Our family has started using the Vinigar of the four thieves. It is quite simple to make and works great for keeping away mites, ticks and flees just to name a few. It does help with flys but I have found for my horses it doesn't help as much. The horses sweat quite a bit more than the goats so I think that is the only reason it doesn't work as well on them. :-)
Once we are done making it we dilute it half strength with water for using on our animals and ourselfs.
Note: Do NOT use internally!
First, take your herbal mixture of Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage and Wormwood, There are quite a few different recipes out there but most say to use equal parts and some add a few other herbs like rue, hyssop, and lemon balm. We purchase our herbs from the Bulk Herb Store and in their recipe for the Vinigar of the four thieves they only use the five herbs I have listed. Once mixed well measure out 12 tablespoons and place in your 2 quart jar of Raw apple cider vinigar.
Shake then store in a cool dry place for 2 weeks.
After the 2 weeks is over, drain off all the herbs. Chop 2 Tbs. into the liqiud and put in a pot and steep for 3 days. Do NOT boil. If you cook it to fast it will make your house stink.
Once the 3 days are over strain off the garlic and store in your fridge until you need it.
I hope you all have a blessed day!
Until the whole world hears,
Bethany Joy Wood