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DIY Four Thieves Bug Spray
By Jill York - June 13, 2014

DIY Four Thieves Bug Spray

DIY Four Thieves Bug Spray | BulkHerbStore.com/blog | Keep those pesky bugs away this summer naturally with this herbal bug spray!

Legend has it that during the Black Death plague of the 1300's, there were 4 thieves arrested for stealing from the homes of those who had died as a victim of the plague.  These thieves seemed to have some secret that kept them from contracting this terrible illness.  As the story goes, one of the thieves was an herbalist who put together an herbal vinegar that protected them from contracting the plague.  As others discovered the secret, they reported success as well.

There are several different recipes recorded, but all the recipes have similar herbs that contain the same type of medicinal properties.  Hopefully we will never need the recipes for a plague, but they are successfully used in our day as a natural insect repellent.

The Vinegar of The Four Thieves recipe at the Bulk Herb Store:

  • Rosemary - antiseptic properties, helps repel bugs and rodents
  • Sage - antibacterial
  • Lavender - high in volatile oils, making it excellent for an insect repellent
  • Peppermint - also high in volatile oils
  • Wormwood - antiseptic
Recipe:
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of each herb {rosemary, sage, lavender, peppermint, and wormwood} into a jar.
  2. Pour 2 quarts of raw apple cider vinegar over the herbs.
  3. Cover with a lid and let sit in a dark cool place for 2 weeks, shaking daily.
  4. After 2 weeks, strain herbs from vinegar.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped garlic to the vinegar mixture, cover and let sit for 3 days.
  6. After 3 days, strain the chopped garlic out.
You now have a natural insect repellent concentrate! To use this as an insect repellent, pour the vinegar mixture into a spray bottle halfway, and fill it up the rest of the way with water.  Spray on clothes and skin to discourage insects, ticks, and other critters!

You can buy these herbs separately, or purchase the convenient mix from the Bulk Herb Store HERE!

While there are different versions to the four thieves story, one thing seems to be certain: the recipes that follow the story are effective as a natural insect repellent and disinfectant.

DIY Four Thieves Bug Spray | BulkHerbStore.com/blog | Keep those pesky bugs away this summer naturally with this herbal bug spray!

What do you use as a natural insect repellent?
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