Thursday, March 16, 2017

I love Chamomile Tincture for reducing Inflammation...


Most herbs have a short shelf life, and even if dried they lose some of their nutritional components. Making tinctures allows the herb to be preserved for a longer period of time, and the tinctures themselves become extremely powerful in comparison to a hot cup of tea or using fresh herbs.

Chamomile is a naturally calming herb that relaxes nerves and reduces pain. This herb is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to us. The two common varieties are German Chamomile and Roman Chamomile. The dried flowers of chamomile contain many terpenoids and flavonoids contributing to its medicinal properties. Chamomile is well-known as a calming herb, to improve sleep but it has many other qualities that are often overlooked. I am most interested in this tincture for it's anti-inflammatory benefits. Chamomile is rich in a volatile oil known as azulene. Azulene has anti-inflammatory properties and can be helpful in treating aches, pains, and headaches.

Chamomile Tincture anyone can make this...

1/2 to 1 cup of dried Chamomile flowers
approximately 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups boiling water
approximately 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups vodka or rum... The alcohol should be the purest possible, unflavored vodka or Everclear in highest proof you can acquire.
Quart size glass jar with airtight lid
a label to identify and date your tincture

Put fresh or dried Chamomile flowers in clean quart size glass jar
Pour boiling water over flowers to just cover them (may have to stir)
Fill the rest of the jar with vodka or rum (do not use rubbing alcohol or non-consumable alcohol!) and tightly cover with airtight lid. The alcohol is an essential part of the tincture because it will release the volatile spirits within the plant... the healing ingredient!

Store in a cool, dark place and shake daily for 4-6 weeks. This will make a strong tincture!
After 4-6 weeks, remove from cabinet, and pour it through a cheesecloth or mesh strainer.
Store in a jar or in tincture vials for easy use.

Normal dose for adults is up to 1 teaspoon 1-3 times a day as needed.
For infants, only a few drops are needed, and often it can be rubbed on the gums or stomach for teething or colic pain.
For toddlers and older children 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon can be taken 1-3 times a day while needed. It is especially useful for babies and young children who are having difficulty sleeping.
A dose right before bedtime can help relax and sooth them for more peaceful sleep.

Chamomile is fairly easy to find. And easy to grow in the garden. It’s available as a tea at most grocery stores and can sometimes be purchased in bulk at health food stores.

tincture will keep for at least 1 year.

☽✪☾ Blessings