Making Herbal Tinctures
Salvia is a popular herbal medicinal belonging to he mint family and is commonly referred to as sage. The two most popular herbal sages are the common sage, salvia officinalis, used in cooking and red sage, a Chinese herb known as salvia miltiorrhiza or danshen.
Salvia officinalis has been used to treat anxiety, sweating, menopausal symptoms, aids memory and can be beneficial for both sore throats and mouth ulcers.
Salvia miltiorrhiza has been used to treat irregular menstruation and to help increate blood circulation. It can also be used for insomnia and abdominal pain.
Making your own herbal tinctures is a great way to create a more intimate relationship with plant medicines and their healing properties. Also by making your own product, you will save money and be able to control the strength and quality of your medicine.
For 1 Quart of Tincture
3 cups dried or 5 cups fresh salvia
1 quart 80-100 proof vodka
1 quart jar with lid
1 fine mesh bag or juicer
Step 1: Clean you quart jar with hot water and soap and let dry completely.
Step 2: Fill your jar with salvia and then pour vodka over the top making sure all the herbal product is covered.
Step 3: Seal the jar tightly.
Step 4: Shake the jar gently every other day.
Step 5: Let steep 6-8 weeks in a dark place.
Step 6: When ready to bottle, pour the tincture through the mesh cloth squeezing the saturated herbs so as to receive all the liquid or place the tincture through a juicer to extract the medicine.
Step 7: Place in storage container with tightly sealed lid.
Step 8: Date and label the tincture.
Tinctures can last up to two years tightly sealed.
Some herbalist recommend starting your tincture on a new moon and ending on a full moon.
Avoid using with warfarin. The effects are synergistic. In addition, individuals with blood clotting disorders should avoid this medicinal.
Honey and Sage Cold Syrup
Relieve a sore throat and other cold symptoms with this home treatment infused with sage.
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Steep sage in a cup filled with boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain out sage and allow the mixture to cool. Place honey in a jar and add vinegar and sage water. Shake well. Take 2 teaspoons every hour.