Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed.

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Moment in M.O.M.’s Kitchen-Vinegar of the Four Thieves

This is a fun and new addition to our kitchen that we actually use in the barn. Vinegar of the Four Thieves is an herbal combination mixed with ACV that is useful for a natural bug repellent and was even used prevent the spread of disease. I have attached a link for you to read the history of this wonderful herbal treatment. I encourage you to consider making a batch for your own family. Note: Do NOT use internally! It is easy to make and will prove quite useful against chiggers, ticks, flees and flies just to name a few. For the barn animals,  I have diluted this half strength (just like I do for external human use), to keep flies away. I recently used it against mites as well with great success!

First, take your herbal combination of: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage and Wormwood, There are a variety of recipes out there most say to use equal parts of each and some add a few other herbs such as rue, hyssop and lemon balm. I purchase my herbs from The Bulk Herb Store and they only use the four herbs I have listed. You want to make a big enough batch of this so that you don’t have to keep making it up. Once mixed well take 12ntablespoons and place into your 2 quart jar of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.


Then put it in a cool, dark place and mix daily for two weeks.


At the end of two weeks strain off your herbs and chop up 2 Tbs. of garlic. Add your garlic to your liquid that you have strained and place in a pot to steep for three days. Don’t boil it! It will stink up the house if you get it boiling or cooking too fast. I have friends that strain their herbs off, add their chopped garlic and then place back in the jar and set in the sun for three days. I think I will try that when the sun decides to come out again.


Once the three days are over remove your garlic and put into a jar and store in the refrigerator until you need it. Dilute it 1 part to 1 part with water before you use it on your skin or your animals. We have found this is WONDERFUL for our animals and always have a batch going!

If you would like to learn more about the Vinegar of the 4 Thieves visit: http://www.bulkherbstore.com/articles/vinegar-four-thieves?s=vinegar%20of%20the%20four%20thieves

Have a wonderful week Friends!

Mrs. Joseph Wood

1 comment:

  1. I was so interested in this post! I make thieve's vinegar to ingest to help prevent flu and colds. Was wondering if the wormwood is why you don't ingest this? I recognise the rest of the herbs, but don't know much about this one? Thanks. (So glad to have found this site!)