Sunday, October 12, 2014

How I Make Ginger Tincture

Making your own herbal home remedies is easy.  Herbal tea is a great start but Tinctures can 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 Ginger?
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has scientific backing as an anti-nausea agent. It may offer other benefits to those stricken with infections diarrhea. Alcohol extracts of ginger are active against bacteria that infect the intestinal tract (Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholerae Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Helicobacter pylori), skin and other soft tissues (Staphylococcus aureus), and respiratory tract (Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae). 
Ginger has antifungal activity against the yeast Candida albicans. It also discourages intestinal worms. Because studies have shown that heat deactivates the antibacterial effect, it may be best to consume ginger raw, or in tincture or capsule form. Source

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!

Let's get started making our Tincture!

DIY Organic Ginger Tincture
Ingredients and tools:
1 clean jar with a lid (quart size)
4-6 cups of vodka or everclear
1 ounce of organic, dried Ginger Root

1.  Start with a cleaned and sterilized glass jar. Place organic Ginger root 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 Ginger Tincture after 4-6 weeks.
I take approx 1/2 teaspoon up to 3 times daily 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).  

Just a few of my Homemade Tinctures!
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Gentle Joy said...

I make a lot of tinctures, but this is one I have not made.... nor have I thought to do so. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! :)

Unknown said...

Great post! Stopping by from Teach me Tuesday! I have other tinctures that have been made for me, but I've always been a little scared of the whole process, this looks really easy! Thanks for sharing, I'll be making this just in time for cold and flu season!

Unknown said...

Hi Mary,
I have long been a user of ginger for colds, sore throat and flu so I was delighted that you shared your recipe for Ginger Tincture on the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

Kyra Howearth said...

I have recently tried my hand at making tinctures, will have to add ginger tincture to my list. We drink ginger tea when we get a cold, but I didn't realise ginger was so great for other conditions too! Thanks :)

Bobbi @ 3GLOL said...

Gonna share this with my daughter. She has made some of her own tinctures.

Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated! Can't wait to see what you have this week. Hope to see you there. Starts tonight at 8pm CST.

Have an awesome week!

Deborah Davis said...

What a "healthy" pleasure! We use ginger remedies quite often in our home! I am so delighted that you shared this healthy, natural DIY remedy: Organic Ginger Tincture with us on the Plant-based Potluck Party. I appreciate it. I'm pinning and sharing.

Sally said...

4-6 cups of vodka to only 1 ounce of ginger sounds a lot. Is that right? And can fresh ginger root be used instead?

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Laghari Bedi said...

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