We've been finding all sorts of good things growing just now and have been making sure we make time to harvest some of this goodness. I have been gathering cleavers wherever I have been able to find them for a friend of mine. Cleavers are good for all sorts of things and they have long been regarded as a valuable lymphatic tonic. I wanted to make some into a tincture for my friend. It is so easy to do and tinctures are so potent and easy to take.
Just gather your plant material (tinctures can be made from all sorts of different plants).
Chop and then put in jar.
I like to fill the jar all the way to the top.
Then add your chosen alcohol. This is the first time I've tried using gin.
The next morning you may need to add a touch more alcohol to make sure it is filled right up. Then...just store it in a cupboard and wait 6 weeks ( I like to shake it whenever I remember) and that's it. Strain (although I quite often am lazy or forgetful and just skip this step) and it is ready to use.