Herbal Tinctures

Digestion and Calming Tinctures

This Fall I decided that if I really want to avoid drugs and unnecessary chemicals, I should probably start a natural remedy medicine cabinet. My essential oil collection is a nice start to that, but I wanted to go further. Last Spring after almost 40 hours of travel returning home from a two week trip to Europe, I developed a wicked cold/bug/something yucky, and it was Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C and homemade elderberry syrup (oh, and SLEEP!) that had me feeling fine after about 48 hours. Plus, pretty much any bottle of medicine from the drug store warns you that you shouldn't have any if you're pregnant. And I have a theory that most of the stuff they tell you you shouldn't do when you're pregnant is just stuff you shouldn't do much of normally, but nobody cares about poisoning themSELVES on a regular basis haha.

Anyway! Thanks to the interwebs I discovered tinctures. They're pretty easy to make yourself too, so I figured I'd try some of Wellness Mama's recipes. Making your own recipes guarantees there's no weird ingredient snuck in and once you have these kind of ingredients in bulk lying around, it becomes more affordable too. For this endeavor I made the digestion tincture and the chamomile tincture. 

Digestion Tincture

1/2 cup dried peppermint leaves
1/2  fresh ginger root
1/4 cup dried fennel seeds
1 1/2 cups boiling water
 1/2 cups vodka or rum

Pour boiling water over the peppermint, ginger, and fennel in a glass jar. 

Random tip, keep your ginger root frozen... it makes it a lot easier to grate and keeps it fresh!

Fill the jar with the vodka or rum.

Store in a cool, dark place for 2-6 weeks. I did four weeks, just setting a Google reminder when I needed to finish it. Shake it every day in the meantime to help everything meld together.

After 2-6 weeks, strain and store the liquid in glass jars. I got these dropper bottles on Amazon. I had no idea how many to buy, but 12 turned out to be the perfect number since each of these recipes gave me about 6 1 oz jars full.

Calming Chamomile Tincture

1 cup dried Chamomile flowers
1 3/4 cups boiling water
1 3/4 cups vodka or rum

Pour boiling water over the chamomile and then fill the jar with the alcohol.

Follow the same directions as the digestion tincture... storing in a cool, dry place for 2-6 weeks, shaking daily.

Strain and store!

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I finished these a few weeks ago and haven't had any reason to use either one so far, but I brought my mom some to try and she said the chamomile has been helping her sleep. I made the digestion one because Erik has a lot of stomach issues, so hopefully he'll be my guinea pig the next time his tummy aches ;) 

Do you have any favorite tincture recipes that I should try out??? I'd love your feedback!