What Can an Herbal Tincture Do For You? Part 1

An herbal tincture is made when herbs are steeped in alcohol to extract their most active ingredients. In this article, you will learn what sorts of plants to use in the preparation of a tincture and what kind of medical ailments they will treat. Some of the health concerns discussed include chest infections and menopausal concerns.


Thyme: The aerial parts of this well-known kitchen cabinet spice create a tincture that eases the symptoms of diarrhea and stomach chills. When suffering from a chest infection, the plant also makes a great expectorant.


Senna: For patients yearning for a potent laxative that comes from natural means, the leaves of the senna plant creates a tincture that should be taken in the morning with water. 10 to 30 drops of the tincture is recommended as a standard dose.


Skullcap: While the Native Americans viewed skullcap as a suitable treatment for rabies and the promotion of menstruation, the aerial parts of the plant create a tincture that deals with a different set of medical concerns. The fresh herb is best when creating a potent remedy that aims to calm the nerves. One should take 5 milliliters of the tincture when interested in treating depression or wishes to relieve nervous stress. You may also combine skullcap with 10 drops of lemon balm for the same treatment approach.


Elder: A tincture made from elder uses the flowers, which creates a great treatment for colds and influenza. During the early spring, the tincture is known to reduce hay fever symptoms.


Willow: The bark of the willow is used to prepare a tincture that works better when combined with other herbal selections. When you take up to 15 milliliters per dose, fever is treated. Combinations of the plant also include boneset, elder, and bitter remedies, such as gentian. You may also use the tincture with soothing herbs such as plantain to ease the symptoms associated with infection and inflammations of the gastric system.


Rose: Rosehips are used to prepare a tincture that acts as an astringent for diarrhea, provide relief for colic patients, and is decent in the creation of cough remedies.


Bamboo: While the essential Asian cash crop is known as an effective material in creating anything from musical instruments to drainpipes, the shavings of the plant can be used to create a tincture that sooths the nervous system. Taking 20 to 40 drops is a suggested dose to consider.


Mulberry: The berries of the mulberry plant, which has a deep history into the 16th century can be used to create a tincture that makes a great tonic that will nourish the blood and yin. When combining the berries with wu wei zi or he shou wu, the effectiveness is enhanced. Eating the fresh fruit will also produce the same effects.


Sage: This particular plant is associated with longevity and has a reputation for boosting the memory. A tincture made from the leaves of the sage plant is known to ease the symptoms of menopausal woes. The tincture may also show promise in reduces the salivation that comes with the Parkinson’s disease.


In “What Can an Herbal Tincture Do For You: Part Two,” you will learn about some of the medical concerns that plants, such as mint, honeysuckle, and pot marigold will treat.