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Kinda Long, Stupid Idea I Have (Submitted by @gryein)

What if Person A is the designated driver for their work party at a local bar, and it’s killing them because their coworkers have all disappeared and they’ve had a bad week and they just want /one/ drink, which they /know/ they could get away with, but because they’re generally a moral person they just keep sipping their tonic water when suddenly a cougar appears and starts flirting with and borderline molesting them. And they try to tell her that they’re not interested and they’re taken (which, okay, isn’t totally true) but she won’t quit until he grabs Person B’s shoulder and says that they’re dating (even though they’re total strangers) because he’s panicking and it seems the only logical thing to do? And Person B just rolls with it, thinking Person A’s drunk anyway.

Time for Tonics!

What’s this that I’ve got, dear readers? 

No, it’s not whiskey! Nor rum, nor apple juice, nor lemonade. It’s a tonic; a licorice root tonic, to be exact. 

Tonics are a great way of storing the nutrients of herbs over an extended period of time. They can be used for magick or mundane purposes, and last a lot longer than fresh herbs do. 

Why did I choose licorice root? Well, for those of you who may have forgotten, I’m a singer. Licorice root is great for keeping the throat healthy and also for clearing up colds. Plus, I adorethe taste. 

How would you go about making one of these? 

  1. Choose your herbs. Take about ½ to 1 cup of the herb and place it in a jar, bowl, or pot. (You can do a tonic of just one herb, or add a couple in together if you wish. Do some research on which herbs contain which vitamins, etc. Want a cold-buster? Ginger tonics are your best choice)
  2. Bring 1 quart of water (or 950 mL/9.5L) to a boil.
  3. Pour the water directly over the herbs. If you’re doing this in a pot, you can bring the herbs to a boil with the water already added. Just make sure to watch that it doesn’t boil over and TURN OFF the stove afterwards.
  4. After that, let the herbs simmer. Cover it with a lid, plate, whatever you’d got on hand, to keep the heat in. Let it rest for at least an hour, but you could even leave your herbs overnight depending on how strong you want them (see the extra notes below for more info on which herbs need more time to steep).
  5. After they’re done sitting, you can either strain the water from the herbs or leave them in. I tried to strain, but alas, I missed a few pieces of root.
  6. LABEL THE JAR with the herb and the date, and then store in a cool place – preferably a fridge. They’ll last for at least a few months so long as they’re stored correctly. Some may last for years if you’ve made them right, and the containers are SEALED PROPERLY. 

Some VERY IMPORTANT NOTES(so help me God you had better read these):

  • Make sure that you’re not mixing herbs that will react badly with each other. Please never ever use a herb you’re unfamiliar with. Don’t start making tonics of poisonous plants just because you think it’ll be cool or fun. 
  • Make sure that your tonics are properly sealed. You can get mold and other poisons growing in your bottles and jars and they can be potentially fatal. If you’re unsure, always use proper canning jars (“Mason jars”) and follow their canning procedure to the letter. **Note: I didn’t use mason jars here because these tonics are going to be drank all up in the next 3 days. But you should.**
  • Be very careful with your herbs. Always research their side effects, even if you think you’re totally familiar with the plant. For example, raspberry leaves can induce miscarriage through early labour/contractions. Some herbs can react badly with some medications, such as SSRIs or antibiotics.
  • Some herbs need longer to steep than others, especially roots – they’re a lot thicker and need more time to get penetrated by the H2O. Flowers and leaves take a lot less time, but I like to let my roots rest at least overnight. 
  • Your first tonics may not last too long, especially if you’re new at making them. Things go wrong, sometimes herbs go rancid. If this ever happens, please don’t drink the tonic. And use the same rule with tonics as you do with food: if you’re unsure, don’t risk it. 
  • For advanced tonic makers: due to the magic of science, a little bit of salt and lemon will increase the boiling point of your water and keep your tonic hot for longer, should you need to steep thick roots. Just not too much lemon. 

I’d like to do another post on tinctures (like a tonic, but made with alcohol) sometime soon. For personal reasons, I don’t drink alcohol, but I still make tinctures for other people from time to time.

Remember to always be safe and follow correct procedures. We may be witches, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t susceptible to botulinum poisoning. 

Have fun everyone! 


243: Recipes, Recipes

I’m leading another workshop this weekend, and in addition to the material I presented in the Tincturing Workshop, I’ll also be adding alcohol liniments, salves, and oils to the information sheet. Below is what I’ll be handing out. As always, please consult a medical professional before using any of these preparations, don’t use while using other medications, check for allergins, and do not use as a replacement for medical care (especially in emergency cases). Enjoy!

Alcohol Liniments

  • Liniments are tinctures that rather than being ingested, are applied to the skin. 
  • The alcohol will evaporate leaving behind the herbal medicine. 
  • Liniments can also be mixed with a carrier oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. to sooth the skin and prevent burning from the alcohol.

Basic Oil and Alcohol Liniment:

  • 1 part alcohol tincture : 1 part carrier oil

Easy Liniment Recipes

Fiery Liniment – think something like Tiger Balm. Hot and cold to sooth aching muscles. This does contain capsicum, menthol, and camphor, so do not apply to sensitive skin areas. A carrier oil is recommended with this one. 

Tincture: for a quart jar

  • ½ c. Cinnamon
  • ½ c. Fresh Ginger
  • ½ c. Calendula flowers
  • 3-4 medium sized Chili Peppers
  • 1 tbsp. Menthol crystals (or oil, crystals can be found on Amazon)
  • 1 tbsp. Camphor crystals (or oil, crystals can be found on Amazon)
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon oil (optional)
  • Vodka (fill jar)

Carrier Oil:

  • Sweet Almond oil

Field Liniment – great for taking out hiking. Apply to aches, pains, sprains, cuts, and wounds to help in emergencies. Can be used with or without carrier oils. 

Tincture: for a quart jar

  • ½ c. Plantain leaf
  • ½ c. Comfrey root (and/or leaf)
  • ½ c. Self Heal leaf 
  • ¼ c. Pine resin 
  • Vodka (fill jar)

Carrier Oil:

  • Sweet Almond oil

Herbal Salves

  • Herbal material left to sit in warm oil or fat until the active chemical compounds in the plants have been leached out. 
  • Traditional salves use fats or tallows like beef tallow, mutton tallow, bear grease, possum grease, goose grease, etc.
  • Vegetarian salves can be made with oils and beeswax (to help the oil set into a solid mass.)

Basic Salve making:

  • Easiest way to “cook” a salve is in a crockpot. 
  • Melt tallow then add plant material (if using oil you can add both the plant matter and the oil at the same time).
  • Heat on low 6-8 hours (low is important; you don’t want to burn the plant matter).
  • If you’re using an oil (not a fat, most fats will harden up on their own) you will add about 2 oz. melted beeswax to make the oil set into a semi-solid salve.
  • Let cool.
  • Strain and bottle.

Easy Salve Recipes

“Green” Salve – all purpose salve using beef tallow. For cuts, bruises, bug bites, eczema, burns, etc.

  • 32 oz. Beef Tallow 
  • ¾ c. Plantain leaf
  • ¾ c. Comfrey root and leaf
  • ¾ c. Rosemary leaf 
  • ½ c. Self Heal leaf 
  • ¼ c. Thyme leaf

“Yellow” Salve – light coconut oil base, used in warmer months. For cuts, bruises, bug bites, eczema, burns, etc. Do not use if you have a skin sensitivity to goldenrod.

  • 32 oz. Coconut oil
  • ¾ c. Calendula flowers
  • ¾ c. Lemon Verbena leaf
  • ½ c. Self Heal leaf
  • ½ c. Rose petals
  • ½ c. Goldenrod flowers

Herbal Oils

  • Herbal material left to heat in carrier skin or edible oils until the active chemical compounds in the plants have been leached out. 
  • Can be taken internally or applied to external skin conditions.
  • Typical external carrier oils: sweet almond, grapeseed, coconut.
  • Typical internal carrier oils: sweet almond, olive, sesame.

Basic Oil making:

  • Easiest way to “cook” an oil is in a crockpot. 
  • Combine plant matter and carrier oil.
  • Heat on low 6-8 hours (low is important; you don’t want to burn the plant matter).
  • Let cool.
  • Strain and bottle.

Easy Oil Recipes

Ear Oil – for external use with a sore ear. Not to be used with ear infections.

  • ¼ c. Garlic (fresh crushed or chopped)
  • ¼ c. Mullein flowers
  • 16 oz. Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil (preservative, or you can keep in refrigerator)

Body Tonic Oil – for external use with sores, bruises, dry skin, bug bites, rashes, etc.

  • ¼ c. Plantain leaf
  • ¼ c. Comfrey leaf
  • ¼ c. Red Clover flowers
  • ¼ c. Wood Betony leaf
  • ¼ c. Blue Vervain leaf
  • 16 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil (preservative, or you can keep in refrigerator)

First Aid Oil – for external use as a first aid treatment for wounds, pains, sores, bites, etc.

  • ¼ c. Plantain leaf
  • ¼ c. Comfrey leaf
  • ¼ c. Cinquefoil leaf
  • ¼ c. Self-Heal leaf
  • 1 tbsp. Pine resin
  • 16 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vitamin E oil (preservative, or you can keep in refrigerator)

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