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Digestion and Tincture

Carminative, aromatic herbs extract relatively well in glycerin, especially in this “simmered still,” technique that borrows from water bath canning. Along with its sweet flavor, its kid-friendly and alcohol free. Watch for spoilage after a few months.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 ¼ ounces, fresh chopped catnip
  • 1 ¼ ounces, fresh chopped lemon balm
  • about 5 ounces, vegetable glycerin
  • 8 ounce mason jar with canning lid, pot of water with a lid that the mason jar fits in


  • Stuff herbs in your jar and cover with glycerin, leaving approximately 1 inch of headspace in the jar. Cover well but not super tight. Submerge in water, bring to a boil (covered), and let simmer 20 minutes. Let cool, remove, strain. A single serving would be 1 teaspoon plain or added to seltzer, tea, or water.

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