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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:49 PM

(side note: Ok, I realize the following may come across as weird and "What the hell?"...)

What do you think of using knee high pantyhose (new! never worn) for straining the herbs out? I know it sounds odd, lol, but I'm finding it works better & faster than muslin or paper coffee filters. I stretch one over the mouth of a tall, wide glass and then pour the herb mix in. Once it's completely cool, I pull it up and squeeze out the rest of the liquid.
And they're re-washable so I can use the same pair for quite a while. (I wash them separately from the rest of the laundry & then tuck them back in the same box as the herbs for the next venture.)


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:02 PM

(side note: Ok, I realize the following may come across as weird and "What the hell?"...)

What do you think of using knee high pantyhose (new! never worn) for straining the herbs out? I know it sounds odd, lol, but I'm finding it works better & faster than muslin or paper coffee filters. I stretch one over the mouth of a tall, wide glass and then pour the herb mix in. Once it's completely cool, I pull it up and squeeze out the rest of the liquid.
And they're re-washable so I can use the same pair for quite a while. (I wash them separately from the rest of the laundry & then tuck them back in the same box as the herbs for the next venture.)


They work wonderfully for a first strain, as long as there's no runs (ladders), which create large-enough holes for the herb to sneak out of. I used them often but since I no longer have to wear 'em, don't have any (and too cheap to buy them just for that). Just don't use fabric softener when you wash/dry them. Contains chemicals you don't want in your tincture.

I still think coffee filters are best for the final strain. Even with pantyhose, there are 'dregs' that you want to get out.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:34 PM

They work wonderfully for a first strain, as long as there's no runs (ladders), which create large-enough holes for the herb to sneak out of. I used them often but since I no longer have to wear 'em, don't have any (and too cheap to buy them just for that). Just don't use fabric softener when you wash/dry them. Contains chemicals you don't want in your tincture.

I still think coffee filters are best for the final strain. Even with pantyhose, there are 'dregs' that you want to get out.


Good point! Thanks :-)


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Posted 04 July 2011 - 05:40 PM

I'm currently working on book #2 which is going to be a 'recipe' book - herbs or combinations thereof for certain situations, both medicinal and magical. For medicinal information, books by David Hoffman, Andrew Chevallier or Susun Weed are excellent.


Mountain Witch,

I can't recall if you are still working on Book #2 or it is finished. I would be interested to know, as I thoroughly enjoy your other book.

In the meantime, I am curious about other's thoughts on whether or not increasing the number of herbs in a particular mixture has an impact on effectiveness. I was taught to limit the number of herbs or ingredients of any kind per mixture, especially when working magically, but also medicinally. Rarely, would I combine any more than four different ingredients; yet, I have noticed that some of the recipes shared on TW list significantly more contents. I am not speaking to amount of contents, but rather number of contents; like using twelve different herbs in one recipe.

Any thoughts?


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Posted 04 July 2011 - 06:49 PM

Mountain Witch,
... I am not speaking to amount of contents, but rather number of contents; like using twelve different herbs in one recipe.

Any thoughts?


Magicaly I tend to go in threes or multiples thereof (3,6,9) but rarely over 9. Sometimes I vary from that, but usually I stick with it. I don't put tons of things together simply becuase after a while it gets to be too complicated and rather overkill and if I'm confused there's a good chance my potion is confused too. Sometimes the 3-6-9 might be in the WAY I do it rather than what I used. Like this morning I was working on an all purpose oil that I'd started yesterday. Yesterday I heated 3 herbs in one cauldron, 1 resin in another cauldron, and some menstral blood in a 3rd. So you have 5 ingredients, but the 3 separate sets of heating in the oil add 3 more "elements" which makes 8, and the last act of combining the 3 lots this morning made 9. But I'm weird like that :-)

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 08:15 PM

I am curious about other's thoughts on whether or not increasing the number of herbs in a particular mixture has an impact on effectiveness. I was taught to limit the number of herbs or ingredients of any kind per mixture, especially when working magically, but also medicinally. Rarely, would I combine any more than four different ingredients; yet, I have noticed that some of the recipes shared on TW list significantly more contents. I am not speaking to amount of contents, but rather number of contents; like using twelve different herbs in one recipe.

Any thoughts?




Jevne, I am more cautious in the number of herbs used for medicinal purposes. For the reasons of isolating adverse reactions and simples seem to be more effective, esp in tea infusions. For magical purposes, I am somewhat more liberal but usually do not exceed 4-5. I do make a Kyphi incense that has 16 ingredients but it is the exception to the rule..

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 10:50 AM

Just bumping. There is some great info here that may be of interest to some.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 02:08 PM

Personally, I like multiples of 3, in my workings.

I also, am prompted to the number 8 for Tarot working.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 02:29 PM

Loving this thread!

Aloe, what do you use tinctures for magically?

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 02:54 PM

Loving this thread!

Aloe, what do you use tinctures for magically?


My work with tinctures hasn't been as extensive as with wild plants in general. My grandparents never tinctured anything, everything we wild harvested or grew was eaten fresh, frozen, or canned. If it was to be used for folk magic it was either dried or burned. So.. tinctures are a fairly new experiment for me - I've only been working with them for 3 years. But as far as how I use them magically.. In the tincture form the essence of the plant can be applied to cords, splashed on a poppet, added to a mixture of dried herbs.. the possibilities are endless. :)

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 09:51 PM

Personally, I like multiples of 3, in my workings.

I also, am prompted to the number 8 for Tarot working.

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I am partial to 3 s myself.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:40 AM

I still like this thread.  Bumping for further discussion and input.  I am interested in learning of other's magical and mundane preferences for the use of tinctures.



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 01:33 PM

I make and use tinctures for their mundane/medicinal actions.  I stick with the safer herbs.  I'm not comfortable going further without someone to mentor me and I'm not going to experiment on family and friends and 'hope' I get it right.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 09:44 PM

I love this thread, thanks for bumping. There are so many great threads on here I sometimes get lost in them.

I make tinctures in big what I call tea jugs I think they might be called infusing jars??, they have a little spout at the bottom. I find that if I cover the inside of the spout with a half of a tea strainer they work really really well. Then I just wash them out .

I hadn't heard of the glycerin type of tincture before exactly, I have used glycerin in a couple infant/toddler infusions for summer time and tummy troubles though. I have a several recovering alcoholics and a few full blown ones who occasionally ask for a tincture so I would use the ACV instead of vodka for them but I think glycerin would be an even better choice since it has 0% alcohol. I noticed that those of you have have used this method say its a pita do you have any tips on how to simplify the process?


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 03:43 PM

I've started making tinctures with vinegar last year and now am trying the vodka tinctures.   Right now I'm more in the mood to make them for magical use than medical as we are pretty healthy (knock on wood).  I've started tweaking certain water based recipes I use into tinctures due to the longer shelf life. Its working pretty well so far.