Four Thieves Vinegar is one of the most popular Hoodoo potions around. So popular in fact, you might not even know it has it’s roots both in Southern Conjure and European Folk Magick. It’s entertaining history even comes with a biblical story.
Victoria (Vicky) Newton in her blog Knot Magick tells us “It is possible that the first tellings of the legend of the four thieves were associated with the various outbreaks of plague which swept through Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries however the use of infused vinegar to protect against illness predates these events. The 1825 Pharmacologia makes reference to Cardinal Wolsey carrying a sponge soaked in vinegar infused with ‘ various spices’ to protect him from contracting illnesses whilst traveling through the country, which places a referenced usage of infused vinegar in the 15th century.”
Magickal Uses of Four Thieves Vinegar
- Remove negativity from yourself and home
- Heal sickness and disease
- Protection Spells
- Banishing Spells
Recipe for Four Thieves Vinegar
The interesting thing about recipes for Four Thieves Vinegar is that the ingredients are varying, dependent on the situation. If you are using the spell for protection it would be better to use lavendar or sage. Alternatively if your primary focus is banishing, you can focus on using ingredients like black and red pepper. Recipes have also been known to include camphor, clove, rosemary, rue, or other herbs. Some health enthusiasts advocate drinking the mix in small doses. The following recipe is edible, but also feel free to just use the vinegar as an addition to your water when cleaning, your wash, your bath, or just as a spray.
1 pt. mason jar
1 tsp. Lavendar
1 tsp. Thyme
1 tsp. Sage
1 tsp. Garlic, minced
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix all ingredients together in your jar. Leave on a windowsill for 24 hours where both the sun’s and moon’s rays will touch and bless it with their energy. Next take the jar and strain off the solids. Then return it to the jar.
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