Sitting on the ledge of the windows on my porch are my tinctures. When I was studying natural perfuming, I made them for the base of my perfumes. This is a trick I learned from Charna Ethier of Providence Perfumes. I no longer have time to make perfumes, but I still have those tinctures. Some of them have been aging for 9 years. To make the tinctures, I bought Everclear alcohol, placed some dry herb or fruit in a canning jar, and covered it with the alcohol. After a few days, I’d carefully strain out the old botanical or fruit and add more. Nothing was safe from my tincturing experiments. Tonka beans, myrrh, I even tinctured steel cut oatmeal. I have friends who use tinctures for medicinal purposes. They use roots, herbs, bark and berries for their healing properties. I tinctured for the scent. Natural perfumes don’t have a lasting longevity, and these tinctures helped.
These jars sit on my porch windowsills and musically make a “tink” as the top would expand and contract during the day and night. Each time I hear the “tink” I think of my friends Melissa and Yolanda. One day we all placed an order for soap supplies together, we can all save money on shipping this way. Both Melissa and Yolanda came by at the same time to pick up their orders. We were in my living room chatting when suddenly, a chorus of “tinks” came from my porch. They looked at me and we all laughed.
I have some of them bottled up and ready to use. They look so pretty, I wish I had time to use them.
Do you have a hobby you wish you had more time for?
Yours in Gratitude,