We are going to explore the subject of how you can create your own herbal tinctures. The technique we are going to use is called maceration (“to soften or become softened by soaking in a liquid”) This technique can be used with a wide variety of different herbs.
Here’s a picture of rosemary growing in my herb garden.
I cut the rosemary and put it in a sealed glass container with 80 proof vodka. (40% alcohol)
I let it macerate for approximately 10 days, periodically gently shaking the tincture. I strained out the rosemary herb and was left with the alcohol tincture. I’m taking 1 teaspoon or 5 mL a day.
Maceration works because some of the active ingredients are extracted by water (think making an herbal tea) and some of the ingredients are extracted by alcohol (think liquid herbal tincture). Here is the end result.
Rosemary functions by increasing mental alertness and memory. It enhances phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification by the liver. It stimulates healthy circulation and prevents atherosclerosis. It has anti-microbial activity.
Rosemary is known as the herb of remembrance. Regular intake aids in the prevention of dementia.
One more option for improved wellbeing.