The original recipe calls for fresh herbs, but I have substituted dry for a longer shelf-life. This is a long-standing herbal recipe with rich lore—it is said that grave robbers used this remedy to avoid the plague! Needless to say, it is an excellent remedy for infection. All of the herbs are aromatic, warming, anti-microbial, and diaphoretic.
1/4 cup coarsely powdered lavender flowers
1/4 cup coarsely powdered rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon coarsely powdered sage
1 tablespoon coarsely powdered thyme
1 tablespoons coarsely powdered peppermint
3 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon powdered black pepper
3 cups apple cider vinegar
Place lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme, peppermint, garlic, and pepper in a clean glass jar.
Cover with vinegar, so that the herbs are completely saturated and covered by about an extra inch of menstruum.
Shake your jar every day or two for at least two weeks.
Strain, bottle, cap, and store in a cool dry place or in the refrigerator.