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