My Bleeding Heart Cordial

Adapted from Herbal Revolution, the new book by Maine herbalist Kathi Langelier, who writes, “When making medicine, holding intent and vision is an important part of the process, especially with this blend for healing the emotional heart. As you’re gathering your herbs, meditate on why you’re making this tincture, whether it’s for yourself, a family member or a friend in need.”

  • 2 T dried rose petals
  • 1 T dried hawthorn berries
  • 1 T dried milky oak tops
  • 2 tsp dried linden flowers
  • 2 tsp dried lemon balm
  • 1 t dried cinnamon chips
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 cup brandy

Place herbs in a pint jar, add honey and brandy, cover and shake.

Let sit for 4 weeks away from direct sunlight. Check regularly, smelling and tasting it now and then, and be reminded of your intention in making this medicine.

After 4 weeks, strain. If you’d like, add 2–5 drops flower essence of any of the following: bleeding heart, borage, forget-me-not, dandelion. Store in labeled jar or dropper bottles.

Take 1 dropper (¼ tsp) 1–3 times a day, in water or tea, as needed.