Grape Hyacinth “Muscari” Discussion:
A beautiful flower that is one of the very firsts to appear in the Spring, sparking curiosity and excitement! It is also known by the names Musk Hyacinth, Tassel Hyacinth, or by its botanical name “Muscari”. While it is edible, it is often confused with the common Hyacinth, which is highly toxic! However, grape hyacinth is toxic to cold-blooded animals like lizards and snakes.
This delightful flower has been used in many ways since ancient times. It is commonly used to make a syrup and as a flavoring in food, beverages, and as a medicinal herb. The syrup and lemonade recipes can be found below. Please be sure to harvest plants from an area where they have not been affected by chemicals. Click Here to learn about the identification, species differentiations, planting, and growing of grape hyacinths.
This plant’s extract has been studied for its antioxidant and biological activity, polyphenol and flavonoid content, and the nutraceutical benefits. To view their findings on those, along with its free radical scavenging activity, cell viability, and other types of test results, Click Here.
This plant is high in tannins and saponins. Saponins, mean “soap”, which are a gelatinous compound that produces bubbles when water is added, hence the name. This means that any plant high in saponins may be highly antibacterial, which is why they are used in soaps, shampoos, and cosmetic cleaning products. They are known for their gentle scrubbing capabilities within the intestinal tract, but they may offer many types of benefits, especially for issues with weight and the prevention of obesity. They may help to reduce cholesterol levels, improve lipid metabolism, kill disease-causing pathogens, scavenge oxidative stress, and inhibit tumor growth.
Tannins are potent astringents, which have a very bitter taste. As we have advocated mucus being a possible factor to many diseases, anything dense in tannins may be highly beneficial. They may remove and fight against harmful pathogens, including viruses and fungi. They speed up the clotting actions of blood, helping cuts and wounds heal faster. They may also help with the stabilization of blood pressure. With anything highly beneficial, there may be a downside if too much is taken. We strongly feel that you know your body better than anyone and with any slight side effect, you would know to come down a bit in usage, to find your own tolerance may be best.
Grape hyacinth is very popular within the cosmetic industry, and you will find many beauty products marketing it. At the same time, it is called an “essence”, which is the same as a tincture. The glycerite version would make an amazing additive to your personal cosmetics, by adding only drops to your face serum, shampoo, or whichever product you choose to add it to.
Grape Hyacinth Syrup Recipe:
- Fill a jar with grape hyacinth flowers to the desired level (The more flowers used, the more syrup it will make.)
- Cover the flowers with boiling hot water (It may be best to pour from premeasured water for accuracy on the following steps.)
- Steep the flowers in the hot water for 2+ hours
- Once steeped, pour the contents of the jar into a pan, including the flowers
- Before heating, add an equal amount of sugar or honey (Premeasured water poured into the jar at the start of this recipe.)
- Simmer it until you get the desired consistency (The longer it is cooked, the thicker it will become.)
- Strain and be sure to squeeze out the remaining liquid out of the plant matter (Cheesecloth or any type of filter or strainer will do.)
- Keep it refrigerated for a longer shelf life! It may be used as an additive! (Beverages, alcoholic drinks, fermented foods, & smoothies!)
Grape Hyacinth Lemonade Recipe:
- 1/2 Cup – Grape Hyacinth Syrup (recipe above)
- 2 & 1/2 – Cups Distilled or filtered water
- 2+ Tbsp. – Lemon juice
We highly recommend getting 2 different variations of the following to know exactly what a specific herb will, or will not do for you, as well as to achieve saturation.
Standard Tincture – Herbal compounds extracted in an alcohol base. Alcohol offers a superior absorption rate. We recommend allowing your dose to sit under the tongue for 3+ minutes, then swallowing it down with a drink of water. Otherwise, you may add it to 4 oz. of water, juice, or a smoothie. Microscopic compounds are readily available to be absorbed through tissues, into the bloodstream, and then circulated to organs.
Lipospheric Tincture – This is a standard tincture that is put through an energetic process. We collide the herbal compounds with oxygen molecules, to encase them both within an oxygenated bubble. The difference can be clearly seen because the tincture lightens in color. The lipospheres’ may have the capability to surpass the bioavailability of a standard tincture, although it exhibits all of the same benefits.
Glycerite – Herbal compounds extracted in vegetable glycerin. This contains NO alcohol and NO sugar. The taste of glycerin resembles syrup, which makes it ideal for children. This version may be best for those highly sensitive or are seeking a nonalcoholic extraction. Doses may need to be up to three times higher than a tincture to receive similar benefits. They can be taken in the same way as tinctures, which is in 4 oz. of water, juice, or a smoothie.
Vegetarian Capsule – Size 00, vegetarian capsules, hand-encapsulated, to order. The capsule is swallowed with at least 4 oz. of water or juice, which is broken down by stomach acids. Once the herbal compounds go through digestion, they then get absorbed by tissues.
Herbal Tea – Teabags are handmade to order and can be brewed up to three times each. The constituents will be continually extracted with each brew. Be sure to squeeze the bag gently upon finishing your cup of lovely tea. The label specifies the brewing instructions, which highly depends on the parts of the plant that are used in the tea. Keep in mind, this is medicinal tea and there are no additives. It may be best to drink as is, without adding a sugar substitute. Don’t forget the slurry, medicinal residue that settles to the bottom of the cup!
Loose Herbal Powder – We take pride in the freshness and quality of our herbal powders, as we hand-grind down each herb to order, as well as in any above process. Our inventory of herbs is always purchased, when possible, in whole form, if it is not wildcrafted by us. We ethically wildcraft many herbs, which ensures the highest content of medicinal compounds and freshness. We also attempt to include every part of the plant, if possible. We believe wildcrafted, and full spectrum to be the superior version of any herb. If an herb is wildcrafted, it will indicate so on each label by the abbreviation “WC”. The same goes for full spectrum, as each label indicates the parts used. We give multiple part options for each herb individually as well.
All variations are animal & child-safe, at the appropriate dosage. View our child’s dosage guide by Clicking Here.
Always use herbs wisely and with common sense, as they are to be respected. We hope that you have learned something new by reading these variations! Attaining herbal knowledge may help you, a child, family members, or a friend sometime in the future! Lastly, most of our herbs and products have been tested by an energetic practitioner, using a bio resonance scanning system. The results showed that our products tested up to 360% more powerful than other brand names! Our customers choose us over them because we create products that are unique, from an honest place of the heart, emanating a healing energy, that is intended to help you!