A few weeks ago I blogged about making chickweed ointment – Stellaria media – and using the remainder for a tincture. Well, the tincture has had its daily shaking and shuggling for three weeks and I have combined it with a Cleavers – Galium aparine – tincture and a Dandylion – Taraxacum officinale – tincture I started at the same time. The mixture contains equal parts of each for a fresh, zingy Spring Tonic.
Chickweed, apart from being amazing in ointments and creams for itchy skin, is anti-inflammatory, demulcent (soothing, smoothing and softening) and has a reputation for being an excellent tonic, cleanser and decongestant. It’s also extremely nutritious. I made a 1:1 mixture (one part chopped fresh herbs to one part 40% vodka). Cleavers is a lymphatic cleanser, mainly soluble in water and therefore should have had a 25% alcohol menstruum, but I only had the 40% vodka – was deeply darkly green and smelled amazing though, so I hope it’s worked. Dandylion is a fine kidney and liver cleanser largely by virtue of its diuretic properties, flushing through kidneys and therefore also liver. I chopped leaves and root and made a folk mixture with 40%, filling the jar with herb and then filling it again with vodka. The resulting mixture of three is deep, dark green and smells of fresh green leaves.