Salvia divinorum is a member of the large sage plant family. It is native to Mexico and Central America, where the indigenous peoples sometimes use it as an aid to their vision quests and some forms of healing. It grows easily in areas where the weather is warm year-round, or you can grow it as an annual during the summer in cooler climates. You can also grow it as a houseplant. Several types of herbal extracts exist; the most common and easiest to prepare is a tincture made with some type of alcohol.
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Things you need
- Fresh or dried leaves
- Mason jar
- Snug-fitting lid
- Coffee grinder
- Vodka, rum or brandy
- Vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar (optional)
- Cheesecloth or nylon stocking
- Dropper bottles
Wash one or more mason jars in hot water and dry them thoroughly. Also, wash their two-part, snug fitting canning lids and dry them as well.
Chop fresh salvia divinorum leaves into small pieces using a knife. You can also use dried leaves; if the leaves are in whole pieces, grind them in a coffee grinder.
Fill half of the jar with chopped fresh leaves or one-third of the jar with dried leaves.
Fill the jar to within one-half inch of the top with vodka, rum or brandy. Alternatively, you can use vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar, but alcohol will yield a more potent extract. Cap the jar tightly with your two-piece canning lid.
Shake your jar for approximately 60 seconds. Store it at room temperature in an area where it will not receive direct sunlight. Then, shake it every day for 30 days.
Strain, or decoct, your extract through cheesecloth or a nylon stocking, transferring the liquid to a clean Mason jar. You can also transfer the finished extract to glass dropper-top bottles. Store the completed extract in a cool, dark place.
Tips and warnings
- It's best to use a coffee grinder that is reserved for use with herbs and has never been used for grinding coffee: your tincture might taste like coffee if you use a grinder that is also used for coffee beans.
- Use extreme caution if you decide to consume salvia divinorum extract. Seek an experienced, qualified guide to ensure that you consume the proper dosage and do not suffer any adverse side effects, which this psychotropic plant can sometimes cause.
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