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From The Apothecary

17th October 2022

Hello hello!

It’s been a while since I’ve delved into the apothecary, for that I apologise.

This time of year I like to fill up my medicinal tinctures and alike, with allergy season upon us and head colds running rife, I like to be prepared!

Now, you may have read in a previous blog on how I make my tinctures, but I will go through it all again in this post as how I make them does change here and there. Let’s face it, no matter how many times I make a tincture, no two are ever identical!

I cheated a little with this lot too, I didn’t have any vodka or brandy on hand, which are my preferred alcohols to use, but I did have Mark’s Dimple Scoth, sitting on the shelf! And well, finders keepers I say!

In all honesty, it doesn’t really matter what alcohol you use, to a certain extent, but an alcohol of at least 40% will draw out more of the medicinal properties of the herb.
I also use apple cider vinegar, which again, I didn’t have on hand at the time, so I used spiced malt vinegar, which I find to be just as effective, though it doesn’t hold the added benefits of apple cider vinegar, though still draws out the medicinals of the herb.

Right….

First of all, you need to get your hands on some clean, dry jars with tight fitting lids, along with your alcohol or vinegar.

I tend to keep most jars and just give them a good scrub and leave them upside down to air dry fully before using.

Now, you can do your own research on how to make tinctures, and by all means play around and find the best method for you. This is just how I prefer to do them and it works well for me.

1/3 fill your jar with your desired herb (I will explain my tinctures in a minute and why I choose these particular herbs)
Fill to the neck of the jar, with your alcohol etc.
I like to leave a little gap to make shaking it up easier.
Now, shake!
You want the herbs to be fully submerged in the alcohol.
That’s it!!!
Seriously!

Make sure to label each jar with the herb, alcohol/ vinegar used and the date!

Store them out of direct sunlight and give them a good shake once a day.

Leave them to brew for at least 4 weeks.

If I’m using vinegar, I do tend to leave them for 6 weeks as it takes a little longer to draw all the qualities from the herbs in comparison to alcohol.

once brewed, strain through cheesecloth into another clean jar with an airtight lid and store in a cupboard or at least out of direct light. These last for years!!

I chose to make tinctures from White Willow Bark (nature’s aspirin!), one in scotch and one in vinegar. Feverfew (brilliant for headaches of all kinds!!), Lemon Balm (stress, anxiety and sleeplessness), St John’s Wort (PMS, Menopause, anti-inflammatory, depression and an awesome antioxidant) and hop flowers (helps to induce sleep, restlessness and reduces tension)

I still have a few more to make up, like Mullein (for respiratory ailments), Thyme (helps to relieve coughing), Sage (digestive issues, stomach pain, heartburn and bloating) and Hawthorn Berry (Improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, reduces inflammation, while also being a great antioxidant).

There are so many others that I could go on about, but I shall leave it there for now.

While I was at it, I also made a Fire Cider Vinegar. I really didn’t follow a recipe, but I will give you an idea of what I put in.
This is taken daily, around a tablespoon a day for a daily immune boost, or several times a day if you are suffering from a head cold, flu, or generally feeling run down.

Into a large clean and airtight jar (approx 750ml) add:
1 Onion (any kind but potent)- chopped very roughly
3 birdseye chillies (or any chillies as long as they are hot) chopped very roughly seeds and all
2 good slices of fresh lemon, rind and all
about an inch long piece of fresh ginger- roughly chopped
2 good heaped tablespoons of good quality local honey
Now, pour over a good quality, organic (with mother) apple cider vinegar (which of course I didn’t have on hand, so used the next best thing!) and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE!!!!

Store this out of direct sunlight, shaking at least once daily and leave it to sit for at least 4 weeks.

Once done, strain through cheesecloth and store in a clear jar with an airtight light out of direct light.

This is a potent medicine that I highly reccommend you try!

It’s super easy to do and it packs a huge punch!!

You can just take a tablespoon directly, if you don’t mind the vinegar taste (I actually quite like it!) or you can dilute it into a small glass of hot or cold water if preffered.

These tinctures are so incredibly easy to make, so why don’t you try it out for yourself!

I would love to hear all about your favourites, so please drop me a line!!

Also, if you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to get in touch!!

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Well, my lovelies, until next time…….

Live Life to the Fullest, Love Beyond Words and Laugh Like No one Can Hear You!

Blessed be.

– Amy XX

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