I ask this question because while cooking rhubarb, I thought waste not, want not, and decided to chuck the left over liquid into a container and add a bit of yeast to see what I ended up with.

I managed to get a quite nice, and really light wine, but due to a shortage of bottles had to fill up a large jar with a tap on it. I figured I had better quickly drink the jar to ensure it didn't spend too long exposed to any air the jar took in. The result was that I discovered that rhubarb wine can definitely act medicinally if the ailment involves not being able to make as much use of the bathroom as you would really like.

Since then I have looked into the medicinal benefits of elderberry wine as I have quite a lot of that around here. I read that amongst other things it can help loosen up congestion and help a person breathe better. After a couple of glasses, and armed with this knowledge I can definitely state that this appears to be the case. The air seems much more fluid at the moment. Quite nice considering my house can get a bit stuffy at times.

I was wondering if other people had tried using different ingredients to obtain medicinal effects, and which type of ingredients have which kind of effects. I think I could justify this part of my life a lot better if I can tell people I am just advancing the field of medicine. ;)

  • Can you re-word the side effect of rhubarb wine? I'm not following what you are referring too.
    – Chad
    Oct 10, 2017 at 20:08
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    @Chad he's being delicate. To put it indelicately he's made a laxative. To the OP, are you sure the rhubarb was the laxative or did you get some yeast in the wine that you drank?
    – bendl
    Oct 16, 2017 at 2:50
  • Rhubarb is high in oxalic acid. Increases risk of kidney stones in small amounts. Increases risk of kidney damage in large amounts. Not sure about laxative effect.
    – 42-
    Oct 17, 2018 at 21:19

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I've used ginger before, it has been known to have medicinal properties. If I'm not mistaken I think juniper berries, quinine (tonic water base) and other traditional additives to gruits are probably good things to try (woodrow, flowers, etc.) And if u live in a place where it is legal - cannabis is a good addition.

Hope it gives some ideas to try!


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