Monday, July 27, 2020

Lemon Balm Tincture

I am blessed with Lemon Balm. One plant added to the herb garden years ago and now I have great wodges of it scattered about the place. It's a mint (though not minty) and inclined to spread.  Over the years I've tried to find uses for it--chopped and added to frosting, dried and used as a tea (didn't much like this,) used instead of mint in iced tea (okay but not as good as mint.)

Then I saw a post on FB about Lemon Balm Tincture-- a herbal Valium, it said, good for these anxious times. So I shoved a bunch of fresh cut Lemon Balm into a jar and made some tincture, using vodka--and when that ran out, gin.  A couple of weeks in a dark cool place and I had a tasty tincture . . .

Or, a lemony gin.  In these anxious times, it makes a nice adult beverage, on the rocks or mixed with soda water.

Then the other day, I had used some fresh ginger root and was going to store the remainder, as I always have, in a jar of white wine. Wait a minute! I thought.

Gin and ginger tincture, anyone?


Barbara R. said...

What fun to have those flavored spirits, which also include wonderful herbal remedies!

Unknown said...

I think we could all use a tincture these days. Lemony gingery gin sound delicious over ice with some soda water.

We freeze our ginger root. I buy a lot of it and we use a lot of it and it keeps well frozen. It loses a bit of its zing, but not much, and it's very easy to grate frozen.

Anvilcloud said...

Woodge: gotta love it.

(wɒdʒ ) also wadge. Word forms: plural wodges. countable noun. A wodge of something is a large amount of it or a large piece of it. [British, informal]

KarenB said...

That unknown up there was me. Clearly I had not yet had my coffee and was able to remember my name!