tincture-making

Spring Witchy Recipes

Here are some recipes I have made or have been trying out for spring!

Three Flower Sugar -

  • 1 oz lavender
  • 1 dried rose, just the petals
  • 1 oz dried chamomile or honeysuckle

Grind in a mortal and pestle, add ½ cup of sugar and grind until powder fine. Store in pink jar for love spells, self care spells, and to amplify the properties of the flowers.

Uses: Sprinkle on sugar cookies for Beltane rituals, stir into an herbal tea, sprinkle over offerings for the fae, use in a self care spell jar, use in spells to sweeten relationships or communication, etc.

Floral Tincture -

Great for making drinks, baking, or use in potions for Spring celebrations.

  • equal parts dried lavender, honeysuckle, chamomile, elder flowers, roses etc (I used chamomile, elder flowers, and honeysuckle.)
  • 1 jar (dark jar if possible)
  •  just enough vodka or other 180 proof alcohol to just cover the flowers, maybe ½ in over the dried materials
  1. Place flowers into jar, cover with alcohol and shake vigorously.
  2. Store in a dark cool place.
  3. Shake periodically
  4. let steep for 4 weeks or more
  5. Strain through a fine mesh strainer/coffee filter or muslin cloth, squeeze excess out of the flowers.
  6. Strain through coffee filter or muslin cloth once more and bottle in a glass bottle/jar. 

 Uses: Use in cooking recipes like you would vanilla extract or other baking flavorings, use an eye dropper to drop into sparkling water/tea for a refreshing drink, use like bitters in a martini recipe, use for potions or spells, etc.

Lavender Meyer Lemon Mint Tea -

From the book “infuse” 

  • 8 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 4 sprigs dried lavender
  • 4 Meyer lemon peels
  • 30 oz of water

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher in the refrigerator over night (for at least 10 hours). A relaxing and refreshing drink for  all spring celebrations. :) Also can be used for cleansing and purifying properties to boost your Spring Cleaning, from the inside out. 

General Healing Herbs:
  • Apple Blossom: Make a vinegar infusion with the blossoms, and use it to treat itchy, painful insect bites or stings. 
  • Comfrey: Brew a comfrey tea to help with general healing, or use a juice from the pressed leaves for a poultice for minor cuts and abrasions.
  • Eucalyptus: Warm the leaves or oil, and inhale the vapors to clear clogged sinuses, stuffy noses, and other upper respiratory issues. 
  • Chamomile: Brew into a tea to aid in problems such as morning sickness, digestive disorders, gastritis, and difficult bowel movements. 
  • Goldenseal: Keep goldenseal handy in your medicine cabinet to clean out minor wounds and abrasions. 
  • Feverfew: A decoction sweetened with honey or sugar is sometimes used to relieve light coughing or wheezing. It’s a great herb to use externally as well - make a tincture or ointment to apply onto insect bites to relieve itching or swelling. 
  • Sandalwood: The wood can be ground down into a fine powder, and used for beauty treatments - add a bit of rose oil or camphor, and apply it to your skin for cleansing.
  • Peppermint: Peppermint is good for the skin - rub the leaves on yourself to freshen up. You can also chew them for a quick tooth-cleaning. Use the dried leaves in incense for workings related to healing magic.
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How to Make  Ginger Tincture

A ginger tincture is easy to make and is wonderful for treating:

  • nausea
  • motion sickness
  • stomach flu
  • congestion
  • chills

Simple to follow instructions. I just want to comment that she includes the option to use store purchased dried ginger as you would find in the spice section…….. please do not do that okay. Stick with the fresh stuff! 

Moon Water (Blessed Water)

So your probably wondering what Moon Water is, well basically it’s water that’s absorbed energy from the moon, it can be from a full moon, a new moon or any other kind of moon you can think of.

The moon holds tremendous energy, some witches dedicate all their time to working with the moon because of it’s tremendous power.

Some the things you can do with moon water is use it to make tea, tinctures, purification and anything else under the sun(or the moon) 

How do you make moon water?

All you have to do is find a glass bottle, such as a mason jar. Please don’t use plastic as it will ruin the taste of the water.

Bless it with sage, or preferred method

Then let it sit in the moonlight absorbing the energy

Enjoy! 

Theirs countless things you can do with moon water so get creative, some people even use it to water their herbs that they plan to use for magyk.

**Earthseer**

Please appreciate the life-saver elfroot would be for anyone who menstruated in Thedas. 

Also appreciate that there would likely be a time table where Anders told Hawke, in full seriousness, that he had a battery of potions to make for people who had to deal with killer cramps preventing them from working and they had priority over trying to find dragons in the hills around Kirkwall. 
Anders making potions for people who had irregular cycles and helping them have milder, more even periods for their health. 
Anders making tinctures or droughts for those that found work at the Blooming Rose to keep away any unwanted pregnancies and keep cycles short and mild.
Anders giving these potions to people who come from bad homes that need them for similar reasons. 

Anders explaining these things to little ones in Darktown because they don’t have anyone left that understands how it works because their parents died and their older brothers don’t know. Anders explaining that boys do this too, and people who aren’t either and people who can be other things. 

I think about Anders and reproductive health and things a lot ok.

For the record, when I wrote that pine tree post, I had Eastern white pine in mind. You can eat most pine trees, and conifers in general, but as with anything in nature, you really shouldn’t put it in your mouth unless you can identify it.

Yew trees in particular can be ridiculously poisonous. Fortunately, they don’t look much like pine trees, but if you live in an area where yews are common, just…. avoid them.

Some species of pine may be poisonous to cattle, house cats, or dogs. This doesn’t necessarily mean they pose any threat to humans, as lots of things we can eat safely are toxic to animals. Ponderosa pine may rarely cause abortions in cattle, but unless you’re going to make a tincture of concentrated pine essence and guzzle it down, you probably don’t have to worry about that.

Fir and spruce trees make for good tea, too. Don’t bother with cedar. 

Guide to making Tinctures.

A sip of herbal tea or a dropperful of tincture can easily unlock the door to herbalism. Most of us begin our studies making these simple and effective preparations. However, basic concepts sometimes become muddied when juggling Latin binomial nomenclature, formulation considerations, physiological effects, historical research, and other pursuits within the art. The most common mix-ups arise from misused terminology. One term that tends to be applied to a variety of preparations is tincture. What is a tincture and is there any difference between a tincture and an extract?

Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts that have alcohol as the solvent. If you are using water, vinegar, glycerin, or any menstruum (solvent) other than alcohol, your preparation is an extract – not a tincture. Although, there are exceptions to every rule and sometimes an acetum is defined as “a vinegar tincture” in the tomes.

 

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Fresh Herb
• Finely chop or grind clean herb to release juice and expose surface area.
• Fill jar 2/3 to ¾ with herb. ~ OR ~ Fill jar ¼ to ½ with roots.
• Pour alcohol over the herbs. Cover completely!
• Jar should appear full of herb, but herb should move freely when shaken.

Keep reading

i just saw a post by a really popular jeweler on here, saying something along the lines of “if you feel like you need to eat a stone, place it in your mouth and meditate.” Obvious choking hazard aside, a lot of gemstones will lose their finish if they come into contact with water (Selenite, Angelite, Celestite, Flourite), some will rust (Hematite), and some are just really toxic? Raw Tiger’s Eye and Serpentine contain Asbestos, Cinnabar contains Mercury, Rhodochrosite may contain Lead, and countless others contain Sulphur and a bunch of other stuff not meant for your body!? (X)

Gemstones are still minerals. Don’t put them in your mouth, don’t make Gem tinctures without proper research and safety precautions PLEASE!

Dandelion Tincture- make your own

Uses:

  • One of the best-known blood builders and purifiers available.
  • Safely reduces blood cholesterol.
  • Contains excellent levels of Vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon.
  • Overweight people when shedding pounds can become too acidic. These acids in the blood are destroyed by dandelion. It also supports digestion of fats.
  • One of the best liver cleansers. It increases the activity of the liver and the flow of bile into the intestines.
  • The flow of bile is a laxative which speeds the breakdown of various steroid hormones and indirectly has a favorable effect on eczema and skin breakouts.
  • Contains all the nutritive salts for the blood. Dandelion restores and balances the blood so anemia that is caused by deficiencies of these blood salts disappears.
  • Helps flush and clean out the urinary tract from the kidneys to the bladder.
  • The herb to build energy and endurance and fantastic for too-low blood pressure.
  • It is first-rate for use in hepatitis.
  • Increases activity of the pancreas and the spleen.
  • Strengthening for the female organs. Excellent to prepare for pregnancy and estrogen balance.
  • Helps clear skin disorders.

What You Need:

~ a big bowl and gloves for gathering dandelion roots
~ 2 year-old, actively-growing dandelion roots dug from a spray-free, pet-free yard
~ a spade or small shovel to loosen soil from the roots
~ canning jar with tight fitting lid
~ vodka, 80 proof is fine

Directions:

~ wash off the soil thoroughly, remove any crushed roots, and leave root hairs
~ chop the roots into 1/2″ sections
~ place roots into the canning jar, cover with vodka plus an inch or so, and cap jar
~ steep contents for 3-4 months in a dark cool cabinet to fully extract medicinal properties
~ during this period, shake the jar 2-3 times a week to thoroughly mix contents
~ when finished, strain off the tincture with coffee filter, etc. into amber bottles and label
~ discard the exhausted root pieces

Homemade Dandelion Tincture, vodka, root, steeping, extracting medicinal value of herb, herbal remedy

I save my bottles, rewashing them by hand

Homemade Dandelion Tincture, dark amber bottles, dropper bottle, herbal remedy, DIY

Dosage: Dosage for dandelion tincture is ½ teaspoon 3-4 times per day for the root or leaf. Tinctures can be taken directly under the tongue and held in the mouth for a short time then swallowed, in a small amount of water, or in hot water to evaporate off the alcohol. When stored in a cool dark place extracts have a shelf life of five to seven years.

I store all the un-bottled tinctures tightly sealed in a dark corner of the old pie safe which isn’t in direct sunlight. Remember to label and date your final product.

* Use dandelion with caution if you have gallbladder disease. Never use dandelion if you have an obstructed bile duct.

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An herbal tincture is simply a liquid plant extract, usually made using water, alcohol, or both (though vinegar and glycerine are also sometimes used). During the process, the herb’s useful constituents dissolve in the liquid, and you are left with a strong extract which can be taken as medicine.

Tinctures are easy to take, either by the spoonful or by mixing into juice or water. They are fast-acting, as their liquid form means they are easily absorbed into the bloodstream. They are also easy to store and last for a long time! So, besides tea (because quite truthfully I don’t feel like a whole complete human being without a cuppa in my hand) tinctures are my favourite way to take herbs as medicine.

This is How We Do It: Making Herbal Tinctures