How to Make a Tincture for a Cold

Four Parts:Preparing the HerbsPreparing the TinctureCreating the TinctureBottling the Tincture

Tinctures made using Rosemary and Sage are an all natural way to help tame a cold. Creating a tincture using these herbs might help you feel better sooner than expected.

Ingredients

  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Alcohol (vodka)

Part 1
Preparing the Herbs

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    Cut the sage leafs into small pieces. The don't need to be a perfect size or shape; this just makes it easier to soak in the alcohol (which will be explained later). If you have dried sage leafs, it would be easier to crush them, or grind them.
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    Repeat the same thing, but with the rosemary.
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    Make sure you have enough to fill about 1/3rd of a mason jar with your herbs. It does not mater how much of each herb you have. You can even choose to do this with just one of the herbs if you wish.

Part 2
Preparing the Tincture

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    Fill a mason jar about 1/3 of the way full with the herbs.
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    Fill the rest of the jar with at least 80-proof alcohol (100-proof vodka works the best).
    • The herbs will normally float to the top.
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    Seal the jar tightly with the lid and shake it a little.

Part 3
Creating the Tincture

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    Let set for 2-6 weeks in a cabinet or cupboard.
    • Do not refrigerate.
    • Keep out of lots of sunlight for long periods of time.
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    Shake twice a day until ready to bottle.

Part 4
Bottling the Tincture

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    Once the tincture has sat for 2-6 weeks, take the lid off and put cheesecloth over the jar. Keep the cheesecloth in place by using rubber bands.
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    Poor the liquid (tincture) into a measuring glass.
    • Keep the cheesecloth on as you pour. The cheesecloth is there to strain your tincture so none of the chunks of the herbs are in your tincture.
    • Make sure you drain out all the liquid.
    • The amount in the measuring glass does not matter. It just makes it easier to pour into the tincture bottles.
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    Place a funnel in the tincture bottle. You don't have to do this step, but it makes it easier to pour.
    • You can either have one large tincture bottle or lots of little ones. Little ones are nice to have to share with friends and family, sell, and are more portable.
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    Carefully pour your tincture into the bottles until it's gone.
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    Label your bottles with the herbs, date you made it, and what it does.
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    Take a few drops whenever you feel a cold coming on, or during a cold.

Tips

  • Fresh sage leafs and rosemary can be found in a local grocery store or farmers market, or you can even grow them yourself!
  • The tincture will last about 3-4 years until it goes bad.

Warnings

  • Don't use if pregnant or prone to seizures.
  • Contains alcohol and sage.
  • If you're unsure about using this product, ask a medical professional.


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Categories: Colds and Viruses