Friday, October 17, 2014

How I Make Chamomile Tincture

Making your own herbal home remedies is easy.  Herbal tea is a great start but Tinctures can be a much stronger alternative.  The cost to purchase 2 ounces in the store is almost 4 times what it would cost to make your own.  Some are even 7 times more expensive!  Source

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What is a Tincture?
An herbal tincture is simply an herbal extract.  Herbal remedies have been used throughout history to treat illnesses and ailments without "modern medicine" and pharmaceuticals.  Tinctures are easy to make, home remedies.  If properly prepared and stored, your tincture will last indefinitely.  Source 

What are the benefits of Chamomile?
Chamomile is an herb that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. Both the fresh and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for centuries to cure a number of health problems. The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.  Click for MORE Benefits

To get started you'll need:  A clean jar with a lid, vodka or everclear, herb(s), measuring cups and/or scale and labels.  
If you purchase a DIY Tincture Kit from Mary's Heirloom Seeds, the herbs, jar with a lid. labels and dropper bottle are all included.  All you need to do is measure out your menstruum and combine!

We now offer Herbal Kits (without the jar) for your herbal pleasure!   

Let's get started making our Tincture!

DIY Organic Chamomile Tincture
Ingredients and tools:
1 clean jar with a lid (quart size)
5-6 cups of vodka or everclear
1 ounce of organic Chamomile

1.  Start with a cleaned and sterilized glass jar. Place organic Chamomile in your jar.
2.  Measure out 3-4 cups of vodka or other menstruum and place inside your jar.
*If you choose to use ACV or Vegetable Glycerin, be aware that your Tincture will have a limited shelf life of approx 6 months*
3. Place the lid back on your jar and mix thoroughly.
4. Label your homemade Tincture with the Date and Ingredients.
4. Store in a cool dry place such as a kitchen cabinet
*Shake your brewing tincture regularly.  I prefer to shake my tinctures 2-3 times per week.*

Start straining and consuming Chamomile Tincture after 4-6 weeks.
I take approx 1 teaspoon before bed or as needed.  

Disclaimer: All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before consuming any product(s).  
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Vickie @ said...

Good morning, Mary. Thanks for this tincture recipe! My sister drinks a chamomille tea every evening to help her sleep - I wonder if the tincture would work better? Also, in your opinion, which is better - vodka or everclear? Thanks and have a great weekend!

Mary Smith said...

Hey Vickie! I like to use Chamomile tincture before bed because it's less to drink. I find it's a bit stronger.
For dry herbs, vodka is fine. For fresh herbs always use everclear