Today I made a tincture with cleavers (Galium aparine), as they don’t dry very well. I may also try making a succus (mix with glycerin or honey) tomorrow to keep the goodness of cleavers throughout the year. I simply put the cleavers in a large-necked jar and covered with alchohol (we had Calvados in the cupboard that no one is drinking). Again, I made sure the jar was very clean beforehand. I’ve left it in a cool, dark cupboard to do its magic, and will shake once a day.
I’ll be using this tincture as an all-around health and well-being tonic, for fluid retention, swollen glands and tonsillitis, bladder irritation, weak digestion and low energy (cleavers are amazing for the lymphatic system).
I’ll let you know the results in a month’s time!