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Spring tonic tinctures

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.

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