I have a real love affair with basil. dare I say, favorite herb, by a mile.
Evan and I have quite a few tulsi (holy basil; Ocimum tenuiflorum) bushes on our land, and we use their beautiful purple leaves / flowers for a myriad of things — pestos, dressings, steams with veg, teas . . . the latest of which being a tincture. so I wanted to share.
I've tinctured the tulsi in apple cider vinegar, as I don't like to take alcohol tinctures too often. in tincturing your own medicine, you may use acv or veg glycerin in place of alcohol. though, the alc isn't that big of a deal. reality is, you're ingesting literally a drop of alcohol, rich with plant medicine. but, it's nice to mix it up during DIY.
to make the tincture, I gathered this 3/4 of this jar full of tulsi leaves / flowers, filled with acv, and I'm letting it sit out to "cook" for 3-4 weeks. after, I'll pour into amber dropper bottles. if you'd like a glass, let me know. there's plenty of tulsi to go around.
mother tulsi is a sacred wonder for anxiety, stress, adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, imbalanced blood sugar, and bacterial infections (especially skin eruptions). in India, she's known as "Queen of the Herbs" / "The Incomparable One" / "Mother Medicine of Nature" / "The Elixir of Life". :-)
to benefit from the tincture, squirt a dropper full (or more) into a glass of water and imbibe. or, infuse dropper fulls in your homemade salad dressings or smoothies. or, just straight under the tongue. it's delish.
I just started my tincture and am so excited! Sacred or Holy Basil is the smell that keeps me “up!” Several of my friend’s have commented on how relaxing the smell is and I am happy to turn them on to something so beautiful to enjoy!
Thank You for your words of wisdom✌🏼
I’ve always wondered how tincture or elixirs were made. It’s surprisingly easy – I am excited to play around with some beautiful plant medicine :) Thanks for this Meagan!