The Tinctures are ready
Updated: Apr 7, 2019
January 6, 2019
Back in November, I wrote about the Tincture that I was making which was due to come out December 30th. It was the second of two that I was making, they are both out now and ready for the taking. Both of these have one primary ingredient... Garlic.
I did that because I know Garlic to be both anti-microbial and anti-viral. It has also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad one) with minimal effects on HDL (the good one) and can lower blood pressure for those of us where it is running high. Both of which my doctor has been warning me that I need to work on for my continued health.
The plan is that the Garlic/Astragalus mix will be a year long part of my regime to keep my immune system running at top efficiency, the 4 Herb Mix (Garlic, Onion, Turmeric, and Ginger) is to add an extra punch during the famous "Cold and Flu Season."
Anyway, not that I have bored you with all that "scientific" stuff, I thought I would show you how I finished off the mix.
I put a layer of #50 cheesecloth over a piece of #90 cheesecloth (did you know cheesecloth comes in grades?)in a strainer, and poured the contents of my mason jar in to let it drain.
Once it had drained a little I gathered up the corners of the cheesecloth and squeezed till I was blue in the face till I felt I had gotten everything I could out of it. This left me with a bowl of cloudy juice.
From my past experience, I know that if left on its own for a while the sediment will settle out, and it doesn't really cause any harm to leave it in, I kind of like to clear it up. Solution? I have a single cup coffee maker (that's really just a small bowl with holes in the bottom that holds a coffee filter) and I set it up.
In my old days, working with my dad in the laboratory (dad was a chemist) we put filter papers in a funnel to clear solutions. This is the same thing, I just didn't need the to run to a scientific supply house for the materials.
Looks good enough to drink, doesn't it? But don't! Remembering what this is made of, a good swig would lay me out on the floor! So now it has to be prepared to actually be used.
Using a funnel, I gently filled the dropper bottles filled them up and capped them. The alcohol of this mix will stabilize it and preserve it so it can last up to a year, except it won't last THAT long!
I finished up with 8 full bottles. I'll be taking about 10 drops 3 times a day, (and so will my wife) which means roughly these will last 6 months. If we actually come down with a cold, we can take as much as 10 drops per hour.
So with these two powerful tinctures, we should be set for a while. I put a reminder in my Google calendar to start a new batch May 1st.
These aren't the only things that we make to keep ourselves healthy. We make a killer Elderberry Syrup and a couple herbal infusions (Susun Weed Style) and more.
I'm thinking of offering some classes at the store to teach making these concoctions. Watching videos and reading books (and blogs!) is good, but actually getting some hands on experience is golden. Check with us down at the store. We will be working on a class schedule soon.