What is Vinegar of the Four Thieves?
the advent of modern disinfectants, various herbs were used to protect both those caring for the sick and those who dealt
with the dead.
One of the most interesting references concerns four
thieves who were caught looting the homes of the sick during the 17th century
plagues of Toulouse,
officials judging the case
were astonished by their apparent indifference to the contagion.
A contemporary account reads in part: “in order to have the sentence
mitigated they revealed their secret preservative.” — Parliament of Toulouse