Four Thieves Vinegar Spray

Four Thieves Vinegar Spray

During the time of the Black Plague a family of perfumers made a living by robbing the dead. As perfumers they knew the antiseptic essential oils, and they infused them in vinegar and rubbed them on their bodies; by doing so they protected themselves from certain death from handling those who died of the plague.

The doctors of that time used these same herbs and essential oils to protect themselves while tending to those who were contagious. They wore big cloaks over their heads and attached to the cloak (over the nose and mouth) was a 10” long canoe-like shaped beak, full of antiseptic herbs and essential oils, one could call it a precursor to the modern day gas mask.

Vinegar of the Four Thieves recipe aka Grave Robber’s Blend.

  • Place a small handful each of dried lavender, rosemary, sage, rue and mint in a large jar, and cover completely with organic apple cider vinegar.
  • Cover tightly and allow it to set undisturbed for 6 weeks.
  • When the time is up, strain your vinegar into a bottle or container. Spray bottles work great for this.
  • Spray this on cuts, scrapes, etc. You can also spray this around your home, cutting boards, counter tops, door knobs, etc. Just be careful not to get it in your eyes.

Licorice Mint Iced Tea to Suppress Appetite

Licorice Mint Iced Tea to Suppress Appetite

Peppermint ranks high among America’s favorite types of mint tea, but you can substitute equal amounts of any variety for this recipe. Try interesting flavors such as chocolate mint, orange mint, pineapple mint, or spearmint-or combine several types for a more complex, rich brew.

Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 30 minutes, plus cooling


Serves 4

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried licorice root
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup dried peppermint leaves
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 4 sprigs of fresh mint (optional)


  1. In a large pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the licorice and cinnamon; lower to a simmer, partially cover the pot, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in peppermint, cover, and steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place a large strainer lined with cheesecloth or a damp paper towel over another pot or heatproof bowl. Strain tea, pressing on herbs to extract all liquid. Stir in honey until dissolved and let cool completely, about 1 hour. Fill four tall glasses with ice. Pour tea over ice and garnish each glass with a mint sprig, if desired. Serve immediately.

10 Best Foods to Fight Aging

 10 Best Foods to Fight Aging

1. Healthy Greens

In the perennial quest for longevity, there are no miracle cures. But what’s on your plate matters more than you think. Here are 10 foods to put in your pantry — as well as delicious recipes to use them in.

They contain folate, calcium, and other nutrients that support bone health, protect against cognitive decline, and help prevent age-related eye problems. Diets high in cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli and cabbage, help reduce risk of memory loss and cancer.

2. Whole Grains

Rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole grains can lower the risk of age-related illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because they’re digested more slowly than processed grains, they also help prevent high blood sugar and diabetes.

3. Berries

Blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries are rich in antioxidant compounds known as anthocyanins, which have been shown to slow the growth of certain cancers as well as improve brain function, muscle tone, and balance.

4. Olive Oil

Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fat, olive oil figures prominently in the Mediterranean diet. It may explain the lower rates of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and age-related cognitive decline in people who follow this way of eating.

5. Tomatoes

Certain red fruits — including tomatoes — contain lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps maintain youthful skin texture and may reduce the risk of some types of cancer (especially prostate, lung, and stomach cancers) and heart disease.

6. Nuts

Varieties such as almonds and walnuts contain a generous helping of healthy fats, vitamins, and protein that benefit cardiovascular and brain health. Nuts are also high in compounds that ease inflammation.

7. Red Grapes

Grapes contain an antioxidant called resveratrol, which been shown to extend the lives of lab animals. Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties, which may explain why red wine and purple grape juice also help promote heart health.

8. Fish

An important part of the Japanese and Mediterranean diets, oily fish provide omega-3 fatty acids that help combat inflammation in the body. People who eat several weekly servings of such fish have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

9. Teas

Of the various types of tea, white and green tea contain the most EGCG, one of the most powerful antioxidants. Numerous studies have linked tea consumption to lower rates of conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.

10. Herbs and Spices

Spices such as turmeric and ginger contain anti-inflammatory compounds that might reduce the risk of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. The antioxidant substances in garlic and onions can protect against heart disease and cancer; cinnamon may help lower blood sugar.