In the current news you'll find research shows vinegar can help kill the germs that cause tuberculosis (what is TB?). People used it during the Swine Flu pandemic, SARS in China (actually, prices soared for nature's remarkable remedy), and even in the Middle Ages to fight bubonic plague.
I wonder: is it possible white, apple cider, and red vinegar (used both internally and externally) can boost immunity and stave off contracting MERS that is spreading in South Korea--a region where superfoods and healthful vinegar drinks are a long-time popular trend.
Can vinegar really help us--the "worried well"--to stay healthy and get peace of mind during the ongoing outbreak of of different viruses? It's possible, according to history. In my book, The Healing Powers of Vinegar, I document the amazing therapeutic formula used by four savvy robbers who escaped the bubonic plague...
During the Middle Ages, vinegar made its mark, too. Four robbers in the French town of Marseilles preyed upon the homes and belongings left behind by the people who fell victim to the bubonic plague, or "Black Death" of Europe. Eventually they were caught and brought before French judges, who wondered how these four thieves had protected themselves from the deadly plague while looting plague-ridden possessions.
The legend is that the four thieves bargained and exchanged the famous Four Thieves Vinegar for freedom, explaining that they washed themselves with the infection-fighting liquid every few hours. Upon learning about these immunity-boosting qualities, the formula was used by priests and doctors who treated the ill.
No one seems to know who wrote the formula, which differs from recipe to recipe, but it is basically the same and it works in various ways. It can be used to disinfect sick rooms. If diluted with water, if can be used as a body wash. Taken by the teaspoonful (consult with your doctor for the safe amount), it can be used as a preventive measure to stave off viral infections, such as the flu.
Therapeutic Formula of the Four Thieves
Basic ingredients: Combine 3 quarts apple cider vinegar; 3 tablespoons each of rosemary, lavender, sage, mint, rue, and plantain; and 6 cloves of garlic. Let it sit in a covered container for at least 24 hours.
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- Learn how red wine vinegar contains the same important antioxidants as red wine—without the alcohol.
- Put dozens more home remedies to work for treating allergies, arthritis, toothache, sunburn, swimmer’s ear, sore throat, and other pesky ailments.
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“Wonderfully useful for everyone interested in health.” —Elson Haas, M.D., author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition