MUSHROOM DOUBLE EXTRACTION
Mushrooms have risen in popularity over the last few years. From shiitake and reishi, to chaga and maitake, more and more folks are feeling drawn to these fascinating and useful fungi.
Making a “double extraction” is our preferred method since mushrooms contain some constituents that are water-soluble, called beta-glucans, and some that are alcohol-soluble,
A double extraction effectively pulls out these constituents with the added benefit of being shelf-stable!
MUSHROOM DOUBLE EXTRACTION
Ingredients and Equipment
• Quart glass jars
• Stock pot
• Fine-mesh strainer
• 80 proof or higher alcohol (we use vodka)
• Organic dried mushrooms such as reishi,maitake, chaga, or shiitake
• Spring water
Make an alcohol extract by filling a glass jar halfway with dried mushrooms. Fill jar with alcohol, making sure that it completely covers the mushrooms, but leave about a 1/2 inch of space at the
top of the jar.
Let it sit for a month, shaking daily. After a month,strain mushroom-infused alcohol into another glass jar using cheesecloth and mesh strainer and set aside.
Next, make a water extract by bringing a half gallon of water to a simmer in a stock pot. Add the mushrooms from the alcohol extract to the simmering water.
Simmer the mushrooms for about 2 hours, until the water has reduced to approximately 1 to 2 cups.
Make sure to keep an eye on the water level, as you don’t want it to completely evaporate. You may need to add water to the pot throughout the process.
Let it cool.
Strain and compost the mushrooms, reserving the mushroom-infused water.
Combine the water extract with the alcohol extract. The final product is your mushroom double extract!
The alcohol percentage should be somewhere between 25-35%, making it shelf-stable.
However Have you been searching for an alternative to alcohol-based
tinctures? Maybe you like your remedies a little on the sweet side?
A great solvent for preserving plant constituents without the use of alcohol, GLYCERINE extracts are an excellent choice for administering herbal support to children or people with alcohol
These concoctions (also known as “glycerites”) have a shelf-life of 14 to 24 months.
Ratios: A mixture of 60% or moreglycerine to 40% or less water is a saferatio.
I f you are working with fresh, moist herbs,you can use 100% glycerine for your
extract. Just be sure to muddle well.
Fill a glass jar 1/2 full with dried herb or 2/3 full with fresh herb. In a separate
jar, mix 3 parts organic vegetable glycerine and 1 part distilled water.
Shake to combine.
Pour liquid mixture over the herb and completely cover to
fill the jar. Label container with date, ratio of glycerine to water, and herbs
used. Agitate daily for 4 to 6 weeks.
Strain with cheesecloth, bottle, and label
BONUS INFO WONDERING WHICH HERBS TO TRY FIRST?
Burdock, chamomile, cleavers, dandelion, echinacea, elderflowers,
fennel, ginger, goldenseal, hawthorn, mugwort, mullein, nettle, oat
tops, peppermint, skullcap, andvalerian make great choices.