The Liver

  The Liver-Gallbladder Flush

Dr. William Donald Kelley, D.D.S., M.S.

The importance of cleansing the debris from the liver and gall bladder, thus keeping the bile free flowing, cannot be overemphasized. This can be effectively accomplished by doing the Liver-Gall Bladder Flush (a form of which at one time was widely used at the world famous Lahey Clinic in Boston, MA), which is necessary even if one has had their gall bladder removed. The four basic active principles in this procedure are:

  1. Apple juice (high in malic acid) or ortho-phosphoric acid, which acts as a solvent in the bile to weaken adhesions between solid globules.
  2. Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), taken by mouth and enema, which allows magnesium to be absorbed into the bloodstream, relaxing smooth muscles. Large solid particles which otherwise might create spasms are able to pass through a relaxed bile duct.
  3. Olive oil, unrefined, which stimulates the gall bladder and bile duct to contract powerfully, thus expelling solid particles kept in storage for years.
  4. Coffee enemas, which consist of a coffee solution retained in the colon. They activate the liver to secrete its waste into the bile, enhancing bile flow and further relaxing the bile duct muscle.

The Liver-Gall Bladder Flush is one of the most important procedures for persons over 15 years of age. If one is above 15 years of age and his or her physician gives approval, he or she should do this the first week of Metabolic Medicine’s Cancer Cure Program, and should, with his or her physician’s approval, repeat it every 2 months. The steps in doing this are not difficult and are as follows:

  1. For 5 days prior to the “Flush,” consume as much apple juice or cider as the appetite permits, in addition to regular meals. You may add a total of 60 drops of Formula HRT (Phosfood Liquid or Super Phos 30) to the apple juice or cider each day. Nutritional supplements should also be taken during this time. The first preference for juice would be freshly juiced organic apples, and secondly, apple juice or cider (unsweetened and preferably organic if possible) purchased either from the health food or grocery store. A person should be sure to read the labels carefully and obtain a juice that has no additives whatsoever.If one is a severe hypoglycemic, is diabetic, or has difficulty tolerating the juice or cider, he or she may take 20 drops of HRT (Phosfood Liquid or Super Phos 30) with each meal (60 drops daily) in RO filtered water or distilled water or some type of juice other than apple. Due to the high acidity, it is wise that one brush his teeth or rinse out his mouth with Milk of Magnesia or baking soda solution after taking the ortho-phosphoric acid.
  2. At noon on the sixth day, one should eat a normal lunch and take the Metabolic Formulas scheduled for that time.
  3. Two hours after lunch, 1 or 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) dissolved in 1 to 3 ounces of warm mineral water, RO filtered water or distilled water should be taken. The taste may be objectionable to some. If so, the mixture can be followed by a little citrus juice if desired (freshly squeezed if possible).
  4. Four hours after lunch, one should take a 1-quart coffee enema with one-fourth (1/4) cup of Epsom salt dissolved in it. This should be retained for 15 minutes and expelled. The coffee should be made as strong as one can tolerate but no stronger than 6 tablespoons of ground coffee per quart of water.
  5. Five hours after lunch take 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt, dissolved as the previous dose (Step 3).
  6. Six or seven hours after lunch, one may fast if desired. However, it is preferable to have a fresh fruit salad, using as many fresh fruits in season as possible. Use heavy, unpasteurized whipping cream as a dressing on the salad, whipped with a little raw (unheated) honey if desired. One can eat as much as desired of the whipped-cream-covered salad. If fresh fruit is unavailable, frozen berries such as strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc. can be used. These should also be covered with whipped cream and a large portion eaten. Take citrus fruit or juice after the cream and fruit meal, if desired. For hypoglycemics, the cream should balance the fruit. However, each hypoglycemic should adjust the amount of salad eaten to his individual tolerance.
  7. At bedtime, there can be 1 of 3 choices (Note: Olive oil stimulates the gall bladder and bile duct to contract powerfully, thus expelling solid particles kept in storage for years. All juice should be freshly squeezed if possible):
  1. Take one-half (1/2) cup of unrefined olive oil or 6 tablespoons of Formula F followed by a small amount of orange, grapefruit, or lemon juice if the oil taste is objectionable.
  2. Take one-half (1/2) cup of unrefined olive oil or 6 tablespoons of Formula F blended with one-half (1/2) cup of orange, grapefruit, or diluted lemon juice.
  3. Take 4 tablespoons of unrefined olive oil or 4 tablespoons of Formula F followed by 1 tablespoon of citrus juice every 30 minutes until 6 ounces of oil have been consumed. This choice is preferable for those who are unusually weak or who have had gall bladder problems in the past. It has been found helpful to rinse the mouth with an alcohol base drink like Sherry to cut out the residue of the oil taste. If an alcohol base drink is unobtainable, try a natural carbonated drink, or club soda. (Do not swallow the alcohol drink or the carbonated drink.) (Note: If one should vomit during the consumption of the oil and juice, the procedure should be continued until it is finished. It is not necessary to make up for the amount that was vomited. Nausea felt during this process usually indicates stimulation of the gall bladder and/or liver.)
  1. Immediately upon finishing the oil and juice (or while taking it), one should go to bed and lie on the right side with the right knee drawn up toward the chin for 30 minutes before going to sleep. This encourages the oil to drain from the stomach, helping contents of the gall bladder and/or liver to move into the small intestine.
  2. If one feels quite ill during the night, another strong coffee enema with one-fourth (1/4) cup of Epsom salt dissolved in it may be taken.
  3. If there is a strong feeling of nausea the following morning, one should try to remain in bed until it subsides somewhat. Vomiting should not be forced.
  4. Upon arising, one must take another strong coffee enema with Epsom salt in it or, 1 hour before breakfast, take 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt dissolved in 1 to 3 ounces of warm mineral water, RO filtered water or distilled water.
  5. If one continues to feel nauseous or very sore in the upper abdomen even after the enema, a light diet of sprouts, fruit (raw or steamed), yogurt or kefir, and freshly extracted vegetable juices (especially with beet greens in them) should be resumed. If one finds that the Metabolic Formulas cause discomfort immediately after the flush, they may be omitted for three days.

  

Helpful Hints

  1. Taking one hydrochloric acid tablet at bedtime will help reduce any nausea during the night.
  2. If you have a tendency to get nauseated from the oil, take 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera juice after your doses of oil and citrus juice.
  3. Placing a hot water bottle over the liver area (under the right ribcage) during the night also helps relieve nausea.

  One should not be frightened by the above references to nausea, vomiting, soreness of the abdomen, etc. Chances are that the symptoms won’t be severe enough to cause vomiting or soreness of the abdomen, as this happens only very rarely. Many people complete this procedure with minimal discomfort, and nearly everyone feels much better after completing it. Flushing the liver and gall bladder in the manner described (if the gall bladder is present) stimulates and cleans these organs as no other process does.

Note:

Oftentimes, persons suffering for years from gallstones, lack of appetite, biliousness, backaches, nausea, and a host of other complaints will find gallstone-type objects in the stool the day following the flush. These objects are light to dark green in color, very irregular in shape, gelatinous in texture, and of sizes varying from “grape seed” size to “cherry” size. If there seems to be a large number of these objects in the stool, the flush should be repeated in 2 weeks.

via The Liver.

Luxurious bath salt recipes

Relaxing detox bath:  3 cups sea salt,  15 drops camomile essential oil, 10 drops lavender essential oil.   Using a large metal or glass bowl combine salt with the essential oils mix well, store in an amber or cobalt blue bottles to help preserve the essential oil, this will hold true to any essential oil recipes to follow. Use approximately 1/2 cup per bath

Detox drink to take into the bath: 1 glass distilled water, 1/2 lemon juice, 2 tablespoons grapefruit juice, 1 tablespoons organic maple syrup or honey, 1 pinch of cayenne pepper. blend and drink while taking the Hemp detox bath wash see below.

Hemp detox bath wash: 1 cup raw/organic sugar, 1/2 cup dead sea salt, 1/ cup epsom salt, 2 tablespoons of hemp oil, 1/4 cup (quality, organic hand-made is Best) liquid soap,  juice from 1/2 grapefruit & 1/2 lemon, grated lemon   & grapefruit  peel, 2 tablespoons of grapefruit seed, lemon  essential oil.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl including peels allow to synergize meld blend… always when using EO’s give them time to blend with the other ingredients to get the best results.

The Fruity Secret in Skin Care

As we age in our skin’s ability to remove impurities and exfoliate itself begins to decline. In short, your birthday suit delays taking the rubbish to the curb and results in a buildup of debris on the surface of your skin. Also, the functioning of sweat and oil glands begins to fade and contributes to drying skin. Visible signs of aging skin, such as dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, can actually begin to appear at the tender age of 25.

After 40, however, hormonal changes inhibit collagen production and collagen stores begin to break down. This natural occurrence leads to a thinning of the skin, making the underlying blood-vessel structure more visible at the surface. The thinning leads to a host of other problems as well, such as fragility and increased wound healing time, increased sensitivity to allergens and a loss of elasticity. The skin also loses fat, making it appear less plump and smooth, and suffers, too, a loss of color due to fewer blood vessels in the skin. If that’s not enough working against your countenance, dare we mention gravity?

Then there’s photo aging, the premature aging of the skin caused by sunlight. The term photo aging originates from the fact that only a high-tech UV camera can reveal the damage caused by UV radiation, which is generally invisible to the naked eye. It is estimated that up to 90% of wrinkles are due to excessive exposure to the sun. And this is scary: 80% of photoaging has already occurred by age 18. It just takes a few decades to be able to read the evidence on your face.

Skin-Friendly Fruits
Before you dash off to plant your mug into the cavity of a grapefruit to regain your youthful glow, you should know exactly where fruit-derived alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) come from. They are found in such edibles as pineapple (sorbic acid), grapes (tartaric acid), apples (maltic acid) and even milk (lactic acid). But the applications of these AHAs come from a bottle or tube, not from your refrigerator. When applied to skin, AHAs penetrate the upper layer to “unglue” dead cells that have become stuck together over time. The skin then sloughs off this layer to reveal new, healthy cells that have been, in effect, held hostage underneath. With regular use of AHA products, you can teach your old skin a new trick by helping it to re-establish the natural exfoliation and cell renewal process it once knew so well.

But here’s the bottom line: AHAs not only stimulate skin cell renewal, they are also responsible for long-term benefits such as the reduction of spots and mottling caused by sun damage. What’s more, AHAs enhance moisture retention by enabling the skin’s most important molecules, glycosoaminoglycans and proteoglycans, to absorb water on the skin faster and more effectively. And, in deeper layers of skin, AHAs appear to increase the deposition of collagen, leading to better structural support.

Papaya and pineapple are two of the most popular fruits used in natural peels, since they are both a rich source of AHAs. Each fruit contains a protein-dissolving enzyme, papain and bromelain respectively, that promotes cell renewal and stimulates collagen production. Not all AHAs are derived from fruit, though. Glycolic acid, obtained from sugar cane, is the best-known member of the alpha-hydroxy acid family and has been found to be useful in treating age spots, superficial scars, acne, fine lines and (sometimes) even deeper wrinkles.

The one potential drawback to the use of AHAs is that for some people, they can be irritating. To that end, beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) have come on the scene in recent years. BHAs are less irritating and seem to have a synergistic effect used in combination with AHAs. The most common source of BHA is salicin, a constituent of salicylic acid (aspirin) obtained from the inner white pith of willow bark.

AHAs Don’t Have to Face It Alone
Both sunlight and normal bodily processes foster the formation of free radicals, rogue molecules that harass skin cells. So it makes sense that the addition of certain antioxidants (free-radical fighters) to AHA products is helpful in winning the battle against the signs of aging. When a vitamin C-based topical cream is applied in the form of L-ascorbic acid, the skin is protected from the sun’s UVA rays, which target the deeper layers of skin and destroy the collagen matrix. When combined with vitamin E, L-ascorbic acid also shields against the burning rays (or UVB rays), which actually break down DNA and RNA causing free-radical damage and cell mutation. This form of vitamin C has also demonstrated the ability to stimulate collagen creation by regulating three pro-collagen genes and, when used in a natural face peel, can have a synergistic effect on reversing the evidence of sun damage.

The addition of other ingredients—such as extracts of green tea, chamomile, aloe vera, comfrey and rose hip—help to buffer the burning sensation sometimes experienced when first using AHA products. These added ingredients also offer excellent antioxidant benefits of their own. For instance, Rutgers University conducted a series of studies on the effect of green tea on skin cancer. In one study, skin tumors were spawned in mice by exposing them to ultraviolet-B light and a cancer-causing chemical known as dimethylbenzanthracene. Of the tea-treated group, 65% to 93% evidenced fewer carcinomas, and 60% to 90% had fewer precancerous skin lesions. And, in one lab trial, green tea offered antioxidant protection more than 200 times that of vitamin E.

The Acid Test
Over-the-counter AHA products with a concentration of 5%-20% glycolic acid can be safely used at home. (Concentrations of AHAs below 4% are only slightly hydrating—that’s about all.) Concentrations of 5%-7% help to exfoliate the skin and produce a soft smooth feeling, while regular treatment with 8%-15% concentrations will render significant improvement in skin texture.

But, it’s the pH of the product that really counts. A product containing glycolic acid with a pH of less than 2.0 is very acidic and can actually result in peeling deeper layers of skin, even if the product has a low concentration of acid. For best results, the product should have a concentration of 4%-8% percent glycolic acid and a pH between 3.0 and 4.0, making it more alkaline. Because some manufacturers put this information on labels and others don’t, the best guideline is to choose a product formulated for your specific skin type.

Dry skin responds well to products containing either glycolic or lactic acid, or a combination of both. Both acids are water-binding and act as moisturizers. People with combination and normal skin types should use a glycolic peel every one to two weeks, or a daily AHA lotion of 4%-8% concentration. Those with blemish-prone skin may prefer to use a BHA product to avoid undue irritation; a salicylic acid-based product breaks up and clears away excess oil without over-drying the skin. Oily skin benefits most from a water-based formula that combines AHAs and BHAs to best promote a high degree of initial cell shedding since this skin type is prone to clogged pores.

There is one caveat to using over-the-counter (OTC) alpha-hydroxy products. As Nadine Toriello, esthetician (and owner of All About You Salon and Day Spa in Key West, Florida), cautions: “The best OTC AHAs can do is moisturize, which can temporarily reduce signs of aging by filling the outermost cells with fluid.” Legal restrictions prevent to the sale of OTC alpha-hydroxy products in concentrations of more than 6%, so if it’s intensive treatment you seek, you’ll need to consult with a licensed practitioner.

Since photoaging is by far the major contributor to aging skin, it would be wise to include a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) in all of your cosmetic applications—from lotions to makeup—year round and not just during jaunts to the beach in summer. Also, trust in the adage that less is more. In as little as two weeks’ time, you’ll begin to see marked improvement in the texture and tone of your skin after introducing AHA products. However, don’t become so enthusiastic that you’ll start thinking that more product will yield more and better results. AHA products are not created equal. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions. Should any skin irritation persist with a product, discontinue its use and seek the advice of a practitioner or skin care consultant. So, if your skin looks older than you feel, feed it fruit to get back that glow.

Originally published in Energy Times Magazine

Keeping your Spa Clean and Green

This is fun, informative blog that I hope your going to be amazed at the results you can achieve using simple ingredients from around the home.

 Using resources from the planet we are going to create some amazing beauty treatments that will hydrate while supporting cellular regeneration, rich in antioxidants, anti-inflamatory even some cleaning supplies….

Here’s many cleaning recipes and my take on keeping your environment, spa naturally and organically  spotless.

Non-toxic homemade household cleaners

Salt of the Earth, Did you know our body/blood has the exact same amount of salt that the ocean does? I don’t think we will understand the full complexity of salt and all its benefits. Detox the body, some salts balance PH both internally and externally, strong antihistamine and antiseptic, epsom salt/ magnesium Sulfate is wonderful for softening skin, Sea salt provides essential minerals that your skin will drink up. 

Nourishing and Revitaling Bath Salt Recipes

So basic, so useful. Salt can be used as an antibacterial scrubber and a way to give new life to the old. Some of the ways to use salt to clean and disinfect include: remove wine stains and grease stains from carpet, give new life to sponges by soaking them in a salt and vinegar  solution, clean residue from glass, remove stains from enamel pans, and brighten cutting boards,  banish fleas and spirits? as in GHOSTS? so it is said!

Sadly the most common salt used (table salt),  is primarily kiln-dried sodium chloride with anti-caking agents added. Trace minerals, as well as calcium, magnesium and potassium salts are removed in processing. So I would highly suggest table salt for cleaning and Sea Salt for consumption.

Club soda can be used to remove carpet stains, remove fabric stains, clean counter tops, remove rust, clean windows and glass, clean household plants. When you are done cleaning with club soda, give your plants a drink of the remaining club soda to keep plants healthy.

Baking soda is a versatile household cleaner. Some of the uses include: Clean cast iron cookware, remove scratches on counter tops, carpet deodorizer, remove carpet stains, buff out furniture stains, remove crayon marks from walls, unclog a drain, use as a laundry fabric softener, soft scrub cleaner, and toilet bowl cleaner.

White vinegar is amazing around the house. Entire books are written about the many uses for vinegar. Some of the uses for cleaning with white vinegar include: Remove mildew in the bathroom, fill a spray bottle with a vinegar solution to clean chrome and stainless steel surfaces, shine silver, give new life to old rugs, remove carpet stains, remove water rings on furniture, disinfect kitchen cutting boards, clean glass and mirrors.Castile soap, A basic bar of soap kills germs. To make liquid soap, simply add bar soap shavings to a spray bottle filled with water, let set a few days and shake. Add a few drops of an essential oil for fragrance. Castile soap can be used as a bug repellent.

Thanks to greendaily for the recipes, always test your homemade cleaning products befor using them on fragile surfaces.

100% of the ingredients are organic or natural in origin supporting planet balance and restoration. The resources we use today our children will pay for later.

Making Herbal Tinctures

                                              Making an herbal tincture
Traditional method and what you will need:

Glass jar (mason jars work well) of an appropriate size, and a same-sized measuring cup
80 or 100 proof vodka, preferably organic (‘Rain‘ is one brand)
Fresh or dry herbal material
Muslin or cheesecloth; knife and cutting board

Step one: The Herbs

You will want the highest quality herbs you can get: the strength of the tincture depends on it! If you can grow them organically, be sure to harvest them at the peak of their vibrancy, before any yellowing or damage can occur. Sing or talk to them while you harvest, they love it! Follow your own rhythms and instincts, but in general:

• leaves are harvested under the Sun, before flowering, and just before the Full Moon.
• flowers are harvested under the morning Sun, at their peak, just before the Full Moon.
• barks and twigs are harvested under the Sun, right after the New Moon.
• roots are harvested under the evening Sun, or at night, when the tops of the plants have

died back in the Fall or right before the plants come up in the Spring. Harvest just before
the New Moon.
You can rinse leaves gently, but don’t ever wash flowers. Roots and barks should be well
washed and cleaned. Pat dry in a towel before proceeding.
If you are purchasing herbs, only buy organically grown. The residues on commercially
grown crops (synthetic pesticides and fertilizers) make them unfit for medicine. If you can,
buy them fresh, but dry herbs can make incredible tinctures! Make sure they are of a rich
color, deep green or deep brown or fiery orange as it may be – this shows they have been
properly dried and stored. They should have a strong smell, even if it’s just the smell of
‘green’. A small pinch under the tongue should produce a definite effect of some kind. If
you can, buy whole herbs and chop them yourself. Herbs stored for six months to a year
can still be good, if kept dry and out of the sun, but after a year they should be kept for
teas only.

Step two: The Preparation and Tincturing

Once you have obtained your plant material, measure out enough to fill most of your glass
jar. Then, lay it out on a cutting board. If it is finely chopped (almost powdered) already,
you can just add it to the jar. Otherwise, use a knife (I like crescent-shaped blades) to chop
it to a fine consistency. With some roots this may be impossible; just do the best you can.
Some seeds and leaves, when dry, are easier in a mortar and pestle.
Once your herb is well chopped or ground, add it to your jar. Tell it that, soon, it will be
medicine and will help many people. Then, add enough vodka to cover it completely (this
may take a while – be sure to wait for all the alcohol to trickle down), put the lid on the jar,
and shake it vigorously for a little while. Store in a cool, dry place away from even indirect
sunlight – but don’t forget about it! Shake it well every other day.

Step three: Maceration and Straining

When in the jar, the tincture is said to be ‘macerating’, or steeping. This should continue
for at least one Lunar cycle (one month, approximately), at which point it can be strained.
Start by placing a strainer (medium mesh) over the mouth of the opened jar. Then, turn the
whole thing over into the measuring cup. Wait for most of it to trickle out, then flip the jar
back over, take out the wet herbs, and squeeze them through muslin or cheesecloth to get
the last bits out (make sure your hands are clean!). Rinse out your jar, and pour the
strained tincture back in. Store in a cool, dry, dark place. This tincture can keep for 10
years!

Some additions to the Traditional Method
What you will need: Two glass jars and a measuring cup, a scale, grain alcohol (95% pure alcohol), distilled water, calculator
Muslin or cheesecloth; knife and cutting board
Fresh or dry herb material
The Timing:

Harvesting and processing of herbs have always followed seasonal rhythms and cycles.
The basic rule is a relationship, termed ‘correspondence’, that the herb has with its
environment and with the universe. The correspondence is understood in terms of strong,
universal symbols that resonate within us, the world, and the plant we are working with.
The herbalist will strive to evoke layers of images and meaning as he or she interacts with
the herbs – you have already seen this in the Traditional Method. Many like to use
Elemental correspondences to govern harvesting and processing cycles: when the Sun is
in a watery sign, like Cancer, we will harvest and process a watery herb, like Purslane, or
Echinacea. This works for Moon signs as well (if not better). Ultimately, what is important
isn’t memorizing long lists of correspondences, but rather making your own and using
them! (for example, telling the story of how well Echinacea fought off your flu last year
while you make the tincture can have dramatic results).

The Weight-to-Volume Ratio:

To get a consistent tincture from batch to batch, it is of course necessary to keep obtaining
herbs of consistently high quality. It can also help to use the weight-to-volume ratio, a
simple technique to ensure a repeatable process. Basically, it relates the weight of the
herb you are using to the volume of alcohol you will steep it in. So, if you have 5 ounces of
Echinacea root and 15 ounces of alcohol, you are making a 1 to 3 (1:3) tincture, because
for every one part of herb (by weight) you are using 3 parts of alcohol (by volume). Chop
your herb as usual, but this time, weigh it before putting it in the jar. Then, decide what you
want your ratio to be.Fresh herbs do well at 1:3, or 1:2.Dry herbs are usually 1:4, but can
be anything you want. Just remember, the higher the Volume number, the weaker the
tincture. Thus, a 1:5 is roughly twice as strong as a 1:10.

Solubility:

Certain herbs, we have found, produce a stronger tincture when they are steeped in an
alcohol that is more concentrated than 80 or 100 proof vodka (which is 40 or 50% alcohol).
We obtain this alcohol by mixing pure grain alcohol (which is 95%, or 190 proof) with
distilled water until we obtain the right percentage. This isn’t to say that all herbs do well
with more alcohol in their tincture – some are damaged by too much! The term for the
percentage of alcohol that the herb prefers to be tinctured in issolubility.
If you are mixing pure grain alcohol and distilled water to make a tincture, first determine
your weight-to volume ratio. Weigh your herb, and multiply it by the volume number to
determine what volume of mixture you’ll need. The amount of alcohol required is given by:

(VxS):95
where V is total volume and S is solubility. Measure out the alcohol, then make up the
difference in the total by adding distilled water.

Solubilities of Selected Herbs
The alcohol strengths listed represent the menstruum before adding the herbs.
Angelicaroot  Angelica archangelica fresh 40%
Astragalusroot Astragalus membranaceus fresh 50%
Burdockroot Arctium lappa fresh 40%
Bonesettops Eupatorium perfoliatum fresh 55%
Black Cohosh root & rhizome Actaea racemosa fresh 60%
Calendulaflowers Calendula officinalis fresh 50%
California Poppytops Eschscolzica californica fresh 45%
Catnipleaves Nepeta cataria fresh 40%
Cleaverstops Galium aparine fresh 40%
Dandelionroot Taraxacum officinalis fresh 45%
Echinacearoot Echinacea purpurea fresh 50%
Echinaceatops Echinacea purpurea fresh 40%
Elderflowers Sambucus nigra dry 30%
Elecampaneroot Inula helenium fresh 40%
Feverfewtops Tanacetum parthenium fresh 60%
Goldenrodtops Solidago canadensis fresh 40%
Goldthreadrootlets Coptis canadensis fresh 60%
Hawthornberries Crategus spp. fresh 35-40%
Lemon Balmtops Melissa officinalis fresh 40%
Meadowsweet leaf, flower, bark
Filipendula ulmaria fresh 40%
Motherwort young tops Leonurus cardiaca fresh 50%
Mugwort tops Artemisia vulgaris fresh 40%
Nettletops Urtica diotica fresh 40%
Peppermint leaves Mentha x piperita (hybrid cross) dry 50%
Red Clovertops Trifolium praetense fresh 40%
St. John’s Worttops Hypericum perforatum fresh 40%
Sageleaves Salvia officinalis fresh 40%
Scullcaptops Scutellaria lateriflora fresh 40%
Thyme leaves and stems Thymus vulgaris fresh 70%
Valerianroot Valeriana officinalis fresh 50%
Yarrow flowers and leaves Achillea millefolium fresh 40%
Yellowdockroot Rumes crispus fresh 40%

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Since fresh plants contain a certain amount of water, the final concentration of alcohol (once the tincture is strained) will be lower than what you began with. With many plants, you can assume that half of their fresh weight (50%, or .5) is water. In that case, the percent alcohol by volume of the final tincture is given by:

S x 2V : (2V+1)

Where S is the original solubility of the menstruum (as listed above), and V is the volume-number in the
weight-to-volume ratio (so, in a 1:3 tincture, V is 3. In a 1:4, V is 4, and so on). So, for example, if we were
making a 1:3 tincture of fresh Echinacea, we would steep the roots in a 50% alcohol solution. When strained,
the solution’s actual percent of alcohol would be 50% times 6 (300) divided by 7, which is 42.85%.

Elemental rulers for selected herbs
Airis the element of beginnings, the intellect, and the East. Very often these herbs will be aromatic, or have
some subtle effect on the mind or spirit. They can help ‘blow away’ obstructions and congealment. They can
have light, wispy shapes or reach, slender, into the air. Usually harvested for above-ground parts.
Comfrey
Elder
Eyebright
Lavender
Mugwort
Peppermint
Thyme
Wormwood
Fireis the element of passion, power, and the South. These herbs will have a spicy, strong taste and are

usually very warming. Also, some can sting or irritate (burn) the skin. Often, their flowers will be of a fiery color (yellow, orange and red), and they can come in all shapes and sizes. Usually harvested for above- ground parts.

Angelica
Basil
Wood Betony
Garlic
Hawthorn
Calendula
Mullein
Nettle
Rosemary
Rue
Wateris the elements of emotions, empathy, love, and the West. Always cooling and soothing, these
herbs can help us reconnect to our feelings, ease tension, and relax inflammation. You will often find them in
a moist setting, or in partial shade where they seem to do well. Harvested for all parts.
Burdock, Chamomile, Catnip, Elecampane, Echinacea, Meadowsweet
Poppies, Rose, Valerian, Blue Vervain
Earthis the element of wisdom, stability, and protection. Through Earth herbs we return to our centers, we are nourished and cared for. There is a direct affinity here with our physical body, giving direct, material healing to tender parts. Often harvested for their roots, these plants can also exhibit a 5-pattern in their leaves and flowers.
Black Cohosh, Cinquefoil, Horehound, Pennyroyal, Sage, Slippery Elm
Bottling your Tincture and Keeping Records

After being strained, you need to bottle your tinctures if you’re going to give them to others.
Amber bottles work best at keeping the light out, cobalt works also. You should also obtain a small measuring cup, or better yet, a graduated cylinder.
Pour a small amount (2 or 3 ounces) of tincture into your measuring cup. Then slowly pour this into the glass bottle, stopping right as the mouth of the bottle begins to curve into the neck. This allows for ample ‘shaking room’, to keep the tincture lively.
Always label your tinctures clearly; you don’t want to forget what’s in the bottle and have to
guess around later. The label should include:

• Name of herb, both common and Latin (if possible, to avoid confusion)
• Fresh or Dry, and the part(s) used in the tincture
• Date of Tincturing (and Moon / Sun sign if desired)
•Percent of alcohol by volume (40% for 80 proof vodka, 50% for 100 proof)
• Weight-to-Volume ratio, if applicable
• a Batch Number, if you plan on more than one batch per year.

It is also a good idea to copy down all the details of the label in a special ‘tincture Recipe book. Not only does this echo the fine tradition of the Herbal Grimoire, but it also is a good
record of what’s been happening in case the label on your tincture was damaged or unclear. It’s also a great place to write down notes and ideas for each herb, to improve the process next time! Thanks goes to  Scrib

Mugwort

Recipe for Mugwort Tea and Tincture

Medicinal tea: Steep 1 tsp. dried herb in ½ cup boiling water, take in mouthful doses throughout the day.

Mugwort

Mugwort  Tincture 4Oz of Mugwort and 8oz of brandy or vodka, seal the jar and leave for a couple weeks with daily shakings. It’s said in folklore that this tincture should be started on the new moon and finished on a full moon, strain and store in a dark place. Dark bottles amber or blue work well.

 

St. John’s Wort Tincture

There are more than three hundred species of Hypericum or St. John’s Wort; for alternative medicine purposes. St. John’s Wort grows as a wild herb all over the United States, mostly in waste places, hayfields, and on roadsides. It begins blooming around the summer solstice, and continues throughout summer. To check your St. John’s Wort for the active ingredient, hypericin, use the following recipe to make a tincture. Your St. John’s Wort tincture should be bright to dark red. My hypericin tincture  was dark maroon  and was very effective for me, your experience may differ.

Wild Crafted St Johns Wort Tincture

You will need: 8 oz. 100 proof  Vodka
Pint Jar with lid.
2-3 oz. Dried St. John’s Wort Tops or Whole Herb fresh or dried (enough to fill jar)

Stuff jar with dried St. John’s Wort, cover with vodka. When using fresh wild herbs as opposed to dried, it is probably best to use a higher proof alcohol. Put the lid on tight and give it a good shaking.  Shake tincture mix every day for two weeks. Strain liquid from the St. John’s Wort mixture. Use leftover herb in compost pile for your herb garden. By Alterntive Nature Herbal Store

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