Herbal Tinctures Keeping Your Body Well and Healthy
Tincture making day! YES, using these special herbs aiming at specific health issues will make a season of wellness. Keeping us all healthy and doing it naturally! I can’t stress enough the importance of taking time for your health. It begins with making up some tinctures you can use into your teas and begin fighting those nagging aches and pains. It takes just a little time to mix your herbs and place into jars, fill them up, shake, and put away, shaking daily for 4-6 weeks. This is the hard part…waiting…so START NOW and have them ready! The ones below are the ones we find to be the most needed in our home. If you have other issues look on Bulk Herb Store and she has wonderful info on each herb. The herbs I use below are often used for many issues. It is all about finding the right herb for your specific element. If Bulk Herb is out of stock check Starwest on the link on this blog. Mix the ones for you together and go for it. You will also gain a bunch of knowledge in the process which is always awesome! Acid Reflux Tincture: Mix Dried Herbs: 1 Cup Calendula 1 Cup Marshmallow Root 1/2 Cup Ginger Root ¼ Cup Licorice Root 1/3 Cup Slippery Elm Bark Powder ¼ Cup Fenugreek Seeds 1/3 Cup Orange Peel Copied from Bulk Herb Store…Tincture Instructions. Once you do a couple of times you will just need to keep on hand your different recipes. Simple to do! Tinctures are concentrated, liquid forms of herbal medicine that are simple to make and easy to assimilate. They are so concentrated that sometimes we take our doses in tea or water. They are usually made with consumable alcohol, but can also be made with vinegar, vegetable glycerine, honey, etc. Alcohol tinctures (also known as extracts) are the most popular because alcohol is the most effective at drawing out the important properties of the herbs. Tinctures made with it have a long shelf life (2 years or longer). Almost all store-bought tinctures use alcohol as a base or include some amount of alcohol as a preservative. Vodka is what we use because it doesn’t have a strong odor and is very affordable (rum will also do). Make your tincture by filling a jar 1/3 – 1/2 full of herbs. Use 1/3 for hard herbs and roots (as they will absorb more liquid) and 1/2 for soft or fluffy herbs. Fill the jar to the top with alcohol (80-90 proof Vodka is best), close it, and store for 3-8 weeks in a cool, dry place. Shake the jar daily. After 3-8 weeks, strain and discard the herbs, bottle the liquid and label it. Expecting mothers or children can easily evaporate the alcohol by placing their dose in a hot liquid like tea or water before taking it. Tinctures can also be made by using vinegar in place of the alcohol, following the same directions. Vinegar does not draw out an herb’s properties as well as alcohol. However, it is very inexpensive, can be used as a gargle, and can be used to fight fungal infections. You may want to rinse after each dose to avoid enamel damage from the vinegar. Tinctures are best stored in a cool, dry place out of the sun. A cabinet works great! Chamomile Tincture Great for improving sleep, ease menstrual cramps, relieve a headache, and soothe nerves. (Great gift for new parents for both baby and parents) Directions put on your label A dose for adults is 1 tsp 1-3 times a day for infants only a few drops as needed or rubbed on the gums to ease teething or colic pain. Toddlers ¼ tsp 1-3 times a day. Best bottles to use here ½ -1 cup of dried Chamomile Flowers 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cup of boiling waterVodka Quart size mason jar
- Push dried Chamomile flowers in a clean quart-size jar
- Pour boiling water over flowers to just cover them, stir slightly
- Fill the rest of the jar with vodka and seal
- Store in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks and shake daily
- After 4-6 weeks, pour through a strainer pushing out as much of the herb as you can. Store in a tincture dark bottle with dropper. ( I love these bottles easy to label and easy to use for measuring.)
- This will keep for up to 2 years.