Hoodoo How We Do Four Thieves Vinegar

Hoodoo How We Do Four Thieves Vinegar September 15, 2018

Four Thieves Vinegar photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

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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About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo.Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show, and author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and Love Magic. You can read more about the author here.

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