Rosehip Tincture. Simple yet effective cures
Basic Rose-hip Tincture
For the Rosehip Tincture I chose dried herb from a fresh picked harvest the previous year. Rose-hips are the fruit of wild roses. High in vitamin C, D, E, and A. Rose-hips may support your immune health when used with a healthy diet. Rich in antioxidants that help inhibit the chemical oxidation that causes free radicals. Suitable also for digestive health and weight loss. To add a bang to buck, a study in 2012 sung the praises of the fruit, which recorded a radical reduction in arthritis and inflammation symptoms. link below. To be taken to an external source :
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Gathering fresh herbs
Gather the Rose-hips or herb of choice at suitable astrological timing. To tincture, the herb can be fresh, which is best, or dried will also do. Be careful. Some herbs are poisonous. So please research thoroughly first.
Grind or crush the herbs
The smaller the particles, the better the absorption, the better it tinctures. We can destroy the herb with our hands, or a mortar and pestle is a handy tool too. We can also use an electric grinder. If the herb is fresh, we do this as quickly as possible. We don't want to lose too much goodness.
A choice of solvents
A solvent is a liquid that will react with the Rose-hip herb. We want a good reaction, so much of the benefits are extracted. A suitable solvent can be plain water if correctly processed. Alcohol ranging from weak to vigorous, e.g., Vodka or vinegar, all make suitable solvents. Alcohol ranging from weak to vigorous, e.g., Vodka or vinegar, all make suitable solvents. The solvent I chose for the Rose-hip tincture was water and alcohol. Rainwater is the best choice. We will distill this before use. Bottled water is acceptable when distilled also. Tap water is not a good choice and should be a last resort. A suitable solvent ratio is 50/50 alcohol-water: That's 250ml Vodka and 250ml water.
Place the prepared tincture in a tight sealed jar
A mason jar is perfect to tight seal the tincture. Mason jars have good seals. Some herbs react with plastics and metals. Cut a piece of parchment paper to cover the hole, then secure the lid. I tape my lids to ensure the volatiles don't escape. A volatile is a liquid that rises under heat. We need this tincture in the warmth.
Incubate or just keep warm. Avoid sunlight
If an incubator is to hand thats perfect. If not just keep the tincture warm. Avoid sunlight if possible. I keep mine @ 30 degrees Celsius. Shake a few times every day to ensure a good maceration. A maceration is the reaction of herb to solvent. This colours the solvent. A sure sign of an effective tincturing.
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