Glycerin is a colorless, odorless, sweet syrup and by-product of soap manufacturing. It mixes with water and is soluble in alcohol. It is used in place of alcohol when making herbal tinctures, for those with liver disease, alcohol allergies, or a history of alcoholism. Often glycerin is used when making recipes used by children. Glycerin infusions are called glycerites.
- 1 part parts Tulsi (Holy Basil)
- 1 part stinging nettle
- 1 part catnip
- 1 part dandelion root
- 1/4 part ginger root.
- Glycerin plus water (3:1 ratio)
- Wash and sanitize your equipment.
- Place the dried herbs in a Mason jar, filling it no more than half full. The dried herbs will absorb the moisture and swell in the jar.
- Combine 3/4 cup glycerin with 1/4 cup water for every cup of glycerin you need to cover your herbs in the mason jar. The actual amount you will need depends on the volume of glycerite you want to make.
- Pour glycerin-water mixture over the herbs until there is at least 2 inches of liquid above the herbs.
- Using chopsticks or a butter knife, displace any air bubbles that may have formed.
- Cap tightly and label the jar with the contents and the date. Place it in a dark cupboard.
- Shake the jar daily (or as often as you think about it). After 4 weeks, strain out the herbs and re-jar the remaining liquid.
- 1/2 teaspoon in a 1/2 glass of water for children under 12
- 1 teaspoon in a 1/2 glass of water for ages 12 and older.
- Serving Size: 1/2 teaspoon
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