by Filip Tkaczyk
Looking for some great tincture recipes to help you heal and stay healthy?
For starters, tincture is typically an alcoholic extract of plants for use as medicine. The alcohol acts as a solvent, extracting primarily the medicinal components such as alkaloids, glycosides, minerals, and essential oils. Other solvents can be used in place of alcohol, such as vinegar or glycerin, though they are typically less effective at extracting medicinal constituents of plants.
Most alcohols consist of a percentage of pure alcohol (ethanol) while the rest is water. The alcohol extracts substances that water cannot extract and vice-versa. Therefore, it is often important to know what percentages of alcohol/water is necessary for the particular plant and medicinal properties you wish to extract.
A few important notes in making any tincture:
Here are several great tincture recipes:
Burdock (Arctium spp.) is known as both an edible root and a useful medicine that assists liver function, digestion, and skin health. It is high in iron and a vast array of other minerals.
Burdock tincture is typically made from either the fresh or dried roots. Here is what you need to do:
Like burdock, dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) is both an edible and medicinal plant. Dandelion is rich in protein, potassium, inulin, iron and trace minerals.
You can use the fresh or dried leaves and roots.
Although stinging nettle is known to many mainly for its itchy stings, it is an amazing medicinal and edible plant. Nettles are rich in iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, and trace minerals.
There is a wide variety of tincture recipes out there. Just about any medicinal plant can be made into a tincture. Whether to maintain or boost health, tinctures are a simple and accessible way to get started making your own at home medicines.
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