There are many ways to create natural remedies. One is to infuse herbs and spices into teas. However, herbal wines can also be created. In fact, herbal wines date back thousands of years with traces of herbs being found in what are now called demijohns, which are large, bottle-necked containers, usually having handles on either side of the neck and covered in wicker.
In the old world medicinal wines were often used to clean wounds, as well as to be sipped for ailments. Why wine? Alcohol breaks down the chemical constituents of plants, making them more biologically available when introduced to your body.
Below you will find medicinal wine making tips for making medicinal wine from store-bought wine.
The Captains Lady's Medicinal Wine Recipe
Place herbs (4 ounces) in a wide-mouth, glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Cover with 2 pints of the wine of your choice (preferably organic and generally a sweeter wine containing about 12% alcohol). fill the entire bottle or jar with wine.
Cap and shake well.
Store in a cool, dark place away from heat and light.
Let steep for two weeks.
Shake well every day for this 2-week period.
Strain the herbs with cheesecloth (or a clean, cloth baby diaper or panty hose).
Add raw honey to taste (optional).
Shelf -life: Your herbal wine should last month about one year when stored correctly.
Adult Dosage: 1-2 cups per day
Note: If you are under medical or psychiatric care, pregnant or nursing please seek the advice of your care provider before using any natural remedy. If you are prone to addiction, rather than using wine, use the same herbs in tea infusions.
Making Your Own Wine Recipe from Scratch
I don't pretend to be a wine-making expert. I prefer to use commercial wines in herbal wine-making, but if making mead or wine from scratch is something that interests you I suggest the following article from the Herbal Academy to get you started.