I Made My First Herbal Tincture – Centella Asiatica Or Gotu Kola Tincture To Enhance My Children’s Memory

My very first homemade tincture – Gotu Kola Gin Tincture – as a memory enhancer for my children 

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  ===>

About 800 gms of  cleaned Daun Pegaga/Centella Asiatica/Gotu Kola ready for chopping

Fill up a clean glass jar with the chopped herbs

Pour in 2 litres of Gin

I had used my son’s favourite Bombay Sapphire Gin, to encourage him to take the tincture drops later…but you can use Vodka, which is the preferred liquor for making tinctures so that you can taste the herb

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. 

My very first homemade tincture – Gotu Kola Gin Tincture

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 💡 –

Centella Asiatica/Gotu Kola/Daun Pegaga – A Miracle Herb You Have Got To Try, An Elixir of Youth/A One Herb Pharmacy/Anti-Cancer/For Menopause

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.  😀 

Good Night!

With best wishes for good health,

choesf 😀

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! 😆  

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  1. 1

    Christine said,

    Congratulations! I look forward to the results 🙂
    C.

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    Xiao hu said,

    Good morning choesf,
    I thought I can make this for my kids until I come to see that you use gin or vodka. Can’t give them to my young children less than 10 years old, right? Is this the “益母草”? I google it and this is site “http://baike.baidu.com/view/8873.htm”.
    Have you tried buying them from TCM shops?
    Would you know what “Daun Pegaga/Centella Asiatica/Gotu Kola” is in Chinese?

    Thanks,
    Xiaohu

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    • 4

      Good morning, dear Xiaohu 😀

      About whether we can give this tincture to children less than 10 years old , I am not sure :oops:. Perhaps, Christine may know the answer. 😉

      Yes, that link at baidu.com is indeed motherwort…which I am looking high and low here in Malaysia for the fresh plants. It is called “Yi Mu Cao” in Mandarin. Just now, I went to ask around at more herbal vegetable stall grannies and it seems they are more familiar with Mugwort or “Ai Ye”, which is normally used to treat women’s menses ailments and as a confinement food (cooked with egg and made into a soup for the new mother). None of them have seen any fresh motherwort plants, although they have heart of motherwort.

      Daun Pegaga is called “Pang Dai Woon” or “Chipped Big Bowl” in the Cantonese dialect. Sorry, I can’t read Chinese 😳 … but I went to Google and found this name, not sure if it is correct? “Ping Da Wan” in Mandarin.

      I came across this exciting article about using Gotu Kola and Goji Berry to steep in water and drank as tea for fantastic anti-aging properties…the author was doing a research on immortality and she came up with that interesting article 😆 ===>

      http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/blog/anti-aging-chinese-herbs-gotu-kola-and-goji-berry

      Perhaps, you can boil the gotu kola for your children to drink? Maybe make a milder version like mix in 3 leaves into boiling water in a tea cup…when cooled, add a little honey and see if your children will like the taste.

      Do have a wonderful day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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    Christine said,

    Hello Choesf –

    To Xiao hu – Tincture dosages are very tiny, an adult male would generally take only 15 drops from an eye dropper, a smaller woman would take less, and children, if you decide to give them a tincture, would take just a very few. But I think you are right, it is best not to give children under 10 a tincture. It is not only because of the alcohol, but the fact that tinctures are the strongest form of herbal medicine and it would be difficult to gauge the right amount unless you are very familiar with that particular remedy. I agree with Choesf, a tea would be best.

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    • 7

      xiaohu said,

      Hi Christine,
      Thanks for your expert and kind advice. I’d better not give them, since they are still so young.

      Very grateful,
      Xiaohu

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    Christine said,

    Hi All,

    I thought you might be interested to hear that a form of tincture can also be made with glycerin. (I’m not sure I’ve spelled that correctly!) This is called a ‘glycerin macerate’. You can get glycerin at the pharmacy. It is sweet tasting. I have not used this method myself so I can’t give too much detail, however it may be something to look into for those who don’t want to use alcohol. However, I still believe tinctures in any form are best not given to very little ones. Teas are far safer.

    There is still another method, and that is to use apple cider vinegar to steep the herbs in rather than alcohol. The method is the same. This can even be used as salad dressing if you don’t enjoy the flavour mixed in water. I often make some using dandelion, the leaves of which are often available in shops. It’s also nice with pine needles or burdock root! My husband is very fond of these vinegars and so I am able to sneak all kinds of remedies into his salads without him knowing 😉

    Herbs can also be steeped in a jar of honey, which is very nice for dissolving in a cup of tea, or you can make a strong tea (called an infusion) of an herb then make a syrup with that by boiling it with sugar or honey. If a small spoonful of brandy or other alcohol is added this will keep in the fridge for quite some time.

    Got your email, choesf, will respond soon. 🙂

    best
    C

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    • 9

      Hi there, dear Christine 😀

      Yes, it would be great to be able to use either glycerin or apple cider vinegar (ACV). I’m glad we could even use ACV because my family is fond pf ACV, too – we usually drink ACV and honey, and I would put that into salad dressings, too. Now, you have got me thinking 💡 – can I put my dried hawthorn leftover from making tinctures into my ACV ❓

      I’ve always wondered how they make “cooling teas” (leong char in Cantonese) in syrup, to be diluted for consumption – now, I know that’s called an infusion! 😉

      Oh, I just ordered Susun Wise’s book, “Healing Wise,” … I hope it will reach me safely, as our local postal service is not 100% reliable. 😳

      Do have a wonderful day, and Good Night from Malaysia!

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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    iris said,

    Hi There: Thank you for the information that you have provided. I am having problems with the link for the Mao Zedong tonic wine recipe. Can you direct me with another way to get the recipe?

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  6. 14

    Hi there, dear friends 😀

    It has been half a year since I made the Pegaga Tincture above and I have the following good feedback to report here 💡 ===>

    1) my second daughter would take a tablespoon of the tincture every time she is studying or doing an assignment – she said the tincture helped her mind to be clearer and better for concentration.

    2) I tried it on my husband who came home one night a little tipsy from his after office hours’ drinks with his colleagues – he said he woke up the next day without any hangover and his mind was clear. Result – this tincture is a good hangover remedy! 😆

    3) I took some tincture one morning when I didn’t have a good night’s sleep and I had to drive my children to classes really early at 7am – the pegaga tincture made me very alert mentally and I could focus well on my driving, instead of a blurry state of mind due to lack of sleep.

    With best wishes,

    choesf 😀

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  7. 15

    Goh said,

    Hi, did you use the pegaga’s root in making the tincture or chop the root off?. Thanks.

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      Hi there, dear Goh 😀

      I used the pegaga roots also in making the tincture. Since my last comment here, I have found this tincture to be really easy way to make the mind more alert on those days that I woke up tired or sleepy, it helps to make my driving more alert. I tested it out on my husband – the pegaga tincture is good for reducing hangovers, too (take it before sleeping when one has had a few drinks). 💡

      I also take it for energy when I find I am running low on energy in the later part of the afternoon. 😉

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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      • 17

        Goh said,

        Hi,

        Thanks for the reply. Can’t wait to make the tincture myself soon. For a start, I am thinking to start small. Instead of using 2l of gin as you did, I am gonna just use a bottle of 750ml. I guess the quantity of pegaga will be half of yours at 400g?

        Do you think it will better to soak the pegaga longer before harvest? Does the pegaga have any use after harvest?

        To get those goodnesses you mentioned like keeping the mind alert and reducing hangover, how much tincture shall one take?

        Thanks.

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      • 18

        You are most welcome, dear Goh. For making tinctures from fresh herbs…just pour the alcohol to cover the chopped herbs. So, you can actually make a smaller batch to try it out.

        You don’t have to use gin as it is expensive … you can buy those good grain vodka with 100 proof or 50% alcohol. I bought a local East Malaysian-made grain vodka meant for export and it costs around RM38 ringgit for a 750ml bottle.

        You can soak the pegaga longer if you like. I added about 3 cups of filtered water to the leftover pegaga leaves after harvest, let that sit for a day, and then filter out the liquid and store that in the fridge…it was drank by my family over a few days.

        For tinctures..we take about 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon each time – mixed with a little water to drink. One day can drink it up to 3 times in a day. 😉

        With best wishes,

        choesf 😀

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  8. 19

    Goh said,

    Hi,

    Thanks for the helpful tips. I made the tincture today. Looking forward to harvest after a month.

    I will feed back here. Thanks.

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    • 20

      You are most welcome, dear Goh! Looking forward to hearing your feedback later! 😀

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

      P.S. Pegaga is believed to be “anti-mosquito” according to Master atan, and in view of the high current Dengue Fever in our countries, it is good to take this tincture, too. 💡

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  10. 22

    Nikcy said,

    Hi,

    Have you tried using ACV with Gotu Kola Leaves? I need to know if it works as good as with alcohol.

    Thanks

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    • 23

      Hi there, Nikcy 😀

      I think I did try using ACV in place of alcohol but I prefer the alcohol based tinctures. Although the vinegar can extract the goodness from the herbs, I believe the alcohol can distribute the tincture better when we consume the tincture.

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀

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