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The Apple Cider Thieves' Vinegar Recipe That Was Strong Enough to Ward Off the Plague

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thieves vinegarWhat if I told you there was a simple remedy you could make at home that can prevent illnesses including the once fearsome bubonic plague? I’m not crazy, but I’m definitely crazy for this herbal vinegar.  Known as “Thieves’ Vinegar”, there’s an interesting story behind this healing elixir. In the Middle Ages when the black plague had struck the population, a gang of thieves were robbing the sick.

 The remarkable part is that they did this all without contracting the plague for themselves. When the thieves were finally caught, they struck up a deal with authorities. They gave up their plague-resistant secret recipe for a lenient sentence. This recipe makes use of some of the most widespread antimicrobial herbs out there.

This herbal tonic worked to prevent the plague in three ways. First, it is a potent natural bug repellent. A major part of what made the plague so widespread was its transmission through fleas. This healing elixir makes use of some of the best natural insect repellents!

Secondly, Thieves’ vinegar is an impressive antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial! Each of the herbs in this tonic are superstars in their own right.  Sweet Annie (or sweet wormwood) for example, has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat fevers. Notably, sweet wormwood is one of the most important anti-malarial agents out there. By infusing the vinegar with these herbs, you’re boosting its healing abilities exponentially!

Lastly, Thieves’ vinegar works to deliver a boost to your immune system. Each of these ingredients contain their own nutrients and minerals that the vinegar carries directly to the body. But, we’re overlooking one of the most beneficial ingredients in Thieves’ vinegar: The vinegar itself!

Health Benefits of Vinegar

Perhaps you’ve used white vinegar to clean or have cleaning products with vinegar in them. That’s because vinegar is a household staple that we often overlook until we get sick. Aside from cleaning in and around the home, I’ve used vinegar to treat all sorts of things from my seasonal allergies, to my lifetime struggle with dandruff, to relieving gout. Among many other things, vinegar has been used to:

  • Prevent infections
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Aid in weight loss in obese adults
  • Treat acid reflux from low stomach acids
  • Treat fever
  • Relieve the symptoms of poison ivy

This recipe makes use of a special vinegar that, unlike white vinegar, contains cancer-fighting phytochemicals.

Apple Cider Vinegar

If you’ve been reading Healthy Holistic Living articles for awhile now, you’re sure to know all there is to know about apple cider vinegar. Compared to other vinegars, apple cider vinegar, derived from fermented apples, boasts more health benefits and uses.  

This recipe involves allowing the herbs to steep in apple cider vinegar which extracts their infection fighting abilities and amplifies them! Try Thieves’ vinegar today.

Thieves’ Vinegar


  • ¼ cup dry (or ¾ cup fresh) lavender, sage, lemon balm, rosemary, peppermint and Artemisia annua (sweet wormwood)
  • 2 tablespoons chili peppers
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • Organic apple cider vinegar


  1. Add your dry (or fresh) herbs, chili peppers, and minced garlic to a quart-sized mason jar.
  2. Add just enough apple cider vinegar to cover the contents of the jar. Making sure the vinegar does not reach the top, cover tightly with the lid.
  3. Let this sit for a day, and top off the jar after the herbs have absorbed some of the vinegar.
  4. Let this sit in a cool, dark place for at least four weeks.
  5. Strain and squeeze the leaves of any vinegar and dispose of them.
  6. Take a tablespoon daily to prevent illness.

You can take Thieves’ vinegar as-is, but you can also use it in place of vinegar in all sorts of recipes like this roasted sweet potato salad or this lentil kidney bean chili.


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