Tinctures and Salves
Ever since I started these new classes, I have been itching to make some tinctures. I have made decoctions and teas, but this was my first chance to break out the vodka and start creating some medicinal magic. I figured while I was gathering fresh dandelion for tincture, I would gather some extra flower heads to make a dandelion salve as well. Most people don’t even realize the medicinal benefits of something they consider a weed.
Dandelion is very rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus as well as B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D, too. It also contains more protein than spinach. And over the years it has been used to treat anemia, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression. Dandelion acts as a diuretic that helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water by increasing urine production.
I started five tinctures all together and one salve (all organic):
- Fresh dandelion leaves and roots – for digestive issues and detoxification
- Dried dandelion leaves and roots- for digestive issues and detoxification
- Dried motherwort, lavender flowers, and passion flowers – sleep aid
- Dried feverfew and lemon balm – for headaches
- Dried echinacea root, elder flowers and elecampane – for flu, congestion and sinus
Every day, these get a good shake to stir things up. After 6-8 weeks, they will be ready for use.
The dandelion salve is being prepared with sunflower oil. This will be ready to make into a salve after about a week or two.
My next adventure is going to be to make some lilac and lily-of-the-valley hydrosols. As well as plantain weed tincture, one of my favorites.
It has been great learning about all of the plants around me and how they are so helpful with every day issues. I am blessed to have a friend that has 9 acres, and we are planning to explore her farm to look for morels and to see if there are other medicinal plants that can be utilized as herbal medicine.
What tinctures would you like to make? Do you have every day health issues that you wish you could have an herbal remedy for?