Recipes: Basil Tincture

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In the picture above, you can see my favourite tincture of the past year – a Basil tincture made with Genovese, Tulasi, and Cinnamon Basil. We grow Basil almost all year round for kitchen and magic use, but at the end of the summer, we let all our plants flower and go to seed, so we have seeds to plant and share.

Once seeds are mature, plants are cut off completely and the bundles dried and processed; after saving the seeds, we are always left with a bunch of woody stalks and small leaves – not particularly useful for the kitchen, but perfect to make a tincture :). One big recycled  and sterilized jar, enough white rum to cover the herbs, and three weeks in a dark and cool cupboard, and the tincture was ready to be strained and bottled.

In my experience, Basil tincture helps you feel you grounded and present, and keeps negative thoughts and energies away. It makes me feel stronger, less fatigued and anxious, and more positive and centered. Of course, a shot glass of tincture is an offering that hardly any Spirit will refuse, so I don’t make them only for us, but also for them :).

The exact plants used in the tincture, right after harvesting them. Once they were dry and the seeds were saved, all remaining leaves and stalks were used to make it.

With tinctures, I usually take one dropper (or a spoonful, or a small shot glass) a day, for no more than five days in a row. Then I change to another herb for another five days, and so on. Actually, as I do with everything related to food+medicine, I do seasonal – when the tincture is gone, I change to other combinations of plants until I have another Basil harvest.

Understanding this seasonal cycle is something very important in herbal medicine – you must always remember that organic, well fed herbs have strong chemicals, and are not harmless; a medicine always becomes a poison when the treatment is not followed properly. Educate yourself, and do your research before taking any medicine, herbal of pharmaceutical – education is freedom and self-sufficiency!

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And, here’s an extra gardening tip about Basil: if you want your plants to grow strong, cut off the first flower buds as they appear. Basils are obsessed with flowering, and if the temperatures rises suddenly, they will start flowering before they have grown enough. Every time you cut off a flower bud, the plant will grow two new stems, and will give you twice as many leaves. When the plant is around five months old, you can let it flower and go to seed, and collect the seeds for the next year.

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6 thoughts on “Recipes: Basil Tincture

  1. Yes! I tinctured basil last year on a whim when I didn’t want the last of it to go to waste. It was wonderful–but as you said, very strong. It dilutes down nicely to make a digestive or cocktail. ;)

    I love that you write about rotating the herbs that you take. I agree with this completely. They work more effectively with few negative effects.

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    • I think that Nature offers us the exact medicine we need, at the exact time of the year when we should have it – we apply that to food as well, buying as much seasonal fruits and vegetables as we can. A balanced health must be in harmony with what is happening around us :).

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  2. This is an exciting idea of what to do with those glorious stalks at the end of the season…and truthfully, sometimes a frost will hit a basil and kill the leaves — but there are always the stalks, and the seed chaff.

    This is the second year in a row that a lovely tulsi basil has volunteered from the previous year’s seeds, and I’m looking forward to tincturing her stalks at the end of the season!

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    • Yes! Stalks have lots of good medicine, and the seed chaffs of Basil hold great aroma and taste. After spending months of loving care growing my plants, and investing a lot of time giving my garden the best spiritual energy possible, I am not going to throw away a single bit of the harvest :D!

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    • Thanks! It was part of the options of the WordPress theme. As a disabled person myself (fibromyalgia), I can’t read sites with small fonts or dark backgrounds, so I always take that into consideration when working on my own sites.

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