DIY: How To Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

Navigating the world of herbal remedies can be a transformative experience. Throughout history, our ancestors have used natural plant products to cure common ailments. This holistic approach puts greater emphasis on overall wellness rather than curing on a specific illness. If you are embarking on a journey to lasting health and well-being through naturally sourced supplements and remedies, we’re right there with you.

One of the many ways you can enrich your health is by consuming herbal tinctures. An herbal tincture is the end product when healing compounds from herbs are extracted into a solvent. The concentrated extract makes it much easier for the bloodstream to absorb the medicinal properties and nutritional benefits from the herbs.

The most common solvents are alcohol, glycerin, or vinegar. These solvents effectively preserve the plant properties and effectively extends its shelf life. It’s mixed with fresh or dry herbs, barks, roots, flowers, leaves and berries. The tincture can be taken straight from the dropper or diluted it in water. In terms of efficacy, a single dose can be as effective as consuming a cup of herbal tea. You can purchase readily available herbal tinctures but we suggest creating them at home so you get the same amazing benefits for much less. You'll be surprised at how much you can save by making your own tinctures.

In general, you don’t need a lot of items to create your own tincture. Here’s a quick checklist:

  • Fresh or dry herbs of your choosing
  • Mason jars or any canning jars with tight lids
  • Muslin or nut milk bag
  • Tincture bottles
  • Solvent (high proof alcohol, vinegar or glycerin)
  • Small funnel or measuring cup
  • Labeling items like pen, paper and tape

Keep in mind your current health condition and main purpose in taking tinctures when you are choosing which herbs to use. Are you looking to achieve healing? Do you want to nourish your body and prevent illnesses? Do you need calming and soothing tinctures? Proceed with caution if you are taking pharmaceutical medicines, have allergies, or are pregnant. Research extensively about the herbs you want to mix to make sure you end up with a potent extract. You can purchase the herbs or pick them from your own garden. The most important part is that they aren't sprayed with harmful chemicals. We recommend getting it from Mountain Rose Herbs if you prefer procuring herbs online.

As for the solvent, higher proof alcohol like vodka perform better as it does a great job of extracting and preserving the plant properties. As much as possible, opt for organic, consciously made alcohol.

DIY: How To Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

Ready to make your own herbal tincture? Fill three parts of the jar with clean, finely cut or grounded herbs. Pour the high proof alcohol over the herbs. Ideally, the jar should be filled with herbs but have enough room to shake the mixture. Cover the jar with an airtight lid and set the concoction aside in your cupboard for about six weeks or so.

Shake the jar up every few days during that maceration period. Keep an eye out for the alcohol level, as the herbs must be completely covered. Add alcohol if needed. After it has steeped for the recommended number of weeks, put a fine layer of muslin or nut milk bag over a bowl or cup. Then pour the mixture over the cloth. Give the cloth a good squeeze to ensure you’re getting every drop of liquid out. After this, you can now transfer the mixture into little glass bottles with droppers using a funnel or measuring cup. Don’t forget to label each bottle with important details. List the herbs used and date when the extract was transferred into decanters. Store it away in a dry place away from heat or direct sunlight.

Creating tinctures is a learning process that takes a lot of patience. You need to figure out the percentage of alcohol you need to use based on the herbs. You must understand how long the mixture should steep for optimum results depending if they are root, leaf or stem. Additionally, you should ensure the proper ratio of solvents and herbs. Ultimately, if you follow the general procedures, you will end up with a much better mixture than simply drinking herbal tea. Water is never going to extract all of the nutrients, enzymes, minerals, essential oils and alkaloids that alcohol could.

Sample Tincture Recipes

In this video, Josh Macin explains his process on making herbal tinctures at home. He also shares two simple concoctions for aluminum binding, cleansing, and detoxification of the liver. The first concoction contains horsetail and alfafa. Both of these herbs have high mineral content that is great for the bones, hair, teeth and for aluminum binding. Meanwhile, the second mixture is perfect when you are actively detoxing your liver. It contains yellow dock, milk thistle, dandelion, chanca piedra, peppermint, schizandra, valerian, bupleurum, and a few other herbs.

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DIY: How To Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

3 Strange (But VERY Effective) Food Poisoning Remedies

Food poisoning is a devastating illness caused by consuming food or drinks that are contaminated with toxins, bacteria, parasites or viruses. Produce can be contaminated at any point from growing to processing and preparing.

If you are travelling to developing countries or pretty much anywhere that do not have strict food regulations in place, it is best to prepare and be more vigilant of anything you eat and drink. It’s better to prevent than risk that crippling feeling of food poisoning during your trip. Here are a few simple tips:

  • Research and plan accordingly. Find out what you should avoid based on other people’s experiences. Know where the nearest medical facilities are.
  • Avoid drinking straight from the tap and avoid tap water getting in your system when you bathe or brush your teeth. Go for boiled, filtered or bottled water.
  • As much as possible, eat cooked meals. Avoid raw fruits and vegetables that may have been washed using tap water. Your immune system is not the same as those who have already been exposed to these foods for an extended period of time.
  • Prepared food like those you may find in streets that have been left exposed or unrefrigerated for hours. Meat, poultry and dairy are red flags.

While food poisoning is a common experience that can be resolved without any going to medical facilities, some serious cases can be life threatening. The symptoms can be mild or severe. The most common symptoms include are nausea, sweating, headache, severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. These signs may start showing up as early as half an hour upon ingesting the tainted food or drink but it can also appear days later depending on what really caused the infection. Dehydration is one of the more serious complications of food poisoning. Make sure to replenish the fluids and nutrients your body is losing by drinking enough water.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from, severe food poisoning, you should immediately seek medical attention. The risks are higher for the elderly, pregnant women, infants, young children, or people with weakened immune system.

Today, we’re sharing an unusual but highly effective healing protocol for food poisoning. This alternative is perfect for those who opt for natural remedies. You can also easily bring this protocol with you when travelling.

These are the items you will need:

  • Oregano Essential Oil
  • Garlic Essential Oil
  • Enterosgel – An organic intelligent silica binder from Russia.
  • Bentonite Clay or Coconut Charcoal

The first step of this protocol is taking 10 drops of oregano essential oil. You can do it in two dosages like 5 drops and another 5 drops since this can have a burning sensation in your mouth. Then take 10 drops of garlic essential oil. Drink water afterwards so it doesn’t hurt your stomach lining. This will get you feeling a little warm and sweaty from the bacteria and bugs dying. Make sure that you are using essential oils with the highest quality since you are ingesting it.

Then take half a bottle of Enterosgel and mix it with eight ounces of water. Mix properly and drink it. It is really safe to use that you can ingest an entire bottle. But you can start by just taking half of it if you’re not comfortable consuming the whole pack.

An hour later, you will be taking another amazing binder. You can choose from bentonite clay or activated coconut charcoal. If you are using liquid bentonite clay, you could take two ounces of it. If you are using the powdered bentonite clay, take about a half of a tablespoon. Mix it in eight ounces of water and drink it. If you prefer coconut charcoal, use half a tablespoon and mix it in eight ounces of water. You can go higher and do a full tablespoon of coconut charcoal but you will have to mix it with ten ounces of water. If you’re taking Bulletproof coconut charcoal, you can take even six even eight caps. The more binder you use, the more water you need to drink. We talk about this binder and much more important details about detox here: How To Prepare for a Detox.

If you want to be sure about it, drink a Gaia Herbs Natural Laxative tea or a traditional Smooth Move tea. You will wake up the next morning and excrete all the junk and bugs out of your system. A little bonus that you can bring when you travel is a bottle of neem oil with you. Neem oil comes from pressed fruits and seeds of the neem tree. You can take five or so drops of it internally along with the garlic and oregano oil if you have a more intense food poisoning.

Watch the video for more details about this remedy:

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog post is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. You should always seek the advice of your physician or otherwise qualified healthcare provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition before undertaking any diet, exercise, supplement, health program, or other procedures discussed in this blog post.