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The Coconut House Fresh Herbal Tinctures by Tania Alejandra Mingramm.
Medicinal herbs like any other flora are subject to variations in growing conditions and to genetic diversity between varieties within the species. Different seasons will see variations of the active medicinal principles within the herb.
Ample evidence of the seasonal variations can be seen in the wine industry where each season can see a “vintage” difference in the wine produced.
The experience at The Coconut House – Tulum has been that tinctures prepared from season to season and herb to herb each have their own set of variables but if the general growing, harvesting and processing principles are followed, a near standard medicinal product can be prepared from year to year, providing an acceptable uniformity of product.
The variation between seasons and harvest areas and thus the differing and varying concentrations of active principles in the herbal extracts, is a reality that with the rekindled interest in phyto-therapy, science is now trying to accommodate. It can be said that at this point in time, herbal medicine is somewhat based both on science and historical usage.
Tania, the Coconut`s House author’s personal experience is that living within the medicinal herb gardens and daily observing the herbs has enabled a greater sensitivity in understanding the plant’s life cycles and their waxing and waning in vibrancy. The Doctrine of Signatures as alluded to by Paracelsus and others also become more self evident.
There is an increased ability to relate to the herbs, perhaps as the original herbalists did when they too lived in the country surrounded by the herbs on a day to day and season to season basis. This “living with” experience gives a greater depth of understanding that over the years leads to a deeper grasp of the differing expressions of the plants and their potential medicinal properties.
The way indigenous people live with and relate to the flora of their surroundings would be far more profound than that experienced at Tulum herbalist ghetto, However, the author’s experience provides enough to be able to relate a little to this existential relationship. Any medical herbalist, if they wish to know, really know the herbs they are using, should perhaps grow the herbs, harvest and process them into tinctures or dried herbs and thus handle and experience them.
Sublingually tasting of one or two drops of a liquid herbal extract and watching and sensing within where the energy essence of the herb travels and its effects on their being, provides further experience of the herbs healing potential. This has been practiced in many workshop settings where participants have voiced their positive appreciation for the experience. This procedure is discussed in detail the “Taste Testing Document” to be found under “Quality Issues.”
Plants are a created, vital energetic and material life force that is an expression of its genome reproducing itself. The plant does this by using the energy of solar radiation and the material substrate of the earth, with the resultant physical and energetic expressions varying accordingly.
The capturing of this expression at any or all of its vibrational levels and the medicinal use there of, will by its very nature probably never be fully understood through the use of scientific methods. Thus phyto-therapy and its broad expression will remain a mixture of science and art, of understanding and intuition.