Gear Up For Cold & Flu Season: My Go-To Herbal Tinctures

Gear Up For Cold & Flu Season: My Go-To Herbal Tinctures - janny: organically. #fluseason #herbalremedies

I mentioned on Periscope that I use a few herbal tinctures in our home for and since people were interested, I will post them here for reference! You want to brew them for at least 2 weeks, so get started now!

{I adapted my recipes from Katie, The Wellness Mama because it's cheaper than buying and just as effective....plus I adore her!}

Sore Throat Spray

I hate sore throats, I think they are the worst part of any cold and I'd rather run a fever for a week then have a sore throat for a day! This spray works so well at numbing the pain and you don't have to worry about harmful chemicals.

Please use organic ingredients. When making tinctures, you want to avoid chemicals, pesticides and insecticides as well, so using conventional products will only add this poison to the remedy. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pint Size Mason Jar with Lid
  • Glass spray bottles (at least two 4 oz bottles like this, plastic will leach harmful chemicals) 
  • Organic Vodka or Rum (note at the end for alcohol-free versions)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Organic, raw honey or Stevia drops to sweeten (optional) add to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of each of these dried organic herbs

Note: You can make an alcohol-free version by replacing the vodka/rum with apple cider vinegar, though the tincture won't be as strong or last as long. 

Directions:

  • Put all dried herbs in the mason jar pint
  • Bring 1/4 cup water to a boil and pour over the herbs and let sit for 20 minutes
  • Strain out the herbs, then add organic vodka or rum to the water mixture 
  • Put lid on jar and leave in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks (up to a couple months)
  • After the brew period, strain the herbs out of the mixture into glass spray bottles and spray directly onto throat as needed
  • The alcohol versions have a few years shelf life

Multi-Vitamin Tincture

The herbs in this tincture have vitamin A, B, C, E, K Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Amino acids, Chlorophyll and even aids in digestion and circulatory systems. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pint Size Mason Jar with Lid
  • Glass dropper bottles (at least two 4 oz bottles like this, plastic will leach harmful chemicals) 
  • Organic Vodka or Rum 
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Organic, raw honey or Stevia drops to sweeten (optional) add to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons Alfalfa Leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Raspberry Leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons Dandelion Leaf

Note: You can make an alcohol-free version by replacing the vodka/rum with apple cider vinegar, though the tincture won't be as strong or last as long. You can also drop the tincture into a hot tea before consuming to evaporate the alcohol before consuming.

Directions:

  • Put all dried herbs in the mason jar pint
  • Bring 1/4 cup water to a boil and pour over the herbs
  • Fill the rest of the jar with organic vodka or rum
  • Put lid on jar and leave in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks (up to a couple months)
  • After the brew period, strain the herbs out of the mixture into glass dropper bottles
  • We take 1-2 teaspoons daily or more if we feel sick
  • The alcohol versions have a few years shelf life