DIY Recipe of the Month
Organic Alcohol Company (OAC) was founded in 2001 to provide high-proof Organic Alcohol with herbalists in mind. Our founder, an herbalist himself, saw the need to provide an alternative to other conventional ethanols on the market. Focusing on high quality and healthful medicines is still something our whole team values. We regularly purchase products from our local herbalist customers, not only support their work, but to support the use of herbal medicines and remedies.
Many of us at OAC have taken to experimenting with OAC alcohol to make various herbal concoctions ourselves. As a novice, I am learning new information all the time. I only recently found out that traditional tinctures may be only called a tincture when alcohol is used as the solvent, or menstruum (another word for solvent).
Each time I learn something new I am more excited to dive deeper into herbal education, and glean knowledge from long-practicing herbalists. I rely heavily on literature from various teachers of herbalism, from interesting blogs and articles, to informative books. I have found my go-to book for herbal medicine-making has been the Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide, by Thomas Easley. I was lucky enough to meet Thomas Easley at the Good Medicine Confluence in Colorado a few years back, and was taken with his knowledge and enthusiasm for herbal medicine. Another great book to have on hand is Making Plant Medicine, Fourth Edition, by Richo Cech. Both are great resources to learn about herbal remedies, uses, and processes.
If you are looking to try your hand at an easy to execute tincture, I have a recipe for you. Reading about herbal remedies, I found this 'pep-in-your-step' tincture is the perfect blend to bounce you into spring.
Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, is known for its mood-elevating benefits. I mixed this simply with Peppermint, another mood enhancer, and Nettles for their anti-inflammation and alleviation from hay-fever (spring is on the way). With all medicines, be careful to test for any reactions or allergies, and use mindfully.
If you are looking for where to purchase dried herbs and roots, I purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs for their selection and quality ... and of course, use Organic Alcohol from OAC.
This Months Recipe: Herbal Spring Tincture
What You'll Need
- 1/4 cup Ashwagandha Roots, cut
- 1/4 cup Dried Nettles
- 1/4 cup Dried Peppermint
- 2 x 8-ounce Mason Jars
- 12 ounce Organic Alcohol
I used Organic Cane
- 4 ounce Distilled Water
- Mesh Strainer
- Amber or dark-colored Dropper Bottles for finished tincture (optional)
What You'll Do
- Add Distilled Water to the 95% Organic Alcohol, diluting the 95% approximately 1/4 to 71%
- Pour Ashwagandha Roots into one Mason Jar, and fill with the diluted Organic Alcohol
- Pour in Dried Peppermint and Nettles into other Mason Jar, fill with the remaining diluted Organic Alcohol
- Close both Mason Jars securely and shake
- Let sit on cool dark place for minimum of 2 weeks
- Check potency and shake every few days
- Once to desired strength, filter out root and herbs from jars (strain with cheese cloth if necessary)
- Add both tinctures together into Dropper Bottles, or keep separate if you like
Thats it! As a fairly new tincture-maker, I kept this simple. Read more in the above suggested books for more ideas for herbal tinctures. Happy Tincturing!