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Herbal Tinctures

The motherwort tincture was made with leaves and flowering stems of wild motherwort in July. The burdock tincture was made with semi-dried fall roots of first year plants. Yellow dock was made with dried roots. Both root tinctures were done in November. All were macerated in 100 proof vodka, the roots for a full month, and then filtered through coffee filters. (The spent roots and strainer in the foreground are just for looks.)


Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), also called leonurus, lion’s tail, and heartwort, has been used to treat heart disease and depression for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) recommends motherwort to promote longevity and treat menstrual disorders. Today motherwort is still recommended by herbalists for treatment of heart palpitations and anxiety, and to encourage normal menstrual cycles.Recent studies performed in China have shown that motherwort helps prevent blood clots, relaxes the heart muscle, and lowers blood pressure.


In traditional herbal medicine, yellow dock (Rumex crispus) is thought to be a general health tonic. It is thought to benefit the digestive tract, liver and skin.


Burdock root (Arctium lappa) has been described as alternative and a blood purifier. The burdock root was believed to clear toxins from the bloodstream.


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Taken on December 11, 2010