So very excited! Our tulsi is starting to come in. This plant, an herb, is a fragile one. Anyway, this is the first of what we hope will be a bountiful harvest. This batch will be my first attempt at tincture making.
I took 3 washings to get it clean enough to process. hmmm!
Then I let it dry completely from the washing. It took about an hour or so. During that time, I went to the local liquor store for a fifth of 100 proof vodka. Not a big fan of vodka but the alcohol dissipates when the tincture is added to hot water for tea. Anyway, after I got back home I broke the tulsi into shorter pieces and stuffed it into a quart canning jar that I ran through the dishwasher just prior (to make sure it was spotless), and covered the whole thing with the vodka.
I put a sticky note on the lid so I would remember what date this process was started. I will shake it daily for at least 2 weeks. The plan then is to strain it several times (I will use clean coffee filters) and bottle it in amber glass dropper bottles. If all goes well, it should last for years. We put tulsi in our tea all year around as it is an adaptogen and good for our health. It gets stored in a cabinet, in the dark to insure its potency.
Tulsi is in the basil family so should you choose to use it, use less…less is more. This is potent medicine.
Have you done anything with herbs as medicine or made tinctures? If so, please share what you have learned. Thanks.
See you soon…back to the garden!
Keep on Keepin’ on!