Most of the listed preparations have been infused in their menstruum (alcohol, honey, oil, vinegar) between 6 and 12 weeks, in the divine darkness. After this time the plants are tightly expressed and the infused liquid is bottled for consumption.
A tincture is created with fresh plant matter infused in alcohol and is best used within 5 years.
An elixir is made with fresh plant, alcohol and honey. Using honey, the water content of the herbal preparation is increased, expressing more of the water-soluble components of the plants. The preparation contains a lower alcohol then a regular tincture and a sweeter taste. I like to make elixir with nourishing plants that support or nervous system. An elixir is best used within 2 years.
An Infused Vinegar is created by placing fresh plant matter in a jar, covered to the top with Apple Cider Vinegar and added Honey for the Oxymel. Vinegar has the capacity to extract minerals from the plant, AVC also supports our digestive functions and alkalinizes our bodies PH. Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties among many other. Vinegars and oxymels are best used within 1 year.
An infused oil is made by placing the whole plants, fresh or dry, in a jar covered with an oil of choice. For the first user of Infused Oil, the smell may seem unusual as most of us have been used to the scent coming from synthetic perfume or Essential Oils. I decided to not use E.O. in my products and here you can find out why: On the use of E.O.. An infused oil is best used within 1 year and for external use only.