Occinum sanctum holy basil
Many varieties of nutritious plants are used as foods and or medicines worldwide.
Herbal medicine science uses whole products often in combination with other herbs in the attempt to balance body energies via complex phyto-nutrient support.
Many herbalists use alcohol to extract a plants goodness, but sometimes its hard to know which works better and often research points to water extracts working better in some instances and alcohol, in others.
Making tea offers a good example of a refreshing tincture of sorts, in this case meaning a water extract of some plant material, usually thea sinesis black, white or green tea but maybe at higher concentration (3 tea bags per cup?)
In case of deciding to use spirits to do extraction of a useable plant, after leaving the plant material in alcohol for a period of time the extract can be decocted into water which attempts to remove most of the alcohol, thus providing a mostly alcohol free tincture (approx 1 % alcohol at finish).
The way to make a fluid extract as opposed to a tincture is to guarantee its 1: 1 proportion by covering the tea materials in equal amounts of hot water or alcohol, which will make a much stronger concentrate than the usual lessor amount of tea to water ratio, regular dosage having much lower concentration of phyto chemicals (as well, caffeine)
Some bush doctors’ recommend that asthmatics experiencing attack drink 3 cups of strong coffee for example, which as approximately the same pharmacological effect as taking theophyllene, a standard anti asthma agent.
Such tactics are used to treat ill`s and so, may require qualified health care support structure and consultation over safety concerns and any contraindications, palpitation, nervous excitability ect.
That said, generally natural substances are safer that concentrated pharmaceuticals and can be tolerated by most people. The exceptions of course are the known toxics and or any genetic variability one might posses, cytochrome P450 anomalies make some people excrete substance faster, others more slowly describing wide differences in physiology that might need addressing.
After straining off plant materials post soaking’, pouring the alcoholic extract residue into water (preferably a uncovered, screened container) the alcohol evaporates off after a few days leaving only the herb residue in water. Its normal for small amounts of alcohol to remain @ 1/2 % volume.
Plants are often boiled or heated in water to just the point of scalding to kill any pathogens, yeasts ect, or to remove phytate chemicals, then a little alcohol is poured in to add to the preservation process.
Hot jars closed tight and immediately turned upside down for 15 minutes further sterilizes the lid and jar opening, making for a clean product. After some time the mixture is strained off.
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