If you have access to a mulberry tree, you have the perfect opportunity to make a healthy, herbal extract. Mulberry leaves are used to make mulberry extract. The Chinese also used the roots, bark, fruit and sap for medicinal purposes. Potential health benefits that mulberry extract are believed to have on the body include lowering blood pressure, reducing glucose levels, cleansing arteries and inhibiting internal oxidation
Place the mulberry leaves in a sealable glass jar.
Cover the mulberry leaves with vodka. Use about three times more vodka than leaves if you are using fresh leaves. Use about five times more vodka than leaves if you are using dried leaves, to account for absorption.
Cover the opening with cling film and screw on the jar’s lid. The cling film will prevent oxides from the metal lid from contaminating the extract.
Allow the leaves to soak in the vodka for 5 weeks, giving the jar an occasional shake to redistribute the leaves. The alcohol in the vodka will pull out the valuable properties from the leaves.
Pour the extract through cheesecloth to remove the leaves. Wring the leaves in the cheesecloth to force out any residual liquid.
Transfer the extract into tincture jars with droppers.
Place a label on the jars identifying the extract and indicating an expiration date of 4 years in the future.
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