Herbal Medicinal Vinegar – Ancient Recipe for Infections

Since ancient times, vinegar has been used as a powerful disinfectant, tonic for skin and hair, deodorant and mouthwash. Due to its preservative effect, apple cider vinegar is the ideal base for extracting the plants’ healing substances.

Herbal Medicinal Vinegar – Ancient Recipe for Infections

Herbal Medicinal Vinegar – Recipe

Soaking medicinal plants in vinegar is a practice dating from the Middle Ages. The purpose is to obtain a liquid with powerful natural antiseptic properties, capable of protecting you from all sorts of infections.


– ½ cup of dried plants (rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, sage, mint, lavender, Echinacea, comfrey, plantain, horsetail, nettle)

– 8 crushed garlic cloves

– 470 ml apple cider vinegar


Mix all the plants or at least some of the ones listed above and put them in a glass jar. Pour the vinegar, close the jar tightly and let the plants soak for 1 – 2 weeks. After that, strain the liquid and use it as recommended below.

You can add various other condiments in the jar: cloves, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, grated horseradish or caraway, depending on your preferences.

Culinary and Medicinal Uses

This healing and aromatic vinegar can be used as any other type of vinegar and added to various dishes: salads, sauces, soups etc. This way, you can extract the plants’ benefits in a very pleasing way. However, this remedy’s uses are much more diverse:

– Cleans surfaces

– You can add it in the washing machine (1 cup of vinegar to a full washing machine)

– Disinfects the hands

– It can be added in the bath water (for pains, cold and infections)

– It can be used for local foot baths (to combat bad odor and toenails infections)

– It protects the airways when standing near someone suffering from an infectious disease (put a few drops on a handkerchief and keep it over your mouth and nose)

– Use it to cleanse your hair (it strengthens the hair and eliminates dandruff)

– You can use it to gargle when you have a cold (mix 1 teaspoon of the vinegar with 1 cup of water)

If you use the vinegar for cooking, make sure to only choose the aromatic herbs, depending on the taste (rosemary, sage, basil, thyme, oregano etc.).

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