Tons of Tinctures!

Last week, my kitchen table looked like this at the end of the day…

Oh MY! Vodka!

Oh MY! Vodka!

And Rebecca nailed it….I made and strained tinctures all afternoon. I strained tinctures made many years ago. I made more tinctures and still have another list to finish later this week when my herbs come in!  You can see some of the finished ones below.

Just a few tinctures!

Just a few tinctures!

 

I ended up with a cabinet full of tinctures which I’ll strain either towards the end of the year or the beginning of next year. Notice the different sizes?

A Ton of Tinctures!

A Ton of Tinctures!

Some things I make in half gallon jars…Jewelweed tincture is one of those because we use it so much and give a lot away.  Red Clover is another.  It purifies the blood, and gives us support for our immune system.  We use it every time we think we are coming down with something and we bounce back in a day…often less!

Other herbs, we tincture in half pints, pints or quarts.  I use canning jars and I save jars from the store, although those are getting harder to find…most companies are using plastic. And I use the same jars over and over.  Once a tincture is strained, the jar goes in the dishwasher and once clean, it goes back on the shelf to wait for the next tincture!

During the fall, after the plants have died back, I dig roots of many plants: comfrey, mullein, echinacea, elecampane, and many others!

If you are growing medicinal herbs, now is the time to dig up the roots of appropriate plants and get them washed, chopped and tinctured!

What herbs are you tincturing this fall?

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