remedy made by extracting the medicinal parts of a plant by using alcohol or glycerine
tinctures have been around since the good ol days, and i like to define them as the natural alternative to pill popping. rather than putting a capsule of chemicals in your mouth, why not take a magical drop of plant power?
the first time i had a customer ask me about a tincture, i described it in this way to her, and she replied "oh...so it's kind of like how we work as humans. we go around and put little drops of our own magic in the people we meet and the places we go and make the world better" YES. just like that.
with so many chemically altered substances that are being over-prescribed in our modern medical system, we must remember how it was done before it got so far from the simple truth. in fact, many of the drugs in our modern medical system hold a plant-based *active* ingredient...so what are the other chemicals in there for other than the nasty side effects? by treating yourself with strictly plant medicine, there are no side effects, no risk of future disease formulating in the body, and no risk of addiction. the authenticity of plants is simple, real, and effective. (not to mention the extra positive side effects that come with more plants in the body!)
if you are currently taking any type of prescription, i urge you to research plant alternatives and lifestyle changes you can make (ie: eating patterns, meditation, exercise, emotional healing) to "treat yoself" in your own way. we know the depths of ourselves better than any doctor ever will; therefore you hold the most power in healing yourself.
*there are cases in which a prescription drug is necessary to maintain health. trust your instincts and listen to your body wholeheartedly before making any major changes
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TINCTURE
find a plant that serves a healing purpose that speaks to you. a great plant to start with is "echinacea" (purple cone flower... a great immune system booster to have around during cold and flu season)
1. fill a mason jar 3/4 full with dried plant/herb
2. pour your choice of alcohol or vegetable glycerin into the mason jar until the plant is entirely submerged
(be sure to use high proof alcohol, organic if possible. if using vegetable glycerin, find a food-grade brand.
i use mountain rose herbs)
3. allow the plant to remain submerged in the closed and sealed mason jar for 6-8 weeks
4. strain the liquid through a cheesecloth to remove plant parts and bottle the liquid into a dropper-cap glass bottle.
5. label your tincture, store in a cool, dry place, and use as needed!
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