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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Herbalism: Making Tinctures Part 2 ... cont'd ^_~

So ... I've had a couple more tinctures mature since I updated last and I decanted each as it came ready.

Tincture of Catnip - decanted April 2nd, 2012
I'd say the Tincture of Catnip was a success being that, as I was in the process of decanting three mewling fuzzballs appeared at my side and began crowding my ankles. It was almost comical to see them begging like puppies ... alas, being that alcohol is a poison and I refuse to drag my furkids back down the evolutionary scale on the off chance there's a laugh to get out of it, I was unable to acquiesce to their demands and they had to make do with the dried leaf instead. Which, in turn, resulted in looks of disappointed disgust as only another cat-parent would be familiar with.

Tincture of Mullein Leaf - before

Tincture of Mullein Leaf - after
The Tincture of Mullein leaf is one that I have been looking forward to eagerly. Due to the beneficial effects of Mullein on the body's respiratory system, I set this one to brew with the intention to find out first hand how well it will work on the mucus production issue that is inherent in moderate to severe asthma. If it should also prove to have a bronchiodilatory effect, so much the better but as I can use the Tincture of Peppermint or a gum made with Peppermint Essential Oil to create an opening of the airways, it is the tendency to drown in one's own lungs that I'm really looking to impact here.

I'll be reporting back on this one .. and, as strange as this is to say, I'm almost looking forward to my next asthma attack so that I can test the Mullein Tincture out. BUT not enough to induce one ;-p  

1 comment:

  1. It seems to me that using the catnip tincture to dose a plushy toy for them could work maybe :)