Sunday, July 17, 2011

Nervines - Sunday, July 17, 2011

Felt like I was walking on clouds today after class as we experienced so many nervine tinctures. Wow! Nervines are beneficial to the nervous system. 

Top 3 nervines of the day include, St. John’s Wart, Skullcap and Milky Oat. 

Other nervines of the day include, Damiana, Rose, Lavendar, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Feverfew, Blue Vervain, Pedicularis, California Poppy, Hops, Valerian, Passion Flower and Kava.

We infused St. John’s Wort in extra virgin olive oil. We cut the top 3 or so inches off of the top; flowers, stem and leaf. Garbled and chopped the Hypericum, placed it in a very dry and clean jar, then poured the extra virgin olive oil over the top. I have placed mine in my window with a cheese cloth over the top to sit for the next 8-10 days. The cheese cloth will allow any water to evaporate, which is very important as mold could grow and ruin the medicine. The alternative would be to keep the lid on and remove water with a clean paper towel off of the top twice a day. 
This after noon I also harvested Mugwart, Borage, Calendula and California Poppy to make tinctures.
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
  • 40%; Arctos - Cora House; vodka
  • buds stem, leaves
  • 16 ounces
Borage (Borago officinalis)
  • 40%; Jovial Garden #2; vodka
  • flowers
  • 16 ounces
Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
  • 40%; Jovial Garden; vodka
  • flowers
  • 16 ounces
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
  • 40%; KEV Herb Circle; Everclear & filtered water
  • flowers, stem, leaf
  • 8 ounces

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