Having spent 10 days in a Covid-19 vacuum where I couldn’t move for symptoms, what followed was a fuggy slowness and general lethargy.
The spirit was willing but the flesh was, well, you know... and even at that, the spirit mostly couldn’t be bothered. I was a Covid-19 virgin no more. It was clear my body and mind needed a tonic, and a good friend sent me directions for a rosemary tincture that’s meant to be heaven for body and soul.
I needed a lot of rosemary, enough to fill a one-litre jar as I’m making a tonic for two — my son also had the dose. I needed two months’ worth to really build us up.
As I only have my potted plants, I headed out and helped myself to the neighbours’ overhanging rosemary branches and snipped away with my secateurs in the dark. Back at home, I stripped the needles from the branches. This is easily done by pushing them against the grain of the branch — in no time, you will have enough herb to stuff the jar, but leave some space, as the alcohol has to cover the contents.
You need proper booze for this — vodka or similar — so just pour your bottle over the herb, right to the top of the jar, and seal it. Keep this in a dark cupboard and turn the jar once a day for two weeks.
After this time, you can strain the contents well, using muslin or cheesecloth, and then bottle it into dark glass containers. One teaspoon in a couple of tablespoons of water daily is said to increase blood flow to the brain, thus reducing brain fog and lifting your spirits. It’s a stimulant, a nervine, and said to help with mild depression, too.
I tried buying this in my local health-food shop but to no avail, so if it resonates with you, get busy with those herbs.
Note: Always consult your GP about treating illnesses and before beginning supplements.