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The benefits and ease of making Tinctures

Customers often get that starry-eyed look of confusion and panic when I talk to them about tinctures. Making tinctures is so easy and almost any spice or herb can be made into a tincture. If you ever made vanilla extract with alcohol you made a tincture.
The three most notable benefits of alcohol based tinctures are:
Alcohol is able to pull properties from the herb that water and vinegar can not pull.
Alcohol based tinctures store in your cub board for up to 2 years. Unlike syrups that need refrigeration and generally store for approximately 2 months.
You only need to take a small amount, generally 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon daily or as needed.
Dried herbs and root are a good choice, because they are fully or partially dehydrated they easily absorb the alcohol. I generally use a mason jar or the original alcohol bottle.
I said it is simple and truly it is:
Add herbs, roots, etc., cover completely with vodka (rum or gin), label, date and set in your cup board, wait two months, strain off liquid, discard pulp, re-bottle liquid , label, date and store.
Currently, I am making a tincture from our elderberry syrup mix, a blend of, elderberries, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.

Stay Warm, Spice It Up

Everyone is talking about COLD, SNOW, & BLOWING WINDS. Facebook post are flooded with complaints and everyone I talk to has something to say on the subject. Even those who are winter lovers have had their fill of bitter cold. With spring still weeks away and the winds of March soon upon us, the need to warm up is still a topic of desire.

These spices and herbs can increase circulation and warm the body: ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, wasabi, and curry spice blends. Not only for cooking, many of them can be steeped for tea.

An old tradition is to put black pepper or cayenne pepper in your socks. However, beware, some say the cayenne heated up over time and produced skin burns. A better choice, essential oils diluted and used in massage also warm the body. We carry a large selection of warming essential oils.

Stay warm and see you at market.

That Throat Thing

This past Friday at market was the start of the winter pass around illnesses. For whatever reason it seemed to target the men market vendors. Maybe there was something in the woods, since it was the first week of deer season. I’m sure the deer had little sympathy. But seriously people all over York had “The Throat Thing”. Well, the throat thing brought new and old tea drinkers to my stand. The requests were all the same, “Do you have a tea for this throat thing?”

What I know about men and those none serious health people is they are wimps in what they will do to help themselves. So, based on this, I knew the Germ Blaster tea blend was not going to be their cup of tea. But I did what to offer them some relief. I went with a mix of eucalyptus leaf, nettle leaf, ginger root and rosehips. I went heavy on the rosehips to give them a Vit. C jolt. One man’s voice returned after drinking only one cup, everyone came back for a second cup. Now that’s dedication!

Don’t wait to get sick. Drink herbal teas daily to stay ahead of the cold and flu season.

Winter Illness Got You Down

 Make a tea of ginger root, horseradish root, garlic and onion. I use equal amounts, chopped and steeped into a tea. Drink small amounts throughout the day. If you are extra brave you can add a small amount of cayenne pepper, but I have found adding cayenne pepper is too much for me. I tolerate all the other ingredients well. This recipe helps with my bronchitis but it is not everyone’s cup of tea.

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