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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chamomile Tincture

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My absolute favorite tincture is a fresh chamomile tincture. Every winter I plant several chamomile seeds in anticipation. My efforts have paid off. I have been picking chamomile blossoms for the past several weeks (shown in the picture).
A tincture is an alcoholic extract of a plant. I soak my herbs in vodka for at least six weeks. Then, I strain off the plant matter and run the extract through a paper coffee filter. This results in a clear tincture with a very low turbidity.
When taking tinctures, I have been taught to dissolve the drops in water. This way, I can actually taste the herbs instead of feeling the burn of alcohol in my throat. The fresh chamomile tincture has a wonderful sweet flavor, just as sweet as the sleep it provides.
This Thursday, I will be teaching a class on botanical tinctures from 6-8 p.m. To register or get more information, please call 918-813-1874.

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