Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tincture time

It's that time of year when soon our access to fresh herbs, wildflowers and yes even weeds is coming to an end, so it's time to take stock of your supplies.  For me the most convenient way to use these helpful edibles for health is in tinctures.  If you've never made one before see my blog on yarrow for more information.

I'm finding more and more that medicinal herbs are just as effective (if not more so) than many over the counter "drugs", and sometimes even prescrition ones.  God was so good in creating all these things we can use!

This week I gathered everything I needed to make an immune tincture.  My specific reason for creating this one was a rather nasty reason: warts.  It seems several family members are being plagued with this infliction and ultimately warts are viral so an immune boost is in order.  Obviously with cold and flu season coming on there are many more reasons to be ready to boost your immune system as well.

My priority in creating remedies is to obtain as much as I can from what I can grow myself. Occasionally I do "buy" some herbs, but for the most part I try to make use of what God has blessed me with here on our own property.
The collected herbs, aren't they pretty!

Here's what I had on hand for my Immune tincture:  Sage, Echinacea root and flowers, Calendula flowers, and Yarrow.  All of these were from my yard and garden except the Echincea root.  I just don't have enough yet that I want to be digging up my roots.  I have used all of these herbs before with excellent results but this is the first time I've tinctured them all together.  Obviously before you decide to try anything research and decide for yourself if it's safe and right for your family.

Now comes the hard part, waiting for it to "brew".  Okay, maybe brew isn't the right word, but waiting for it to sit for 3-4 weeks and absorb all the good stuff out of the herbs.  I can't wait to try it out!

I've got several more I need to get going but I'm out of Vodka.  So when you run into me at the store buying large quantities of Vodka it does not mean we're having a party.  We're making tinctures!

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