Four Thieves Vinegar Recipe!

 Four Thieves Vinegar & Vinaigrette Recipe

Variations of this recipe have been treasured since Medieval times when it is said that a band of thieves raided the homes of plague victims, protected only by an herbal-infused vinegar formula the robbers had concocted. The herbs they used in this tale vary from story to story, but many well-known immunity boosters and anti-microbial herbs can be combined to create this potent medicinal preparation.

We’ve received quite a few questions from folks about using our Four Thieves Oil recipe internally (which we don’t recommend, since essential oils are highly concentrated), and thought it would be helpful to post an effective vinegar-based recipe that can be consumed. This Four Thieves vinegar formula can be taken by the spoonful, added to water, used in place of regular vinegar in many recipes, or as a surface cleaning agent.

Turning this classic remedy into a delicious salad dressing helps the medicine go down easy and has become one of my favorite ways to use it! I go a bit lighter on the herbs when making a dressing, but you can increase the amount of each herb to 1 tablespoon for an extra medicinal kick. If you are using fresh herbs, chop them up and fill the jar 1/2 full. Then fill the rest of the jar with vinegar, infuse for a month, and strain.


Four Thieves Vinegar & Vinaigrette Recipe



1 tbsp organic sage leaf

1 tsp organic lavender flowers

1 tsp organic rosemary leaf

½ tsp organic thyme leaf

½ tsp organic peppercorns

16oz raw organic apple cider vinegar


Place the herbs in a pint jar and fill to the top with gently warmed apple cider vinegar. You don’t want to boil the vinegar, just heat it on low for a few minutes until it reaches the temperature of warm bath water. This will help get the extraction process going. Close with a plastic lid or place a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal. Allow to extract for four weeks. Next, strain the vinegar into a clean glass jar.


For the vinaigrette

organic extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves of organic garlic, crushed

prepared mustard (easy recipe here!)

Salt and pepper


To make the vinaigrette, mix together 1 part vinegar, 3 parts olive oil, and 1/2 part prepared mustard. Add crushed garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Whirl the mixture together in a blender until combined or shake vigorously in a capped glass jar.


9 Responses to “Four Thieves Vinegar Recipe!”

  1. avatar Katie says:

    Hi! I’m assuming this is for dried herbs. Would you recommend fresh herbs? If so, in what amounts?

    • avatar Erin says:

      Hi Katie,
      (I updated the post to include this info.) I like to go a bit lighter on the dried herbs when making a dressing, but you can increase the amount of each dried herb to 1 tablespoon for an extra medicinal kick. If you are using fresh herbs, chop them up and fill the jar 1/2 full. Then fill the rest of the jar with vinegar, infuse for a month, and strain. Enjoy! :) ~Erin

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  3. avatar nell says:

    hi my son was diagnose with PLEVA he was just 4months old then, he is 2yrs old now yet nothing had change on his condition; I read a blog pleva is currable by taking 4 thieves vinegar, I want to ask if it can be administer orally by 2yrs old? thanks & hoping for your help.

    • avatar Alieta says:

      Thank you so much for the question, Nell. Because we are an herbal supplier, we are unfortunately unable to provide medical advice or recommendations by law. My best suggestion would be to seek the guidance of a licensed health practitioner who will be able to point you in the right direction. We also have a wonderful collection of herbal books if you’d like to do some additional research. You can read more about them here:

      Many thanks, Alieta

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  5. avatar lindsey says:

    whats the expiration date?

    • avatar Kori says:

      Hi Lindsey~Thank you for checking in with us. I’m not sure if you are wanting to know the self-life of the vinegar, or the vinaigrette, or the expiration date of one of the recipe items? The vinegar will last quite awhile, if stored properly (out of direct sunlight and with no temperature fluctuations); a year at least. The vinaigrette should be refrigerated and it is best mixed up and used within a week or two. I do hope this answers your questions but feel free to let us know if you have others. Cheers! ~Kori

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