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2 questions: Tinctures & flower fluff

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Post Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:02 am

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I keep reading things that say, "fresh flower tincture" or "fresh root tincture". Is there a difference in the medicine in a tincture made from dried plants as opposed to one made with fresh plants?
Also, when drying some flowering plants the flowers turn to fluff. Is that stuff medicinal too? Should I include it in the mix when I grind the herb into a powder or should I blow it out the window??


Doc Jones User avatar
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Sometimes it matters a lot.

Shepherd's purse does much better as a fresh plant tincture as does cleavers.

One thing to remember is that fresh plants can contain a lot of water. To be preservative, alcohol must be around 30%. So if you use 40 percent vodka to tincture a plant with a lot of water content you may dilute the vodka enough that it is not preservative. When I tincture fresh Plants I usually use Everclear to prevent this problem.

As to the flower fluff question, if the flower is medicinal it's fluff is medicinal. Use it.


Post Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:21 pm
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By fluff, do you mean it rushes to make seed before it dies completely?

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