Most of us are used to taking the prettiest parts of plants and flowers and using them for simple things like teas and decorations. But I have been using a machine that is turning not only flowers, but the whole plant, into healthful oils and tinctures.
It all started one morning with a simple moringa tincture I was eager to make. Moringa is a plant native to sub-Himalayan India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Every part of the moringa plant, the leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root, all are used to make medicine.
Moringa, like cannabis, is a plant used for a vast variety of ailments: anemia, arthritis, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, edema, epilepsy, stomach pain and ulcers, headache, high blood pressure, infections, inflammation, kidney stones, and thyroid disorders. Moringa is also believed to boost the immune system, sex drive, and breast milk production. It’s even applied as a topical astringent, for athlete’s foot, dandruff, snakebites, warts, and wounds. (Per WebMD, “More evidence is needed to rate moringa for these uses.”)
Some people also take it as a tonic or nutritional supplement. So, I got out my MagicalButter machine and made a health tonic. First, I tossed the leaves inside. Then, I topped it off with 2½ cups (600 ml) of Everclear grain alcohol to make a beautiful green moringa leaf tincture according to the MagicalButter tincture recipe.
I started my tincture cycle and began to enjoy the light show. But, I noticed there was still a tremendous amount of dry plant matter left over. This material held an array of medicinal properties I didn’t want to just throw away.
So, after my first batch was done, I put that into my Botanical Extractor also to make tinctures. I used the bark of the moringa for one batch. Then, I ran a cycle with the root ball, after first softening it up in warm water. I could hardly believe I had three separate tinctures, all from the same plant!
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Following the MagicalbutterOil (MBO) recipe, I slowly cooked all three tinctures down to reduce the alcohol and concentrate the active ingredients. When I finished, I had three amazing oils packed with powerful medicinal qualities. A whole plant almost the size of a small tree had been processed into a trio of healthful botanical extracts.
I could have used the three preparations individually and tracked the results, noting similarities and differences in effects. This time, however, to top off the excitement I decided to add my three oils back into the MB machine and infuse them all at once into coconut oil. Once finished, I had a concentrated moringa-coconut oil I can use in any number of ways; for example, on my hair and beard to maintain a shimmering, shiny appearance and healthy skin.
Is turning a whole plant into concentrated botanical oils or one super-infused coconut oil opening the secrets to real health that big corporations would never want you to know? That may be hard to say with certainty. But it definitely has opened my mind to our ability to make not only our own medicine, but a plethora of life-enhancing household consumer goods.