Bottling the essence

110327 P1380229After months of sitting and brewing on a counter, these tinctures were more than ready to be bottled and used.  Today I gathered, cleaned and sterilized the bottles and droppers.  I decided to start with the valerian roots.  As I began straining the tincture into a measuring cup, I became aware that both of my cats were prowling insistently around me.  When I took the spent roots outside to the compost pile I think I must have dropped some of the tincture on the floor.  Both cats went crazy — smelling the floor, rolling on it and fighting over the spot.

She cat

Sniffing the spot

He cat

Stretched out after a good roll

And then I remembered when I had dug the roots last fall . . .  I could not get the cats away from the dirt in which the valerian had grown.  They kept rolling in it with great delight.  At that time I realized valerian was more intoxicating to them than even catnip had been.

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I quickly bottled the rest of the valerian tincture and cleaned all the utensils to remove the enticing odor from the area.  Next, I bottled most of the remaining tinctures:  dandelion, black cohosh, bitter dock, cinnamon bark, hyssop, wild cherry bark, and wild yam.

110327 P1380249I feel content with my efforts and grateful to nature for growing these wonderful plants for my personal medicine chest.

I’m going to start a ground ivy tincture as soon as the plants dry from the recent rains.

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