Herbal Tinctures to help you during Flu Season

Because we are getting into the winter season where colds and the flu abound I was asked by some friends to please make available a tincture kit with instructions that can be made at home and allow everyone to have the healing goodness of immunity boosting herbs at your disposal all winter long.

But why would you want to buy a tincture kit?  Well for starters your saving a huge amount of money if you make the tinctures yourself vs buying only 1 bottle at the health-food store for $20.  My kit costs $20 and will make you over 7  tinctures bottles of 2 ounces each.  Click here to purchase.

So what is a tincture anyway?  A tincture is a liquid extract of an herb. It is made by soaking herbs in a drinkable alcohol.  Tinctures are super concentrated herbal concoctions.  You only need a few drops several times a day but I tend to do about 3 to 4 dropper-fulls everyday if I am not feeling well.  Tinctures work because they are made in a base of alcohol like Vodka or Brandy which breaks down the herbs and pulls out the medicinal qualities.

You can make these with little to no difficulty and have enough bottles on hand to last you all year for just a fraction of the cost for what you pay for just one 2 ounce bottle at the health food store.

I have created a step by step instructional guide with this kit and its so easy a 5th grader can do it.  The guide comes with one bag of organic herbs, sample set pictured above.  You have a choice of Organic Olive Leaf, Organic Echinacea, bag of Organic Lemon Balm or you can have a bag with all 3 herbs mixed together for a super immunity punch.  You will also get 2 glass tincture bottles, labels and two organic cotton muslin bags for straining.  The only thing you will have to purchase is your vodka or Brandy.  You will also need a jar with a lid for steeping the herbs and a jar with lid to store any extra tincture. I find that re-cycling pasta sauce jars works wonderfully.  This kit is priced super low at just $25 plus $5 for shipping.  Click here to purchase any one of these kits.  You can also purchase additional tincture bottles for $3 each or four tincture bottles for $11

Here are some interesting facts from a few of my herb books about the herbs available in this kit.  As you will read, they are a must for every household.

Olive leaf is a natural antibiotic and antioxidant that can help or prevent many diseases. The active compounds have been reported to act as an anti-microbial agent, which slows invaders enough for the body’s natural immune system to react. It exhibits powerful anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties that fight over one hundred viral and bacterial conditions. The result is a natural antibiotic and antioxidant with similar effects to garlic and onions. Olive leaf tea can be enjoyed regularly as a preventative or used directly to combat ailments. It also works to lower high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, improve respiratory response, improve skin health, heart disease and fatigue. Olive leaf can rejuvenate your vitality and energy, enhance your immune system, supports your cardiovascular system and promote general health and well-being.

Echinacea is often put in combinations with other herbs. It is an excellent infection fighter and is used as a powerful natural antibiotic.

  • Especially good in glandular infections and problems. A good cleanser for glands and the lymphatic system.
  • One of the best herbs for helping enlargements and weakness of the prostrate gland.
  • Used in ear aches, strep throat, lymph glands.
  • Effective blood purifier. Used for blood poisoning and poisonous spider and snake bites.
  • Used in combination with goldenseal, Yarrow and Cayenne to form a powerhouse infection fighting formula. Also combined with myrrh in place of goldenseal for people with hypoglycemia.
  • Works well with chickweed to help weight loss.

Lemon Balm has been prized by bee keepers since earliest time. It was credited with the ability to attract and nurture swarms of bees, and as a remedy for their stings. By herbalists, it has long been favored for use in all complaints that were supposed to “proceed from a disordered state of the nervous system.” The London Dispensary (1696) says, “An essence of Balm, given in Canary wine, every morning will renew youth, strengthen the brain, relieve languishing nature and prevent baldness.” John Evelyn wrote, “Balm is sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy.”  According to King’s Dispensatory, “Lemon Balm is moderately stimulant, diaphoretic, and antispasmodic. A warm infusion, drank freely, has been a serviceable diaphoretic in febrile diseases and painful menstruation, and to assist the operation of other diaphoretic medicines.”

Indicated Internal Usages:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression, melancholy
  • Fever
  • Grave’s disease, hyperthyroidism
  • High blood pressure
  • HIV, AIDS
  • Hyperactivity (children)
  • Indigestion (stress related)
  • Insomnia
  • Migraine
  • Shingles
  • Viral infections

 

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