjoram, Peppercorns, anise hyssop, meadowsweet, angelica, horehound, camphor, lemon balm, ginger, yarrow, oregano, cayenne peppers, calendula, licorice, coriander, tansy.
Cover the herbs with vinegar. I prefer apple cider vinegar, others use wine vinegar. Let it sit for a couple weeks at least- in the sun if you are in a hurry, shake it every so often, and make sure the herbs stay under the vinegar (use a weight or add more vinegar). When it’s sat as long as you want, strain it and put it into a pretty bottle (or whatever you like).
This can be for a wash, can be taken orally. Magickally, it keeps away bad energy as well as medicinally, it’s an antibiotic, antiviral, antiparacitic.
The thing is that herbs are not necessarily safe for everyone, or in every circumstance. While the first set of herbs (including the garlic) are in just about every 4 Thieves Vinegar recipe, the rest occur sporadically in other recipes. My impression is that everyone wants to put in their personal favorite herbs. Be careful about ingesting much, for example, rue and some others are pesticide herbs (and each herb has its own level of toxicity). “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”