Brookfield Herbal is currently waiting to hear if it will be granted an alcohol licence. This will allow me to produce my own home-grown and wild-crafted tinctures for use in the clinic. Meanwhile, I have been using vodka to make small test batches of nettle, raspberry and elderflower tinctures.
Today I thought I’d experiment and make some fresh parsley (Petroselinum crispum) seed tincture: it doesn’t appear that parsley seeds are commonly used in contemporary herbal medicine, although they are reported to be stimulating, drying, antiseptic, antispasmodic with particular actions on urinary system and also an emmenagogue (increase circulation to pelvis and uterus).
Since the tincture is not available to buy through UK suppliers this gives me a chance to explore the medicinal characteristics and nature of this common plant.
Step 1: Separating parsley seeds from the seed head
Step 2: Bruising parsley seeds in a pestle and mortar
Step 3: Macerating parsley seeds in alcohol