Vinegar of the Four Thieves is a recipe known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague.
The legend of how the recipe acquired such an unusual name goes back to the time of the Bubonic Plague or Black Death. It is said that four thieves who robbed the homes of many who had died from the plague were captured. One of the robbers was an herbalist and used a potion to protect them. The thieves were finally caught and brought to trial and there are at least two versions of what happened next.
The first version states that the robbers were were sentenced to bury the dead from the plague but would be set free if they survived.
In the second version, the robbers were released in exchange for the recipe created by the herbalist to protect them from getting the plague when they plague victim’s robbed houses. Since this time, Vinegar of the Four Thieves has been used for centuries to cure various ailments and some people still vouch for its effectiveness against many illness today. It is said that it can also be used as a bug spray and is a strong disinfectant.