The honey-scented flowers flavor liqueurs and yield skin-softening mucilage. The expectorant, soothing, and spasm-sedating properties of the leaf and flowers are used to treat raspy coughs and are added to herbal tobacco. Research has confirmed antitubercular activity in plant extracts. Leaf smoke was used by Native Americans to revive the unconscious. The flowers reduce eczema inflammation and help heal wounds; the seed oil soothes chilblains and chapped skin; the root is diuretic; and a homeopathic leaf tincture treats migraine and earache. Woolly leaf wraps preserve figs and are used as tinder and emergency bandages.
Herbie’s Herbs tinctures are alcohol-based preparations macerated in 50% distilled cane sugar alcohol at a 1:2 ratio. Read more here
Compared to other methods, alcohol helps extract nearly all active constituents from a herb yielding stronger tinctures that require a lower dose to attain beneficial effects.
Alcohol eliminates the growth of bacteria and mold while preserving the valuable constituents resulting in a much longer shelf life.