When I make my Lobelia tincture I tincture half in vodka and half in ACV, after they've tinctured for a long time I mix the two together.
I tinctured Solomons Seal in just vodka and wow, that is a powerful herb! Its also very cool to watch it when you shake it due to it being resinous. I've never heard that you couldn't/shouldn't tincture it in just vodka, I'd be interested to know where you learned that. I've tinctured many gallons of that because its one my husband takes daily, he doesn't want me to ever run out of it lol.
The answer is no, I don't use the fresh root, truthfully I never even thought about trying to find fresh. I bought the dried root from Mountain Rose Herbs. After I saw your post I did a search and couldn't even find anyone who sold the fresh root.
Have you tried the dried root or did you read that the fresh works better? Just wondering because I've used Solomon's Seal many times and the dried root is very effective. My husband makes sure to ask me once a month right before the new moon how much Solomon's Seal we've got. He is a contractor, he builds houses, and he uses it all the time now because he has noticed a difference is how sore he gets if he uses muscles that he doesn't normally use when he hasn't taken his Solomon's Seal!
A friend of ours broke his back and I gave him a bottle of it about 3 days after his accident. He reported that his pain was much less after a few days on it. I must have filled that 4oz. bottle for him 3 or 4 times lol. He was very happy with how well it worked for him. I believe it helped him heal faster.
Like Uny, I wish we all had the time to have a huge herb garden that we could just harvest when we needed something. Judging from your bounty of garlic the Solomon's Seal must be difficult to grow if you're having trouble with it because you seem to have a green thumb lol.
I haven't had any made with fresh root but I can tell you that the tincture from dried root ROCKS for sure! I'm always happy to hear a Solomon's Seal testimony, we don't hear much about that herb. Thanks for letting us know you love it too.
No, you don't add any water at all. You put the herbs in the canning jar and pour the 100 proof vodka over them. The amount of float, which is the vodka that floats on top once the herbs have settled is a matter of preference. I think what most people on the forum do is a 2/3 herb to 1/3 float but you can end up with whatever you want.
The most important thing when tincturing for the first time is to NOT put too much herb for the amount of vodka you use. For instance, both the Echinacea roots swell more than anything I've ever tinctured and if you aren't careful you'll end up with an impacted jar of herbs lol. That isn't really a problem though because you can add more vodka, it usually swells as much as its going to swell within about 24 hours. The problem is that you might have to end up making two jars of tincture instead of one ;-) Uny made a great post about just that kind of mishap when she made her first tinctures of Echinacea but I don't seem to be able to find it. I'll post it for you if I do, its really funny.
Tincturing is so empowering so have fun with it and please let us know how it goes.
Just thought this info. might be of interest to people. Lots of people! with cartilage and bone issues.... etc.
And wow- my partner just today had a slight 'fall' using the "wheelTrans" system -- More a jarring "jar". But when you are just newly out of osteo-rehab, and off all the drugs, and working, there is pain and a certain hardship!
What a great plant!!!! I need to make this.
The Main Constituents of Solomon's Seal
Perhaps the best known, and more commonly understood, components of Solomon's Seal are gum, sugar, starch, pectin, and Vit. A.
Responsible for Solomon's Seal's many health activities, however, is a unique phytocomposition, as if coming out of a laboratory:
· steroidal saponins (Beneficial health effects include control of blood cholesterol levels, bone health, cancer, and building up of the immune system)
· glycosides (Cardiac glycosides are an important class of naturally occurring drugs, available in plants, whose actions include both beneficial and toxic effects on the heart. Plants containing cardiac steroids have been used as poisons and heart drugs at least since 1500 B.C.
Throughout history these plants or their extracts have been variously used as arrow poisons, emetics, diuretics, and heart tonics. Cardiac steroids are widely used in the modern treatment of congestive heart failure and for treatment of atrial fibrillation and flutter.
Although their toxicity remains a serious problem if taken in large or sustained quantities, in very small doses, as used in tinctures and homeopathy, they are entirely safe)
· polysaccharides (The form in which most natural carbohydrates occur. It accounts for the mucilagenous, soothing qualities of a root herb like Solomon's Seal)
· alkaloids (A naturally occurring group of chemical compounds. Most of the known functions of alkaloids are related to protection from parasitic bacteria and fungi, as a neurotransmitter, and as a regulator for cell growth and metabolism)
· anthraquinones (Anthraquinones are more likely to be present in plants as glycosides owing to the variety of sugar contents and this enhances the range of the compound. Usually anthraquinones are found in the form of aglycone. They are often compounded into a laxative with benefits for digestion and elimination)
· flavonoids (Flavonoids, also referred to as bioflavonoids, are polyphenol antioxidants found naturally in plants. Recent research indicates that flavonoids can be nutritionally helpful by triggering enzymes that reduce the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and age-related degenerative diseases.
· asparagine (Asparagine is an essential component of those proteins that are concerned with neuronal development and signaling transmission across nerve endings. Asparagine is essential to all living cells for the production of many proteins)
· allantoin (An anti-inflammatory. Allantoin is a chemical compound naturally produced by many organisms, including animals, plants, and bacteria. It is a frequent ingredient in lotions and skin creams, as well as in oral hygiene products, cosmetics, and other toiletries. Allantoin is also used in medications for dermatological conditions. It is effective at very low concentrations, usually from 0.1% to 2%.)
· convallarin (Broadly used in medicine as a heart regulator; it is a white, crystalline glucoside, of an irritating taste, extracted mostly from the convallaria or Lily-of-the-Valley plant, a relative of Solomon's Seal).
From looking at these phytochemical components of the root of Solomon's Seal, we can begin to understand the plant's broad therapeutic application. Additionally, it helps explain why it has been used so broadly as a healing agent for thousands of years among many cultures.
We can now look at how these components play out in the various uses of Solomon's Seal, be it as a tincture, salve, tea or liniment. That is, the general healing properties of Solomon's Seal.