Happy Sunday mamas! My brood is *finally* seeming to be on the mend....all still sick but my house no longer sounds as though the plague has arrived! Thank you all for your thoughts!
DeeGee-For my tinctures it depends on whether I am using fresh or dried herbs, for fresh I use a ratio of 1 part herbs to 2 parts solvent and for dried herbs I use 1 part herbs to 5 parts solvent. You can make tinctures with 100 proof alcohol (vodka works well), or with vegetable glycerin (which doesn't extract the properties quite as well, but is a good choice if you are concerned about the alcohol), or with raw apple cider vinger which can be a good choice if you can get into the taste as the fermentation brings additional beneficial enzymes to the party...if you use ACV I usually warm it slightly before I add to help get things going. I add them to a glass container, like a canning jar, and seal it tightly, then I let it sit for anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 months depending on what I am using it for. Wild Cherry Bark when used in *VERY* small quantities can be really beneficial. It is commonly used in syrups meant to soothe coughs and bronchial tubes and has a gentle calming effect which stems from the very, very small amount of hydrogen cyanide found in the pits and barks of all stone fruits. Slippery Elm Bark is amazing and is a fantastic expectorant when taken internally (but is also great when ground and added to homemade baby powder) it has the ability to make mucuos 'dissolve' so to speak so that it can be passed through the intestines rather than with painful coughing, it can be used to treat bronchitis, bleeding of the lungs, and greatly soothes coughs as well. When I make tinctures using bark I grind up the bark chunks first in a coffee grinder and then add them as I would the dry herbs. I make my tinctures up and try to not run out of essential as the waiting time before they are usable is quite long, and then I combine the various types to suit my purpose...so with the lastest plague of yuck at my house I mixed up a tincture consisting of 1 part Wild Cherry Bark tincture to 12 parts Slippery Elm Bark tincture and then administered it.
For the syrups I use 4 oz total weight of whatever herbs I am using for every 1 quart of water, so I used 2 oz of Licorice Root which is awesome for treating coughs, colds, upper respiratory infections, and upset stomachs-the only real caveat is that you need to make sure you eat plenty of fruits and veggies as your body needs to replace potassium you expend processing the licorice root and I used 2 oz of Horehound is also great for treating respiratory infections and for helping with acidic reflux issues. I put the herbs and the water in a pot and boil until the liquid is reduced by half. I strain it then I add 1 cup of honey (we use raw but that's a personal choice, and any honey will work well!!) or 1 cup of maple syrup and heat it on low until it is just warmed through. I take it off the heat and bottle it in a canning jar and keep it in the fridge. I give my babes just about a teaspoon as needed and for adults the dose would be a tablespoon. You can definitely play around with what you add...onions are a a great expectorant and could be cooked along with the herbs or ginger...feel free to PM me if you have any questions!
Tropicana- I have been waking up in dead of night STARVING and like in tears about it, lol, so I have had to go out to the kitchen and eat at like 4 am
Purplemamaturtle- I haven't been sleeping much but it hasn't bee for lack of wanting to lol, I am hoping now that everyone is getting better, good sleep is on my horizon, lol. I have tried the E.M.A.B. tea and it is nice, I make one that I drink as does everyone is my house when we have trouble which is just chamomille, lavender, valerian, and St. John's Wort (which works great when people aren't sick, lol)
Kateadelle-So sorry the BFW class isn't what you were looking for :( and CONGRATS on your nuptials mama!!!! That is soooo epically awesome!!
Stegenrae-Happy Anniversary mama! That is great!
I hope all is well mamas! Phatchristy and Travelmumma-I hope you are both doing okay!!