Folk Medicine

by Tawnya Boe August. 15, 2017 1443 views

The mullein medicine saga continues - 3rd and last episode for this medicine-making job (unless further photos are requested). I put the basic steps in bold font for those who like to skim to the important bits. :-)

1) My mullein leaves and flowers have dried sufficiently.

Pre-chopped medicinal Mullein matter

Pre-chopped medicinal Mullein matter

2) I chose Bacardi at 40% proof (and a bit of Brandy) for my medicinal menstruum. It has to be at least 40% in order to be a preservative. (Brandy has a medicinal property of relaxing the bronchial for easier breathing - and since that's why I'm creating this medicine in the first place, I thought it an appropriate help aid.)

Flower and Booze

Flower and Booze

3) I pour the booze over the chopped plant matter until it's perfectly covered - then I add more of the liquid because I know the dried matter will expand and soak it up. The plant bits need to be fully immersed to prevent mold. If the dried plant soaks up most of the alcohol, I will add more tomorrow. (A common measure is 2:1 - 2 wet parts to 1 dry. I want mine potent.) I'll shake this daily for a week or two then let it sit for a couple/few more weeks. When it's ready I'll strain off the marc (used plant matter) through muslin and measure 1 ounce into a tincture bottle that has a pipette top for dosing.

Jar of Mullein flowers and leaves chopped and soaking in Bacardi and Brandi.

Jar of Mullein flowers and leaves chopped and soaking in Bacardi and Brandi.

The rest will go into this cool bat embossed Bacardi bottle! :)

Jar of Mullein flowers and leaves chopped in Bacardi and Brandi.

Jar of Mullein flowers and leaves chopped in Bacardi and Brandi.

Thanks for letting me share my medicine-making process with you all. :)

PS - if you're interested in identifying this medicinal plant and the previous step - here it is.

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 1 month ago

Much better than all those synthetic pills

4 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 1 month ago

That's exactly right Mr. Gil! :)

4 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful reportage on this fascinating medicinal! 
I'm a real fan of folk remedies and natural foods....
Nice camera work!

p.s. thanks for liking my "display window couple" image.....

4 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 1 month ago

I'm growing more interest in herbal healing the older I get.  :)  Thanks for commenting! 
(PS-Loved the parallelism of the necks in your "display window couple")

4 years, 1 month ago Edited
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