This weekend I got right down to it – I went into full herbalist mode and started the process of brewing up some Tinctures.
If you don’t know, Tincture are what Bach’s Rescue Remedy is – and dead easy to make – honestly. You don’t need tonnes on ‘kit’, you just need:
- Herbs relevant to what you want to achieve
- Clean jars
- Greaseproof paper
- Some small bottles that are amber or blue glass with pipette stopper – Amazon is great for these; I like 30 or 40ml
- 40% + Vodka – Morrisons do a good one, as do Lidl – don’t waste your best bottle of Stoli!
- Cheesecloth or Muslin
That’s it, really simple. I decided to get these on the go after spending a few days with friends, they had some Tincture from H&B and offered me some to try that night to get me off to sleep – it did nothing – nadda – zip – zilch, other than smell vile – that’s the valerian though…smells like arse water…So, I thought I can create something better than that – something kick-arse.
I plumped for two Tinctures – firstly will be the aptly named ‘Sleepy Time Arse Water’ and I thought of another – one to chill you the f*ck out after a hard day, that will be called ‘Comfortably Mumbly’.
So, select your herbs – aren’t they pretty 😊:
Half Fill your Jar – like this:
Fill to the very top with Vodka and place a disk of GP/Paper on top:
Use the rest of the vodka to make fruit pastille liqueur (waste not want not):
Then leave in a dark cupboard, for about 3 months (the fruit pastille vodka too), give them a little check and shake every day – if any of the vodka evaporates – top it up. I will revisit this in months to show you next stage! Now, all my herbs I cleanse with intent and smoke/incense and a lot of loving care – my choice, not a necessity really – but if your going to do a job….do it properly!
*** Here is a safety notice – Herbs are potent, they work – so please ALWAYS check that any herbs you are using do not interact with medications you are taking or medical conditions you may have***