Lilac tincture

I’m an herbalist… it’s what I do. (Photo credit? It’s mine. I took it. yes I did.)

Recipe:

Lilac blossoms of course.

3 parts vodka

1 part vegetable glycerin

Fill a jar well with the blossoms but do not crush the blossoms or overcrowd. Pack them in up to the top of the jar then pour the vodka and vegetable glycerine over the top. Label it:

Lilac tincture

date it was made:

date it will be ready:

Mine will be finished on July 7th. Lilac is good for; parasites (vermifuge- they stun parasites), it is antiperiodic which means it helps to prevent disease. It is also restorative. Lilac helps to prevent relapses after a patient has healed, it is an antifungal- it purges the body of fungi and lowers the risk of fungal infections, helps to reduce fever, helps to ease anxiety, it’s good for your skin (helps heal burns, reduce wrinkles from sun damage and aging, etc.), antibacterial.

If you look around where you live, you just might discover a medicine chest in your own neighborhood or backyard. Lilac does not grow wild in America. It is native to Europe. If you do not have any bushes, ask your neighbor if you can cut some of their blossoms off in exchange fore some tincture. You do not need many blossoms to make your tincture. This is the bowl I used to harvest the blossoms. I still have some unprocessed blossoms left.

This is a small Pampered Chef bowl that’s about 16.5 years old.

Be sure to harvest your lilacs in the morning when it is still cool and they are a bit dewy (but it’s ok if they are dew free) you want to be sure they are full of their oils. This is best in the morning. You want full, open blossoms. Store them in an air tight jar for 6-8 weeks if using 100 proof vodka or 8-12 weeks if using 80 proof vodka. When finished, transfer liquid to a bottle with an eyedropper if desired for easier administration.

Bible verses supporting the use of herbs.

Revelation 22:2, KJV: “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

You do not need to wait until you get to heaven or the apocalypse happens to experience the healing power of plants.

Ezekiel 47:12 ESV

And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

What is your favorite tincture or herbal remedy?


It’s almost lilac season!

Photo of neighbor’s lilac bush which borders our properties.

It is almost lilac season in my city. I might be the only one who call sit that but I don’t care. I love lilacs and they bloom almost every spring in our city. I don’t know why there are so many lilac bushes in our city but there are and when they all bloom together it is glorious!

Lilacs are a common theme (along with roses, violets, and forget-me-nots.) in Victorian art.

snowball floral scrap clipart

They also have medicinal value. They help rid the body or parasites, aid in digestion, they help wounds heal and just plain taste and smell good. Lilac essential oil can be used to easy anxiety and depression and help to calm babies. A more comprehensive list appears below.

Lilac Essential Oil Facts

NameLilac Essential oil
Scientific NameSyringa vulgaris
NativeMiddle East and Eastern Europe, particularly the Balkan region
Method of ExtractionSteam-distilled extract of the leaves
Extracted FromLeaves, Flower
Plant parts usedFlowers, leaves, and fruits
Oil ColorLight purple in color
ConsistencyWaxy
Flavor/AromaRefreshing floral scent
Health BenefitsPrevents Premature Aging Reduces Fever Treating Malaria Prevents Depression Reduce Blood Pressure Reduce Inflammation Prevent Sunburn Uplift Mood Cures digestive issues Treats hemorrhoids Eases Anxiety and Reduces Stress Eliminates Parasites Treats Skin Problems Control Ticks and Mites Treats Intestinal Worms Improves Room Odor
PrecautionsYou should not consume lilac essential oil at all. If you are pregnant or nursing, avoid contact with lilac essential oil. If you have hyper-sensitive skin, lilac essential oil may trigger skin infections. Mix the lilac essential oil with a carrier-oil and apply a few drops of the solution to a small area and see if your skin develops an infection or reacts to the lilac oil. Sometimes, lilac essential oil can turn red, be very itchy, and you may even develop hives or a rash. If you experience any of the above symptoms, discontinue using lilac essential oil and seek immediate medical attention to reduce future complications. Remember to consult a doctor before you begin using lilac essential oil.

Unfortunately, lilac bushes are not deer resistant. I have seen hungry deer devour every bloom they could reach on springtime blooming lilac plants. It is such a romantic plant with a sweet fragrance. A perfect shrug to plant to give your home a vintage look and feel.