We made several thins in Potions class today. I'm going to list them in separate posts so that I can find them again.
The one I found that I loved the most was a women's reproductive health tonic syrup. Recipe first, explanation after.
Red rasperry leaf
Totalling just about 3/4ounce by weight. Which means it's about 1.5 cups. All but the yellow dock came in a women's nourishing tea. I added yellow dock to help with anemia
in Molasses (or honey, maple syrup, agave, etc, but for anemia, molasses is the obvious choice).
Make a strong tea (in other words boil the ingredients in about 1.5 quarts of water until it's about 3 cups of liquid)
Strain and press the herbs and let drip until you've gotten as much liquid as you're willing to work out.
In class we added honey that was already warmed and viscous, but I'm adding molasses out of a jar, so I didn't heat it.
Add about 1/2 as much molasses as liquid. Sweeten to taste. I am adding a bit of honey for the anti microbal and antiviral properties (and to help it keep longer)
Why make a syrup?
Well in this case, I can make a big batch that's reduced, but ready so that I can drink it whenever I want - hot or cold, just add water or put in a tincture bottle with a dropper and carry with me. It keeps for at least a month, but probably more.
This one is high in iron and I'm going to treat my anemia with it because it's less than a quarter of the cost of what I've been using and should be just as effective because I like the taste so I'll take it more often..