Hi there, dear friends 😀
This week, I was introduced to the world of herbal tinctures for the first time when a very kind reader , Christine from Canada, recommended me to take motherwort for my heart arrhythmia and hawthorn for my high cholesterol at my post earlier on “It Can Be Okay To Have Irregular Heartbeats.” You can follow our initial discussions there on the two herbs mentioned and on tinctures.
Right now, I have yet to find fresh or dried motherwort here in Malaysia. A round at the local morning wet market to both Chinese and Malay herbal stalls yielded nothing. But I bought a few bunches of Daun Pegaga or Centella Asiatica or Gotu Cola, with the intention of boiling them with some honey dates for my children to drink as their semester final exams are just around the corner.
My daughter, Natasha, had commented before that when she drank 3 cups of the pegaga drink one day when she was studying for her exams last year, her mind suddenly became “crystal clear” then (those were her exact words), what she studied got retained in her memory right away and the following day while doing the exams, she could remember everything she learned! 😆
Seeing as how my son Ryan loves Sapphire Gin, a light bulb went off in my head 💡 .. urging me to make a Centella Asiatica / Gotu Kola Gin Tincture for my children to enhance their memory and boost their brain power! Perfect! 😉
It is very easy to make the tincture. Here are what you need ===>
Other instructions ===>
1) make sure that the liquor covers all the herb. In my bottle, some of the chopped up plants were floating….so, I gave the bottle a good shake to mix up the herb and liquor.
2) label the tincture with the name of the herb and date of preparation.
3) keep for 1 moon cycle or 1 month before decanting. If need be due to health problems, the tincture can be extracted and consumed after 2 weeks.
4) be sure to give the bottle a few shakes daily
5) keep the bottle of tincture in a cool dark place. In my case, I had just wrapped the bottle with some old newspapers.
How to consume the Gotu Kola tincture? I will post here later once I find out more. 😆 I understand thus far that we can take 3 drops of tincture 3 times daily, with a little warm water, perhaps?
Heheh, although I said that I made this tincture for my children, you know me by now….I will be tasting the gin myself, too! 😆
Other than the higher potency of herbal tinctures for health, they will help me save a lot of time from having to make a large pot of Gotu Kola with honey dates weekly for my family. If you check online, a small bottle (about 2 ounces only) of any herbal tincture can cost almost RM200 and thus,, it is more economical for us to make our own herbal tinctures.
For more health benefits of Centella Asiatica/Gotu Kola, do read my earlier post below 💡 –
Do come back here in one month’s time for my report on how this tincture will taste and how the higher potency of the Centella Asiatica tincture will have an effect on my children’s memory as well as for the family’s general health. 😀
With best wishes for good health,
P.S. I will be going on a quest to find some fresh motherwort as I truly feel that herb is just what I need in my life right now. The name in Chinese is “Yi Mu Cao” … with a literal Chinese translation of “Benefit- The-Mother Grass”….well, this mother certainly needs some benefitting and loving! 😆