Staying Busy With More Tinctures

A new toy

It used to take me so much time to extract my tinctures but my new press really speeds up the process. I am not sure if it does a better job than my hands but it sure is easier with less wear and tear on my wrists. Our family is now practicing self isolation to slow the spread of the virus. Everything is closed, the recitals canceled, and every child in the area will be homeschooled for awhile. I find it very hard not to feel stressed and distracted by all the chaos. I have to be mindful to not let the emotions and energies of other people influence how I feel. Projects are a good way to stay productive, focused, and positive. I was able to finish several tinctures today. Usually I am so busy. I honestly thought I would never get to them until summer. There is something about the repetitive steps, emerald green liquid, and contact with the plants that I find very soothing. I have always loved making tinctures more than any other type of botanical product.

Vitex berries in the press


Echinacea-is powerful against an infection when taken at the onset of symptoms.

Violet-supports the lungs and is my favorite remedy for grief.

Valerian-is a sedative that has been used to support people undergoing stressful and traumatic situations.

Hops-clears the heat and toxins that are released when the immune system is working hard against an infection.

Angelica-supports the liver, spleen, and stomach to do their job. It strengthens the lungs. When all of our organs are working well we are better able to avoid illnesses that are circulating in the community.

I am always surprised by all the healing uses just one plant has. I learn something new  every time I do research. I feel thankful for and confident in the backyard pharmacy.

Dried ginger root and orange peels

Created a bay leaf sticky rice

Made a facial toner

How are you trying to stay busy and focused right now?

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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