When infusing vinegar in 2017 I was curious to explore the healing and nutrition values in some plants so I started to use flowers, leaves and roots of other plants in our garden. Some of these were dandelion, english daisy and lilac. By years end it included bamboo, oregon grape and more! More on flowers, leaves and roots for infusing vinegar
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.
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Infusing your own Vinegar
- Sterilized Mason or recycled jars
- Measure cup
- Plant Materials: flowers, leaves or roots
Choose the plant that you wish to infuse in vinegar. I began using garden herbs for flavouring and quickly branched out into using flowers from lilac and cherry trees, and weeds such as dandelions.
- Vinegar: white, wine or apple cider
Choose the type of vinegar you will use for infusing your plant materials. I use white vinegar for making cleaning products and wine or apple cider vinegar for medicinal’s and recipes. Wine vinegar is softer on the palette than apple cider vinegar! I recommend the book at the end of this post for learning about the benefits of both apple cider and wine vinegar’s.
7 Steps to infuse vinegar
- Wash your plant material the night before or enough time ahead that is dry. (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 intend to use and heat up the vinegar making sure to not boil.
- Fill your container 1/4 full of plant material while waiting for the vinegar to heat up.
- Pour heated vinegar over plant material and top up jar to fill.
- Seal jar and put to rest for up to three or more weeks.
- Jostle the jar each day to move liquid through the plant material.
- Enjoy decanting into beautiful bottles and enjoy.
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. 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.