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April 12, 2019
Author: Lily Mazzarella MS, CNS
Vinegar: From the French for "sour wine." Vinegar is an aqueous, fermented solution, containing 5-20% acetic acid. Vinegar has been used to extract and preserve plants for 3000-5000 years!
Medicinal vinegar: A fluid preparation of a botanical in which vinegar is the solvent. Vinegar extracts many plant constituents reasonably well, especially minerals. A medicinal vinegar can be used topically (eg, Queen of Hungary's Water, mugwort vinegar liniment, hair vinegars) or internally (eg, Fire Cider, mineral-rich vinegar).
Oxymel: A medicinal preparation of botanicals, vinegar, and honey.
Shrub: "Drinking vinegar." A beverage vinegar, mixed with soda water and/or spirits. The traditional components of a shrub are fruit, sugar, and vinegar, often in equal parts. One ounce of the shrub is diluted with 5-8 oz of neutral fluid, such as sparkling water.
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