Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tinctures

For the past few years I have been slowly teaching myself the art of herbalism. I have chosen the route of learning each herb as needed for myself & those around me so I can actually see the herbs in action as I learn about them. This may take longer than going to a school but this is how I learn best. 

One of my mainstays at my Homemade Food Swaps has been my herbal teas.  The most potent of which is my "Active Infection" blend. This tea blend is great to start taking as soon as you feel an illness coming on, throughout colds & flus, if you have a skin infection that isn't wanting to heal, etc.

Teas are great, but if you really want to kick the healing up a notch you want a tincture.


So today, I have decided to take my tea blend, and turn it in to a tincture (some should be available for the next swap in July). I removed the spices added for flavoring and concentrated on the most potent healing herbs. 

Pau D'Arco, Astragalus root, Calendula, Nettle, Hibiscus, Turmeric, Echinacea, Elderberries



The herbs sit in an alcohol water mix so both the alcohol soluble and water soluble nutrients are extracted, which is what makes tinctures so much more potent than teas. 
Each batch takes around 6 weeks to complete and should last around a year.