Why you shouldn’t underestimate the power of tinctures…
Besides essential oils, tinctures are our go to when needing holistic support with our health. Tinctures are just a quick and effective way to get results when something is ailing us. Herbal medicine is one of the most powerful ways to help heal your body. Mother Nature placed these specific plants on earth for specific reasons. Our bodies are meant to accept what these plants have to offer without any side effects.
You see, our bodies were natural meant to metabolize these plants. Meaning, when utilizing plants to help heal our bodies, our bodies natural know what to do with those chemical components. It knows exactly where to send those chemical components to help heal the body. Once it is done naturally doing its thing, your body then easily digests it and it no longer stays in your system.
Let me give you a little example, say you have a headache and some back pain, (from spending too much time in the garden!) You reach for Advil to help relieve the pain for your headache without even thinking about your back pain.
Well, soon you realize that you are movin’ and a groovin’ with no headache and that back pain is gone.
Freaking score right!?!
Well, here is what is what actually happened. Since your body does not know naturally what to do with the chemicals that make up Advil it sends those chemicals throughout your entire body instead of the one isolated area intended. So instead of Advil just relieving your headache, since your body didn’t know what to do with it, it sent it everywhere which then relieved your back pain.
In a world with no illness, this concept would be a fantastic solution however, since your body doesn’t know what to do with it, those chemicals tend to hang out in your body and could potentially be doing more damage to vital organs than good.
The way I visualize this process is referring to over-the-counter medicine as a blanket. It just blankets your entire body and tells it to SHHHHH…. Rather than wakes your body up to help support that particular part of the body that needs healing.
This is why I am such a believer in holistic healing. And as I do research and continue my education as an herbalist, essential oils and tinctures are my two favorite ways to obtain those natural solutions that Mother Nature intended for my body. I believe we all know what essential oils are but….
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…you may be wondering…
What are tinctures?
Tinctures are liquid extracts from a plant through the use of alcohol. The alcohol acts as a solvent by pulling out all the medicinal properties of the herb. Not all tinctures need to be made with alcohol. Vinegar and glycerin are two other common solvents uses to extract medicinal properties from herbs.
However, vinegar and glycerin do not have as long of a shelf life as alcohol. Tinctures made with alcohol have a shelf life of about 5 years or more. Glycerin has a shelf life of about 1-2 years. Vinegar has a shelf life of about 6 months to a year. While vinegar and glycerin have a shorter shelf life, these are two great options to take into consideration when one does not want to consume alcohol.
***Important note, the amount of alcohol actually consumed when taking a tincture that uses alcohol as a solvent, is about the same as ripe banana.
How do I use tinctures?
Tinctures can be used in a few ways. Two ways are internally. To take a tincture internally you can simple place a dropper full under your tongue and hold it for 30 seconds. By using this method, the chemical components of the tincture enter into your blood stream faster. This also allows you to see results a tad bit faster.
The second method for using internally is by placing a dropper full in about 4oz of water, tea or juice. Some individuals do not like the taste of certain tinctures, making this a great option. This option can also be ideal when giving tinctures to children or pets.
The third way to use tinctures is topically. Say you happen to get a scratch, you can simply use a calendula tincture to help not only disinfect (if using alcohol tinctures) the wound but also help the skin cells heal. For a more delicate application say for children or sensitive skin, using a tincture made with vegetable glycerin would be an ideal option.
The power of tinctures
Tinctures are extremely convenient sources of herbal medicine. They are extremely potent making them incredibly effective in a short amount of time. They can travel with you, allowing you to have access to natural medicine when needed. And the best part about them is that they are so incredibly easy to make. All it takes is some high alcohol content vodka, like Everclear, some herbs and a glass jar. Give it 4-6 weeks and that is all it takes my friends.
What are the best tinctures to keep on hand?
It really all depends on what health concerns you have right off the bat. If you have anti-inflammatory concerns I would be sure to have devils claw on hand at all times.
But for the sake of being general, let’s say you don’t have any major health concerns and would like to be armed with a variety at all times.
Here is my list of 8 tinctures we have on hand at all times:
This tincture is not only wonderful for sleep but can also be used for headaches, anxiety, depression, burns, minor scrapes and wounds. This tincture usually helps end my long stressful day.
Chamomile is a must have when you have children. It is extremely helpful when someone has tummy issues, fever, it helps babies with colic, helps relieve menstrual cramps, headaches, anxiety and sleep.
This one is helpful for maintaining focus, memory, digestion issues, to help boost mood, anxiety and concentration.
Calendula is a wonderful skin herb so I like to keep this one on hand for when someone gets a minor wound or scrape, it can be used as a facial tonic, scars, and to improve eye sight.
This tincture is a must have when dealing with inflammatory issues. Devils claw is one of those herbs that is a powerhouse, it goes in and reduces inflammation like a mutha! It can be used when dealing with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, back pain and muscle pain.
Lady’s mantle is an herb that is all about the ladies. It goes in and supports the entire woman’s reproductive system. From irregular periods to infertility to cramping to heavy bleeding and even PMS symptoms. When I start to feel myself become enraged a lot easier than normal 😉🤫 and crampy from ovulation, I reach for this tincture and within minutes I can feel relief.
Feverfew & Lemon Balm Blend
Then I think it is extremely important to know your herbs and how to blend them together to make an even more powerful bottle of natural medicine. So I like to keep on hand a blend of feverfew and lemon balm. This tincture is used for mental support like, anxiety, migraines, ADD/ADHD, concentration, PTSD, depression, tension and overall sense of calmness.
Valerian Root, Lavender & Chamomile
This is a must have if you have sleep troubles. These three herbs combine make one insane sleep aid that doesn’t make you groggy. This blend helps your mind to quiet while allowing your body to naturally fall asleep. And the best part about this blend is that when you wake up in the middle of the night, it is so much easier to fall back asleep.
I hope this has helped you understand just how amazing tinctures are and why you should keep them on hand at all times. If you are interested about learning more about tinctures in depth please download our FREE complete guide to tinctures ebook. In this ebook you will learn everything there is to tinctures including how to make them, dosage, how to use them on children and even your pets.
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Well my friends, until next time,