The Power of Herbs for Pepper’s Series…Making Herbal Tinctures
Learn all bout making herbal medicinal tinctures their benefits. What are the differences between alcohol, glycerine and acid tinctures and how to make each of them.
Herbal Tinctures are a herbs in a concentrated form it is said at times to be at 12 times its normal strength. This is because during the infusion process all the nutrients and vital enzymes are collected and all collectively and naturally infused as one nutrient. this nutrient can be in anti-biotic form anti- septic form as a calmative or even all brought together in formulation for a multiple purpose solution. The purpose of the concentrated nutrient will directly address another nutrient that has been compromised through malnutrition illness or passed through by the food process. Example one of the Main symptoms of a Cold and flu is a week immune system. So how do we directly address the week immune system not only to make it strong again but the ability to maintain a all healthy nutrients levels this will build a good foundation for overall health and wellness. “NATURALLY” an example of this a few herbs to use would be echinacea and goldenseal as a combination/ formula for a duration of initial wellness then Slippery elm bark is another powerhouse of a nutritional herb. So powerful if famine broke out you could literally live off this alone indefinitely. and is safe enough to give to an infant. Also herbal tinctures are convenient to administer you an take it in a juice warm water or subliminally or on the tongue. There are various types of tinctures: Alcohol Tinctures These are the mother of the tinctures they have a long shelf life before they begin to loose their potency.Glycerin Tincture These tinctures are great for diabetics and or children where alcohol would not be applicable in its administration particularly with children diabetics those with alcohol problems.Acid Tinctures These are herbal tinctures extracted with an organic apple cider vinegar preferable raw. they are less potent and shelf life is short they are good for a common cold season or sporadically during the year.
In this Post you can read and watch:
- Tincture uses internally & externally
- Alcohol Tinctures: how to(video & text)
- Glycerine Tincture: how to(video & text)
- Acid Tinctures: how to(video & text)
- Recipes & Formulas
“Tinctures can be used both Internally and Externally” 1. A good example an Alcohol based tincture of echinacea root can be used externally to treat acheWhy? simply because echinacea is a antibacterial and ache is a bacteria…2. A glycerine based tincture of Calendula and cinnamon can be used for eczemaWhy? Calendula has powerful healing properties for the skin Cinnamon is a natural antiseptic and can re stimulate surface veins.3. An Acid based Tincture of Echinacea, Garlic and oregano can be used to treat wound infections. scraps, abrasions, minor cuts bruises,Why?The Pectin in the Apple Cider Vinegar has Healing Properties, Garlic is antiviral and antibacterial.4. An alcohol tincture of thyme, mint and lemongrass used externally is good to keep bugs, mosquitoes, nats away
Alcohol Based TincturesAlcohol Based tinctures use alcohol to extract the vital elements from a herb, Primarily anywhere from 80 proof to 190 proof grain alcohol. When you se the number next to the proof content 50% of that number is water the other 50% is food grade alcohol.Whenever working with Roots, Barks or Seeds and some other herbs such as cayenne, valerian, skunk cabbage to list a few it is better to use at least 100 proof to ensure a good extract of the vital element to make a good tincture. Also Alcohol tinctureshave a longer self life before they begin to loose their potency. (average 3-5 years)Children, diabetics should be careful because of the alcohol and sugar content however if making a tea add a few drops of alcohol tincture to boiling water will evaporated the alcohol thus making it safe.Make a simple alcohol tincture recipe:1 part echinacea root dried ( if fresh, chop up and double the amount)3 parts 100 proof good quality vodka or gran alcohol.add all ingredients to a clean glass jar and shake well for 2 weeks continuously checking there is more than enough alcohol to cover all the herb always add if necessary.Let stand for a min of 6 weeks the longer you let it sit the more potent it will be.Strain the herbs and alcohol into another clean glass jar.wrap the soaked herb in a cheesecloth and place it in a potato ricer and press. ( This is were the good stuff is.Bottle and Use as needed per directions and dosage.Glycerine Based Tinctures Glycerine Based tinctures Use a food grade vegetable glycerine mixed with distilled water This is especially good when using herbs that are bitter or have a bad after taste example, mullen, horehound, oregano, vervain to name a few.But also Food grade vegetable glycerine is safe for children and diabetics and it will not spike the glucose levels or effect them in any other way.Making a simple Glycerine based tincture:You will need:1 part dandelion leaves dried ( if fresh, chop up and double the amount)3 parts of Vegetable glycerine (mixed with 60 percent of distilled water) This is known as the menstruum.
Add all ingredients to a clean glass jar and shake well for 2 weeks continuously checking there is more than enough glycerine to cover all the herb always add if necessary.Let stand for a min of 4 weeks the longer you let it sit the more potent it will be.Strain the herbs and alcohol into another clean glass jar.wrap the soaked herb in a cheesecloth and place it in a potato ricer and press. ( This is were the good stuff is.Bottle and Use as needed per directions and dosage. Making a vegetable glycerine Mestruume: If for example you need 6 ounces to equal the 1 pat of your herb take 4 ounces of vegetable glycerin and 2 ounces of distilled water and mix well until it comes together and is clear you may want to make extra in case you have to add to your infusion. of douse you can always add strait food grade vegetable glycerine if you forgot to add the distilled water.
Acid Tinctures:Acid tinctures are generally made with a vinegar most people use Apple Cider Vinegar. These Tinctures are quick easy and can be very effective even for children.You will need:2 fresh pressed garlic cloves4 ounces of organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegarAdd all ingredients to a clean glass jar and shake well for 1 weeks continuously checking there is more than enough Apple Cider Vinegar to cover all the herb always add if necessary.
Directions:Let stand for a min of 2weeks the longer you let it sit the more potent it will be.Strain the herbs and alcohol into another clean glass jar.wrap the soaked herb in a cheesecloth and place it in a potato ricer and press. ( This is were the good stuff is.Bottle and Use as needed per directions and dosage.