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DIY: How to Brew a Tincture

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a tincture –

herbs that have been submerged  in alcohol (or glycerin) for a period of time

There is magic involved in creating a tincture. The setting, the vibe, feeling which plants to combine for the desired effect you are trying to create… it takes practice, patience, love, devotion, and intuition to master the skill. Don’t let that scare you though! It’s like anything else – the more you do it, the better you become. So let’s start with the basics.

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< supplies >

  • glass jar – this can be a mason jar, or anything.. use what you have
  • alcohol – at least 40% abv. vodka, whiskey, rum, moonshine, etc.
  • the herbs – have a purpose in mind and use herbs that harmonize

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< preparing the tincture >

  1. Decide the purpose of your tincture and the herbs to achieve your desired effect. The tincture in the photos was made to enhance the immune system and works especially well for viral infections like cold, flu, bronchitis, etc. It has usnea lichen, rose hip, elderberry, and hibiscus.
  2. Gather your supplies.
  3. Fill the jar at least 1/2 full with your herbs of choice.
  4. Pour in the alcohol about 1″ from the mouth of your jar.
  5. OPTIONAL – After this I like to let my tincture sit in a window for a few nights and days to receive some lunar and solar qualities.
  6. Put your tincture(s) away in a dark, cool cabinet. I have an apothecary cabinet that I dedicate to tinctures. Let it sit for at least a month, longer is better in my experience. I have some that I brewed in 2011 that are INCREDIBLE!
  7. Once they are done brewing, you can put it in little tincture bottles or just take as much as you need and let the rest keep sitting. They get stronger with time.

Also…

I recently started making my tinctures on the night of a New Moon. It is folklore that this night stimulates the magical powers of the tincture. We will see. 🙂

My magical tinctures are available for sale in my etsy shop here…

& the Pure Immunity tincture featured in this post is also for sale.

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How to Make Lacto-Fermented Beet Kvass

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How to Make Lacto-Fermented Beet Kvass aka Borscht

In November 2012, Home Grown Missouri held a fantastic workshop covering fermentation. In this one I demonstrate how to make beet kvass, also known as borscht.

Beet kvass is a potent healer whose benefits are powerful! She is a blood alkalizer, liver tonic, and she works hard at probiotically building gut flora.

This post was featured on: Meal Plan Monday, Living Green Tuesday,  Traditional Tuesdays, Party Wave Wednesday