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April 20, 2017 by unclespike218

Just remember: n = 1 on this one. Anecdotal evidence, folks.

Okay. Now that I’ve scared off all the closed-minded skeptics, we free spirits can indulge.

On to the adventures of the lemon tincture. So here’s what I noticed while making it, and while taking it. It seemed to produce a rather mild-tasting tincture. I was just a bit underwhelmed, and perhaps a bit disappointed. Like Peggy Lee, I just thought…well, is that all there is? However, the quality of the flavor is exquisite, and the scent is divine. Want yourself some limoncello? There you have it. Well, almost. Add a lot of sugar, and there you have it. But we’re only pursuing medicine here, so buy (or make) your limoncello elsewhere. It’s easy, and recipes abound. But because it has a mild and otherwise galoptious taste, it’s about as easy to take as medicine from Mary Poppins.

As for the effects…I was originally a bit underwhelmed. I was hoping to find some effects similar to the grapefruit tincture. But my pretibial edema sprang back, especially since I’m currently in China, land of very, very salty food. My athlete’s foot, held at bay pretty well by the grapefruit, also came back pretty forcefully, to my chagrin. So I thought it was more or less useless. Until I noticed something very interesting.

I was waking up in the middle of the night tossing and turning (not from insomnia), and when the alarm went off, rather hot and bothered. I hadn’t been so spontaneously hard since…well, suffice to say it’s been years. I ain’t gonna lie…this was kinda fun! And when I upped the dose, the intensity and duration increased as well! I’ve been getting hard relatively easy. This was a rather unexpected side effect. And a fun one. I’ll be taking advantage of this more often. But also going back on the grapefruit tincture once I’m back home. Can’t wait to lose this pretibial edema again.

I’ve also been wondering who to tell about this effect, or in what capacities. Definitely not FB. Not in most of the other communities I’ve been frequenting. Not even sure I could say this in the few naturopathic forums I still belong to, although it might be interesting to raise a few eyebrows. I have mentioned this to one other guy, and he was very interested. I mentioned the n = 1 rule, and YMMV, but he’s still willing to give it a try, as he has some issues with performance, being an older, bigger guy, also on chronic pain medication. Who wouldn’t be willing in that situation?

So I’m now 3 for 3 where beneficial effects from my homemade tinctures are concerned. Woot! I totally wanna try lime next. Maybe orange after that, to complete the whole citrus circle. (With apologies to the kumquat, bergamot, blood orange, and pummelo…y’all are a bit on the exotic side. For now.) Then…who knows? Kitchen herbs and spices whose effects I don’t know? What would cumin do? Could I make a tincture out of cardamom and use it to help clear the lungs? I’m sure I’m going to have a blast making and trying out more tinctures as time goes on. Already have.

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