No it doesn’t. But I do think hot peppers and other foods have important health and wellness benefits even if they do not cure plague. More over, I think a body kept healthy by various measures is much more likely to fend off disease. So while I was just joking about my hot pepper relish being able to cure plague, maybe there is something to the various claims about hot peppers being a benefit to health and wellness.
First, a bit of history.
Four Thieves Vinegar
Sometimes called Seven Thieves Vinegar, the mythology and recipe changes from telling to telling. The most common story behind the name is that during the Black Plague, four thieves were caught looting the dead. In exchange for a lighter sentence, they shared the secret of how they could walk among the sick, dying and dead without themselves becoming ill. That secret was a tonic which would later be known as Four Thieves Vinegar. Read more at Wikipedia
Its from this mythology of a potential remedy that the modern faux concoctions are based. Today, the so called new age and old religion shops are filled with similiar products. Most are likely no more than common vinegar in a plastic bottle with impressive claims like: “Makes your enemies go away”. Others attempt to approximate one of the fabled recipes while providing no insight into how the recipe might work to improve health.
Real World Health and Wellness
Fortunately, when we step away from the superstitions, magic potions, and snake oils we can see some real world sense in some of the mythical potions. Although I won’t go so far as to agree with the title of the page I am about to discuss, it does provide some sensible information. You just have to see past the ridiculous claims.
“This tonic has helped many people to cure many viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal diseases and even plague”
“The most powerful natural antibiotic ever.”
“Kills any infection of the body.”
Right off the bat, we see ridiculous claims of a magic elixir that cures everything. Claims of such spender that a witless person might forgo seeing a licensed doctor. Shame on the author of this article for not mentioning the need to see a licensed doctor when attempting to treat “the most severe infections” And that brings me to the point of this discussion.
Hot Pepper Relish Doesn’t Cure Plague
If you visit the above page, you will find a recipe that is no doubt nasty. It comes complete with dosing instructions. There is great discussion of how this recipe is a cure all without ever a mention of sick people seeing a licensed doctor. I put mine on my vegetarian hotdogs with my doctor’s blessings. In fact, i am my doctors main hook up for super hot peppers.
My hot pepper relish does not cure plague. However, I am am a diabetic who is prone to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). My health has improved since consuming my relish and other hot pepper based concoctions and I have not had a single doctor advise against such natural efforts to improve my health.
12 large Peppers (Scorpion, Butch T, Primo, Reaper, any super hot)
10 cups red bell pepper
1-½ cups ground onion
2-½ cups distilled white or cider vinegar (5%)
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup grated ginger root
4 tablespoons grated horse radish root
4 teaspoons ground turmeric
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 teaspoons pickling salt
Recipe makes about five (5) pints. For the long version, you will have to wait for the book. The short version is combine, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 30 minutes.