Everyone experiences some form of mild anxiety. body pain, and insomnia in their life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently experience intense, excessive, and persistent fears and worries in regards to everyday situations. Everyone during their life will experience some form of body pain from injuries or over using muscles. Insomnia is another issue that many people deal with trying to go to sleep. Using herbal remedies along with making lifestyles changes, finding support, and practicing relaxation techniques can help make your anxiety, pain management, and getting to sleep more manageable. If you deal with any of these issues naturallivingideas.com shares how to make herbal tinctures for relieving anxiety, beating pain, and improving sleep.
Perhaps you have heard the word tincture but are not exactly sure what it is. A tincture is a very concentrated liquid of an herb that preserves the therapeutic properties of the herb to make it more effective. Tinctures are taken by mouth by the dropper full which usually equals 30 drops.
Tinctures are not difficult to make and are a highly valuable addition to your natural home medicine kit.
History of Herbal Tinctures
There was a point in history where much, if not all medicine was grown in the garden. Tinctures were common and used for a wide variety of ailments and have their ancient roots in cultures all over the world. However, after the process of alcohol distillation was discovered in Europe, they became widely popular. During the Victorian period, tinctures were readily available at the corner pharmacy and were the preferred method of delivering herbal medicine.
The use of tinctures in alternative health care practices is quite common today all over the world. Also, as more and more people discover the ease with which tinctures can be prepared at home, these are becoming a popular home DIY home remedy.
Basics of Tincture Making
No matter what type of tincture you are making, the process is relatively the same. Here is a list of the supplies you will need:
- Clean glass jar, pint size
- Consumable alcohol such as vodka or rum – must be 80 proof – can also use apple cider vinegar
- Clean spoon
- Small glass jar with dropper
- Herbs – you can grow your own or purchase at a health food store or Mountain Rose Herbs.
- Fill the clean glass jar about ½ full with dried herbs (be sure not to pack the herbs down)
- Pour boiling water over the herbs just to get them wet (this will draw out beneficial properties of the herbs).
- Fill the remaining part of the jar with alcohol or apple cider vinegar and stir with a clean spoon.
- Place the lid on the jar and store the jar in a cool and dry place.
- Shake the jar daily for at least three weeks but up to six months.
- Strain the liquid through a clean cheesecloth.
- Label your jar, so you know what is in it.
- Store the tincture in a clean glass jar in a cool location. If you use apple cider vinegar, store the tincture in the fridge and use within six months.
How To Take A Tincture
To take a tincture, it is best to put the drops directly under your tongue and avoid any liquid for fifteen minutes. This will get the herb directly into your bloodstream. You can also dilute a tincture with a little lemon or honey (this also helps to disguise the taste). You can also place a dropperful of a tincture in a cup of boiling water. This will give you an instant cup of herbal tea. Be sure to heat the water first before you add the tincture.
There are also some tinctures that are only recommended for external use. It is important that you pay attention to the best and safest method of application for tinctures.
Types of Tinctures & Their Medicinal Benefits
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