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Unusual Farm Chick
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Tammie
Ohio
USA
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Posted - Mar 10 2011 :  07:18:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A recent trip to my bulk herb supply co op, had me exposed to an herb I have never heard of. I went in looking for hore hound, to which they were out of. An employee suggested Osha root in place of for my homemade cough drops.
I am blown away from how effective this herb is for the respitory/throat conditions making way through our household.

My question is, what is the proper ratio of root to alcohol for a tincture?
I know this is not a culitvated ability herb- must be cautiously/respectivly collected from the wild. According to Susan Weed, a little bit goes a long way {which I found to be true}.

This will be my first Osha tincture, to be exact, my first root tincture ever. I could really use some tips & how To on making this one.
Thank you for your sharing of wisdom. I'm looking forward to having this one hand!

emsmommy5
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Angie
Buckley WA
USA
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Posted - Mar 10 2011 :  07:43:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is the standard recipe out of one of my herb books.... use about 4 ounces of the herb to a pint of vodka. Leave to sit in a dark location for at least 2 weeks. Shake it daily. Strain and use.

It's not an exact science because there are varying amounts used throughout the many herb books I have to reference.

Do what you love, love what you do.
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Unusual Farm Chick
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Tammie
Ohio
USA
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Posted - Mar 10 2011 :  09:41:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you. There is such variance in everything I looked up and being that Osha root is about $64 a lb....I prefer to get it right the first time. lol.
Thank you for the reply.
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ramonaj
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rhonda
gibsons british columbia
Canada
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Posted - Mar 12 2011 :  6:06:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use 2:1. and you need stronger vodka for roots and barks as well as mushrooms such as Reishi

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Graycat
Farmgirl in Training

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Grayce
Great Falls Montana
USA
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Posted - Mar 16 2011 :  3:37:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear Unusual Farm Chick,
I am a new farmgirl, so my apology to not posting sooner. I have been making my own tinctures and ointments for the past 6 years. I would like to recommend a couple of books so you may research the different formulas. The best and most in depth is: Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West by Michael Moore (recently past away). he has other books for different climates. The gals are correct, the roots usually need more maceration. I looked up Osha root in the above book and he states: habitat, how to collect, ecological status, primary constituents :Alpha-pinene; beta-pinene; diligustilide and other mono- phthalides; ferulic acid; limonene; ligustilide; tetramethylpyrazine, timolols; umbelliferone; (Z)-ligustilide.
Preparations: root- tincture (fresh root, 1:2, dry root, 1:5, 70% alcohol)
He has various cough syrup recipes too! Very good book about all the herbs....
Book # 2 The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook- a home manual by James Green.
Hope this helps! Glad to know that Osha works so well. I am currently in awe of Oregon Grape Root for help with viral infections. Imagine if you put these together? Thanks for the tip!
I really can't wait until the herbs and flowers start making their appearances!
Carry on with herbs,
Graycat
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herbquilter
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Kristine
Bonney Lake Wa
USA
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Posted - Mar 16 2011 :  10:31:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I also like what Grayce says and use the same books. Most tinctures that I make I use ever clear, distilled water and vegetable glycerine at different percentages based on the herb parts used. Our family really likes that it is not all alcohol, plus it has a slightly sweet taste that can mask some of the bitter (nasty as some of the kids say) tastes.

Blessings,
Kristine ~ Mother of Many, Herbalist, Master Energy Intuitive

http://herbalmommasda.blogspot.com/


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Graycat
Farmgirl in Training

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Grayce
Great Falls Montana
USA
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Posted - Mar 17 2011 :  09:21:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Yes! After making tinctures that could gag a rattlesnake, I finally started making them with glycerin -what a difference! Also, after they are done soaking in glycerin, strain the herbs out. Dont throw them away! Depending on what you are making, I love to turn the dregs into a boiled tea. The glycerin started the process and the boiling water gets all the rest of the good qualities out. The glycerin makes it taste much, much , much better!
Thanks for reminding me- Herbquilter!
Take care,
Grayce
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