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"Old-time Root Doctors tell us they have used FOUR THIEVES VINEGAR for their own Personal Protection, to Rule, Control, and Foment Dissent among Enemies."
-- The Lucky Mojo Curio Co. catalogue

The label shown here is from the 4 oz. bottle of Lucky Mojo brand Four Theieves Vinegar. Like the rest of the Lucky Mojo line, this product contains genuine herbs, not synthetic fragrances. The ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar include garlic, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, and other herbs and essences. Lucky Mojo labels are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.

The primary purpose of Four Thieves Vinegar is to provide personal protection from disease and magical attack, especially if the attack is ongoing and looks to continue for a time. In addition, it is used to strengthen you and weaken your enemies while you work to drive away unwanted people or to make a family quarrel and fall out among themselves.

Drink it by the teaspoonful, use it in salad dressing, or even add a spoonful to your bath water for personal protection. Sprinkle or dash it against an enemy's doorsteps or serve it to an enemy as a condiment to protect yourself while you lay other tricks get them out of your life.

Recipes for this formula vary quite a bit. I was taught -- in the Ozarks, during the 1970s -- that it must have four spices in the vinegar, one for each thief, and that is the way i prepare it.

According to John M. Hansen (, the original recipe for Four Thieves Vinegar dates to the 15th century in Italy and consists of garlic steeped in soured red wine. Based on his own family's experience, John says that, "As an inoculation against epidemic diseases it actually works. Its use in magic came about much later; as with many other substances it became useful in the magical arts."

Barbara Griffith ( prsents a variation of the formula which she says is "from a 1965 reprint of an old Southern cookbook, "Housekeeping in Old Virginia," originally published 1879."

Says Barbara, "In the chapter on the sick room, the following recipe is given for 'Thieves Vinegar.' No instructions were given as to its use - you were supposed to know:

'A handful of sage and the same of mint, tansy, rue, rosemary, lavender, and thyme; one ounce of camphor. Put in demijohn, and fill with good vinegar. Set in the sun two weeks with a piece of leather over the mouth, and then stop nightly. - Mrs. D. R.'"

That is a wonderful variation, and again demonstrates the antiquity of this recipe. Howver, because it includes Rue and Camphor, the "Old Virginia" version would not be suitable to use as a salad dressing, but would make an excellent body-wash and rub-down in the sick-room.


This spell is to cause two people to fight until their friendship or love is gone.

You will need

First you will prepare the vinegar jar. Use a jar with a metal lid. A half-pint or one-pint Mason jar is good. On one of the pieces of paper, write the two peoples'names. I will call them "him" and "her" but gender is not important to this spell. Write his and her names so that they do not touch one another. Draw a line of Break Up>Oil between them. Cut or tear the paper apart on the line. use TWO black skull candles, one for her and one for him. I would write out a name paper with both their names on it, not touching, wipe my ass with it or get dog feces on it, sprinkle it with the herbs and powders (while it is sticky-wet), then cut it apart, to separate them. I would then load each skull candle with its respective folded-up packet. I would face the candles to one another and dig out their eyes and mouths and fill them with all of these ingredients and stick whole dried red peppers in their ears and mouths (hearing and speaking angry words) and then place them face to face, with the vinegar jar in the center between them, on a fireproof altar space and put the black candle on the vinegar jar and light all three candles. The skulls then become helper lights. You can burn them at intervals, 15 minutes each time, rotating the candles counterclockwise around the jar to metaphorically "turn back" or "unwind" their relationship. Curse and pray curses the entire time they are burning. Repeat until the candles are finished burning. Dispose of the remains in the usual way, but keep the vinegar jar, if you wish to continue the work. You can repeat this process with the skull candles at least three times. Remember to cleanse and protect during and after such work.

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