Wine is characterized as a spirituous liquid, the result of the fermentation of grape juice. The other ingredients of the wine are sugar, gum, tannic, malic, acids, coloring, tartrate of lime, and volatile oils (bouquet).
Medicated wines are one of the oldest classes of Galenic preparations. They are hydro-alcoholic solutions made from various plants and employing white or red wine as the principal solvent. The acid that wine usually contains serves in some instances to increase its solvent power. Herbal wines seem to have a more festive relationship with the human mind and body.
Wine using for medicinal therapies needs to be a premium quality. The primary properties of wine is antispasmodic. Medicated wines are relatively low alcohol content tinctures prepared usually by maceration. The dosage depend on one each person, but in general, a tablespoonful two or three times a day is required.
There is a variety of wine used in pharmacy for making medicated wines: grape wine, sherry wines, port, sparkling wines, apple cider, Madeira, mead, Grand Marnier, and claret.
- Reduce the dried herb to powder.
- Combine with pure wine of your choices.
- Macerate for 14 days and shaking the mixture frequently.
- Pour into a sterilized bottle, cap, and store in a cool location.