Tinctures are easy – easy to make, easy to use. (Learn how to make herbal tinctures here.) Many, many herbs tincture well – let's take a look at some that are good to tincture and keep on hand for common ailments.
Echinacea tincture is often used at the onset of minor illnesses, such as the common cold, to prevent or shorten the duration of the illness. Echinacea tincture is also used as a sore throat spray.
Garlic tincture is used to treat a wide range of minor illnesses. Garlic is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. The tincture is used to treat conditions that range from inflammation to the common cold. When using an oil-based garlic tincture, store the tincture in the refrigerator immediately and discard after one week.
Chamomile is a traditional remedy for sleeplessness and headaches, and is often used to relieve stress. Chamomile tincture is also used to lessen pain, including the pain of menstrual cramps and headaches.
Like chamomile, lavender is a natural stress-reliever that is used to relieve and enhance feelings of well-being. Lavender promotes restful sleep and promotes relaxation during times of stress.
Calendula tincture is applied topically to minor cuts and scrapes to promote fast healing. The tincture can be applied directly to the wound, or added to a cream-based salve.
Rosemary tincture contains antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation in the body. Used internally, rosemary helps eliminate free radicals, reduces restlessness and promotes restful sleep. Rosemary tincture also reduces the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
Peppermint tincture is a useful addition to the medicine cabinet, as the herb is used to treat indigestion and other common stomach ailments. Peppermint tincture is also applied topically to treat mild headaches, and relieves minor muscle aches when applied topically.
Ginger is a warming herb that reduces inflammation in the body and increases circulation. Ginger tincture promotes healthy digestion and is used to treat nausea, chills and congestion. Taken internally, the tincture relieves digestive issues such as gas and bloating.
Angelica tincture is not recommended for pregnant women, but the herb offers a wide range of benefits for others. Angelica root is an analgesic that relieves pain, and angelica tincture is traditionally use to treat headaches. Angelica root tincture is used to encourage proper urination and to treat upper respiratory infections.
Traditionally, lemon balm tincture is used to treat depression, and is thought to relieve stress and enhance feelings of well-being. Lemon balm is an antiviral that is used to treat viral infections, including cold sores, and to treat the flu and other viral illnesses.
Have you ever made herbal tinctures? What do you like to keep on hand?