The most potent herbal practices maintain a deep connection to the natural rhythms of the earth. The lunar cycle is no exception. As Andrea writes in this blog via Frugally Sustainable on moon-based herbal medicine, older herbalists know that the best time for preparing herbal tinctures is on the new moon, when the "gravitational pull of the moon helps to draw out the natural healing properties in the plants."
There are certain times in the month that can effect the potency of herbal tinctures…this depending on the lunar cycle of the moon.
Folklore tells us to start preparing tinctures when the moon is dark — or otherwise known as the day of the new moon.
The new moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle and every 14-15 days the moon cycles from new to full moon — with the waning and waxing moons in between.
You may hear many older herbalist and grandparents who speak about gardening (planting and harvesting) and medicine making with the cycles of the moon.
They used the moon as a guide.
They knew the best time for preparing a tincture was on the new moon. Not only because it is a sign of new beginnings, but it is the time when the gravitational pull of the moon helps to draw out the natural healing properties in the plants — making one of the most the most powerful and predominant medicinal tinctures possible.
I love making medicine and preserving herbs in this way…
…but most of all, I love that in doing so I remain connected to all of the amazing women before me who learned the necessary homemaking tasks of cooking from scratch, gardening, mending, preserving the harvest, herbal crafting, and soap-making.
She goes on to explain how to make alcohol, vinegar, and vegetable glycerin-based tinctures, along with a general recipe to get you started. Read the full blog here.