WHAT ARE HERBAL TINCTURES?

January is here with its fresh start, and we are enjoying our snowy Utah landscape, cozy fires and turning inward. This time of year is about resetting, refreshing, finding balance and focusing on self-care and the care of loved ones. This is a wonderful time to start new healthy habits that can stay with you … Continue reading WHAT ARE HERBAL TINCTURES?

WHY A DECOCTION TINCTURE?

If you have dabbled in making your own medicinal herbal remedies, chances are you have likely entered the world of tinctures. Those little dropper bottles of herbs you see in the natural food store rely on alcohol to pull key constituents from plants, and with most plant properties, alcohol does an excellent job. Tinctures are … Continue reading WHY A DECOCTION TINCTURE?

Indefinitely Wild Series: Tinctures 101

Just as you can make a tea and extract your herb's medicinal constituents with hot water, you can do the same with a cool liquid - alcohol. You can grind and soak your fresh or dried herbs in an alcoholic liquid or solvent {such as Vodka}, then strain out the herbs. The resulting liquid is … Continue reading Indefinitely Wild Series: Tinctures 101

Indefinitely Wild Series: Comfrey {Symphytum officinale}

Also, Known As: Ass-ear Blackwort Bruisewort Comfrey Consormol Knitback Knitbone Comfrey (scientific name Symphytum officinale L.) is also known as knitbone or common comfrey and belongs to the Boraginaceae family. It is a perennial herb having black roots resembling turnips and bears broad leaves with bristles. The herb is indigenous to Europe and grows in soggy and lush green … Continue reading Indefinitely Wild Series: Comfrey {Symphytum officinale}

We Are Making An Arnica Tincture

Arnica montana  Also, Known As: Arnica Arnica Flowers Arnica Root Common Arnica Leopard's Bane Mountain Arnica Mountain Daisy Mountain Tobacco Wolfsbane The herb known as the arnica is characterized by a creeping rhizome; arnica is an aromatic and perennial plant, which gives out a basal rosette of four to eight downy leaves which reach a … Continue reading We Are Making An Arnica Tincture

Lunar Tinctures

Making your tinctures following the phases of the moon allows the powerful gravitational pull of the moon to draw out the properties in the plant and also adds a bit of ancient wisdom to your mixture. Just as the gravitational pull of the moon affects many things in nature and our lives, it’s thought that … Continue reading Lunar Tinctures

Spring is Here…

It's officially Spring. Though it was official according to the calendar about a month ago, Nature has now spoken in southeastern Utah. Here are three plants that signal spring to me: The first coltsfoot flowers are up - bright yellow sunshine that can be turned into a beautiful tincture. Coltsfoot Flower Tincture Coltsfoot flowers, freshly … Continue reading Spring is Here…

Desert Tortoise Botanical – DesertTortoiseBotanicals.com

DesertTortoiseBotanicals.com Source: Desert Tortoise Botanical – DesertTortoiseBotanicals.com Handcrafted - The Indigenous Peoples of the Sonoran desert taught the making of effective remedies through the combination of specific herbs and emotional intent.  Additionally, waste was never allowed so they made them in small batches.  Today, we honor their teachings by following their traditional methods of making remedies in … Continue reading Desert Tortoise Botanical – DesertTortoiseBotanicals.com

Medicinal Herbs: Wood Betony

Stachys Officinalis Also, Known As: Betony Lousewort Purple Betony Wood Betony The herb known as the wood betony is commonly considered to be the most important among the Anglo-Saxon herbs. There are at least twenty-nine uses of the wood betony in the treatment of physical diseases. At one time, the wood betony was probably also … Continue reading Medicinal Herbs: Wood Betony

Medicinal Trees: Elder

Elder {Sambucus nigra} Also, Known As: Bourtree Elder Elder-berry Elder-flower European Elder Pipe Tree The plant called the elder is used to describe a bushy shrub like plant that can reach a few feet in height as shrub-like forms normally do or it may be referring to a tree reaching up to fifty feet in … Continue reading Medicinal Trees: Elder