I'm sending a link to the article Susan Weed wrote concerning the difference in yarrow flowers, it is the 7th and 8th paragraph where she states that the white blooms are more medicinal than the yellow.
So she says the military found out that yarrow tincture was more effective than DEET it had to be applied more often, but she also says it's good for cuts and sores. I don't think using DEET on open wounds would be a good idea. I just love how our herbs can do double-duty.
At the Dollar Tree stores you can buy little spray bottles that would be perfect for putting the tincture into, I keep several in my bathroom closet just for filling with herbal mixtures I make.
Maybe making yarrow tincture will be one of the workshops we offer to people. Have you made the tincture yet?
I just did today using 80 proof Vodka. The yarrow is just starting to bloom good, the more blooms for the tincture the better. I'd love to grow some hyssop next year and do the vinegar like Kathy has done. I tried her batch at the get together at the farmers market, it was very tasty. You said it was good for diabetes?
No, green beans are good for diabetes. Hyssop is good for clearing phlegm from the body. I got inspired and made a tincture with my tansy for bug repellent purposes. All I had was 80 proof whisky so I used it I also laid tansy branches across my vegetables to make them less appetizing to the baby deer running around. We'll see if that makes a difference...
I have yet to purchase some green beans, I'm heading out today to go get some from our produce stand in Victoria, but did you get to try the hyssop vinegar while at the market? I'm so glad Kathy makes those vinegars and shares them like that, it is very inspiring, both for healthy alternatives and creative motivations.
You can use whiskey, it is different only because when it's aged it's in wooden barrels that are flame charred- that gives coloring and flavoring to the alcohol.
Not much you can do to deter deer, I have a German Shepherd so he keeps them away very well for us. I was telling a few at the market in Halifax that going to the zoo and asking if you can get some lion manure- that is the best fix for deterring any animal from the garden and grounds. My uncle who lived in Florida used such to keep alligators away from their yards as well as strays. Even though animals may not know what a lion is, this technique works almost all season long. I told this to the woman that is having bear eating her bee hives.
I'm not a fan of hyssop, but I'm glad Kathy makes and shares the hyssop vinegars.
When I make tinctures, I'm not really concerned with color or taste since you take so little..in fact since this will be used on my body,flavor doesn't matter at all (smile)
My labrador had kept the deer away for the last year, but sometimes he is away from the house at apparently critical times because I lost a few this year. There is no zoo close to here so that is quite a haul from Richmond or DC...
what else do you have to make a tincture???
I have a healthy batch of tarragon so I could do six cups of vinegar from it and maybe add a few sprigs of the fennel and dill.
In the March addition of Herb Companion there is an article on rose infused vinegars, it says only the strong smelling roses such as rugosa or damask turns out well in a rice wine vinegar or the white wine vinegars. It is good for use as a facial toner, or in sauces, mayonnaise, and salads- even fruit salad.
Another thing to consider is how wonderful vinegar is for cleaning and it isn't going to cause health problems down the road-ever-ever, like some cleaners can do. Since I have a deli and a large slicer, a bottle of apple cider vinegar stays in that area. I wipe everything down with vinegar daily and the stainless steel sparkles as well from it.
For tinctures I use vodka because it is usually cheaper and clear. I have a one pound bag of Coltsfoot and have been threatening to make tincture with it for winter-time coughs. Just adding a few drops of the tincture in some hot tea would be good.
I've switched the use of 80 percent alcohol to 100 percent and have just started curing it. Susun says that 80% doesn't work as well and I feel the same way with this first batch I had made.
Next I've ordered a pound bag of stinging nettle from Mountain Rose Herbs, I have problems with my right knee so I'm going to see how well the stinging nettle infusion works. Infusions are made by pouring boiling water over the herb and letting it soak until cooled, then strained and bottled. I had my first cup full this morning and will drink another one tonight.
Sounds good...my tincture of tansy is about ready for insect repellent use. It is supposed to last at least 20 minutes with every application. I'll let you know how it works as well......