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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??

Jan

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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.

Doc

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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