Working as I do in hospice, and often doing hands-on patient care with reflexology, Reiki and/or essential oil products, I'm constantly exposed to all sorts of nasty microbes. I decided it might be a good idea to make myself an internal cleanse tincture that could eradicate any and all viruses, fungi, microbes or anything at all that might either cause inflammation, dis-ease in my intestinal tract or lodge itself in my system somewhere just waiting to show up at a later date. So my first trial consists of Echinacea root, Calendula flowers, Ginger root, Pau d'arco bark, Black Walnut hull, Chaparral leaf and a pinch of Goldenseal root. As usual, it's all in glycerin. I have to say that even that tiny little pinch of Goldenseal has added an unmistakable pungent quality to the tincture that's not quite unmanageable but it sure borders on it. I've only taken a dropperful twice thus far but the first time, I started sweating (mind you, I'd also just gotten home from the gym so perhaps I was still hot) and the second time, my stomach gurgled for about 10 minutes, but other than that, no ill effects. Sure hope it's doing something useful internally. I'll take it again next weekend - I think it's a bit strong to take every day - and see how I fare. I may or may not change the recipe. I'm trying to decide if I want to offer it on my Tincture page and I think it's too strong for anyone else right now so I may want to make some adjustments and tone it down.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.