How To Make Herb Tinctures
Today I was chatting with Anna, (my hairdresser) and our conversation got around to aching and inflamed joints. Following a bit of to-ing and fro-ing we both came to the conclusion that the recent cold spell wasn’t helping! Consequently, I shared a few of my herb tinctures and tea remedy ideas with Anna.
Eventually, as our conversation carried on, the other customers in the salon started to join in. And, to sum up the exchange, it appeared that we all had the same problem! That said, it’s very cold today, with freezing temperatures and icy conditions. So it’s no wonder we were all complaining!
Following the above conversation I’ve decided to share an anti-inflammatory tincture with you. You can make it at home and it’ll soothe your sore, inflamed joints. After all, this time of year is notoriously bad for pre-existing joint conditions. Lets face it, we could all use some help to make things a bit easier on the old joints…
If you’re looking for a long shelf life, you can’t beat an alcohol solution when concocting a herb tincture. A fresh tincture will require somewhere between 25 – 40% strength alcohol, and vodka will normally do for this purpose. Don’t worry, if alcohol is a problem, you can substitute it with vegetable glycerine.
Nettle Leaf & Yarrow Tincture
Both of these wild herbs work well together as a tincture for arthritis and inflammation. Take 20-30 drops on the tongue each day, or in water or fruit juice. You’ll find the nettles are high in boron. And this mineral is great for soothing your arthritis pain or inflammation.
To make the tincture you’ll need to forage for wild nettles and yarrow, using equal measures of both for this recipe. You’ll need 150g (each) of the fresh wild herbs and about 500 ml of vodka (40% proof). Once you’ve gathered the herbs briefly rinse, then chop them up. Put the herbs in a storage/preservative jar and fill with the vodka. Make sure the herbs are completely submerged in the vodka. You then leave the solution to stand in a cool, dark place for at least 3 – 8 weeks. Make sure you give the jar a wee shake every day.
Following this, strain the liquid through a sieve, lined with a thin cloth. (I use my husband’s old cotton shirts!) Once all the liquid has gone through, gather the cloth in a ball and give it a good old squeeze! You then need to pour the liquid into a dark bottle. And…hey presto…your done!
Let me know how you get on, and I hope you have a great week. Don’t forget to subscribe and never miss a post!
Lots of Love Susan & Caber.