Boneset & Goldenrod tincture
Making your own boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) or goldenrod (Solidago spp.) tincture is simple. A great time to harvest is just before it flowers. In western NY, this is generally in mid- to late summer for boneset, and late summer into fall for goldenrod. Harvest by clipping the stem above a set of leaves. No need to take leaves that look old and yellowed at the bottom of the plant. Remove and keep the leaves, flowers or flower buds, and any soft portion of the stem. Discard the woody stalk.
You may either dry your harvested plant material, or tincture it fresh.
a. Tincture of fresh plant material:
· If you have a kitchen scale: weigh plant material. Chop finely and stuff into mason jar. Add 2 fluid ounces 100-190 proof clear liquor for every 1 ounce plant material by weight. Use metal utensil to press air bubbles out. (I generally use 190 proof for fresh plant material).
· If you don't have a scale: Chop plant material and stuff into mason jar. Add enough 100 proof clear liquor to barely cover plant material. Use a metal utensil to press air bubbles out.
b. Tincture of dry plant material:
· If you have a kitchen scale: weigh plant material. Chop finely and pour into mason jar. Add 5 fluid ounces 100 proof clear liquor for every 1 ounce plant material by weight. Use metal utensil to press air bubbles out.
· If you don't have a scale: Same directions as fresh tincture.
For both a and b:
Let tincture macerate (steep) for at least a month, shaking daily or as often as you remember. If plant material comes above the surface of the liquid, push it back down with a spoon. Strain through cheese cloth (or old clean t-shirt) and wring out well, saving as much liquid as possible. Discard plant material.
Recommended use: Shake bottle.
Boneset: Take 1-3 dropperfuls (or 1/4 - 3/4 tsp), 3 times daily in a little water during cold, flu, or times of skeletal aches and pains. For short-term use.
Goldenrod: Take 1-4 dropperfuls (or 1/4 - 3/4 tsp), 3-4x daily at cold and flu time; work with a practitioner if using for urinary tract health.
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