I had originally made a website about herbalism for a college project but I decided to merge it with this blog. I had named the website herbaextracta.com, the name coming from the words herba and extracta, which mean herb and extract in latin respectively. This about extracts page was originally on the other website and the reader should start there to get a better idea of what entails an herbal extract, particularly tinctures.
I became interested in Herbalism from my interests in spiritual traditions as well as alchemy, which I have spoken about in a past post. There are methods to make alcohol based plant extracts which require an extra step in the process. This involves burning the plant matter which the alcohol has extracted into a white ash and from there boiling that down in water and attaining what are called the mineral salts. These are said to purify the plant matter which has been utilized in the extraction into white mineral salts which can then be combined with the tincture.
As my experimentation progressed, I started to leave out this extra step and in so doing I made several extracts without the purified plant matter. This is a page separate from my Experiment 1 page where I spoke more at length about the alchemical process of making herbal extracts. Thus, the extracts spoken about in this Herbalism page are extracts with alcohol as well as distilled water as a base and they are not made in the Spagyric manner.
This Tools page goes into detail concerning the equipment I utilize to make the tinctures.
Here are some of the extracts I have made thus far along with information regarding the properties of the plants used in making them:
Tincture of Tumeric
Tincture of Dandelion
Tincture of Ginkgo Biloba
Tincture of Spearmint
Tincture of Echinacea
Tincture of Cayenne
Tincture of Thyme
Tincture of Sweet Flag
Tincture of Wintergreen