Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Homemade Cayenne Tincture Recipe

Making herbal tinctures  for the first time may seem like a daunting task.  Or maybe you think herbal remedies are for granola-eating, tree-hugging dirty hippies.  (I happen to like hippies)

What do you think people did before they had an over-flowing medicine full of junk for that "nightime sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever"???  (Blah...That stuff gives me nightmares!)

They made their own medicine!  And it worked!

The Health benefits of Cayenne Pepper include: Immune and Cardiovascular support, boosts metabolism and blood flow, high in Beta-Carotene and Vitamin A (which fights infection).  Cayenne is recommended for people with Arthritis, Asthma, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Headaches, Lupus, IBS, Cough and Congestion.  
Vitamin A is essential for healthy epithelial tissues including the mucous membranes that line the nasal passages, lungs, intestinal tract and urinary tract and serve as the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens.

Sunday I shared my Cayenne Pepper and Lemon "Immunity Juice" recipe.  We are still drinking 1 glass each, 2 to 3 times per day.  This is my first attempt at a cayenne tincture so I'll let you know in 2-3 weeks how it turns out.  This is not a "cure" for anything, nor is it a replacement for any doctor-prescribed medication.

An herbal tincture is typically an alcohol extract of a plant or herb. The strength of each tincture recipe may vary depending on the herb as well as the solvent.  Rubbing alcohol CANNOT be used!!!! And make sure you label every tincture...Trust meIf you are working on more than one tincture at a time you won't remember which is which in 4-8 weeks.

Cayenne Tincture
Tincture at 1 week
Cayenne Pepper, powder
Alcohol (vodka)
I use regular (inexpensive) vodka for dried herbs.
I prefer to use a stronger alcohol such as Everclear (95%) with fresh herbs due to the water content in fresh herbs. 

Directions:  For this recipe I used 1 part Cayenne to 2 parts Vodka.  
Example: 1 cup cayenne, 2 cups vodka.
Add both ingredients to a jar with a lid and place in a dark place.  Shake or stir every other day.  

Tincture should be ready in 3-4 weeks.  Once your tincture is ready, strain through a coffee filter or cheesecloth into a dark jar.  If you do not have a dark jar, leave in a dark place.

Dosage for adults: 5-15 drops at a time, up to three times per day.
Add to water, tea, tomato juice...Something.  It's hot!

Disclaimer: Should not be taken with ACE inhibitors. Not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.

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mail4rosey said...

I had to go look up 'tincture.'
I'm such a newbie. :)

Mary Smith said...

It's pretty neat how nature provides "medicine" through food and herbs!

Lisa Lynn said...

I might actually get hubby to try this :)
Thanks for linking up to The HomeAcre Hop!

Mind Body and Sole said...

Hmmm. I use cayenne tincture quite regularly and have toyed with making my own so I'm glad you posted this on Wildcrafting Wednesday. :) I wonder if you could use cayenne peppers from the garden????

~ Kathy

Mary Smith said...

I'm working on "fresh" ingredient tinctures at the moment. Stay tuned for a recipe with fresh peppers!
Thank you all for stopping by and have a great weekend!

fromcalculustocupcakes said...

Very interesting post. I may try this. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please stop back by today to vote.

Betsy Pool said...

Wow - never knew how good cayenne is for you. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime.

Becky Elmuccio said...

Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Greens! I don't know much about tinctures and will have to seek out some more info on them now.

Anonymous said...

Wow that is all very cool! I love what you do. I met a woman in my area who's a herbalist and loved how she works with nature :)

Stephanie (from blog hop)

Unknown said...

Are tinctures the best way to take herbs over the powders? I'm currently taking cayenne but is the tincture better than the powder form!

Mary Smith said...

@ URod, I think both the powder and the tincture work great. I have not had either analyzed for potency so I do not have a definitive answer for you.
I personally like tinctures because they are a concentrated version of the herb and I can add multiple tincture doses to a small amount of water and just gulp it down.

nudrat said...

thnx darling for sharing it..pls can u tell me a recepi without using alchol bcz i cnt use it due to some reasons..pls rply me

Song of Joy said...

While alcohol is the best to use because it extracts more of the benefits of the herbs, there are other options. You can also use apple cider vinegar (the kind with the mother in it, like the Braggs brand) or food-grade glycerine. Just keep in mind that these tinctures will not last as long as alcohol tinctures - I'm not sure how long - but more like about 6 months or so.

Unknown said...

Thanks, @marySmith.

LadyDamonayde said...

do you use a particular type of cayenne powder or just any from the store? I really want to make this! I've just stared growing my own herbs and am really interested in making tinctures and extracts.

Mary Smith said...

I use Organic Cayenne Pepper powder.
Here's the info:

bingotwo said...

what strength Cayenne pepper powder do you use?

William James said...

have you ever tried tincturing freshly picked chili peppers or raw ginger root? I've tinctured the powders before, but I never thought about using fresh plant matter till the other day when i watched a youtube video of a lady doing that with ginger root. So, today, i tried it. i have two tinctures brewing and next week i am going to do the same with tumeric root. Ultimately, i want to use these tinctures as the base for cocktail flavorings.

Unknown said...

Yep fresh Cayenne and powdered cayenne goes hand in hand... Great combination for tincture..

Unknown said...

The tincture is easier to get down, it’s still hot.

Unknown said...

My husband always drinking cayenne tincture. Year 2005 when he was diagnosed with liver cancer and had a surgery.Then after a year 2006 he had a brain tumor..also cancer and another surgery. Now it's been almost 15 years..my husband still alive..And thanks God!🙏 He didn't take any cancer medication only his maintenance. But he didn't stop taking the cayenne tincture..maybe that's why he's still alive. And still drinking liquor or beer and smoke d cigarettes until now.