A few weeks ago I wrote about 6 Natural Remedies to Prevent Flu and Cold. Number 3 on my list was echinacea tincture. Yesterday I made a batch of the good stuff, and I would like to share this simple tincture with you.
Most tinctures are made with alcohol. If you use alcohol to make a tincture, you need to make sure you use something that has 80% to 100% alcohol in it. Do you know what happens to me of I smell something with 80% alcohol in it? Yes, I just need to smell it and I am drunk. Staying healthy this Winter sounds great, healthy and drunk? Mmmm…. Not so much. This is the reason I make my tincture with apple cider vinegar.
Echinacea is a group of nine species that are part of the daisy family. This perennial is as useful as it is beautiful. The roots and the rest of the plant are used in herbal medicine to boost the immune system and prevent cold and flu. Here is a great post about how to grow echinacea from Ever Growing Farm.
Non-Alcoholic Echinacea Tincture:
I don’t have echinacea in my garden at the moment, so I bought echinacea root from Mountain Rose Herbs (in the picture is a 4oz bag). To make a tincture, you will also need a jar and some good apple cider vinegar. I used Bargg’s.
This is how it looks after a couple of hours. You will have to keep the jar indoors for 4 to 6 weeks before you can use the tincture. Put it in a place that you can see it and make sure to shake it a bit every day.
The roots will go to the compost, and the tincture will be stored in dark glass bottles. Use 1-1 1/2 tablespoons every day. You can add it to tea or juice or water. Keep it in a cool place in your house, and it will hold forever.
If alcohol doesn’t affect you much, or if you like walking around drunk (hopefully not… 😉 ), you can do the same thing with alcohol. Just make sure you use a brand with 80% + alcohol in it.
If you feel like a cold is coming your way, and you’re looking for a quick solution (until the tincture is ready or in addition to it), consider ordering triple echinacea tea. I order it by the case from Amazon. We drink one cup a day and so far we have not been sick this year (knock on wood).
I hope you’ll have a healthy Winter!