Friday, July 24, 2015

--Four Thieves Vinegar--Use summer herbs for preventing or beating winter illness

I love that our garden is providing us with so many fresh herbs this year!  Thank you Lord for the rain and sunshine! All winter and spring, I enjoyed the Four Thieves Vinegar that I made last year.  I either like to take a spoonful of it in a bit of warm water, or add a spoonful to my salads, cooked greens, or rice dishes.
The legend of the four thieves dates back to medieval days.  It is said that during the plague, four men were robbing the homes of those sick and dying.  Somehow they managed to survive and avoid the disease.  They were believed to be wearing rags around their faces that were soaked in vinegar and herbs.  The powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties warded off the plague!
Today, we can use the vinegar to boost our immunity and keep colds at bay.
Always use apple cider vinegar that is with the mother...I use Braggs.

  • Combine fresh herbs from your garden including:          thyme
  •                                                                                          oregano
  •                                                                                          basil
  •                                                                                          sage
  •                                                                                          lavender
  •                                                                                          garlic

Fill a quart jar 1/2 to 3/4 with herbs and cover with ACV

The picture is tilted, but the herbs should be completely submerged in the vinegar.  Allow to infuse for 4-6 weeks in a dark area.  Remember to shake occasionally.
Once your herbs have infused, strain and store in a glass bottle.  It will keep on your counter for at least a year.  It will help you make it through long, cold winters with little illness, and it tastes really good.  Of course, you can always make a drink with the vinegar and equal amounts of honey as well.
Hope you make some now for the coming winter.

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