Tinctures are extracts. I use the freshest herbs, gathered at their peak and extract all their useful goodness in Jersey-distilled vodka (Devil’s Springs – distilled in Clifton, NJ). I make what’s called simples, but very often I’ll mix and match my tinctures into a new bottle so that I can hit my ailments with more than one treatment.
My favorite combo? Nettles and Mullein tinctures combined help to keep headaches away.
Also when we’re sick I’ll combine catnip for its anti-inflammatory and calming effect with mullein’s ability to soothe a cough.
If you’d like me to mix two types of tincture in one bottle please let me know in an email.
Despite it’s stimulant properties in kitty cats, this well-known herb has relaxing properties in humans. It relieves inflammation, which makes it good for my arthritis, any fevers my kids might get. Because it is relaxing it also makes an excellent before-bed remedy. So if you’ve got a little one who’s awake with a fever, a few drops of catnip tincture go a long way to getting a good nights sleep.
Skullcap is a mild sedative. For the person with anxiety or even exhaustion, Skullcap helps ease in a way that keeps you going, or allows you to drift right off to sleep. It’s all about relaxing, with Skullcap, whichever way you need it. It was very popular before the advent of pharmaceutical sedatives. Susun Weed says that Skullcap must be processed in the alcohol as soon as it is plucked, and so that’s what I’ve done here, to guarantee an effective tincture.
As a tincture, Nettle is best known for it’s ability to lessen allergy symptoms. It is also high in calcium, phosphorous, iron and multiple vitamins. It is anti-inflammatory and supports the adrenals. For arthritis sufferers it can provide some relief, though for joint health Nettles is better taken as a tea.
Mullein flowers are another great anti-inflammatory and as a tincture act as a mild anesthetic. They are also able to aid in the reduction of swelling. Mullein is great for respiratory issues like croup or bronchitis, soothing the throat.
Elecampane is has a long history of use as a medicine but also as a delectable candied root. In it’s tinctured form elecampane has been taken to support the lungs during illness or asthma.
St. John’s Wort Tincture
One of the few herbs that has been tested by the scientific community. In its tinctured form, St. John’s Wort is proven to help with symptoms of depression, anxiety or mood swings. Because of it’s gentle way of coaxing the body into ease, it is also used with people who are suffering from addiction issues, during withdrawal.
Echinacea is an immune-supporting herb that is best used through a cold.
Valerian Root Tincture
Valerian Root Tincture is a well known herbal product which has helped many people suffering from restlessness and anxiety for over 2000 years. It is also said to help with muscle spasms, abdominal cramps, and menstrual cramps. It has been called Nature’s Valium, as a reflection of the way it brings calm to the overworked and overstressed.
Milk Thistle Tincture: SOLD OUT until Spring 2017
$10/ounceMilk Thistle Tincture is for liver support. Mistakenly labeled as a detox agent, that’s not quite true, though this tincture will support your liver during a detox, or during daily life. If you are regularly exposed to toxins, or if you just like to party on the weekend, Milk Thistle tincture is a great way to ensure that the damage to your liver is minimal. Because of it’s liver boosting abilities it is also able to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.
Feverfew Tincture: SOLD OUT until Spring 2017
Feverfew is a proven friend of migraine sufferers. Mild or infrequent migraines Feverfew can completely eradicate. More severe migraines, or more frequent and you’ll notice a dramatic difference in the severity, duration or frequency. This is a medicinal supplement, rather than a cure. The best medicine is always preventative, and Feverfew falls into that preventative category.
Elderberry Tincture: SOLD OUT until Spring 2017
Elderberry is an incredible folk remedy for influenza. Clinically proven to cut your flu episode by 4 days, the berry extract of the Elder shrub can be taken as a daily preventative, or as a way to treat flu. This tincture is kid safe, though it does contain alcohol.