When we practice the art of herbalism, we touch the heart of Gaia, mother earth and learn a unique way of communicating with plants.

I love the magical feeling of enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, and the rich aroma of plants and flowers wafting throughout the garden.

As an Herbalist, I enjoy making tinctures and one of my favorites is echinacea. We use it to stimulate the immune system during the cold & flu season.

I use the dried roots of E. augustifolia roots when making my tincture.

I fill a quart jar about 1/3  full of dried, chopped echinacea roots. Next, I add enough menstruum (100 proof vodka) to fill the jar completely and seal with a tight fitting lid.

I label it with the date and ingredients and place the jar in a cool, dark place and shake the jar daily for two weeks, and then let it macerate for about a year. I make a batch each year, so that we have a continuous supply of echinacea tincture.

quote for the day;

“Native Americans learned of Echinacea angustifolia by observing elk seeking out the plants and consuming them when sick or wounded, and identified those plants as elk root.” – Wikipedia

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