Making herbal remedies like mullein tincture at home is easy. Tinctures are excellent ways to get the beneficial properties of herbs into the human body. Home-made tinctures are easy to prepare and can be done with ordinary kitchen equipment. All you need is the herbal plant material, a mason jar, and some vodka.
Tinctures are one of the easiest ways to preserve summer herbs for winter use. Mullein tincture and bee balm tinctures are perfect examples. Mullein tincture and bee balm tincture may be combined and sweetened with honey to make a soothing cough syrup. The mullein helps stop coughing and the bee balm relaxes the chest.
Harvest healthy mullein leaves and flowers while in full bloom. Tear them into pieces and put into a quart mason jar. Do not pack the pieces down - leave them loose. Next pour vodka over the plant material until completely covered (a few ounces of water may be added to dilute the alcohol).
Keep the jar in a dark cabinet and gently shake every day for 2 weeks. Keep the plant material pushed down into the liquid. (If you forget to shake it and mold appears, throw it all away and start over.)
After two weeks have passed, strain the liquid into another quart jar removing old plant material. Liquid will be brownish. Add more fresh plant material and repeat the process for two more weeks. Strain a second time removing as much plant material as possible. Pour strained tincture into a bottle or clean jar, cap tightly, and store in a cool dark place.
Dried mullein can be substituted for fresh leaves if necessary. If you don't have enough mullein to do the extraction process a second time, that is fine. The tincture will still be potent medicine.
Mullein tincture is good for winter lung conditions such as coughs and colds and will keep up to two years in the refrigerator. An average adult dose is one or two teaspoons 3 or 4 times a day with a double dose given at bedtime. Vodka tinctures are not recommended for children due to their high alcohol content. For individuals with alcohol dependencies or allergies, other herbal remedies may be more suitable.
Whether preparing lotions, ointments, tinctures, or teas, take some time when using herbs. Inhale the scents and feel the textures. Treat herbs with respect. Find them in their natural habitat and watch the way they grow. Remember that herbs can be powerful but may require many doses over a period of days or weeks for their beneficial properties to become apparent. Give them time to work and results will be more than satisfactory. Only try one new herb at a time to see how it reacts with your body. Use common sense and do some research before jumping into natural healing.
* Never take vodka tinctures when pregnant. Always consult with your physician or health care professional before using any herbal remedy.
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