Mugwort tincture: my first experience

Last year, I made three tinctures using a single herb in each. I made lavender, mugwort and echinacea. The echinacea was specifically for Mr. LaVeaux. He has quite a time fighting colds in the winter months.

Over the winter, he used up the entire bottle I’d made and, not surprisingly, he stayed well the whole season.

I had forgotten about the other two tinctures until this past weekend when I found them up in a kitchen cabinet. I took down the mugwort and decided to give it a try.

The entire world of herbs is fairly new to me. Just last year I’d seen a video by Rosemary Gladstar on making tinctures and was completely overwhelmed. You mean I could make my own natural medicine?

Yes, please!

On this past Sunday night, I decided to try some of the mugwort tincture before bedtime. I was relaxed and hopeful that the mugwort would do something to me. No, I wasn’t hoping to get high or space out. I was hoping, however, to feel very relaxed and maybe have a lucid dream.

Instead of diluting the tincture in a glass of water, I placed a dropper’s worth of the liquid under my tongue. The flavor was mild and strangely delicious. The best way I can describe it is floral with a hint of wood. Delightful, actually.

About half an hour after taking the tincture, I lay down next to Mr. LaVeaux and we turned out the lights. In a moment or so I felt myself relax and then I felt myself cocooned in orange.

Yes, I could feel the color orange.

Does this have anything to do with my being a synesthete? Not sure, but it was a beautiful feeling. This wasn’t weird at the time it was happening, and I have yet to figure out what was going on, but I slept that night quite soundly and woke up feeling refreshed.

I’ve read that mugwort shouldn’t be used too frequently, so I intend to take it only when I know I need a little help to relax. That said, my suggestion is to go easy on the tinctures, no matter which ones you use or make.

Unless you are well versed in herbs, take care and go slow.

If you are interested in making your own tinctures, here is a video from Mountain Rose Herbs that will teach you what you need.

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