Thursday, November 21, 2013

Self Reliance Tip of the Week - Nov 21, 2013 Make Your Own Home Made Extracts!

Tip of the mornin' to ya! 

I recently found this website and I love it! The link below was emailed to me and I started to browse other pages on her site, and all I can say is WOW! She could teach many classes I would be interested in attending.

If you follow this link ( ) the author takes you step by step how to make your own vanilla, lemon and almond extracts. I think anyone who does the grocery shopping knows that the REAL stuff at the grocery store could break the bank in a hurry if you wanted to purchase several bottles for your storage.

This is where Self-Reliance steps in - if you learn to make your own, you save a BUNDLE! There is a catch however - you will need to purchase vodka. Come again? Some may be thinking, "But that is against the Word of Wisdom!" Let me there is too much...let me sum up.

Alcohol extraction allows for a couple of things: #1 long shelf life - alcohol is a preservative. #2 It extracts flavors, and desired medicinal qualities from plants.

If you read in section 89, there IS proper place for "strong drink"- for the washing of the body. Alcohol is used in medicines (NyQuil, etc) - and if used in super small quantities (1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp) it can help cleanse the body of micro-organisms etc. I make herbal extracts all the time to get the highest potency and shelf life out of herbs I purchase. They are called tinctures.

Did you know that vanilla extract can kill some bacteria? Check out this article:

Did you know that lemons have anti-viral properties?
When you grate the lemon peel to make your extract, you are getting the lemon oil as well! 

Remember, we are counseled to use all these things with judgement, skill, prudence and thanksgiving.,18-20?lang=eng


  1. Any suggestions for where to purchase the dark colored bottles used to store the finished extracts?

    1. MY FIRST COMMENT!!! I LOVE YOU! :) My favorite place to get dark glass bottles is this site:

      If you do not think the 4 oz will be big enough for what you want to make, scroll down and there is a 16 oz available.