I too use the folk method of making tinctures. There was no way my brain could get wrapped around how to make a 5:1 tincture when I started making my own, and I've just continued to use that method since I'm so used to it.
If you strain them at 6 weeks, then the strength of the tincture is even throughout it. If you only strain part of it, it will continue to get 'stronger' (to a point) and you will likely need to adjust your dosages.
Yes! Keep the sediment from the bottom!! It's just the plant material that was broke down during the tincturing process and there is no harm in using it. I always have.
The folk method is a less exact way of making tinctures than the ratio method, but I can't find anywhere that explains the exact difference in strengths - and I'd hate to guess. What I do know is that the folk method tinctures I've been taking work well for me.
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Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New Lyme case 8/2014 - Healed 1/31/15 - unknowingly had Asymptomatic Babs and Asymptomatic Bart, being treated now though (2/2016)