It's the rainy—GREEN—season here on Jaramillo mountain in Boquete, Panamá. Time slows down a bit at this time of year and we have a few spare moments to reflect on what we are doing and who we are doing it for.
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Come Bleed the Dragon!
Sangre de Drago tree - 8 years old
Wednesday August 21. This
week, at the full moon, the conditions are ideal at Finca Luz in Bouqete to 'bleed' the
Sangre de Drago trees. Learn with us (it's our first time!) the process of collecting the
prized red resin of this indigenous rainforest tree. Sangre de
Drago's resin is a powerful wound healer and is used throughout
Central and South America to heal serious internal digestive
problems. Centuries of traditional indigenous use are now being
supported by current US and European scientific studies.
Join us Wednesday, August 21 to
engage your senses as you smell, touch and taste your way through an
introduction to herbal healing. Discover the everyday application of
alchemy as we open ourselves to the power of self-healing using
elements found in Nature.
The Medicine Way Tour is open by
advance reservation on Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 AM. The cost
is $30 per person and includes the educational tour and a sumptuous
morning coffee hour on The Terrace of Finca Luz. Transportation can
be provided from town by arrangement at no additional charge.
Contact us at
or call 6636-8663 or 6527-5584.
Tinctures-- what are they?
- People often ask us, What IS a tincture?
- How do I use it?
What it is
Simply, a tincture is a extract of plant
elements in a base of alcohol, vinegar, or vegetable glycerin. It is an
ancient, tested and true, method for obtaining the powerful of medicinal
plants in a concentrated form that is easily consumed. Unlike many
pharmaceuticals, which seek to isolate particular elements, tincturing
is a method which respects and utilizes the synergistic aspects of ALL
the plant's elements working together, as nature intended.
commercially (mass market) tinctures available use a ratio of 1 part
plant material to 10 parts of 35-40% carrying agent (alcohol, vinegar,
At Cloud Forest Botanicals, we use, at a minimum, 4 parts plant to 10 parts pure, 150 proof (75%) alcohol from sugar cane.
Each of our tincture is 'aged' a minimum of 6-8 weeks to allow for
maximum extraction. Our plants are locally grown or wild-crafted
botanicals with a history of traditional uses supported by the latest
botanical and pharmaceutical research. All of this ensures that CFB
tinctures are the most potent, purest, longest lasting available to you.
Each Cloud Forest Botanicals tincture is bottled in amber glass to protect it from light. Shelf life is 3 years. (Probably more).
How Do I Use It?
Tinctures are taken directly into the mouth and held under the tongue or mixed with a small amount of cool water or juice. Some are very bitter, others taste woody or herby. The standard dose is 1 ml -- or 20 drops, or approximately 1/4 teaspoon. If you have questions about how to take your tinctures, email us and ask. We are happy to advise.