Four Thieves Vinegar
Four Thieves Vinegar is one of the tastiest salad dressings you’ll ever experience. It also has a wide-ranging reputation for healing and practical magic. For healing, it is used as a preventative tonic against all sorts of diseases, although its reputation was gained as a preventative against the bubonic plague in the Middle Ages. It is also used as a wound dressing in the old style treatment of gangrene, being applied to the wound after the maggotts have eaten off the dead flesh. It is not recommended for healing anymore, as there are more conventional ways of treating these illnesses.
To make the original Four Thieves Vinegar, peel a number of cloves of garlic. Place the garlic in a clean glass bottle. When the bottle is full of peeled garlic cloves, wine vinegar is poured over the garlic until the bottle is full. The bottle can then be capped and placed in the refrigerator, root cellar, or spring house for a week or so. The vinegar should be used a little at a time, with new wine vinegar being added as some is drawn out. It will last a year or so before a new batch needs to be made.
Purists use a red Bordeaux wine, and wait for it to tum to vinegar before using it. With modem pasteurized wines this may take some time, so wine vinegar is a faster starting place. Apple cider vinegar is not the “real thing” but it works just as well in magic and better for some healing work