Elixir Blends

Liquid extracts probably have a wider range of uses than most realize. For example, whenever I ask people about their favorite tincture or elixir and inquire as to how they use them, most tell me that they simply take the drops directly. Elixirs, some of which are crafted in a fermented grape blend, are often used in one or two servings, but liquid extracts are typically used as a supplement with something else.

Tinctures and liquid extracts can be used as a nice addition to your favorite tea and they can be heated with an oil warmer to fill the room with the scent of the plant. One of my favorite uses is to add drops to a favorite tea blend or smoking herb. The purified alcohol portion of the extract quickly evaporates, leaving behind only the extracted plant material. Obviously, it has to be left to dry completely (I leave it evaporate overnight). But once ready, it adds a great touch to your favorite smoking herbs or tea blend. Plus, adding liquid extracts or tinctures to herbs using a dropper allows you to measure the amount you add quite accurately so you can use the same amount again.

I always like to add a tincture to my herbs, especially Wild Dagga. I’ll often take the flat leaf Dagga, add a dozen drops to a leaf, and allow it to dry overnight. It gives the Dagga an extra energy when I go to work with it, or when I blend it with any other herbs. 

Tinctures also have the advantage of a very long shelf life. Typically, they will keep their original potency for about 2 years. Tinctures don’t need refrigeration, but elixirs and hydrosols do, especially after they’ve been opened. Stored in the fridge, elixirs will keep for several months.