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Curious to explore and the benefits of the healing and nutrition values in some plants this year, 2017, I expanded infusing vinegar from herbal plants to include medicinal flowers, leaves and roots. Some of the flowers I have been exploring with have been dandelion, English daisy and lilac. More on flowers, leaves and roots for infusing vinegar at Inventory of a Backyard Forager.
In previous years some of the herbs used to infuse white vinegar, wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar included, rosemary, fennel, oregano, chives and garlic.
I have found this activity rewarding and nourishing. The plant materials are grown in my own surroundings and using the finished product provides me with an added connection to what I am consuming.
Make your own Vinegar
- Plant Materials; Flowers, Leaves or Roots
Choose the plant that you wish to infuse in vinegar. To begin I used garden herbs for flavouring. This quickly expanded to creating medicinal tinctures substituting vinegar for alcohol and cleaning products..
Choose the type of vinegar that your wish to use for infusing your plant materials. I use white vinegar for making cleaning products and either wine or apple cider vinegar for medicinal’s and flavoring for recipes. Wine vinegar is softer on the palette than apple cider vinegar! It may be a good one to begin your adventure with! I recommend the book at the end of this post for learning about the benefits of both apple cider and wine vinegar’s. I personally prefer red wine vinegar for infusing plant remedies due to the flavour. With wine vinegar the plant flavour is stronger.
I use recycled jars for infusing, measure cups and pots for heating vinegar, and a funnel for adding it to jars.
- Wash your plant material ahead of time so that it is no longer wet. Wet material will mold. You can wash plants the night before or set out in a sunny place to dry quickly.
- Measure out the amount of vinegar you will need for the jar you are using to infuse the plant material in with vinegar ahead of time.
- Heat (but not boil) vinegar.
- Fill your container up to 1/4 full of plant material for medicinal’s, less for flavouring.
- Add warm vinegar and seal.
- Let infused vinegar rest for up to three or more weeks and remember to jostle the jar each day.
- When it is ready, decant into your beautiful bottles that are special to you.
Imagine jostling the jar each day and infusing yourself into the product. A good intention will increase your connection and healing power of the product you are making so never jostle it while you are feeling impatient or angry!
- Lilac Wine Vinegar
- Drying your own plant materials for teas, remedies, tinctures, flavoured vinegar, bath infusions and beauty products
- The Healing Powers of Vinegar: A Complete Guide To Nature’s Most Remarkable Remedy Mass Market by Cal Orey (Author) – Jan 1 2009
Review : Gary M. – I was surprised that red wine vinegar has some of the same heart-healthy benefits of red wine. This is of special interest since I don’t drink alcoholic drinks. I really like the natural health remedies that were in the book since I believe in natural cures. Great book and and a joy to read.
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.