Healing Herbal Wines, Vinegars & Syrups: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-228

Healing Herbal Wines, Vinegars & Syrups: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-228

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 1580172776

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.


















you forage for herbs in the wild or raise your own, plan to prepare them for storage immediately after you gather them. Herbs left to sit even overnight will degrade in quality. Shake off the dirt. Sort out dead leaves and debris. Separate stems from leaves and seeds from chaff. Wash and blot dry roots, then spread them out to dry. Roots will need to be chopped into pieces about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick; leaves and flowers are best left as whole as possible. There are many ways to preserve your

recenter itself. Rose: Use only the small, busy, old-fashioned kind. Astringent and cooling, strongest when harvested as newly bloomed flowers. Rose hips: Full of vitamins C and E, traditionally used as a blood purifier. Strawberry leaf: Enhances circulation and well-being of the heart and blood vessels. Thyme: Boosts immune system; antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal. Apply tea in order to clean wounds, and drink it to calm stomach upset, cramps, and nervous problems. Avoid during

stops—about 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the temperature. Step 6 Step 7 Strain all plant material out of the wine, using a press, a rice strainer, or a food mill to extract as much liquid from the plant material as possible. If you do not have any of this equipment, strain the wine through clean cheesecloth, then wrap the herbs in the cheesecloth and wring out the additional liquid. In larger batches, you may get as much as an additional gallon from this squeezing. Let the wine sit undisturbed

For fruit: 1 lemon and 1 orange per 1 gallon (4 liters) of water For herbs: Dandelion flowers, picked early in the day BITTERS 3 For children or those with sensitive, spasmodic stomachs. For fruit: Apples For herbs, combine: 1 part catnip flower (calms nervous stomachs) 1 part dandelion flower (aids digestive process) 1 part mallow root (soothes irritated tissues) 1 part plantain leaf (soothes and heals) Flower Wines Basically any edible flower can be made into a wine. Some

discarded bruised peaches, apple peelings, and herb stems, thus extending the yield from my harvest. Since producing my first unplanned batch of vinegar, I’ve found a few techniques to help ensure a good medicinal vinegar. On pages 26–27, you’ll find a simple-to-make recipe that will ensure a good batch of vinegar. Guidelines for Using Vinegars Medicinal vinegars can be used in the same ways that the comparable herb wine would be used. They are excellent for people who are intolerant to

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