see, clockwise starting at 5'clock, leaf, flower, seed pod, and chopped root. The roots seep bright orange when nicked. Because we had some and it seemed like a nice addition, I picked some Lemon Balm, Mellisa officianalis, used to allay anxiety, worry, depression and agitation, it is also a relaxant digestive, and can be used to for fever. Ancient sources thought if it as a longevity herb. Current German research shows infulence on the Limbic system of the brain which controls the emotions and nervous system. Lemon Balm is top left in the picture. Top right is Jin Yin Hua, Honeysuckle Flower, Lonceria Japonica, Gold and Silver Flower, in terms of Chinese Medicine it clears heat and toxin, basically inflammation. The freshly picked Lemon Balm and Honeysuckle smell so fantastic together, delicious! Da Zao, Ziziphus Jujuba, Jujube, "Big Date", this Chinese herb nourishes the blood and calms the spirit. Research shows it has a restorative effect on the liver. You have probably figured out the Da Zao are the wrinkly red things. The idea of this little concoction is to help with sleep. the main herb, Cal Pop, does that. It is supported by Lemon Balm, which relaxes and restores the nervous system and helps with digestion. Poor digestion can a cause of insomnia. Because alcohol in general is heating and too much internal heat can be another cause of insomnia, to balance this out is the energetically cooling Jin Yin Hua, which also decreases inflammation, and who doesn't have a little inflammation somewhere. Da Zao helps with sleep, obviously, by calming, but also because healthy blood if important for sleeping. Da Zao as well is an herb that harmonizes the other herbs in a formula.
Everything is put in the oft used blender with a bottle of Sake`, I used Sho Chiku Bai Nigori unfiltered no sulfites, and given a good whirr, then transferred to a Mason jar which is placed in a dark cupboard and shaken every day for two weeks. At the end of this time the plant material is strained out ( a couple times ) and the extraction re-bottled. A dose of medicinal wine is 2 oz., a shot glass. Bob Flaws recommends dosing until you feel the warming effects but are not drunk. If this sort of thing interests you get one or both of the books mentioned. And for goodness sake don't go out and try this based only on reading my silly blog!