here is a pic i took today...to the left is dried usnea in a bottle, i harvested it in the cloud forest in Costa Rica last winter, it is a little greener than the photo shows. To the right is an usnea tincture i made in july this year...inside the right bottle is 100proof vodka and costa rican usnea. it's a tincture ready to use - voila!!
I prepared this tincture by filling the jar with usnea then filling it to the top with 100 proof vodka. I just let it sit on my desk for a month..then i put it outside in the full August sun...I just took it in off the porch yesterday...it still did not seem orange enough...so i did the ultimate thing...i was cooking a load of dandelion greens in a small amount of water, just to cover, and I put the usnea bottle in the middle of the greens...I let it cook (through the jar) for less than ten minutes...then i removed it...wow, from the photo you can see the usnea and the tincture around it is very dark and quite orangy...the bonus was that when i ate the dandelion greens they tasted and smelled like usnea : )) it was a great meal! I can't wait to begin to use the tincture...tho I think I will let it sit for sometime longer...that's my usnea tincturing experience and a photo to help! love, justine