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Is there any way to tell that it's gone bad or isn't right without actually ingesting it?<br><br>
I followed a very simple recipe and I *think* it's fine, but I'm scared to actually eat it. I know, it's just vodka and echinacea (I strained out all the actual plant matter, so now it's just liquid), but still, the wood alcohol poisoning incident from Call of the Wild or some other short story I read at the same time I was reading that book keeps popping into my mind and I get freaked out.<br><br>
We really need the immune support right now, but I just don't know.<br><br>
Any words of wisdom?
 

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A few drops of vodka (or even grain alcohol as DH uses in his) are NOT going to give you any problems. They'll just keep your tincture safe and good for a long time.<br><br>
If you're nervous, start with 4 drops and show yourself that it's fine. I *think* ethyl alcohol makes you blind and ethanol is drinkable (or vice versa, who knows) but so long as you used a reputable alcohol source Ilike a bottle from a liquor store, not "make your own hootch") you'll be fine. I promise if it's vodka in there you won't go blind!<br><br>
I was nervous the first time I tried DH's valerian tincture. It was fine. He's been doing this for years. We're all okay AND we know that there are TWO things in his tinctures. Herbs and the alcohol solvent. Nice and simple. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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If you made it with vodka, there's really no way it could "go bad". The alcohol preserves it indefinitely. I have homemade tinctures from six years ago that are still just fine. If you were using grain alcohol and figuring out your own alcohol to water ratio, then perhaps there's a way it could go bad....(if you used a waaaay higher percentage water than alcohol). If it's the alcohol you're worried about, you can put a few droppersful of tincutre in a cup of boiling water. THe alcohol will evaporate, leaving the tinctured herb behind. Use it! It would be a shame not to use your own homemade medicine!
 

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My grandmother made her own tinctures and saves all the time. And she lived to 92! Of course she knew what she was doing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Just kidding around. If you made it with Vodka, there is no reason why it should not be OK to drink. I would.
 
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