Note: I have been corrected by a commenter that the Black Plague is not a virus, so I have edited this post. Sorry for the error. In fact, it's MY error, because Activist Post said it was a bacterium. Who knows if this vinegar works, but it sounds tasty anyway. I have fought off a bacterial infection with garlic recently - it's totally gone.
I saw this in a comment under an article at Activist Post about some stupid scientists reconstructing the Black Plague. This recipe allegedly protected a band of thieves against the Black Plague. I guess we should all make some just in case now that they seem so bent on creating the next pandemic. This recipe is for a whole gallon of the stuff. Since you take it a teaspoon at a time, and since things like this lose their oomph after a year or two, you might want to adjust your recipe according to your anticipated use. Or make enough to share.
Thieves Vinegar Recipe
Stock in the following --
1 Gal. glass jar
4 Qt. organic apple cider vinegar
To store finished product: brown, green or cobalt glass bottles
1 oz. clove powder
1 oz. lavender
1 oz. lemon balm
1 oz. oregano
1 oz. rosemary
1 oz sage
1-2 bulbs organic garlic, peeled, sliced through, any green (bitter) sprouting removed
Put herbs & garlic in gallon jar; top up with vinegar (it will take ~3 1/2 Qt. ) Cover jar opening with waxed paper and lid, or hold waxed paper in place with tight rubber band. (Vinegar fumes may otherwise corrode metal lid.) Let steep for 6-8 weeks, stirring once a week with a wooden spoon. Pour through strainer into large non-metal bowl or pot. Using non-metal ladle and funnel, pour into brown, green or cobalt bottles. (Well-washed olive oil bottles work well.) Store in a cool place, root cellar, or fridge.
There are several versions of Thieves Vinegar. The above recipe is pleasant to take and can be effective for symptoms of cold, fever and flu, or to have on hand in the event of scarier scenarios. The aromatic vinegar can be taken daily as a tonic and preventative, or more frequently after onset of illness. Take 1 tsp Thieves Vinegar and 1 tsp honey in a glass of water first thing in the morning (or, use 1 tsp maple syrup, which dissolves more readily.) Children could be given 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Thieves Vinegar in a glass or baby bottle of juice.
"Thieves" helps restore and maintain healthy digestion and elimination, and can help protect travelers from the tiresome, lingering infections now so common after plane flights.
Remember your stash of Thieves Vinegar if you wake, with things going bump in the night on the health front. Make your way to the kitchen; have some in juice or water, and tuck yourself, or a fretful child, back into bed.