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