Jasmine tincture stimulates the senses and adds energy. It has a very long tradition in Poland.
To prepare jasmine tincture we need half a jar of jasmine flower petals, 4 glasses of spirit, 2 glasses of water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 4 tablespoons of honey. Wash the jasmine petals and dry them (preferably on a paper towel for 2-3 hours). Fill a large jar with petals and pour the spirit over it so that it covers them. Set aside in a dry and cool place for 3 weeks. After this time, drain off, add lemon juice and syrup prepared from water and honey. We leave it for 2 days again. Next filter and pour into bottles. The tincture tastes best after 2-3 months.
Do you want to know more about jasmine tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a jasmine tincture by yourself.
Where to buy jasmine for tincture?
If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried jasmine on Amazon here – 1oz Kosher Certified Botanical Dried Edible Jasmine Flowers.
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Jasmine tincture benefits
Jasmine is a recognized agent that prevents the development of infection. This type of tincture should be chosen especially by women because it has anti-aging properties. Jasmine tincture improves the work of the circulatory system, and may help to protect us against a heart attack. Effectively supports the reduction of “bad” cholesterol.
Jasmine tincture dosage
As with each alcoholic tincture it is recommended to stay moderate, you can drink a few teaspoons daily, but there isn’t enough reliable information to know what overdosing the jasmine tincture would be.
Jasmine tincture recipe
Another recipe for jasmine tincture which is the best after 1,5 year requires:
- 1 glass of aromatic jasmine flowers (only white petals),
- 1 glass g of honey, e.g. acacia,
- juice from half a lemon,
- 2 glasses of spirit,
- 2 glasses of vodka,
- 1 glass of water.
Collect only the white flakes for the tincture, getting rid of the yellow stamens. Put the flakes into an airtight jar, pour the spirit and vodka (remember the order – pour the stronger alcohol into the weaker one). Close the jar and set aside for 3 weeks in a cool and dark place. During this time, we shake the jar regularly for better maceration.
We decant the tincture, carefully squeezing the petals. Make a syrup of honey and water – boil water, add honey, mix it and get rid of the scum. Add lemon juice to the cooled syrup. Combine it with the flower infusion, mix it and leave it for 5 days.
Filter the tincture, pour it into bottles and store it in a dark, cool place. We can drink jasmine tincture after 3 months, although it is the best after 1,5 years.
Jasmine tincture uses
According to webmd.com list includes:
- Mental alertness,
- Cancer treatment,
- Increasing sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac),
- Liver disease (hepatitis),
- Pain due to liver scarring (cirrhosis),
- Stomach pain due to severe diarrhea (dysentery),
- Skin diseases,
- To cause relaxation (as a sedative),
- Wound healing.
What type of alcohol is used for jasmine tincture?
Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried jasmine, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of them.
How long does jasmine tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, jasmine tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.
Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home
I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars.
- Mortar for herbs – granite.
- Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles.
- Large bottles, dark glass.
- Medium bottles, dark glass.
- Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
- Cloth for tincture filtering.
- Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
- Tincture press for better extraction.
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Other names of jasmine
If you would like to check more info about the jasmine flower here you can find webmd.com article about jasmine.
It is also known under such names: Catalonina Jasmine, Common Jasmine, Italian Jasmine, Jasmin, Jasmin Blanc, Jasmin Commun, Jasmin d’Espagne, Jasmin à Grandes Fleurs, Jasmin Officinal, Jasmin Royal, Jasminum grandiflorum, Jasminum officinale, Jati, Jazmín, Jazmín Silvestre, Poet’s Jessamine, Royal Jasmine, Spanish Jasmine.