Alcohol VS Vinegar Tincture

Earth Toned Herbal

I walk out into the garden in early summer to harvest some lemon balm (melissa officinalis). I take a quart-sized jar and fill it with the herb. I intend to make and intake this lemon balm elixir. But, I stop- My next step is one that requires a lot of thought and holds some unanswered questions. What do I use as a menstruum? To clarify, a menstruum is a substance that dissolves a solid or holds it in ‘suspension’. It’s basically the solvent that you chose to extract the plant with. In this case, my choices I’m giving myself are raw apple cider vinegar or 100 proof vodka. Which one should I use? What are the differences between them?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is great to use as a menstruum for plants that you are going to use in a tonifying everyday way. Say you wanted to included bitters like dandelion (taraxacum officinale) in your…

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